I’m currently running a couple of print promos in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

Subversion Gallery is offering £50 OFF Home Sweet Home and I Think Of You And I Smile, in their Glasgow West End gallery and online >
http://subversiongallery.co.uk/t/bradnum-dominic

Art Republic meanwhile has £50 OFF Kiss Me Quick and I Think Of You And I Smile > http://www.artrepublic.com/artists/1188-dominic-bradnum-7257.html

 

My I Think Of You And I Smile image has been used in a Valentine feature in Worthing’s Here&Now newspaper.

Locals and visitors may also have come across it in the open-air gallery on the pier.

If you like the image, you may be pleased to hear it is currently available at a reduced price (though a little more than £4!).

Subversion Gallery in Glasgow has £50 off the prints in store and online > http://subversiongallery.co.uk/t/bradnum-dominic

Brighton’s Art Republic also has £50 off this print > http://www.artrepublic.com/1188-dominic-bradnum-7257.html

Seasons greetings! I bring news of special offers on my print editions and my all new online shop…

Both Subversion Gallery and Art Republic are currently running a pre-Christmas price promo, with £50 off RRP on all of my limited edition prints!

Subversion Gallery > are offering £50 off online and instore at their Glasgow gallery on the following 3 prints:
I Think Of You And I Smile
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
Home Sweet Home
You can take advantage of this offer (with free shipping) via their website >

Meanwhile, Art Republic > have the above 3 prints plus all three prints from my “bleak postcards” series on offer with £50 off too:
Kiss Me Quick
Wish You Were Here
The Last Bastion Of Hope
You can order at their Brighton gallery or online > also with free shipping.

Why not take advantage of these offers and give the gift of neon this Christmas? But be quick, for the offer will self-destruct in less than 2 weeks.

IN OTHER NEWS
I’ve also set up a lo-fi web shop > offering various products of my creative pursuits including
– A selection of my ‘(Sub)Conscious Drawings’ (with 20% of sales going to charity)
– Some Miss Pain releases
– The last few of my ‘Devil + Idle Hands’ badges
– but no original paintings, these can be perused via my portfolio page > all sales enquiries to info@dominicbradnum.co.uk >, please.

 

The Hat Lady - Liz Wakefield

Opening this Friday!

The Hat Lady & Friends
21 October – 02 November
Train Of Thought Gallery,
7/8 Haverscroft Buildings, North St,
Worthing, BN11 1DY

I will be showing a few neon paintings and framed print editions alongside the incredible, illuminated architectural hats of Liz Wakefield, plus work by fellow Worthing artists Vanessa Hartland and Paul Green.

The opening night is Friday 21 October, 6.30-9pm, with live music from Jon H. Griffin (21 Crows)
— ALL WELCOME —
Facebook event page > www.facebook.com/events/184737118636619/?ti=as

 

Word is that the PayPal button I posted for these badges wasn’t working on the previous post. I’ve fixed that post now, but here’s that tempting offer again…

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Still a few of these hot pink neon badges left, but they won’t be around for long – surely a must have for every autumn/winter jacket lapel?

THE DEVIL + IDLE HANDS button badge


THE DEVIL + IDLE HANDS
button badge (32mm)
£1.00 + 75p postage*

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*postage is UK only, please contact me if you wish to buy a badge and you are overseas.
All UK deliveries will be by 2nd class post.


DATE:
 Friday 23 September 2016
LOCATION:
Studio 5, BLANK Studios & Gallery, 108 North St, Portslade-by-Sea, BN41 1DG

MISSION STATEMENT
To create a sound piece, within 1 day, in response and homage to the environs of BLANK Studio 5. All sounds to be conjured via a limited array of low-fidelity sound-producing and recording equipment, plus any found sounds and field recordings captured on location, on the day.

EQUIPMENT (all vintage and/or 2nd-hand unless otherwise stated)
Recording: Fostex X-26 4-track cassette recorder (channel 1 input not working); selection of 3 microphones of various vintages; Behringer 4-channel mixer; circa 1960s Park amplifier (low wattage); Headphones; Zoom H1 Handy Recorder (my one concession to modern technology)
Instruments/Sound-producers: Human voice; Human body; Yamaha SU-10 sampler; metronome; Early Learning Centre plastic drum (purchased previously for £1.99 at local charity shop).

ARTIST’S NOTE
In the process of winding down my practice in BLANK studio 5, and packing up my works and materials, I have found the grain of a song idea returning to mind again and again – A Nietzschean slogan that appears on one of my current works in progress: “Everything you need is right here”. Over time it became almost a mantra, a nagging earworm, sound-tracking the hours spent clearing out my paraphernalia. Now and again harmonic counter melodies would suggest themselves, hinting at a choral composition of some kind. And so I vowed to return to the vacant space to compose and record a farewell sound-piece – a Lo-Fi Symphony in 1 day.

ACCOUNT
I arrive, from Worthing, by bike and set-up my arsenal of lo-fidelity audio equipment. First task is to wipe a cassette on high-speed record.

11:15 – I have had my suspicions about the metronome I have brought with me – it seems to be a bit lazy on every 2nd click. But I need a click-track to help me keep time, so I cheat and hook up my phone to the internet. A little trial and error and I settle on 69bpm.

I record a base vocal take – the repeated phrase “Everything you need is right here” holding a close microphone (AKG) with an auxiliary directed mic’ (SM-58) at approximately 1.5 metres distance. Vocal 2 adds a basic harmony repeating the same phrase, mixed down with Vocal 1, with some high and low EQ tweaked.

Following Vocal 3, I realise everything, bar the click track, has been recorded too quietly. If I try and increase the volume, it merely amplifies the hiss – there is “lo-fi” and there is “unlistenable”, so I cut my losses and start from scratch with the click track.

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14.30 – Much better! A cleaner, louder Vocal 1 and 2 are re-recorded (same mic’s and positions) and mixed down to 1 channel. Vocal 3 is added and we’ve clawed back some time. On this 2nd attempt I make the decision to set a structure for the composition: 10 repeats of the full phrase (10 being a multiple of 5. As in studio 5).

Each of the following Vocal takes requires careful consideration to slot in with the existing ones and to add a new colour or tone to the whole. And as each part is added it must be mixed down to the 1 spare channel I have at my disposal. So with every new addition, an individual part is lost (and another bridge is burned). It is a tricky, but liberating route to feel your way through.

Occasionally, one of my additions doesn’t quite mesh with the others – it is discarded and I try something else. Slowly, with each new part and mix, the piece builds to a rather comforting sounding multi-vocal composition. (I have notes for 6 vocal takes, but there may be 1 or 2 more).

I try adding an over-driven a capella bass part – abandoned in favour of a falsetto counter harmony. I then have an idea to introduce a crashing bass-drum sound during the final 2 phrase repeats. First I try various implements (heavy pliers, bits of wood, a fist, a microphone) out on the toy drum I have hanging around from my previous Lo-Fi Symphony – too feeble! Instead I mic’ up the floor and thud my knee twice on the floorboards in sync with my trusty click-track. This is sampled and hooked up to the 1960s Park amplifier. Once recorded, it doesn’t quite have the desired effect, so I mix it across with some extreme (for this 4-track) EQ. Still no good, and it’s getting late.

I draw a line, and listen back to adjust the levels of the amassed vocal jigsaw I have gradually constructed throughout the afternoon: Vocal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on one channel, with added Vocal 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 adding extra presence on the 2nd channel.

19.30 – I record a master mix direct to my Zoom H1 recorder; then a second ‘ambient’ version by routing the 4-track to the Park amp, with the Zoom H1 approximately 2.5 metres distance from the sound source. Then I hastily pack away my gear and load up my bike for a hairy ride along the dark coastal cycle way back home to Worthing.

Notes from the recording process:


Post-production: the final Dry mix + Ambient mix were transferred to Logic audio software; the two mixes were then combined and volume levels tweaked for an overall “wet + dry mix”.

The Devil + Idle Hands 1 (East Sussex Open 2016)By popular demand, the East Sussex Open has been extended for 1 week! But this is that final week, so if you’ve been planning on getting along, your time is fast running out!

East Sussex Open 2016
23 July – 02 October
Towner Gallery, Devonshire Place, College Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ
townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/east-sussex-open-2016

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I had these hot pink neon badges made of my featured painting, The Devil + Idle Hands 1, for the opening party. I still have a few left, so now’s yr chance to get yr hands on what is sure to be one of the most desirable of autumn coat accoutrements this season!

THE DEVIL + IDLE HANDS button badge


THE DEVIL + IDLE HANDS
button badge (32mm)
£1.00 + 75p postage*

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*postage is UK only, please contact me if you wish to buy a badge and you are overseas.
All UK deliveries will be by 2nd class post.