Hieroglyphic Being....

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deserves his own thread, I've decided. After listening to a good deal of his stuff for the past couple months, I can't decide what I like best: Conversations or Machines. On the one hand, A2 and all of the B-side of Conversations is astounding, but this might be a result of playing it at 33 for months without realizing it's a 45; on the other hand, Machines is much more even and includes "The Strenuous Life," possibly his best track.

So, what does everyone think of the HB? Or his work under his 'real' name? His penchant for mumus?

trees (treesessplode), Friday, 2 June 2006 21:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i saw him play live not too long ago.. i am not sure if it was really good or not.. it was pretty freaked out.. at least it didn;t sound like anything else.. i really like his records though.. especially the i.b.m. one..
that whole chicago scene seems to be one of the more interesting in dance music these days.. with udek, james cotton, jamal moss, traxx, jack fm and mathematics and all that stuff.. also.. sort of similar is the detroit stuff.. like fxhe.. omar s..

speculator (speculator), Monday, 5 June 2006 14:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My Life as a Skinny Puppy is a great album.

Jamal Moss = IBM = Hieroglyphic Being = also involved in Mathematics too I think

Omar S is best though.

rchinn (rchinn), Monday, 5 June 2006 18:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"je suis musique" on the spectral EP is fantastic.

tate (Tate), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 06:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

anyone heard his new record? http://www.gridface.com/reviews/so_much_noise_2_be_heard.html

i might just buy without listening to samples.

the table is the table, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

jamal moss >>> omar s

rio (sean), Wednesday, 2 December 2009 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Whoever RA tells you is great next month >>> Jamal Moss >>> Omar S. >>> Whoever RA told you was great before Omar S.

then I got napster and the world became a more interesting place. (Display Name), Thursday, 3 December 2009 01:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

man that's a huge great chip on your shoulder. don't you have some boring "lo-fi" house tracks you should be working on?

rio (sean), Thursday, 3 December 2009 02:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

The only chip I have is that it takes an RA feature for the guy to get any love around here. I wonder how much longer it is going to take for ILM to catch up with Tevo Howard.

As for my stuff, all I can say is that people I admire are contacting me with offers and 2010 is going to be a busy year.

then I got napster and the world became a more interesting place. (Display Name), Thursday, 3 December 2009 05:12 (nine years ago) Permalink


moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 3 December 2009 17:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

who is (Display Name) and what are these lo fi house tracks you speak of? I am curious to hear them but I don't know the project.

twice boiled cabbage is death, Thursday, 3 December 2009 17:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

i must have missed the ra feature on jamal moss back in june 2006. link?

resolved, Thursday, 3 December 2009 20:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

he's DJing here on saturday. pretty stoked.


for reasons of sass (the table is the table), Friday, 24 August 2012 03:47 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

"so much noise 2 be heard" has a definite sheffield bleep/early 90s warp/b12 vibe that i approve

clouds, Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

approve of* rather

clouds, Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

love this 12" on Morphine Doser:


My god. Pure ideology. (ey), Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Loved his DJing so much when I saw him. Have a feeling he may be one if those DJs that plays a lot of the same tunes, but I could be wrong. Hs anyone seen him a few times?

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 12 May 2013 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

He did an in store set at Sounds of the Universe the other day. Looks like they recorded it: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/releases/?id=31627

millmeister, Monday, 13 May 2013 08:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Samples sound great.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Loving the Display Name moans up thread.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:00 (five years ago) Permalink

my favourite so far is the "the invisible children" 12" under his IAMTHATIAM moniker. picked mine up for cents from hhv.de and i think they still have stock. white noise super reverb'd godflesh beats with sci-fi george benson synth action oozing gaseously. he's gone a bit clean & digi recently but this is a super hissy warm fuzz.
romance of 2 planets 12" also melts my tiny mind

massaman gai, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Damn, seems to be out of stock now I look!

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...



ok so catchup comp for the herbs or whatever but after a slow opening where things seem a little grating and annoying, suddenly you look up and find you've been floating entranced in future-space for forty-five minutes

j., Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

To be honest I've not been that impressed by his own material but he's one of the best DJs I've ever seen (and I'm seeing him again tomorrow :D)

paolo, Friday, 7 November 2014 22:17 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

holy shit @ new shit

the late great, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Mathematics is a really good label

brimstead, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this JITU ensemble recording on rvng is blowing my mind

the late great, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 20:30 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

re the new album, 'the discos of imhotep' via ninja tune ..
was interested to hear this due to the promo blurb.
however, it's very painful to listen to.
distorted/compressed to shit.
thought it was a problem with the mp3s provided, so checked out the stream.
obviously an artistic statement.
i am probably getting too old for this nu-era electronica, as i can constantly hear myself declaring 'this is just noise'.

mark e, Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

As opposed to his normal stuff?

This sounds pretty standard from his production aesthetic. Pumping, cassette saturation perhaps. Sounds very lovely to me.


Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:02 (two years ago) Permalink

the harshness of a lot of his stuff is pretty unique to him, don't think i'd take it as a nu era of electronica or an indication that you're too old, using the term electronica otoh...

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Can’t find the rest of the album anywhere though.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:16 (two years ago) Permalink

fair enough.

not heard anything prior to the new album so had no idea this was part of his aesthetic ..

i just could not listen to it - and i really tried - honest.

mark e, Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, i get ear fatigue if i listen to him for too long, the distortion sort of sharpens the high end, it's prickly. i do love certain tracks, though

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 30 June 2016 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

i always have to adjust the EQ when i play HB

clouds, Saturday, 2 July 2016 14:23 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Discos of Imhotep very, very good -- kind of slept on I think? Not really surprising given his general profile, but I can listen to stuff for ages.

As far as the distortion, it doesn't actually sound like over-compression to me. It sounds like he's just pumping too much sound in, and whatever interface he's using to record can't handle it (especially on the kick drum). Not sure if this is all analog or not, but I bet if he was working w/a pro-engineer, they could figure out a way to EQ and/or mix this in a way that would smooth it out. Not that I need that, but it's a pretty common thing for DIY music, and maybe he's just keeping to that aesthetic.

Dominique, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

can’t pretend I’ve got any real handle on this guy’s oeuvre but the new one is super nice

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 18:11 (one year ago) Permalink

the new one being ‘the red notes’ on soul jazz

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 18:16 (one year ago) Permalink

it certainly is

the late great, Monday, 12 March 2018 18:19 (one year ago) Permalink

more dj-friendly than past material too

the late great, Monday, 12 March 2018 18:19 (one year ago) Permalink

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