Benji Vaughan -Even Tundra

Benji_Vaughan_Even_Tundra1200WebRELEASE PERIOD: SEPTEMBER 2013
LABEL: Twisted

Over the years he’s remixed artists ranging from William Orbit to Queen, given sonic signatures to various movies and brands, sold out venues from Tokyo to LA, Moscow to London and forms a central part of his label -the legendary Twisted music – who’s nights have drawn crowds of up to 12,000 in the last year.

After 15 years and 7 albums, Even Tundra is the album Benji Vaughan always wanted to make. Up until now he has hidden behind various guises (such as Younger Brother and the Zap ) and done much of his work with the Godfathers of Psychedelic Electronica – Si Posford and Raja Ram.

With Even Tundra the time came to remove the mask and avoid taking shelter in any particular scene or genre. He describes making the album as ‘ like making a folk record – just me, my sound lab and an emotion or atmosphere i wanted to hear – not a dance floor i wanted to fill.’

The result is unique sound collage filled with understated sound manipulation and melodies that should be heard from end to end to fully appreciate.

The project will also feature a video for every track on the album which Benji has also produced himself , and contain some incredible visual techniques. The video for first single ‘Even Tundra for example is quite simply astonishing. It looks like CGI when in fact Benji uses industrial magnets and metallic ‘Ferrofluid’ (a mysterious liquid used to make computer gear that reacts to and forms solid structures on a magnetic field) to create his other worldly effects.

The ferro fluid video idea came up when I heard about a mysterious liquid used to make computer gear that reacted to and formed a solid based on a magnetic field . I then searched around on YouTube and came across bizarre nerdy videos about ferro fluid and where they described it was a fluid filled with nano particles of iron and they also demonstrated how to film it using dslr cameras and reversed macro lenses. The water color idea just happened on the day of filming as my kids paint set was lying around.
On the day me and twisted’s stage manager/ photographer set up a blue Peter-esque micro film studio in my living room and just played around all day filming the fluid react to very strong rare earth magnets and then injecting water color paint with a syringe. The rest was hours of final cut tweaking by me.

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One Response to “Benji Vaughan -Even Tundra”

  1. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to
    him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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