Season’s Greetings!

Hi everyone!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Lively Life Day and Sparkling Solstice.

Thank you for your support during the year, and special thanks to my amazing Patreon subscribers.

So here’s a quick list of what you might have missed from Camp Craven over the last few weeks:

From the ProgAustralis show earlier this year, Tim Bennetts and I unleash the latest version of Spy In The Sky (featuring William Shatner), now with more Star Trek!

We also tease with a bit of Sorrow. Next time we’ll learn the whole song.

The lost second episode of the FrankenOpenDiscussion podcast, confusingly masquerading as the third episode. Opening enthusiasm for Rick Beato and the recent Tool album swiftly transforms into a rousing debate about how artists can get paid for their work in the age of streaming.

Behind the music! The making of “Turn Out The Light” and how the ‘Fido collaborated to record one of the most significant* songs in the history of music itself.

*Your definition of “significant” may differ from that of Frankenfido, its subsidiaries and shareholders.

Have a wonderful break and remember – kids, don’t do drugs.

Binaural Surround Test

I’ve been experimenting with binaural surround sound.

We only have two ears, yet we can still determine if a sound is coming from behind us, above us, below us, and so on.

What this means is we should be able to experience full surround sound using a normal pair of headphones and a standard stereo music file. 

For this test, I’ve taken an excerpt of the 5.1 surround mix of Frankenfido’s “Turn Out The Light”, virtually placing the speakers around the sound field using Ambisonics, and converted the output to a stereo file for headphone listening.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares exactly the same ear canal and ear shape, so our individual brains all process sounds slightly differently.

This is where you come in!

Please take a listen – using headphones – and let me know if the surround effect works for you.

For instance, the solo guitar at the beginning of clip pans all around the listener. And the voices in the next section appear from behind the listener. (Possibly!)

 

New music & video (Frankenfido & ProgAustralis)

Just a quick update to let you know I have new music out there!

Recently released with Frankenfido is our new song “Watcher On The Wall”. It’s a melancholy acoustic track that builds up to a huge chorus and an inevitable guitar solo. (Can you believe it?)

Available now from Bandcamp!

And, from my recent ProgAustralis show with Tim Bennetts, here’s our first performance from the evening, Echoes, in all its twenty minute glory:

More videos soon – I’ll be uploading them as I finish mixing down the audio!

Live show, new music and … a question!

Hi everyone. Long time no update!

First up .. On Friday 5 July I’ll be playing a secret gig at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove (Brisbane) as part of a new duo called ProgAustralis. Tim Bennetts and I will perform the music of Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson and .. Ben Craven! Please head to our website if you’d like to grab tickets, or just want more information:
http://www.progaustralis.com

Next! Filling the airwaves on all good Australian radio stations as we speak, is the new track Turn Out The Light by my other band, Frankenfido. It’s a gothic tale of a man beyond redemption, with a loving nod towards 80’s production values. I really had a lot of fun with this track. Check it out at:
https://frankenfidosongtraks.bandcamp.com

And finally, a question for you. A new Ben Craven album will be coming out very soon and I’ve started thinking about options for physical release. I’m leaning towards ditching CD altogether this time and going for vinyl only. Of course, a high-resolution lossless digital download would still be available separately. But I’d really appreciate your feedback.

What’s your preferred format for purchasing or listening to music?

1 – CD only (with download)
2 – Vinyl only (with download)
3 – CD and vinyl (with download)
4 – Download only. Who needs physical!
5 – Streaming only. No purchase!

Well there you have it. Until next time!

FrankenFriday – “Bluesy Fillmore (Jam)”

Presenting: “Bluesy Fillmore (Jam)”

This is a 10-minute jam we recorded spontaneously, fully expecting to whittle it down later on. Turns out that was crazy talk. Without fear of overstatement, this is the holy grail for Frankenfidofetishists everywhere! So sit back, light up your favourite herb, and imagine the vinyl spinning.

Ben – guitar
Malcolm – keys
Geoff – bass
Dean – drums

Recorded at The Forbidden Room Of Mystery, 30 June, 2017.

FrankenFriday – “Blood On The Fretboard (Jam)”

Presenting: “Blood On The Fretboard (Jam)”

Geoff sliced open his finger over lunch. We bandaged him up and got on with playing anyway. This particular spontaneous jam ended abruptly unfortunately and we sent him to the blood bin.

Malcolm – keys
Ben – guitar
Geoff – bass
Dean – drums

Recorded at The Forbidden Room Of Mystery, 25 September 2016.

FrankenFriday – “Hymn For A Pool Cleaner 1 (Jam)”

Welcome to the inaugural FrankenFriday!

Occasionally I get together with these guys and we just play. Anything. For fun. The tapes are always rolling and bits of music fall out. I hope to bring you some random clips from these sessions over the following weeks.

Presenting: “Hymn For A Pool Cleaner 1 (Jam)”

Malcolm – keys
Ben – guitar
Geoff – keys
Dean – drums

Recorded at The Forbidden Room Of Mystery, 25 September 2016.