Eric Scott is a writer, multimedia artist, designer and composer… and in his 2nd book “Identity,” (Day 008) he explores the gestalt of Day For Night, presenting a variety of visual identities (alternating between the personal, and those created for his clients) along with other “messaging” from the Day For Night history. To create this work, Eric has painstakingly reviewed, documented and organized his own personal work, writings, designs & creative observations to present a cross-section that is the salient tip of the Day For Night (creative) iceberg…
In keeping with this approach, an abstract, occasionally surrealist, and mostly art-focused approach dominates the works presented, where “Identity” deliberately avoids the conflict of narrative, and instead interweaves many of Eric’s personal writings, notebooks and archives. A corner peeked-around when developing the identities and writings in a highly personal and visual setting… all of which, at its heart, defines the Day For Night approach.
“Identity” is a must-read for anyone who is a friend of the label, a client (or potential client), a lover of railway travel and/or urban explorer, reader of poetry or theorist of information architecture, or someone who is passionate about the creative process.
The full visual identity system, logo and sub-brands created by Day For Night, under the catalogue ID “Identity” (Day 008). As a matter of internal reference, this also includes identity marks for Eric Scott, NIGHTfonts, Editions La Nuit Amèricaine, Re:Fresh, King FM, Bluebottles, and Rhythm Factory, plus the accompanying letterhead, envelope, business card, in-ternal communications (fax, invoice, etc.), and a free downloadable desktop utility for composers, the Day For Night BPM Calculator.
“The biggest conundrum for an artist can be how to present the oeuvre,” begins composer Eric Scott. “That was exactly the challenge I faced with over 2000 works, some of which don’t fall into standard album/single release formats, and many of which are regularly being updated as they go from thumbnail, to demo, to final, to revised final! It’s a mess…”
NIGHTblog became the digital solution for a life lived online; with the full music canon in blog form of Eric Scott’s output within the Day For Night catalogue, as well as productions, remixes and collaborations. The decision was made early to use SoundCloud as the robust player and cloud platform to store the music, with extensively detailed studio journals, anecdotes and commentary from the author.
Each track is also accompanied by mood and genre descriptors, musical key and tempo info to make the music licensor/supervisor’s job a little easier… search “funereal” and “uptempo” and see what you get?
Purchase and download links also available.
“_Underscore” (Day 041) is the latest installment in orchestral cinematica from composer Eric Scott. Accentuated by patterned, rhythmical cycles, string lines, and Eric’s insistent post-minimalist trademark frenzy, this collection forges an emotional landscape that is rife with tension, in equal parts as it is harmonious with compassion, love and peace. “Underscore” is a lexicon of personal derives and new music for films; a work that is created anticipating need as filmic vantage.
“OverCast” is a themed series of eclectic podcast mixes (genres ranging from fringe electronica, drum ‘n’ bass, trip-hop and downtempo, avant-garde-jazz-classical, spoken-word sound collage) and curated by the Day For Night artists Eric Scott, Salvador Dalek, Peter Moraites and more.
A one-time subscription to the free podcast (RSS) feed below will give you access to all of the podcasts.
“OVERCAST” : UPCOMING PODCAST SERIES
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Day 020 : “Music From The Park” (Found Mix)
Day 030 : “Addictaphone” (The Creativity Podcast)
Day 060 : “Re:Fresh” (Salvador Dalek Mix)
Day 070 : “Hospital Radio” (Day For Night Mix)
Day 100 : “Terminus” (Day For Night Mix)
The setting of this work takes the listener, over seventeen minutes, along a journey – from the factory (the birthplace) to the stage (youth – through theatre, spectacle and illusion) via the countryside (peace, retirement) and concluding in a sanctuary. This HORSPIEL indirectly references the human condition, from birth to death. …HORSPIEL is a tribute as well to the late composer Luc Ferrari, who passed away in 2005 and who is greatly missed by all those who knew and loved his work.
A guide to the original Luc Ferrari sounds used in the piece are available from this link:
Extract From Composer’s Notes by Eric Scott
…Ferrari introduces his Tautologie; whereby a machinist’s saw signals a Caesarean birth as the “Usine” groove smashes in, punctuated by sharp attacks and pulsations, and presaging the Shakespearean (Stratford) montage of violent battle, with sword hits and exclamatory grunts. Le petit train (Strauss) then takes us out… and into an atmospheric segment, leading us to an adaptation of an original Salvador Dalek work – “Doop” – remixed from the original replacing all original percussion with recordings of Luc’s… The peacock screech, intended to represent the danger element in the work…
…The ambient textures from Chronopolis : Sons Tendus Électroniques forming a pulsating audio bed beneath this piece which integrates breakbeats and fretless bass. Nearing the fourteen-minute mark, more of those damned peacocks, and the bells of St. Antoine bid their farewell to us as our train leads us away once again, revealing the organ sounds from Chopin : Ambiance Église Orgue et Marteau… and carry us away again through time …And we are left with the image of receding sound of footsteps in the monastery…
“The Drowning Fish” (Day 033) is a collection of contemplative-yet-upbeat pieces for electric guitar, with a shift of emphasis upon arrangements that “could be reproducible live”…This is not to suggest that Eric Scott has any performance dates planned for the near future; the composer/producer prefers the studio environment above all else.
“I really do love to play live. But there’s a wiser instinct that reminds me that I just need to keep away from activities that have that laborious feeling, especially repetitive scheudules of any sort. From day to day, my attention is constantly moving, I’m restless and so I reinvent music every day. I’m just not into the side of things that requires that performer’s discipline. In many ways, it’s at the heart of why I do so many of the activities I pursue today.”
Here’s “My Name Is Trouble (Redemption Mix) by Eric Scott (Day For Night)… A beautiful vocal by Keren Ann featuring invaluable drumming contributions from John “Cowboy Joe” Matthew… A moodier alternative to the happy original…
Thanks everyone for all the votes on Twitter and Facebook – this mix officially got to position #7 — out of the 78 mixes submitted to Keren Ann’s remix competition site.
Producing under the pseudonym Rhythm Factory, Eric Scott remixes Martin Solveig’s “Hello” (featuring vocals by Dragonette) into the “Goodbye Remix”
Heavy-but-fluid beats coupled with distorted sequencer lines, all adding up to a departure from the familiar pop original, and into progressive house territory.
It was simply great fun to do… Download the remix stems and do your own remix:
With “Soundsystem 0.0.2” (Day 086) digital dub-plate fanatic King FM deconstructs the sound work begun by Rhythm Factory and other Day For Night artists in this light and summery outing. Comprising eight bass-heavy, downtempo thumpers, King FM is about an instinct to preserve a chilled-out blend of clicks and cuts, vibing against low, smooth bass and rattling, exotic percussion lines.
This collection of Day For Night white labels on custom DVD-r media forms a box set with unreleased mixes, working demos and milestones from the Day For Night catalogue, each disc packaged in a themed box design.
Day 096.1 Bluebottles “Chalk-White + Garlands” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.2 Day For Night “Hash + Koehler” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.3 Eric Scott “Arts + Metiers” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.4 Eric Scott “Crabcakes + Ulcers” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.5 Eric Scott “Coffeehouses + Asylums” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.6 Found “sush9b2r + ;–(” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.7 King FM “Lex + Rez” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.9 Pete Moraites “Hollywood + Roppongi” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.10 Rhythm Factory “Synthesizers + Rhythm” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.11 Salvador Dalek “Dooney + Haggis” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.15 Mr. No-Logo “Spilt Pea + Gravy” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.16 Künstfabriken “Flame + Interrobang” A collection of white label tracks.
Day 096.17 Cowboy Joe “Fits + Starts” A collection of white label tracks.
A collection of acoustic demos, recorded between July 2009 and December 2010, and encompassing the entire songwriting catalogue by Eric Scott, for Day For Night/Editions La Nuit Américaine.
Eric: “In a way, this project represents a kind of re-invention; where the freedom of hearing oneself re-interpreted, as many as 20 years later, through an acoustic demo, frees one of the trappings of fashion, style, temperament, and leaves only the bare bones of a rather positive songwriting legacy in place. It was made with the intention of leaving an inspirational footprint, and I think it wholly succeeds.”
In Day 030 “Addictions” first two volumes, “Simple words,” “Hazy memories,” Eric Scott joins verse and graphic images. Printed in 4.75″ square format, this very-limited release is housed in a double-cd jewel case, accompanied by a hand-picked selection of finished songs and recordings, most of which were the by-product of these writings from the late 1980s and early 90s.
The accompanying disc contains a mixture of love songs and tone poems, this collection may on the surface appear to be a more conventional set; recorded in a style less familiar to fans of his more recent work; these humble arrangements of one-man band on piano, guitar, and bass do not belie their insistence as an important chapter in Eric’s work as singer-songwriter.
Mr. No-Logo launches an hommage to the Bristol music scene tradition with “Bristol’s Massive” (Day 039) an “orange” rough-house of downtempo and breakbeat influences, touching down upon a trip-hop fusion of dark ambient and electro, and drawing from a mixed bag of vocalese sampladelics with electronica. “2ndary” interprets dictaphone allegory, where “Mook” and “Tha Loop” pick up on a hummed bar of rare groove – a starting point for Mr. No-Logo’s eclectic approach to electronic music composition.