Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Filed in: back to the future
We have a few very exciting announcements coming up in the next week or two ..somewhat related to these pictured tapes, which we were only very recently re-united with and are now being digitally transferred. Can you imagine how weird it feels to know your music, recorded before the internet existed, now needs to be baked in an oven for a week so it doesn't fall off onto the tape machine?
'What's that guvna?' I hear you say, 'didn't you have all those sounds in your computers and whatnot?'.
The plot thickens, buy me a beer some time and I'll tell you about it.
Progress on Vertigo-X and Algorhythm-X have stalled just for a moment (it will happen!) while we prepare for a special event, and two upcoming exclusive releases.
The first will be a digital-only download, which will be available for one month only.
There'll be more info right here…soon.
Monday, May 19, 2014 Filed in:
BNE, the definitive guide to the Brisbane electronic scene is now available for pre-order.
The coffee table book and usb are stunningly beautiful. If you'd like to know a bit more about the environment and times Boxcar came from, and hear some of our unreleased tunes - along with lots of other electronic artists - this package makes hours of fascinating reading and listening. Trans-com have done a superb job putting this project together.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Filed in: back to the future
Hello again, if you've been following us on Soundcloud, you'll have noticed some of the Algo-X tracks
If you have the required skills, and are interested in remixing an Algorhythm track for inclusion with the release please contact us over here...and we can chat.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Filed in:
Here's a small free gift for members, partly as an apology for the delays in the 'X' releases but also because I'm trying to clear the decks to focus on some new tracks.
We recorded this 4-track live-to-air on Sydney station JJJ, sometime around the Algorhythm release date.I've had to edit and clean it up a little bit...oh and yes, the human beings are making mistakes.
Tracklist as follows :
Click the image or go here to login and download the file BLATWTJ.zip
Please follow us on Twitter and Soundcloud, you'll get a few surprises in the coming months…
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Filed in:
Hello Boxcarians, Boxcarites, Boxcaribians etc, etc...
I've been juggling quite a few chairs here, so sincere apologies for the complete absence from the site.
Both Algorhythm-X and Vertigo-X are definitely still in production..frankly it's turned out to be more work than first anticipated.
Also, a retrospective of electronic music from Brisbane, BNE, is due to be released this year by the Transcomm label. We've contributed three previously unreleased tracks which are as follows...
Brainshot (from the digital masters of the PCM cassette)
Vertigo (Unreleased Sony Studios Demo)
Insect (Unreleased Robert Racic Mix)
You can read more about the project here...
Many thanks go to David Corazza (original member) who kept the masters safe!
...and thanks for your emails and comments!
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Filed in: back to the future
Bulb was a project I did with Cameron Miller just after we completed Algorhythm. Cameron was a good friend and essentially a fourth member of Boxcar. We met Cameron very early on (Vertigo era) when he was in a band with Brett Mitchell (later in Boxcar) called (i think) Helium. There were very few people in Brisbane making electronic music at the time and they had a Casio sampler and drum machine (woo!). Eventually we all ended up in Sydney by the time Algorhythm was started.
Bulb had only one official release - on Thunk/Think Records' Environments ambient compilation..
In fact, we did a number of tracks, and had an EP or album in mind..Volition put us in the studio with engineer Adrian Bolland - I'll be sharing those other tracks soon. We did one live-to-air on radio JJJ of the two tracks on Environments - more in the shape that we wrote them - and even supported Boxcar once.
It's fair to say this was electronica inspired by Orbital - amongst many other artists.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Filed in: back to the future
Blink and a week goes by around here!
I'm planning to release special versions of our two lp's from the 90's. Hopefully for sale in the shop by May depending on how much editing I'm going to have to do. They'll each feature unreleased tracks, dub mixes, demos and remixes we did at the time of the sessions.
It's a weird feeling having so much of your past suddenly at your fingertips, released from digital tape bondage...
Here's Eat Lead, from Vertigo X, taken from the very first session we did for Vertigo.
and Happyjack from Algorhythm X This track is from late in the Algorhythm sessions in '93. We played this one live a couple of times with a percussionist - which was great fun...wish we'd got to record him!
I've already posted What Are You So Dubby About? on Soundcloud which will be included...probably.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 Filed in: waffles
Hello. We're baaaaaack!
OK, lots of fist waving at the screen.
Everything has had a refit. Our entire discography can be browsed and listened to in the music section. More importantly, the blog is front and center, mainly because it's time to move seriously forward. In January I finally completed transferring all our demos and masters from old formats to an easily accessible and organized system. This is big. That means, lots of old unreleased stuff to share, but also a new platform to share my ideas and new music - which is gathering pace.
Some of the sections will be updated over the coming weeks (mainly videos). If you have anything you would like to see included, or discover any problems with the site, please drop me a mail.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 Filed in: retro detritus
This magazine I found in my archives dates back to 1984, when a baby faced Numan still had real hair and Kraftwerk carted the veritable kitchen sink onstage to perform. This introduction to electronic music was one issue of a longer 'History of Rock' series and actually makes a pretty decent primer of early electronic music for the uninitiated and a bit of a curiosity for fans of the era. It features Herbie Hancock, YMO, Vangelis, The Human League, Kraftwerk, Numan, Devo, Duran Duran and OMD and includes a special section on Moog synthesizers..
Download PDF (26MB)
Thursday, September 15, 2011 Filed in: back to the future
Superhighway To Hell by box-car Hello...oh yes, it's a long, long time between drinks here! But there have been wheels still turning...albeit slowly in the boxcar studio. People who have purchased from the store or signed up for membership have probably wondered : 'Hey where are the free goodes you promised!?'
This is the first of many tracks from the vault which will be available, starting tomorrow to you dear faithful friends...(when the emails go out)
Thursday, January 13, 2011 Filed in: retro detritus
While this blog is primarily intended for posting new boxcar developments, it'll also be home to some various ramblings and goodies from my archives.. Back in the 'good ole' days', somewhere between the 'hand cranked era' and the 'spaghetti of midi' era this is the kind of thing that got plonked on the front of music making magazines.
I found five of these cassettes as I was digitizing and cleaning up.
I'll post them all eventually, in no particular order. If you've ever wondered what the Eurythmics jamming with Chris & Cosey sounds like - wonder no more.
Download Both with pdf contents booklet here
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Filed in: remix
As a long time Devo fan (many fond memories pogo-ing to Duty Now For the Future), I could not resist entering the Beatport Devo remix competition. I like the new album a lot and they were certainly smart to haul in some production talent (i think one of the Dust Bros was involved).
So I thought I'd have a go at one of the new tunes. So Devo = yay...Beatport itself, on the other hand, is a large skanky trough of DJ whoredom. I went into this with little pretense of 'winning' (the prizes were rubbish) But it quickly became apparent that Beatport is primarily a marketing tool...and frankly not much else. The 'winners' are those who can generate enough 'social networking' and 'plays' by registered users. And anyone who has abundant time for online social networking should always be viewed suspiciously. So even less surprise that the winner of the competition had broken the very rules they laid out , much less delivered what sounded like a broken washing machine with the vocal laid over the top. Yes sour grapes, but fuckit, I'm even being generous in this case. I'm afraid it will take more than the patronige of Deadmau5 (who admittedly produces some fine stompy electronic music) to convince me Beatport is anything but total rubbish...no doubt there's plenty who trod the same path already feel the same.
So I got to tinker with some Devo, and there's probably very few other artists I would submit myself to such pointless humilation for (mentally compiling shortlist) I'll notch the experience up to devolution, eh spuds?
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Filed in: remix
Well this is kinda old news, but not if you haven't already heard it right?
I agreed to remix Clan Analogue act, Valley Forge. I really like the material on their album. No idea why it's not out still. But IMHO it certainly deserves a decent release.
Boxcar were never particularly 'favored' with the 'bung it in distortion and a filter Richard James bootlicking set' that the Clan once used to represent. Although my pedigree is every bit as Cabaret Voltaire 'old fart' as theirs, clearly anything too 'pop' is a no no (surely even that's old now?)
Anyhow, I actually liked their music and it must have struck a chord with Pete from Single Gun Theory, as he's got a remix of another track on the EP. From what I heard, the boxcar remix got some play on FBI. Either way, I was happy with it...and that's all that matters these days. A bit about how it was made; The other versions (which can be heard on iTunes) have some live bass guitar, which i really enjoyed doing.. Sonic Charge's Microtonic is in use, as is Lennar Digital's Sylenth1 and some heapin' helpings of Ohmforce's terrific echo Ohmboyz.
The EP can be purchased on iTunes here, Follow Suit EP.
To buy a CD you can try your luck with this link.
Hi I'm Dave. Welcome to the home of Boxcar - the electronic music artists formed in Brisbane around 1988, and now based in Sydney, Australia. For more information you can read about the band's history and releases in the wiki article. Our complete (audible) discography, including remixes for other artists, is in the music section.
There have now been three incarnations of Boxcar and it may appear we've been silent for a long time - but I've actually been very busy creating music and sound design for film and television @ our studio, Groove Q,
My 'roots' are the post punk of the late 70's and the electronic music boom that has been echoing ever since. As a very young man I used to create tape loops from the soundtrack to Forbbiden Planet and jam along with my Mattel Synsonics™ drum machine & Yamaha CS-01 synthesizer.
It's been a life long love of electronic music that continues to this day.
Initially this site is a way to archive the past whilst tracking future developments. If you're an old fan, welcome back! If you've never heard of us, then I hope you give us a listen - particularly to the soundcloud playlist above - to get some perspective of where we're headed..
Somehow our music has brought you here, and the good news is this new 2013 website is a fresh start - a new foray back into my 'hometown' and a place to find our older work.
You can read the latest Boxcar news and follow the development of the new (as yet untitled Boxcar album) right here and on twitter...
Gleam - Boxcar
Destiny Change (Boxcar's Kings X Mix) - Wonderkind
Happiness (Boxcar Remix) - Forthright
The Sky (Boxcar Dub Mix) - Penny Flanagan
I Hear Motion (Boxcar Drum Dub) - Models
Machine Built Rhythm (Boxcar Club Malfunktion) - Valley Forge
What Are You So Happy About? (Scope Mix)
Amen (Boxcar Covenant Mix) - Falling Joys
We Have Come To Remix The House (Boxcar Remix) - Severed Heads
Llamatron - Boxcar