2010 marks another landmark in the QED Records story. We recently set out on a journey which we may never return from– the journey to create moving images from the QED Records catalog.
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Presenting QED Records’ YouTube channel. The channel is open and ready for you with its first music video: “Midnight Monologue” by Acid42 from the LOGUE E.P. of 2007 [QD-4243]. You can download the EP from the Logue release page.
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Switchboard Of Souls (SOS) is primarily led by Christopher Quintos, a Fresno, California-based musician who puts together darkwave and industrial tracks that smell like they come from a parallel universe in 1986. His music is modern and synth-driven, but the musical structures, melodies and sometimes even lyrics are throwbacks to a past age.
SOS is one of the QED artists we’ve never met in person, but who has contributed a massive amount of music to the archive: as of September 2009 he has 5 releases in the QED Records catalog. We caught up with him via email soon after the release of his 10-track album “Don’t Bother Me – Remixes” [qd-4257] to ask about his music and his process.
Full interview after the jump.
(qd-4257) Switchboard Of Souls - Don't Bother Me
When Switchboard Of Souls sings: “Don’t bother me, just leave us alone, don’t you know that we’re all just as human,” he sounds the anthem of the alienated and the disenfranchised. It’s a simple enough tune, but the variations do bring new viewpoints to the plate.
The first two original 8-minute-plus tracks utilize a driving darkwave synth with guitars and vocals reminiscent of early New Order, but subsequent versions range from electro 808 State-like arrangements (Common Prayer Mix), to industrial stylings (BlenderMix), to sinister downtempo (Hands & Feet Mix), to 90s pop remix (InstrumentalMix), to new age piano (Sonata), to a combo of everything on the 2 reprises.
DETAILS: Total runtime: 47:10 | 10 MP3s encoded at 192 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
DOWNLOAD: Entire album as a single zip file with VBR MP3s. (File size:65 MB) – from Archive.org
Individual tracks after the jump.
(qd-4253) Various Artists - Travel Agents: Bagetsafonik Travelogue Detours
In 2007, an independent Philippine band named Bagetsafonik put together an album called Travelogue which fused indiepop with electronica. One year later, they got fellow artists and producers to reinterpret those tracks. Travel Agents: Bagetsafonik Travelogue Detours is a 12-track album containing reinterpretations of each of the tracks on their debut album in various styles.
Artists/Producers: Caliph8, MoodJunkie, PaoChec, FluxusSyndrom, DJ Ponga, Names Are For Tombstones, Squid9, Spazzkid, Waking Up The Sunrise, Eggboy feat. Analog MC, Rlyn & Big Daddy J-Dibbs, N:ua, M.A. Mastering: Allan Confiado
DETAILS: 12 MP3s encoded at 192 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
DOWNLOAD: Download all files in a VBR zip (71 MB).
(qd-4238) Names are for Tombstones - Swans
[QD-4238] : Names Are For Tombstones : Swans (EP)
A five-song goth-rock/electronic EP by local artist Names Are For Tombstones, launched and released at the Swan Song Listening Party on November 17, 2006. Lovely dark and deep, combining guitars with electronics and melodic lyrics. Combining gothic angst with synth pop. Listen and share with all of your black-wearing friends.
FILE UNDER: gothic, new wave, synthpop
DETAILS: 5 MP3s, encoded at: 192 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Total Running Time: 27:32 | Released: March 2, 2007
DOWNLOAD: Entire EP as a ZIP FILE (33 MB) – from Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
(qd-4228) Switchboard of Souls - Shaken Dreams
[QD-4228] : SWITCHBOARD OF SOULS : Shaken Dreams (EP)
Switchboard Of Souls’ melodic surreal synths and guitar conjure images of dark blossoming flowers, his music reviving gothic ’80s with 21st century technology. These dreams have been shaken, not stirred by a master of moody soundscapes. This is new new wave without the banal poetry.
FILE UNDER: darkwave, gothic, new wave, synthpop, more clannish than Xymox, more moody than Depeche
DETAILS: 4 MP3s at 128 kbps, stereo
DOWNLOAD: Get the entire EP ZIP FILE ( 23.6 MB) – via Mediafire | Individual tracks below
(QD-4225): SWITCHBOARD OF SOULS - Dead Of Night (EP)
[QD-4225] : SWITCHBOARD OF SOULS : Dead Of Night (EP)
Think of menacing, grinding riffs which hearken back to mid-90s Ministry and the dark, brooding stillness of ancient ruins and maybe you’ll get some sense of Switchboard Of Soul’s latest darkwave opus: Dead Of Night. Once again, SOS (aka Christopher Quintos) takes his love for the sinister-sounding side of electronic music and assembles a pleasant audiotrip which takes you from night-time darkness straight into day.
FILE UNDER: gothic, darkwave, synthpop, dark ambience, sultry downtempo. Like mid-90s Ministry or Cocteau Twins if they’d been more laid back.
DETAILS: 3 MP3s, 44.1 kHz, 192 kbps, stereo | Released: May 2, 2005
DOWNLOAD: Whole album zip file – via mediafire (17.2 MB) | Individual tracks below