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by William Hancock.

Luthiers Lounge #9

Melbourne turned the weather on yet again today for the second last gathering of 2018. The sky was clear, the beers were cold and a gentle wind from the north-west tempered the mood of our epic city.

A solid gathering of the guitar-building clan ensured much chit-chat and lots of guitars. Mainly steel-strings were seen today by the group of around 20 people.

Many thanks to Pat, Matt and Pete for busting out a few quality tunes.

Lukas popped in from Perth again, Pat swung by for a warm up on the way through to a gig later this arvo, Frank and Matt came up from the bayside area, Joff bought a ripper in with some stunning she-oak in it and a pleasant arvo was had by all. Pete busted out his latest lap steel, Paul bought in some very unusual Blackwood and get this, 1000 year old sinker Redgum!

Thanks everyone who threw some coins into the hat. It means a lot when it comes out of your own pocket. And thanks to the people that turned up sporting a positive, supportive and encouraging attitude. This gig costs me around $120 a month to put on. With a streetpress ad that figure doubles. It’s great to leave feeling happy that people have received the effort gratefully and are on board with the vibe of the gig. Support, encouragement, sharing and kindness. Everfresh.

Onwards towards November. Anyone with ideas input or thoughts about anything next year please hit me up through the Luthiers Lounge fb page

May all your guitars turn out better than expected!

Will

Pete Harbour and Old Faithful.

Nat and a build from Queensland with some interesting Maleleuca back and sides.

Paul with some weird Blackwood that was honey coloured.

Lukas from Perth. Will from Melbourne.

Pat sounding like the folk of the land.

Damon with a prototype freshie.

Joff with his ripper.

Dave Chin with a traveller collaboration (with Will).

Matt stringing up while Maizy hangs out.

Frank with his last years effort.

Top job all.

Next month in November. Sunday the 4th. 1pm – 4pm. Luthiers Lounge #10. At the Fitzroy Bowls Club. Last one for the year. Bring ya latest build.

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Abraham Carmona – Ibiza.

What a great album for relaxing into an evening. Warm production from Youth and a jazzy, guitar infusion over the beats with a middle eastern flavour popping up intermittently. Flows together beautifully as an album to give delicious chunk of time to sink into the balearic bliss. Enjoy with a cocktail and a view. Classy stuff.

An interesting clip from the makers:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NYLbdxBk6ds

Purchase here:

https://liquidsounddesignuk.bandcamp.com/album/abraham-carmona-ibiza

Abraham Carmona’s latest album stems from a session in the mountains of Granada, where he produced his most recent effort “Homage To Catalonia”, an album of traditional flamenco music produced by the legendary Youth (Killing Joke, Paul McCartney, Guns and Roses, 
The Verve)
. After finishing the traditional album, they decided to explore a new sound, combining beats, samples, electronics, and merging them with Abraham’s unique style 
of infusing jazz techniques with a flamenco aesthetic.

The result is a sublime collection of songs, eliciting images of chilled out nights under a summer sky, waves of electronic sounds wash over you, orchestral strings reminiscent of Kamasi Washington intertwine seamlessly with laid back grooves and a myriad of instrumentation, ranging from the eastern sounds of “Electronic Dreams” 
to the funky noodlings on “Fortamentura” 

Knog Bike Lights.

The designers at Knog.com.au have put together some very practical and competitive products for the bicycle industry. This one are the basic front and back lights for your pushbike. And for such a small and unassuming Australian pack, it’s making quite an impact on the European market. Price-point perfect and practical form-follows-function design make these little guys a big asset.

With five modes of operation, USB recharging and up to 40 hours of flashing, the 40 lumens if front light and 20 of rear are fully waterproof and magnetically mountable.

These guys are the quintessential bunch of designers. Holed up in a shopfront on Church street in Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia these guys are taking quality bike products and Australian design to large portions of the international markets. In particular the ultra-competitive European bicycle accessories market. And their winning.

Keep an eye out for the Bluetooth bicycle speaker too. Outstanding sound from a compact unit.

Did I mention the Richmond office has its own prototyping workshop? Australian made. Bewdy.

Available from www.99bikes.com.au or drop into the showroom at 453 Church st. Richmond, Melbourne, Australia.

@knog @williamhancockguitars #bicycles #bikelights #bikeaccessories #knog #bikes

Alucidnation – Paracosmic

Alucidnation – Paracosmic. (Lucid Recordings). Another solid album from Bruce Bickerton. Honestly I was hooked from the first bar of the first track. Walking along, plugged in my earphones and hit the tempo in rhythm right from the word go. There’s still the same compositional feeling and signature synth sounds from earlier releases, but there’s a new edge to this album. Sharper, a touch funkier, slightly more uptempo but still very much at home in the downtempo genres. Pushing towards the upper limits of that genres tempo and threatening to break out into some dancable and excellently made sonic infusion. Great. #triskelemanagement #lucidrecordings #alucidnation #oneworldmusic #brucebickerton @triskelemanagement @alucidnation @phoenixdistributionau @amanaska1

Dreadnought Plans.

Hand-drafted plan of the Thomas Lloyd Dreadnought from the book available at http://www.thomaslloydguitarstlg.com.au.

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Blackwood and Billy Dreadnought.

King Billy Soundboard, Blackwood back and sides, Gidgee fretboard and bridge. Maple neck, heel-block sandwiched with Tiger Myrtle.

http://www.williamhancockguitars.com

 

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Blackwood and Bunya Dreadnought.

Blackwood back and sides, Bunya top, Qld. Maple neck, Blue matchstick rosette, Qld. Maple and Blackwood bindings. Using some repurposed tonewood.

http://www.williamhancockguitars.com

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Traveller Prototype #3.

This is the third traveller prototype so far. It’s a variation on a lattice-braced system, using a plywood chassis with black bamboo fan bracing instead. 520 scale length. Repurposed tonewoods. Matchstick rosette. Standard-sized fingerboard and a little cutaway lined with ebony. The sound board and back plate were taken from full sized plates, thus allowing two ‘travellers’ per one single full sized guitar with the unfortunate liability of a cross grained orientation. An experiment. The back plate was concaved inside and out with a router to enhance projection and seems to have worked. The sound quality and volume is larger than one would expect from a soundbox of this size. It’s a work in progress and still a bit rough but a far cry from the first two. More experiments to come with a childrens model and another lattice braced design.

http://www.williamhancockguitars.com

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Spektrum – Last Inhabited Place On Earth

“London tech/house act returns with fresh release on Auckland dance label”

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Auckland-based dance label Beat & Path are spearheading their 2017 debut single release roster with a trio of tracks from London electronic band Spektrum.

Laying low since their 2007 EP on Data Records with Kinda New (We All Live & Die), Spektrum have returned with a classy, deep vocal-tech track with hints of electro and minimal. Two remixes add to the release with Dave Keno delivering a ‘peak-time monster’ and Beat & Path’s own Out Of Sorts reworking into a  ‘tripped out low slung disco groove’.

After the 2007 success of the Kinda New remix EP with mixes from Tiefschwarz and Dirty South (hitting NUMBER ONE on the UK Dance Charts) Spektrum are set to go the distance once again, this time with a fresh label, new angle and deep inspiration. Who knows what the future may hold?  A solid dance number blending deep tech-house beats with epic vocals.

Due out 25th of January, 2017.

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