195 / Puppet Show – Bright Evening Haze

A fourth EP from Puppet Show following a spurt of sudden and successful music making. The EP contains 5 Lo-fi electronic music tracks blended with up-front EDM beats and looped robotic melodies.

A sincere thanks to the wonderful artist R9A for providing his amazing work as album art.

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190 / Various Artists – The Fwonk Mixtape #18: Last Minute Madness

Once again the denizens of Megacity Fwonk rise up and make a mess of things while Judge Heskin is out bringing the law to the Cursed Earth.

…otherwise known as the boss was away on hols so we got together and made this while he was away.

Track list:

01 Dr Nemmo – Go To Sleep
02 Puppet Show – 4 Things In A Box
03 Vasko the Pig – Circuit Variations
04 KTFU – Unfirm Ground (Proto)
05 Cuckoo Spit – All Alone (Demo)
06 Per – Dad Interrupted
07 Echosonic – Lake Effect
08 Noctuary – Orchestral
09 Bachelor Machines – Everybody Hesko (Everybody Let’s Go)
10 Iain M Spillane – Happy, Scrappy and Out Of Tune
11 Styli – Out Of Nowhere Pt2
12 Turtuga Blanku – Mellow

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107 / Katarrhaktes: Collapse

Katarrhaktes ends its series of EPs with ‘collapse’, a ten track remix album chronicling every release since 2010’s ‘MAELSTRÖM’. This LP features special remixes by Per Byhring, Heskin Radiophonic, Puppet Show, and Fudgedubnofunk from the Fwonk* netlabel alongside reworkings by Katarrhaktes and two tracks completely exclusive to this release.

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5W1H 001: Puppet Show

FW106 Puppet Show

Who

James Garvey, aka Puppet Show.

What

A Singer and Composer and Musictech head and, most importantly, an artist on Fwonk*.

Where

In person, I currently live in the West of Ireland. In previous years I’ve lived and studied in Maynooth (Kildare).

When

The Present

(I shall wrangle this question into a subject of music)

My music seems to be helplessly retro-tinged, even when I don’t intend it to be (it’s probably the gear I use, or just my ears and brain). Bad form for an artist to not be in command of his work, you’d think, but then again, even worse to be blind or to be too spitefully contra to its tendencies. There’s a 90s Electronic Music feel to almost anything I’ve put out as Puppet Show and at this stage I don’t try to fight it, I just go with the flow.

Why

I’m an artist because, it’s the life for me, it suits how I think and how I view and interact with the world. A great teacher of mine once defined the role of the artist in society as “To reveal society’s soul to itself”

Which for a couple of EPs on a netlabel it’s not really a practical endeavour, but it is the underlying force in my “career” if you will. My Puppet Show EPs are more about self expression and some very conflicting philosophies I current hold regarding art (Plato mixed with Dostoyevsky sort of). The strange/beautiful thing is I feel as if electronic music is probably my worst medium for self expression and that I would even be better off painting then trying to put complex ideas into 90s sounding middle-tempo dance tinged pieces of music. But then perhaps that’s just the grass looking greener. It’s a selfish pleasure, and it’s so selfish that other people look at it and furrow their brow or read paragraphs like this and think “he’s just kidding himself” to which I have no counter, and then I think “why would I do that to myself?” or even “what kind of person would do that to himself?”

At least modern artists put their urinals and messy beds in galleries, and have articles written. But I potter on with all of this, and more brilliantly, this could all just be nonsense so I’m not even saving myself here either.

How

For this EP I used Reason rewired into Ableton Live. There are a couple of field recordings involved, but they’re so mangled it doesn’t really matter what I recorded them with. Mastered in a wav editor. I used SRH840s to write, mix and master the whole thing, except one of the tracks is quite old (TZ001) and was only recently remastered, but it might’ve been made in either Cubase (and Reason) or Protools with VSTs.

Puppet Show on Fwonk*

106 / Puppet Show: Dynamo Cat Banjo

The third and final EP from the benevolent Irish techno smith Puppet Show has been magic’d to our media device screens! This time round the tracks are louder, noisier and more dance edged then e’er before. The EP is also a longer then e’er before with a whopping seven tracks. Why, that’s almost an entire album. Which certainly wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful co-production action from fellow Fwonk* artists Gross Prophet and Katarrhaktes.

Special thanks to Allyzia for proving the awesome cover art!

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096 / Puppet Show: The 2nd EP

Either by lax supervision or burst of assertive sway, the long delayed second EP from Irish electronic musician Puppet Show has finally emerged. In it he hopes is a collection of easy going, dance influenced digital music pieces. Lo-fi, plenty of dynamics and hopefully, just the right amount of quirk. Special thanks to Japanese Artist vo0v0ov for lending her wonderful talents for the cover art.

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