NEWS : Our song Cccan’t you See is in the 2nd series of Halt and Catch Fire. It is featured in Episode 8, which was aired in the USA on the 19th of July 2015. For those of you who are not familiar with the series here is a brief description..
From AMC Studios, Halt and Catch Fire captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it. While charting the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, and as their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate. The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and executive produced by showrunner Jonathan Lisco (Southland) and Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify). The series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, Pushing Daisies) as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark, and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth.
Q: Any new Vicious Pink songs in the pipeline, A: YES.
“Kings of the Mountains 1.0” recorded in 2012. This version of the track is an instrumental, based on the racing ascent and descent by road bicycles of a mountain that has featured in the Tour De France. This was developed from Brian’s experience of cycling some of the mountains that feature in the Grand Tour, Mont Ventoux in Provence, being, especially awe inspiring to him.
Lots of the sounds used are recorded from bikes, mapped out onto samplers, then played on keyboards. The first version of the track was uploaded to Youtube july 2012, to coincide with the start of that Years Tour De France.
Versions “Kings of the Mountains 1.0” and “Kings of the Mountains 1.1” are also on Soundcloud.
A new mix was made especially for the Tour De France Grand Depart from Leeds UK in 2014. It was recorded in September 2013, featuring Claudio Kron on bike percussion, (no samples). “Kings of the Mountains 2.X” is an extended version with vocals and tempo changes relative to ascent, descent and racing finish.
The idea was to perform the track live including, various other VP songs at events around Yorkshire leading up to the Grand depart, (VP are waiting for a reply from the organisers).
Sounds of bicycles used to replace conventional instruments.
From working bikes:
Gear shifter activation = finger click.
Brake lever release = wood block.
Tyre inflated 120 psi and wheel = low gong, (the tyre was hit with a drum stick)
Air from tyres = hi-hat, open and closed.
Air from track pump release = crash cymbal.
Wheels & gears, moving fast and slow = subsonic drone and clicks.
Road noise – air noise = white noise.
Pedal spinning = light ticking.
From scrap/recycled bicycle parts:
(Various types of drum sticks were used to hit the parts)
Road bike front forks = chime tone.
Road bike frame = bell tones.
Mountain bike frame = bell tones.
20″ wheel = chime tone high.
24″ wheel = chime tone medium.
27″ wheel = chime tone low.
Spokes = bell tree.
Rear hub ratchet spinning = ticking.
Special thanks to:
Les Smith, Francis Dove and Richard Senior for helping record the bike sounds.
Bill Hargreaves Bicycles, Bradford Road, Dewsbury for supplying the working bikes and scrap bike parts, there legendary and generous donations of, time patience and tolerance, expertise, guerrilla recording space and an inspirational supply of racing mettle.
“Kings of the Mountains 2.x” Now on Soundcloud, is available for promotion of the Tour De France and other uses, for enquiries contact: