NEWS Am currently going through a period of 'hand-made' CD-Rs, instead of having an album as such, more a 'mix-tape' of material...
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My name is James Robinson, notv is the name for my solo recording project which I have used for nearly 20 years now in Christchurch, I have decided to try to expand my fan base from a dozen people in Chch to, I dunno, a coupla dozen people.My music I guess comes out of wanting to make music but not having the patience to learn an instrument properly. Currently I have been trying to squeeze noises out of a computer, it use to be a guitar, keyboard, drum machine fourtrack, kazoo etc...
Why this name?
When I was a kid in Australia I used to cycle behind trucks with a sign on them No Overtaking Turning Vehicle. It is not a statement about television, I enjoy the little you get these days between the crap.
Do you play live?
What I used to do was to, in the period of time coming up to a gig, work out drum machine programmes, lyrics, guitar sounds, keyboard sounds, tapes, then on the day of the gig, randomly match them together, get tanked up and go for it, but since giving up drinking I have put aside playing solo as too scary, though I have done a coupla live gigs with bands I've been involved with, but that too is too nerve wracking so at the moment I am not playing live.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Well, it is quicker to hear music from around the globe. Of couse the major labels are complaining, but they always need something to complain about, in the seventies it was cassettes, now the internet, in ten years time something else.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
What are they offering?
NoTV, the solo project of J-mz Robinson since 1992, embodies the characteristics that originally defined kRkRkRk & which still play a role in its personality today: imagination, a willingness to experiment, a certain fixation on technology & an intuitive approach to recording & performance. NoTV's stylistic influences - early 80's punk/new wave & electro-industrial music - were held in common with many of the label's participants, in the 1992-97 period, but nowhere are they more apparent than in J-mz's uniquely idiosyncratic approach to the medium...from http://go.to/krkrkrk
My musical influences; probably; The Residents, Kraftwerk, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Scientists, The tape splicing of the Beatles, Laibach. Or not...
A kawai R50-e drummachine, Roland D-20, Fostex X-24, crappy guitar, Yamaha Portasound, These days a computer-PC
Other Projects I was involved in: