Memotone

“Blending a passion for experimental classical music with a clear understanding of bass music, Yate’s vision is quite strikingly unique,” Boomkat 2012

“One of the most astounding pieces on the release (Life Between Screens) is Memotone’s “Abbots Bromley Horn Dance”, a thrillingly bizarre piece of music that blends moods, eras and styles in a single unit. Built around a chilling recorder melody that’s straight out of the May Day celebrations of The Wicker Man, Memotone undercuts this playfulness with large swathes of distorted noise before injecting dolor with mournful clarinet harmonies. It’s a truly singular piece that takes the listener into realms uncharted and unexpected, in the same way that Manni Dee hoped to draw the assembled producers away from the norm.” Truants – truantsblog.com

Memotone is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, his sound is made up of layered instrumentation over the top of field recordings, conversation, atmospheres and programming all tied up with live acoustic drums and binaural percussion, often using an MPC 1000 for live edits. Also showing a keen interest in sound-scape and textural experimentation.

Memotone mainly works in his bedroom studio, but also has a live performance to offer. His show is a captivating blend of live instrumentation including piano, keyboard, clarinet, trumpet, zither, guitar, bass, drums, glockenspiel, organ, melodica and toy instruments looped on a Boss RC-50 loop pedal with live audio effected from a Kaoss Pad 3 and samples triggered from an MPC 1000.  When playing, William Yates is switching from instrument to instrument, from pads to keys and from pedal to pedal and sometimes all together. “There are many more restrictions in live music, especially when performing on your own but it does bring something different to the music altogether that may be lost in a studio environment. When I play live I try and make it so every sound you hear you can see me create or trigger (when samples are involved.) I never use a laptop on stage and want to keep it that way. I think it’s much more interesting for the crowd and as a performer.”

REVIEWS FOR ‘I SLEEP. AT WAKING’

“Like a great art-house movie memotone’s music can take you places you never knew existed.” – Q Magazine

” **** Arvo Part, Gorecki and DJ Shadow combine on this extraordinary neo-classical electronica album by multi-instrumentalist William Yates. Zithers, clarinets, ping-pong balls or samples from distant conversations are all employed as part of his arsenal. Often using field recordings to set a mood, Yates layers on live insturments, sometimes playing gorgeous melodies, at other points adopting a groove-laden, dissonant approach” – Mojo Magazine

” Last time we received a memotone EP we said it sounded like escaping a hospital ward with a brain injury trying to remember your past. This is similarly bleak. It’s his first full album, and the longer format helps him conjure and otherworldly state of mind with avant-guard pianos, eastern drum beats and jazzy electronics. This is art from every conceivable angle and an impressive experience.” The Ocelot

Quotes about the ‘Memoosh LP’

“They are through to the final round of The X Factor, sounds great!”
HUW STEPHENS | BBC RADIO 1, UK

“Beautifully laidback and mellow!”
NEMONE | BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

“1st Avenue original mix is wicked,infact alot of this is wicked
these guys are fucking good!”
DADDY G | MASSIVE ATTACK, UK

“Very beautiful”
GOLDIEROCKS | SELECTOR RADIO/BRITISH COUNCIL, UK

Memotone Releases:

A Future Without
– Friend [August 2010] Digital
– Hands EP [March 2012] T-shirt/Digital

Black Acre
– Multicolour EP [March 2011] Vinyl/Digital
– Lost Hours EP [October 2011] Vinyl/Digital
******- I Sleep. At Waking LP [October 2012] CD/Digital
- Koma/Goldair [April 2013 - Record Store Day] 7″ and digi

Raised By Records
– RBR001 [October 2011] Vinyl/Digital
– Terrain Part 1 [August 2012] Vinyl/Digital

Project Mooncircle
- 10th Anniversary Box Set [March 2012] Vinyl/Digital
- Memoosh (Memotone & Soosh) LP [October 2014] Vinyl/Cassette/Digi

WOTNOT
- Life Between Screens compilation [October 2014] Cassette

Along with tunes being featured on compilations for Outlier Recordings and a host of free EP’s which you can download here:
FOUR TRACKS FOR FREE: http://memotone.bandcamp.com/
BAD PANDA EP: BAD-PANDA-EP
FREE EP 2012: http://boilerroom.tv/memotones-free-ep/
ENJOY!
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Away from his personal music William Yates has also been working with publishers, namely Hear No Evil, Massive Music and Jeff Wayne Music Group.
His music has been used by: UBS (Television Advert), AllSaints (http://youtu.be/Ve-Ua6o05FU), Mercedes (The New C-Class internet campaign), Lonely Planet (Travel Guide App), Wallpaper Design (Internet Film) Zacapa Rum (www.zacaparum.com) Composition for projections in Prague (https://vimeo.com/89834395) and National Geographic (Departures Season 3 for TV). As more and more work comes in, the list will hopefully grow.

For Bookings (Live Set) email: will@memotone.co.uk

If you need to get in touch with me directly you can do so via email or telephone.

Email Address: will@memotone.co.uk

Telephone: 07784013518

Twitter: www.twitter.com/memotone
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/memotone/82540332339
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/memotone

  • February 5th, 2009
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