Umbilical is an unsigned band that sprang from the ashes of the one man project Noise Machine. We hail from The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The music we're doing can best be described as electronic music, being that most of the music is indeed quite synthetic in nature, utilizing samples, guitar feedback and other different sound based materials. We currently have one demo done w/ another more matured demo on the way. Hopefully soon some of this material will make it's way to cd. There are three side projects of the band, the first to come about was Vince's project The Pound Assembly Of God (now defunct) which is more goth/electronic oriented, Wintermute which is Nathan's and can best be described as ethereal/darkwave, NORAD which is Seth's project and is best categorized as 'umbilical gone monstrously techno', and Symposium which is Vince's ambient noise one-time-only project. Tapes by each are available as well.
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06/06/98/ -With regrets, I inform "everyone" that Umbilical has halted for a while. Everyone's lives are going in different directions and no one seems to be on the same path. We do, however, still work together now and again. Seth & I have started piecing together a modern orchestration of sorts a while back. I've put together a 5 song platter under the name Pith. It is more drum 'n' bass (a style which i don't care for, but had it in my head for some reason). I'm currently working on a remix of that last song we did (still no title for it) and it looks like it might be pretty interesting. Seth has been working on some new things by himself and I'll be honest, I have no clue what Nate has been up to musically. I know he's been focusing on his art. As far as I know, this page will remain up and i do see us all collaborating again in the future. But as we all know, the future is not set.
04/04/98/ -Been a while. Okay, we've finished 2 songs for our new cd. It was decided that ASCII will be a Stand Alone cd and not a track featured on our forthcoming cd. The first song we've finished is a track that has caused a "little" turmoil in the band (egos abound by all of us, especially me). It may be titled (in) human (e). The second song has no title currently, but has religious elements (no, it's not a FUCK GOD! song, we are not Marilyn Manson, okay?). So we're doing research as to what to call it. Perhaps a biblical passage. We shall see. ZIP drives have been added to our arsenal and has made recording easier, but the unit feel is still not present. Perhaps this can change this coming Summer. Changes in this page may occur soon. Until the new one is done, this one will remain with updates every so often.
02/09/98/ -The finishing edit touches are done for our first "single". It's for our song ASCII and features 6 different versions of the song. I will soon be burning it onto a cd. When this is done, it will be made available. Keep looking here for info. Until then, go to PRODUCTS for track listing and whatnot for ASCII.
02/04/98/ -Doing this doing that. Whimper's coming along well. I am pleased. I really think the name should be changed from The Whimper Of Whipped Dogs to I Have No Mouth. What do you think? Email and tell us. I'd love to prove my point. Anyway, yeah.
01/14/98/ -Been very busy with some life distractions,but yes we have been recording as a 'whole',and the double ear factor of stereo,has flooded our brains with ideas. As for side project's, I have also finished a 45 minute (second album) for Wintermute, untitled "Firmament" which are available at this site. Demo's here.
01/13/98 - Well we're back into the fray. We've started working on a new version of The Whimper Of Whipped Dogs. The hook is that I am adding my own touches therefore making this a group effort. The new version promises have more depth and a much more professional sound. After all... we now have stereo capabilities. It's a long story... don't ask. Also, I have completed a 24 minute tape of ambient noise songs under the name of Symposium.
12/16/97 - Work on Die Hure Part 2 is still going. It would be done, but I live so far from my beloved machines. I finished a remix of ASCII titled Synthetic Mix. Imagine the sound of a computer working and all the info running thru its little diodes and shit. Best description I have for it. As for what the others guys have been doing is beyond me. Perhaps this is for the best?
12/10/97 - Started a sequel of sorts for Die Hure. Most of the music is finished, just need to add a few things. Soon I make the move back to my original place of solitude and with luck this will make collaboration between us three a bit better and more consistant. Also finished is a Pound Assembly Of God song turned into an Umbilical song. Its title is Supplication. Look it up in the dictionary. Also, went back and did some heavy proofreading. This homepage really needed it. Sorry Seth *smile*.
11/28/97 - Working on something mellow for a change... finished something called WIRED [note: title changed to ASCII] the other day, accompanied that w/ a remix of my doing and one of Nathan. It's very punchy. Of interest, Wired marks the first time in a few months that we ALL have worked on a song together. I'm quite happy w/ this. Was afraid we couldn't pull it off anymore. Besides that, the above mentioned mellow ditty is prolly gonna be called Lonelyache. We are Harlan Ellison fans btw.
Umm update on the song I was working on. Untitled [ Lentine], the lyrics are posted up in notes. It's very trancy but ambient, thinking maybe for the end song of our demo.
Umm let's see, the previously untitled track I was solely working on is now named (Six Feet of Earth) which is added on to the new demo coming out. But we have been taking a break on all music making for a period here. The three of us made a trip to go see KMFDM (every cool word in the book placed here). And now we are moving slowly but surely. Going to be getting back in the emotion of the motion soon. I had a beat in my head earlier today so I've been hammering it out on the keyboard and getting some lyrics out of my head and on paper before they drift off. I'll keep you updated as the updating continues... Strike a pose there's nothing to it!
Die Hure is done. It is a noise-based song with scapes. It ranges from quiet intro to intense pressure building coda. I am pleased. An interlude is done. Features a sample from the infamous courtroom scene that was not used in the final cut of Natural Born Killers (no I didn't sample Juliette "whiny bitch" Lewis for it...). Tongue has healed. I think it might have affected my vocals in a good way... ask the people at the karaoke bar where I did a rotten (read: great) version of Vogue. Bring on the world.
This morning I finished an interlude for the second coming demo. Seth also finished one. I'm very excited about this next tape being that is covers more bases then the first, a more ambient and darker electronic feel. Should be killer. The Skinny Puppy cover is at a stage now where everything looks better, but we want to cover "Cage" so it will happen. The Webpage is going over a facelift with some new images and links, so keep checking back. The updating is daily. A tip for inspiration: rent any movie with Gary Oldman in it. Everything about him is cool...
I'm currently working on a solo song to be titled Dead Whore [note: titled changed to Die Hure and is officially an Umbilical song]. As for songs with Umbilical, we are working on a cover of Skinny Puppy's song Cage. I am hoping my tongue will heal from its current piercing so I can do the vocals effectively. Rent the movie Jacob's Ladder and analyze, live, breathe it.
Seth and I have collaborated on a distorted crunch "song" and have now officially named it "The Whimper Of Whipped Dogs," which is suiting given the fact that there are a miriad of "1984" samples throughout. And the torture scene added the right mood for the name, but in all truths, the name came after. I'm currently working on my lone making a throbbing pulse tune which will incorparate my voice into the mix. But other than "Whimper" we have been working on a Skinny Puppy remake for a cd cover album in the works. More news on how that goes later.
10/24/97/ - We're currently working on a new batch of songs. The notion of playing live has sort of fallen by the wayside for the moment. Maybe subconsciously we want better material to actually play for people. The new cuts are as follows. All listed are complete.