Yammer (2001–6)

After a 12-year hiatus since hanging up his guitar, Keith Nuttall returned to making music. He ditched traditional band instruments almost altogether, in favour of a computer and a broad collection of samples of folk and classical instruments. The music he produced was an eclectic mix of genres and sounds.

Digital EP (2001)

“Sounds a bit chaotic, but interesting.” Future Music

Digital was Yammer’s first recording, influenced by the sounds of traditional instruments. Having not played an instrument for many years, Keith decided that his aim was to create ethnic-sounding music electronically, without playing a single note.

It uses samples of traditional acoustic instruments and a few made-up noises — the sort of thing classical music composers might have done, if they had computers.

Digital was released in June 2001, and was remixed and reissued in October 2001.

Track Listing: Happy / Quartet / Acid Test / Fanfare

… a Bit Chaotic, but Interesting EP (2002)

The EP took its title from a vaguely complimentary review

Spurred on by an encouraging response to his Yammer debut, Digital, Keith continued working in a similar musical vein, mixing sampled instruments and different musical genres.

Three tracks were completed by the following Spring and were compiled in a new EP … a bit chaotic, but interesting (a vaguely flattering phrase used to describe Digital by a British music magazine).

Best compared to Digital as ‘the same, only different’, it represents three completely different approaches to music: church-organ-based techno, futuristic space-jazz, and mock-orchestral whimsy. Drone was later voted a Track of the Day on Garageband in summer 2004.

Track Listing: Organ Grinder / Drone / Christmas Time

Worm Pizza (2003)

The reissue depicts the original limited handmade version

In 2002, Keith formed a long-distance collaboration with friends The Moles, Renaldo Malpractice (of Renaldo and the Loaf) and Paulie Kraynak.

With only the word “mole” as guidance, music was exchanged internationally by internet and by post, over a six month period. Eventually, an album of musical re-workings of mole-related songs was completed.

This project was privately released in March 2003 as Worm Pizza – a present for The Residents on their 30th anniversary, and delivered in person. Due to popular interest, it was later reissued as Worm Pizza (Re-heated).

Track Contributions: We Are the Moles / Mole in a Hole / We Are the Moles (Renaldo, with Rock, Krister & Keith)

Worm Pizza at Bandcamp.

Ever Decreasing Circles EP (2003)

Ever Decreasing Circles EP
The final Yammer EP, made from mixing up left-overs

Despite vowing to try something different, a disturbing number of pieces remained unfinished, so Keith utilised all of his unused bits of music, and created something new.

Ever Decreasing Circles would clear the decks for a new music project by tidying up all loose ends. Inevitably, this was the penultimate composition by Yammer.

It seemed appropriate to name the new tunes after regional cuisine which incorporates ‘left-overs’, and to name the EP after a the musical experience which lead to its creation.

Track Listing: Salmagundi (ft. Jess Nuttall) / Gallimaufry (ft. Kevin Hickey) / Bubble and Squeak (ft. Ulrich Bomnüter & Bex Nuttall) / Slumgullion (ft. Kevin Hickey)

Long Division (2004)

Yammer’s only album, Long Division, explores a space somewhere between Jazz, Techno, Ambient, Classical, Industrial and Progressive Electronica. It’s an album of personality crises; a confused scrapbook of musical experiences.

It compiles the three Yammer EPs released between 2001 and 2003, and Keith’s contributions to The MolesWorm Pizza project.

It contains a number of contributions from friends and family, including Kevin Hickey, Ulrich “Bommel” Bomnüter, Vince Coulman, and Renaldo Malpractice. It received a limited release in 2004.

Track Listing: We Are the Moles / Acid Test / Fanfare / Drone / Bubble and Squeak / Mole in a Hole / Happy / Gallimaufry / Organ Grinder / Quartet / Slumgullion / Salmagundi / Christmas Time

Long Division at Bandcamp

Cop (2004)

Keith embarked in a new direction, acquiring new equipment with a view to playing live. Whilst gearing-up and familiarising himself with real-time sequencing, he composed a new instrumental track, which reminded him of 70s American police TV theme tunes.

Cop was released online on the (defunct) Garageband website, and garnered some praise, but became the last output of the Yammer project.

Cop at Bandcamp

Going Live

Keith started collecting equipment which enabled him to perform electronic music live, as well as in the studio. But, a couple of years later, it became clear that he couldn’t find anyone to join him, and the gear was eventually sold or stored.