Yep, it’s that time of year again when I find myself furnished with the luxury of some much needed downtime. As I type this, I’m sitting on Paros in the Greek islands. It”s mid/late September and I’m fortunately not encumbered with the grind of daily life in the UK, which means that I have time to do something I truly enjoy, which is updating this site and doing some creative writing. I haven’t gone near this website since the start of June, and I’ve had a comparatively busy few months gigging and suchlike, so it seems churlish not to witter on about it all on here for your amusement.
As I’ve just mentioned, I was out and about this summer a few times to perform ‘live’ in front of some really quite receptive audiences. You can read about The Little Chill, Ozora, Whirl-Y-Fayre and The Campfire Convention in the scrapbook, once I’ve finished writing about the experiences.
OK, so the last remix I undertook was ‘She Brought The Sun’, by The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society. It was released back in June on Six Degrees Records – a seriously excellent EP with the likes of Richard Barbieri, Donna Lewis and Matt Coldrick performing remix duties. If you like your ambient deeply modular and properly blissed out, then head over to https://ddas.lnk.to/sunremixes to listen and purchase.
In other news, I’ve finally got around to finishing a track that I started working on way back in 2004, but then shelved, for whatever reason. It’s my cover of ‘Good Vibrations’ by The Beach Boys, and you can read more about it here.
I have some sad news for listeners of my radio show, ‘Eclectronica’… I was informed via a rather succinct phone call that my show, along with all of the other ‘specialist’ shows on Global Radio’s Chill DAB station, was surplus to requirements and was being axed – with immediate effect.
Putting a positive spin on it, I guess I’ve had a fair crack at the whip. I’d been compiling, presenting and producing the show for over 10 years and had a good regular audience, but it seems that this counts for very little in the cut-throat world of independent radio!
However, all’s not lost. I have a large following on MixCloud and this will continue to host my shows on there for the time being.
Going backwards to move forwards.
Those of you who waste your valuable time reading this gumph will possibly recollect that I was umm-ing and arr-ing about what to do with my back catalogue from way back when. I’d toyed with the idea of deleting the whole lot; lock stock and barrel… apart from ‘Sound to Sleep to‘, ‘Induction‘, ‘Get Lost‘, ‘Aural Architecture‘, ‘Peace Odyssey‘ and ‘Paracosmic‘. However, I’ve had quite a few emails from various folks who’ve said that this isn’t such a good idea, as they [and other people] seem to enjoy listening to some of my older material.
So, whilst I’m not necessarily reneging on this idea, the material I wrote between 1992 and 2000 will be fine tuned – some of it will be deleted, whilst some of it will be remastered by Chris Bagust and then collated into two or three albums and subsequently be re-issued.
alucidnation on 6 Degrees Records.
Some more exciting news; I’ll wager that you can hardly contain your excitement.
I’m very proud to inform you that I’m now released on the exceedingly good 6 Degrees Records. They’re looking after the digital and download side of things for Paracosmic. My artist page is here.
Paracosmic was released in October 2018 and you can go and have a listen, and, if you like what you hear, order it from all the usual suspects by clicking here.
You can read more about the making of ‘Paracosmic’ here.