The world spins round on its axis, the annual cycles continue as they’ve done for countless years.. the days gradually become shorter, the nights start to draw in, like an all-enveloping cloak. Death and rebirth.
Anyway, enough of the poetic muse.
It’s been a great summer. I’ve done a lot in a comparatively short space of time, when I sit back and psychoanalyze, which I’m prone to doing.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll know that I’m a bit slack in updating what goes on, but we moved house back in March to a beautiful place out in the country, which has been really beneficial on both the head, and the heart.
It took me a while to get my studio up and running, especially as I’d decided to integrate a multitrack recorder into the mix. As is usual, change, whilst in the short term is usually a disruptive experience, looking at things with the longer term in mind is usually a positive one. And, reviewing my audio scrapbook on various minidiscs the other day, I have to say that I’ve been unusually prolific over the summer months. Which can only be a good thing.
It’s probably something to do with my new surroundings and my headspace. Aside from a few ongoing health issues, which I intend to deal with over the course of the next six months, I’m in a very good place.
Another factor is the temperature of my new studio space. My old studio, based in what was essentially a soundproofed shed in our back garden, got so hot over the summer months that turning on the gear was pretty much a no-no, as it heated the space to almost sauna-like temperatures. Night time work was bearable, but looking back, it wasn’t practical, really. Having said all that, I did enjoy my time in my shed – dearly!
My new studio is based within the house, the floors are concrete, it’s gloriously cool, and, whilst the acoustics aren’t ideally suited to recording vocals [it’s not as ‘dry’ as the old shed], to hijack a well-known fast food chain’s slogan, I’m loving it.
Anyway, I guess you’re probably here to read about the music, rather than me waffling on about other stuff. Like I’ve already said, it’s been a fruitful few months and consequently I have a wealth of new material ready to go once it’s mastered.
The genuine success of the kickstarter campaign for my latest album, ‘Peace Odyssey’ has really buoyed my confidence to continue using the same model for future releases. Those of you who bought into the kickstarter will know that I’m planning some kind of retrospective release next, possibly on a vinyl-only basis as well as digital download before I release some of the new material I’ve amassed over the past two or three years since I released ‘Aural Architecture’ on Interchill.
I have some stock left over after the kickstarter campaign. There’s a limited quantity of vinyl and some CDs that I will be making available in my shop here and on BandCamp to those of you who missed out the first time around.
I’m intending to release this towards the end of this year, so watch this space…
Remixes | Collaborations.
I’ve been doing a bit of remixing and writing with other folks this year, too.
Another Fine Day’s critically acclaimed album ‘A Good Place to Be‘ [for which I did the artwork] gets the remix treatment, so alongside Greg Hunter, Ishq and Hibernation, my remix sits nicely on this release, available on download and limited edition CD.
I was asked by Toby Marks to contribute to the 20th anniversary edition of Banco de Gaia’s ‘Last Train to Lhasa‘ release. My remix of ‘White Paint’ is on the lavish 4CD box set which is limited to 3000 copies and available on the Disco Gecko site.
Dom Jacobson [aka Modaji] and I have been throwing some ideas backward and forward occasionally via the internet and have come up with some pretty good stuff.
The first release, a 12″ vinyl, will be released early November on Phonica and is entitled ‘Belle Epoque’. I’ll post the details up once I have them.
Meanwhile, Chris Pettit and I have also been tinkering around with a couple of new pieces, the results of which will be heard in the not-too-distant future on either my own label, or on Interchill. For those of you who follow what I do, you’ll remember that Chris and I recorded and released ‘Prefer to Stay in‘, which was issued on the last Interchill compilation, ‘WayPoint‘. It garnered some great reviews, I have to say. You can read some of them here.