March ’17.

Hello. A quick update for you, as we head towards the longer days and shorter nights.

Spring is in the air!

 


New Kickstarter MK II.

So, after a lot of nervous procrastination on my part, I went ahead and pressed the launch button on the second alucidnation PledgeMusic campaign on the 22nd January.

I needn’t have worried as it funded itself within 23 days!

I’m pleased to say that with your generous support the project is now well underway. I’d deliberately held off assembling anything until I reached 100% but now it’s full steam ahead with the tracklistings, the sleeve designs – all of the exciting stuff that I really love doing and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to and looking at when you receive your package.

If you’ve not yet come on board, there’s still some [very limited] stock available here.

I’m pretty busy with other life stuff at the moment, but when I get some time I’ll post some more about this project – as my first kickstarter proved to be, this has been an even more positive thing to have undertaken…

 


 

 

Spiritland.

I’m playing here again on Sunday 12th March, from midday through to 5pm so if you fancy having a drink and a bit to eat whilst listening to some nice music, then please come along!

I played here back in January. Having played at the original Merchant’s Tavern venue a while back, the Spiritland team now have a dedicated venue in Kings Cross.

The philosophy is simple – come and listen to great music on a state-of-the-art hi-fi system whilst enjoying beautifully prepared food and a great range of drinks.

 

BandCamp Picks

I sell my music here on this site, but if you’re after full-rez wave files or FLAC then visit my BandCamp page

Here are a few random tracks to whet your appetite…

New Pieces.

These two new tracks will be making an appearance on the new album, due out in October.

Joyous

Written during late August last year, this is a catchy little tune with a great hook, although I say so myself. Having already penned the backing track prior to a campervan trip up to Northumbria with two of my dearest friends, I added the vocals upon my return – the crux of the lyric is all about being on Alnmouth beach on a remarkably clear night under a full moon.

Whilst I’m responsible for the stills that feature in the video, unfortunately I can’t take the credit for the amazing timelapse footage that I edited together. Thanks to Harley Grady for his excellent work.


All at Sea

Back in late April last year, I finally finished a work-in-progress that had been up on my Mackie 32-8 desk for about 7 weeks, which for me, is rather a long time. In addition to the main mix, which is almost akin to an Average White Band / Wild Cherry-type groove, I carved out two other instrumental mixes. With this track, I really got into the guts of the programming and sequencing, then spent quite a long time on the way the whole thing sounded. I really enjoyed the whole process and, whilst it doesn’t really conform to the traditional ‘alucidnation formula’ it will see the light of day next year.

‘All at Sea’, featured here, was recorded at the tail-end of the sessions. It’s in stark contrast to the other pieces, recorded pretty much live with little or no overdubbing. I used my arsenal of analogue synthesizers to full effect, particularly the Roland JP8080. Enjoy the sounds and the visuals.


SloMo  |  Versions

I was online a while back and heard an extended version of an Aphex Twin track from Selected Ambient Works II which stopped me in my tracks.

A very simple premise – it took the original and slowed it right down, whilst keeping the pitch and general ethereal feel of it, beautifully.

I guess the concept’s akin to ultra slow-motion videography.

After doing a bit of research, I discovered that this rework had been created using some freeware, intriguingly named PaulStretch.

I reckoned that the final track on my debut album could benefit from the timestretch treatment, so here is Suspended on Air: the Long Version.

Seeing as it’s had such a positive reaction on SoundCloud, I have an idea I will compile a download-only album of this and other tracks from my ambient catalogue that could be used for therapy, meditation and suchlike. I’ll keep you posted.

Long Versions

Peace Odyssey.

My first kickstarter LP project ‘Peace Odyssey’..

You can buy it directly from me here. It’s also available as hi-rez audio on my Bandcamp page and is available on iTunes and all good digital stores now.

For those of you who prefer the physical product, I have limited quantities available on CD and vinyl LP here in my shop too, so tell all your friends!

 


 

Interchill | ‘Interchill’.

The latest compilation from Interchill Records features some classic alucidnation goodness, times two.

Called simply ‘Interchill’, it’s a roundup of some of the highlights from the label’s prolific output from the last four or so years.

I feature on it with the opening track from ‘Aural Architecture’, ‘Protocol’, and the Irresistible Force remix of ‘Genetics’ is also included.

Those of you who are familiar with the Interchill label will notice that they have a brand new sparkly website. You can visit my artist page there and there’s also my releases page for your reading pleasure…

 


 

Get Lost.

My second album, originally released in 2009 on Big Chill Recordings, ‘Get Lost’, has long since sold out on CD. I’ve always been quietly surprised that it didn’t do quite as well as ‘Induction’ seemed to do from a purely commercial point of view, but maybe I’m biased – I consider it to be my finest collected body of work to date.

However, the LP was also signed and released in Asia and Australasia by the rather excellent One World Music. I’ve been in touch with them recently and it transpires that they have limited stock available, so I have a few copies left for sale in my shop.

Go here to order it

alucidnation Shop

All downloads are now just 25p.

All teaser tracks are on average 1m45s, which’ll hopefully give you a better idea of how each track develops and grows.

Scrapbook

The scrapbook is akin to a blog; I’ll post up information regarding new releases, events and other fascinating bits of information that will either blow your mind or bore you shitless.

If you move your eyeballs to the right, you’ll spot some links to some pearls of wisdom that I’ve already penned.