Early Summer 2016.

Hello. Today [June 7th], whilst I have a rare small window of opportunity I thought I’d best update the website with some news of forthcoming gigs and decisions regarding pricing policy for digital on this and my BandCamp site..


 

The Sale becomes Permanent…

As you’re aware, I announced a limited sale price of 25p on all digital downloads on this site back in March.

This decision has been a pretty interesting experiment – so rather than reverting back to full price for digital, I’ve decided to maintain this price for the forseeable future.

Common sense dictates that a listener is far more likely to support the artist if they’re prepared to place less financial value on their goods, and if I’m honest, the previous price of £1 per download was steep to say the least. 25p ain’t.

So whilst CD’s and vinyl will remain at the same pricing structure that they’ve always been, all digital is now at this permanently reduced price.

If you haven’t read it already, I’ve written a rather erudite article about it too, so if you’ve a few minutes to spare, please have a read.

 


 

Health News.

If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I had a hip operation in early March. At the time of writing this, we’re now about 11 weeks on, and things appear to be knitting and healing very well, thanks.

In actual fact, some days go by and I almost forget that I underwent the whole procedure, so I’m really pleased I overcame my [unwarranted] fears and went for it.

I can now actually get onto my bike and have started to build up my fitness in readiness for some longer rides with my old friend Simon – I just need to rein in my impatience and make sure I don’t do too much too soon. Full recovery tends to take around a year, so gentle exercise is the order of the day here.

If you’re interested in reading more you can read more about my observations here if you’re interested!

 


 

Forthcoming Gigs.

Unusually, I’ve got a few bits and bobs lined up this year…

 

Chilled Cider
19th – 21st June

Our annual sojourn to one of the best pubs on the south coast of England; The Square and Compass on the Isle of Purbeck. Pete Lawrence curates a weekend of trad and modern music with superb quality ciders and homemade pasties served up at the pub as a rather tasty backdrop.

There’s more information about this here on FaceBook. The lineup includes James Brothers, Wholesome Fish, Guy Morley and Spike.

I’ll be doing my traditional slot, opening up proceedings on Sunday lunchtime. Let’s hope the solstice weather smiles on us all!

 


 

Latitude
14th – 17th July

Well, this was a surprise.

OK, so Festival Republic, who run this gig, are akin to the epitomy of the ‘dark side’, but I can console myself in the knowledge that I’ll be performing on the Solas Stage – a fringe stage which strictly speaking, has little to do with Latitude as a whole.

Either way, as a member of the original ambient electronica movement [their words, not mine!] I was genuinely chuffed to be asked to curate and programme this stage by the Body & Soul organisation. Body & Soul already run their own highly successful boutique festival each year in Co. WestMeath, Eire, as well as running a ‘festival within a festival‘ at The Electric Picnic, Ireland’s biggest and most famous knees-up.

I have to admit I had reservations about taking on such a role, but I’m glad I’ve faced my demons as we’ve assembled a really great selection of eclectic acts to play for you throughout the festival. I’ve tended to concentrate more on ambient electronica, pulling together some of my favourite established artists and DJs.

The full lineup will be announced in the next few days and I’ve also written a short blog about it which you can read here, once I’ve finished it..!

 


 

Altogether Festival
5th – 7th August

In a rare turn of events, I’m going to be playing out some of my stuff out at this rather lovely little festival in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

The Together 2016 Festival will be held in Thoulstone Park and will bring together around 600 friends, and friends of friends, with all profits being dontated to the Awamu Foundation. The emphasis is going to be on a good, varied soundtrack, whilst languishing in 145 acres of rolling parkland.

The lineup is particularly eclectic, including A Guy Called Gerald, WrongTom and Belleruche.

All we need now is some good old fashioned English sunshiney weather and it’ll be the perfect prescription.

Follow the link for more information and also to get hold of tickets. Come on; it’ll be a lovely party!

 


 

 
The Campfire Convention
12th – 14th August
 

Whilst I don’t think I’m playing or DJing at this event [unless I’m asked to!], I’m keen to lend my support in whatever capacity I can to this.

It’s my old friend and Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence’s latest venture. Campfire is primarily an online-based community, but this shindig will hopefully unite members in person at a beautiful venue on the English/Welsh borders near Hay on Wye.

A number of years in the making, Campfire aims to be different. The Campfire platform is designed to be truly progressive in an era where increasingly Facebook/Google-style algorithms define and categorise us according to commercial imperatives. The priorities of the Campfire community will be led by its members.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be at the inaugral meeting at the venue where ideas were discussed and the site was explored by myself and about 20 other like-minded people. A genuine campfire was enjoyed by night and it was a joyful experience, being at one with fire and the sound of the stream burbling nearby – the essential elements.

The Convention will showcase talks by a variety of people, including a rare appearance by Brian Eno. Music includes sets from Edward II, DJ legend Greg Wilson, Jennifer Reid, phenomenal guitarist Adrian Legg and a live set from Will Pound and Eddy Jay, whose performance at last year’s Chilled Cider was a personal highlight.

In a nutshell, the emphasis is less on being a festival, more on being at one with the surroundings, enjoying the peace and tranquility and enjoying the hospitality of the Bridge Inn, where a range of delicious beers, ciders and home-cooked grub is on offer at reasonable prices.

Tickets are now available here. I think it’s a really reasonably priced event if you consider that simply booking a plot on a campsite these days costs around £20 per night…

 

 

BandCamp Picks

As well as retailing my music here on this site, you can also visit my BandCamp page to listen to and purchase my catalogue; here are a few random tracks to whet your appetite…

Chilled Cider '16
Latitude 16
Together_2016
Campfire 2016

Planned New Releases.

SloMo  |  Versions

I think 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’m toying with the idea of applying similar treatments to other ambient fodder in my back catalogue, then releasing a download-only album that could be used for therapy, meditation and suchlike. I’ll keep you posted.

Broken EP

Back in late April, 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’, I’ll be releasing this and some other pieces on an EP called ‘Broken’ at some point later this year.

OK – it was due to be late May, but when you’ve got a parallel career that’s of demanding of time as mine is, things tend to fall behind schedule. I’m sorry.

And here’s a taster video for the 4th track on the EP, which was recorded at the tail-end of the sessions, and in stark contrast to the other pieces, ‘All at Sea’ was recorded pretty much live with little or no overdubbing. I used my arsenal of analogue synthesizers to full effect, particularly the Roland JP8080. Share the love.

Long Versions
Broken Cover

Peace Odyssey.

It seems like old news now, but I’ve rolled out my kickstarter LP project to everyone else who maybe missed the boat first time round. So ‘Peace Odyssey’ is now officially out.

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 good folk at Interchill Records have issued a new compilation, and I feature on it not once, but twice with some classic alucidnation goodness.

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 – now back in stock on CD.

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 now have a few copies here for sale in my shop.

Go here to order it

alucidnation Shop

My online shopping system has been totally upgraded and modified which will hopefully make your online experience less of an arduous process.

As you’ve probably already read, all downloads are now just 25p.

In other news, I’ve extended all teaser tracks to on average 1m45s, which’ll hopefully give you a better idea of how each track develops and grows.

Scrapbook

The new scrapbook replaces what was the old news and events pages.

It’s 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.