Winter ’16.

Wow. What the hell happened to 2016?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t quite believe we’re almost into 2017.. it’s funny [well, not funny, more a worrying observation] that the older you get, the faster the time seems to pass..

 


Recap.

I’ll be frank with you. It’s been a pretty quiet year on the alucidnation front.

The truth is that I don’t feel the compulsion to spend all of my spare time writing and recording at the moment. That’s not to say that I haven’t produced anything of note over the last 12 months – I have. However, reviewing my output in 2016, the audio scrapbooks that I compile onto MD, consisting of jams and ideas have diminished in number. I believe that there are a number of contributory factors here.

My day job has gradually become more intrusive, what with taking on more responsibilities at work and the lines between ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ becoming more blurred. I guess this is an inevitable outcome when one works remotely from a home office. Unless you’re really strict about shutting down your computer at a designated time of day, not succumbing to reading work mails on your mobile device and not talking about work with your partner, work stuff can slowly encroach on your social life. These issues are compounded when you happen to be married to your work colleague, which of course, I am.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work part-time for the past 17 years; this is the first time that I feel as though my music’s had to take more of a back seat to accommodate my worklife. To create anything of any artistic merit, you’ve got to devote not inconsiderable amounts of time and energy into it. At this time, I can’t seem to do that. But I’m sure this will change soon enough.

 


Spiritland.

I’m playing another gig at Spiritland.

I played at the original Merchant’s Tavern venue a while back, and now they’re back with a dedicated venue in Kings Cross. Their 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.

I’ll be playing music on Saturday 14th January – midday through to 4pm. Pop down and check it out if you’re in the area.


 

 

Kickstarter II.

I was in touch with everyone who got involved with my first KickStarter project ‘Peace Odyssey’ back in mid Spetember. Pretty much everyone wrote back to me, and I thank you for that. Communication is everything.

However, due to reasons that I’ve talked about above, I’ve not got around to launching the campaign. No excuses, sorry!

When I do get around to eventually launching the kickstarter, the aim is to raise enough dough to press up a limited edition vinyl, double CD and download album.

I’m still getting quotes for everything – what with the explosion in the popularity of vinyl, prices have gone up dramatically.. watch this space..

 

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.

I know that some of you are clucking for a new album from me; I’ll have more news on this soon. But rest assured that there will be a new LP in some shape or form out during 2017.


Joyous

Written during late August, 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, 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’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.

Long Versions

Peace Odyssey.

My first kickstarter LP project ‘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 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 – last few CDs remaining.

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

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

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 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.