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LIVE | ...well, almost
Pretty short notice, I’ll grant you… but better late than never, eh.
This weekend, I am performing at my first ever virtual festival… an odd concept, but one which might catch on in time, judging by the current situation we all find ourselves entrenched in.
I’ve spent some of the last two or three weeks putting together some [what I hope are] engaging films to accompany some choice tracks from my catalogue.
These films will form the backbone of my show at this year’s Little Chill, which is part of the 2020 World Harmony Festival, curated and lovingly put together by Pete Lawrence and a team of dedicated assistants.
Entry is free, but donations are encouraged to help the cause.
Go here for more information and a link to stream from Friday 19th through to Sunday 21st June.
I’m performing twice. I’ll be gracing the stage from 1915-2015BST on Saturday evening, and then again 00:15BST through to 01:20BST or thereabouts. Tune in, turn on… but don’t drop off… please.
a new album | 'meditations'
I’m pretty pleased with the way this new incarnation of the alucidnation website looks and works, so in celebration of the launch I’ve composed some new stuff and put together a new digital BandCamp release.
‘Meditations’ ploughs a similar furrow to an earlier album ‘Sound to Sleep to‘ inasmuch as it contains purely ambient and drone, designed with meditation, yoga and other peaceful pursuits. I’d like to also say that it aids sleep and relaxation, but I can’t quantify this… sorry.
Anyway, enough waffle. ‘Meditations’ is a four part study and ideally should be listened to as a whole. It’s about 47 minutes long.
The album will be released to all other digital and streaming platforms on the 21st June.
A very limited edition compact disc version [with exclusive artwork and an extra track] will also be available for sale on the same day. First come, first served!
I’ve also been working on some videos to accompany the album.
what the hell is going on?
As I stab away at my grubby keyboard here, gingerly avoiding the use of my right index finger, which is presently horribly gnarled after a pretty nasty bike accident a few weeks ago, the whole planet is in global lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
creativity during lockdown
A rather sobering and serious opener, don’t you think? Sorry, I had to get that off my chest and could’ve probably written more, but let’s move onto a less weighty subject matter, namely stuff that I’ve been doing since we entered into lockdown.
Like I say, I’ve been recuperating slowly after my accident and my employers saw fit [quite justifiably] that I should be furloughed, so I’ve spent almost two months off work as I write this. On the plus side, things are improving slowly, and I’ve been using some of my time [when I’m not undertaking lengthy periods of physiotherapy] to completely revamp the alucidnation website.
I’ve learnt an awful lot – the incarnation of the site that this replaces probably didn’t look too bad to the majority of folks, but behind the scenes it was clunky and needed upgrading.
After all, the world of web design moves pretty fast, and after nigh on five years, it needed an overhaul.
This version of the site is mobile friendly and is designed to look better, cleaner and load faster.
I’ve ditched my online shop and moved all of my merchandising over to BandCamp, where I’ve been doing most of my commerce for a good while now, anyway. I hope you enjoy browsing it all.
the 'buy me a coffee' button
As everyone’s aware, it’s bloody hard to scrape some kind of meagre living from doing what you genuinely love.
There have obviously been various methods to attempt to monetize one’s art over the past few years, such as ‘Donate via PayPal’ buttons, but the new kid on the block, ‘Buy Me A Coffee‘ seems to me to be one of the more user-friendly methods of extracting micropayments from you, the people who love what I do. Micropayments are definitely the way forward for anyone involved with the arts, I’m convinced of that.
So, on this new site, you’ll spot that there’s now a clickable icon in the bottom right of each page – click on it and it expands… and gives you the option to, well, buy me a coffee.
In an ideal world I’d have pitched the amount lower; to let’s say two quid, but I’m limited by the developers. If I was a greedy bastard, I could’ve suggested four or five quid, but I prefer my coffee simple, none of this skinny flat white bollocks for me.
Either way, if you enjoy what I do, a small donation would be very welcome, so thanks in advance. 🙂
new to youtube
Obviously with the Covid-19 pandemic playing havoc with the entertainment industry, artists and performers and looking for other avenues to tout their stalls, and using the internet as a platform is the obvious choice.
It does make me wonder what would have happened if this situation had arisen prior to the online revolution. We all take so much for granted these days.
Anyway, without getting too circumspect, we’ve been spending some time looking into the various options to allow me to beam good quality audio and video direct to the world from my studio.
After a lot of testing and pressing numerous buttons to try and get things working successfully, I think we’re almost there!
I’ve not spent my time away from work just messing around – good grief, perish the thought.
Check out the fresh content on my channel which you can look at [on the video page here.]
I will hopefully be announcing some ‘dates’ in the fullness of time.. although knowing me, this’ll probably be when someone’s developed a vaccine and everyone’s gone back to work.
The section of the new site where I indulge my passion for writing. I try and cover a variety of subjects, but I suppose it’s primarily about the music.
Here are a few featured articles – dive in and find lots more witty and erudite writing in the scrapbook..
alucidnation on your radio.
My days of spinning records in clubs and DJing to large, mainly appreciative crowds appear to have vanished in the haze of middle age… thank christ. The bottom line is that it’s a young man’s game… and if I’m honest, I never really enjoyed playing in clubs much anyway.
But I’ve always loved radio; it’s the most intimate platform and the best thing is that as a broadcaster, you can do it all from the comfort of your home studio, indulge yourself and hopefully indulge your listeners at the same time.
My radio show, ‘Eclectronica’ has been running since 2008, initially as a two hour specialist show on the legendary Chill DAB, and now syndicated to a number of stations broadcasting on FM, DAB and online, worldwide.
For those of you who’ve been visiting me for a while, you’ll hopefully notice that on this incarnation of the website, I’ve ditched my shop and moved all commerce onto BandCamp.
My back catalogue is now available to stream & purchase here on the Discography page.
‘Meditations‘, released in May 2020, is my latest release.
alucidnation for your yoga
Some of the alucidnation catalogue is signed to YogiTunes.
YogiTunes is designed with the yoga instructor forefront of mind.
The app enables you to find inspiration and save time with playlists curated by world class selectors.
Search by yoga type, see whatʼs trending, or browse by genre and other activities. Create a continuous flow with playlists built to keep your students atuned to a deeper, medatitive state.