alucidnation

aural architecture

​May 24

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Gigs

Gigs | Summer Solstice ’24

Apologies for the radio silence; this is of course assuming that there’s anyone reading this guff.. I’ve not posted anything on here for months now, and I’ve not troubled my rather limited social media outputs either. It just seems… a bit unimportant.

But hey, I’m just cracking on with my art – as and when it suits the creative muse. As I wander through my fifties, the fire that stokes the engine is waning a little; those wee small hours where I traditionally lost myself in a haze of frenzied creativity are now spent sleeping in bed. My sonic adventuring these days is confined more to daylight hours snatched when time allows. It’s a situation that I’m becoming more comfortable with – and the realisation that art should be primarily a fun activity appears to have dawned upon me… finally.

Anyway, you’ll be pleased to hear that I have a shitload of new material that needs to see the light of day at some point; I just need to decide on which format to release on, and when. It’ll happen.

Anyway, I digress. I was chuffed to get the call from Glastonbury Festival offering me a slot there again. The last time I was booked to play on the Glade Stage was 20 years ago, so it says something about your longevity when you’re asked all these years later to perform again. And no, before you ask, it’s not the fabled Legends slot on the Sunday. I will be appearing at the Glade on Friday afternoon, 1230 – 1400. I think it’s a great slot, and if you look carefully, you’ll see I’m bringing up the rear on the flyer. 🙂 Tickets are long sold out, but I hope to see at least one or two of you there..!

That same weekend, I will be also DJing at the annual Chilled Cider event at the Square & Compass in deepest Dorset. I’ve been a stalwart there for many years now, and I think I’ll probably be doing my usual lazy Sunday afternoon slot. If your thang is imbibing excellent quality ciders with a vista of the sea and sky, then I suggest you drop in. Here’s hoping the English weather behaves itself.

Spotify Merch

I’ve set up a Shopify page which links into my Spotify artist page.

If you click anywhere on this dropdown it’ll whisk you away to my Spotify merch page. A-mazing.

To the uninitiated, this basically means that anyone directed towards my music via various ingenious Spotify algorithms may, if they so desire, purchase a small selection of my output on vinyl or CD.

Exciting shit, eh? ;-\
You gotta be innit to winnit.

last album

Orkney Piano Album | Writing, Recording & Mixing

October 2023

Back in March of this year, I recorded a lot of piano music on Westray, one of the most northerly islands in the Orkneys. Nina and I visited Westray for the first time back in 2021, and were entranced by the peace and quiet, the scenery and the general vibe of the island. The place we stayed in was furnished with a Bluthner grand piano and so I spent most mornings recording my improvisations with a pro-recorder and a couple of mics. We really had the best time.

Upon our return and listening back to the recordings I’d made, I was quite honestly surprised – everything was pretty cohesive and well recorded. I started selecting and editing what I considered to be the best material, ending up with a compilation of around 50 minutes of piano music. I’d also recorded a stack of field recordings, which alongside the loose and ramshackle nature of the way I’d hung the music together, seemed to work well segued between each ‘piece’.

Some of the pieces suggested a little embellishment, so I spent about four weeks adding ambient treatments, guitars and electronics to a few tracks, roping in Nina to do some singing and a couple of friends to add other sparse instrumentation.

Various people have been asking me when I’ll release a ‘piano’ album proper; this is it. As of now mid-October] it’s all ready for mastering. I’m not 100% sure whether this will be an alucidnation album, or whether it’s possibly more fitting that this should be the debut release as bruce bickerton…

Remixes etc.

April 2023

Sorry, I’ve been slack as fuck and not posted anything anywhere for quite some time now. I don’t know about you, but I’m of the mind that there are now way too many channels of communication, and this surfeit of social media seems to have made landfall pretty quickly – almost akin to a technological tsunami.
I can’t keep up, so I’m not bothering.

So yeah. You could quite easily spend all of your precious time posting on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter about the stuff you could be doing, rather than just getting on with it. It’s the modern disease.
I’m listening to a podcast at the moment which is well worth a listen – it’s all about how the internet has gifted us all self-proclaimed gurus as we sail blindly through a period where our traditional beliefs are being questioned. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, in other news I’ve got a few bits of new music out there:

AtSwim Remix

Back in 2021, AtSwim, the audio project of Paul Gathercole and Ben Ackland, sent me a rather beautiful ambient version of Ocean Floor from Meditations. I was so taken with it, it led the trio of remixes on the subsequent Medications album. It seemed only right that I should return the favour and rework something of theirs, so that’s exactly what happened.

‘Dior in SE18‘, a track from their last album got the alucidnation treatment and you can listen to it in a variety of wonderous ways right here.

Artec ride again. On grey vinyl.

Artec, the project of Stuart Nisbet & Bruce have had a track released on 12″ vinyl. Fourier Transform have just put out a 4 track limited edition slab of wax on grey/silver vinyl. There’s no information on the label, and it’s released in a generic bag, so there’s not really any way of knowing which of the four artists have done what, an idea I appreciate. More information here.

The content? It’s primarily smooth, old school techno.. and our track hails from way back in 2001, which if my maths serves me correctly, is 22 years ago. Christ alive, I work with people who are that old. 🙂

Lisa Coleman

Lisa‘s a very talented person. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me saying that.

She’s an actress, writer, voice-over artist, musician, poet and singer and I’ve been working with her on various bits and bobs over the past three years or so – but only when we both feel like doing so.

Lisa has just put together her very own BandCamp page with some of her lovely music on there; one of which is a vague dub version of ‘The Sun in Shining’ that I worked on, adding bass, keyboards, treatments and suchlike to create an alucidnation version of the track. Listen to it here.

2022 | 'Mellifluous'

November 4th 2022

Today, the album drops on all other digital and streaming platforms, so we’re talkin’ Spotify, the platform that the majority of folks use to listen to and audition music, Apple platforms, Deezer, Amazon, Tidal  – the list is pretty exhausting to be honest. As an artist, I’m not a huge fan of giving away one’s work for essentially fuck all, but hey, you’ve got to be in it to win it, and I’d be a bloody hypocrite if I said anything different, as I subscribe to Spotify myself!

If, like me, you’re still a diehard vinyl or a CD collector, I have a few copies of the record available for sale on my BandCamp.

In the meantime, I’ve also added in a Spotify LP link above.
Go on – enjoy it – for free!

October 5th 2022

I’m delighted to inform you, dear reader, that the finished vinyl and CD copies have now been delivered to Lucid Recordings headquarters!

Having been going through and testing random copies of the vinyls, I can confirm that this album is properly ‘up there’ in terms of audio fidelity and printing quality. I am so happy with the finished results and I’m damned sure that those of you who’ve come on board and ordered copies of this great album will join me in agreement.

The CD copies look and sound superb, too.
I’m very proud of this release.

In the meantime, I’ve curated a blog of sorts about the process of getting this project off the ground and through to fruition, so please do go here and have a look and a listen if you’ve any spare time.

Publishing Deal | Bucks Music Group

I’ll hold my hands up. Publishing is an area that I’ve been neglecting for a number of years. It’s an oft-misunderstood dark art, and I’m as guilty as the next musician when it comes to getting my head around PRS and MCPS related business.

For an ‘established’ artist with a large-ish canon of work, it’s important to have a company on side who will promote and shout about your catalogue from the proverbial rooftops. There’s a slew of music out there; but why shouldn’t it be my stuff incidentally used liberally under a few Channel 4 idents?

alucidnation was signed to Faber Music for the past 8 or 9 years. I was signed by the ‘legendary’ James Endeacott because they felt that electronic and ambient music would be another useful string to their bow. However, due to Faber moving back into exclusively classical music publishing at the start of 2022, I found myself bereft of a deal.

But… enter stage left; Bucks Music Group. As of August 2022, I have now joined their rather splendid roster of published artists. I’m excited to have their CEO, Simon Platz, representing my body of work.

You can go here to read more about Bucks, and my artist page is here.

scrapbook

The section of the 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..

Steinberg CC121
Steinberg CC121

Steinberg CC121 Hardware Controller My recording facility is pretty retro, containing predominantly old-school analogue gear and, well, stuff that requires hands-on operation. Always a plus point if you ask me; I've always struggled to understand how musicians and...

Mellifluous
Mellifluous

2022 | MellifluousThis album represents what is, to me, anyway, my eighth 'proper' release, the other seven being released either on other third party labels, or my own imprint. This blog post is a culmination of posts taken from my home page and details the timeline...

Neutron Modular Synth
Neutron Modular Synth

Behringer Neutron Semi Modular Synth After many years of every studio, synth and programming nerd [in some cases, quite rightly] wetting their pants whilst discovering numerous soft-synth emulations within the digital domain, the majority of these folk are now...

Medications
Medications

2021 | Medications [Meditations Remixes]This album represents what is, to me, anyway, my seventh 'proper' release, the other seven being released either on other third party labels, or my own imprint.  June 2021   Whilst it might appear as though I’ve been...

Meditations
Meditations

2020 | MeditationsThis album represents what is, to me, anyway, my sixth 'proper' release, the other seven being released either on other third party labels, or my own imprint.  June 2022   In 2020, I had quite a serious pushbike accident, which rendered me...

Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations

Challenging Covers I’ve never really understood the rationale of some artists who rework a particular classic almost note for note. I mean, what’s the point in replicating something that’s been done perfectly well already? This was the feeling I had when I listened to...

apparel

t-shirts, hoodies & other goodies

I partnered with old friends DizzyJam a good while ago to bring you a range of t-shirts, hoodies and other stuff that you may or may not want to clutter your already cluttered dwelling with. They’ve since been swallowed up by Direct.

However, rest assured; all items are still made of the highest quality materials. I’ve attempted to price them as competitively as possible in US$, bearing in mind the current state of commercial flux we all find ourselves mired in.

Other designs and products may appear over time. For the while though, if you’re happy being a subtle walking billboard for my record imprint, then please – be my guest!

Visit my shop here

eclectronica

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. For the first twelve years it aired as a two hour specialist show on Global’s legendary Chill DAB station with a 20K per week audience.

I now syndicate Eclectronica to a number of UK stations broadcasting on FM, DAB and online, worldwide.

Visit the Eclectronica page here.

discography

All audio commerce is now on my BandCamp.

My back catalogue is now available to stream & purchase here on the Discography page.

My latest album, ‘Mellifluous‘, released September 5th 2022, is now available. Please stream and purchase here.

It’s available as digital, limited edition coloured vinyl and CD.

As of November 4th, ‘Mellifluous’ is also available on all streaming and digital audio platforms.

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.

Find out more here