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new album | 'medications'
Whilst it might appear as though I’ve been sat with my thumb up my arse, appearances can be deceptive. This year has seen a flurry of writing and recording activity and I’ve produced fresh material which will more than likely surface on a new album in the very near future.
In the interim, I’ve released ‘Medications’, released on mid-summer’s day, 2021. This mini-LP contains three reinterpretations of the first three phases from ‘Meditations’, which was released last year on the same date.
At Swim, the members of which are Paul Gathercole & Ben Ackland, formerly AGK, old labelmates at the Big Chill, revisit Phase I Ocean Floor and give the whole piece an ethereal and other-worldly take on things. It’s a beautiful re-work.
I turn my hand to reworks of Phase II ‘Deep Dive’ and Phase III ‘Infinity’, adding a subliminal dubbed out feel to the soundscapes. I’m pretty sure that if you enjoyed Meditations, then you’ll enjoy this new album.
It was released exclusively on BandCamp on the 21st May, then rolled out to all other digital and streaming platforms on midsummers’ day.
Lucid Recordings also released a very limited compact disc of the album, which is housed in a tri-fold sleeve with art and photography by Bruce. Slightly different from the digital release inasmuch as it contains additional sound design which meant that each phase segued into the next. My general aim was to present the listener with an aural equivalent of a deep dive in a small submarine. The final result is vaguely discombobulating, albeit in a good way.
For those of your hoping to grab yourself a copy, I’m afraid it was released, sold out and was therefore deleted on the same day.
Last year, to celebrate the launch of the new incarnation of this website, I composed some new stuff and put together a new digital BandCamp release.
‘Meditations’ ploughed 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 in mind. 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 was released to all other digital and streaming platforms on the 21st June 2020.
A very limited edition compact disc version [with exclusive artwork and an extra track] was also released for sale and deleted on the same day. It sold out immediately.
Incredibly, I also found some time to work on some visual accompaniment to the album.
Back in April 2020, I wrote a short piece whilst we were in the midst of the first lockdown here in the United Kingdom. Click here to read this article.
Since then, things haven’t really got a whole load better. As we enter the ‘2nd wave’, I’ve jotted some more thoughts on what’s going on which you can read here.
From mid-March 2020, I spent almost four months off work, partly as a result of my bike accident, partly as a result of being furloughed.
Since then, my health has been improving slowly, and I’m pleased to say that in retrospect, I made excellent use of this time. Amongst other things, I completely revamped this – the alucidnation website.
I learnt an awful lot – the incarnation of the site that this replaced 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 inevitable overhaul.
This version of the site is more 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.