361 – Eidolia

Another small ethereal piece born out of an inability to sleep properly, a couple of nights ago, amidst a succession of dips into a dream state.

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360 – Ghosts

This little piece was made in the early hours a few nights ago amidst a sequence of very ghostly, bizarre vivid dreams. It’s been a while since I created something to capture the atmosphere of my nocturnal brain.

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347 – Fathoming

This is the second in a series of pieces where I use random methods to influence the completed work.

For this piece, I simply repeated the previous method, using old work as a source, starting with six new loops, however this time I cut down the total number of overall loops from sixty to thirty six (mainly because my poor little laptop was struggling).

The title comes from the dream which I just woke from this morning after drifting off when listening to the final version on a loop before sleep. I was diving, but couldn’t seem to get back to the surface and was helped by a whale. I think the recent story about Cetaceans helping to save the life of one of their own must have influenced this.

If you like drone, I hope you’ll like this.

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312 – Moonfall

I woke up at around 4am this morning, sleep was fitful, so I decided to play with a short field recording of a distantly played violin performance. As I stretched, layered and effected the sounds, I was bathed in the light of the Full Moon, almost sensing its pull. As I let the combined layers drone on, I slipped into a barely awake state and imagined the Moon falling to Earth and filling the sky with an increasingly intense luminance.

What your brain imagine if you let this piece gently accompany you to sleep?

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277 – Codeine

I’m slowly beginning to feel a lot better, but I have a nagging pain issue and sleep is a little difficult now that I have exhausted my Codeine prescription. So I have turned to Ableton and Reaktor to help me create something hypnotic and opiate-like to aid my slip into the arms of Morpheus.

This piece has a long slow intro which means this is at its best with headphones on and a comfortable darkened space in which to relax.

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241 – Kings of the Underworld

Last night, I dreamt that I was on the run from an unknown and seemingly sinister threat.

Alongside me throughout this was Richard Burton.

He led me through a myriad of yellow chrome lit scenes that appeared to be 1960s London. To escape, he told me of a place we could hide out where he knew we’d be protected. This turned out to be a busy, smoke-filled working men’s club. He sat us down, with ale in our hands, in a darkened corner and began to tell a story, with dozens huddled around us, listening intently.

I woke and knew I had to find something, some interview or recounted episode of his life.

I stumbled upon something which, when edited, seemed to fit. I hope it works?

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225 – Echoic

I’ve been busy working on a few small pieces for a DVD documentary (my first!) and this track evolved. It didn’t seem right for that project, but I like it, so I’m sharing it with you instead.

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216 – fsaam

My son is obsessed with the idea of making a mashup video of some episodes of Fireman Sam, so whilst we have been grabbing some source material off his old DVDs, we played around with a one second sample of the alarm clock at the beginning of the original episodes. Following his lead, this is the result. All done in Ableton Live 8 with Simpler and Fab Filter Timeless. Now to look for some cheap software he can get his head around, to make something visually odd.

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213 – f.l.o.t.d

The sound of the first light of the day seeping through my eyelids and gently lifting me out of the last moments of my early morning r.e.m.

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181 – Déardaoin

Last night I dreamt of family unknown and never met from across the Irish sea. As it was in the early hours of Thursday morning, I decided that the title of this little piece should be in Irish.

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