Latest release on Bandcamp – Ghosts – Free Download

Just a little announcement to let you know that my latest release ‘ghosts’ is now available to download for free from Bandcamp. Grab it while you can as Bandcamp does limit the number of free versions.

363 – Sway

A very simple swaying synth wash in homage to the fallen trees that once made the view from my window a thing of beauty before the winds rolled in.

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358 – Platea

This simple piece makes use of a couple of creative commons samples from FreeSound.org laid down as a backdrop to compliment the dampened haunting pads made using multiple Ableton Samplers with heavy processing using Reaktor 5 FX. It’s another piece that I’ve made to suit my mood right now. I hope you like it?

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samples used are Hannover Lane Rain & Suburbia in November under a Creative Commons Attribution and Non-Commercial use respectively. With thanks.

357 – Elevation

A slow drifting minimal piece to reflect the mood today brings for a myriad of reasons. Another addition to the ‘Recycler’ release due to go up on Bandcamp this weekend.

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355 – For Steve

Hearing of the passing of a Twitter and Facebook friend, Steve Morton, last month knocked me for six. He’d died a few weeks earlier and although I’d noticed I’d not heard from him for a while, the thought that anything was wrong never crossed my mind. They say online friends are not true friends, but his kind and supportive words always gave me a sense of the connection of being something real. I’ve struggled to create anything over recent weeks. I miss his tweets. He would have told me not to worry and be patient, knowing that the flow would return at some point.

This slow, meditative piece, a reworking of ‘Okno‘ from 2009, is for him, his family and anyone lucky enough to have known him… real-life or otherwise.

‘Recycler’ will be up on BandCamp in a few days.

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352 – Sojourn

Another piece made from rummaging through old unused snippets of unwanted recordings. I found a minute or two of my playing an old £99 guitar to make some drones. I find guitars pretty much alien to me, like a foreign land, that I love, yet don’t quite understand.

I recycled it into this little track.

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351 – Long Acre

Another little piece using a new melody, some stretched old pad sounds, backed by a sample from Kakistocracy and some street sounds from Long Acre in London.

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350 – Lunchtime in Soho

Sorry for the gap since I last shared anything but a combination of work/home life, coupled with a sudden inability to come up with anything new, has laid me low and kept me quiet.

In an attempt to kick start something I took my Zoom H4n to Soho Gardens and recorded the sounds of a sunny spring lunchtime as I wandered around. When I later tried to create a sonic mood to layer over the snippets I’d grabbed, nothing would work. So in a bit of a cheat, as per my last track, I looked back at an old piece and sampled a few little loops from it (Flotsam again!) to create a lazy, meandering feel to the overall piece.

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349 – Jetsam

This piece is essentially a working of Flotsam from a couple of years ago. This piece recycles the original to bring them both to a fitting conclusion. It’s a long slow moving, sometimes dreamy, sometimes not so drone with some little bursts soft analogue distortion that I really like. I hope you do too?

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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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