new releases

New Album Recording…

 

I’ve been recording a new six by seven album at a studio in Nottingham called JT Soar. It’s a fantastic studio with an Amek desk that used to belong to Iron Maiden. It’s also got two tape machines and lots of old tape echos and weird and wonderful vintage keyboards. The owner of the studio is Phil and he knows his stuff.

I shall be mixing the album and recording more stuff at Rockfield Studios in Wales in early December.

It’s coming together and sounding great.

Tomorrow I shall start a Kickstarter campaign to fund the album. I’ll be doing a new ‘Bleak Strategies’ book with it too, for Christmas.

The album will be released on CD before Christmas.

EX 201

 

I just spent the last couple of weeks with a Moog and an old 70’s Korg drum machine, an electric piano and a guitar and a delay pedal to create this kraut ambient album.

I spent about two weeks editing it as it was all live passes. In the end, I couldn’t decide anymore where to do the edits so I left it as it was (mostly). Not sure it works that well but there are some nice moments so I thought I’d put it on Bandcamp anyway.

In the past this would have probably gone out as a MuZiK KluB release.

 

 

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The Rhyme Of The Dying Artist

 

And as he lay there dying, he knew that he always realised life was not very long. It came as no surprise to him that he had gotten old and was now on his deathbed. Now there were no more questions left. No more ‘how long do I have’ and no more ‘what to do with the time I have left.’

Now the sense of wonder at being alive was gone. He knew that when that happens, all is lost.

It was never the idea of getting old that bothered him, it was just the idea of actually dying that seemed such a drag. He only had one life and had turned the whole thing into one big experiment. He didn’t know where he was going, but he certainly knew it wouldn’t be boring.

His art had been both a doorway to perception and a house to live in. If he had not learned about his art, he knew that it would not have mattered what he had done with his life. It was all about alienation and where he fitted into society.

He knew he was an individual who never felt he needed to have somebody qualify his work in any particular way. He was working for himself and him alone. He knew that his biggest mistakes came when he tried to second guess or please his audience. His work was always stronger when he got very selfish about it.

And as he lay there dying, he knew that life was always going to be short.

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Free One Half Of Album Download

Here is Side A to a future release: The World Loves Me And The Feeling Is Mutual, the follow up to the orange vinyl, The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual. (natch)

The album is similar to The World Hates Me as it was recorded in the same way but this time I have spent a lot more time on it. The idea was to record Motorik drum beats and then sync a MiniMoog up with them and write a song over the top. The World Loves Me will be a lot guitar heavier though.

Although I’ve put this up as side A, things like running order and track length and even tracks themselves could change or be added to. You never know!

Side A will be up on the Bandcamp site for a limited time only. I’ll be giving away these tracks and more finished tracks from Side B + various demo’s for the album with my next MuZiK KluB release. 

I’ll do a Kickstarter to try and fund the album on vinyl. 

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