Category Archives: Music

Ochre Mix for Words On Tracks

I recently put this mix together for Words On Tracks, featuring some of my musical influences, acknowledging key moments of my formative years, as well as some general favourites. Additionally, I wrote a commentary for each track, which you can read either on Words On Tracks’ Facebook page, or here below the fold. Thanks to Fred for kindly inviting me. Be sure to give Words On Tracks a ‘like’ if you’re on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it!

Words On Tracks /68 feat. Ochre by Words On Tracks on Mixcloud

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New Track ‘Zome City’ Out Now on Lapsus

DEU

A new track of mine, Zome City, was released yesterday on Barcelona’s Lapsus Records, featuring on their DEU compilation, available on red vinyl and download. The compilation contains 17 tracks, from artists such as Plaid (vinyl-exclusive, sadly), Kelpe, Vector Lovers, and many more.

I’ve been playing a tweaked version of Zome City in my latest live set (skip to 08:50 in the Utrecht recording posted a week or so ago if you’re curious to compare the two), and find having a track on vinyl to be a satisfying closure to the production process—something I’ve really missed with the download releases, as it’s been a while since my last vinyl release. Looking forward to seeing some more new music on vinyl this year!

A Few NI Prints Left, Forthcoming ‘Touched’ Charity Compilation

Firstly, a little notice. There are a handful of ‘National Ignition’ heavyweight prints remaining, so if you’ve been thinking about grabbing one, now’s the time. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Each print comes with an instant download, too.

Touched - Music for Macmillan Cancer SupportSecondly, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be releasing a new track on a forthcoming charity compilation. Entitled ‘Touched’, the compilation is a huge bumper release featuring many familiar names within the electronica milieu, including many favourites of mine, such as The Future Sound of London, Plaid, Brothomstates, Arovane, Datassette, and dozens more (here’s the full line-up). It’s a staggering compilation, with the aim of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s a wonderful cause to be a part of, and I can’t wait to announce its release.

Please help spread the word, like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter, and stay tuned!

Lights in the Fog

Had to hack down a few weeds to reach my poor, neglected blog, and I found an errant pigeon nesting over the ‘New Post’ button. Actually, the whole site could use a lick of paint, even after ridding it of the various tick-like ‘social’ icons I’d amassed over these past few years. I’ll spruce it up at some point, or at the very least make it more responsive for tablet viewing and such.

Anyway, here’s a new track for your listening pleasure (or seeing/tasting/ pleasure for the synaesthetes out there, I guess). There’s a little blurb about the track itself on SoundCloud, which I needn’t duplicate here, but it follows my current ethic of making do with less, or at least trying to do more with less, as far as musical gear and software are concerned.

‘National Ignition’ Available for Pre-Order

Pre-Order National Ignition on Bandcamp

Three-odd years and one PhD later, I’m pleased to say that I have another Ochre album due for imminent release. National Ignition will be available for download on the 21st of January 2013, from all the usual download stores (I’ll put up direct store links when I get them).

It’s available to pre-order on Bandcamp now, which will allow you to download the first track immediately (the rest of the album being unlocked on release; you’ll receive email notification as soon as it’s available). The Bandcamp edition also features a 24-bit lossless FLAC option.

Like Early Learning before it, National Ignition received exquisite design treatment by nkurence. The album will remain download-only for the time being, but I’d like to release a vinyl version once funds permit, at the very least to do the artwork justice.

Collaborative project album coming up: Snow Palms – ‘Intervals’

At the start of the year I completed a project with composer David Sheppard, collaborating on his Snow Palms album, ‘Intervals’ (Village Green). David’s a composer of beautiful minimal, idiophone-based music in a similar vein to Reich, Glass et al, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to add my own production flourishes to some of the tracks he’d laid down, working on six of the eleven album tracks in the end. I also got to score for a string quartet, which isn’t something I regularly get to do, so that was quite the welcome challenge.

A review of the album surfaced today on Fluid Radio — check it out to read a take on what we’ve done (though for whatever reason, I’m not mentioned there — I’m involved, I promise!).

It’s due for release on 19th of November. For more info/press copy and audio excerpts, please visit the release page on Village Green.

Scoring and Sound Design for ‘Centrefold’

I recently completed composing the soundtrack and sound design for Centrefold, a short animated documentary about labiaplasty. The film illustrates the personal accounts, hopes and fears, of three women following their decisions to undergo surgery. Here’s the trailer:

During the project I familiarised myself with Camel Audio‘s excellent Alchemy synth, so you can expect to hear some evolving synth drones and sample-mangling pads in the score. Imperfect Samples‘ warm Braunschweig piano sample library also came in very handy, affording me the kind of warm, intimate piano chords that I can’t seem to get enough of lately.

It was also superb fun being able to get my hands dirty handling the sound design for the film. Plenty of fabric-rustling, cutlery-clinking, field recording shenanigans involved, including the implementation of sophisticated GLOVEBIRD™ technology.

The full film’s due for launch this summer, following its tour of film festivals.

You can visit the official Centrefold site over at: www.thecentrefoldproject.org and take a peek behind the scenes on the official Facebook page.