Ambient Gig: Pictura, Dordrecht, 21st Sept.

Fluister gig flyer.

I’ve got another gig coming up soon as part of the Fluister series of events, taking place at the Pictura venue in Dordrecht, on Saturday 21st September (doors 20:30).

In what might be a first for me, it’ll be a very timely all-ambient affair (or at least beat-free – there’ll be plenty of melody), so I’ll look forward to presenting a half hour of new and reworked tracks that I’ve been chipping away at recently.

Here’s the Facebook event.

Next Gig: Het Magazijn, Den Haag, 12th Sept.

Antilounge gig flyer.

Next gig is in my adopted hometown of Den Haag (NL), playing at the release party for Foresense’s new Weerhaak EP on Antilounge. About half of my set will be new material, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I’ll be on at approximately midnight.

Place/time: Het Magazijn, Thurs. 12th Sept., 11pm-4am, €5.

Weerhaak features a remix from me, and will be out on tape and digital (first tape release I’ve been on, come to think of it). Keep an eye on the Antilounge Bandcamp page for release.

Here’s the Facebook event.

Vellyn - ‘Kalla’ EP

Earlier in the year I released the Kalla EP under my new Vellyn alias. The EP features four tracks, centred primarily around the sampled and processed use and abuse of a violin, for a palette of pummelling hits, shrieks and growls. It’ll make for particularly uneasy listening to anyone who actually plays the instrument.

You can find the EP on Spotify, Amazon, Deezer etc.

Here’s one of the tracks, ‘Rive’:

Bandcamp Subscription Suspended

I’ve had to suspend my Bandcamp subscription temporarily in order to switch currencies. Sadly, this means previous subscribers will have to resubscribe manually after I reactivate it. This really stings, and I’ve been putting it off for as long as possible, but unfortunately there was just no way around it (I refuse to be nickel and dimed by PayPal’s currency conversions, on top of their own payment fees, on top of Bandcamp’s platform fees). But it’ll be active once again soon, with new material to follow…

Sale: ‘Lemodie’ $5 at CD Baby

In an effort to rescue a few Lemodie CDs sitting in CD Baby’s warehouse, I’ve dropped the price to $5. Should they not sell quickly enough, they’ll be sent away for recycling, which would be a shame after paying to ship them across the Atlantic. I’d rather avoid this pointless manufacture/demanufacture cycle and have it actually reach someone’s music collection instead.

‘Midsummer (15th A.E.)’ featured in Bandcamp Daily

Bandcamp Essential Releases, June 7th 2019.

If you’ll excuse a little auto-backpattery, I was very pleasantly surprised to notice that the imminent ‘Midsummer’ 15th Anniv. repress is featured in this week’s Bandcamp Daily round up. Thank you, Zoe Camp, for the lovely write up.

[C]onjuring the enduring miracles of day-to-day life on our dying planet.

Zoe Camp

We’re inside our last week of preordering now before Friday’s release. Head over to Bandcamp if you fancy a copy.

A Midsummer Nice Dream (15th Anniversary Edition)

A Midsummer Nice Dream (15th Anniversary Edition) vinyl

I’m sure the rather fetching image above is self-explanatory, but this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of A Midsummer Nice Dream, originally released on London’s Toytronic Records in late 2004, now due for a spruced-up rerelease on Barcelona’s Lapsus Records. Lapsus have been extremely supportive of my work over the years, so it’s a pleasure to work with them to deliver a special rerelease of ‘Midsummer’ on double vinyl and digital.

The release is currently available for preorder on Bandcamp ahead of its June 7th release, with the physical release comprising double coloured vinyl and a beautiful full-colour print. The redesign has been handled by Nathaniel Reeves (marking another anniversary, incidentally – ten years working together!), who has created a gorgeous and wonderfully intricate design for the sleeve and print insert. You can check out some more detailed shots of Nate’s brilliant work on his Behance page.

I’ve also used the opportunity to bundle together some extra Midsummer-contemporary music, including a vinyl side of tracks that were previously only available online: ‘In Waves’, ‘Indivisible’ and ‘The End of the Rise’. The digital edition features a further three bonus tracks: ‘Airweight’, ‘Flexenbend’ and ‘Passing Landscapes’. All tracks have been remastered for the occasion by John McCaig, of panicStudios (who previously mastered Like Dust of the Balance and Petl).

‘Project Caelus’ Microsite

Project Caelus microsite.

I’ve created a microsite for Project Caelus, which I hope will help shed some light on the album’s inspiration. Try leaving the site open while you play back the album from a high quality source. The web app will monitor audio playback using your computer’s microphone, decoding pockets of data that I’ve woven into the audio, to reveal sites of interest for each track.

There are a few caveats though. Given the varied cocktail of hardware and browser combinations out there, your success decoding the audio will undoubtedly vary greatly. I’ve successfully tested this on a Macbook Pro and PC running Chrome and Firefox, but have had no such luck with either Edge or Safari (nor with my iPhone). But even if your browser appears to successfully run the app, you might find that either your speakers can’t play it back cleanly, or your microphone can’t pick it up accurately (your equipment needs to be able to accurately convey and receive very high frequencies, as I’ve used a modulation frequency centring around 19kHz). Most mp3 sources filter everything out above 16kHz unless you specifically ask the encoder not to, so chances are these won’t be of sufficiently high quality to retain the encodings. Bandcamp streams won’t cut it, but Spotify streams and FLAC playback should be good enough.

I do hope you’re able to have some fun with it, but if it doesn’t seem to work for you, I’ve tried to make the site itself enough of a clue as to the general theme of the album.

‘Project Caelus’ Released

Project Caelus artwork

My new album, Project Caelus is out now, available for download on Bandcamp in a variety of formats up to 24-bit FLAC.

Also available on:

Spotify
Apple Music/iTunes

Be sure to check out Nate’s design breakdown too, with sketches, alt. renders and timelapses of his incredible artwork. It’s fascinating to watch his design process evolve from 2D sketches through to photo-realistic models and renders, creating a remarkable body of work in addition to the finished cover art.

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