Been enjoying this little project, spending the past week building a Mutable Instruments Ambika for a friend. Digital wavetable oscillators with 4-pole analogue filters, like the basic Shruthi, but with 6-voice polyphony. Brimming with character, and serious bang for buck if you can handle a soldering iron. Just don't get hung up about about the aliasing, as it's all part of the charm. Shall endeavour to get some sound online soon.
Please bear with me while I update my site theme. It’ll probably be rather spartan while I figure out how to flick various bits back on, as well as fiddle with the overall styling.
By the way, I’ve added our Snow Palms album to my Bandcamp page, so it’s also embedded on the music page.
All those who pre-ordered the album will already have a download link sitting in their inbox, but for everyone else, National Ignition is released today! It's available on Bandcamp for full streaming in its entirety, as well as offering a 24-bit lossless FLAC option for the download. Of course, if you'd prefer to download elsewhere, it's also online at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Xbox Music etc.
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.
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.
The animated documentary I scored at the start of the year,
Centrefold, has now been publicly released, so you can either watch
the Vimeo embed below, or head over to
to watch and comment.
Centrefold has been busy sparking debate in the media, getting a
mention on BBC Radio 4,
a feature in
The Huff Post,
Rude Magazine, plus plenty of local media coverage around the North East. It's wonderful
to see it making waves. If you're interested in following updates to the
project, keep an eye on their
Oh, and I hope you like the music/sound design, too!
There's a nice little interview with me currently running at Real Eyes [direct link]. As well as featuring excerpts from our dialogue, the article also includes quotes from previous interviews I've done (it's always odd reading old interviews; "did I really say that?"). Anyway, it makes for a nice primer on what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and where I've come from.
While you're there, you may as well catch the interview with Hecq, too!
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
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
The full film's due for launch this summer, following its tour of film
Just a quick post to let you know that I'm down to the last copy of A Midsummer Nice Dream on double vinyl (plus a single copy over at CD Baby). As you can see in the picture, one of the copies had split its shrink wrap (but has not been played); the rest are still wrapped. Head over to Bandcamp to secure yourself a copy (download and bonus track included).