I’ve set up a smallhaus Facebook page if you’re into that kind of thing.
I’ve had another lovely review of unweather in ATTN Magazine, who organised the Brink compilation I was part of last year. Thank you!
To me, unweather sounds like one of these meditative meanderings through personal history. I twist unforgettable highs and lows into idle memory debris. Chronology folds in on itself, with the vivid experiences of last week seeping into the hazes of childhood. Tidal waves of shoegaze guitar drain to leave the hum and drip of degraded tapes, while field recordings from across the UK (Isle Of Mull, London, Hebden Bridge) become backdrops to flickers of melody or acoustic drones, which hang in the foreground like an inner calm or ripe, burdening upset.
I’m very pleased that I’ve had unweather reviewed as part of a closer listen’s series on soundscapes and field recordings.
“…when the warm guitar jumps in, we are reminded that that while we cannot escape the storms, we can survive them, and sing again”
My new EP, six is now available on Bandcamp. It’s made entirely with noises I made with my guitar, most of which have been heavily processed in Ableton.
A limited (20 copies!) edition run of unweather cassettes are now available to buy on Bandcamp at the bargain price of £4 each + postage.
The cassettes are transparent blue, with a sticker featuring the unweather artwork. The inlay features full album details.
Side a: unweather part one (20:33)
Side b: unweather part two (21:32)
My new album, unweather, is now available on Bandcamp.
unweather is the result of over a year’s experimentation with different approaches to making sound and music. It features processed and manipulated field recordings made in a number of locations, from London to Hebden Bridge, to the Isle of Mull, along with extracts from tape loops, guitar and other electronic instrumentation. Granular synthesis is used to create lo-fi drones, textures and atmospheres. Sounds are cut up and used to synthesise new sounds, sitting alongside recordings from the natural world.
unweather is loosely about storms, personal, political and literal.
part one [20:33]: stormfront / in stillness / coastal / tidal / extinction
part two [21:32]: wrecked / backwash / mud-slaked / decayed / depth
Let’s not talk about 2016.
As is my tendency with things like personal websites, blogs and social media, I was really bad at updating this site. I’ve wiped it clean and am starting from scratch.
Some of the things I never got round to posting about are
I played at a couple of gigs (as in two, hardly exhaustive). One night I put on with some friends at the wonderful Vinyl Deptford, the other performance was at Graham Dunning’s Experimental Sound Art end of term night which I played at as an alumnus of the course. I basically played a version of this track.
I had two releases (there’s a theme emerging here): one on the brilliant Brink compilation released by ATTN:Magazine, the other on the wonderful Linear Obsessional’s Utterances compilation. Both tracks were two minutes long. There’s definitely a theme emerging.
I think my overall view of the more notable events of 2016 (political catastrophes and the like) can be summed up with this track.