Psonification

I’ve just released a new CD-R/ digital download: Psonification – a 38 minute psychedelic sound bath. It features a version of an improvised track I’ve been playing at gigs over the summer plus some live and processed recordings of a 32” symphonic Gong, along with some other spacey electronic goings on. 

I wanted to work quicker than I usually do so it was put together over a few days. The first part of Psonification was recorded in a single take with minimal post-production. The recordings of the gong were made on my iPhone and then processed. So it’s all quite DIY – down to the artwork and sleeve.

All proceeds from the sale of Psonification will be donated to Mind, the mental health charity.

You can stream, download or buy Psonification from the Smallhaus Bandcamp page.

 Psonification - cover art



Champion Version Edition 6 at Iklecktic

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been invited to play at Champion Version Edition 6 event at Iklecktic on 1 August – celebrating 10 years of Champion Version.

Champion Version is a wonderful London-based label who specialise in creating limited lathe-cut vinyl and digital releases.

Buy tickets for Champion Version 6 – Iklecktic 1 August.

Isolated EP

Isolated contains two tracks that were written after Lutra but before I started work on my third album, Doubt. They felt like they lived in their own world, apart from Lutra and Doubt but coming back to them I still liked them so decided to release them as an EP.

You can download the EP from Bandcamp.

Why I make music

I’ve never been any good at writing anything approaching an artist’s statement. I’ve cobbled things together when I’ve had to, but I’ve never been very happy with them. I’m not, or at least, don’t think of myself as a particularly “conceptual” person. But I’ve been reflecting recently on why I choose to make music in what little spare time I have (which, to be fair, is still more than a lot of my peers).

I started making music again after a very long break in 2015. I had been a drummer in two bands,  and in between tinkered around with guitars and various bits of electronic music-making equipment but not with any seriousness. I drifted away from even wanting to make any music, trying various other creative endeavours, some of which I still do enjoy (e.g. photography and design). But in 2015 it just felt like music was something I wanted to give another go. I wasn’t in a position to play in a band, having become very rusty at drumming (and not having a kit which didn’t help) and my guitar playing was (and still is) pretty woeful.

Taking a course in Experimental Sound Art led me to new ways of thinking about making sound and music outside of a traditional band set-up, and the reasonably low barrier of entry to sound making on a laptop opened up my ears to new possibilities.

Now I play gigs and record when I can, and as my confidence has grown have enjoyed collaborating with others. Operating in a small pond and being bad at schmoozing and promo means that realistically I’m never going to “shift a lot of units” (but hey, I’m definitely open to that lucrative 6 album deal of course).

The main reason I can think of why I do this is because it helps. Helps with long standing issues of anxiety and depression. Without wanting to sound grandiose it also helps in some way to find meaning and deal with all the other stuff that goes on in life, not least the general madness going on in the world right now. Although occasionally difficult and frustrating, it’s fun and fulfilling. I think that’s why I do it.

 

 

FluxHaus

FluxHaus is a new collaboration between myself and another Linear Obsessional artist, Kassia Flux. For this one I’ve put away the guitar and concentrated more on electronics – and gong. We’ve got two gigs coming up in December 2018 – one at Boat-Ting on Monday 3 December, then we’ll be playing at the Arts Café in Hither Green on Sunday 9 December.

 

The first smallmix

Now on Mixcloud: a selection of tracks that have influenced me, plus some I’ve been enjoying recently – and cheekily, one of my own.

Tracklisting:

  1. Kassia Flux –  Hove
  2. smallhaus – to the birds, to the light
  3. Windy and Carl – Balance (Trembling)
  4. Grouper – Alien Observer
  5. Abul Mogard – The Purpose of Peace
  6. Simon Scott – Insomni (extract)
  7. Amp – Alrightfarout
  8. Popol Vuh – In den Gärten Pharaos
  9. Ben Clayton-Wolfindale – I Lived on Planet You
  10. Tangerine Dream – Birth of Liquid Plejades
  11. Christina Vantzou –  Some Limited and Waning Memory
  12. Stereocillia  – Wormhole – i
  13. Slowdive – Shine

Mixcloud assures me that it is OK to upload mixes due to its arrangements with various licensing companies. It is not my intention to infringe copyright, so please contact me if you would like me to remove anything.