Friday, 27 June 2008

Faure and The Gild

Friday has swung around again - in a blur of activity. I finally pulled off Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine at choir rehearsal! It's a toughy - 5 flats in none stop quavers, the piano part never lets up - an incredible piece though, when the choir are on top form and my fingers are flying around the Bechstein it's quite breathtaking.

I've been lending my own voice this week, to a piece by The Gild (a new project by Tony Wakeford and Reeve Malka) nice little poem about the corruption of power and wealth. The vocals are recorded but I've not heard the music yet - so something to look forward to.

In other news Moon Tremors (from the forthcoming album Axis Vein) is now available on the Earth Monkey Productions 50:50 compilation

Earth Monkey graphic

Also - the 'Slow Corrosion' ep is now available


Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The Ghosts Are Whispering

Just a quick note about a new project I've been working on recently - another collaboration with Rainier Lericolais - he sent me a wealth of beautiful, unusual, eclectic sounds to piece together. Some of the sounds have a distinct Celtic aroma to them and recently I've been studying the history of this little town I live in. My studies inevitably led me to the story of Princess Gwenllian wife of Gruffudd ap Rhys. In 1136 she raised an army against the Norman's - She lost the battle and was beheaded in a field not far from where I live.

I live on a hill and every day I gaze out my windows at the castle, the town, the Gwendraeth Valley and Estuary, past Pembrey Mountain and forest.... I'm very very lucky to live here...

Kidwelly View

Sooo - with the history of this town in the back of my mind I began shaping Rainier's sounds, listening to the ghosts and sculpting their tales

We now have ten tracks which we're both happy with and are in the process of making decisions about releasing as an album - dealing with artwork decisions etc...

More news soon - but I have to say - I'm really pleased with this one!

Friday, 13 June 2008

Videos and Holidays

It's Friday - hooray! the end of a surprisingly busy week - preparing for the Slow Corrosion release, recovering from a week's holiday

new quay june 08

yep - this...

new quay 2, june 08

...and this, is what I do in my spare time!

This week was also notable for us (Mark and I) shooting some footage for a promo video for Splinters from my next album Axis Vein. The video is being directed by Yokna Patofa in Japan. She asked us to shoot against a blue background, however it wasn't til we looked we realised we don't actually own anything blue - except an old rug for the kids to wipe their feet on as they walk through the door. So I found myself lipsynching in front of my grotty door mat gaffer taped to an old wardrobe - very glamorous! Still the completed video should be incredible, Yokna sent me some stills that look stunning.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Rethinks and Slow Corrosions

Ok so it's time to rethink this blog business - I've been pondering it for a while and I've come to the heady conclusion that just using it simply to archive my work is a pretty dry approach - let's face it my website and myspace pages are adequate for that purpose. So this one will still be about my work, but more of a diary type deal, something considerably more informal.

So what have I been up to? Good question! (even when I ask it myself!)

This morning I've been working on promo type stuff for the new Clutter vs Susan Matthews ep. It's coming out in a couple of weeks via Earth Monkey Productions. A very new experience for me. I'm so used to doing everything myself (music, producing, mixing, photography, sleeves, printing, manufacturing, promotion, distribution etc etc blah blah blah) it's a curious feeling sitting back and trusting someone else to take care of all that. Shaun Blezard (Mr Earth Monkey) is an absolute star though, so I feel relaxed about the whole situation.

For instance - here's his sleeve design:

Slow Corrosion - promo 1

see what I mean? the guy's a goodun

and come to think of it, so is the ep

four tracks of Clutter remixes of Matthews' sounds - the title track 'Slow Corrosion' will be up on myspace soon