Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Echopet this year

This track was put together by Jez Stevens and myself back in 2013. The idea was to work together as Echopet. Alas we did not really do anything about it. Then a few nights ago we got together to discuss getting Echopet up and running, and have decided to work on some music this Spring and Summer. And maybe even play live later in the year. In the mean time I have an album to finish and release by October, so best I crack on.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Robert Macfarline The eeriness of the English Countryside

A fantastic article from The Guardian by Robert Macfarline entitled The eeriness of the English CountrysideWriters and artists have long been fascinated by the idea of an English eerie – ‘the skull beneath the skin of the countryside’. But for a new generation this has nothing to do with hokey supernaturalism – it’s a cultural and political response to contemporary crises and fears. The starting point for this excellent piece is the M R James Ghost story A View from a Hill and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England. Definitely worth a read.

Friday, 20 March 2015

New Album Tracks Part 2 (Work in Progress)

Even more ideas, work in progress and swift mixes for the next album. The tracks are
I Wish I Wish, Once More with the Whirligig, Broken Folk, Thinking Doing & Moving, Waiting for Mr Fieldpole, My Morning Ritual, Race you to the Top. Now all I have to do is set about releasing it later in the year.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Something for the Autumn (maybe)

If all goes to plan (and it usually does not) and providing its mixed mastered and all the artwork etc is finished. This might be an Autumn release.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Test Transmission Archive Reel 20


At last Archive Reel 20!!!!! never thought I would in fact get to 20 of these. Who knows might make it to 30. This time round we have music from Seventh Wave, Luther Ingram, Soulless Party, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Advisory Circle, Carya Amara, Concretism, Jane Weaver, 10cc and quite a lot more. Anyway a tad busy for the next few months on the new album so I hope to get another Archive Reel to you all in the summer. In the meantime hope you enjoy all this. Until next time.........TATA

Saturday, 28 February 2015

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman: Nine Questions is a new regular feature on the Active Listener, where we ask our favourite artists nine simple questions and get all sorts of answers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Waiting for Les Revenants

Have just recently re-watched the last episode of Les Revenants (The Returned) and I must say how very much I enjoyed the whole series. A while ago I did try to explain the series and why I liked it so much to a friend of mine. So here more or less is my shambolic after a few vodkas explanation of Les Revenants to my friend. "its Zombies, but not really Zombies!! the dead come back to life but they are not daft silly shambling decomposing things. They are just as confused as to why they are all coming back to life. It sort of reminds me of Twin Peaks in places, lots of very long slow conversations that are captivating and intriguing with lots of long pauses and intense facial expressions. Its all set in a French Alpine Village or Town and again like the Twin Peaks intro much is made of the landscapes, lots of vast forests mountains empty roads. Its very dark and bleak. The soundtrack is perfect, its by Mogwai, I will lend it to you (friend still looks interested in what I am saying, and has not walked of or yawned) the whole series is on Netflix, have a look. Its based on the 2004 French film They Came Back which was also called The Returned" Thats more or less what I said to my friend, it was also getting very late by then. I am very much looking forward to season 2 later in 2015.

Monday, 9 February 2015

The Boy from Space BBC Study Series

My Good friend Mr Palmer recently picked up these two BBC study series LPs and very thoughtfully gave one of them (The Boy from Space) to me. The music and spacey sounds for the album were produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshops John Baker & Dick Mills. Sadly there is not really a lot of music or spacey sounds on this album, but it is still a very enjoyable listen. The Boy from Space was written by Catweazle creator Richard Carpenter.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Late Junction Jan 13th

Only just found out that on Tuesday 13th Jan a tune of mine, Into the Well from the album Around the Folly and Down Hill, was played by Nick Luscombe on The Late Junction (Radio 3) to say I was a tad pleased would be an understatement. The program is only available to listen to on iPlayer for a limited time. Thank you Nick.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015

"Folklore is a vibrant element of 'Britishness' and a living cultural heritage; these beliefs, customs and expressions link the past to the present and help us understand our specific communities and cultures, as well as our shared humanity. Far from being static or an ageing genre, it remains relevant by adapting to new circumstances, with the 'Folk' (people), and the 'lore' (stories) continually informing and influencing each other. At the moment there is no dedicated institution within the UK that specifically explores and celebrates our folkloric culture and heritage in its full richness, including all of our annual customs and traditions. I feel this is a sad state of affairs and points towards a yawning gap within the cultural landscape of Britain. It is my aim that within a few years, this situation will be examined and resolved and there will exist a properly funded new national establishment which will not only impart knowledge and stimulate inquiry, but will also provide aesthetic experiences and kindle individual ambition by strengthening community ties and making visitors aware of the richness of our shared folk-culture in all its manifold forms. At the present time we are in the process of deciding the best way for us to operate and we do not have a building which the public can visit. We are however involved in a series of exhibitions within the UK where visitors can come to gain an appreciation of what will eventually be on offer once we are established. 
Simon Costin (Director, Museum of British Folklore)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Edgar Froese 1944 - 2015

Very sad to hear that Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has passed away.
If it was not for the music of Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream (at the hight of punk I had copies of Stratosfear and Ricochet, tucked away safely in the not punk box of records) I would never have heard of or listened to Kraftwerk, Can, Neu! Cluster etc.
Froese's Aqua is a fav of mine, NGC 891 is a massive track, if you have 14 mins spare do have a listen. I was very lucky to have seen Tangerine Dream on the UK Cyclone and Force Majeure tours (my friend and I did look slightly out of place though)  but I can not really remember to much about it apart from very large Synths and lasers. So with all that said I will now go and listen to NGC 891 once more. I really think you should as well.

Friday, 23 January 2015

New tunes on Soundcloud (Excerpts)


Here are some tracks that will hopefully end up on the next album, due out sometime later in 2015. When I say later in 2015 I really do mean later. All are rough mixes and work in progress etc. The voices on the track Full Circle are Douglas E Powell and his son Joshua.
More of Doug on the album later.
The tracks are
Theres something outside
Full Circle
Sun in her hand
Made by Sun and Ice
Along the Corridor 1st on the Left Room 2882
Race you to the top

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Scarfolk Film Censors Page 187 - 188

I expect that a lot of you are aware of the wonderful world of Scarfolk and all that it entails. If for any reason you are not, then do not fret. With full permission from the head of Scarfolk Council himself, here are 2 extracts from the wonderful Discovering Scarfolk book. The book is very clever well written and bloody funny. If you do not have a copy, best you get one very soon, you could also grab a fridge magnet and a cup to go with it.


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Soulless Party & Carya Amara new releases


Two cracking releases out now and available from Bandcamp. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

7 inch Center Label Selection (Part 3)

Only realised today that I had not posted any random 7inch single centers since Oct 2013
the last lot are here and here definitely a case of getting sidetracked and forgetting things.
Anyway here is another random old selection of 7 inch single centers.
The Sparks single was the 1st single that I ever bought myself, and the Ghost Box Listening Center 7inch was the last single I bought, which was a few months ago.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Bandcamp VAT Update (Normal Service Resumed)

Looks like I will NOT be disabling my digital downloads on Bandcamp on 1st Jan 2015. The latest from BC is that they will be dealing with the VAT with regards to downloads. Which is very good news for all the musicians and small independent labels out there. So I looks like when I do get round to finishing the new album it will be on Bandcamp as CD and Download.
On that note......Happy New Year to you all, see you on the other side.
Goodbye for now.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Bandcamp Downloads Now Disabled (Temporarily)

Sadly from Jan 1st 2015 my digital music will no longer be available to download and purchase from Bandcamp. Due to new EU law anyone selling music downloads online has to now pay VAT. I have spent many a sad and dull hour today reading all the FAQs and HMRC docs regarding this and like quite a few others have decided not sell my music as digital downloads on Bandcamp for the time being (might change if it all gets sorted out)
On the plus side all my albums/music will still be on Bandcamp to listen to (stream) and I should add that CD copies of my albums will still be available from Bandcamp (seems the tax issue is all sorted there)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Seasons Greeting to all

Time for a rest now after a very up (new album & music etc) and down (due to illness) year.
Seasons Greetings. Happy Christmas to you all.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Test Transmission Archive Reel 19


Its the final one of the year and time for be to have a short break and get on with some recording (new album to get to grips with) This time round we have Dolly Dolly, Kate Bush, Graham Bowers, Nurse with Wound, The Lost Trail, Wyrdstone, Oneohtrix Point Never, Douglas E Powell, Black Sabbeth, Collection D'Arnell-Andrea and loads more for your winter listening pleasure. Have a good winter.