As usual, all taken with my iphone 6 plus and the HDR4+ app, in gloomy North Yorkshire.
‘Moonglow‘ is the ‘sister release’ to my previous album ‘Ocean Sighs’.
The image used for the album cover was taken with my old Sony R1, which was one of the best cameras I had.
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Well there was something of an Indian Summer here last week, after I had (wrongly) predicted the end of the Summer. Here’s some recent Images, taken locally. I thought I’d try this WordPress circles view.
My album is still on schedule for release at the end of this month.
I consolidated things considerably and will release a single album, as opposed to the larger release I had intended. It’s a selection of ambient ‘Seascapes‘. More will be revealed soonest !
We’ve had Ruby now for almost a month. She came from a local rescue centre (the Blue Cross). she’s still quite a handful as she is young, boisterous and rather lacking in manners – human or canine ! However, she’s a lovely lass and everyone who’s met her has been taken with her unusual colourings and puppy dog face (she’s only a year and a half old)
She’s quite a character and is very affectionate. We hope she carries on settling in over time with us (she had a bit of a rough start to life).
She’s quite difficult to photograph as she’s pretty dark, but here’s some images of her nonetheless:
Some new, more representative pics of Ruby
From a musical point of view, I’m hoping 2016 will be a bit more productive than 2015 was for me. I currently have ongoing projects which may or may not see the light of day, I hope these things come together more so in the first half of the year. I’m planning on spending more time working with the ipad – using Auria Pro, Korg Gadget, Tonestack etc.
On a wider orbit, I hope for change in the future.
Real change is on the way methinks. Our politicians (almost exclusively) are not representing us, they seem to be more answerable to corporate influence than they are to us. The media is presenting us with their very skewed version of the world. It seems to me that there are a lot of people in the worlds of politics and the media who are hell-bent on trying to make us believe in what they want us to be believe in. Personally, I don’t think that real change will come from the world of politics anymore, I think it may well be more of a generational thing – something that will happen more gradually.
The current overall view on things from the ‘powers that be’ (who very much influence politics and the media) is increasingly myopic and they certainly don’t appear to be considering things in any kind of longer term, which will be damaging for all of us in many ways, I feel.
Anyway, enough of my ‘rant-let’, happy new year !
Many thanks Allister !
Man, time flies. I’ve gotten through quite a few submissions recently, though, and here’s the pick of the crop.
Igneous Flame – Lumen
Veteran prolific ambienteer Pete Kelly returns with yet another instant classic, which was not submitted to me per se, but I wanna mention it. These three tracks are actually quite diverse. The first, “Liquid Emerald”, is eerily close in vibe to the sounds of early ambient pioneers in their heyday, meaning musicians like Manuel Göttsching, Michael Stearns and Kevin Braheny. A lovely piece of classic electronica with vintage celestial sequencing. “Sapphire” is darker, more noctural and driftier and reminds me more of the pieces on Kelly’s last release, which I reviewed and loved, NYX. Lastly, the massive “Lignite” is dark ambient of the most cavernous variety, with booming bass and mysterious windy sounds creating a foundation for moody, ethereal chords. Each of these pieces is different and…
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Excellent review of ‘NYX’. I don’t say that just because it’s a very positive review of the album, it’s because I think it’s very well observed as well.
There’s a lot written about ambient music that drops the same names over and over — Eno this, Roach that. Hell, I’m as guilty as anyone on that count when making comparative references. But in fact there are artists with extensive and impressive discographies working today who are the all-time ambient music legends of the future. I’m pleased to be able to talk about new releases by two such artists.
Phillip Wilkerson has a very extensive and diverse catalog of releases that often focuses on “drift” ambient, meaning the beautiful celestial layers of pads kind, which is one of my favourite varieties of music. Now, he’s done other stuff, but sunshine-drenched releases such as Highlands and Sun Tracer are the ones that float my boat the highest. Wikerson’s catalog is also notable for its consistency in quality — he has not made a single recording I’ve heard that is not…
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Winter on it’s way…
Forecasts of a very cold one to come here in the UK. Here’s a selection of images taken on my morning walk around the valley.
Expect some musical news in the next few weeks – am feverishly working away on an imminent release !