16th April 2018

I’ve always been drawn to the chronology of things, being able to look back over periods of time and identify the evolution of an idea, a sound, a place. For a while now I’ve felt like I’ve been coming to the end of a particular era of my music, and have been tying things up in a faintly subconscious way. Arachnidiscs have just announced pre-orders for my new CD Exteriors, which sold out its limited run fairly quickly and has gone onto a second run already. That’s a compilation of pieces that never quite found a home, an album I’d wanted to make for ages portraying a normal everyday town situation, rather than the rural / exotic / surreal soundscapes I normally end up making. There are some very old tracks on it, so in some way it’s of a kin with Leaf Pass, but overall I’m really happy to have finally made this little record that’s been eluding me for such a long time now. You can pick that up from the Arachnidiscs Bandcamp.

Otherwise I’m now just sorting out label stuff for Holosphere, the final piece of the Sphere trilogy of that started with Ambisphere and Myosphere. It’s not too dissimilar in mood, although is the most rhythm-based of the three. The trilogy is born of my love of ’90s ambient, particularly the heavily sample-based end of it a la FSOL and The Orb. Sometime down the line once I have the rights to Ambisphere back I’ll be doing a nice 3CD box of those. In the meantime, Myosphere is down to the last four tapes on No Problema, so this is probably your last chance to grab that.

Holosphere runs a little like this:
01. Ladybird Spider
02. Verdant Sphinx
03. Blades of Grass
04. Baby Universe
05. Cromagnon
06. The Mauve Raven
07. Pargeons
08. Distance Collapse
09. Spacemoth
10. Little Leaf
11. Retrofire

To coincide with this, I’m also going to be reissuing my entire back catalogue on CDr. I had had plans to work on some nice deluxe 2CD reissues, but the time and money involved would mean the whole campaign would drag out over a few years, and frankly it’s not so healthy to be putting all that much effort into the past when I could be putting it into the present. So instead I’m going to make all of my out-of-print releases available on CDr again. In all applicable cases, these will be the same issues as were on sale on my Bandcamp for a limited time a couple of years back, only with slightly updated artwork (all will be credited to International Debris). There are also several which  have not received a CD or any physical release before, and some of these will be expanded editions. I’m hoping to have those ready by the end of May.

After that there’ll be a bit of a break while I start to work out how to translate all the ideas in my head into new sounds.

I’ve been helping out restart the Terminal project after a couple of years of silence. Season 3 of Terminal Radio is coming later this year, and there are some very big names involved. I’ve been working on mixes for that so I’ll be popping up and hopefully some artists I’ve invited along will be too. Once that’s settled in we’ll be looking at where to take Terminal as a collective and label, hopefully with physical releases and art editions somewhere down the line…

And while I’ve not been doing all that, I’ve been keeping myself busy working on my FSOL wiki.

25th March 2018

Despite having mentioned it late last year, I’ve been continuing to work on new material for the Peregrination album, which is now longer going to be called that. I’ve actually created a lot of material for the album this year, and it looks like it’s going to end up being a double album at this rate. I’ve recently been on a one-track-a-day routine as part of some OCD self-help, keeping things structured and not allowing myself to worry too much about whether the album is finished or not for the minute. Focusing wholly on one piece at a time has resulted in some work I’m really proud of, and I’m genuinely excited about where this album is going. I’m using lots of samples. I’ll keep working on that for a while and I’m sure you’ll all hear it next June or something knowing the usual process.

Otherwise, Exteriors and Arboretum are still lined up ready to go, the former at some point in late spring and the latter in late ’18/early ’19. That’s still a lot of albums. Meanwhile, it’s spring, and I’m going to be going outside a lot because the outside is a good place to be.

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Nurse With Wound and Stephan Micus and really early vaporwave.

27th February 2018

Ok, so the situation with the album has finally been resolved. The contract situation with Psychonavigation has been sorted out and the album will be staying with the label until the contract runs out next year. That’s available from the usual places. I’ll then be selling the Ambisphere cassettes once the contract has ended.

In other news, there should be two more records at some point this year. I can only reveal the titles at the moment: Arboretum and Exteriors. Both are very different from each other, although the latter recalls a couple of particular albums from my past. I’ll have release details for those closer to the time, but it looks like at least one should be something quite special.

My main focus at the minute is basically getting better after some serious mental health issues so far this year. One of the changes I’ve decided to make is spending less time online, particularly on social media, which I find is often more damaging than it is helpful these days. I’m off Twitter – my account is being used as a personal one now, rather than a music-related one, so I’ve kept that to just a small number of personal friends. Facebook and my blog will have any news and updates still though.

Lately I’ve been listening to Eberhard Weber, Tangerine Dream and Nurse With Wound, and I’m just starting to break into a six disc set of Samuel Barber’s complete orchestral works, which should be interesting.