9th February 2014

You know when you take on too much at once?  My current workload:

Releasing The Last Swifts of Summer and split with Wet Eyes on Bullfinch in a couple of months;

Waiting for release of A Time After Computers on Knife in the Toaster;

Looking for a label for a tape of out-of-print synth music;

Dubbing the first batch of Bullfinch tapes;

Starting promo to make sure people know that Bullfinch is coming;

Beginning to organise the second batch, including artwork;

Recording material for splits with Five Minutes Alone and EL Heath for release later in the year;

Sorting out label stuff for first album and EP by Middlemarch;

Sorting out label stuff for second Sturmazdale album;

Keeping up to date with progress from Dimitris and Craig about recording progress for upcoming Middlemarch and Sturmazdale albums respectively;

Finishing first Merganser release;

Working on some noise-based stuff with Joaquin for future Winter of the World releases;

Curating Terminal Radio Transmission 13 for broadcast in late March;

Curating the third Terminal Window album;

Writing stuff for Absent With Concept (completely behind with this, once again);

Working on the second Captain Busby record when I get chance to see Gregg;

Working on the first Duggan! album on the vague occasions Thom and I get our arses into gear;

Why do I do this to myself?  If my medication stops working anytime soon I’m going to have some sort of breakdown from this insanity.  Send me money/love/free tapes of nice music while I work through these one step at a time.

13th February 2013

All of my past music that’s available has now been added to my main Bandcamp.  This basically brings together past work as Second Thought and The Curse of Kevin Carter under one banner, which is certainly not how I originally imagined things, but I’m now happy to just say ‘this is me’.  I have included a wealth of bonus material in here, too.  First off, Purlieu has been rounded off with a 30 minute collage collecting various related unreleased material of similar style, from the Purlieu, Leaf Pass and East of Evening sessions.  Since Every Hour is Too Late has been expanded to include a selection of synth pieces from the same sessions, and closes with ‘May Revisited’.  There are also bonus remixes and live takes included in the downloads of Vacuum Road Songs and Safernoc.  Finally, the lost Second Thought album Aeolian Landform is available in its original format, after a short appearance under my Obliquity monker a couple of years ago, in its rightful place amongst my other records.  This now gives the whole page a rather strange feel, collecting together ambient techno, modern classical, lo-fi acoustics and various other genres, but why should genres matter, really?

All of the albums (except East of Evening, of which there are still a few tape copies available) are available as name-your-price downloads, so there is potentially eleven hours of free music to grab there, although I am saving towards some new gear which I’ll be needing to work on my next album, so all donations are very gratefully received.  Enjoy!

9th March 2012 – Revolution 2

I’ve written, lately, about my increasing disinterest in ‘albums’, and about wanting a more spontaneous feel to come from my music. With this in mind, I am happy to announce the forthcoming release of Revolution 2! I chose the name in reference to the lo-fi spontaneity of the first rather than a musical similarity, along with a nod to the fact it is similar in construct to the Mix Tapes series I recorded back in the 1990s. It’s a collection of lo-fi pieces and sketches: an ‘anything goes’ scrapbook of ideas, long and short, beautiful and silly, melodic and experimental. You can read more about that in the discography. It will be out very soon, as the first release on Bullfinch Records, in a handmade sleeve with individual photograph. The sleeve design I’m very happy with, and involves very little cutting! It’ll also be available to download. I will be continuing the Revolution series later in the year, and whenever music comes together without an album theme. To preview that direction, and the first track from it – “Wind in the Poplars” – The New Worck have put out a new mixtape of mine entitled Sunday, which I put together as music that makes me think of my favourite day of the week. It’s a feeling I’ve tried to capture on several of my records, all of which are represented in the mix, along with complementary music. Click for more info and download!

I recently uploaded all of my Obliquity material to the Obliquity Bandcamp page, which can now be downloaded for free by anybody interested in that project! Otherwise I’m just looking for an outlet for the Sturmazdale record currently, and beginning work on some more collaborative music, with my friend Thom (or Jesse Conner, depending if you’re a Jerky Oats fan or not). My most listened to album lately is Stratosfear by Tangerine Dream. I love the way they experimented with the sequencer-based approach rather than just remaking Rubycon time and time again.

19th May 2010

My new album, 60° South, is released today through renowned UK CDr label AmbientLive records! “Superb and intricate melodies from this UK artist. Modern, vibrant, yet based deeply in the tradition”

Partially inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novel ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’, 60° South is Second Thought’s fourth album (the ‘third’ and ‘official follow-up’ to Vacuum Road Songs is out later this year. Erm), and takes a new synthesizer-driven approach to production, compared to the sample collages of previous releases. This electronic tapestry paints an image of life in the cold antarctic circle. Some tracks reflect the Lovecraft tale’s sense of unease and mystery, while others drift along more pleasantly, reflecting the grand majesty of the Antarctic landscape and the sea that surrounds it.

1. Tekeli-li
2. Ice Shelf
3. Gellert’s Grave
4. Clouded
5. Snow (I)
6. Degrees
7. Return
8. Meltwater
9. Gone Forever
10. Icebergs (I & II)
11. Snow (II)
12. At The Mountains Of Madness

Meltwater has been added to the MySpace music player for your listening pleasure.

This is a rather exciting time for me as it’s the first physical release in almost exactly three years. Thanks to John at AmbientLive for releasing the album, and to everyone for their support over the last few years. It’s nice to be back, properly, after such a long time away from releasing music. And thanks to anyone who buys the album, which can be picked up from the link above. 🙂

Thanks, finally, to Lucy, to whom I dedicate Iceberg II.

24th March 2010

Right, well, there’s lots to report, again!

First up, and most excitingly, ‘Aqueduct’ from the forthcoming album Safernoc is featured on The Future Sound of London’s latest podcast ‘Electric Brain Storms 6: The Most Secluded Place’, which can be bought from FSOLDigital. It’s the third time one of my pieces has been used on one of their mix sets, and as ever they’ve done the piece proper justice, it sounds awesome floating in after the Tangerine Dream piece.

Elsewhere, those following my Twitter will know I’ve completed the synth ambient record I was talking about below. It’s called 60° South, and is inspired by Antarctica, particularly the story ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ by HP Lovecraft. It’s alternately dark and light and features barely any rhythm. Lots of melodies, though. It should be coming out on AmbientLive Records as a CDr release later in the spring. I am excited about this. Artwork and tracklist can be found on the music page.

Lots more music is brewing too, but I’ll wait for a while before explaining. 2010 has been very, very busy so far!

The new Autechre is awesome, by the way.