A nice photo of Andy taken by Dean Thom (a wonderful musician himself)
Thursday Jun 19th 2014
Time 8.00pm: £5/£3
Over The Top, 78 Kingfield Road, Sheffield S11 9AU
A one of group featuring Sheffield based colleagues of Canadian electroacoustic musician Meloche making one of his occasional visits to town. Expect three sets, comprising combinations from the list below.
Chris Meloche – electronics
Hervé Perez – electronics
Martin Archer – electronics
Mick Beck – bassoon
Nick Robinson – guitars and loops
Andy Peake – keyboards
Charlie Collins – percussion
Expect low key towards minimal improvised dronescapes.
A video shot by Jan Todd from our debut gig at Bishop’s House on 30/05/14
Had a great time last night at the ancient Bishop’s House. Sadly Martin Archer was too ill to perform, but it mean Meson and The Garden got to play extended sets! Good to see Mark & Mark, ever-present at my gigs, it seems. Also great to see Dean from Hathersage and long-time CSA fan Elliot Wheeler (now in a revitalised Danse Society!) from Liverpool! Jan Todd & Elliot took some great photos (below)
That’s the snappy title of an article written by Koshiro Hatori in the Tanteidan Magazine 145. The Tanteidan (Japanese for “detectives”) are a high-end origami group who study the deeper ends of the folding art. I can’t read Japanese, but Hatori-san contacted me a while ago for details of how I have used paper within the field of music. You can read more here.
Just a quick reminder of the next gig I’m playing on Friday 30th May 7.30, at a delightful 16th century house just down the road from where I live, called Bishop’s house. I’m playing with my Garden duo, alongside Martin Archer and Meson. Here’s a photo from a previous set there.
More details here
If you’ve ever fancied a custom Fender, here’s a chance to get one step nearer. Nip to this site and you can design your own from the ground up, then, assuming you have more money than your wife needs, have them build it for you! Here’s my dream Strat…
Large corporations are often accused of overlooking the “little guy”, so when I tried to source three knobs for my (discontinued) GP100, I held little hope when emailing Roland. How wrong I was, they said they had none in stock, but could have them shipped over from Japan if I would pay the postage. How much would the total package come to? A whapping £6.50!
Cash paid, the knobs arrived within a week and had this cute receipt, listing KNOB and MR KNOB, weight zero! Nice one Roland….
As someone who grew became absorbed with music around the birth of progressive rock, there are a few keyboard sounds that I have loved ever since. A Hammond organ, a Fender rhodes and a Mellotron. A few years ago, I bought a Roland Vintage Synth module almost solely because of the mellotron patches (recorded from the real thing).
For years I’ve searched for a decent software emulation that doesn’t cost the earth and just today, I found it!
Made by Artifake Labs it’s not only a wonderful VST plugin, but better than that, it’s totally free! Whilst I’d still love a real one, compare the cost (several thousand pounds) and potential maintenance of the real thing and it’s a complete no-brainer. Here’s a video demo.
It’s now in my plugin rack for Ableton ready to be looped. I look forward to indulging my Crimso tendencies a bit more often from now on 🙂
There are any number of textural loopers out there, but my friend Stephen is amongst those closest to my musical heart.
Listen to the first track on his bandcamp album and tell me it isn’t lovely. I’ve played a few gigs on the same bill and admire the way he can closely recreate his tracks live, something I frankly struggle with ;(
Whilst totally unsung, he ploughs his furrow with considerable musical skill.