I’m a looping guitarist living in Sheffield, England. I have been performing for 45+ years in a variety of professional bands and latterly, as a solo artist / collaborator.
Repetition and Intuition are the key factors behind my music, which places dynamics & timbre high up the list. I see the guitar as an organic sound source that uses looping technology and laptop treatment to build moods & soundscapes. My pieces are born, evolve and die away.
I also like to rock out 😉
I’ve started a Bandcamp page. so you can download & listen to tracks there, as well on my audio page
Adios Al Futuro (goodbye to the future) is the second album by Das Rad – the Sheffield-based trio of myself, Martin Archer & Steve Dinsdale. (RAD, geddit?)
Ou self-titled debut album on Discus records attracted some rave reviews, neatly summarised by “they seem to encapsulate and deconstruct the entire history of British avant-rock in one fell swoop”. Their new offering “expands and refines their sound, featuring a combination of composed and improvised music, bringing together the personalities of the musicians”.
The album was released this weekend and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a free “Das Rad Magic Cube” – a chance to practice origami while enjoying the music. There’s a possible accusation of bias, but we recommend you invest in both!
It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of David Torn, having been introduced to him in the 80s by my old band-mate Stephen Fellows during my (all too) brief tenure in the Comsat Angels.
I’ve just bought David’s latest (download only) offering, a collection of solo guitar pieces that are both inspired and inspiring, evocative, thoughtful, just exactly what I need to push me forwards as a musician. There’s a video of him talking through it which I found fascinating. You can buy the album here.
The photo is (sadly) the only time I’ve seen DT, at Leeds in 2008, complete with Davy Crockett hat. Afterwards, I asked a few seriously dumb muso questions, such as “do all those chords have a name” (Answer “I’m afraid so”) and presented him with a (signed!) copy of my Adult Origami book – unbelievably, he said he already had a copy! 😉
I’m working on some contributions to a Martin Archer project and sent him 4 individual tracks (recorded without hearing the others) to chop up. Just for fun, I thought I’d mix them together & see what happened!
I’ve just found out about an arduino-based midi controller called the Midistomp 6 and may well invest, if I can avoid shipping taxes to the UK. They guy is doing (more or less) what I’ve been trying to do, only much better & the result is SO cheap – you can even save money and build your own with minimal skills.
When I first came across a guy making and selling HX presets, I was initially annoyed by the fact that most people just explain how to do it, rather than profit from it. However, on reflection and after checking his presets out, they really do push the boundaries of what can be achieved and represent a serious time investment. For my part, they inspire me to (try and) figure out how he did it, a really useful learning process. Ultimately, with any device, you need to learn how it works or you’ll never find your perfect sound.