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.