Awakenings 2006 volume 1 : Spring
Awakenings 2006 volume 2.5 : Fur Herr Forcher
Awakenings 2007 volume 1.5 : Awake
Awakenings 2013 volume 1 : Deep Blue
Awakenings 2014 volume 1.5 : Finifugal (Lost Garden)
Those lovely people at Ambient Live give me semi-regular gigs at their Awakenings festivals in Leeds and it’s fascinating to hear how my music impinges on and relates to the electronic music scene. Reviewers and audiences aren’t always sure what to make of it without the usual sequencer and mellotron, but they’re a pretty broad-minded and supportive lot. Special back-slaps to John Sherwood, who puts so many hours into making it work.
Regarding the tracks themselves, Spring is essentially e-bow improvisations over some live looping, but it generates a suitably dark mood (when will I record something cheerful?) . Fur Herr Forcher is dedicated to the late Peter-Paul Forcher, an Austrian paper-folding peer of mine. Awake is a more conscious attempt to incorporate a slight element of what is known as the “Berlin School” (Tangerine dream etc) into my style, although what might sound like a sequenced mellotron is actually a cardboard “wobbleboard” in the finest traditions of Rolf Harris.
Deep Blue was recorded by a short-lived collaboration between myself on loops / guitar / keys, Peter Hill on drums, loops and effects, with Aidan Hall on guest bass.
Finifugal is a version of an unreleased track from Lost Garden’s “Coyledon” sessions, my duo with Andy Peake.