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Top 15!

December 20, 2010

After a few months of domestic chaos, I finally managed to grab a few moments the other night to get back in front of the computer with making music in mind… and I have to admit I found it a pretty testing experience. What with one thing and another I’ve probably been doing a lot more listening to music than recording or trying to write it over the last few months.

With that in mind, it struck me that now seemed as good a time as any to reflect on the music that I’ve enjoyed in the last 12 months or so. Here’s a top fifteen of my favourites – some old, some new and some that I’ve just rediscovered…

Diario – Daisuke Miyatani

The Mountain Record – Yuichiro Fujimoto

Memory – Animal Hospital

Hidden Name – Stephan Mathieu & Janek Schaefer

Causers of This – Toro Y Moi

Cosmogramma – Flying Lotus

Returnal – Oneohtrix Point Never

Rifts – Oneohtrix Point Never

Best Coast – Crazy for You

African Dub All-Mighty, Chapter 1 – Joe Gibbs and the Professionals

Hum – Sawako

Frictionalisms 1994/2009 – Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir

Are Kisses Out Of Fashion? – Sudeten Creche

Nunatak / Teimo / Permafrost – Thomas Koner

Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (1975) – Edgar Froese


Review of ‘Fern Battles’ on

November 1, 2010

Just found this really nice review of ‘Fern Battles’ on the fabulous Disquiet – been so busy with non-music related projects like moving house, looking after my son and trying to get some sleep that I’d missed it – a belated thanks to Marc.
I keep promising it, but new music and new field recordings will be on their way, hopefully in the not too distant future – it’s been a hectic few months but things are slowly beginning to settle down. Once I have a new, clear space to work in, (that isn’t full of cardboard boxes and children’s toys), then watch this space…

Autumn is coming!

September 16, 2010

Just a short recording of the wind blowing through the tree outside our house as the weather starts to get distinctly autumnal…

new (self) release – fern battles EP

September 3, 2010

So, I’ve just released a short mini-ep of four tracks called fern battles, which you’re all welcome to download for free from if the fancy takes you.
There’s four tracks – two of which, ‘rita’ and ‘black hill’ have made an appearance here – the other two, ‘english landscape’ and ‘sketch I’ are new. Hope you enjoy it if you have the time!


September 2, 2010

I’ve set myself up on Bandcamp – for occasional mini-releases… A new EP – fern battles – is up there now…

‘Morning’ video

August 31, 2010

Well, this is a lovely thing – the excellent Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen has taken the time to make a video for my track ‘Morning’. It’s thoroughly gorgeous, and I’d like to say a big thank you to Jessica for her work. Check out her site at

Now playing…

August 23, 2010

Just listening again to probably one of my favourite pieces of music ever – the original 1975 version of Edgar Froese’s Epsilon in Malaysian Pale. A bit of a typically silly, overblown title, but just a gorgeous pair of tracks that make up one of the few pieces of vinyl that I’ve always just bought on sight – I’ve got about four copies.

Have a listen if you ever get the chance – mellotrons and field recordings working together beautifully. Steer well clear of the horrible reworking done by Froese himself, I think in 2005 – a stinker, and truly a case of not knowing when to leave well alone.