SEEKINGAccordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.
I've been playing alternative/post-punk/gothic rock for about 30 years, first as a bass player, then as a guitarist and latterly as a producer. During that time, I've gigged, toured, recorded and released. Naturally, I've never made any money from it, and don't expect I ever will. And that's really not the point. I make music because I have to, not because I want to, and I want to work with people with the same attitude. I've recently left a longstanding band because I was producing new material and getting a feeble response. I'm interested in working with people who are going to say either 'fu*k! Yeah!' or, ''fu*k! No!' and then present something better we can work on. I am not precious about my ideas, am always interested in compromises and like to be knocked out by the unexpected. At the moment, I'm most interested in meeting vocalists, either to work on a recording-based project or with a view to forming a band. If the latter, I'm going to be interested in guitarists, bassists, keyboard/synthesiser players and drummers. But it's a fu*k-ton of years since I've put a whole band together, and, yeah, COVID, dig?
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- Member since:
- Nov 06 2020
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
Don't look for a pattern. Pink Floyd; Massive Attack; Dead Can Dance; The Cure; Fields of the Nephilim; The Psychedelic Furs; Cocteau twins; Iron Maiden; The Chameleons; Siouxsie and the Banshees; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Killing Joke; Clan of Xymox; Metallica; Jethro Tull; Future Sound of London; Harold Budd; Led Zeppelin; My Dying Bride; Big Country; Black Sabbath; The Bolshoi; ClockDVA; Danielle Dax; Deep Purple; Depeche Mode; Fleetwood Mac; The God Machine; The House Of Love; Joy Division; The Kinks; Kirsty MacColl; Leonard Cohen; My Bloody Valentine; New Model Army; New Order; Nik Kershaw; The Only Ones; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD); Pet Shop Boys; Portishead; Sad Lovers and Giants; Simon and Garfunkel; Simple Minds; Steve Earle & the Dukes; Tangerine Dream; Talk Talk; Tears for Fears; Thin Lizzy; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers;
- Bass Guitar:
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Lead Guitar:
6 - strings: Yamaha SG 1500 (early 80s); Fender Tele Custom (late 70s); Burns Split Sonic (early 60s); 12 - strings: Yamaha Pacifica (late 90s)
4 - strings: Burns Bison Bass (mid 90s)
Amp: JCM900 head and 4x12 cabinet. Stupidly loud and unsuitable for most applications.
Dancing with Tears in my Eyes (Ultravox cover)
Dancing with Tears in my Eyes (Ultravox cover)The Cold War gave form to my childhood nightmares; Ultravox gave them a soundtrack.
Things The Sea Left (Edit)
Things The Sea Left (Edit)Part of something even dronier.
A New Life Awaits You
A New Life Awaits YouI've been listening to a lot of Vangelis recently.
Asymptomatic Carrier (instrumental version)
Asymptomatic Carrier (instrumental version)Work in progress. Going for a 90s muscular goth rock sound but still looking for a vocalist.
Endless SummerReworking of an old track, awaiting lyrics and a singer.
Veni Emmanuel (O Come Emmanuel)
Veni Emmanuel (O Come Emmanuel)It's Christmas 2020. Perhaps next year will be better.
Lateshiftv3.0 An ongoing attempt to capture the feel of South London at the end of the 80s. Part horror, part nostalgia.
From A Glass Shore
From A Glass ShoreSynthy ambient textural thing, based on another track from my field recording experiments. Original field recording is here: https://soundcloud.com/user-118623071
Night City Rain
Night City RainAn attempt to create an impression rather than reproduce something that was real... Based on some field recordings I've been mucking about with recently (listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-118623071) V1.1 Mucked about with the bass a bit.
By Dawn's Early Light
By Dawn's Early LightHighly derivative, but great fun to do. The sea sounds are from this lovely field recording by MapOfTheProblematique https://soundcloud.com/mapoftheproblematique/relaxing-sea-sounds-soothing-sound-of-nature-ocean-waves
Slow Marching Band (slight remix)
Slow Marching Band (slight remix)V2.0 I originally made this when horribly drunk, and therefore didn't go near it again for ages. Listening back, I actually quite like it and have make a couple of subtle tweaks. Obvs, am horribly drunk again. YMMV. The original is possibly my fave Jethro Tull song and may be listened to here: https://youtu.be/yBZ6lTiPmgs
Perimeter Systemv1.0. I knew that dulcimer would come in handy one day. v1.1. Gave it some more horn.
Petrichorv1.0 This was basically an excuse to try to replicate the bass sound on 'Plainsong' by The Cure.
We Are Making A New World
We Are Making A New Worldv1.0 I will probably cannibalise this and use the parts for other things.
Heavy SunshineGoing for a late 60s/early 70s British slightly psychedelic vibe a la 'Benefit'-era Jethro Tull. My recent brush with death has left me appreciating the nice weather we're having.
End Timesv1.0 Originally wrote this for Waterglass but it didn't really work as a Waterglass song.
Silent Running (Mike + The Mechanics cover)
Silent Running (Mike + The Mechanics cover)v1.0 Cover of 'Silent Running' by Mike + The Mechanics, done mainly to see if I could nail that 1990s muscular Gothic Rock sound. The original is a cracking song and has a video that's so 1980s that watching it will actually perm your hair. Check it out: https://youtu.be/hHw8Dwhingc Stick with it, it's from that brief period when every pop video maker wanted to direct a movie and occasionally they encountered a record company exec who had taken enough cocaine to think this was a good idea. The 'mom' character's hair is epic.
Become The Sorrow
Become The Sorrowv1.0 Started by accident then took on a life of its own. Title courtesy of http://metallizer.dk Cover art is a detail from http://ortsmor.deviantart.com/art/sci-fi-matte-painting-476290227 - really very good, IMO. Track needs a vocal but I'm unable to supply one. v1.1 Minor tweaks to the mix. Slightly more epic choirs and gratuitous oboe.
Oxytoxin (The Power of Dub)
Oxytoxin (The Power of Dub)v1.0 I've always wanted to work with Holly Johnson. Now I sort of have. Shame he'll never know.
Blindsight1.0 This is actually something else but I was stuck with that so I turned it into this to give me a different way of thinking about it. Stupid, but fun.
The I, Nexus Quintet Go Crazy
The I, Nexus Quintet Go Crazyv1.0 I have no idea why I did this. v1.1 Mucked around with the sax sound to make it more 'vintage'.
Hypnoscillator (Remix)v2.0 I wasn't ever happy with the vocoder parts on the original so I redid them, and gave the track a remix while I was at it. Nothing's changed radically. v2.01 Piano tweaks.
Downlinkv1.0 He comes awake from a dream of metal voices, down the vaulted concourses of some European airport, distant figures glimpsed in mute rituals of departure. (William Gibson, "Virtual Light"). v1.01 A few low end tweaks.
Television Sky III - Night City Theme
Television Sky III - Night City Themev1.0 In Night City the neon shines through the rain. In Night City nothing ever stops. In Night City everyone except you speaks English with an accent. In Night City people wear snoods and no-one laughs. Is your trench coat long enough for Night City?
Television Sky II - Pursuit Theme
Television Sky II - Pursuit Themev1.0 Since this movie exists only in my imagination, I've decided to make it in about 1983. I've got Michael Mann in to direct and William Gibson's writing the script. I've also got Jan Hammer and Harold Faltermeyer in the studio whilst I work on the soundtrack. They're making the tea and polishing the DX7.
Somav1.0 I realised recently how desperately short of stupid rave tracks our world has got. Since cancer, malaria and ebola have all been sorted I decided to invest my time and effort at about 125BPM, a tempo I believe has not been exploited to its fullest potential.
Television Sky I - Solitary Theme
Television Sky I - Solitary Themev.1.0. "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." This started life as an '80s pisstake but it ended up as a sincere tribute to one of my favourite authors. v1.01. Minor fixes to mix. v1.02. This has now become part of the soundtrack to a science fiction movie made in the early 1980s, which exists only in my imagination.
The Last Day Of Summer (Remix)
The Last Day Of Summer (Remix)v1.1 An improved mix. v1.11 Some minor additional tweaks. v1.111 Tweaked the tweaks. v1.1111 Twea...only joking.
Jerusalem - Dark Angel Mix
Jerusalem - Dark Angel MixRemixed by my great friend and partner in crime, Andrew.
Straylightv1.0. What I really miss in most euphoric trance is really heavy guitars. I'm starting to think I don't really understand euphoric trance that well.
Tense (remix)v.1.1 Remixed. Better balance and a slightly more aggressive sound overall.
Protect/SurviveFurther exploration of my taste for elegant minimalism. As if. It's another overblown Goth-Trance banger.
Machine of Loving Grace (edit)
Machine of Loving Grace (edit)v.1.0 The working title for this one was 'ModeWerk', for reasons that will quickly become obvious.
Deep Fieldv.1.0 I struggled for ages to finish this properly. Then, realising I lacked the requisite degree of sophistication, I gave up and covered it with massive guitars. :) v.1.1 Minor remix: some tidying up and slight rebalancing.
Schöne Maschinev.1.0 If you spend too long listening to Harold Budd records, they start listening back.
Incept (Caustic)v.1.0 More sofa-based Goth trance shenanigans.
Trancerunner (Caustic)v.2.0 Vangelis' majestic 'Blade Runner' end theme, reimagined as a trance anthem. By a Goth. On a sofa. With a Nexus 7, running Caustic. This is a complete redo of an earlier version which I made using FLStudio, when I knew even less about what I was doing.
Tears in Rain (Caustic)
Tears in Rain (Caustic)v.1.0 A dodgy old Goth who knows nothing about dance music is inexplicably seized by the desire to make slightly melancholic euphoric trance tunes. Level of difficulty: using nothing but a Nexus 7, and without ever leaving the sofa. v.1.1 Spent hours working on a new mix. Printed it and then A-B'd with the rough mix from yesterday. Naturally, I preferred the rough mix. I've just tidied up a bit and tweaked a few levels and FX :)