ANCIENT OCEAN by Scott Lawlor and The Gateless Gate

Love this new ambient music release!

Ancient Ocean is a collaboration between versatile ambient musician Scott Lawlor and neo-Krautrock/kosmische act The Gateless Gate (or one half of it, Allister Thompson). Scott’s drones for this piece strongly suggested the ebb and flow of the ocean. However, making yet another oceanic ambient album wasn’t satisfying, so Allister came up with the concept of a primordial ocean, millions of years before the dawn of man. This opened up the door to all sorts of progressive rock influences creeping in, like Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream.

LEAR ALONE by Frank Bramwell

LEAR ALONE by playwright, Frank Bramwell.

LEAR ALONE

28th & 30th July – St Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter

29th & 31st July – Old Joint Stock Theatre

A thought-provoking reworking of the original play by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning Playwright Frank Bramwell, using the words of William Shakespeare.

Was Shakespeare right to kill off King Lear at the end of his play?

This fascinating play takes us along Lear’s journey following the news of Cordelia’s death, allowing us to re-examine the original play’s themes and insights, from a completely different angle. This is Frank Bramwell’s fifth sequel to Shakespeare’s plays.

The previous four have delighted audiences with the boldness of their approach and the dexterity of touch. Romeo & Juliet for All Time won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a play ‘that stood head and shoulders above other plays reviewed.’

Original music for the play composed, arranged, performed and produced by Mark Taylor:

World Listening Day – Sound Waves Composition

World Listening Day – Sound Waves composition 

As part of the overall Sound Waves project, 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and re imagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound.

These reimagined sounds have been recomposed and re-edited by Cities and Memory into this 30-minute mixed sound piece incorporating many of the sounds in a new context.

This final piece presents a collective curated reimagining of the sounds of water from artists around the world in one piece, a shared reflection on water and the role it has in our lives. By capturing the sounds of water and recontextualising them, we can examine our own relationship with water as it surrounds us every day.

Here are the two pieces that I contributed to the overall project:

Field Recording:

Remix:

Hideaway Studio Proudly Presents: Chromatix

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The original Rhodes Chroma

Hideaway Studio Proudly Presents: Chromatix.

Kontakt 4.2.4 and above – A superb set of samples based on the restoration of a Rhodes Chroma from 1983!

Bought this last week -well into double figures with my Hideaway sound sets now and this is right up there with the best of them!

I’ve never actually got my hands near a Rhodes Chroma, but I have had the privilege of hearing one in concert on a couple of occasions and this sample set captures the warm, powerful sound very well indeed.

What I’ve always particularly liked about the original Chroma’s sound is its potential for complexity and movement – that layering system! Dan has captured this aspect perfectly -as always, the GUI is superb – simple and intuitive, with the layers feature adding lots of options for experimenting and creating your own sounds.

Already using some of the sounds in a new piece and starting to create my own patches!

Favourite presets so far:

A New Order – big, bold sound.
Cryofluxer – the movement amongst those layers
Montreal Horns – already using this one in a fanfare
Edge Strings – nice intimate ‘chamber’ feel
Galaxy Horns – huge, warm sound
Majestic Strings – title says it all
Massiva – excellent swirling pad
Sample Hold Organ – just a great sound that grabs you straight away.

Highly recommended.

Have a listen:

Sound Waves – World Listening Day 2015

Sound Waves is a project by Cities and Memory that forms part of World Listening Day 2015. It celebrate and builds on the World Listening Day theme of water by presenting a collective reimagining of the sounds of water around the world and the role it plays in our lives.

A total of 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and reimagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound.

Here you can explore the recordings and their re imagined counterparts on the Sound Waves sound map:

SOUNDWAVES

Sound Waves – Cities and Memory

Sound Waves is a project by Cities and Memory that forms part of World Listening Day 2015. It will celebrate and build on this year’s World Listening Day theme of water by presenting a collective re imagining of the sounds of water around the world and the role it plays in our lives.

Artists submit a field recording and re imagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound.

Here are my contributions to the project:

FIELD RECORDING:

RE IMAGINING: 

If you would like to contact me regarding music / sound design for a project: