On newer beginnings…

August already: it’s been a while since I posted something other than news of new releases here, and in the last week I’ve taken the opportunity to merge my previously separate blog (‘Hundreds of Things’) into this site: it seemed to make sense to do that, given that I’m not good at the whole split personality thing. It’s tidier too, I suspect.

One reason for this post is to announce that I’m starting work on a series of limited releases, which have yet to take form, but which will I think be entirely guitar-borne pieces; attempts to distill what I normally do, which is labour-intensive, multi-layered and, ultimately, the source of much metaphorical wringing-of-hands, into something more immediate. I’d also like to do more with the physical form of these releases, which are likely to be fairly limited in nature, but which should be on CDR. I’ve been inspired to do more with packaging recently and I’m hoping these items will be a little more special than what has gone before. More on this as the project takes form, but if you’re interested in getting hold of these releases, let me know.

I’m also glad to report that work is gathering pace on a trio of connected releases which are made up only of live Theremin and effects, with no subsequent processing, layering or overdubs. This trilogy is called Aegean Sea Blue and I like to think it will be finished shortly. If others don’t feel keen to release these discs, they will come out on Dust, Unsettled. Again: more soon.

Also, my first ever LP, Magdalena, which is again a guitar-only album should be out this Autumn on my good friend Kyle Wright’s excellent label, Diophantine Discs. I’m very excited and honoured that Kyle wants to put this out as an LP; it was written for that format and I hope it works over two sides of vinyl. (Having said that, Supernaturalist was originally intended as a double LP set, but the financial implications of that were, shall we say, a steep climb…)

The first Space Weather album has got some very nice comments from people and seems to be doing well. Of course, it’s still available from me (and from Alistair and Paz) if you’d like to get a copy. Although I have difficulty sometimes with the intent behind the write-ups on the Volcanic Tongue site, David Keenan was kind enough to name-drop Popul Vuh when describing the album, which made me smile.

That’s all for now, but I’ll have more news very soon including details of two new releases (not by me, I should say!) on Dust, Unsettled. Keep listening; and thank you for lending your ears thus far.

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