There are quite a few widely acclaimed musicians I simply don't get the appeal of (a subject which could, and perhaps will, be the subject of a post to itself). For example, Radiohead, The Smiths, Queen, and - relevant to this post - Neil Young. Sure, I can appreciate the musicianship and the songwriting craft - and the same applies to the other bands I've mentioned above - but as soon as the man starts singing I want to slap him. And it's not that I haven't tried to appreciate the music; i remember back…Read more
A bunch of new Logos updates.
Yeah I Know It Sucks gave the album an exceedingly strange (but positive) review - read that here or on the Logos blog here. I think my favourite line is the one describing a particular track as "like listening on a loop to a miniature witch on a broomstick talking in cat language to a black cat."
Logos also have a new album in the works, for release very shortly - a…Read more
I now have a YouTube channel, and will be uploading videos of my various spoken word with music tracks (and, in due course, other things). The first two I've put up are Fissure King, from God Thing, and He Knows The Use Of Ashes.
Please note that the reason both videos are flagged with a content warning is my occasional potty mouth, but anybody who follows my work will be used to that anyway.
God Thing already has its own dedicated page on this site - find out more about it here.
I did a…Read more
I tend not to routinely post Logos updates on this site, partly because Logos have their own dedicated website and partly because I know that some of you are less interested in the unconventional sounds I make in the name of music and more in my literary and artistic projects. That said, a new Logos album is…Read more
Another spoken word with music track, though this one is a little different. Will I Dream originally appeared on my spoken word with music album God Thing, released in February 2011 - you can hear that version here. This version is a completely different mix created by the trance band Manmademan, who are friends of mine, and was done some time in 2012 (I don't recall when exactly). I didn't actually know Sonya and Paul had done so until they sent me a file of it after - they'd created it purely because…Read more
Another new spoken word track, which will likely feature on my in progress album All Things Left On Earth.
The text of this one was written in c.2009, as I was writing the material which became the first draft of my new novel, but didn't make its way into that book as it didn't really fit. The voice and music date from April of this year, final mix done this evening.
Currently reading: Wilderness- Jim Morrison
Currently listening: Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
I was very saddened today to learn of the death of H R Giger, one of my favourite artists, and who has had a profound impact on my writing and art.
Like many others - and in particular nigh everybody who was a teenager in the 1980s - I first encountered Giger's work through Alien. It wasn't until the late 80s, however, that I picked up some books of Giger's images. Remember, this was in the days before the internet; I recently - and effortlessly - downloaded dozens of high resolution Giger images to use…Read more
I've just uploaded another new(ish) track to my soundcloud page, more work in progress from my new and ongoing spoken word album All Things Left On Earth.
The text of this one dates back to c.2008, written in one or another Aylesbury bar following a conversation with a stranger along the lines depicted here. The voice recording was done in 2010 (the same night as I recorded, amongst others, Hometime, which you'll find elsewhere on this blog), the music late 2013, the final mix this week.
[I know I have something of a reputation - in terms of music taste - for favouring dodgy goth nonsense, wayward industrial dins, self-hacking soundtracks, and guitar-based songs with vocals the depths of which you need a bathysphere to penetrate; this occasional series of blog posts presents other music I love very much despite all expectations].
You can blame my ex-wife for this one. She'd been a fan of the album as a teenager (she was somewhat younger than me), had downloaded it and would often play…Read more