EP review

Review from Ian Pennington in Now Then Manchester of the forthcoming EP. This is a Manchester magazine which you can read here or read their blog here.

I’ve been called pensive before and, in my darker moments, solemn but I don’t think I’ve ever been called sober before…

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Revisting exchange and return

I have been revisiting the music I made with mira calix on a year-long+ project exchange and return. It was an intense process at a very busy time but I’ve been enjoying listening to the music again and in particular the final piece we made together onn/off which sees us back in our more ‘traditional’ roles (i.e. I wrote the acoustic music and mira made the electronic music – hardly our traditional roles any more) but music filtered through the lens of having worked together on this for some time. I’ll put some or all of the track up at a later date if I can but in the meantime here are a couple of exchange and return images from our recording sessions at Aldeburgh Music.

 

ddmmyy Sandbar 28/11/2012

Second ever GOVES set on 28/11/2012 at the Sandbar in Manchester courtesy of the good people of ddmmyy – more information here.

I’ll be playing a set of the upcoming ep with some new bits and piece joined on this occasion by cellist Dave McCann.

We’ll also be selling some of the forthcoming GOVES ep A crèche for the lonely and peculiar ahead of its release on 2 December. There will be some CD and vinyl copies. I’ll write more on the EP in another post soon.

I hope to see you there. There are some great sets and DJing in this supremely relaxed and excellent bar.

The London Sinfonietta – New Music Show 3

I’ve just had a flyer through for the London Sinfonietta’s New Music Show 3 which is taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and other spaces around the South Bank Centre on 2 December. I’m looking forward to hearing the second performance of my piece Trends in personal relationships which I’m revising a little after the premiere from the London Sinfonietta Academy earlier this year.

I really like the programming for this concert which includes music by composers I already know and admire and music I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with for ages. There’s also a sequence of intimate solo performances in privileged backstage spaces; I know what a couple of these are going to be and I they should be special. Then Serafina Steer and Olly Coates rounding things off with a late night Purcell Room set which is going to include Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig a gorgeous piece by Charlie Usher which I really think deserves a London outing.

Hopefully I’ll see you there.

One of the best ways to spend an afternoon.

Tuesday was a day trip to London to hear my new EP being mixed by the wonderful Noel Summerville of 3345 Mastering. The EP is being released on 2 December by Slip Discs under the name GOVES.

Noel works with an analogue 1970s numan mixing desk and uses almost no digital processes at all. It made the music warmer and gave a mainly digitally constructed sequence of new tracks a layer of analogue polish.

As this is also being released on vinyl I also witnessed lacquers being cut for the first time. They look wonderful. I’ve a feeling that this tactile medium for music is going to prove serious addictive.

Some images from the studio:

The best thing about playing a pre-1980 set…

Last Friday it was a pleasure to be part of the launch of Leo Abrahams and Oliver Coates’ wonderful new album from Slip Discs Crystals Are Always Forming. I decided to play a short set of all pre-1980 and almost all electronic music.

I feel inclined to share my favourite discovery of the evening – that Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports 1/1 and Bernard Parmegiani’s Accidents – Harmoniques from De Natura Sonorum work extremely well when played simultaneously. Skeptical? – listen to a short extract below.