Snow in April

As Prince sang, sometimes it snows in April. Quite often in fact. The sound that starts the latest release from the Memory Drift album is the twanging of a barbed wire fence recorded a couple of years ago around this time of year at an old chalk and flint mine. Most of the hillside is missing, leaving cliffs and  chalky grass topped stalagmites. There are grassy meteor strike bowls formed from ancient flint mines and the place reminds me of the Max Ernst picture Europe After the Rain. So two years ago outside drumming and discovering twangy fences; this year biting winds and polystyrene snow.

Silly Season

This year I am releasing a track a month from the Memory Drift album. The album was put together over four years, and even so not every month got a tune, nevertheless all the seasons were covered. Wanting to avoid any Vivaldi related confusion a variety of season themed names were considered: In Season; Out of Season; Shooting Season; Low Season; High Season and more, all of which have already been used in various creative endeavours and some of which I didn’t even like. Which is a round about way of excusing the fact that here in Febraury 2013 I offer you January 2010. This is a drifting drone fest of swelling harmonies.

Memory Drift

Over 2013 I will be releasing tracks that make up the Memory Drift album. The album is loosely based around the theme of time and place. Each piece is associated with the time it was produced, either because it reflects how I felt at that time, or because it includes references to the sounds around. In the course of making the pieces I acquired a mobile sound recorder, and some of the these sounds make their way into some of the pieces too. There are twelve pieces in all, so I will be releasing one piece each month, with each piece most closely related to the release month.

So the first piece up is called January 2008. At the time this was produced I was going for an all synthesised approach. The tune is an upbeat take on the start of a new year and is available to listen to on the right.

Update

I must admit I’m finding it hard to get my head around using WordPress to design a site. All the same there has been a fair amount of activity on the site. The latest track to be featured is A Wolf in Cheap Clothing. I’ve also uploaded the album ‘Still’ to Last FM. The material on this album is ambient and beatless and generated algorithmically. I’ve written some articles on algorithmic composition. These were published in the on-line My Atari magazine. This magazine is no more, but if you are interested in this Tim’s Atari Midi World site is still up. I still use the STEEM Atari emulator to run Atari programmes on my laptop, and it occurs to me that with the price of laptops forever falling, and people regularly upgrading there is something to be said for running an older pc as an ATARI clone.

The future was yesterday.