Tune into Haggerston Radio this Saturday from 6pm – 8pm GMT for the second broadcast from The Future…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Monday, 23 June 2014
Archive of first edition of The Future for Haggerston Radio.
Tracklisting (incomplete) :
Dat Politics – Go Pets Go
Pierre Henry – Messe Pour le Temps Present
Jon Hassell – Dream Theory
Sacred Tapestry – 花こう岩Cosmorama
Lil Texas – Goin Round
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Absolute Ego Dance
A. G. Cook – Beautiful
The Free Pop Electronic Concept – Cosmos Rhythms
The Orb – Edelgrün
Lucky Dragons – Givers
The Boredoms – Vision Creation Newsun
David Cain / Patrick Tull – Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy
Laraaji – Essence
Jack Nitzsche – Star Man Leaves / End Title
Tokyo Hands – Rainforests
Tara Cross – Tempus Fugit
George Clinton – Computer Games
Sun Ra – Space is the Place
Holly Herndon – Chorus
Laurel Halo – Serendip
Daytime Television (with Internet Club) – Sunrise HD
Boris Vian / Bernard Parmegiano – L’alcool tue
Steven Halpern – Be-muse-ment
Brian Eno – Music for Airports 2/1
Toto – Dune (Prologue / Main Title)
Arca – DOEP
Sophie – Bipp
Raymond Scott – Lightworks
Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Jetsex
Thursday, 19 June 2014
|Image courtesy Sheroes tumblr|
Welcome to The Future. The year is 2359. We are broadcasting from the basement archives of the former State Institute for Futurology. For the next two hours we will be sifting through the ruins of yesterday’s dreams for tomorrow. Everything is in disarray. The filing system is corrupted. But somehow, somewhere amongst the dust and the rubble we will – we will – we – w –
Haggerston Radio. This Saturday, the 21st of June. 18:00 – 20:00.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
|Artwork by Ray Kimura|
Today, Ear Drums Pop release the third volume of their Between Two Waves compilation series and this one features the first track by the new project from Lisa Bouvier and myself, Guards! Guards!
The album also features exclusive collaborations from Spook School and the Just Joans, Fireflies and the Marshmallow Kisses, Enderby’s Room and Victoria & Jacob, along with many others. The whole thing is available to download for free from the Ear Drums website.
Keep an eye on the Soundcloud and Facebook pages for Guards! Guards! for more new songs in the near future.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
Unearthed some guy’s bootlegs from Sunday’s gig by A Little Orchestra at the Lexington.
Here, from last year’s album Clocks, is ‘Clocks (part three)’ arranged for several violins and a clarinet; and here, as captured mid-performance above, is me and Lisa singing ‘Pightie 21’.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
From some online reviews of the forthcoming collaborative EP between A Little Orchestra and Plantagenet 3:
“Plantagenet 3′s minimalist widescreen projections are perfectly lit, with the added layer of A Little Orchestra adding a judicious touch of the epic. There’s a subtle emotional lilt the strings bring out that compliment Richard Lanyon’s knotty, chiming guitar injecting a different taste of tension to their wares.”
“Imagine The Ventures playing chamber music to the clatteringly spare drum machine tracks of Young Marble Giants. Next, imagine all this happening in modern times inspired by the age of heraldry … slow burn guitar that brings to mind a seriously introspective Hank Marvin, whilst violins slice out severe string arrangements. It makes me think of what kind of effect would seawater have on a suit of armour. Stirring stuff.”
“appropriately dark twangingly cinematic”
“a desert-fried ode to the blistering heat … Morricone would be proud.”
Monday, 17 March 2014
‘Digital Versatile Music’ (2014)
for a dvd player
With the power on stand-by, stroke a telephone pick-up coil across the top of a standard domestic dvd player. Move in slow, graceful arcs, picking out ‘sweet spots’ where the most resonant noises can be found and focus on these areas to generate a steady, throbbing hum.
Turn the machine on. Make another sweep with the pick-up coil to see what new noises you can eke out of it.
Insert a disc and press play. Skip chapters and fast-forward. Keep sweeping for sounds.
Eject the disc. Insert another (does your player accept Bluray?). Repeat.
Finally, power off.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
A Little Orchestra and Plantagenet 3 are very happy to announce the release of our forthcoming collaborative ep, ‘The Dark Ages’. The 7" record will consist of two tracks, both composed by Richard Lanyon of Plantagenet 3 with strings arranged by myself. It’s coming out on Jitter on March 24th but you can already pre-order it from Norman Records and listen to a sneak preview below.
Ever busy, A Little Orchestra are also all over the forthcoming album by The Understudies. Due out one week later, The Understudies will be launching their record, Let Desire Guide Your Hand, with a live performance at The Lexington on Pentonville Road, London, on March 30th. A Little Orchestra will also be playing (along with special guests). Tickets here.
With a bit of luck, copies of both records will be on sale at the gig.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Friday, 24 January 2014
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
This is a little jingle I made for Dandelion Radio I can't even remember how many years ago. I think they had put out some sort of open call on Myspace or whatever and I sent them three or four of which this is the only one that I can still find on my hard drive. Made using a dictaphone and a Casio keyboard by the sound of it. I have no idea if they ever used it.
Friday, 13 September 2013
I am very happy to announce that Dwellings Close, my first feature film as composer, has been selected for this year's South Texas Underground Film Festival. The screening will take place at 6:40pm on Sunday October 6th at the Richardson Performance Hall in Corpus Christi. Director Jorge Cuaik will be in attendance.
Dwellings Close - Preview from Jorge Cuaik on Vimeo.
**** UPDATE: South Texas Underground Film Festival DATE AND VENUE CHANGE Dwellings Close will now be screening on FRIDAY Oct 4th 5:30PM at the American Bank Center 's Harbor View Room in Corpus Christi, Texas. ALSO all screenings at STUFF are FREE
Sunday, 18 August 2013
I have just been added to the bill of The Wedding Present / Cinerama's excellent annual Brighton-based knees-up, At The Edge of the Sea Festival. It takes place across two stages at the Concorde2 down on the seafront on the weekend of August 23rd/24th. I will be playing as the doors open, at 3pm on Sunday so get down early and try not to make too much noise as you order your first pint.
Also playing: The Flatmates, Marlin, Dog in the Snow, The Missing Season, Tensheds, Flying Wing, The Twilight Sad, No Middle Name, Sivu, Terry de Castro, The Fireworks, plus of course The Wedding Present and Cinerama. More details here.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Darren Hayman's Vine-enabled video for ‘The Perfect Way’, his collaboration with A Little Orchestra, from our album Clocks.
Some more recent reviews of Clocks:
“A Little Orchestra (armed with four violins, and viola, cello, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and piano players) feel more like a friendly club than a standoffish organization.” – Textura
“a gentle, summer afternoon in the country kind of record … a fuzzy, homeopathic blanket of warmth” – Helen Clarke at Music OMH
And most appropriately, “une sorte de B.O imaginaire d'un vieux film des 50's” – Dans le Mur du Son
Clocks, which alongside ‘The Perfect Way’ also features collaborations with Haiku Salut, Model Village, Gordon McIntyre as well as three new instrumental compositions by yours truly, is still available to buy.