From my first introduction to the Made To Measure series back in the mid-Eighties until the last release MTM46, those records took me on an incredibly adventurous and wild sonic journey which never failed to surprise and inspire me, often both at once.
I’m thrilled to have been asked to contribute to this NTS tribute, and I’ve cocooned again for a couple of days with this extraordinary collection to select an hour of my favourite pieces.
If you missed the NTS Live broadcast,
check it here on the NTS Archive
Skyline Drive was originally intended for Mountains and Plains, an album inspired by a road trip across the USA. It recalls the resplendent fall colours: the blazing oaks, birches, poplars and maples along Skyline Drive, the road that snakes its way across the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating high above the Shenandoah valley.
Initially selected for a 4D sound compilation which never saw the light of day, this mesmerising overlooked gem is now finally released on a digital EP, alongside the legendary Barry Adamson’s dark and brooding remix of Badlands Train, with Taos Twilight moodily transformed by Erased Tapes artist and Brandt Brauer Frick member Daniel Brandt, and closing with Microcorps’ Alexander Tucker’s ethereal and contemplative treatment of Piety Wharf.
These last three tracks complete a series of seven remixes spawned by Mountains and Plains (following those by Simon Fisher Turner, Aksak Maboul, Penelope Trappes and Miss Kittin)
Kiosk Radio have asked me to contribute an hour long show to their ‘Outsiders’ series.
Sailing close to the ‘Outsider’ theme, I selected my favourite tracks from Abul Mogard, Hélène Vogelsinger, Gareth Jones and Daniel Miller‘s project Sunroof, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Snow Palms, Christine Ott, Irmin Schmidt, Kraftwerk, Alessandro Cortini, Biosphere & Max Richter.
I hope you enjoy an hour of peace with these extraordinary artists and innovative outsiders.
LIVE from 11am Monday 16/08/21 on Kiosk Radio
Afterwards on all the Kiosk Radio online things
(Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Twitch etc.)
Have a look at the work of artist Pattie Beerens
She crafts incredibly delicate sculptures, so beautiful and fragile.
I’m delighted with the association of ‘Badlands Train’ which soundtracks her short film.
Watch it here
Sheltersuit / Caritas Soundtrack
The wonderful people of Arztmobil / Caritas Berlin work incredibly hard, all year round, day and night, helping the homeless in Berlin, and their work is very much needed in the harsh winters, when they distribute the amazing Sheltersuit.
Albeit in a very minimal way, I’m humbled to support and help with the remix of Stubbleman’s Taos Twilight
by Daniel Brandt which is being used on four short films that show their incredible work.
Legendary DJ and artist Miss Kittin has created
this stunning rework of ‘Great River Road’,
exploring the path of the Mississipi river
as it meanders south from state to state.
It was made in January 2020 and somehow signals
a poignant foreboding of the dark times to come…
Check this short film
by Pippa Ungar | Angel & Maverick
Out now on Crammed Discs
Buy | Stream it here
I wish I could have met the lovely audience who joined me online
for the livestream performance of forthcoming EP
‘The Blackbird Tapes’
(3 new pieces inspired by the increased birdsong in lockdown London)
It was slightly odd to be unable to see your faces and play to three iPhones, but I really enjoyed it!
Out 05.06.20 on Crammed Discs
Daylight Music 333
The Union Chapel, Compton Terrace
Saturday 14th of March, from 12 to 2pm
‘..quietly revel in the pure pleasure of new, often unexpected, musical delights..’
Following the invitation from the wonderful people
of Daylight Music and the Union Chapel to use their unique organ,
I will be teaming up with the super-talented resident organist Jay M Richardson to present exclusively a brand new piece of music.
Taken from what will be the next album ‘1:46:43’,
‘The Green Cathedral’ is the second movement of this work.
Inspired by the iconic cycling climb of Mont Ventoux,
it is an artistic response to the second part of that epic ascension.
Please arrive at 12 o’clock to see Stubbleman
and these two equally remarkable artists:
The Hackoustic Orchestra and Henrik Lindstrandt
Auditorium Fruitière Numérique
Sunday 7th of June, 4:30pm
(Cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)
I’m thrilled to announce a show at this wonderful cult festival,
along with Vacarme and an array of exceptional artists,
carefully curated by Laurent Garnier and Team Yeah!
For this special event at Lourmarin’s ‘Fruitière Numérique’,
I will be performing the entire ‘Mountains and Plains’,
followed by the 3rd Movement from ‘1:46:43′, ‘Ventoux Variation IV’
This concert, a premiere in France, will be a mirror performance of our show at The Southbank’s Purcell Room last November, and there will also be an additional surprise treat for our French and Provençal fans…
Get tickets early, Festival Yeah! sells out extremely fast!
‘Griffith Park’ – Aksak Maboul remix
The pioneering, legendary Belgian avant-garde group Aksak Maboul
have created an incredible rework of ‘Griffith Park’:
Marc has taken it out there, to a place full of wonder, and
Véronique delivers a soft, intimate voice, with such beautiful words…
…and it is OMG so cool!
‘Le tour est joué’! – Thank you so much, Marc et Véronique!
Release date 13th of March
on all digital platforms
This is the third release in a series of reinterpretations
by remarkable collaborators, expect more surprises…
Sold-Out London debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room!
‘..immersive and mesmering’, ‘hypnotic, really enchanting.’, ‘outstanding’…
Thank you all for being such a brilliantly receptive audience, I was totally thrilled by the reception.
This feeling of intimacy with 250 people at once – as if they were in your living room.
It was equally wonderful to see that I’d reached out to many international friends!
…merci beaucoup, grazie mille, muchas gracias, danke schön, mockrát děkuji, moltes gràcies!
Artist and composer extraordinaire Simon Fisher Turner
has created a wonderfully intimate remix of ‘Abiquiù’
It has vocals, and acoustic guitar recorded in the bathtub…so inspired, and effortlessly cool.
I really love this, and I hope you enjoy it too!
– Available here on Spotify and all digital platforms –
It’s the second in a series of remixes by innovative artists – more surprises coming in 2020…
This is the Empty Stage, minutes before our first ever show at Warwick Arts
Great vibes, beautiful room, and a really appreciative audience
with perceptive questions for the Q&A that followed.
Thank you all for an amazing night!
– Available here on Spotify and all digital platforms –
It’s the first in a series of remixes by innovative artists – more surprises in store…
Attached to the cover of every copy of the August 2019 issue of The Wire is a special double CD marking 50 volumes of The Wire’s ongoing series of underground music compilations. Disc one contains the usual Tapper mix of all new tracks from across the musical spectrum covered in the pages of The Wire, while disc two features a selection of exclusive tracks and edits drawn from previous volumes in the series.
‘Mountains and Plains’ – Playback + Q & A
at Stanfords Travel bookshop, London
It was an absolute pleasure to host an evening playback followed by a Q & A to a packed house
at the legendary Stanfords travel bookshop (Purveyors of Maps & Travel Guides since 1853)
to celebrate the release of ‘Mountains and Plains’ – The first time they’ve ever hosted a music event!
Thank you to all present and for the damned great questions!
Katsutoshi Yuasa collaboration
at The Royal Academy, London
The Mother Road #1, 2019
I’m absolutely thrilled to announce an exclusive sound installation and album preview
at the Royal Academy of Arts,
for the 34th annual London Original Print Fair on Young Collectors’ Evening,
in collaboration with Katsutoshi Yuasa and Tag Fine Arts.
Thursday 25th of April
Royal Academy of Arts
Main Galleries, Burlington House
Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
To redeem your complimentary tickets
simply follow this link to download or print your invitation
TAG Fine Arts will be debuting Katsutoshi Yuasa‘s latest prints.
These limited edition woodcuts were created as the artist’s visual response
to the album cover of ‘Mountains and Plains’.
The Mother Road #2, 2019
These artworks will be featured in a sound installation at The Young Collectors‘ evening,
where I’ll be presenting an exclusive preview playback of Mountains & Plains,
accompanied by bespoke automated instruments fitted into vintage Globetrotter suitcases.