Monday, 27 June 2011

"Man of 2 Worlds" Radio Show: 2pm Sunday 10th July 2011

Yes, I will be presenting my own weekly radio show on the One World Radio station. As you can see from the title of the posting, it'll be called "Man of 2 Worlds" and presenting an hour of chilled, ambient and electronic music featuring artists from the AD Music label. Along with music from the AD catalog, I'll be bringing news of releases and events associated with AD artists as well as "The 10 Minute Spotlight", a regular feature where each week I'll focus on an individual act on the AD Music label.

This is a new and very exciting challenge for me, and one that I have been wanting to do for some time. I've got my format ready and will be spending some time sorting out a few jingles etc as well as play lists.

One World Radio is a U.K. internet radio station, based on the south coast of England, set up to bring people from around the world of ecological, cultural and musical interest together. OWR broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day and is a truly holistic station, with many shows covering a myriad of different areas.

The first "Man of 2Worlds" show will be on Sunday 10th July 2011 at 2pm - please do take a listen and let me know what you think :-)

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Photography - where to next?

I'm kind of reviewing what I do and how I do it where photography is concerned. And I'm talking about what I take pictures of etc. I've really enjoyed the countryside rambles, getting out into the open air and taking in the peace and tranquility. I am at heart a city person and I really have a passion for the urban stuff, but getting out into the Norfolk countryside is like being given a new lease of life.

Decent derelictions are now proving difficult to come by, whatever is there to be done has been done a million times and by and large is usually trashed by chavs and idiot youths or done over by thieving urbexers. The countryside wanderings have opened my eyees further as to what's about me and so I'm looking at maybe putting something of a focus on the quirkier side of things where city type pictures are concerned.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I'm going to be visiting areas of Norwich not normally photographed, housing estates and that sort of thing. My partner and I are also visiting Great Yarmouth to capture some of the sights there - and believe me, there are some real sights to behold :-D

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A morning in the Norfolk countryside.

Just back from a little meander along the waterside in the Norfolk village of Stokesby. I headed here this morning with a mission in mind - to explore and snap a drainage mill and a derelict marshman's cottage. The skies were kind and I was able to do both. I'll add some of the pictures over the next few days as I now need to process them.

It was a lovely experience to walk the age old trackways to the cottage and mill, the wind through the reed beds was quite magical and I could have stayed there all day. Alas, the rain clouds were gathering, so I didn't stay longer than I needed to - in fact I got back to my trust little Nissan Micra (affectionately known as Maddy) as the rain started - and boy did it!!!

Whilst on the walk, I also took the opportunity to use the HD video facility on The Fuji. I've messed about with it before, but today I took the time to get The Fuji on a tripod and actually set up some framed shots. I'm currently in the process of uploading the pictures and video to the PC whilst writing this, but looking forward top scanning through the results.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

My New Photography Website and Little Shoppe

At last, they're done!!!

My new photography website with it's little shoppe has just gone live and I have to say I'm quite pleased with it. It's been a bit of a labour of love, but then everything just fell into place over the last couple of days to bring about it's conclusion. All that remains now is to watch over the next few weeks for any teething problems with the little shoppe and of course adding new galleries and pictures as I get them.

My personal website is now off line whilst I spend some time over the next few days sorting out a new layout and look for it. Glad that the job is done.

You can find it all HERE

Friday, 17 June 2011

Thursday, 16 June 2011

My little e-shoppe

Whew, what a day - processed and tidied up 58 images that will form the basis of the photographic side of my e-shoppe. I have to say my eyes are tired and I fear they may have turned square in their shape - certainly the dent from my reading glasses is quite prominent now :-)

So, a matter of resizing the images for the shoppe pages, watermarking larger view sizes and then prepping the gallery on the photography website.

My target date for completion is this Sunday. If things continue the way they are going, I should be done by Saturday at the latest. To me that's good news because I have put everything and everybody on hold until this is all done and dusted and the little shoppe is live.

But enough for today - time for bed methinks :-)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Nose to the grindstone......

With the Bungay Bash now done and dusted, it's time to get back to normailty and get cracking on the projects I've been hankering to do.

I've re-started work on "Soundtrack For City Living". A new track was started on Monday night which will be called "The City Below". With what I already have, I doubt that any new tracks will now be started as I have enough material to put together the album. This will sound quite arrogant, but I have to say it's sounding quite good.

I'm also very busy re-building my personal website as well as putting together a photography website and e-shop to sell CD's and prints of my photos. A number of people have told me my images might well sell, so there's only one way to find out and all it costs is my time which, on the face of it, I have plenty of at the moment.

Busy time, but happy being busy, and hopefully something will come out at the end of it.

Monday, 13 June 2011

The Bungay Bash, 4th June 2011

Well what a day it was. With all the drama that preceded it, the day proved to be a roaring success in it's execution. And if only more people had turned up, but those that did seemed to have a good time and were very friendly giving us all a lot of support and encouragement.

The day kicked off with my Geigertek set. Despite a number of bum notes (which no-one seemed to notice), it went very well and if the compliments I received afterwards were anything to go by, it went down well with the audience. I was joined on two tracks in the opening section of my set by Code Indigo's guitarist/bassist, Nigel Turner-Heffer, who played some absolutely blinding lead guitar - huge thanks to him for his invaluable contribution. My set list was as follows:

1. The Theme from The Avengers (yes, you read right and it was the Emma Peel version with the horn stabs and trumpet solo)
2. The Gift of Goodbye Part 1 (from "The Timeless Mind")
3. In Another Light (from "The Timeless Mind" with Nigel Turner-Heffer on lead guitar)
4. Spirit-Walking (from "The Timeless Mind" with Nigel Turner-Heffer on lead guitar)
5. Between Two Worlds (from "The Garden")
6. The Stirring of Echoes (from "The Timeless Mind")
7. The Rivered Moon (from "The Garden")
8. Songbird Bathing In Blue (from "The Garden")
9. Excerpts (a medley of pieces from the forth-coming "Soundtrack For City Living" CD)
10. The Sculpture and the Wall (from "The Garden")
11. Fast Lane (from the forth-coming "Soundtrack For City Living")

It was good to play the new stuff that will be on the next Geigertek album (hopefully released in August 2011), but nice also to "re-do" a couple of tracks from "The Garden". I had a terrific video back drop, created by the awesomely clever Dave Massey, which featured some of my Urbex images.

David Wright's set was a fantastic mixture of hypnotic sequences and lilting melodies with an awesome video graphics back drop created by the immensely talented and creative Dave Massey. Again, this set was very well received by the audience.

There was a break of an hour or so while David Wright and I prepared for the Callisto set. I enjoy performing the music of Callisto as it's intricate and a challenge to play, particularly as I was running sequences live on four Moog Modular VST's - the adrenalin ran high and it was a great set full of darkness and light, melody and rhythm, but above all, driving sequences and another breath-taking Dave Massey video back drop. A very satisfying set for me personally which, as with the previous two acts, was very well received.

A short break ensued before David Wright and I changed shirts and donned black suits ready to join our colleagues, Nigel Turner-Heffer and Andy Lobban for the headline act, Code Indigo. We played a storming one and a half hour set which was backed with yet another fabulous video back drop done by David Massey.


In between acts, in the theatre's cellar bar, the amazing Stephen Scott was performing his unique guitar-looping music. He is one man and his guitar with a rack of gadgets that allow him to layer up sequences live. Think Robert Fripp and you'll be getting close. I'm going to be doing some recordings with Stephen this year, so please keep an eye for that!!! You can get recordings taken from Stephen's performances, title "Lives In The Cellar" HERE

The end of the night, and indeed the whole day, soon came and we were all very pleased with the audience reaction and the way everything finally went.

Special mention has to be made of Nigel Turner-Heffer who put in a solid three days of hard intensive work on the lighting systems at the Fisher Theatre - he did some amazing work and made all of us look great. Well done Nigel!!!

And thanks also to David Wright's wife, Elaine, and my partner, Anne, for keeping us in check and looking after us not just through the day but also in the weeks leading up to the event.

AD Music have released a very limited edition "Bungay Bash" CDr with tracks from all the acts who performed on the day - my contribution was a live recording of "The Sculpture and the Wall" during rehearsals.

The event was filmed and AD Music hope to release at least three DVD's (my Geigertek set, Callisto and Code Indigo) at the end of this year/beginning of next year. The footage seen thus far looks great and I understand that the finished products will strongly feature Dave Massey's awesome graphics.

AD Music have said that due to the success of the day, they will be planning another Bungay Bash next year, so watch this space for details.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Filming Day at Bungay......

......didn't actually happen!!!

Nope, got over to David Wright's house nice and early to assist Code Indigo's Dave Massey with video graphics and lighting cues, ready for us to poodle over to the Fisher Theatre in Bungay just after lunch to prepare for the filming of at least two of the four sets.

The reality was that the setting up of the lighting desk took a lot longer than expected because the stage itself needed to be put together (it's a modular stage system) and the lights needed to be physically moved around - and it came down to David Wright and Code Indigo bassist/guitarist Nigel Turner-Heffer to do, which immediately put everything behind before we even got started.

So, once the video graphics and the lighting cues were completed, this meant a lot of sitting around waiting at David Wright's house as there was nothing that Dave Massey and I could do at the theatre.

We eventually got set up after 7pm, which left no time for trying out the sound, let alone filming. Sadly, I felt it was a day lost that could have been spent either practicing or filming, but ultimately, this was no fault of the organisers who put in a lot of hard physical work and were dead on their feet by the end of the day.

Filming has been re-arranged for this morning, so fingers crossed that all will go according to plan :-)