Friday, 28 October 2011

The Next Geigertek Album :-)

The GTK Studio is done, the "Man of 2 Worlds Radio Show" for this week is complete, all the photo processing is up to date and John Foxx has been met. That can mean only one thing......time to start work on the fourth Geigertek album :-)

I have decided that the next album will be called "Hollow Sun". The title was inspired by the software house Hollow Sun, whose products I used on "Soundtrack For City Living", including the "VP330", "Crumar Perfomer", "Vintage String Synths" and "Vox Humana". These were layered with the string and choral patches on my Roland JV-2080 to great effect on the opening passages of "West 9", the pad sounds on "Underpass" and throughout "Beauty In Decay".

I expect that this new album will see the Geigertek sound moving in a different direction as I'll be bringing in more "outside help" by making more use of the voices of Candice Wells and my partner Anne Mancini-Smith, and I'm hoping that my son, Callum Raeburn-Fellowes, will be playing drums on a few of the tracks. I currently have a fascination with reverberation, time-stretching and sampling, so I would imagine that these things will emerge on the album somewhere. I will also be using a number of Hollow Sun products from their "Music Laboratory Machines" range including "Oscillosine", "TriOsc" and "Organa" as well as the ones I've already mentioned.

I have one song written, ready for recording and it's called "The Edge Of Nowhere". It's another old song from my dim and distant past, but it is a song that is now ready to be done properly. I've started writing a second track which I am calling "The Man Who Haunted Himself". Film buffs among you will know that this is an old Roger Moore movie made in 1970, based on the book "The Strange Case Of Mr. Pelham" by Anthony Armstrong. An excellent book and a very under-rated film and perhaps one of Roger Moore's best performances. Do watch "The Man Who Haunted Himself" if you get the chance, it's really quite good.

So, an album title, a bit of a concept and a couple of new tracks to get things underway. I wonder how long it will take to finish :-)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tonight: John Foxx and the Maths

It's currently 10.30am and in a couple of hours I will be heading off to Norwich Railway Station, my destination being London to see John Foxx and the Maths in concert this evening at the XOYO in East London.

As you will have gathered from entries in this 'ere blog thing, I am a huge John Foxx fan and this will be the high-light of 2011 for me, along with visiting the Play Studios at the beginning of last month with The Fuji (my camera). Ben "Benge" Edwards (owner of the Play Studios) is part of the Maths and will be on stage with Mr. Foxx.

Now this concert is all the more interesting as I am as much interested in the support acts as I am the headline. Tara Busch and Gazelle Twin are relatively new to me and as they will be opening the evening with their respective sets, I took the time to listen to their CD's. Oh my god!!! They really are very good. Both quite different, but both having some kind of weird ethereal overtone to their sound. Gazelle Twin's debut album "The Entire City" is very cinematic in places and her voice is quite divine. Tara Busch has an album called "Pilfershire Lane" and an E.P. called "The Rocket Wife" - both are great pieces of work and I have become a fan. Her voice soars to almost operatic proportions in places and her use of electronics is inspiring.

So, I'm in 12 year old schoolboy mode at the moment as I am very excited about the whole day. I'm getting into London a little early as I want to get some photos done and also to meet up with other Foxx fans before the event - Foxxgate as it's known. I'm also hoping to meet with Rob Harris who runs the official John Foxx website "Metamatic" and also provided me with a couple of cityscape photographs for my "Soundtrack For City Living" CD which was recently released.

The batteries have all been charged, the cameras have been primed and food has been packed into what is normally my Urbex bag. I'm ready for the off and am asking the question: "is it 8pm yet?"

Saturday, 22 October 2011

New format for my radio show

I do a weekly one hour ambient/chill-out radio show for an Internet radio station called One World Radio who are based on the South coast of England. I started this three months ago and played only music from the catalogue of AD Music.

Well, I thought it was time for the show to expand it's music horizons a little and so I put together a new format. One World Radio is very much a spiritual/holistic style of station and naturally, there are a number of ambient music shows on it's weekly listings. I contacted the station manager, a very decent fellow called Steve Sheppard and outlined my revised format to him - he was up for it in a big way.

The new format of the show will focus on electronic music in all it's forms, past and present, with music from everyone from the top acts to the unsigned enthusiast making music in the spare room. There will be a regular feature called the "10 Minute Spotlight" which I started in the first format and proved to be quite popular. Simply put, I spend 10 minutes of the show talking about a particular artist/group with their music playing in the background for the first 5 minutes and then play a full 5 minutes of a chosen track. I'll also be starting a new regular feature called "Nobody Does It Cheddar". Let's face it, there were some seriously dodgy "Moog Synthesizer" albums released in the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's (as well as some quite brilliant ones of course) and this is what "Nobody Does It Cheddar" is all about - cheesey synth stuff from long ago, and trust me, I have some crackers.

I'm trying to rally electronic artists from all over the shop to join in and one vehicle for this has been the setting up of a "Man of 2 Worlds Radio Show" Facebook page. I've already had a good response and my hope is that this will translate into listeners.

Electronic music in the U.K. is poorly supported, and I feel that it is in some part due to the fact that people simply aren't aware of what it entails. It isn't about a bunch of bearded Germans tossing off on massive Moog Modular synths and it isn't about the likes of Little Boots and La Roux (both of whom I quite like actually). No, electronic music is very much an umbrella term for a number of sub-genres (on yeah, and please note I don't like music being pidgeon holed) which includes ambient, chill-out, Berlin School, electronica, etc etc. I want to try and bring a flavour of it all to those that choose to listen. Whilst I hope the show will have a certain light-hearted and potentially chaotic flavour, I also want people to be able to learn what electronic music is all about. Some of it people will love, some of it people will hate, some it will baffle you and some of it will move you. I want to introduce listeners to names like Morton Subotnik, Isao Tomita and hundreds of other lesser known musicians, to see that experimental can be as satisfying and as intense as Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre - the good news is, it isn't all about TD and J-MJ!!!

So, Sunday 23rd October 2011 sees the new format up and running - let's hope people like it :-)

Friday, 14 October 2011

"Soundtrack For City Living" Released

It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that I can now announce the release and availability of my third studio album and fourth release through AD Music, "Soundtrack For City Living".

According to the AD Music website:

"Geigertek continues his musical evolution with this fine offering of stylized electronic music. A quantum leap forward from his previous releases, this rhythmic, and at times almost sensual musical opus, guides the listener through a vibrant night cityscape on a variety of emotions. Receiving rave reviews - highly recommended!"

The link to the Geigertek page on AD Music is below:


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

"Soundtrack For City Living" CD's have arrived!!!

Woo hoo!!! More excited than a schoolboy at Christmas at the moment because the CD's have arrived (as you will have probably guessed from the title of this blog entry).

It's a reality now, the third album is officially here and will be officially released on Saturday 15th October 2011 at the E-Live EM Festival in Holland. Only wish I couls have gone to it, but hey-ho.

Anyway, I am very very very happy with the final product, David Wright and I had a listen through last night and it sounds great. The artwork has come up lovely and looks quite effective - a nod of thanks to Rob Harris of the Metamatic website (John Foxx's official website) for the use of two of his photographs of the Tokyo cityscape - the tray image is one of mine taken in an underpass in Norwich earlier this year, and those clever boffins in the AD Music art dept. have done a sterling job.

So, the release is only a couple of days away and I have to say that I can't wait for it to be "out there". I've had three very positive reviews and I'm hoping that all who buy it will enjoy it.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Virtual Synth Ideas

Sometimes, it's just fun to load stuff and play.

Here, I've got a TAL BassLine being controlled by a WOK D-Arp arpeggiator then fed through a Kjaerhus audio Classic Digital Delay, a Nanoog virtual synth being controlled by a WOk CLOCKWOrK vintage style sequencer put through a NastyDL from Variety Of Sound and I play a short bit of a BTS Theremin on the Novation Remote 61 SL MIDI keyboard controller. The Theremin is fed through the rather lovely Airwalker analog reverb from Minimal System Instruments.

The video isn't ground-breaking or earth-shattering - it's a bit of fun and at the end of the day, it is my YouTube page ;-)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Another "Soundtrack For City Living" Update and other stuff......

Well the music label machine is now turning as "Soundtrack For City Living" is starting to appear on the likes of i-Tunes and Amazon as well as the AD Music website, ready to take pre-orders.

I've also had two very good reviews of the album from respected critics Sylvain Lupari and Bert Strolenberg.

Here are the links to the reviews:

Sonic Immersion (Bert Strolenberg - Holland)

Synths&Sequences (Sylvain Lupari - Canada)

I'm in the process of updating the Geigertek website with stuff about "Soundtrack For City Living" as well as other bits and pieces that I had forgotten to add. I didn't actually realise just how behind I had got with the website. I also have to sort out my personal website as that has been left for far too long!!!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The months ahead......

Okay, "Soundtrack For City Living" now done and dusted being pressed to CD, all photo processing up to date and the studio is just about ready to start work - last vital piece being added on Monday morning - a sofa :-D

So what's next?

Well, aside from putting together the said studio (from which these bloggy blogs are now being produced) and catching up on the back log of photos that needed to be processed, I've been having a bit of a break from the music thing. Things got a little intense over the last three to four weeks of "Soundtrack For City Living", EQ tweaks, missed poor timings on some instruments, imbalanced mix, you know how it is, and I thought to take a step or two back for a short while from all things musical so that I could return to the fray fresh eared and fresh minded. And maybe, just maybe, that time isn't too far off.

Over the course of the coming week, I'm planning to install some software called Automap. This is specifically for my Novation Remote 61 SL MIDI keyboard controller and I am expecting it to allow me to control my new DAW, Reaper 4. Automap will also sync up pretty much any and all of my soft-synths. I'm also going to be ensuring that my Roland JV-2080 synthesizer is fully integrated into Reaper 4 as I am intending to use it extensively in the future.

Now, I said that the time for returning to the fray isn't far off. I want to think that this time next week, I will have started work on the next Geigertek album. I have a stack of ideas that have been keeping me awake at nights and an impetus to do something different. I have a working title for the album, but I won't be letting on just yet - as the fave saying from Doctor Who goes - spoilers ;-)

Photography-wise, I'm preparing to start the Synth Studio project. After the success of the images I got from Ben Edwards' amazing studio, I felt fired up to get this project underway and have been in touch with a number of leading electronic artists from around the U.K. - this is a project that is going to take some months to do because of the travelling that will be required. But all good fun. I'm also starting to prepare my first book. Now this is something that I hadn't considered, but a number of people who seem to have enjoyed my work have strongly suggested that this is something I be seriously thinking about. So, I'm going to give it a go. I haven't clue what pictures will be used, what the book will called or what form it will take. But it's going to be fun getting there :-D And as from tomorrow, I shall be photographing my dinners. Yes, each day, I shall endeavour to photograph whatever meal I am having and add it to the blog

And I'm also thinking of doing a video diary that I will post up on this 'ere bloggy blog thing. That needs a little more pondering, but ultimately I think I may give it a go. I've seen that I can easily set up my video camera in the corner of the studio (rather than use a webcam - tacky) so it won't be a problem to do.

Right, time for a shower and possibly a movie before bed.

Nite all :-)