New album out now!
A collaboration with Sika Deer (New Zealand based didgeridoo and flute player). An Instrumental album featuring the didjeridoo, an ancient instrument from Australia, Native Flutes, Ocarina's, Bullroarer and rattles etc. Blended with Analog Synthesisers ( Moog, Korg, Yamaha etc.) Electribe grooveboxes and FX !!
ALL WE HAVE IS NOW
This album is the result of the recent 3 year 'Expandis' revival !! It contains new material as well as new versions of old favourites.
Originally formed in the early 80's with inspiration from punk / new wave / experimental bands such as the brilliant New York innovators 'Suicide' and the more mainstream 'Talking Heads' as well as the obvious 'Kraftwerk', 'D.A.F.' and 'Yellow Magic Orchestra' connection.
THE COMPLETE HOME EXPANDIS
NEWS - OCTOBER 2016
Following on from the success of 'Pure Tibetan Bowls', The sister album 'Pure Crystal Bowls' is now released!
"The pure harmonic sounds created when Crystal bowls are struck or rubbed with a beater are unique.
On this CD they have been carefully recorded to create a musical journey which takes its inspiration from the properties of various Gem Stones associated with the 7 Chakras. (The word chakra is Sanskrit for "wheel" or "disc.")
Each track represents one of the Chakras, with its own distinct character, frequency and colour which relates to a unique aspect of our being.
A new album collaboration with Sika Deer ( Didgeridoo, Flutes and percussion ) is in the final stages of production and should be available by November !
DREAMING OF CAIRO
A collaboration with myself, Hossam Ramzy and Cora Camille
Cora Camille announces her album release Dreaming of Cairo in which she collaborated with Hossam Ramzy, Egypt's Ambassador of Rhythm and the worlds leading name in Egyptian dance music, and with Phil Thornton from the United Kingdom who is recognized worldwide with over 2 million in sales for his solo ambient albums.
The album also features guest musicians from Cairo, Egypt performing solos intertwined into Camilles unique twist of fusing traditional middle eastern music with club-inspired American electronic music.
This is the culmination of years of work recorded in studios in St. Louis, Cairo, and Ramzys and Thorntons studios in the United Kingdom.
Two French DJs evoke heartbreak and desolation in a compilation of little-heard gems. Kym Ghosts and I made the track 'feeling sheepish' 36 years ago which is included on this new compilation.
Apparently we sounded like The Young Marble Giants !!
Cool ! I can live with that !!
40th solo album available now!
The rich blend of harmonic overtones created when Tibetan bowls are struck with various beaters was carefully recorded and gathered together into a musical journey which takes its inspiration from traditional Buddhist teachings. Each track represents a stage in the 'eightfold path' to enlightenment through meditational practice.
The Jhanas are eight altered states of consciousness which can arise during periods of strong concentration. The word Jhana is from the 'Pali' language and means meditation.
In addition to their usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are also used in many Holistic therapy treatments including deep relaxation, chakra balancing, Reiki and stress reduction.
This year has seen the re-release of 2 important albums from my past as well as a host of new projects underway!
The Brigand's song (Cântec haiducesc)
Featuring Albert Buga on vocals this is a traditional Romanian folk song which will form the heart of my new album project - (working title 'Myristica and the mothership')
The Brigand's song is available now as a FREE download ! ( pay if you like !! )
Here is a little insight on the meaning of the Lyrics -
"Arde-mi-te-ai" is an exclamation that cannot be translated exactly, it's somewhat melancolical. The singer is addressing himself to the woods, speaking to them. "Ardemiteai, codru des" ......exclamation - thick forest, you can see, it's been decided, that I would not find my way out of you.." That's the first verse. The second verse says c-am intrat copil blajin, s-Acuma-s mosneag batran. "I went inside as a young boy, and now, now I am an old man.." It talks about the love for the forest.
REJUVENATION : beyond the edge of dreams
This album takes up the musical themes and soundscapes from my first album for NWM Ltd 'Edge of Dreams' released back in 1986.
'Rejuvenation' takes a deeper exploration in to the world beyond the edge of dreams !
Soothing harps, a haunting Oboe and gentle textural soundscapes combine to create a melodic tapestry which takes you on a constantly evolving musical journey which will leave you rejuvenated and refreshed.
NEXUS TRIBAL is now available via New World Music Ltd
They are doing a major promotion of the album in France which will feature new artwork and a new title !! - the music remains the same of course but this special 'French' release will be called 'TRIBALE'
INITIATION has been re released by New World Music Ltd
The music as been digitally remastered creating a very 'transparent' and clear new sound and the album features new artwork !
Original sleeve notes by Carmen Willcox ( released in 1990 )
Authentic and powerful, Initiation weaves the haunting voice of whales and birds into the strong, mellow dream world of the Didgeridoo.
From the fascinating and earthy sounds of this most basic of natural instruments to the superb complexity of modern keyboards, we are enmeshed in a world of imagination. Time and daily concepts lose themselves as this beguiling music works its spell - enchanting, captivating and transforming the listener.
This is a genuinely unforgettable venture deep into the realm of a spiritual initiation.
Happy new year !
2013 saw the release of my new album 'Visions of Tibet' the long awaited follow up to 'Tibetan Meditation' released in 2003!
The second half of 2013 was a very busy time with many new projects started including a new album inspired by my first solo release with New World Music Ltd and a new collaboration with 'Myristica'.
Work continues with the 'Precisionsound' sample sets - the latest addition, a collection of 500+ analog SFX samples will be ready for release early in the new year.
RICH OM and THE MOTHERSHIP a new collaboration with Rich Om from the Psychedelic Warlords. 2 tracks have already been released and can be found on my 'Bandcamp' page -
The EXPANDIS album is coming together alongside 'expandizine' video blogs on youtube -
Here is a sneak preview of one of the new 'Expandis' tracks !
I also found myself involved in reviving 'STALLION' a Progressive rock group I was part of back in the early 70's!! As well as re releasing our first album 'The Hard Life' we have also played a one off gig which has resulted in some great live recordings ....
Please visit my 'soundcloud' page for a sneak preview !