My new album entitled and then you was released on 2 August 2019. The record is made up of three pieces connected to the first year of my sons life. The first track is a 30 minute undulating piece called and then you came into existence, and was written and recorded the night before my son was born. The second piece called and then you smiled was written when I was away from my son working in Birmingham and recorded whilst my students were on their break from my gamelan class. The third and final piece is called and then you had a sleep regression and is based on a recording of me shakily singing and trying to sooth my son to sleep in the wee hours of the morning. The whole thing is an incredibly personal album, that deals with the expectation of our son’s arrival, the fact that I’m overseas away from him on a weekly basis, and the fact that even now, he still doesn’t sleep so well. I’m really happy with the results, but I hope also for it to resonate with other listeners too.
The album was created using life-recordings made on my phone as well as a variety of beautiful analog and FM synthesizers, and a bonang panerus from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Gamelan played back through a custom analog fx patch at home. As with most of this music that I make, it was recorded on a Tascam DR44WL.
You can hear an excerpt of the first track from the album below:
It is available to stream or download via my bandcamp page below and includes include a PDF of the three scores, as well as liner notes. I hope you enjoy, and if you are interested, do help spread the word…