What's pappin'?



New video for 'Pagoda'

Here's a new video for an old song of mine, using some new edits of some old stills. These pitcures were taken in a very, very special place, on a very, very special day - but, as special as that day was, it was nothing compared to what happened the following day, in an even more special place. Hopefully the resultant video/image pulsation captures something of the magical feeling I had experiencing this moment in time XX


'Bluebell Forest' due for release on Weirdshire compilation

If, like me, you still have the addictive, repetitive hook of 'Gangnam Style' going round and around in your head this morning after last night's Strictly Results Show, then this might provide the antidote:

Soon to come out on a new compilation of songs from artists with a link to the Herefordshire region - aptly entitled 'Weirdshire' - this little tune I wrote called 'Bluebell Forest' evokes the coming of spring. Not particularly appropriate for this time of year, you might think... And you'd be right. But hope springs eternal, as they say, and with each new spring comes new hope. Enjoy XX

By the way, was I the only person to think that André Rieu's violin was nowhere to be heard in the mix during a nonetheless moving tribute to Leonard Cohen? Lovely lovely dances, I wish I could dance like that...


'Find The Gap' chosen for The Next Station album

I am honoured to report that 'Find The Gap' - my musical reimagining of the Mansion House Tube Station sound recording, submitted for inclusion in Stuart Foulkes' fantastic sound mapping project The Next Station - has been selected to appear on an album of highlights drawn from all 95 of the project submissions. Released today, the album can be downloaded here.

The project has had a host of positive PR, ranging from features in the Guardian and The Atlantic to an interview with Stuart on the BBC World Service. It's been a real privilege to be involved with such an exciting and original project, and I look forward to submitting evermore pieces for your listening pleasure, perpetually!




The Next Station

Today marks the launch of the first ever sound map of the London Underground. Brainchild of Oxford-based composer/musician and crazy sound collector genius Stuart Fowkes, The Next Station takes field recordings from all over the Tube and juxtaposes them with original music composed by people from all over the place - including me!

I'm so happy to be involved with this, even though I didn't have a lot of time to spend on it (I actually laid down the basic track in three hours, and then spent about another hour or so tweaking the mix, so it was pretty rushed); but it was so nice to be writing some of my own music again, after spending so much of the last three years writing about the wonderful music of the Langās and Māngaṇiyārs from Rajasthan. I have even cobbled together a quick video to go with the tune, which features some footage from a train journey through the desert between Hamira village and Jaisalmer. Check it out, and see if you can 'Find The Gap':

Stuart was very kind to let me have a crack at his brilliant sound recording of a typically delayed Circle Line journey from Mansion House to Canon Street - right in the thick of the City - and as soon as I heard it, I knew I could have some fun with it. The concept for my piece came from a moment on the original field recording where the all-too-familiar sound of some strange, digitally disembodied man warns us: “Mind the gap between the train and the platform edge”. At the moment when he utters the first syllable of the first word, the train makes a weird sound – possibly air escaping from the brakes – and this coincides with the man’s voice, giving the illusion that he has said “Find the gap”.

Using this idea of escape as my starting point, I created an atmospheric backdrop of sounds that sit behind the full length of the original recording (5 minutes and 5 seconds), slowly building towards a journey that takes the passengers, not to Canon Street, but away from the chaos and alienation of the city, and finally back to a more soothing natural environment. If you get a chance to have a look and a listen, I hope you like it; and anyway please do take the time to check out Stuart's website for the project. I love it so much, I put the link in twice.