The year that was…2009

Better late than never, here are some of my personal musical highlights of 2009.

Last year was all about the emergence of Glatze as a live music sensation. Well, I had my moments ;) My time in Birmingham led to some exciting new relationships. I played a variety of gigs as part of the underground experimental scene. Then, out of the blue, the delightful Capsule girls got in touch to ask whether I’d like to support Melt Banana. As they are one of my favourite bands, it was a no-brainer. I went on to play at Supersonic, which was amazing. I was also honoured to be chosen by Capsule to complete an alternative score for “There Are No Others, There Is Only Us”, which was shown at Moor Street Station, throughout Supersonic.

Then to top my “Year with Capsule” off, they included a photo of me in their 10th birthday programme – see below. I am most flattered!

2009 also saw me develop my midi-octopus, which I demonstrated at Futuresonic (Thanks to The Centrifuge for sorting this!). Production of my midi-octopus stalled a little in the latter months of 2009, to give me time to concentrate on my Glatze liveset, but it’s very much back on the agenda for this year.

Other 2009 musical highlights included:

(sorry to anyone or anything I have missed, I have ZX-81-like memory)

Sonic Weekend 5 (round up)

Well, Sonic Weekend 5 was as amazing as the other two I have previously attended. Lots of inspiring and super friendly people, lots of insane instruments, lots of beautiful surroundings, lots of booze, lots of talent and lots of music made! Great to see the old skool massive and nice to see plenty of noobs too!

Here are some pictures which hopefully sum it up…












Sonic Weekend 5

I will be leaving shortly for the fifth (my third) Sonic Weekend. One of the most musically intense and creatively charged things I have been involved in. The deal is: hire a place, hire a great studio technician, get 30 or so musicians together, drink, eat, be merry, and record an album in 3 days!

Oh thank you lord for White Label Music!

(f)Air play

Just a quick THANK YOU to a few lovely people for playing my cover of “Move It” in various places of late. Firstly, thanks to Susi O’neill aka Ms Hypnotique (www.hypnotique.net) for playing it on the One & Other plinth! Secondly, thanks to Jules & Jon for playing it on their delightful show The Big Paws. Finally, thanks to Little Chris for kindly airing it on the mighty Brumcast.

Good stuff!! :)

** You can hear it as one of the tracks in my audio player thingy…click the grey tab at the bottom left of my site.

There Are No Others, There Is Only Us

As part of Supersonic Festival I am completing my score for “There Are No Others, There Is Only Us”, an amazing piece by the director Marc Silver.

The original soundtrack was composed by Ben Frost and I have been selected, along with a further four composers, to provide an alternative score. The video and the six scores will premiere at Moor Street Station in Birmingham, and will be screened throughout Supersonic Festival.

More info here