Bing Satellites news and releases
Live ambient album available now on double CD
Released 26 July 2014
The thirteenth volume of Twilight Sessions is now available on double CD.
Downloads will be available from Saturday 26th July 2014
This album is a selection of live, improvised recordings.
Each piece starts as a blank canvas.
I play a few notes into a long, slowly decaying loop (or loops) and see where the music takes me.
This is especially true in this album. I started only one song (Outside) with a particular key or scale in mind (E phrygian dominant, if you really want to know), and even then, the key changed to something slightly different (A harmonic minor - same notes but with the root note being A and not E) as the song progressed.
This is a very inspiring and liberating way to create music - I can express myself in ways I never could with words or traditionally written pieces of music.
I hope you enjoy it too.
The cover features a large emerald moth with landed in my bathroom one warm evening.
They are quite common, although they don't usually stand out so much from their surroundings.
Brooding ambient album out now 4CD pack and download
A massive album of drifting ambient music available on 4 CD package and download.
More is an album of music inspired by Manchester, my home town.
The city is hectic and noisy and full of every kind of person from around the world. And I live very close to the centre. While it is constantly busy here, I can escape into my light and airy little studio.
This album is a product of this great city and that is reflected in the sound - it is drifting and ambient but also gritty and pretty loud in places.
There is a reinterpretation of my song Where I Stand (from Nothing For Miles) plus a poem from Robert Matejko aka Robby Baby Dark Poet of Amour (recorded by Karl Hamilton) inspired by my music and a vivid dream Robby once had about The Sun.
Atmospheric ambient album out now on CD and download
A collection of quiet piano-based songs, recorded between December 2011 and March 2014.
These songs are in part inspired by Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world. It can only be reached by a seven day boat journey. I find the idea of peace and quiet and isolation appealing but this place goes beyond anything you can imagine - a tiny volcanic island thousands of miles from anything... anything!
The first five songs were recorded for Album In A Day volume 8 and indeed, versions of the first three tracks appeared on that album. Some other tracks were originally intended to be released on a Soothing Images album but many of those recordings were plundered for other projects. The ones included here seemed to fit quite well with the atmosphere I wanted.
While the people of Tristan Da Cunha in some ways lead an idyllic life, they must work hard and be very self-reliant. They are at the mercy of nature - occasional extreme weather, illness and living on a volcano. I find it fascinating.
Experimental ambient EP out now on mini CD and download
Download available from 17 February 2014
The second in a series of EPs available on mini CD and download.
The Midnight EP features two track - 20 minutes of chilled experimental ambient soundscapes.
Towards the end of 2013, I lost interest in improvising (although not for long!) and looked for new ways of creating music.
The first track, Fifteen Below, uses the same generative processes I use to create music for my side projects The Lovely Moon and The Ambient Visitor but is less melodic. There are hints of notes but the whole thing is more atmospheric than musical. It is likely to be something I do more of in the future.
The music for the second track, Midnight, is directly derived from the first few lines of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, using the same method I used for Metamorphosis of Narcissus from the EP In response to...Salvador Dalí. This is an interesting method which produces oddly timed and intriguing melodies that would not otherwise occur.
And yes, it is likely I will do more songs like this.
Expect another EP later in the year.
Coming of age horror moving featuring my music
The complete soundtrack is now available to download - free for a limited time!
Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it – his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.
I am very proud to be part of this truly original film.
There aren't many films which combine the depth of story and character which the darkest horror elements.
The movie also features music from Aaron Marshall as well as a score by Magician Johnson & Greg Wright.
Found has played at film festivals around the world, rightfully winning many, many awards (see foundmovie.net)
I was lucky enough to go to Brussels to represent the film at the 31st Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (pictures and more bifff.org for the European premiere where it recieved an enthusiastic reception.
Me being interviewed and singing(!) in front of a crazy audience of 400+
at the European premiere of Found at BIFFF
Here is a list of my songs featured in Found:
Soothing Image 1, Soothing Image 3, Soothing Image 13 from Soothing Images 1-15
Late Summer Meadows from Twilight Sessions volume one
Hidden Away For Years, Procession from Twilight Sessions volume six
Dark Clouds, The Hottest Day Of The Year (part 1) from Twilight Sessions volume eight
The Bay from Time
If you are interested in using my music for a film or other project, or indeed are looking for an original score, please feel free to contact me
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Found a new horror film featuring the music of Bing Satellites