Bing Satellites news and releases
An album of live ambient and electronic music on a 4 CD package & download
Released 25 November 2013
3 and a half hours of improvised ambient and electronic music available on a 4 CD package and download.
These performances include an experiment in recording and layering improvised piano loops live.
For the first time in a while, there is guitar that actually sounds like a guitar and I sing - yes, that's right!
You have been warned!
The CD version of this album includes some extra music and comes in a newly designed 4 CD package - 4 vinyl style CDs with an 8 page booklet in a slim card case. This package is about the same size and weight as a single CD in a normal jewel case but holds 4 CDs! This means postage is a lot less than it would have been with a normal 4 CD package. And, even if I say so myself, it looks rather nice too.
An album of quiet music performed on guitar and piano - Out now on deluxe CD & download
Released 23 September 2013
The brand new collaboration between myself and Daniel Land.
An album of quiet, beautiful songs performed on piano and guitar.
This album started life at a riverrun concert myself and Daniel performed in Manchester. During that concert we performed a track using a processed piano and guitar. We liked it a lot and decided then to make an album based around piano and guitar.
We started working on this album in January 2013 during sessions for Daniel's next solo album. We worked very quickly. It soon became apparent that we had something special on our hands - and something we are both very proud of.
We are both fans of the paintings of artist Ade Hodges, so much so that the album is named after the painting which forms the album cover. You can find more of the paintings of Ade Hodges at www.facebook.com/adehodgesartist
Massive new compilation album featuring an exclusive Bing Satellites song.
Released by Midnight Radio 7 October 2013
The album features a brand new exclusive track from me called Four Candles.
(You'll find the sketch it is named after here).
My track uses the new live looping system I tries recently on my Mostly Ambient live set, where I improvised a long phrase (played to a metronome) which then loops. I play over that phrase on a slightly longer loop. I do this until four loops are recorded and playing back. Because the all the loops vary in length, they can keep playing and interact with each other in unexpected ways. The whole thing can play for a long time before exactly repeating itself - in this case, just under 11 weeks!
An album of quiet ambient music on CD & download
Released 14 August 2013
Und is a special new release - 70 minutes of chilled ambient music on a limited edition CD and name-your-price download.
The album was recorded in February and March 2013, a very creative period during rehearsals from upcoming gigs. Motif, Twilight Sessions volume 11 and Live In Salford & Manchester were also recorded during this period.
Also available: Solar EP
Occasionally on bandcamp people who buy my CDs pay a bit extra. Until now, I have had no way of saying thank you to these lovely, generous people. Solar is the first in a series of bonus EPs available to anyone who pays £4.00 or more above the price of a CD or CDs. If you do so, you will automatically get a copy of the Solar EP (or another bonus EP when more become available). Just one copy of each bonus EP person and only while stocks last.
More details at www.bingsatellites.com/releases/solar
A tribute to the late ambient pioneer featuring music from Bing Satellites!
Released by Ear Rational Records
Pete Namlook died late last year at far too young an age.
He was a pioneer of ambient, electronic and experimental music and a major influence on my music and how I release it.
Namlook released most of his music himself, and lots of it, on his own label Fax.
He released new albums every few weeks, usually small runs of 500 - 2000. But once it was out, he would move on to the next thing. No big song and dance - it was about the music!
And he worked with a huge and varied array of talent - Bill Laswell, Klaus Shulze, Gier Jenssen (Biosphere) and many, many others.
Much of his music was improvised live - pieces starting as a blank canvas. When I finally got to a point where I could do this, I felt liberated - switch everything on, press record and go. The music takes on a life of its own, and it can take you to some wonderful places.
pete namlook may have been taken from us too soon but his music will live on, and this tribute will show how much people cared about his music and how big an influence he had.
An album of quiet, piano-based ambient music on CD & download
Released 17 July 2013
Motif started life during a very creative period in February and March 2013.
During that time, I was rehearsing for upcoming gigs and experimenting with various set-ups - basically trying to have as many options with as little equipment as possible.
I ended up with the laptop and mixer, a small keyboard and my smallest guitar (plus ebow).
All the music on this album was improvised using this set-up and as I plan to improvise the live sets I play, this is fair representation of what to expect when I do play live.
Another album, Und, was recorded during this time.
If you would like to see me play live, keep an eye on my schedule. I will attempt to record every gig I play and release them shortly after.
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