Bing Satellites news and releases
Live ambient album available now on double CD
Release date: 31 January 2015
The fourteenth volume in the ever-expanding Twilight Sessions series.
The music on this album was improvised and recorded live during December 2014 at my home studio MCos.
Like previous albums, each piece starts as a blank canvas. I press record, play a few notes into a long, slowly decaying loop and see where the music takes me. This time, however, before each performance, I added one or two new sounds to the bank of synths, pianos and sounds I have to play with, so I learn what I can do with these new sounds as I go.
This album also features my first use of 8 string guitar played with the ebow. 8 strings, obviously, means more notes to play with, but my playing style is quite different. It might not be immediately apparent to the listener, but it is inspiring for me.
I really enjoyed making this album. I won't leave it another six months until the next album - I promise!
4 hours of live ambient music on a 4 CD set available to pre-order now
Released by BFW recordings 7 March 2011 / CD released 2 January 2015
The fifth album in the Twilight Sessions series.
Like the previous four releases in this series, this is a collection of improvised live recordings.
In places, very ambient: long, drawn out pieces that evolve slowly, creating quite an emotive and evocative sound. Each piece starts as a blank canvas with no preconceived notion of where the music will go. Notes and noises are played from synths, guitar, voice, clarinet and samples and fed into one or two loops which repeat and layer and decay. These loops can be quite long, so as a performer I can add notes as I see fit, but only have a certain amount of control over what is heard - the rest is serendipity.
This time, the whole album was recorded in one week in November 2010, with each recording around an hour long.
I hope you enjoy this album as much as I enjoyed making it. Rest assured, another one will follow soon enough!
The new EP of harder electronic music from my non-ambient alter ego
The Other is the second EP of hard electronic and experimental music from my non-ambient alter ego Blocker.
The EP consists of 4 tracks - 2 thumping techno tracks, plus the time shifting Enough and the more experimental early Krautrock inspired title track The Other.
The first track Butterfly Cluster appeared in a early form on Album In A Day volume 6 - 25 May 2013.
Enjoy this change of pace. Normal service will be resumed soon, including the second CD edition of More and the CD release of Twilight Sessions volume 5 - both will be available on a special 4 CD digipack.
Tune in live every Saturday 11pm on ALL FM 96.9 in Manchester and allfm.org online
After nearly a year away, Mostly Ambient is back in a new home.
ALL FM 96.9 is a wonderful local radio station with a wide range of talk and music programmes which serve the whole diverse community in central, south and east Manchester.
If you've listened to Mostly Ambient in the past, you'll know what to expect - the best ambient, electronic and experimental music from Manchester and around the world, with occasional interviews and live sets.
The show now includes the A to Z of ambient.
There will be no downloadable podcast, but the show will be available to stream online shortly after each show at www.mixcloud.com/bingsatellites
Please do tune in!
Live ambient album available now on double CD
Released 26 July 2014
The thirteenth volume of Twilight Sessions is now available on double CD and download
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.
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