My work in sound comprises found sound, field recordings, my own live instrumentation, and open source material to form sonic landscapes. I am interested in taking written language and using words to find sounds. In many of the compositions below I have searched for the words in the compositions and used Freesound.org to mine material based on the search results for those words. For example, to create On a Foggy Night I searched for the word 'on' and used the first download available to me as one layer for the track. I then searched 'a', and then 'foggy' and so on. All these words gave me sounds that, once layered, create these compositions. Believe Me I Do uses the sound of a speech given by grandad that I took from an old VHS tape I watched back a few years after his passing.
Rollo Markee and The Tailshakers
In 1998 I cofounded the blues band Rollo Markee and The Tailshakers, featuring in this band as guitarist until 2008. During this time we toured UK and Europe, recording for the BBC and Channel 4 and playing in some of this country's most prestigious venues including London's 100 Club, and recording in some of the world's best studios including Maida Vale for BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones Blues Show. We supported the likes of Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters' guitar player) and Geno Washington, and played on the same festival bill as Jerry Lee Lewis and Ike Turner.
La Borde is an ongoing experimental collaboration with artist Julian Woodcock and composer/DJ Ed Whiteley (Delirium Funk). This recording was made during a gig at Rough Trade Records as part of Little Wolf Parade's evening of performance titled 'Slap'.