Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Spector NS 4H2 MM USA fretless.

Since I received it a few years ago, my Spector USA fretless, has become a firm favourite.
Comfortable, reliable, expressive and tonally flexible, I have used it in a variety of different contexts, always with great results.

EMG Pick ups

High Gloss Cherry finish.

Like most of my basses, it's fitted with a Hipshot D- Tuner

Distinctive Spector Headstock with Logo.

I've recorded and gigged a lot with this instrument over the last few years, below some examples, starting with Twinscapes,:

With O.R.k.

A track with Tim Bowness:

With Jon Durant:

Herd of Instinct:

With Astarta/Edwin:

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

O.R.k. - "Inflamed Rides" October release

The official release of "Inflamed Rides" is set for October the 2nd via Cargo Distribution.

Burning Shed are also running a pre-order of the CD here:

You will find digital pre-order links below:


Please also check out "Funfair"

Below a selection of press, with some album reviews and interviews:à-ottobre

Live dates in Europe are being organised for February 2016, please follow the FB and Twitter pages for more info.



Thursday, 27 August 2015

"Chornomorets" - Outtake

The Astarta/Edwin album is finally finished, mixed and mastered and I am presently awaiting a firm release date from the label.

In the meantime, see below, "Chornomorets" a tune which hasn't made the final track listing.

Left off for reasons of album sequencing rather than quality, as always, great vocal performances from Inna Kovtun and Yulia Malyarenko, and Jon Durant joins us with some extremely lyrical guitar playing, please enjoy:



Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Tim Bowness Live dates.

I'll be joining Andrew Booker (drums) Mike Bearpark (guitar) and Stephen Bennett (keyboards) playing a new set of Tim Bowness material live at the dates below:

Click here for tickets for the UK dates (via burning shed), alternatively tickets can be bought direct from the venues using the links below:

Louisiana, London:

Boston Music Room, Bristol:

Band on the Wall, Manchester:

Rehearsals start very soon, for a taste of the new material here's "Press Reset" from Tim's new  album "Stupid Things that Mean the World"

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Tools part 6 - Ovation Magnum II

I get a lot of use out of this unusual late '70's designed Magnum II bass from Ovation.
Featuring a highly distinctive body shape, a thumb rest, unique bridge design and a rarely seen approach to active pick-ups, these instruments were replaced by the later Magnum III and IV before being discontinued.
It's a comfortable, but solid (heavy) piece of wood, also with a longer than usual scale length, which meant initially sourcing strings with windings that went past the nut was a little tricky, but I have settled on D'Addario ECB81 XL Chrome flatwounds.

It's capable of some grinding rock sounds, but it's appeal for me is either for thick rubbery dub type bass, or, with the foam mute in place, played pick style (sometimes in conjunction with a delay pedal) for a retro bass sound that my other, more modern instruments can't get close to.
I also sometimes use an Ovation Magnum I, which is the passive version of the same bass, you can read more on the differences between the two on this original Ovation manual.

Two pick-ups, and foam mute.

Close up of the tone/volume controls and pick up selector.

Neck pick up aka "Mudbucker"

Backplate showing serial number.

You can hear this bass in the dub section (an excerpt from the title track) in the middle of the above sampler of the new Metallic Taste of Blood album "Doctoring the Dead".

Also on  "Mesh":

It's very prominent on the title track of the new Tim Bowness album "Stupid Things that Mean the World" too.

Solo Work

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