Thursday, 3 December 2020

Hopium

I guess it's fair to say I am an optimist...it would be an understatement to call 2020 "a challenging year", let's face it, it's been absolutely dire for most of us,  but I hope I am not alone in saying I've felt a few small shoots of a brighter future on the way recently....here's hoping it's not a false hope, "hopium" if you will....My latest Bandcamp offering even has some (fisheye) Spring blossom on the artwork for added cheer....




Cheers to all, 


Colin


Friday, 20 November 2020

Bird in Hand 7"


The exclusive and Bird in Hand/Theremin Memoir 7" vinyl is out today... : https://smarturl.it/theremininhand  

Read all about it below:

Dubmission Records and Gaudi follow up his critically acclaimed album “100 Years of Theremin (The Dub Chapter)” with a cover version of Lee Perry's classic 'Bird in Hand' production. 


Recorded on the 'Happy Roots' riddim, 'Bird in Hand' was Sam Carty's take on Naushad Ali's Hindi love song, 'Milte Hi Ankhen'. Here it’s re-titled ’Theremin In Hand’, with Gaudi playing the vocal line on the theremin, while Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree) plays bass and Horseman drums. 

On the flip is a brand new Gaudi original, ’Theremin Memoir', which finds him channeling Serge Gainsbourg and Ennio Morricone in his homage to their 60’s and 70’s films. Colin Edwin again plays bass and Sly Dunbar is on drum, while all other instruments are played by Gaudi. 

Both tracks represent a continuation of the themes developed on the “100 Years” album, with Gaudi’s theremin riding the riddims in the same way that Augustus Pablo did with his melodica. The instrument’s other worldliness proves to be a perfect fit with reggae’s earthy roots, allowing the melodies to glide and float in harmony. Bandcamp called it a “match made in heaven”, Electronic Sound a “true triumph” and Culture Dub an “unlikely but undeniably successful union”. 

'Theremin in Hand/Theremin Memoir' is the perfect accompaniment to '100 Years of Theremin (The Dub Chapter)', furthering Gaudi's tribute to Leon Theremin and his amazing instrument on its centenary.
  

credits

released November 20, 2020 

Theremin in Hand 
Written by Lee Perry 
Produced by Gaudi 
Bass by Colin Edwin, Drums by Horseman 


Theremin Memoir 
Written by Gaudi and Colin Edwin 
Produced by Gaudi 
Bass by Colin Edwin, Drums by Sly Dunbar 
Mastered by Angus McNaughton 

Artwork by Hamish Macaulay 

CDDUBM110 
Released by Dubmission Records 
PO Box 14988, London, SW6 2WL, UK 
dubmissionrecords.com

Thursday, 5 November 2020

"Another World" - Digital Release on Bandcamp

Monday, 26 October 2020

Theremin in Hand

Very pleased to be part of this exclusive and unique forthcoming release, a follow up to Gaudi's acclimed tribute to 100 years of the Theremin (see here) is this limted edition 7" single featuring yours truly on bass on both A and B sides. Side A is a cover of Lee Perry's take on the reggae classic "Bird in Hand", whilst the B side "Theremin Memoire" is an original from Gaudi. Please click this link for more information and pre-order: https://gaudimusic.bandcamp.com/album/theremin-in-hand

Friday, 2 October 2020

Spiral Stare

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Ex-Wise Heads - "Celestial Disclosure"

Originally released as a vinyl only in 2008, Celestial Disclosure saw a rerelease a couple of years later on CD with bonus track "Manikarnika" featurng guitarist Rajan Spolia, who also plays on the subsequent album "Schemata". The original release came about when Geoff Leigh and I were invited to create music specifically for a vinyl release on experimental Dutch label "C", so we chose to create two long flowing pieces, one for each side of the record. Now available for download on the Ex-Wise Heads Bandcamp page, please click here

Friday, 4 September 2020

Sixth Point of Origin


Sixth Point of Origin is out today on my Bandcamp page.

I suppose the title should be "Last Point of Origin", as it's the last in the set, but I like to keep the idea open and may revisit the concept at some point.....so for now "Sixth Point of Origin"


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Tim Bowness - Late Night Laments


I am guesting on upright bass on Tim Bowness's latest album "Late Night Laments".

Out now in all the usual digital formats, and physically from the following link:


Friday, 21 August 2020

Fifth Point of Origin

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Slow Motion Photograph

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Fourth Point of Origin

Friday, 31 July 2020

Second Point of Origin

Second in the "Points of Origin" series is out on my Bandcamp page today.

An exploration of Inner Space conceived whilst Outer Space was completely inaccessible.

Friday, 24 July 2020

First Point of Origin


Just as for everyone else, 2020 has thrown a big spanner in the works of pretty much all my planned activity.
I have to confess that the complete loss of the usual outside stimulus initially left me feeling rudderless, with a complete dearth of inspiration, it's been amazing to realise just how many ideas I can pick up in the  (previously) normal course of things: playing music with others, a walk in the city with a cheap camera, cinema, galleries, even a short coffee break with a conspirator, all options that have been suddenly lost and are only now appearing throughout the mist.
Without any plans, I decided to go back to some of the primary source elements of sound, what better place to start than with drones and echoes?

Echoes, I was once told, "...remind us we are still alive, without echoes, there is only a void." This from an eccentric friend of my father's who went so far as to place his home telephone in a large empty oil barrel, as he found the increased reverberations jolted him onto the present whenever it rang.

The first of these "limited element" pieces can be found here:



.....heavy use of bass guitar fed through a delay pedal, drones courtesy of SuperEgo and Ebow, and driven by minimalistic "You must play monotonous!" type rhythmic backing augmented by sliced and processed pieces of the underlying drone.
This one sounds a bit Neu! -  but that's OK by me, and I hope the listener too....

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Tim Bowness - Late Night Laments



I am guesting on upright bass on Tim Bowness's upcoming album "Late Night Laments".
Described as "..a collection of lush, atmospheric songs with a wide lyrical scope", there's  more details about formats and all those involved on Tim's website.


Pre-order is now live from: https://burningshed.com/store/timbowness 


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Hold It

Friday, 26 June 2020

Tape 6

A pay what you like download of a bonus track from "Allusions" which I left off to keep the original release more concise, but if you prefer an elongated listening experience, please click below:



Friday, 19 June 2020

Across The Evening - Jon Durant and Robert Jurjendal


I am on fretless bass for a few tracks on the new collaborative album from Jon Durant and Robert Jurjendal.  Expect deep atmospherics at the intersection of ambient/jazz with a twist of ethnic music.


Pre-Order now on the links below:

Digital : https://jondurant.bandcamp.com/album/across-the-evening
CD: https://burningshed.com/jon-durant_robert-jurjendal_across-the-evening_cd

For anyone unfamiliar, I've previously worked with both Robert and Jon separately, see previous blog posts here and here. See also:

https://burntbelief.bandcamp.com
https://burningshed.com/colin-edwin_jon-durant_inna-kovtun_cd
https://burningshed.com/colin-edwin_robert-jurjendal_another-world_cd


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Brave Browser


A different blog post for today.

Back in the early days of the internet, and I wasn't a particularly early adopter, I can remember telling a friend of mine how useful and potentially game changing the web could be, only to get the cynical reply - "But yeah, but it's just a load more people trying to sell you something isn't it?"
He was clearly irked by the advertising, which has only got more invasive since then, not to mention subtle.

Looking back, it's also hard to argue against the notion that the early promises of the internet have been subverted by a handful of now enormously rich tech companies for their own massive gain, while ordinary internet users have been exploited by aggressive data collection and insidious advertising practices, not to mention the exploitation of creators of all kinds.
One way or another, on the internet, we're all being milked.

Could there be an answer? ....well maybe...please read on.

I've been using Brave as a browser for a while now. It seems like a solid project and the functionality works quite well for me.
The idea behind the Brave browser is to allow a higher level of user privacy, which it does by blocking lots of the trackers and ads that many websites don't even tell you they've put on your system.
Brave also provides a function for users to tip websites and content creators directly.
Rather than being bombarded by ads, which makes some websites unreadable, users of Brave are rewarded for viewing advertising, with rewards paid in the project's native BAT token.

As for the tipping system of micro payments, this means creators of all kinds can be rewarded for providing content, which is something sorely needed in the current internet model.

Changing the internet in a positive way by facilitating micro tipping and receiving rewards for viewing ads (and giving up personal data) is an idea I first read about in Jaron Lanier 's excellent book "You Are Not A Gadget", some years ago.

I am sure there might be other projects around that do a similar thing, but Brave is the only one I am aware of, and IMHO it has a huge potential to change the currently exploitative model of the web, or at least to be a first step on the path.

I am not enough of a tech head to have delved too deeply into the exact workings of the project or the associated BAT token, but I'd encourage anyone interested to take a look at Brave in more detail here:

https://brave.com

My youtube channel and my Twitter page are now set up to accept Brave tips, which I am happy to say I've received.  Where possible,  I've also micro tipped some of my favourite websites and creators, so I can vouch that the system actually works.

Lastly, if you do decide to give Brave a try, please use my referral link below:

https://brave.com/col130


Thursday, 30 April 2020

Allusions



A collection of solo bass pieces (mostly fretless), all processed at some point via the medium of cassette and making extensive use of ebow, reverb, echo, delay and the notion of space.
Any and all noises, hiss, interferences, clicks or pops are entirely intentional and were part of the process.

Some of these pieces can also be heard on my Youtube channel.


Sunday, 19 April 2020

Friday, 20 March 2020

Bandcamp Collection


















Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020

Harvest - Lyric Video



Please enjoy this dual language lyric video for the track "Harvest" taken from the Edwin Durant Kovtun album.
It's more of a poetic, rather than literal, translation, but it gives a sense of the meaning and atmosphere behind the song.

Fantastic performances from Roberto Gualdi on drums and also levgen Zharinov on wind instruments.

Full album available here:

https://jondurant.bandcamp.com/album/colin-edwin-jon-durant-inna-kovtun

or here:

https://burningshed.com/colin-edwin_jon-durant_inna-kovtun_cd

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