29/12/17: Nothing like a snowkissed end-of-year studio session. Final stages of tweaking... while the snow makes Rothkos of the windows.
28/12/17: Master at work. Time for Rico to lend a final ear to the four tracks intended for EP1. Watching him coax our mixes to a new level is a privilege: parts are woven together to form a solid sonic picture.
22/10/17: Rehearsals begin for taking SEMITONAL live, as mixes for the first four tracks near completion. Keith Bishop takes the drum torch from Paul Ashby, who played on the EP.
27/06/17: Session 7 in The Doghouse… tweaking tweaking tweaking mixes of the first four tracks. And playing with CCTV. Getting there.
22/05/17: After a five-month hiatus… session 6 in The Doghouse. Trying to reach final mixes of four tracks, while push-pulling the overall sound of the project. Working across the rooftops.
11/01/17: Just uploaded a bunch of images to the Photos page, featuring faces from way back...
08/01/17: Thinking about David Bowie today, and an album that changed my view of music forever.
09/12/16: Christmas Drinks in the Semitonal camp, featuring all who played on the album... both of us. Thanks to drummer Paul Ashby for hitting things so impressively. Cheers!
17/11/16: Refreshed and ready for session 5. Firmly in the realm of sonics now; cementing the rhythm section, sculpting each piece and pulling everything together. And creating bass dirt with whatever is to hand...
10/11/16: 10/11/16: First holiday in years... some preparatory listening before another studio visit for further mixing.
01/11/16: Session 4. Picking up where we left off, revised MIDI files in place, with the focus on tracking as much bass as possible – including first-time fretless on STROKES and TRYPTOPHAN. New Bass Friend Forever in the form of the wonderful UA interface. All bass now recorded.
10/10/16: Doghouse session 3, setting up two more tracks then straight into initial bass recording. With a scheduled break for my father's birthday tapas. We end with four tracks of bass in the can.
07/09/16: Session 2 in The Doghouse, revisiting STROKES & SERTRALINE... shaping the overall sound as a loose template for the next tracks.
11/07/16: Back from Glasgow with the first two tracks in great shape. A big shout to Rico at The Doghouse for his sonic crafting and treatments, and to Gerry Gregory for his engineering stamina.
04/07/16: First day in The Doghouse. Time to finally focus on how SEMITONAL will sound.
04/06/16: The Doghouse Studio is booked for early July. Meanwhile, drum recording continues...
25/05/16: Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing. And arranging. With a short break for Birthday Art and Beers.
14/05/16: Drummer Drinks... Two Flight of Ideas stick men in one East London bar. Richard Amari visits from the USA and meets Paul Ashby for the first time. Cheers!
01/05/16: Most live drum tracks have now been recorded for the first SEMITONAL release. Thanks to Paul Ashby for his wonderful contributions. Next stop... The Doghouse Studio.
08/11/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Portent. Scratching its way towards you...
25/10/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Fuzz. Fuzzed is how we like it...
23/08/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Eggshell. Tense and tuneful... this formed the basis for a track by The Swing, which should appear sometime next year.
10/08/15: Raine Vivian's TIED UP EP is released on Bandcamp today – Listen here. I played bass on a number of tracks, and contributed the Semitonal LUCKLESS remix.
26/07/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Sertraline. Full of twists and turns.
28/06/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Feed. Bass feedback beckons...
07/06/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Circular. Car chase collision music...
26/04/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Slinky. A loose groove hanging with a tipsy bar-room piano. Cheers!
26/04/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Dread – dropping Paul Ashby and Tomaso in a sci-fi hip-hop futurescape.
26/04/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Trails – featuring Paul Ashby, Tomaso and a happily deranged piano.
19/04/15: So... Semitonal drummer Paul Ashby found a box of tapes from 1998(!) in the Ideas Attic. New Flight of Ideas track posted – Coiled – featuring Paul, Tomaso & the ever-faithful Loop. More to come...
03/04/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted... Shrug. Have a listen. Or, y'know, don't. Whatever.
29/03/15: Rehearsals for taking Semitonal live continue... Tomaso dropping some deep bass on BROOD. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@semitonaltweets) for updates. Cheers!
15/03/15: Raine Vivian raps(!) on new Flight of Ideas track... Dollar.
01/03/15: Work has begun on taking the Semitonal project to the stage. Long-time friend and collaborator Paul Ashby will be taking care of drum duties. Here's a clip on Soundcloud of him playing with The Swing... Serotonin. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@semitonaltweets) for updates.
22/02/15: Glam meets turntables. New Flight of Ideas track posted... Goodbye America.
15/02/15: David Pybas returns to the fold with his eerie guitarscapes. New Flight of Ideas track posted... Alloy.
08/02/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted... Surface. Dub meets Noise... and your chance to hear a drummer screaming in pain.
01/02/15: New Flight of Ideas track posted... Epiphany.
18/01/15: First Flight of the year... Live Drum & Bass, anyone? With searing guitar? Time to Modulate.
31/12/14: A special Flight of Ideas track posted – The last Flight. This is the full, unedited final Flight performed in NYC by Philip Lorelle, Arnaud Ivan Sponar, Raine Vivian & Tomaso.
29/12/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Brick wall. None shall pass.
27/12/14: SEMITONAL has reached 200 Twitter followers. A good start... thanks to all who have tuned in so far. Keep in touch with music updates and random musings by following @semitonaltweets
21/12/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Myriad. Six clips, six different ways...
14/12/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Happy? Raine hates it.
07/12/14: So and slow and so it grows... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Becoming – featuring Raine Vivian's hallmark space guitar. Interesting how this one builds...
30/11/14: Heavy syncopation... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Hover.
23/11/14: Furious scratching from Phil Lorelle over a punk push-pull rhythm on this latest Flight of Ideas track – Atom. PLAY LOUD!
16/11/14: Flight of Ideas welcomes David Pybas to the fold. New Flight posted – Shifts – boasting no less than six clips.
09/11/14: "Another full Flight you've got me into…" – Circling. Chiming chords hover above a relentless groove.
02/11/14: Back in London. And to celebrate, a full Flight… One. A gutsy groove with seamless scratching and sinister guitar. PLAY LOUD!
19/10/14: The last post from NYC. The Daddy of all Flights… Oblivion. No idea what was happening in the room, but it was dark dark dark. PLAY LOUD!
12/10/14: A searing guitar groove... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Wah.
07/10/14: Page created for the Semitonal soundtrack – Strokes.
05/10/14: Upwards into dissonance... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Lifted.
27/09/14: Another hugely enjoyable session mastering sound clips with Jon Jetter at Right Angle Recording. Great to hang out with him and his toys again. And a chance to take elevator portraits.
26/09/14: So Raine Vivian had the crazy notion that we should play a largely-improvised Flight of Ideas show in NY before I head back to the UK in October. Obviously, we agreed. First rehearsal session at Smash Studios is sounding good. Stay tuned for details...
14/09/14: A distorted trashpunk groove for Sunday... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Start.
09/09/14: The Semitonal soundtrack – Strokes – to a short film about a mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is now live on youtube. Thanks to Kirsten Risko for trusting me with it – I loved putting this together.
31/08/14: A slow, dark groove for a sunny day... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Zero.
24/08/14: Straight outta NOLA… Voodoo meets B52s. New Flight of Ideas track posted – Tilting.
17/08/14: A dark groove for an overcast day... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Lurking.
13/08/14: Working on a Semitonal commission for a short video soundtrack in one day. Never done one before, so this should be interesting...
08/08/14: Flight of Ideas is now ranked #2 on its Reverbnation chart. If you haven't got round to supporting us there, now would be a good time… Cheers! Flight of Ideas on Reverbnation.
03/08/14: Unshakeable groove… PLAY LOUD! New Flight of Ideas track posted – Breakthrough.
27/07/14: First flight on fretless bass... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Solitude. Spooky piano courtesy of Phil Lorelle.
24/07/14: A Happy Mick Karn Day to you all… Plaster the magic tongue.
13/07/14: Darkly uplifting… New Flight of Ideas track posted – Burst.
06/07/14: A pounding post-punk soundscape… New Flight of Ideas track posted – Turn.
29/06/14: Shades of PiL on this one… New Flight of Ideas track posted – Spy drone.
22/06/14: Soundtrack to a Sunday slo-mo fight scene… New Flight of Ideas track posted – Bad blood.
15/06/14: Time to get ethereal... New Flight of Ideas track posted – Ghosts. And all the clips are the same length. Spooky.
08/06/14: The Semitonal LUCKLESS remix of 'Just my luck' by Raine Vivian is finally finished. My first ever full mix, and it felt like it... so much learning along the way, and SO many tweaks. Am pleased with the result, though. Should be out early next year as part of Raine's 'Tied up' EP. Teaser clip here – Luckless. On to a remix of the same track by The Swing now... serious masochism.
08/06/14: Something dubby for a sunny Sunday. New Flight of Ideas track posted – Bud.
01/06/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Motion – featuring Phil doing two things at once.
25/05/14: It's my birthday. Yay. Thanks to all who have supported the projects so far… here is a full return Flight. Exactly half of a jam. Fresh from Friday. Enjoy. Cheers! – Birthday.
18/05/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Backward pull.
11/05/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Skyline.
04/05/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Hostage.
04/05/14: Second seven-hour session with Jon Jetter at Right Angle Recording. Polished audio clips for all 3 projects now ready to roll…
27/04/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Open.
20/04/14: Successful seven-hour Easter session balancing audio clips for the site. Thanks to the supremely patient Jon Jetter at Right Angle Recording in Chelsea for his sterling work so far.
20/04/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Underbelly.
13/04/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Skypointing.
06/04/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Angels.
30/03/14: First clip posted from the Semitonal project… Forever (home demo).
30/03/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – New.
23/03/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Healing.
09/03/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Abandoned.
08/03/14: Closing in on the Semitonal remix for Raine Vivian's forthcoming EP. First clips from the Semitonal project hopefully up next…
07/03/14: A personal favourite. New Flight of Ideas track posted – Swagger.
03/03/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Regret.
02/03/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Muscle.
12/02/14: Coffee break with Raine Vivian at The Bunker Studio, December 2013 (Arnaud Ivan Sponar through the looking glass). And the Bass Station set up and ready to roll...
09/02/14: Busy Busy Busy… SEMITONAL Twitter feed up and running… @semitonaltweets.
02/02/14: Soundcloud stream set up for SEMITONAL projects… SEMITONAL.
01/02/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Aluminarium.
01/02/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Mean.
01/02/14: New track by The Swing posted – Home (Doghouse demo).
01/02/14: New Flight of Ideas track posted – Pulaski Skyway.
01/02/14: New track by The Swing posted – Serotonin (Doghouse demo). Featuring drums and samples by Paul Ashby.
31/01/14: New studio monitors. Yay.
19/01/14: Currently beginning work on a Semitonal remix of the Raine Vivian track 'Just my luck'. This will appear on the 'Tied up' EP, alongside a Goodbye Ivan remix of 'Never be enough'. More to follow...
14/12/13: Late-night recording session at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. I will be playing bass on tracks for the forthcoming Raine Vivian 'Tied Up' EP, with Arnaud Ivan Sponar on drums. Vince Rose will be shooting rehearsal and studio footage.
09/12/13: Live bass duties for Raine Vivian at Spike Hill, Brooklyn. Stage time is 10:00. Apparently.
07/12/13: Band Beers following rehearsal for upcoming shows. Photo courtesy of taskmaster Raine Vivian.