In 2018 I had an idea to write an album of intimate electronic chamber pieces for my Minimoog Model D, upright piano and drum machines. Music that is designed to be played in an art gallery or a small auditorium rather than a large venue at a loud volume. I wanted it to be evocative, interesting, dark but not overly emotional. I wanted to push myself into a more geometric and experimental way of writing that explores long, meandering themes, random patterns, fluid time signatures and unexpected angular chord progressions. I also wanted to look to the past to a more traditional way of presenting and composing electronic music…with strong memorable themes, classical forms, arpeggiators, pure unadulterated oscillators and the rhythm track, which is normally placed in the centre of the mix, to be pushed off to the left hand side as Bowie did in Space Oddity. I wanted a rough but restrained analogue sound whose centre piece was the beautiful Minimoog Model D over the top of an accompanying 1908 upright piano.
Piano & Electronics will launch on iTunes and Spotify in early December.