Saturday, 12 November 2011

new music abounds

it's been a little while since I've had the opportunity to post anything here but I have 5 minutes spare so here goes.

been a turbulent couple of months here. After all the health issues I had last year it was my partners turn this year. It's been a shitty time (for her especially) but she's on the up at the moment.

there's a new issue of Wonderful Wooden Reasons finally gone online. The zine is by far the most time consuming of my hobbies and so it's the one that suffers whenever things go skewiff. I'm going to try and get a few more smaller postings done before the end of the year.

my main mission for this year is to do more with Quiet World. It's off to a good start. three new releases in the last 2 months by myself, Sujo and Susan Matthews. there are loads more lined up but i'm not going to jinx them by mentioning any names until i have the music in my hand.

each release is limited to 50 copies with a signed and numbered QW card. they look real nice and everyone has brought their 'A' game.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


hi folks

The start of the new academic year is rapidly approaching so I'm starting to slide back into work mode and getting as much of my prep done as i can. Several new classes again this year plus the 2nd year of my course (on top of my actual job and the extra classes I took on last year) means I'm going to be pretty busy for the next 30 odd weeks.

As if this wasn't enough there are some fun things in the pipeline for Quiet World. We have a series of new releases lined up by some old friends of QW and some new.

I was kindly asked this week if I'd contribute a label mix to the Exotic Pylon radio show which of course I'm flattered and honoured to do. I spent the other night trying things out and I'm pretty happy with the final result. The only obvious problem is that finances and my DIY ethic have dictated that QW has always been essentially a bit of a vanity project so the mix has ended up looking a tad egocentric but in that sense it does reflect the label I suppose. I'll pass on more info about this when I know it but i really do recommend hitting the link and having a look around. If nothing else go and score some downloads of their magnificent Weird Tales for Winter series, the one by Advisory Circle and Moon Wiring Club is my absolute favourite. The music by Jon Brooks is just sublime.

Also, as I mentioned on the news page over on I've now created a page on the site for all the videos people have made for us over the years. the direct link is here.
Make sure you check out the two Aurarora videos (I'm not posting them here as they are widescreen and blogger cuts the right hand side off). They are 2 thirds of an, as yet, unfinished triptych of videos exploring the ecology (both natural and not) of this area. Hopefully the third will see the light of day sometime but it won't be anytime soon.

should be another new issue of Wonderful Wooden Reasons online this weekend too.


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

no more classes

for the next two months.

As of today I am officially on holiday until September. That doesn't mean I've no work on - i have plenty - but it does mean I've got time to relax a bit, go for some walks, read some books and write some reviews.

huge apologies to everyone with regard to WWR this last year but this new job brought with it a whole host of responsibilities and headaches and I knew it would screw with parts of my life but it also brought with it extra cash. I'm not money motivated but the last few years have been difficult here so this was a much needed boost. The next year will be just as busy as the last but hopefully having done it for a year I'll be more prepared for it.

I've already sketched out a few reviews and will spend the next week listening and scribbling furiously. Expect a new issue probably on the weekend of the 23rd of this month.


Friday, 20 May 2011

A Slow Feather Falls

Out today - to mellow you all out for the rapture - is the new album from myself and Banks Bailey.

It's available as a download from bandcamp or on CD-R from

hope you dig it.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Phantasms II

Out today is the next in my series of releases inspired by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
As with the first volume, Phantasms II is a series of electronic miniatures designed as incidental music for an imaginary television show.

I hope you dig it.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Silent Spring

After keeping a fairly low profile for most of last year the releases are now coming thick and fast from me.

In addition to the release on Phonospheric that I mentioned earlier I have another out today on Northampton label Dark Meadow Recordings.

It's another slow drone piece but with significantly less isolationist tendencies than the other one.

you can buy a physical copy directly from the label for a teeny £2

or you can click the blue dot underneath the album and download it for free

Friday, 4 March 2011

Quietude #3

the new Quiet World Radio mixcloud is now up.

Wonderful Wooden Reasons #38

issue 38 is now online at the usual places...



both of those have the mixcloud attached but it's also below

the new (shorter as it's now fortnightly) issue features reviews of...

Chemins - impasse #1
Glowing Pixie & Ghoul Detail - split
The Infant Cycle - Plays Fender Bass Guitars and Birdcages of Unknown Origin
Kaeba - Ianurek 5.0 X 100
Andrea Marruti & Fausto Balbo - Detrimental Dialogue
Olekranon - {bilal}
The Stinking Badger - Chunx Volume 1 1990-1997

hope you enjoy.

'Passing Through Occasionally'

I said at the beginning of the year that it was gong to be a busy year for me well I have a new album available via my good friend Adrian Shenton's Phonospheric label.

It's called 'Passing Through Occasionally' and it's a long slow sleepy drone piece.
here's the cover...

and here's an extract...

Ian Holloway - Passing Through Occasionally clip by Phonospheric

Some of you may remember Adrian from his Measuring of Moments cd I put out on Quiet World the other year, Phonospheric is his label.
he's already put out one cd of his own music and as of today he has another available too called Slowtime. Adrian sent me an advance copy the other month and it's really a rather fab set of clean, bright ambient pieces. well worth a listen.

more soon

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Wonderful Wooden Reasons #37

After a 4 month hiatus the new issue of Wonderful Wooden Reasons (#37) is now online.

This'll be the last of these long issues because as of #38 I'm moving to a more me friendly format of smaller issues on a more regular fortnightly schedule.

in the meantime. the new issue is here and (for those of you still using the hellhole that is myspace) here.

if you just want to listen then the mixcloud is below.

this issue features an eclectic mix of drone, noise, free jazz, freak folk, shoegazer and plain old strangeness.

reviews of...

Banks Bailey - Upwelling
Albert Beger Electroacoustic Band - Peacemaker
derschlaeger - Blogs
Giant Bears - Whisper in the Hollows
Daniel Jones – MTT
Ian Middleton - Aural Spaces Versions
Yui Onodera & Celer - Generic City
Orchestramaxfieldparrish - Crossing of Shadows
The Raw Men Empire - Elodie
Colin Andrew Sheffield – Signatures
Matt Shoemaker - Soundtrack for Dislocation
Philip Sulidae - Banish
Tomo - Butterfly Dream and Other Guitar Works
Various - Underwater Noises
Simon Whetham & Paul Khimasia Morgan - The Grey Area

hope you find something worth exploring further.

Friday, 18 February 2011


Spent a very productive morning making a contribution for Shaun Blezzard's Cumbria Remixed: Lanternhouse project. I'm pretty pleased with the finished result it's nice a mellow with a little bit of an uncomfortable vibe to it. I only sent it off (digitally) to Shaun at lunch time today so I doubt he's got to hear it yet.
Also been working on the second of the Quiet World radio mixes (which will be called Quietude from this point on) - the first is below in case you'd like to hear it. the second will go live on sunday.
The idea of these is to alternate them with the now fortnightly Wonderful Wooden Reasons mixes and zine. It's a chance to put some of the other music i listen to that doesn't necessarily get a chance to be featured in the WWR ones.
hope you dig it.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

new music

I'm ridiculously busy at the moment. My new job and the course I'm enrolled on are keeping me up to my eyeballs in work.

i have had the gaze of a muse upon me the last few days though and have put the finishing touches to 2 long form drone pieces. I've no idea what I'm going to do with them - they'll probably sit on my hard-drive for the next year or so until i have the time to make them available.

I've also been working on some tunes for the next in the Phantasms series. it's a very different discipline working with such small time frames but it's good fun. their main appeal is that i can work on them for 10 minutes - feel I've done something productive (life wise) and then go back refreshed to doing something productive (work wise).

There will be two releases from me soon. The next month or so will see the release of A Slow Feather Falls on my own Quiet World label. ASFF is a collaboration with one of my regular musical partners field recordist Banks Bailey.

Also in the immediate future is a release on Adrian Shenton's Phonospheric label called 'Passing Through Occasionally'. I'll not be getting any spare copies of this so please check with Adrian if you'd like one.

Wonderful Wooden Reasons is currently backlogged but progressing. I may possibly adopt the blog format for the foreseeable future until my workload decreases.