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June 2018
“Alchemist” - further forays into nearly beatless ambient is about to be released on my Bandcamp page - presumably to yet more apathy and general ambivalence. Personally I’m not that bothered any more - I’d rather folk had the chance to hear it, instead of leaving it all gathering dust.

December 2017
“Grains” - my latest ambient release is available on Bandcamp. Featuring further explorations into modular synthesis.

June 2017
Well, well - it would appear to be that time again. “Fragments of Modern Life” my latest ambient album is virtually complete; and is just in the final listening and artwork phase before being uploaded to Bandcamp. I’m expecting to have it released by the end of the month.

January 2017
Happy New Year! Here’s a 60-minute live ambient jam created on my modular:
For those who seek such knowledge, the following devices were used:
Sound sources:
Omsonic RNO, Mobenthey Denum, Mutable Instruments Elements, 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator, Waldorf NW1, Doepfer A-110-4, Synthesis Technology E350, Blue Lantern Synth X, Music Thing Modular Radio Music.
Sound Shaping & Modulation:
MI Warps, Branches & Clouds, Omsonic VCF-1, Rossum Evolution, Make Noise Wiard Wogglebug, MN Function, NLC Timbre!,Doepfer A-171-2 plus lots of LFO's.
Clocks & Quantising:
av500 Euclidean Circles, Music Thing Turing Machine, Doepfer A-156, Ladik R-120.

December 2016
“Alive in the Company of Ghosts”. Ambient soundscapes, techno beats and dubby basslines.
90% of this album was performed on Eurorack modular - only the drums, percussion and sequenced basslines are from other sources.
Tracks 2 to 7 were recorded live in one take with no overdubs - no computers were used in the musical performance, it's all hardware.

September 2016
I’ve spent the last six months getting into modular synths - here is the new home for some of my self-playing “Krell” style patches.

July 2016
Lava Lamp - the new EP from Heavy Relic is released today, 1/7/2016. A 30-minute, four-track collection of instrumental heavy-psych / stoner rock / weirdness.

May 2016
A free bonus from the Low Earth Orbit sessions - Return Trip, a continuous 60 minute piece. Partly inspired by the work I did on the Train Klang album for Steve Palmer, I wasn’t happy with any of the edits I did to try and fit it on L.E.O. so here it is in all its overblown, extravagance.
Have a good trip.

April 2016
Low Earth Orbit is now available on Bandcamp
My first ambient album since Circles of Silence in 2011 has been completed and is currently being washed, polished and generally fettled with prior to its official release on April 23rd.

On a downside, I’ve fallen out with YouTube so have deleted my account. Any videos hosted there have been deleted, however I may post them on here at some point.
December 2015
Damn, Lemmy is dead. - I love Motorhead. By way of a small tribute to the bass monster, Heavy Relic have covered “Capricorn”; you’ll only find it here  for the moment.

September 2015
It’s Heavy Relic time again! The fourth HR album, “Go Forth” is now available via Bandcamp http://heavyrelic.bandcamp.com/ Another hour of instrumental, psychedelic riffage for your aural pleasure.

The Zodiac Wheel Bandcamp page has been shelved as it was doing nothing, videos will still feature on YouTube though.

February 2015
Ten years ago I put out an album under the “Zodiac Wheel” moniker, which was a collection of my techno tracks.
Unfortunately it sank without trace, never to be seen again :)
However, I feel it’s about time I resurrected the Zodiac Wheel name as I’ve been beavering away on a whole bunch of acid house / techno tracks for a while now. It feels like the time is right to throw them out there and see what happens.

November 2014
Heavy Relic 3 has been completed and is now available for download via Bandcamp http://heavyrelic.bandcamp.com/
This particular musical direction is quite enjoyable for me at the moment, and it has certainly brought a whole new audience.
On the downside of course, I expect to be hassling more sites hosting illegal downloads of the album; one of the “joys” of releasing music I suppose.

February 2014
Well folks, the second Heavy Relic album has arrived. Predictably titled “2” it features eight more instrumental heavy tracks that you can zone out to. Check it out here: http://heavyrelic.bandcamp.com/
Within eight hours of release it has its first review, which you can read here: http://www.stonerobixxx.net/blog/heavy-relic-2