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IN THE BEGINNING
I was born in Oxford, the youngest of three children. My father ran his own successful pharmacy while my mother kept house. I had a carefree childhood with endless summers full of chasing through the woods and days on the river. The very stuff of Boys Own.I enjoyed school and was particularly proud to attend Oxford Boys with it’s sense of tradition and mythical former pupil T.E Lawrence. Better known as Lawrence Of Arabia. It was there that my interest in music and the arts first started to bloom.
SCHOOL BAND TO PRODUCER
I started my musical life in a synthy duo but quickly traded it in for a place playing keyboards in a psychedelic rock band. We all lived together, partied together and toured, toured, toured. Carefree times in a battered old mini van when we felt we could conquer the world. However it couldn’t last and I headed for London looking for a job in a recording studio. I had no real idea of what I wanted, I just knew I was in love with all the toys and the studio was the only place I wanted to be.I took the usual route of Tape-op to Engineer and then onto Producing and once again making written contributions and recording as an artist. I have had the privilege of working with a few of the world’s greatest musicians and have recorded everybody from the fantastically famous to the obscure and sometimes bloody awful. Coffee adverts, film soundtracks, electro, ambient, rock, jazz and back again. Remixes, concept albums, pushy Japanese executive producers, and every station in between.After a few years the dream started to fall apart for me and I knew it was a time for a change. Work was no problem as my management kept me supplied with things to do and I’d reached a point where I no longer had to be based in London to work, but it just wasn’t the same anymore and so I quit. Back then the last bit of commercial work I did was a remix for Tony Banks from Genesis.More than ten years past and it wasn’t until my fourteen year old son started to ask about the framed discs hanging on the wall or what dad had done for a job before that I started to think about all my old gear in storage in the cellar. I dragged it out and after playing around for a few weeks was surprised to find out that I was enjoying myself, and that it was so easy to start writing again. Maybe I had something to say after all and the ideas just started to spill out. Since then I have recorded and released seven original albums, two live double albums, and a film soundtrack. As well as performing live at festivals across Europe. I’ve also produced, mixed, remixed and mastered for other artists, and along with afp and performing live with my life partner Ashka. I’ve also formed the new band Sedibus together with Lx Paterson from the Orb.
The first release on Orbscure Recordings is Sedibus ‘The Heavens’, released 28th May, an astonishing collaboration between Alex and original Orb member Andy Falconer who engineered/co-wrote the ambient sides of the ‘Ultraworld’ album back in 1991. 30 years have passed since that seminal release when the two were last in the studio together.An original deep space mission, ‘The Heavens’ imbues 30 years of experience, skill and insight. “Organic in feel and clearly referencing our shared roots, ‘The Heavens’ is an immersive journey of ambient electronica which not only references a source, but the distance travelled from that point of origin to something new,” says Andy.From the euphonious soundscapes of ‘Afterlife Aftershave’ and the pulsating textures of ‘TOI 1338b, to the irresistible beats and bombastic piano of ‘Unknowable’ and immersive deep ambiance of ‘Papillions’, ‘The Heavens’ sets the benchmark for an exciting new future for Orbscure Recordings.
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