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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 have attended Oxford Boys with it’s strong 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.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, but. After a few years the dream started to fall apart and I knew it was a time for a change. So I up rooted and moved to Germany. 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 any more 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 his 9 to 5. 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 nine original albums, five live albums (two double), five Remix/Mix albums, three EP’s, 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’m also part of the band Sedibus together with Lx Paterson from the Orb, with our début album The Heavens going straight into the UK Indie Charts at #10.
The new live album Cambra (plus) Live from Milliways is available Now on Bandcamp. Download your copy HERE
“The first LP had a great reception and sold so well I couldn’t even get a copy myself. Andy is brilliant at making ambient music, and working with him is always rewarding. We understand each other’s brains – it’s easy and organic - so doing another made total sense.SETI stands for Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, but it’s also something you sit on, to chill out, which is why the album contains a Three Piece Suite. This record is musical ambience, which is what we like to make, rather than drone ambience, which there’s a lot of these days.”Over email from his studio in Portugal, Falconer adds, “the first album The Heavens was very much a reflection of our shared roots, and in many ways saw Alex and I simply picking up where we'd left off 30 years ago with Ultraworld. For SETI, we still wanted to keep a connection to the sound of The Heavens, but to also crack open that musical mould and explore new ground. Part of that aspect was to further expand the use of acoustic instruments in both recognisable and processed form.
SCHOOL BAND TO PRODUCER
We've always been very much on the same page creatively and one of the great things with working with Alex is that nothing is out of bounds, and we've just continued to build on that solid relationship of trust and shared curiosity.”
The new album Extrapolated Memories Of Forgotten FilmsComing 23rd December via Bandcamp
While you’re at it. Why not get on over to Bandcamp and discover all my albums.