With the new album almost complete, I have been searching the archives in an attempt to raise some funds to avoid it costing me and arm and a leg to release. Hopefully I will find an appropriate label home for it and they will help with the costs of mastering / artwork / production / PR etc…but failing that this will fall to me.
So, I have – with the kind endorsement of those involved – re-issued the ORE/KKNULL 7″ entitled Components of Circulation / Dawn of Time. This is now available as a digital download via Bandcamp, alongside the original 7″ record. It’s a lovely release and any funds raised from its sale will help support the latest album.
I have also added ALL OF ORE to Bandcamp, which includes all ORE releases and merchandise to date, for the princely sum of £30! There are only 15 of these bundles available as that’s how many t-shirts there are left…and be quick because only the first two orders will come with the self-released ORE//KKNULL Archispirostreptus Gigas CDr – as there are only two copies left!
As a full-time artist, I rely on – and greatly appreciate – your support. More news on the new ORE alum soon!
The new ORE album – provisionally entitled Base – is coming along well and I have some exciting news to share about the approach/format.
The album will be split; one half featuring ORE only – Native – compositions and the other featuring collaborative – Compound – tracks. Each half will include five tracks and I am *delighted* to announce that the collaborating musicians on the Compound half are: Khyam Allami, Sophie Cooper, Thomas Stone, Beck Baker and regular ORE collaborator KK NULL.
It’s hard to say when the album will be finished exactly and what the plan is thereafter but please keep your eyes and ears open for further updates, demos and giveaways!
It’s over 18 months since my last blog post about ORE. In that blog post I stated that I was working on a new ORE album and that the working title was Michael. That was my father’s name and my intention was to complete the album before his death. Sadly this was not to be and much of the rest of the interim period was spent looking after him and dealing with the fallout relating to his death.
I tried to finish that album to no avail. I guess the emotional significance was too great. So, it was binned and I started from scratch a few months back. I am still at the stage of writing it at present; aside from some recording tests and building some interesting instruments to feature on it.
I am in the process of sorting a demo to approach labels with. I am all ears if anyone has any suggestions on this front.
Lastly, here is a tune that did get finished as part of that lost album…enjoy.
First and foremost, I have been working hard on the new ORE album, which is to be released later this year. This is proving a fairly lengthy process as it involves a number of collaborators; from other brass players to vocalists and the like. Here is a hint at the sort of thing to expect:
This track was recently played on BBC Radio 3, on Late Junction + cheekily on If Wet Radio, as part of our tuba show.
INCHES AWAY FROM FREEDOM by Nick Vasallo
I was recently asked to take part in an international collaborative piece by composer and lead vocalist/bassist with OBLIVION, Nick Vasallo.
After a period of reflection Stuart and I have decided to cease ORE as a duo project. This decision is predominantly Stuart’s as he plans to focus his attention on a number of other musical projects. It is with no hard feelings that we part ways as a tuba duo and we have no doubt we will work together again in future.
As well as working as Mr. Underwood and Glatze, Sam will continue to make tuba doom under the moniker ORE. This will most likely be in the form of tuba and other low brass/reed instruments, and as a studio project featuring electronics.
Stuart will continue to release collaborative drone-based studio projects as Lachenalia, as well as playing bass and tuba in Isle of Everywhere and returning to his explorations of English folk music under his own name. He will also be morris dancing.
We have had many wonderful times playing as ORE and we would like to thank everyone that has made this a possibility.
As a follow-up to the Stuart’s post yesterday I just wanted to give my take on the technical aspects of recording our third album…
The session we had over the weekend represents the achievement of a major goal for me. We just sat down in comfortable surroundings and recorded an album, without technology getting in the way. It has been a challenge achieving this; one which has required a substantial investment both financially and in terms of time refining techniques etc. In an odd way it was the fact that my studio downstairs got flooded late last year that drove us to a better solution for recording tubas. The ever knowledgeable David Morton had advised us on how to approach this but being forced upstairs (into a much taller space) led me to sort stuff out much more quickly. Plus the space has a better vibe, even if the soundproofing isn’t as good 😉
For now, my studio downstairs still remains unusable, which just makes the pleasure of what we achieved over the weekend even greater. We look forward to sharing the results with you!
We’ve been holed up at Sam’s studio this weekend recording the studio follow-up to Granolithic, with a working title of Three Fountains. The result of the sessions is a very different record from Granolithic – it certainly feels more focused, more varied, and for the first time there are guitars along with the tubas, organ and percussion.
Another break with existing ORE convention is that there are a couple of cover versions, both of which will be familiar to those of you who have seen us in concert a number of times. We’re paying our dues to two men who have been a massive influence on us, namely Dylan Carlson and Mark Hollis – the covers are Ouroboros is Broken by Earth, and I Believe in You by Talk Talk. In view of the latter it’s no coincidence that all of the improvised material on the album is the very first recorded take.
Aside from a medieval French tune, C’est La Fin, there are four original pieces, two of which are completely new; Beyond Tree and Stone from our first EP, and Morton from the live album Gullet are present in radically reworked forms.
We’re very excited about sharing this album – even at a rough mix stage we’re confident it’s the best thing we’ve done. Onwards!