ORE’s new album BELATEDLY signed to Box Records

It brings us great pleasure to announce that our latest album Belatedly will be released on Box Records in November.

Yep, that’s a little way off but we just had to let you know now as we are so pleased to have found such a great label to partner with. It will be released as a double LP (and download) to reflect the split between the two sides. The artwork and mastering are underway and we are working hard behind the scenes to bring you something special.

ORE is delighted with the album and believes Box Records is the ideal label partner to deliver it. More information as it arises but for now, check out the preview below.


Belatedly is a split album featuring five Native (ORE only) tracks on Side One and five Compound (ORE and collaborators) tracks on Side Two. I am delighted to announce that previous ORE collaborator Kazuyuki Kishino (KK NULL) has laid down a typically rich contribution, with other collaborators including oud player Khyam Allami, trombonist Sophie Cooper, contra-bassoonist Thomas Stone and baritone horn player Beck Baker. A heady mix!

The title is derived from the fact that I failed to complete this album the first time around. I started it in late 2014 when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer but failed to complete it before his death 8 months later. I subsequently aimed to complete it but found that too hard…so had to start the whole thing afresh. This is now ready, Belatedly.

Thank you to everyone involved with this album to date, whether as a musician, artist, or just through making suggestions for who might sign it etc.
Your support is greatly appreciated.

ORE/KK NULL Re-issue and ALL OF ORE!

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!

Bubbling under


A brief update from the land of ORE…

New ORE Album

Working title Michael

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.


I was recently asked to take part in an international collaborative piece by composer and lead vocalist/bassist with OBLIVION, Nick Vasallo.

I was delighted to hear / see the results.



I have formed a new trio with turntable-fiddler Graham Dunning and saxophonist Colin Webster, called DunningWebsterUnderwood.

We have our début album “Bleed” in the can and are looking for labels at present.
Here is a taster…

Tarnlavadust by DunningWebsterUnderwood


Recording the new album

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!

Day 7 – our final day with Alex.

We made it! Seven days of intense collaboration and exploration, culminating in a gig at The Cube Cinema in Bristol. We decided to give our lips a rest all day until the evening of our gig, so day seven was all about our final gig with Alex.

Following on from a storming set by Anta was interesting. We have been developing our live sound over recent weeks and had decided to play our gig at The Cube quietly, acoustically + some amplified reinforcement. It’s a small venue and we wanted to keep the sound of our instruments as pure as possible. Anta and the other acts on the night were pretty loud so it was interesting to hear the juxtaposition.

We enjoyed playing very much and appreciated the warm response to our set. As usual we were playing around a structure, according to how Stuart conducted proceedings. This always makes for a fresh experience but I didn’t think he’d actually make us play THAT COVER!?

Despite a mess up on the audio recording, the whole thing was filmed.

Thanks to everyone that made it down to see us.


Our week with Alex brought a lot of stuff into sharp focus for us. We have plenty to reflect and build on. We are going back into our bunker for a bit now to write and develop some stuff, and to plan the next stage of ORE.

Day 1

As mentioned in a previous blog post ORE are currently taking a week to explore ideas with contrabass clarinet player Alex Sramek, culminating in our performance together at The Cube Cinema in Bristol on Saturday the 25th.

We aim to keep putting snippets up here and there. Today, an excerpt from our dabblings with Seven Angels by Earth. This was only the second piece we have ever played together and also only the second time ORE have covered this tune. Our day with Alex started well though, with an EPIC fifty minute improvised set that included our new tune “Morton” along the way.

For those of you who can’t make the Bristol gig, keep the evening of Thursday the 23rd free for some improvised group drone in Birmingham. All will be revealed soon.

Tomorrow we are joined by David Morton, for some proper recording. Enjoy!

AUDIO: ORE – Demo, acoustic recording of Seven Angels by Earth(excerpt)

Stuart notating the piece for Alex: