Air belongs to the environmental series. The album is incredibly personal, as it’s a replication of the tinnitus sounds that I initially experienced when I was first struck down with this condition. The sounds represent being alone on a lighthouse in the middle of the cold winter’s dark ocean, with bells striking a clock tower at the top of the building, waves crashing around, wind howling and gusting uncontrollably. The knocking sounds of metal rigging hitting the flagpole and birds making screeching noises as they summon the energy to leave the desolate platform on which I am forced to stay.
Scary and harrowing I know, but time has softened those old tinnitus sounds via my own type of sound therapies. I’m able to reflect upon this experience and use these strange mystical noises to create a new and exciting canvas of mind environments that help combat (if used correctly) the over stimulation of the mind. I’m delivering tinnitus back to tinnitus, thus eventually dulling and quietening the relentless and maddening tones and finally allowing the tinnitus sufferer to make friends with that person (they used to know) again”
Fire is a beautifully simmering, bubbling and warming piece of music that instantly charms my well-being and puts me at peace with my senses and surroundings. Different open fires were recorded in the wintertime on the Isle of Wight. I went to several public houses in the evening to drink hot chocolate by the fire place, whilst putting my portable tape recorder nearby and keeping the record button on all night. I could get the many sounds associated with fire, burning embers, sizzling sap as the wood heats up, crackling of the coal, the striking of a match, the incredible power of the spits of the red cedar as it is newly presented to the fire, and lastly (and my favourite) the roaring sound when the fire hits its optimal peak. Heat, light and sound, the three dimensions that I’m faithfully trying to capture.
In addition, Cicadas were recorded in Cuba, on the edge of a rain forest. I also recorded the bubbling and boiling of water to give the feeling of a soft, volcanic style therapy. The groove is as warm as the fire and the piano sound is designed to feel like it is symmetrically and sonically linked with the delicate spitting sounds and popping of the fresh wood that has been newly placed into the furnace. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
I must confess to having an almost paternal fondness for the ‘Earth’ tune. (HEY! it’s Mother Earth in all its glory)
At the very beginning of being in this overabundance of nature, the birds in the forest are happy and vibrant and seem to almost resonate with the burst of colours that only early summer can produce.
The forest is dense and full of intense and alluring shapes and smells. The sound of walking over decaying rotten wood and the detritus of the past winter under the soles of my boots provide my ‘woody groove’ and initial backing track.
The forest sings its own song and the recital that I’m being treated to today, sounds like an imagined choir of old past spiritual forest dwellers and animals uniting in another time, dancing and singing in the woodland. Two European figures blissfully walk past, talking their talk with their magnificently eloquent colloquial tongues. I have to capture this sound.
For a minute I am totally in sync with this sonic majesty that I find myself in the company of.
In that moment I feel incredibly comfortable to share with you these celestial imagined creatures and the exotic noises associated with this experience.
I have to hurry home and record these sounds that I’ve been lucky enough to gather and put into my sonic duffel bag.
I am not at peace and feel restless until I can empty its contents into my sound studio.
This piece of music was the beginning of a fortuitous experiment, resulting in the discovery of making tinnitus sound therapy music, ‘mind environments’ and the subsequent birth of T- Minus.
I was commissioned to make music for an event involving an esteemed gathering of esoteric minds coming together for an evening in my local library, with the culmination of the night being a guided meditation!
I was instructed to use natural sounds from my surroundings and to use this magnificent exotic instrument: the crystal harp.
I finished the work I was commissioned to do but could not leave these illustrious tones and frequencies alone. For some reason, I kept this music on my mixing board and every day I started adding my own sounds and creative musical thoughts to the track.
I found this music so alluring and deeply evocative and most importantly, I had discovered a brand-new way to create music for people living with tinnitus. These particular naturally found sounds were recorded in my hometown of Ryde (Isle of Wight). I live by the ocean and have a harbour nearby surrounded by various types of nature.
From migrating birds to gently lapping seas, to the sound of Rooks distracting the Buzzards from stealing their food, I found everything that I needed within two miles of my house and recording studio.