While playing baritone guitar in a doom band, Tetragrammaton, i became obsessed with the meditative power of fuzz bass tones. I wanted to use rock chord progressions and riffs and make them have the same effect as ambient drone music.
This album is completely over blown and extravagant; very slow, very long, while also trying to break the boundaries of the genres of ‘drone’ and ‘doom’. I set out to make four strict compositions that were powerful and crushing like Sunn 0))), but didn’t look to the past or to death. Instead it would be cosmic and exploratory, looking out to space and the future, and blur the boundary between intense slow riffing and the sci fi deep space ambiance of Tangerine Dream.
Space exploration has a double meaning, because of my fixation with goofy futuristic sci fi, and because of the way that drone music explores the space surrounding the listener. The title plays on this. An astroid is a type of curve with four cusps. It comes from the Greek word for star.
As you can see in the pictures, each case is unique.
Flight- Flight 1 CDR
This is the first album of my live project at the moment. Its four tracks of strict drone compositions. Each contains just one chord made from multi layering carefully tuned guitar, baritone and bass drones. I wanted to explore the possibilities of one chord within each peice, but with the application of a strict set of composition rules. Despite starting out like the project was going to be ambient, it turned out to be really powerful, and heavy. To honour this, I use as much ampage as possible live! I hadn’t heard of Pauline Oliveros when I started the project, but I would certainly apply the term deep listening to it now.
Since the start of both Flight and Astroid projects, the two have been twinned: Drone based, they both have a four piece structure and were made at roughly the same time. So I thought they should share a similar sleeve design and concept. Like Astroid, each case is unique.
Tetragrammaton- Cassette ep
Instrumental doom. This is a duo with Alastair Mitchell on drums and myself on baritone guitar. Born out of an ongoing obsession with Black Sabbath riffs, the main point was to play gigs, as loud and heavy as we could. Its suitably grotty and rough as metal should be, with great production by Leon Barnett aka Horatio Pollard.
Mecto- Dread and Dream CDR
Mecto was myself and Tracy Godding. It was an exciting experimental song writing collaboration, and about as close as I’ve come to making pop music. I think of Flying Saucer Attack, Black Dice, Galaxie 500, Aphex Twin, but with no attempt to sound from any other period but this one.
Grey and Green eps 3” CDRs
This is a concept from when I was first getting into progressive rock, and out of Post rock! I can sort of hear that in the music. The concept is not as much about the colours as it is about infinity. The first disc, Grey ends with the same music which Green begins with. Green then ends with the same music Grey starts with. Together they work pretty well as an album.
£7 for both