It is with great pleasure that we bring you our second outing Golden Pavilion. It is a very different beast from our first album, Ylem, though it has one or two sonic similarities. It also features the same team of artists and musicians, supplemented by two new co-conspirators.
We never like to describe our music too much as the listener's reaction is what counts. That said, perhaps some context is useful. We think that Golden Pavilion has a much larger palette, very far-reaching ambitions, is emotionally engaging (sometimes frightening in content), and is a richly complex work with a modern classical structure. We also think that it sounds totally unique whilst still referencing many musical influences: Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Steve Reich, found sound and world music (especially gamelan music) from many cultures and Japanese religious music to name a few.
Golden Pavilion is intended to sound like a fragment of a civilisation, a religious ceremonial soundscape from a long lost fictional civilisation that might have borne some similarity to Japan, Tibet, Nepal or Indonesia: a fictional anthropological field recording.
The initial spark of an idea for this work came from watching the truly wonderful BBC documentary The Lost World of Tibet .
We are so proud of this piece and we hope you like it as much as we do.
If you like what you hear on this album, we also recorded a bunch of extra tracks which we couldn't include on the CD. You can download it for free from:
released December 30, 2016
Neil Johnstone: synthesizers, field recordings, soundscapes
Robert Baldock: synthesizers, shortwave radio manipulation, digital percussion
Emma Bowen: ektara, pungi, zither
Peter Deane: guitar, guitar effects
Nick Pilcher: piano, keyboards
Cover art: Neil Johnstone and Jesse Blakely
Mastered by Richard Edwards