Inspired by a visit to the awe-inspiring Emley Moor mast, this album celebrates television masts and the landscapes they inhabit, plus the music of testcards and the mysterious test transmissions and tuning signals that went out during the days when television didn't have programmes all day. It's a mix of processed field recordings, sounds recovered from alpha seven's cassette library and both real and virtual synthesisers, custom built for the project.
Greenwich Light Vessel is ambient (in places), electronic, atmospheric. It mixes contemporary recording software with vintage electronics - old synths, drum machines, calculators, noise, radios and a dishwasher. Part experimental, part melodic soundtrack.
SPACE was inspired by the SPACE AGE exhibition - organised by the V&A Museum of childhood which toured the UK in 2008. It was played in the gallery space during its time at Sheffield's Weston Park museum and is a mix of spacey, sciency, sci-fi theme music and background sound effects for imaginary television, film or radio series.
Think - Sputnik, Space Patrol, Tomorrow's World. In the 1960s people thought we'd be living on the moon by now. This album echoes the bleepy hopes of those days - 14 tracks in all with a mix of music, melody and atmosphere.
Ok, so we're not living on the moon but fortunately there's still awe-inspiring, seriously cool, futuristic stuff about, such as the Lovell telescope at Jodrell bank. Not enough songs get written about radio telescopes.Available on Spotify / Apple Music etc
The follow-up to Great Lift Journeys of Norwich was released through Peoplesound.com (anyone remember that?) Feedback was good but the project wasn't a great success.
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Inspired by an encounter with a talking lift, ambient Djs Reg Tubby and Alpha Seven hit on the idea of recording them and mixing them in between tracks in their SOFA nights - an ambient club night that ran in various venues in Norwich in the mid to late nineties.
Pete released Great Lift Journeys of Norwich at the start of 1997. It did feature lift recordings although the media got the wrong end of the stick. There followed a bizarre week of national media coverage, finishing with an appearance on the Today programme with Anna Ford.
Later on the CD got some Radio 1 airplay from John Peel and Mark and Lard.
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And the journo from Elevator World magazine seemed to like it too.
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