Friday, 30 April 2010

Big Big Train

Big Big Train:- (L to R)  Dave Gregory, Greg Spawton, Andy Poole
                                     & David Longdon

Photograph by Amy Mumford 

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Master of Time Pt. 2

I've added the banjo, church organ and swift analogue synthesiser to Master of Time. I've also done a flute solo to link the harmonium part into the quick synth section.

The audio files are separated and they'll soon be off down to The Poole in Bournemouth to be added into protools.

I used the verse melody from The Wide Open Sea on the end section of Master of Time. played as a string line, to link it in with the e.p theme.

And finally...

edited images from our ss Great Britain photo shoot have been sent to Greg and Andy, so once we've decided which ones to go with, new pictures of BBT will shortly be appearing on our various sites.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Master of Time

Yesterday I received a rough mix from Greg and Andy of our version of Anthony Philips excellent Master of Time. The lead and backing vocals along with Fat Billy Shouts Mine (see excerpt Fat Billy Shouts Mine Taster) were recorded at the close of The Underfall Yard tracking sessions back in the summer of 2009.

So far I've added a music box accompaniment to go with Greg's beautiful guitar introduction and some church organ at the end of the choruses. I'm thinking of using a banjo in the bridge and adding some rampant analogue synthesiser when it all kicks off later in the arrangement.

The song is a demo featured on the remastered and expanded version of Anthony's The Geese and the Ghost album. If you've not heard it, it's well worth listening to.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

SS Great Britain, Gregsy & the XL XL Train

Thanks to the digital ingenuity of Mr. Gregory Spawton and his Camera Obscura, Amy and I have been processing images both collectively and also individually from our (BBT's) and Mr Dave Gregory's  recent photographic shoot aboard the good ship ss Great Britain currently harboured in the most resplendent Bristol docks area. The i-photo is working overtime and to quote the great Captain Beefheart  "it's the best batch yet!"

Enjoying this whole blogging thing............... although,  admittedly...... it's still early days yet

Bon Nuit

Sleep tight

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Feeding the tortoise

Okay, now that I'm getting the hang of this blogging malarkey, I thought I'd feed the tortoise and have another go at it

All concerned at BBT: Central Station are busy writing, arranging and doing lots of pre-production to material that will be featured on our new e.p which will be released later on this year. The new material is not intended to be the follow up to The Underfall Yard (English Electric will address that particular chestnut) it's been about us exploring writing together and reaching out into some unexpected areas.

Greg and Andy have really welcomed me into the fold since joining the band back in January 2009 and it's been a natural progression... no pun intended.

The great thing is,  it's only the beginning

Is there anybody out there?

Hello and welcome to my blog

Frustrated as I am with The Book of Space and My Face, I've decided to try out the blog option. I hope I will find it within me to be diligent and feed it it regularly like a much loved tortoise. Time will tell.

I'll also comment upon developments aboard the Big Big Train and I'll pontificate on my solo work and future collaborations

Shall we commence?