Field recording in a lockdown

It is oh so quiet.

I’ve started to hang a microphone out of my window to record this new environment. Make a document for future reference.

This is interesting because live in a tower block on Leicester inner ring road on the main pedestrian thoroughfare between the Railway Station and the city centre; and I’m on the Leicester University pub crawl route.

There is usually a lot of noise here with sirens, lorries, busses, car horns, boy racers, shouting, arguing, football chants and such like.

Not so recently.

Postponement (of everything) Due to Injury

Projects are running at minimum due to a severe injury late last year. OOLM gigs are on hold; solo gigs are on hold, lecturing is on hold; I have managed to work minimally with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble and have co-authored a new work with them called Oswald Cut Tube, which will be elaborated upon in the near future. I am finishing work on a new article that is going through peer review at the moment and will hopefully be published this year. I am also collating previously recorded material for a second CD album release later this year. Watch this space, Covid-19 allowing.

Best
Neal

New Solo Album

I’m very pleased to announce that my first solo album is available from the OBS record label. It’s a collection of works that span the last ten years and contains a selection of live and studio recordings. Some are commissions, some are collaborations and some are solo explorations.

The album is available here on Bandcamp. Please enjoy and, of course, have a look around the other OBS releases.

OOLM Live Performance

Waaaaaay back on the 27th September Jeremy Wiltshire and I went over to Scaledown and had an absolute whale of a time as the Order of Limerent Monks. Thanks to Shaun for the excellent intro/outro and funky camera work. Here’s the recording of the full, unadulterated, unedited 15 minutes of monkish theatrics (note: It’s not obvious but there is an intentionally feeding back guitar on the floor in front of us). Thanks Shaun Hendry, Mark, Jude et al, for having us. Twas an absolute pleasure.

Limerent Monks Photo’s

OOLM, or The Order Of Limerent Monks, a new project by myself and Jeremy Wiltshire have released photo’s in the third person.

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.”

….And you will know us by the Trail of our Limerence…..

Our heroines are Dorothy Tennov, Susan Forward, Lindsay C Gibson, Susan Anderson.

Our bible is The Body Keeps the Score.

Skinner Box Theory.

Anxious Avoidant doom.

Anticipatory Anxiety.

Hope plus Uncertainty

Intermittent rewards can go to the dustbin.

Tame the Inner Child.

Be Kind to Yourself.

We are the Order of Limerent Monks…..

More to follow….