I used to be in a band called Wauvenfold (Wichita Records) back in 2000 / 2002. The duo was comprised of me and my old college mate Noel Murphy / VDU. Our process often involved making music from things like noisy VHS tape recorders and old cameras or dropping bicycles down flights of stairs. Somehow, we actually did alright doing that for a bit.
During our short lived time together we did a session with John Peel on Radio 1, opened the Baltic live in Gateshead and did a few remixes for The Super Furry Animals. We even got word, during a live set on Radio 3, that Bjork was a fan, which was nice!
The next release I did was in 2007 under the name Origamibiro for Expanding Records. My debut album under that name (Cracked Mirrors & Stopped Clocks) got picked up by a few film makers who asked to use various tracks for films. When there were no album tracks left that hadn't already been used, they started asking me to write bespoke soundtracks. My career in scoring for film kind of spiralled from there.
Origamibiro went on to become a trio and multi-media live performance act adding double bassist Andy Tytherleigh and visual artist Jim Boxall to the mix. The band went on to tour Europe for a couple of years and released a total of 4 albums. NME described our live show as "Beautiful, Four Tet-esque ripples of melody, rhythms generated from loops, paper scrunches and the click-clack of typewriter keys – and a live video feed splicing all this together into a mesmerising visual backdrop. You can’t help but be impressed by Origamibiro’s audio-visual mechanics. A revelation."
Though it's now returned back to a solo project for me, Andy remains a strong collaborator and appears on both my last Village Green album, Grains of Space, and my up coming Origamibiro album, Miscellany.
It wasn't until 2017 that I began releasing under my own name on Village Green Recordings with the album, Asylum For Eve, which is a mixture of soundtrack work and new material. Music from that album got used for a number of short films, including trailers for A24 and Netflix. Check out the soundtracks page for more of that.
The next step is to perform the solo material live. Watch this space....
Photograph by Tristan Hutchinson