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Painting here by Samantha Keely-Smith

THOMAS/WILLIAM/HILL

I joined Village Green Recordings in 2017.

 

My work with Village Green is probably best described as an extension of my soundtrack work but has been gradually developing into an entirely new area of music composition for me. 

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ALBUMS

 
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GRAINS OF SPACE

Village Green Recordings (2019)

Grains of Space started life as a series of minimal loops, recorded using a viola da gamba and a loop pedal.

 

Using the negative space within each loop as the primary drive for composing, there began a process of ‘joining the dots’, allowing the silence to dictate the next layer, informing the length, pitch and timbre of notes.

Between the overlap and juxtaposition of multiple layers, melodies and rhythms started emerging from seemingly erratic elements. 

Cover Artwork (also used on this site) by Samantha Keely-Smith

"Furnace"

Track 2 from  Grains of Space

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ASYLUM FOR EVE

Village Green Recordings (2017)

This album comprises a reworked collection of soundtracks composed for various films over the years together with new material.

After tracking down an old Bechstein Model 9 upright piano, preparations began for modifying it with cardigans, screws and nails in order to provide the textures and timbres needed.  In this way, the piano provided both melodic and percussive roles on the album. 

 

Techniques also employed on the record include layering of bowed electric guitars, ukuleles, banjo, charango and fingerpicked violins,

"Cirrostratus"

Track 6 from  Asylum For Eve

 
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REFRACT

Live performance of Refract, from the album Grains of Space. Filmed and recorded in a 17th century cave system in Nottingham.