Pickford, Andy

The electronic Wizard from the UK.
Pickford, Andy
Andy Pickford - Aphelion

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2019

Melodic great syntheizer themes. This is the music we like from Mr. Pickford.

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Andy Pickford - Biosphere

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

Well now what's different about this one then?
Actually... a fair bit. This album was composed and produced sequentially ie: from start to finish in that order, with everything in mind as a complete work... sort of thing. Rather like my album Lughnasad is in approach, although not in overall sound. Methinks this one is more for the Tangerine Dream dudes out there

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Andy Pickford - Dystopia

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1995 

Simply one of the UK’s most talented musicians to have emerged on the synthesizer music scene! Andy Pickford's initial albums were influenced heavily by the likes of Vangelis and Alan Parsons, but with the arrival of the best-selling ‘Maelstrom’ album he created an original mix of powerful and more relaxed synthesizer/keyboards music that was full to the brim with sweeping melodies, multi-dimensional layers, powerful rhythms and ideas a-plenty.
These first three albums were (and still are to this day) as rewarding a musical experience as they come. Always keen to discover new musical areas, subsequent albums saw him moving into a mix of styles within synthesizer music realms, than a long break, which eventually came to an end with the emergence of ‘Lughnasad’, his first solo album for several years, and that saw him delivering a highly expansive and exotic mix of synths/keyboards-led melodies, rhythms and spacey ambience, putting him at the forefront of the UK synth music scene once more.
Tracks 1 and 7 recorded during 1994 as part of the GPR sessions.
Tracks 2, 5, 8, 9 and 11 recorded 1993-1994 as part of the Terraformer sessions.
Track 3 recorded autumn 1994 as part of the Maelstrom sessions.
Track 4 recorded 1992-1993 as part of the Replicant sessions.
Track 6 recorded in 1985.
Track 10 recorded in 1991.
Track 12 recorded in 1983.

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Andy Pickford - Lughnasad

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2002  

New perfect  CD from Andy, good sequences mixed with relaxed melodies
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Andy Pickford - Maelstrom

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1995

It contains over an hour's worth of remarkable and evocative electronica music listening, and remains one of the most important albums to modern electronic music and its subgenres ever released.


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Andy Pickford - Maelstrom 2019

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1995 / 2019

Edited notes from Andy:

Well here we are with something I genuinely thought wasn’t going to be possible. The viability of the source files for one thing. On the previous 16bit remaster one thing I wasn’t able to achieve to any degree of satisfaction, was to de-clip and de-saturate files which had already been through the mastering process. That’s a mid-90’s mastering process at a large London studio ie: flatlined most of the way through. Along comes 2019 and I’ve got a few better, individual source files (I found a backup DAT!), I have de-clipping, de-saturation and all round general de-shitting. I ended up surprising myself on hearing the difference. In all, this is a pretty viable upgrade to the original and should make you lovely audiophiles quite happy.
Oh, and brace yourself for dynamics. This version of Maelstrom actually has them!! I don’t actually know how the wavefile un-flatlines itself and starts sounding nice again, but who cares, it works! I also noticed the initial process had really raised up any drums and focused on giving a 90’s thud to any kick drums, at the behest of the actual bass and some mid stereo spread. So I re-emphasised that.
Basically i did my best to create something more like what my stuff sounds like today.

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Andy Pickford - Maelstrom Companion

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1995 / 2019

A full album of Additional Tracks from the time of production and from several live events.

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Andy Pickford - Nemesis

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1998  

The style of this CD is usual, if you already know any other Andy Pickford CD.
It is orchestral, with some piano and soundsamples, sometimes the soundtrack character comes out between the notes and then the drummachine shows us, how Andy wants us to move.
Straight melodies cover the rest.

 

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Andy Pickford - Nemesis 2020

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020 

This is the new remastert version.
The style of this CD is usual, if you already know any other Andy Pickford CD.
It is orchestral, with some piano and soundsamples, sometimes the soundtrack character comes out between the notes and then the drummachine shows us, how Andy wants us to move.
Straight melodies cover the rest.

 

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Andy Pickford - Nemesis 2020 Companion (Bonus Tracks)

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020 

Bonus Tracks from the recording times of Nemesis around 1998. Released here for the first time!

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Andy Pickford - Objects + Expressions 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
Very fast rhythmic tracks with a lot of modern rhythms.

 

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Andy Pickford - Objects + Expressions 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
Very fast rhythmic tracks with a lot of modern rhythms.

 

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Andy Pickford - Objects + Expressions 3

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
Very fast rhythmic tracks with a lot of modern rhythms.

 

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Andy Pickford - Panopticon Album 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

There is a lot of material in this latest album by Andy which is filled with a vision more sweet than usual and with a lot of melodies that are lost at times in this long mosaic that has its lengths. Otherwise, fans of the first era of AP will be delighted by this album that seems to be stuck in this period of the English musician.

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Andy Pickford - Panopticon Album 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

There is a lot of material in this latest album by Andy which is filled with a vision more sweet than usual and with a lot of melodies that are lost at times in this long mosaic that has its lengths. Otherwise, fans of the first era of AP will be delighted by this album that seems to be stuck in this period of the English musician.

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Andy Pickford - Psymanteum

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2019

The result of this compositions are almost "soundtrack-ish".
As for where precisely my head was at throughout this time, think Fiim Noir, rainy streets, cityscapes, Vangelis' Blade Runner OST, good ol' TD and Uncle Tom Cobleigh & All. To be honest it's a darker sounding place than most of my works. I was very consciously seeking something of a Lughnasad kind of depth, which itself isn't an easy mind-frame to achieve. Only this time things kinda went along a darker road.
Sometimes I'm given to reminisce about the music I grew up with. It makes me sad that all these incredible musicians are gone or on the way there and their/our style of music is fading. It's often imitated in ways which sound like memes of its former self. So I guess the part of me which grew up there wanted to inhabit that zone and capture some of that atmosphere as deeply as I could. So I have here the spiritual depth of Lughnasad, but with much darker atmospherics. In actual fact the opening track scares me with the lights out!

Andy

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Andy Pickford - RadioSilence

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

Welcome to RadioSilence! This is a new Electronic Ambient project from Andy Pickford. This kind of music is perfect for relaxation and meditation… or in my case “napping”, in which case I’d say it’s ideal for soothing the furrowed brow of many a grumpy old git!
If you are familiar with my “Harmonics In The Silence” series, you’ll already know of my leanings in ambient direction. It’s become my second musical passion at this time. Only, with these works I really don’t want to hear myself either over-tracking or over-producing in any way. Rather hard for a fidgety non-minimalist like myself! I’ve listened to some popular ambient works which you could quite literally make a cup of tea, take a dump and feed the cat to and they still won’t have got anywhere by the time you get back. I don’t have anything like that kind of attention span; I was raised on 1970’s orange squash ffs!! Thus, I insist on reasonable development, nice harmonics and resonances, not so much atonality. I can’t entirely remove rhythm from the equation, so I’m allowing quiet, bare-bones sequence/percussion elements. Nowt that ain’t been done before I’m sure! The main ambient tracks themselves are self-generating and based on random arpeggiation slowed down to the point of full caffeine withdrawal. The devil then, is in the detail and I really do like these kind of works, because even I get to experience surprise at the outcome of these things, if surprise is the right word. And of course, it’s gotta be fun.

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Andy Pickford - RadioSilence II

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

Welcome to RadioSilence! This is a new Electronic Ambient project from Andy Pickford. This kind of music is perfect for relaxation and meditation… or in my case “napping”, in which case I’d say it’s ideal for soothing the furrowed brow of many a grumpy old git!
If you are familiar with my “Harmonics In The Silence” series, you’ll already know of my leanings in ambient direction. It’s become my second musical passion at this time. Only, with these works I really don’t want to hear myself either over-tracking or over-producing in any way. Rather hard for a fidgety non-minimalist like myself! I’ve listened to some popular ambient works which you could quite literally make a cup of tea, take a dump and feed the cat to and they still won’t have got anywhere by the time you get back. I don’t have anything like that kind of attention span; I was raised on 1970’s orange squash ffs!! Thus, I insist on reasonable development, nice harmonics and resonances, not so much atonality. I can’t entirely remove rhythm from the equation, so I’m allowing quiet, bare-bones sequence/percussion elements. Nowt that ain’t been done before I’m sure! The main ambient tracks themselves are self-generating and based on random arpeggiation slowed down to the point of full caffeine withdrawal. The devil then, is in the detail and I really do like these kind of works, because even I get to experience surprise at the outcome of these things, if surprise is the right word. And of course, it’s gotta be fun.

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Andy Pickford - Terraformer

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1994

This sounds like the followup to Terraformer. A real gem with the same powerful, catchy melodies.
One of the best electronic CDs ever. Pickford composes tracks in the Blade Runner style with his own melodies and rhythms. Very catchy and brilliant.

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Andy Pickford - Vanguard 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2015

'Vanguard 1’ is the first major solo release by Andy Pickford since 2003 and a welcome return for the enigmatic UK synth maestro. As one of the most popular of the 1990’s UK ‘new wave’ of electronic music exponents, Andy Pickford’s music is characterised by strong rhythms and sequences, and above all, melodies and themes to die for!

To state that this album is a ‘stunning return’ would be a huge understatement – ‘Vanguard 1’ is mind blowing – a selection of 11 dynamic and expertly constructed, interlinked tracks that power into the senses like a juggernaut. Full of ideas and creativity, it’s utterly compelling! As you’d expect the music is very melodic, with one memorable theme after the other demanding ‘repeat play’. Sequences and rhythms are tight, imaginative and contemporary, yet they don’t lose sight of Andy Pickford’s EM roots, even when flirting with the chill and electronica style vocal tracks that permeate this extraordinary album. ‘Vanguard 1’ is the first in a trilogy of releases planned on AD Music – with ‘2’ and ‘3’ already recorded and awaiting release in the near future. The music featured on ‘Vanguard 1’ is beautifully produced and shows a maturity and expertise that will appeal to his existing fans and is sure to garner praise from the wider electronica/chill market.

After a long period of doing as near to sod all as makes no difference, I am now compiling what will become my first album for AD Music.
If you've been aware of what I've been doing for the last 6 years or so, it's been mainly composing new tracks which have gone straight to archive. There have been a few exceptions, namely those very limited online EPs (and the even more limited private issue CD Jera), which were there to give a taster of the kind of work I've been up to.
The AD album however, will be a proper commercial outing. As such, I'm going to be drawing on the full archive (including anything from those EPs since they are no longer on release) in order to compile what I think will be the best, most "me" sounding album I can offer you. Dave Wright does specifically want it oriented towards EM and given the vast range of styles I've explored over recent years, I'm glad he's at least given me a pointer in terms of getting this album honed down as required. As some of you know, EM, to me... hehehe... I could chuckle all day and wear an evil grin! I've always pushed boundaries and as I get older, I sure ain't showing any signs of giving those tooth-grinding orthodox knob-box spunkflutes a peaceful time :-D Let's be truthful here, Maelstrom wasn't typical fare; it pushed the limits and that's why you loved it right? If you loved it because the bits which sounded more traditional, you weren't figuring it out. I was a mixed-up kid into synths from an early age and then into Punk and New Wave in my teens. As much as wanted to get my hands on a synth and start making freaky shit, I also had this insatiable need to stick a finger up at anyone telling me how to do it. I'm about to turn 50 and I'm pleased to say that precious little has changed!!!
So, what to expect from this new album? Well I've got well over a hundred finished pieces to choose from, all of which exceed the standard of production of my previous works. Some of them are too far out of the niche to include, but they'll come in later releases. You can expect big, blitzy long tracks, emotional melodic pieces, more rhythmic work and pretty much what you'd hope and expect for really. There won't be any fillers, not with this quantity of work to pick from. It'll be the best of what's already damn good to start with. As such, I've decided it will be called VANGUARD.

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