Pickford, Andy

The electronic Wizard from the UK.
Pickford, Andy
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 - 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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Andy Pickford - Vanguard 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2016

Vanguard 2 continues where V1 left off - chockablock full of compelling creativity, presenting a selection of 10 superbly constructed, interlinked tracks, all characterised by strong rhythms, sequences and terrific melodies. As you would expect, the music is very melodic, and Andy Pickford again shows a maturity that builds on his considerable musical expertise, expanding his musical style, rather than simply emulating past glories, without ever losing sight of his EM roots. If you enjoyed Vanguard 1, then this superbly presented slice of contemporary electronic music is essential listening.

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Andy Pickford - Vanguard 3

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2017

Vanguard 3 continues where V2 left off - chockablock full of compelling creativity, presenting a selection of 10 superbly constructed, interlinked tracks, all characterised by strong rhythms, sequences and terrific melodies. As you would expect, the music is very melodic, and Andy Pickford again shows a maturity that builds on his considerable musical expertise, expanding his musical style, rather than simply emulating past glories, without ever losing sight of his EM roots. If you enjoyed Vanguard 1, then this superbly presented slice of contemporary electronic music is essential listening.

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Andy Pickford - Works Vol. II

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1997
LTD 500
All Material composed, performed and procued by Andy Pickford. Recorded live (except tracks 9 & 10) at Derby Guildhall, UK, between 1994 and 1996. Cathedral restored to its full glory at the Citadel.

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Andy Pickford - Xenomorph

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 1996
Opening with the title track, we have an intro by Ashley Franklin (BBC Radio Derby) "It's going to be a stunning show I'm sure". The first thing apparent is that this music has been heard before. Much wracking of brains leads me to believe that this is a reworking of 'Twilight in Valhalla' from 'Terraformer', a much more upbeat and dancey version. 'Night of the Long Knives' will be familiar to Sequences subscribers. It's classic Pickford with heavy driving, but at the same time melodic, sequences. Next comes 'Topaz', with its catchy intro (try it LOUD on headphones!). As the track develops it again harks back to the 'Terraformer' period, with synth washes evolving into some heavy guitar sounds. Tracks 4 & 5 are a bit of a conundrum, the running order having been inadvertently reversed on the sleeve listing. Instead of correcting the error, a card has been enclosed pointing out the mistake and perhaps making this first pressing a collector's item! The version of 'Apocalypse of Love' featured here is Andy's own interpretation, not the Beaumont Hannant / Delta versions which were previously released. After repeated listenings I'm sure there's the distinct sound of TD style synths akin to 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks'. 'Space to Breathe' opens with gentle piano it develops into a melodic flowing track which is quite interesting, but seems to be lacking in something. Referring to TD again, it does seem reminiscent of some of their later works - so perhaps this is why! 'Annihilator' opens with phone call humour Pickford-style and turns out to be a much better track with light bubbly synths and heavenly voices developing into a very distinctive and powerful synth pattern producing another very upbeat outing. With a title like 'Sarcophagus' you expect a deep, dark, doomy sound and this piece duly delivers. 'Solitudes Shadow' opens with more 'Metamorphic' TD sounds before introducing a 'Maelstrom' style sequence and some of Andy's "singy bits". This is true Pickford power with lead synths overlaying a powerful driving sequence. A great track concluding with a thunderstorm which runs into the final track 'Reflections', and what a contrast here. A classical, sentimental piece which wouldn't be out of place on Radio 2. Don't let this put you off though, it does grow on you! Overall 'Xenomorph' doesn't have the immediate appeal of 'Maelstrom'. It lacks a "storming" track with the dimensions of 'Hells Gate' or 'Tetsuo' and it doesn't have a track to match the beauty of 'Cathedral'. But it's a damn sight better than a lot of other releases lately! A couple of closing points. If you like 'Annihilator', look out for a release in the near future (hopefully) by Julian Bishop whose track 'The Sentinel' is very much like this. Finally, if I'm right with my TD references in the review, I'm perplexed by Andy's enthusiasm to "slag off" the so called "retro" artists. I believe that "retro" is an unfortunate phrase for what many believe is the classic form of Electronic Music, and it certainly has a place in today's EM. After all, Andy wouldn't want everyone to copy him would he? (Steve Smith)

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Ian Boddy + Andy Pickford - Symbiont

Artist: Ian Boddy & Andy Pickford  
P: 1995    
Boddy's first collaborative release with fellow UK synth musician Andy Pickford. A real powerhouse of an album it was premiered by the duo at the third EMMA festival, Sheffield in 1995. The typicall melodies of both musicians together with an atmosphere like Mealstrom and interesting sequences and rhythms of both artists! Wow, what a release!

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s.t.d.m. (Pickford + Nagle) - Ramayana

Artist: s.t.d.m. (Andy Pickford + Paul Nagle)
P: 2002
This 72 minute CD from 2002 was recorded live at the Jodrell Bank Planetarium in England in May 2002.
It begins with a glittering waterfall of crystalline electronics, spilling over the audience and readying you for an interstellar voyage. Deeper tonalities emerge, resonating with heavenly demeanor, generating a congenial cloudbank that welcomes the listener to its gently hissing embrace. Cyclic keyboards enter the mix, establishing rhythms with non-percussive sounds. Gradually, non-cyclic keyboards rise from the glistening sonic pool to delineate more forceful expressions, lending the pleasant flow a commanding presence.
All these elements commence an aerial dance that unifies them into a dynamic melody that is packed with drama and appeal.
Periodically, this upward drive abates to pause in atmospheric regions, examining the sonic qualities of breathtaking nebulas, following the gaseous streamers as these cosmic mists expand with the languid grandeur of galactic properties.
These rest-stops along the journey inevitably lead back to energetic passages that are rich with entertaining verve, sparkling with fire that rivals the starlight surrounding the audience. Rapid-fire keyboards emulate this stellar twinkling, as if each distant star pulses with cohesive patterns designed to mesmerize and energize.
Although possessing some Berlin School traits, this music displays a healthy, modern quality that carries a distinctly unique style...surging pulsations that conspire to create electronic tempos of often-frantic pace, interweaving riffs that coalesce into mighty panoramas of sound rich with astral undertones.

A very good combination of the two known artists. Nice Berlin School backgrounds with slow and different sequencing. Above it all the melodie tunes from Andy Pickford.
Three long evolving tracks for the EM listeners heart.

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.218 07/13
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 218
07/2013

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.232  09/14
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 232
09/2014

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.247  12/15
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 247
12/2015

 
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.255  08/16
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 255
08/2016
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.266 07/17
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 266
07/2017
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V/A -  Searching for Life

Artist: R.Schroeder, Pickford, Waveshape, Essers, Boddy, u.a.
P: 1996
LTD 500

This CD produced by Cue-Records was joined by new titles of all the listed artists. The project was for the celebration of 20 years of the Viking lander on Mars in 1976.

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V/A - E-Scape 2016

Artist: V/A
P: 2016
'E-Scape 2016’ is a collection of exclusive tracks from the artists performing at the UK E-Scape Festival on 11th June 2016. There’s a varied line up and differing styles on offer, and this CD hangs together very well containing some great spacey and sequenced music. Also included are two demos from Barry Neilsen, showcasing the wonderful Modal 002 synth

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V/A - World Wide Kind

Artist: Ron Boots, Intelligentsia, Pickford,
Gruberski, Cerullo u.a.

P: 2000
This is a collection made by Ron Boots and Intelliegtsia with new tracks by known and new artists.

 

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