Pickford, Andy

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

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

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

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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 - Caca de Luna Vol. 1- 3 (3CD Set)

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2021

I used several creative processes on Caca De Luna and I think it’s better when I write a little about each piece.

Part 1
Sept 23-27.
Whereas I didn’t produce a track intentionally to open this collection, Kim thought this one would work. Yep. It works. It’s a slowish 6/8 rock rhythm. I keyboard tapped in the drums myself because I wanted to get that 80’s gated drum sound. Took some fine tuning with various plugins but it ain’t bad! One thing I noticed all the pieces here have in common, is they don’t use a lot of studio tracks. They sound just as colossally huge, but as rule I achieved that by tweaking what was already there and by playing -louder- or -softer-. Yes, it appears at some point I may have stumbled upon the notion of touch-sensitivity. Isn’t that amazing?

Part 2
Oct 7-10.
It’s a nice tune but then I’d have to say the same thing for several of these pieces. I found a 1970’s farting drum-machine sound, by Jove! The melody is kinda pretty in an innocent sounding way, almost sentimental. I dunno. It was there and I did it. Anyway it stays nice and simple without getting vastly OTT in the middle and purveys, yeah, pretty much what I envisioned it should. Nice :-)

Part 3
Sept 27-29.
Ahh, you can’t beat a good old one-chord drone/sequence piece with solo bits. It is rather catchy all told, well once it gets going it is. Me making use of my now antiquated sample libraries. They really don’t pick up the same kudos as synths as they get older do they?! Anyway, it’s nothing too loud or pervasive. Quite calm and meditational in fact. Also a bit uplifting but I do think that’s maybe because my coffee’s just kicked in.

Part 4
Sept 29 - Oct 03.
So now here comes something loud and pervasive. Quite an orchestral sounding approach but with mostly synth underpinning everything. More of my key-tapping drums and, from the sound of it, a bit more alcoholic than on Part 1! Nice classical sounding 8-part chord pattern, which isn’t as tricky as it sounds. Quite chuffed with the percussion dynamics on this, little of which is down to track volume changes. Nah, I played the louder and quieter bits myself, generally in one take because I can and because that’s the most fun bit.

Part 5
Sept 12-16.
8-part chord pattern again, but wholly more chilled out this time. Another gorgeous tune from the annals of the inspirational abyss! By this point I distinctly hope you’ve noticed the bass on this collection! I gained a good deal of consistency throughout by using the same bass patch on almost every piece. I varied its envelope and tweaked the waveform a little but otherwise it’s all about that bass ;-) Oh you’ll be terribly shocked to learn it’s using Omnisphere however! lol

Part 6
Sept 20-13.
Hold onto your knickers, this is Liquid DnB! It’s still very much in keeping with the collective album style however. It’s just ruddy quick! Great for torpedo-beats :-) It’s been done before, so it shouldn’t surprise you too much!

Part 7
Sept 16-20.
Time for the smoking jacket and lounge creepers, dudes! Here’s me sample surfing again and trying out a bit of mellow jazz trumpet. Or something like that. Anyway, it’s a most chilled piece, with one of those backbeats the Gallagher Bros. might refer to as ‘Reggae’, but is in fact as authentic as crab-sticks or genuine rocking-horse shite. Anyway it’s another 8-part chord pattern. Well, it’s 4 but the bass notes change so really it’s 8.

Part 8
Oct 14.
Another nice, chilled melody. Sounds a little more traditional than its predecessor, but still has those interesting chord modulations which sound characteristic of this set. Has some more string ostinatos in it. Gotta love ya some string ostinato. It’s just.. stringy. Innit. You can tell I rather enjoyed doing this one because it only took me a day.

Part 9
Oct 17-18.
Chronologically, the final piece of the set. The fact wasn’t unknown to me at the time, hence this is another piece constructed around a simple drone. 3/4 time which, for me isn’t common. I knew I still needed more traditional sounding Electronica sounds in this set, so I decided this was the best way to round it off as a session.

Part 10
Oct 03-05.
And oh yes, guess what? It’s another nice melody. Anyone would think I’m known for nice melodies. Not that we live in a world which appreciates them much. The cats seem to like what I’m doing though and this, like all the other pieces, got 2 or even 3 cat approval :-) That’s when they all come in here to sleep while I’m making music. That’s after they’ve walked all over everything first. I’ve become an expert at ctrl-cmd-q and can key it in within a second of a cat coming through the flap. It’s about all I’ve got when Trubz, the tuxedo, is around. Like 2 seconds after appearing, he lands on my Kronos or iMac keyboard. So I’ve had no cat sabotage this session! I did leave one note the cats played in though, but that's on Part 9, so I don't even know why I'm discussing it here on Part 10!

Part 11
Oct 12-14.
Now what was I saying earlier about Reggae beats? Eh.. yeah and as usual I’m about as authentic as a dodo sandwich. Still y’know, it’s the thought which counts and when you’ve got this ear-worm melody in your head you kinda just give it the groove it needs to (f*ck soundly off) sound great. Actually, this piece started with its bass line in mind. It’s a p*ss-take - it’s based rhythmically on Happy Together, the old Turtles song. So nothing serious here, just fun :-)

Part 12
Oct 10-12.
And the reason for it’s crazy predecessor on this listing! Like, another lovely melody. They’re great and wondrous and all that, but you can clearly see what doing too much of them does to me! This is nice Chill-out and I do like an awful lot of nice Chill-out. Production-wise, one thing I’ve learned to do habitually these days, is duck all my sub-mix tracks very slightly under my drums. That way I can mix those down a tad yet they’ll still sound really punchy in the end result. Not that you can hear it especially on this piece. It’s a thing throughout the album.

Part 13
Oct 05-07.
If you check the chronology, this is indeed another post-melodic reaction piece :-D You know it only helps with getting a good variation of sound and feel on the whole album. This certainly has a nice shade of dark about it, which we like, don’t we boyz n gurlz?! Another star of this session has been the Fabfilter Pro-R reverb. It makes some clear space in the mix and never goes muddy. I’ve had it for ages, I’m just tweaking its knobs better!

Part 14
Sept 10-12.
First piece of the album session then. I guess it gathers together all the vision I was having at the time ie: wonky, trip-hoppy melodics and all in the same vein as Harmonics in The Silence / Shadow at The Gate / Orgonon and Pareidolia. 8-part quite strangely modulating chord pattern.

Part 15
Oct 15-17.
Awww… the prettiest melody on here? Perhaps, but it’s not for me to judge. However, it is consciously a sister piece to my 1983 original Sayonara, not the Replicant version. Believe it or not, that solo sound which was obtainable in seconds on a Juno 6, wasn’t easy to mimic in 2021. Having perfectly in-tune DCO resonance like that does not seem to be a straightforward thing these days. In the end I approached the thing completely from another angle and winged it! It works :-) 
 

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Andy Pickford - Dreadnaught

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

Orchestral, bombastic, melodic synthesizer pieces.

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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 - Harmonics in the Silence Vol. 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2016 / 2020

Harmonics in The Silence is the product of one of those "legendary' sessions. You know what I mean, those rare times when you have an inkling to do something a little differently, it works so well you feel great so just keep going, then before you know it you find yourself with a whole pile of new stuff which sounds really rather cool, but very little idea how all that came together so well! I was really just messing around with drones and working that way up. I let the synths do much more of their own playing, using a lot of self-evolving sounds. Ultimately I just thought hey this is pretty spacey synthy stuff, it sounds fun, let's just keep right on tweaking!

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Andy Pickford - Harmonics in the Silence Vol. 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2016 / 2020

Harmonics in The Silence is the product of one of those "legendary' sessions. You know what I mean, those rare times when you have an inkling to do something a little differently, it works so well you feel great so just keep going, then before you know it you find yourself with a whole pile of new stuff which sounds really rather cool, but very little idea how all that came together so well! I was really just messing around with drones and working that way up. I let the synths do much more of their own playing, using a lot of self-evolving sounds. Ultimately I just thought hey this is pretty spacey synthy stuff, it sounds fun, let's just keep right on tweaking!

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Andy Pickford - Harmonics in the Silence Vol. 3

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2016 / 2020

Harmonics in The Silence is the product of one of those "legendary' sessions. You know what I mean, those rare times when you have an inkling to do something a little differently, it works so well you feel great so just keep going, then before you know it you find yourself with a whole pile of new stuff which sounds really rather cool, but very little idea how all that came together so well! I was really just messing around with drones and working that way up. I let the synths do much more of their own playing, using a lot of self-evolving sounds. Ultimately I just thought hey this is pretty spacey synthy stuff, it sounds fun, let's just keep right on tweaking!

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Andy Pickford - Harmonics in the Silence Vol. 4

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2016 / 2020

Harmonics in The Silence is the product of one of those "legendary' sessions. You know what I mean, those rare times when you have an inkling to do something a little differently, it works so well you feel great so just keep going, then before you know it you find yourself with a whole pile of new stuff which sounds really rather cool, but very little idea how all that came together so well! I was really just messing around with drones and working that way up. I let the synths do much more of their own playing, using a lot of self-evolving sounds. Ultimately I just thought hey this is pretty spacey synthy stuff, it sounds fun, let's just keep right on tweaking!

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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 - Lughnasad 2020

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
Remastered and remixed.

 

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Andy Pickford - Lughnasad Companion Vol. 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
The leftover tracks from the production of Lughnasad.

 

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Andy Pickford - Lughnasad Companion Vol. 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020
The leftover tracks from the production of Lughnasad.

 

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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.


Here the last copy!

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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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