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 - Biosphere Remixed and Remastered

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020 / 2022

VERSION 2 15/04/2022  Everything was remixed and remastered from scratch.
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 - DARC Vol. 1- 3 (3CD Set)

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2021

Welcome to DARC. What can I tell you about this one? How much time have you got?! 
Well, here’s me in Winter 2021. Feeling my age these days. The latest grind to add itself is arthritis in my wrists. I can’t begin to describe how fabulous this isn’t. I had it very badly several times when mixing and tweaking stuff using a mouse. I'm a left-handed mouse user but I’ve noticed it in my right hand now too. Bugger and f**k. Still, it’s easily put at bay with regular soaks in hot water, voltarol and a special “does f.a.” copper bracelet. 
So I carries on regardless, so I does :-)

Onto DARC.

Papillon
It’s a light, positive, floaty tune. There’s a few like this on DARC, which in spite its title, doesn’t have that much gloom and doom to report for itself. If anything the last quarter here has been fine and I’ve felt quite positive in spite of the usual very little interest. I enjoy creating these melodies for anyone who likes hearing them. So there.

DARC
Does Anybody Really Care? Heh… let’s get straight to the point yeah?! I suppose there’s that element of self-pity about it, I mean here’s me 30 years or so into this stuff and if you opened a bucket containing all the shits people give it wouldn’t cover anyone’s rose-bed. Far more ominously though the same can be said for just about everything going on everywhere these days. Yeah reality does suck and maybe the world ain’t quite what it was before, but hey, at least we haven’t been invaded by alien arse spiders. As far as I'm aware.

Sylphs
Our windows have them.
Seriously, this is a nice, light chillout piece with an Air element feel about it. Like several pieces on DARC, it also feels fairly seasonal. Mind you, it has been cold and grotty here for several weeks, so I’ve had a head start.

Altitude
Hey I suppose Air is in favour here. A shorter track and one of several done this year which predominantly use legacy samples of my own to build it up. Sounds rather grungy all told, though I actually like it like that. I enjoyed playing with my lovely flanger as you can hear. Electronic musicians do tend to love their flangers.

Nascent
This kinda panned out like a slow bossanova thing. This darn tune was earworming me for days until I finally did it and realised it's just another tune! Final mix was a pain though. The original solo sound was based on a dulcimer. Sounded a bit meh to be honest, so now it’s back to good old synth :-)

Le Tuangeur
Begins effectively album 2 of DARC. A filmic, dramatic piece with a crappy title. There ya go! It’s French for Twanger by the way. No it isn’t ;-)

Croca De Luna
I guess this didn’t make it onto Caca De Luna then! D’ya know, I've had actual complaints about using that title. Apparently it’s an offensive Mexican term and apparently it is most unbecoming of me to use offensive Mexican terminology. So there. Just two words come to mind about this : John Lydon. You know the rest ;-)

Fireflies
Note some of the chords in several pieces on DARC sound slightly wonky. I suddenly remembered how much I love Impressionist music. So let’s have some nice new chord sequences along that vein. They do sound quite dreamy. Fireflies : I’ve seen these in Germany and you’ll hate me for this - it was on a Summer Solstice night in the Eifel-Ardennen. In a clearing hundreds of these things danced like gnats or just sat in juniper bushes. Gorgeous but you can’t take pictures of them, they just don’t seem to show up.

Fol-De-Rol & 2 Egg Butties
Yeah well this is f**ked up from the offset and if anyone can even find a genre for it I’d be interested to know! It’s fast and it’s beyond bonkers. It’s almost into barmy territory. I believe it be the start of the long road to insanity, although I’m not sure why I’m going back there again ;-)

Incant
And after that brief period of lunacy we return to the quiet, peaceful groove as before. Another melody which earwormed me until I created it. The use of some of these more variated impressionist chords seem to allow greater freedom for notes to wander around better! Also just opens things up to a wider range of moods and feelings. Quite dreamy actually.

Eau Flambe
Another piece constructed from legacy samples and phrases. Not the melody though, that’s new. A more traditional composition in terms of chord sequence and a fine way to end “album 2”. I had my flanger on it again. Sorry!

Swamp Ding
Onto “album 3”
I had really wanted a more elegant name for this piece, but nah, it’s not elegant! It just sounds that way at the start lol. It’s erm… I dunno, chilled reggae or something like that. It was a late night :-D And at least that drum line wasn’t nicked off a loop. I made that myself.

Lucent
More earworm music. These melodies really do drift into my head. And then they don’t bloody go unless I translate them to sound. Thing is it is actually a pleasurable experience trying to recreate in reality what you had previously imagined. It’s not a perfect science though and sometimes I can’t get it to sound quite the same. The dreaminess on these pieces is very close to the imagined versions though.

Snafufu
Another one which, from the offset sound like it’s going to be all floaty and dreamlike, but which then goes and spoils it all for you by turning slightly bonkers. It’s an earworm and it’s quite contagious. You have been warned.

Enchant.
it doesn’t though but it’s quite pleasant all the same! How else but another dreamy and somewhat more regular melodic chillout piece to end the whole thing. Got some nice analogue-sounding (but they’re not) percussion going on in the backdrop.
 

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Andy Pickford - Dreadnaught

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2020

Orchestral, bombastic, melodic synthesizer pieces.

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Andy Pickford - Dreamwell 6 CD Set

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2022

The Complete 6 Cd Set.

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Andy Pickford - Dreamwell Chilled Vol 1

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2022

Remixes of some of his best post Centaur works combined together in one superb non gap flow.

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Andy Pickford - Dreamwell Chilled Vol 2

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2022

Remixes of some of his best post Centaur works combined together in one superb non gap flow.

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Andy Pickford - Dreamwell Chilled Vol 3

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2022

Remixes of some of his best post Centaur works combined together in one superb non gap flow.

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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 - Exospore

Artist: Andy Pickford  
P: 2022

Melodic Tracks in the typical Pickford style.

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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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