imageMy friend Tom, ecologist, model builder, board game enthusiast, sonic wizard and all round good egg, has been doing a thing called Jamuary as a bit of a musical divergence from his usual Grasslands hymn book. The premise, as you may have already guessed, was to record and film one loose jam session per night throughout the month with friends and fellow makers of mad music or failing that to jam with himself via this increasing collection of synths and samplers and sonic witchery.

I was lucky enough to be asked along to do a bit of spoken word to work as the basis of one of these sessions. On the trip over I realised that he wanted me to narrate something from Urban. Urban is a concept I have, a multi-worlds, pan dimensional story line which is in various unfinished states. A novel which never quite shapes up, a set of RPG rules which is still under construction, I have even flirted with it being a TV or radio script. Whatever it is, it now has the first sketches towards a soundtrack.

So we recorded me reading the introduction…after much mirth from Tom and then set about putting some music behind it. I haven’t picked up the bass for about 5 years and I have never made music with Tom before so it was great to finally have a jam with him. What ensued was a sort of drifty, arabesque, Blade Runner type piece, my verbose and pretentious twaddle at its heart and the two of us creating skittering, bass-synth soundscapes around it. I think we were both pretty happy with the result.

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