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Garden of Surreal Dreams
NEWS   Album release delayed due to time and tide, but will find it's way into the real world eventually as a physical artefact. This will contain slightly re-mixed and fully re-mastered versions of all tracks on Soundclick, occasionally with added instrumentation and effects processing, plus some slightly older previously unreleased recordings as well as some recently recorded works. Currently set to contain sixteen varied tracks of ambience, beauty, chaos, experimentation, improvisation and melodic meandering.
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play hi-fi  Lost Children of Electroland
play hi-fi  Escape To Your Dreams Until Morning
play hi-fi  The Eternal Light of Will
play hi-fi  From Nowhere To Here And Back Again
play hi-fi  Moments Merge In Time
play hi-fi  Solace Found In Summer Fields (unplugged version)
play hi-fi  Love Will Not Die When My Heart Stops Beating
play hi-fi  Foetus Dreaming
An occasional and sometimes daring musical sound project, encompassing a multitude of inspiring, eclectic and unusual genres. Let's call it Ambiavantelectroexperifolkgothjazprogpsychwave, which will hopefully avoid being labeled and put into a little box. Eight tracks loaded – enjoy! More music to come as and when time permits, so please return every now and then to check. All music, lyrics and images are original creations, and therefore copyright of the artist.
Why this name?
Best left to the imagination, although this project name has a deep personal meaning. Dynamics can sometimes be restricted if names, song titles, lyrics and music are explained in too much depth and it can possibly take away the experience of the individual to transfer their own thoughts and impressions onto the artist's offerings, depending on the individual piece of course. Everyone can hear, feel and see things from a slightly different angle, and sometimes that's just how it should be, a two way street between artist and listener.
Do you play live?
Have played the odd live concert, here and there, with various bands many years ago. Currently unlikely to play live in the future, but you never know!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Good vibes: An amazing way of networking with humanity and putting creativity in front of people quickly and independently.
Not so good vibes: mp3 downloads may possibly devalue artistic integrity, although this wouldn't always be the case, as it depends on the original intention of the artist or project.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Only after reading the small print well. There are many musicians who've been with major labels and are now unhappy about their treatment. On one hand you have the promotional and financial backing which may lead to much more opportunity. On the other hand you have the possible loss of freedom of expression and creative control. Which should have the upper hand?
Band History:
Fortune has favoured six of the currently loaded Soundclick tracks, making one of them popular enough to reach the no.1 position in a main Soundclick chart and five reaching no.1 in various sub-genre charts.

'Sail The Stars On A Ship Filled With Wonder' released as Garden of Surreal Dreams on the various artists, very limited edition, 2CD set 'Professional Secrets' (artists inspired by Bill Nelson), organised by Phil Graham. Released initially to contributors only, although a few spare CD sets plus T-shirt and poster (all of which were very kindly signed by Bill Nelson), were auctioned for charity at a Nelsonica event in 2012. A dedicated website for the 2CD set can be found at www.elementalbeingcreations.net

'The Eternal Light Of Will' released as Garden of Surreal Dreams on various artists limited edition 3CD set 'Confessions of Young moderns' (tribute to Bill Nelson), organised by the late Chuck Bird.

Originated and played analogue Synthesizer part as guest musician on Purple Hearts 4th 7" vinyl single 'My Life's a Jigsaw' (Safari Records), which received regular BBC Radio One airplay, making it to number 23 in the national UK independent charts and a position at the extreme lower end of the BBC chart. Original single now deleted and featured in the Record Collector 'Rare Record Price Guide' book, but can occasionally be found on Ebay. Has had several re-releases over the years, first on various artists vinyl albums and then in 2002 on the CD titled '25th Anniversary Commemorative Album Of Safari Records', alongside artists such as Toyah, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, Gary Holton, The Boys, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple). The single has now been released yet again on the 2009 Purple Hearts CD 'Mod Singles Collection'. Both CDs available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Looking backwards through the time machine, have played in number of bands that are more than likely almost unknown such as Orange Moon, Movements In Art (previously known as Plaza), One Hit Wonders, The Clique, Coral Strands, Stars, Red, La Lanterne, plus ancient solo works. Recordings from many of these may be resurrected when and where possible.
Your influences?
Mother Nature; Mysterious Phenomena; Spiritual Possibilities; Life, the Universe & Everything.
Too many musical influences to mention here perhaps but they all come broadly under my term Ambiavantelectroexperifolkgothjazprogpsychwave. Plus theme and incidental music from films, television fictional series and factual documentaries.
Favorite spot?
A small dot somewhere in space called Earth.
Equipment used:
Obviously not all at the same time, but calling out for my attention and waiting to be used at any given moment are:
Electric 6 and 12 string guitars, fretted and fretless bass guitars, steel-strung and nylon-strung acoustic guitars, synthesizers and other electric keyboards, blankenstein antique piano, the human voice, a selection of various wind instruments, various other unusual stringed instruments, assorted real organic percussion, drum machines, sequencers, electronics, field recordings, found sounds, and anything else that I can get my hands on.
Effects/Processing by Zoom, Boss, Electro Harmonix, Coloursound, Ebow, MXR,
Wem, Behringer. Recording by Tascam digital, Tandberg reel to reel.
Anything else...?
A few snippets from the past that may be of interest to some:

One of my early band Coral Strands' occasional drummers, Mark Laff, was meant to also play with me in The Clique, but instead auditioned for The Clash and ended up being offered the drum job in Vic Godard's Subway Sect. After playing with them supporting The Clash on the 'White Riot' tour, he landed the plum role of drummer in Billy Idol's first band Generation X and went on to international success with top 30 hit singles and albums (well done Mark!).

From my early band The Clique, our second bass player Nick Welsh went on to much success in later years and initiated the reforming of ska band The Selecter, in which he became bassist, songwriter and producer. He also played with 3 Men & Black (that had occasional members such as Bruce Foxton of The Jam and Jean Jacques Burnell of The Stranglers) and collaborated with reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry on the album which won them a grammy. He's also written music for television and film. The Clique recorded four studio tracks with Nick on bass which remain unreleased (including one of his own songs).

During auditions for my band The Clique, a drummer called Jim Walker agreed to join us (after he'd already auditioned for The Damned) but unfortunately only a very short time later, and before we had the chance to actually rehearse with him, he changed his mind and became the first drummer with John Lydon's Public Image (and who can blame him?). International success and hit records soon followed after he played on the first Public Image album and singles, and toured with the band.

My younger sister initiated and organised the very first Ultravox fan club through the time of the first 2 albums (John Foxx era). She then went on to initiate and organise the Purple Hearts fan club throughout it's existence.

Some time after I played on their 4th single, the Purple Hearts went on to work with Paul Weller as producer of a few studio tracks intended as a demo for record label attraction (Paul also played piano on one of these tracks). These original recordings have since been released.

The producer for the Purple Hearts single was Andy Arthurs, whose distinguished career includes producing for acts such as The Stranglers, Joe Jackson, Wilco Johnson, The Alarm, Advertising, 999 and Tom Robinson among others. He has also been a recording engineer for many top artists including Marc Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson, Cat Stevens, Waterboys etc. Andy trained at The Beatles producer George Martin's Air Studios in London (inc. six month's personal training from George himself) and as a freelance producer/engineer at EMI Abbey Road among many others.