Abbess was the composer in residence for the Visions creative multimedia collective and church service in York from 1991-2010. She then went to work for Leeds Minster before moving South to Winchester Cathedral. Now she is working for the Transcendence Trust. A few years ago she added some free downloads of settings of ancient songs used in the mornng prayer liturgy.
Abbess' music ranges from classically influenced chill-out pieces through trip hop to departures into the land of techno. Feel free to use the mixes and/or words in a non-profit church service situation, and let her know if they liked it!
I used to play live more or less every week, at Visions, our multimedia, multi-sensory worship experience. Whilst I was in Winchester I was privileged to be able to sing the liturgy with the most incredible world-class choir. They taught me a lot about performance and how to look after your voice. They were also amazing people to work with and we got to sing for huge crowds at Christmas, Easter and other special events.
Yes, I do enjoy performing, but generally in a worship situation! There have been some amazing moments, when artists and musicians work together as one and create something very special.
I'm into ambience, Ibiza style chillout, ethereal strings and vocals, trippy trance. Artists I'm most like would probably be.... Orbital, Moby when he's being ambient, Chicane, Enigma and anything on Ibiza chillout albums.
The older tracks use Yamaha's CS1X,DX100 and TX7, Korg 05/RW, Roland R8M, Emu ESI32 sampler, Cubase VST, and a Novation bass station. The more recent tracks use a Mac, Garage band and soft synths such as Atmosphere as well.