Alan Richard Norman passed away at 13:00 on January 30th 2017 following an eighteen month battle with brain cancer.



Posted: August 20, 2016 in General Stuff

Yes, just when you were thinking it might’ve gone quiet over here…

Afraid not! It’s time for another volume of Asteroid tracks – and we’re at Volume Four already. You can pick this one up from Bandcamp right HERE

And here’s the tracklisting:

1. 16 Psyche 04:44
2. 36 Atalante 04:12
3. 42 Isis 05:03
4. 52 Europa 05:50
5. 66 Maja 03:08
6. 78 Diana 03:01
7. 193 Ambrosia 02:55
8. 223 Rosa 02:54
9. 224 Oceana 02:20
10. 228 Agathe 02:30
11. 351 Yrsa 02:39
12. 448 Natalie 02:29
13. 763 Cupido 02:33
14. 886 Washingtonia 02:11
15. 1043 Beate 03:09
16. 1743 Schmidt 02:05

And here is the link to it all, again…

Volume Five may well be up by the middle of next week, so be warned.

Or wait with deep anticipation, whichever you prefer…

Yes, there’s more…


Volume 3 has now landed at Bandcamp (HERE) so get across there and grab it as soon as you can :-) Feel free to name your price – just like the other volumes. There are a few more volumes of these on the way. Most likely not until the end of September or into October. But you never know – it just depends how industrious I become – and what uploading stuff is like at my new place. So far it’s been generally ok but it can be a bit hit-and-miss now and again even getting online, as I’m sharing a wireless connection with several other people.


3 Juno (5:35)
30 Urania (2:27)
43 Ariadne (3:13)
65 Cybele (4:41)
84 Klio (3:09)
93 Minerva (3:02)
109 Felicitas (3:00)
222 Lucia (3:21)
386 Siegene (3:03)
390 Alma (2:15)
623 Chimaera (2:09)
810 Atossa (1:52)
911 Agamemnon (2:02)
1009 Sirene (2:28)
1094 Siberia (4:39)
1298 Nocturna (1:58)
1785 Wurm (3:20)

No individual links here but all the usual full-length previews can be heard over at the linked Bandcamp page just below the picture. I’m working on some more of these – as well as polishing up the ones that are already laying about here waiting to go. So expect at least one more Volume sometime soon. In the meantime, enjoy these…

Yes, the second volume of Asteroids is here. Well, actually it’s HERE, but you know what I mean…

Startled Okapi! Recordings No. 22


2 Pallas
7 Iris
23 Thalia
26 Proserpina
58 Concordia
62 Erato
80 Sappho
123 Brunhild
133 Cyrene
279 Thule
572 Rebekka
824 Anastasia
1004 Belopolskya
1005 Arago
1282 Utopia
1981 Midas
2106 Hugo

Links to all tracks can be found on the Bandcamp page – and all the usual pricing is available.
Be warned, Volume 3 is not too far away…

August update… Part One

Posted: August 5, 2016 in General Stuff

Here I am, passing over yet again…

ST Cover Large

This time, it’s with another A Plot Of Knives album.

This one is called Survivalist’s Tower (Statled Okapi! Recordings No. 22) and can be found right HERE.

One of the earliest APOK albums now sees the light. Originally recorded back in December 2012 in a single day. This was, in fact, the third album recorded, before either of the other two so far released at Bandcamp or the other two released via Digital Vomit. This one is a little different as the focus is more on ‘slightly shorter’ tracks than the other albums. Judge for yourself if the experiment was succesful or not as the usual previews are available on the page. The usual pricing also applies…

I’ve been having a  bit of trouble in the new place I’m at with the connection – not to mention that I’m having trouble with a few other things too. But I won’t bore you with any of that. I’m hard at work most nights making music, so expect a lot more Asteriods albums very soon…


Posted: July 24, 2016 in New Releases, Startled Okapi

The Asteroid Belt Vol 1 - Front Cover

So, here it is – at last. This is the first in a series of albums containing tracks named after objects in the Asteroid Belt. There is a second volume already waiting to follow this one and there will be more forthcoming in time.
The first Asteroid track ever written was the last track on this album, 3494 Purple Mountain, which was titled more or less by accident (it’s an observatory in China, if you were wondering). However, once I realized how many named Asteroids there were (I already had a pretty good idea about the large number generally) it became an obvious source of inspiration. Not to mention a massive source of titles…
The numbers at the start of each track are sequential numbers, which are assigned to the asteroid once it’s orbit is secured – the name often follows much later, sometimes after a long period of debate.
The basic sound of this album is pretty much Ambient, but be warned that there are beats now and again (mostly on 12 Victoria on this album anyway) and that discordant sounds do pop up, so it may prove a tad disquieting if you’re just looking to chill. It’s now up on Bandcamp, via Startled Okapi! The link is below…
Each of the 18 tracks has a few notes attached to it regarding it’s Astronomical Namesake and the origin of it’s name – if it’s known of course.


6 Hebe 03:43
12 Victoria 03:07
17 Thetis 04:06
55 Pandora 03:35
69 Hesperia 04:10
71 Niobe 04:14
103 Hera 02:50
163 Erigone 03:42
201 Penelope 02:50
216 Kleopatra 02:09
256 Walpurga 03:20
397 Vienna 02:21
402 Chloë 02:08
430 Hybris 01:32
747 Winchester 02:31
1912 Anubis 03:45
2340 Hathor 02:31
3494 Purple Mountain 02:30

Get it HERE – usual pricing structures apply and the whole thing can be previewed there as well.

After seemingly disappearing online (well, I can’t find Datahex any more)  during the time I was away, The Crossfire Era now makes it’s return via Started Okapi:

The Crossfire Era

Now back as SO! No.19. and available here as of now, with the usual price structure, of course. And some decent-quality soundfiles available as well, for those that desire them. This originally came out back in October 2010 and was one of three albums that were released online that year, you can preview it all at the Bandcamp site.

Also at Startled Okapi! now is Arctic Circles, another album by A Plot Of Knives – one of many recorded during 2013 that will pretty much all see the light this year, depending on circumstances. My internet connection here is still spotty and I’m looking at alternatives right now.

There will be more Thee Crumb online soon as well, not just the long-promised first of the Asteroids albums but at least one other new release too, which will be up early next month.

July 2016

Posted: July 3, 2016 in General Stuff


Here I am again, posting a progress report at the start of yet another month. Well, I moved out of the place I’ve been staying at since last September and am now living in a small flat in Bournemouth. It’s all very relaxed – in fact you’d hardly know there was anybody else living here. The only problem so far is access to the internet – I’m on a shared wireless network here in my attic flat – which is spotty at the best of times and may seriously hamper efforts to upload music. We shall see how it goes.

However, I’ve already got 3 more albums ready to go at Bandcamp, as I took the chance to upload them before I moved. There are 2 Thee Crumb albums (a reissue and a new one) and another APOK album. All of these will go live in the next couple of weeks. After that, we’ll see what happens.

All my musical kit is set up here and I’ve been hard at work, partly going back through a lot of old, unfinished tracks and sorting them out and partly writing a good number of new Asteroid tracks. I expect to have the first volume of them live (depending on the upload situation, of course) fairly soon.

Look out for more information when it all drops…


Rising From The Deep – Startled Okapi! No. 18

Originally recorded for the RPM Challenge back in February 2008, and then issued on Hallo Excentrico! later the same year. And now it’s back again on Startled Okapi! Here. With a couple of bonus tracks not available on any other version of it, firstly Rodents Probed Melanie, which was released as part of the Roughly Produced Masterpieces by Very Us Artists, which was another RPM contribution from the same year, which started my association with Very Us Artists which eventually led to Foreshadows.

The other bonus track, Uppercrust, is an early version of Ghosts Of Horses, which I found recently in the original files for this album and had never previously made public. You’ll need to download the entire album to get these two.

The only other out-take from the album was Cradle, which was later released on the first Catacombs album. Ana all being well, there ought to be another Catacombs albums along early next year.

The plan is, as I’ve mentioned before, to have all the albums up at Bandcamp so they can all be found in one place. There are a few more reissues planned for later on this year, as well as a couple of new albums. In fact, they may well be a new album up this month. But as I’m looking at moving sometime in the next few weeks all plans are provisional.

While I’m here, I should also mention that A Plot of Knives now has its own Bandcamp page and there’s already a release there. The Footprints Ended In The Middle Of The Field – which was recorded during June 2013. Once again, the plan is to add all the albums to this page – there’ll be should another within a couple of weeks – and at some point, I’ll add a separate page here for APOK as well as a discography.

And finally, just to prove I’m making new stuff and not just plugging my old stuff :-) here’s a new track. Via Soundcloud, as WordPress seem to have now decided that I can’t upload any MP3 tracks without setting up a dedicated music site (or something like that it appears) – despite the fact I’ve been uploading MP3s on here for years. Oh well…

Well, as I pass over again, it’s time to release the album that I promised for July last year – it’s called Quixotic and can be found on the Bandcamp page – right about here in fact…

Quixotic Cover


1 – Red Serpent – 2:40
2 – Wax Museum Shadow– 3:45
3 – Beak Of Bronze – 3:40
4 – View From A Low-Flying Aircraft#10– 1:36
5 – Alternate Timeline – 3:19
6 – The Lodge – 2:03
7 – Afraid Of Heights – 4:36
8 – Early Morning Light Paints A Harsh Picture – 3:01
9 – Run Aground – 2:01
10 – Amanita – 3:13
11 – Waves At Pevensey Bay – 1:31
12 – View From A Low-Flying Aircraft#8 – 2:04
13 – Orphic Egg – 3:38
14 – Golden Hind – 1:51
15 – The Oak Panelled Room – 5:03

Everything on here was recorded between December 2014 and May 2015 and was lined up to be released sometime in July or August last year before other events got in the way. I’ve posted a couple of these track on here before but full-length previews can be had on the Bandcamp link above. And yes, Waves At Pevensey Bay is an accurate description of the contents of that track.

Following this, I’m looking at releasing few of the older previously-unissued albums and putting most if not all of my other albums up at Bandcamp too, not to mention a few oddities. More on this when it actually happens.