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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…

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.


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.


Posted: June 7, 2015 in General Stuff, Music


In this case, I’m meaning awful in the old context “Struck or filled with awe” rather than anything bad…

It’s been a couple of quiet months here – with usual RL stuff, including starting a new job, taking up a good deal of my time. I haven’t got very far with my idea of using the 2 RPM albums to produce a 3rd volume of remixes and alternative versions – in fact, I’ve completed exactly one track – which is posted below. Other musical stuff keeps pushing it to one side. Maybe soon…

Another Threshold

I’ve got enough tracks for another album – which I’m hoping to have up on Bandcamp by mid-July – and I’m looking at compiling some of the Asteroids tracks I’ve been working on in a fitful manner for a few years into an album as well quite soon. Right now, I’ve got internet problems too so any kind of sustained upload project is asking for trouble. Although, on the plus side, lack of internet means more time to work on tracks and less time looking at GIFs of cats falling off walls… Startled Okapi! is still alive too – there is a Bandcamp page in the works too, which is another project currently on the backburner – but I’m hoping for it to be live by the end of summer.

Here’s another new track to round things off:

Orphic Egg

…are now up for download on Bandcamp. The page is Here – so go and get them if you’re so inclined. The usual price structures apply of course.

RPM Challenge 15 – Day 26

Posted: February 26, 2015 in Music, RPM

Well, it’s virtually all over for another year – I managed to finish the entire thing yesterday morning. So I now have 2 completed 14-track albums, which amount to roughly 90 minutes of music made this month from scratch. Which is some kind of record for me I believe.

I’ve got titles for both albums and I still need to sort out artwork too (that will be done tomorrow) and I’m hoping to get the whole thing in the post on Saturday morning. Unless something emerges in the next day or so, there are no off-cuts all this time around – I’ve written 28 tracks and used them all, although there are still a few unfinished ones floating about. One or two of which I may well come back to in a bit. I’ll post the artwork and a full tracklisting once I’ve got it all together – most likely tomorrow I’d think.

Here are a couple more finished tracks:

On The Turning Globe

Zones Of Interference

RPM Challenge 15 – Day 20

Posted: February 20, 2015 in Music, RPM

What the inside of my head has been feeling like this week…

Just over a week left now and I’ve got 18 finished tracks – more than enough for 1 album, but not enough for 2 just yet. So I shall have to press on for a bit it seems. There are another 2 that are virtually done and a number that are on the way. Getting myself over the finishing line this year is going to be a bit harder than usual – but that was the point of attempting to make 2 albums in the first place.

The way it’s going now, I feel that it will more likely be 1 long album (a double for those who still think of albums as being on black vinyl in 12-inch cardboard sleeves) than 2 discrete ones as otherwise the second one will run the risk of sounding like a pile of off-cuts and remixes. Which can have its charm – but sometimes that kind of stuff doesn’t get a public airing for a reason…

As usual with this, I have no title for the thing yet or any finished cover art. That will come this week as I should have some time to actually complete everything, as I’ve had very little free time at all this week and have been forced to snatch the odd half-hour here and there when I can. Hence the crows…

Here’s a couple more finished tracks:

Porcupine Dilemma


…The very last (at least I think it is anyway) Digital Vomit compilation.

Rotten Fish Head – DVR129


Memory. Mechanical Memory. Malfunction. Bit Rot. Big Data. Lifelogging. Cloud Disorder.
Digital Dementia. Data Compression. Memory Distortion, Recording Technology…
Rotten Fish Heah is a compilation around the theme of memory, decay and entropy,
inspired by the mechanical failure of hard drives.

Get it at either Bandcamp or

As for RPM… well, it’s coming along. I’ve got 9 finished tracks now which add up to a shade over 29 minutes in total. So, if I’m still looking at making 2 albums, that means I’m about a third of the way there. Which is a little troubling as tomorrow is the halfway point and I still need to make nearly another hour’s worth of music. And hardly any free time on any of the 3 Saturdays left? Hmm…

Oh well, at least it actually will be a challenge this year.

The finished tracks, I hear you ask? Well, here are 2 of them.

Analysis Paralysis

The Unfamiliar