Nothing without industry

The building on the corner of Brownhill road and Plassy road had been derelict for many years, until work started on it's redevelopment in the spring of last year. It was built in 1911 for the Bromley & Crays Co-operative Society (later merged into the South Suburban Co-operative Society), but subsequently the upstairs of the … Continue reading Nothing without industry

Parakeets

The phenomenon of ring necked parakeets in London parks and gardens has been well documented over the years. There are various theories regarding the origins of their presence (film set escapees, domestic pets turned feral, or a rather dubious one involving Jimi Hendrix), and they even been the subject of a BBC Nature documentary. There … Continue reading Parakeets

A view from a hill

Bandstand was exclusively recorded for a new compilation on Linear Obsessional Recordings, and will not feature on the Catford Gyrations LP. Contributors were asked to provide a two minute piece on the theme of landscape - the result is a 105 track album called A view from a hill, exactly three and half hours in … Continue reading A view from a hill

Gyratory

In sharp contrast to the previous track posted, I have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into this one, including a woodwind  section. There is a strong element of a repetition here , but hopefully enough variation throughout it's seven minute duration to keep it interesting. The piece concludes with a field recording, captured on … Continue reading Gyratory

The Island

I walk across Catford Island at least a couple of times a day, and it was here, one morning at the end of last year, where I got the idea for starting work on this album. I was listening to an earlier rough mix of this particular track, and it seemed to fit the mood … Continue reading The Island

An Introduction

Catford Gyrations, when completed, will become an album of instrumental music, referencing various locations on and around the Catford Gyratory. This website will document the work in progress. For the uninitiated, the Catford Gyratory is a road layout that forms part of the A205 in South London (better known as the South Circular). This, and … Continue reading An Introduction