A deluxe 4 CD box set collecting many Bass Communion rarities is released in May by ToneFloat. Bass Communion is Steven Wilson’s project dedicated to what can be referred to as drone or dark ambient music, usually based on manipulating recordings of live instruments. Included in the set are the Indicates Void album, Vajrayana single, Litany EP, Pacific Codex album, several remixes for other artists, and a recent piece that was used during the SW band live shows last year.
Each of the 4 discs comes in its own mini LP sleeve, collectively housed in a hardback slipcase box, with a 60 page booklet, all designed by Carl Glover. The set contains over 4 hours of music in total. You can find more information and pre-order on the Headphone Dust site. You can also order directly from ToneFloat in the Netherlands. Please note that due to the limited nature of this release (2000 copies), it’s unlikely to be made available from other sources.
Steven Wilson today posted to his website a news update regarding his recent mixing work for other artists. Most notably, the new Opeth album ‘Pale Communion’ (due to be released by Roadrunner on 17th June) was mixed into stereo and 5.1 at his studio in February. Steven also contributed mixing to four tracks on Anathema’s forthcoming ‘Distant Satellites’ record, also out in June.
But that’s not all! Steven has also been doing mixing for Tim Bowness, for his new solo album ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’…
“At the start of the year I mixed the new solo album by my long term friend and collaborator Tim Bowness. Abandoned Dancehall Dreams mainly consists of songs Tim wrote with a no-man record in mind, and was recorded with members of the touring band, so the material definitely has that DNA. The album is released by Inside Out Music on 23rd June” – Steven Wilson
Steven concluded the post stating that from here on he’s focusing on writing material for his next solo album, the follow up to last year’s magnificent ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)’. ‘The Raven…’ is Steven’s most successful album to date – the album received mass critical acclaim and charted highly in many countries.
Steven Wilson with Mikael Akerfeldt in his studio, February 2014
EastWest Sounds, the company behind Steven Wilson’s new Ghostwriter virtual instrument, have posted several tutorial videos featuring Steven Wilson. In the videos, Steven talks through the construction of two demos he created using the software. The Ghostwriter virtual instrument is available from EastWest Sounds’ website on a hard drive, DVD’s or a digital download.
All six parts of the video series can be seen on Steven Wilson’s website, here.
Porcupine Tree live guitarist/vocalist John Wesley will release a new studio album called ‘Disconnect’ on 31st March. The self-titled lead track’s accompanying video – directed by fashion/music photographer Blake Cortes can be seen below! When asked about the concept of the video for ‘Disconnect’, John had this to say…
“The concept was to touch upon a sci-fi story I read years ago about a man who was “overdrawn” at the Memory Bank, a place you could go to when you had to “disconnect” from a painful memory, but at the risk of losing your mind…”
John has also revealed that the Rush’s Alex Lifeson appears on the track ‘Once A Warrior’, featured on the new album. Alex Lifeson also contributed a guitar solo to Porcupine Tree’s ‘Anesthetize’ back in 2007.
‘Disconnect’ the new studio album by John Wesley will be released on 31st March via InsideOut Music. You can pre-order the album from Burning Shed, here.
Tim Bowness, one half of no-man, has announced that he’ll soon be releasing his first solo effort in 10 years. Mixed by Steven Wilson, ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ features 8 songs (including seven Tim had earmarked for a new no-man album) and features performances by Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, Pat Mastelotto, Anna Phoebe and members of the no-man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Pete Morgan and Andrew Booker).
Classical composer Andrew Keeling, known for his orchestrations of Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes, provided string arrangements on four tracks.
More details including the contents, artwork and release date of ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ will follow soon. Tim’s first studio album ‘My Hotel Year’ was released in 2004 and is available to buy on Burning Shed, here.