Nigel Samways / Vecchi-Teller - ‘Nuclear Beach’
New Split EP released - available now on CDR direct from Ephre Imprint or as a digital download from Ephre Imprint Bandcamp.
Two 18 to 19 minute long tracks form the EP - running time: 37 minutes
"Ephre presents a new split EP of sun scorched, junk debris infested ambi-scapes and noise from Nigel Samways and Vecchi-Teller. Instrumentation includes a rhythm bashed out on a mutant shellfish drum set, a radioactive cormorant choir conducted by the ghost of John Bunyan, plus The Incredible Melting Baby Jesus Holiday Players." “
Review on Igloo Magazine:
Nigel Samways’ Nuclear Beach was included in The Sound Projector Radio Show on Resonance 104.4 FM, 16/5/14:
9:06 pm • 26 February 2014 • 4 notes
I have a new track ‘Deneb Triangel’ on a new ‘Mythical Tapes II’ compilation from the Mythical Tapes label. Available on tape or as a digital download from Bandcamp.
8:55 pm • 26 February 2014 • 1 note
Off_Hz / La Gallera Suena
The ‘Off_Herzios' Sound Art Festival, features an Audiotalaia related sound installation. This includes music from my 'Mirror' EP from 2011.
The Off_Herzios Festival is in Valencia, Spain and runs between January and April 2014.
8:54 pm • 4 February 2014
This 2011 EP, originally released on Ephre Imprint is now available for download. This is a slightly different mix of the EP and Nine Barrow Down (actual) has an extended intro section.
8:25 pm • 26 January 2014 • 2 notes
'Satin Doll Jazz Club' - Nigel Samways
New mini album/extended EP released on CDR, 7th April 2013 on Somehow Recordings.
Running time: 30 minutes
Recorded in Japan and England, 2012-13. Features the wonderful Enrico Coniglio on silde guitar during ‘Single Malt (Second Glass)’. This EP picks up where ‘Havenots Havenever’ left off, with fragmented harmonies and drones emerging from the melancholy city rainscapes. Whether it actually contains any jazz, let alone a DMA7+11 chord remains to be seen! Cover portrait illustration by RNCPS cohort Daniel Dickel.
Somehow Recordings is due to close at the end of 2013, so please show your support for this excellent little label and all the musicians it has so selflessly helped over the years. Thanks Tim!
7:03 pm • 20 April 2013 • 3 notes
Nigel Samways - Forest of Robots [GJ-040)
New solo album available now on the Ginjoha label from Hokuto City, Japan. Released on C45 cassette and limited to 75 copies worldwide. Released March 2013.
Side One: Forest of Robots [Settlement Beta] (22.25)
Side Two: Forest of Robots [Settlement Alpha] (22.04)
Recorded and assesmbled by Nigel Samways, 2011-2012.
Asimovian ambient and utopian visions in the forest of robots. Main segment recorded in the sunshine at Plotzensee Lake, Berlin.
Visit the Ginjoha website for details.
Very nice review on the Petriblog:
"This is one of the very best cassettes I’ve acquired over the last few years. The artist, Nigel Samways, has been active in the UK since at least 2008 doing sound sculpting such as that of this exquisite example of musique concrete, electro-acoustic, ambient and industrial flavored composite soundscapes, hypothetically regarding and depicting a forest full of robots all staring at you.
First you notice that all of the robots are staring at you, and then you start to notice that the sounds going on all around you are bewitchingly strange and comforting. Being frank, without being stuck on the visualizing of a forest crawling with robots that were all staring at me, I did find this tape to be borne of a really sophisticated sense for emotional directness, patient timing of composition, thorough listening, humble sense of humor, and vivid imaginational-internal-visual projection gifts. Cinematic jazz-ambient. 1.jazz-2.ambient – NOT 1.ambient 2.jazz. I’d say that a good portion of this music has the looseness, directness, rawness and poetry of jazz, done in a sort of ambient idiom. I diddled with a pretend genre term and I am a little sorry, but it does sort of help explain an aspect of what Nigel Samways does on this fantastic recording. The selections of sound samples (from records, movies?, field recordings, etc.) are thoughtful and beguiling; picked for numerous reasons rather than the same reason over and over. There’s a certain kind of drama that re-occurs in a lot of ambient music – a drama that feels like sentimentality, romantic nostalgia, loneliness; this isn’t all that we are limited to in the Forest of Robots. Samples are quirky, dreamy, fantastical, nostalgic, sci-fi-feeling, visual, haunting, subtly funny or fun, dreamy, nightmarey. There’s a wide breadth of notions brought about by the various clips and loops he composites, stretching across ideologies, cultures, genres, philosophies, textures, fidelities, biological constructions, operating systems, languages, chemical structures, smells, and color schemes. These are all 5-dimensionally spider-webbed in the listening field. Isaac Asimovian it is, and not a lot of music could really live up to such a challenge. It’s complex and operates on a lot of levels. I guess, like I already said, this of course isn’t just ambient music. It is JAZZ-AMBIENT, and I am Mr. Dildo, Pretend Genre Diddler.
It’s damn great.
I admit that there was never any explicit mention on Nigel Samways’ or any other persons’ site of what the robots were doing or if they were staring at you. I made that all up.”
Review from Vital Weekly 882:
NIGEL SAMWAYS - FOREST OF ROBOTS (cassette by Ginjoha)
"Back in Vital Weekly 835, I quite enjoyed the release by Nigel Samways, ‘Havenots Havenever’, which reminded me of smokey bars and jazzy tunes, a bit like the old forgotten band A Tent. His new release is a bit different. It’s less rooted in the world that is even vaguely jazz like, but then, it’s also not easy to say where this is rooted in anyway. Likewise Samways doesn’t provide us with many clues as to the instruments he is using for his music. There is, I think, some form of keyboards, electronics and maybe wind instruments and/or guitars at play here, but also field recordings - domestic rumbling and music of more ethnic origin. Both sides are filled with one piece, which in itself breaks down in smaller pieces. All of these smaller pieces have an atmospheric touch to them, but are rather short and to the point. Especially in ‘Forest Of Robots (Settlement Beta)’ I was reminded from time to time to the work of Zoviet*France, and their songlet approach - more ideas than finished songs (I am speaking here of their earlier part of their career of course), but already highly atmospheric in approach. Lots of loops are used, of domestic sounds, forming small rhythmic particles, while on top we have feedback/drone like sounds swirling around through probably more looper devices. Even when it deals with some amount of field recordings, Samways is someone who wants to play a piece of music, rather than a nice sound scape, so it seems to me. Perhaps a bit less musical here than on the previous work, but again Samways knows how to surprise us in his ever continuing search for something new. Very nice." (FdW)
11:20 pm • 4 March 2013 • 4 notes
Free download compilation on the new ‘Assembly Field’ netlabel, which is run by PJE. Released January 2013 and includes ‘Paratheatre’ by Nigel Samways and Daniel Dickel, which is taken from a live duo improvisation session we did on 15/9/12. The compilation also includes Pleq, David Newlyn, Wil Bolton, Gallery Six, Tone Colour and more. Download free from Archive.org
11:18 pm • 4 March 2013
'Vicarage Sabbaticals' [PV]
Music by N.Samways. Visual by Foss Moigne.
Created under FerroMagnetic conditions in Deluxe Anti-HD.
Warning: contains some flashing images.
Original track features on the Escala Compilation which is a magnificent free download!
8:42 pm • 27 May 2012
New Nigel Samways track ‘Vicarage Sabbaticals’ - featured on an extensive 3 volume compilation set jointly curated by Escala netlabel and Sismografo Radio 3.
All 3 volumes are available as a free download from Escala and feature numerous talented sound artists such as Francisco López, Pleq, Philippe Lamy, Pascal Savy, Kenneth Kirschner, Fabio Orsi, Yui Onodera, Nigul, Carlos Suarez and Talvihorros but to name a few.
Released April 2012.
10:01 pm • 23 April 2012 • 4 notes
'Havenots Havenever' [SR36]
1. Migraine Machine (10.42)
2. Temple, Without Being There (4.47)
3. Ruhr Pocket (7.27)
4. Grey Flowers (7.15)
5. Finis Opus Coronat (16.19)
6. Undercity (7.18)
New solo album now available on Somehow Recordings.
Six tracks, running time 54 minutes.
Comes with two oversized artwork prints on glossy card and a fridge magnet!!!
Released 10th April 2012.
Frans De Waard review from Vital Weekly 835:
NIGEL SAMWAYS - HAVENOTS HAVENEVER (CDR by Somehow Recordings)
A bit of an odd package. CDR with no print on it, in a plastic shell, and larger pro printed card with information and such. Very likely to get separated at one in time, certainly when you have a few CDs around the house, but apparently this is the way they do things at Somehow Recordings. This is (also apparently, but I could have been fooled), Samways first full length record, using a plethora of ‘ad-hoc street recordings’ taking right of the streets with a microphone and set to pick up whatever is happened down there and play music along that. Odd music. I believe to hear drum machines, samples, organs (?) and perhaps wind instruments, fed through a bunch of effects. At times a bit chaotic such as in Grey Flowers, or perhaps a bit too heavy (the opening of ‘Finis Opus Coronat’), but when the balance between street and studio-level is good, its a surprisingly musical album. It reminded me in some ways of the classical album by A Tent, ‘Six Empty Places’. A similar jazzy/smokey atmosphere, although Samways is less musical, less based on say a heavy saxophone solo, but with the same sort of ‘free’ notion of letting those instruments play. The piano and percussion are in place and Samways uses more field recordings it seems. I think this is a great record, for various reasons. One, quite important, is that the approach to field recordings is very musical, since it is incorporated in a musical surrounding. A musical surrounding, rather than a piece of some kind. That I thought was very good, Samways tries to do something new. Its executed with great care, and perhaps some of these pieces could have been a tad bit shorter, but throughout I thought this was a great release. Excellent music, produced with imagination, with a keen ear for doing something that others not always do. Check it out. (FdW)
Another review in Japanese here.
12:19 am • 2 April 2012 • 4 notes