A year in the making, I feel "Book Of Small Hours" may be the album project over which I have taken the most time and care, since I started recording in the early-1990s. I have long had a "progressive-rock" thread running through my work, and for this album I decided I wanted to pull it out and make a whole new garment out of it (as it were).
This is a completely solo home recording on my part, and I produced the majority of it on an iPad (using instrument, audio-processing and recording software native to that machine) before transferring the material to a Mac for overdubbing and mixing. I feel "mobile" computers are becoming ever more capable for serious music-production, and I hope this album serves as a demonstration of what is possible at this point in time.
Attentive listeners may notice the odd subtle musical reference (and for that matter, a couple of pretty UN-subtle ones!) to the artists who inspired me in this particular genre, for which I hope you may indulge me - I felt I needed to get this one out of my system! In particular, I have harboured a desire for a long time, to write and produce an "epic" track - the type which would have occupied a whole side of a vinyl LP in the days when they "ruled the roost". I have finally achieved my ambition here, so if nothing else, I no longer "have" to try it again!
So, from an iPad on my lap in a holiday-home, to the final letting-go of the mix, here is my "Book Of Small Hours". May you get out of it, at least some measure of what I poured into it...
Tim @ Sidingsound, April 2015
released April 12, 2015
Written, arranged and produced by T.A. Walker for Sidingsound Productions
T.A. Walker performs: Acoustic 6- and 12-string, electric 6-string and lap-steel, EBow and bass guitars; voices; guitar, keyboard and touch synthesisers; electric dulcimer; glockenspiel; electronic drums and percussion
Synths/instruments: ARP2600V, Modular Synthesizer*, Galileo Organ*, EVB3, Super Manetron*, AM Pro SoloVST, iSEM*, iMini*, ES1, iVCS3*, DR-OM*, Samvada* (* - iPad; others on Mac)
Processors: JamUp Pro XT, BIAS, Crystalline, Vio, Moog Filtatron
Some synth programming by Tim, with a LOT of presets...
Recorded by T.A. Walker at Sidingsound I and II and on the Sidingsound Mobile, England, between April 2014 and March 2015
Mixed by Tim at Sidingsound I, spring 2015
Cover art direction and photography by Tim, with illustration by Tim and Naomi Walker
Thanks to my family (especially Joy for encouragement, love and space, and Naomi for the same, plus her wonderful contributions to the cover art which really caught the mood!); the terrific folk at the iPad Musician group on Facebook for constant help and inspiration; all the musicians whose work has inspired me over the years; and you, for giving this baby of mine a chance...
(c) 2015 Tim Walker