Yasmine Hamdan



I’m co-rpoducing Yasmine’s new record with Luke Smith at Flesh & Bone Studios this month. I am very much enjoying working with Arabic lyrics; literal explanation is rarely possible, but the sound of the words and intention of Yasmine’s performance always conveys the meaning.


Seamus Fogarty at Big Jelly


I had a lovely time helping Seamus record at Big Jelly – along with his brother John on accordion, Emma Smith on violin and Aram Zarikian on drums (who took these photos).

Big Jelly is based in a beautiful chapel in Ramsgate and getting drum sounds in the big room (which also benefits from a slide) was a blast. Thanks to Mike and Al.

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New Releases – March/April


A few things that I played on have come out, or are out soon:

Jarvis Cocker’s production of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’, featuring Karen Elson, which he conducted live to picture with miraculous accuracy, by dancing.


Brian Eno’s ‘The Ship’ – this record is based on three-dimensional recording techniques and is, for me, some of his greatest work.


Emmy The Great’s new record ‘Second Love’, produced by Dave McCracken, is getting deservedly rave reviews.


Birdy’s ‘Keeping Your Head Up’ – I played on her first record too and it’s been lovely to see how she’s developed as a writer and performer


Spitfire Enigma 2 – interview


Thanks to T+S for helping to spread the word about my new sample library. There’s some info about the recording process and studio photos here.

Tape-Op Interview


Thanks to Larry Crane for coming to my house! I’d wanted to meet him for a long time.

Interview is here. I was in an equivocal mood that day.

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LA Reading


‘Consilience’ (E.O. Wilson)
‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’ (Marshall Berman)
‘The Hidden Musicians’ (Ruth Finnegan)
‘Ladies Of The Night’ (Susan Hall)
‘Art Worlds’ (Becker)
‘The Glory Of Hera’ (Philip E Slater)