Music update: 2016 albums and what’s coming up in 2017

I’m quite pleased with what I achieved in 2016. As my Music page shows, I released four new albums:

  • Symmetry 1
  • Symmetry 2
  • Revisited
  • Voyage into Space

I released Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2 simultaneously, under the name “GFD”. Towards the end of the year, I released Voyage into Space, also as “GFD”.

Meanwhile, the Revisited project was an opportunity for me to bring some of my oldest tracks up to date. Although a few have been remixed before, I felt that they were worth another look. I remixed 10 tracks from A World Beyond, and 10 tracks from Besidewalk Plight.

In 2017, I’ve decided to have another try at FAWM – a site that challenges you to write 14 tracks in 28 days. Way back in 2007, I successfully completed this challenge – the music I wrote ultimately became The Unravelling of Travelling. Ten years on, it feels like a good time to do it all over again. If all goes well, the music will form the basis for my tenth album, which I’ve ten-tatively called… Ten. (I’ll stop now.)

After that, I’d like to come back to the Revisited project. Instead of making the current 20-track album even longer, I’m expecting to kick off an altogether new album, called Revisited 2. The album will include remixes of tracks from Twice Midnight, and The Unravelling of Travelling.

I’m excited to get started!

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T2 Tea

There’s a tea shop in Richmond called T2. They sell tea.


After a lot of thought (should we buy a tea maker, tea set, and loose tea?) we decided to keep it simple and buy a few teabags.


So far we’ve only tried Melbourne Breakfast, which is very nice: a subtle flavour with a bit of vanilla.

It’s looking pretty likely that we’ll be back for more soon.

More info here: https://www.t2tea.com

Moving house

As I wrote in a previous post, we recently set the wheels in motion to move back to London. Today was the big day!

It started out as a very dark and cloudy day. But by the time the movers got here and started moving things, things brightened up a bit.


Unfortunately, it rained at the other end. Oh well.

There was a minor casualty: our sofa didn’t fit down the narrow hallway into our lounge. We ended up asking the movers to take it away. Not their fault. However, we’ve been wanting to get new furniture anyway – and we have a couple of chairs that will make do for now. I also think it would’ve been a bit cramped with the sofa in here. It’s not so bad.

Speaking of which, here’s how part of our new lounge looks:


The lounge is quite a bit bigger than this. Here’s a pic of the bedroom:


We’re not done with the place yet, but we’ve made good progress on getting unpacked.

I decided to stack up all of the empty boxes:


And after all that, we needed an energy boost!


On Tuesday we’ll be picking up Maisie from the cattery. We thought it would be a lot simpler to finish packing, do the move, and do most of the unpacking without a cat in the house with us. Maisie will come into a brand new home, which will take a bit of getting used to (she’ll do her usual exploration of the place first). We know she’ll settle more quickly if we aren’t unpacking things around her.

Back to work on Wednesday. It’s going to be a long week!

Pizza Express: a good gluten-free lunch

Today we had lunch at Pizza Express. They have good gluten-free options; any pizza can be made on a gluten-free base. There are also starters and desserts. We skipped dessert but had starters.

You can get the Pizza Express dough balls as a gluten-free dish. I had these followed by a Diavolo pizza on the gluten-free base.

Overall, a good lunch, and a menu that clearly indicates what’s gluten-free. Pizza Express are definitely worth a trip.

Packing for the move

As we’re moving house on Monday, several people have asked if we’re packed. Well, not completely, but we don’t have much stuff to pack.

Here’s what we’ve packed so far:


Not much, right? We do have more to pack, but most of what’s left can’t be packed until Sunday night. There’s still furniture, but that obviously won’t fit in boxes.

For a comparison, here’s how things looked for one of our previous moves – not the last one, but the one before that. This was taken in December 2012.

https://instagram.com/p/S7upTaPBS5/
It’s good to see we haven’t accumulated much stuff since then.

Revisiting the Revisited album project

Last year, I remixed 20 tracks spanning my first two albums. This collection formed the first part of the “Revisited” album project.

I also put the original tracks back online, and added music players to every album I’ve released. These can be found via my Music page.

I’ve recently started working on the next phase of this project, which will be a remixed version of “Twice Midnight“. As with the previous “Revisited” tracks, I’m hoping to improve on the original material quite a bit. I remember finding the album quite boring to work on when I first put it together. I hope that by removing a couple of “filler” tracks and not trying to rush the process, the album as a whole will sound a lot better.

I’ll share tracks on the blog as soon as they’re ready. Until then, I’d like to recommend a few tracks to check out (note: these will autoplay when clicked):

Thanks for listening!

Blogging in five sentences

If email takes up too much of your time, you can adopt the model suggested by five.sentenc.es.

Write your email responses in no more than five sentences (and it’s ok to write shorter responses than that).

There’s also variations on this idea, where you could write four, three or even two sentences.

You could also adopt this approach for your blog posts.

If you can say it in five sentences, why say it in more?