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About Another Fine Day

After a distinctly eye-opening (for him, as well as the audience) stage debut with cult post-punk outfit DUM DUM DUM in 1979 (where he poured beer over his Wasp synthesiser, thereby persuading it to self-generate sounds at random- it did survive, and still works) Tom Green spent the ‘80s playing keyboards with various artists including African guitar luminary Abdul Tejan-Jalloh, while also teaching himself new methods of writing music, with early computer music systems, by writing a good deal of music for the corporate media market. As the early dance culture bloomed, Tom found himself collaborating with a strange group of musicians and sound designers on what became a seminal album of the early ‘90s, THE ORB’s “Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld”, and went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further 4 albums by the group, including the No 1 album “UF Orb”. During this period Tom took occasional time out to work on his own project ANOTHER FINE DAY, which took the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the BIG CHILL festival. (Tom remains one of the few artists who has played at every single Big Chill) Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album ‘Life Before Land’, released in 1994, to No 3 in THE INDEPENDENT’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’ in 2007. A second AFD album “Salvage” was released on the San Francisco label SIX DEGREES in 2000, and the EP “Chasing Tornados” in 2004. “Music for MRI Scanners” (under his own name) followed in 2007. As well as further collaborations and remixes with THE ORB, Tom co-produced two albums for BAKA BEYOND, Martin Cradick’s respected world music project, incorporating elements of singing and drumming from the forest people of Cameroon. In the meantime Tom has continued to compose music for the media, including BBC, CHANNEL 4, and RTE, as well as contributing tracks to quality music library Atmosphere (now part of Universal music group). 2007 brought him his first feature score, the comedy horror ‘BOTCHED’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790590/)- winner of BEST FEATURE and BEST ACTOR at the NYC Horror Film Festival in 2007- and Tom continues to provide soundtracks for TV, film, and other media use. A further AFD album is rumoured to be in production, release date not confirmed. Tom is a member of BASCA, PCAM, MU, and AIM, as well as the Screened Music Network. Tom’s work is usually published by Kaleidoscope Music Management and Publishing, in association with Notting Hill Music.

Oldie but Goldie

… or in this case, Greenie. Looks like this old tune from Life Before Land is getting sync’d to a film, further details later…

It’s another fine day on BBC Radio 4

Coming up Thursday 29th October at 3pm, BBC Radio 4’s “Open Country” explores the site for the first Big Chill Festival in 1995. Helen Mark meets founder Pete Lawrence and a handful of other folk to have a chat, including Tom Green/AFD – he’s the one with the hat.

[warning – chilled zone ahead. There will be thumb piano/kalimba/mbira]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kgvc6

petLpic of big chill radio 4

Elements

A side project here, 20 deeply ambient tunes commissioned by the Ameritz label for their Spotify channel – do not take this medication while driving… for now not available as download, though that may change.

David Bickley – ‘Belerion’

Those familiar with dark ambient album ‘Erebus & Terror’, produced by David Bickley and Tom Green in 2005, may be interested in checking this out – it’s David’s latest album, a PHD project exploring the techniques of analogue synthesis and recording, as it was in the mid 70s. I contributed a fair amount of synthesis and performance, and can confirm that this is entirely analogue throughout the production chain (apart from the eventual digital masters on Bandcamp…) Those fond of the Tangs’ ‘Rubycon’ may well feel a smile coming on …

Interchill @ Inspiral Lounge

just a heads up about this event – I’ll be there, for sure.

“Join us for a Halloween special with Interchill records and some of our favourite acts playing the latest chunky bass heavy electronic sounds.

Interchill and Seb Taylor’s Kaya Project first worked together in 2003 and have gone on to release close on 100 tunes together over the years. Join us at Inspiral Cafe for a Kaya Project live set with vocalist Randolph Matthews and then dj sets from Andrew, Nick and Seb.
While the label is known for chilled sounds expect to hear something chunkier on the night…

Tickets: £9 advance from Access All Areas // Limited £10 door”

https://www.facebook.com/events/1470409169931660/

31st October, 22.00 > 03.00

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more kind words…

… this time from Darren Sanghita

“By comparison with many other contemporary ambient album releases, the sophistication of the geometry of sound is like luxuriating in the State rooms of Consciousness!”

http://sangitasounds.com/review-another-fine-day-a-good-place-to-be/


“a good place to be” No 8 in Echoes’ chart

” At number 8, A Good Place to Be was worth the wait as AFD’s Tom Green creates a dreamy, ambient jazz meditation, but with a surreal world music touch with his kalimba.”

http://echoes.org/2015/06/30/the-best-of-2015-so-far/

A Strangely Isolated Place …

… reviews ‘a good place to be’

“…Tom does a great job sticking to the basics and making something great, that will undoubtedly stick around for years to come. ”

http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2015/6/1/passing-by-chasing-dreams-adverb-another-fine-day-arovane

 

AFD in Echoes podcast

Audio interview with John Diliberto at Echoes, right here

http://echoes.org/2015/05/29/another-fine-day-in-echoes-podcast/

Interview with Ambient Visions

Bit of chat with Michael Foster at Ambient Visions …

http://ambientvisions.com/agoodplacetobegreen.htm

… about this