Tom Green first appeared playing synths and a battered Vox organ for cult punk act Dum Dum Dum in 1979, then performed with African guitarist Abdul Tee Jay, during the 1980s, while also fooling about with early computer music systems. These experiments led directly into working on ‘Dr’ Alex Paterson‘s seminal downtempo album of the early ‘90s, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Tom went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further four albums by the group, including the No 1 album UF ORB.
During this period Tom took time out to work on his own project another fine day, first released in 1993 on ambient dub label Beyond Records, the project taking the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the festival. Tom remains one of the few artists who played at every single Big Chill, up to 2010.
Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album Life Before Land to No 3 in The Independent’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’, and a second AFD album Salvage was released on the San Francisco label Six Degrees in 2000, the EP Chasing Tornados in 2004. Commissions followed, including Music for MRI Scanners, for installation in a new MRI scanner complex in the Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.
For the next few years Tom worked mostly on TV and film music via Apollo Music, but in 2011 AFD reappeared with the ‘Christmas card’ EP Firelight , followed in short order by another commission, Music for Tai Chi in 2012, then a collection of short pieces from the Apollo Music cinematic archive, Low Tide. The latest AFD album A Good Place To Be was released in April, 2015, on Interchill.
As well as further collaborations with The Orb, Tom has co-produced tunes for Baka Beyond, and is also a member of nascent world music project Newanderthal, playing a rare ‘array mbira‘. He has remixed artists as diverse as Natacha Atlas, Kitten & The Hip, and Alucidnation.
In the meantime Tom continues to compose music for the media via his music production company Apollo Music, his TV clients including the BBC, Channel 4, RTE, Cineflix, and Zigzag, and contributes tracks to quality music libraries on Universal Music and EMI Production Music, No Sheet Music, and Altitude Music. 2007 brought him his first full length feature score, the comedy horror Botched – winner of 2 awards at the NYC Horror Film Festival. The album Erebus & Terror (with David Bickley) was recently featured on the soundtrack of Layke Anderson’s film Dylan’s Room, long listed for a BAFTA and winner of 7 awards. He has also scored Layke’s Happy Thoughts (2015, 5 awards) and the forthcoming Shopping. His most recent score is for Magnetism, co-directed by Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull and due for release shortly.
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