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Ambient Trio

by Various Artists

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    All three of our compilations, individually released in gatefold digifile cases.

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All three of our compilations, bundled together as part of our Spring Sale.



IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
"In 1998 I formed Disco Gecko Recordings as an outlet for my Banco de Gaia music as I couldn’t find another label that I was happy to work with. My earlier experiences working with both independent and major labels had left me less than convinced that I would find anyone who actually understood, or cared about, what I was trying to do, so I thought I had better just do it myself. It can’t be that much work, right?

I meant to add other artists to the label eventually but it wasn’t until 2014 that I finally found the time to do so, releasing Andrew Heath’s gorgeous album The Silent Cartographer.

Since then I have released albums and EPs by a bunch of other artists, always looking for music with heart, integrity and beauty. Unlike many peoples’ preconceptions about Banco, this isn’t a dance music label, although there is some of that. Rather, it’s an outlet for anything from ambient instrumentals to midtempo floor stompers via experimental electronics and traditional (and not-so-traditional) instruments.

To mark 20 years of the label I decided to do something a bit more interesting than just a ‘best of’ compilation. As there are now nine artists releasing music on the label, plus various ‘associates’ (such as Andy Guthrie who was with me at the birth of Banco and still remixes and contributes the odd track when he can), I decided to ask them to each remix each other. The pairings were picked randomly but the results are anything but. With tracks covering the full range of what we have to offer, this compilation showcases the talents of writers, producers and performers of the highest quality. Every track is a unique journey into the minds and personalities of two different artists, often working in very different styles, and the results are definitely more than a sum of the parts.

20 years has gone by in the blink of an eye. Hopefully this album signposts the way ahead for the next 20 (and beyond)."

Toby Marks, head honcho at Disco Gecko since 1998



STRANGE-EYED CONSTELLATIONS
In 1992 I saw my first tracks released on CD as part of the ‘Ambient Dub’ compilation series on Beyond Records. Six years later, when I set up my own label, one of my aims was to start a similar series of down-tempo, left of centre, compilation albums, featuring more or less anything that I found beautiful and uplifting, irrespective of genre (although leaning heavily towards the electronic).

Finally, 17 years later, I have found the time to make it a reality and so I present the first collection to you now.

I would like to dedicate this album to Beyond Records’ founder Mike Barnet in thanks for the opportunity he gave me and for championing less well-known music.

As Mike would say, "Last one out turns the lights off.”

(Toby Marks)



STRANGE-EYED CONSTELLATIONS 2
Strange-eyed Constellations 2 follows on from its 2015 predecessor, focusing on downtempo grooves, atmospheric soundscapes and ambient moods, mixing field recordings, classical instruments and electronics.

Some tracks were produced by current Disco Gecko artists, others by associates and acquaintances of mine, and a few came as a result of asking a wider audience to send in their tracks for consideration, which has lead to the discovery of some great new talents.

credits

released June 3, 2022

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
1. Andrew Heath - A Stillness of Place (Radium88 Remix)
Original written and produced by Andrew Heath
Taken from 'Found . Assemble' DSCGCKDIG036
Published by Kaleidiscope Music/Faber Music Publishing
Remixed by Radium88
andrewheath.co.uk

2. Sophie Barker - Road 66 (LO18 Remix)
Original written and produced by Alex Pilkington and Sophie Barker
Taken from 'Break the Habit' GKOCD023
Published by Westbury Music/Copyright control
Remixed by LO18
sophiebarker.com

3. Simon Power - How Proud We Are (Banco de Gaia Remix)
Original written and produced by Simon Power
Taken from 'Reflections' DSCGCKDIG040
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Banco de Gaia
facebook.com/simonpowermusic

4. Radium88 - Heavy Water Falling Stone (Simon Power Remix)
Original written and produced by Tim Thwaites and Jema Davies
Taken from 'Perpetual Emotion Machine' GKOCD026
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Simon Power
radium88.net

5. Banco de Gaia - Glove Puppet (Sophie Barker and FastLap Remix)
Original written and produced by Toby Marks
Taken from 'Igizeh' GKOCD005
Published by Kaleidiscope Music/Faber Music Publishing
Remixed by Sophie Barker and Fastlap
banco.co.uk

6. dr trippy - Darjeeling Daydream (Dragonfly Trio Remix)
Original written and produced by Martin Corbett
Taken from 'Punjabi Swamp Music' DSCGCKDIG022
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Dragonfly Trio
facebook.com/drtrippy

7. 100th Monkey - The Inuit Snow Song (Andrew Heath Remix)
Original written and produced by Andy Guthrie
English Text by Julie Boden
Clarinet - Mary Sampson
Inuit Singing by Leq. Recorded by 'Juskiddink'. Creative Commons
Choir recorded by Andy Guthrie and Mike Rucinski, conducted by Andy.
Taken from 'Strange-Eyed Constellations' GKOCD018
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Andrew Heath
facebook.com/100thmonkeymusic

8. Dragonfly Trio - Up (Animat Remix)
Original written and produced by Philip Otto and Christopher Wing
Original vocals and lyrics by TL Sipple
Taken from 'Dragonfly Trio' DSCGCKDIG041
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Animat
facebook.com/dragonflytrio

9. Animat - Translucent Transparent (dr trippy Remix)
Original written and produced by Mark Daly and Michael Harding
Taken from 'How to be a Shadow' GKOCD024
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by dr trippy
animat.co.uk

10. LO18 - Huima (100th Monkey Remix)
Original written and produced by Kari Lounela
Taken from 'Huima' DSCGCKDIG039
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by 100th Monkey
facebook.com/lo18official

11. Radium88 - Bury Each and Every Prayer (Simon Power Remix)
Original written and produced by Tim Thwaites and Jema Davies
Taken from 'Perpetual Emotion Machine' GKOCD026
Published by Copyright Control
Remixed by Simon Power

Concept and overall production by Toby Marks
Original photo by Jim Zuckerman - jimzuckerman.com
Artwork arranged by Andrew Heath - andrewheath.co.uk
Mastering by Bruton Mastering - brutonmastering.com


STRANGE-EYED CONSTELLATIONS
12. AstroPilot - Dum spíro, spéro
Written and produced by Dmitriy Redko at AstroPilot Studio.
facebook.com/astropilot
soundcloud.com/astropilot

13. dr trippy - Sirens of Lorelei
Written, played and produced by Martin Corbett at Basement 35 in Leamington Spa.
facebook.com/drtrippy

14. 100th Monkey - The Inuit Snow Song (Icescape Secret Beats Remix)
Music written and produced by Andy Guthrie
English Text by Julie Boden
Clarinet - Mary Sampson
Inuit Singing by Leq. Recorded by 'Juskiddink'. Creative Commons
Choir recorded by Andy Guthrie and Mike Rucinski, conducted by Andy.
facebook.com/100thmonkeymusic

15. Radium88 - The Future's Bright, The Future's Incandescent
Written and performed by Jema Davies and Tim Thwaites, produced by Tim Thwaites.
Recorded at The Observatory, Nottingham.
facebook.com/radium88band

16. Spatialize - Floating World
Written by Neil Butler
Recorded at Hummingbird Studio, Cornwall
Originally released on 'Radial' album December 2014
spatialize.net

17. Toby Marks - Falling Tides (Shanghai 8am Mix)
Written and produced by Toby Marks
Based around a generative, self-composing programme created by Toby Marks.
Recorded in Bruton
Published by Kaleidoscope Music/Faber Music Publishing
banco.co.uk

18. Oombata Key - Festival of Lights
Written and produced by Henry Field
facebook.com/oombatakey

19. Temple Hedz - Dimensions
Written and produced by Paul Savery
templehedz.co.uk

20. Project Transmissions - The Heavenly Hundred
Written by Alex Gunin
Produced by Project Transmissions
Recorded in the home studio of Alex Gunin, Somerset, UK
soundcloud.com/project-transmissions

21. Banco de Gaia - To The Nth Degree
Written and produced by Toby Marks
Recorded in Bruton
Published by Kaleidoscope Music/Faber Music Publishing
banco.co.uk

22. James Eller - It's Beautiful Mike, It Really Is
Written, recorded and produced by James Eller at trnsmssn
jameseller.com

23. Sam Salem - Penates
Composed by Sam Salem & commissioned by Andersson Dance as part of Residual Bits of Sunlight, 2014
osamahsalem.co.uk

24. Andrew Heath - Epiphany
Written, performed and recorded by Andrew Heath in Pantry Studios in 2014
aqueousarts.com

STRANGE-EYED CONSTELLATIONS 2
25. Simon Power - Immerse
Written and produced by Simon Power
facebook.com/simonpowermusic

26. Banco de Gaia - Pavlov’s Children
Written and produced by Toby Marks
banco.co.uk

27. Halcyon Daze – Orbiting a Distant Star
Written and produced by Andy Yates
halcyondaze2.com

28. Experiments in Silence – Cerulean
Written and produced by Neil Butler
facebook.com/experimentsinsilence/

29. Project Transmissions – At Dusk
Written by Alexander Gunin
Produced by Project Transmissions
soundcloud.com/project-transmissions

30. Peter Toll – Beast From the East
Written and produced by Peter Toll
tollymusic.com

31. Toby Marks – Sleep, Boy, and Dream
Written and produced by Toby Marks
facebook.com/tobymarksmusic

32. Glenn Marshall – Spring Shade
Written by Glenn Marshall
Produced by Grant Wakefield
butterfly.ie

33. Toby Marks and Andrew Heath – By Fire (East) extract
Written and produced by Toby Marks and Andrew Heath
discogecko.com

34. Phonsonic – Falls
Written and produced by Alexander Caminada
phonsonic.com

35. Simon McCorry – Anima Mechanica
Written and produced by Simon McCorry
simonmccorry.com

36. Andrew Heath – In the Presence of Angels
Written and produced by Andrew Heath
andrewheath.co.uk

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