Welcome STuart

I’ve been looking at changing the Puma for a while and have upgraded (?) to a nice Focus ST170. 2ltr N/A 170 bhp engine developed by Cosworth.

Of course there are issues to fix and he blew a headlight after a couple of days…

Pretty pleased as it’s quick, comfortable and a lovely drive. MPG isn’t great however 😉

I will be tidying up and fixing him – but for now I’m very impressed. So….does
anybody need a Puma?

Lea Hall Summer Bawl

So the Lea Hall Summer Bawl took place last Saturday. I really enjoyed the whole gig although it was hot and stuffy and made for a late long day it was great!

Green Light!
Green Light!

First up was Martyn Greenwood aka Concept Devices. A great minimal set with his tiny tidy setup it was over far too quickly after 40 mins. Some nice sequences and bleeps and bloops all improvised makes it a great listen 😉

Concept Devices
Concept Devices

Next up were Monkey Trial and they didn’t disappoint either. I liked the mix of guitar and keyboards and Sian liked the Theremini! The set lasted an hour and was warmly received by the crowd. I was very pleased to be able to hear them for the first time and I shall be trying to catch them live again soon

Monkey Trial
Monkey Trial

After a short break next up were Mr. Booth and Mr. Creek. excellent set again with some lovely tenori one action and a great style. I particularly liked the real life VCS3 that Jez manipulated skillfully!

Booth and Creek
Booth and Creek

The finale of the evening was Binar and what a cracking set. Thoroughly enjoyed them and to help with the atmosphere we pulled out the lasers and had them going!

Binar
Binar

You can access my pics HERE

Lea Hall Summer Bawl

Leah Hall Summer Bawl

Just a quick reminder that next Saturday the 20th August me and a pal are putting on an ambient electronic show titled The Lea Hall Summer Bawl.

Summer Bawl
Summer Bawl

The venue is Lea Hall Social Club in the pavilion on site. Located in Rugeley next to many local amenities it’s a nice intimate venue with a bar in the room and toilets situated in the same building. Disabled access is good with it’s own car park right next to the venue. Sat Nav users the postcode is WS15 2LB and the entrance is the small one about 50 yards down the hill from the main entrance. We will put a banner to mark the correct entrance to use!

Summer Bawl
Summer Bawl

The performer take to the stage at 4.30 and we have a packed show consisting of Concept Devices, Booth and Creek, Monkey Trial and finishing up with Binar! A great line-up I’m sure you will agree!

Leah Hall Summer Bawl
Leah Hall Summer Bawl

Awakenings Gig 15th July

The latest Awakenings gig took place at Lea Hall Social Club’s Pavilion on 15th July. Excellent evening, good to see a nice turnout even during the holiday season. Shame that Dave the usual MC wasn’t present meaning yours truly had to MC. I felt ill too but hope everybody got the idea as I snuffled through.

Tonight's view from the office. Glen Alexander @Awakenings #electricity #ambient #awakenings #leahallsocialclub
Tonight’s view from the office. Glen Alexander @Awakenings
#electricity #ambient #awakenings #leahallsocialclub

First up was Glen Alexander. Great set and I really enjoyed it. Nice and melodic with some great piano to set it off. Quite chilled and a nice way to start. Next up was Skin Mechanix with his eclectic mix. This was all synced to the video and was quite interesting to see the renders and video used. Some problems with samples meant it was a bit sparser in places than intended but still a great set. A bit more heavy in places than most acts to grace Awakenings but still great to hear

Office shot for Air Sculpture #awakenings #dmx #lighting
Office shot for Air Sculpture
#awakenings #dmx #lighting

Finally AirSculpture took to the stage and they were excellent. Always like their sets and they played a great 60 mins first part and then a quick encore.  All in all a superb time was had. Great thanks to all that attended!

Special mention to the guys from Magnetron who gave me a copy of their latest CD. Give it a whirl – see their Bandcamp page HERE

Anybody who wants to come along to the next gig which is on the 20th August then feel free to contact me or visit the Awakenings site HERE

Peace and out!

Couple photo days away…

Had a couple of days away last week for some photo opportunities at RAF Coningsby and Silverstone for the F1 test 😉

PA474 Thumper MKIII
PA474 Thumper MKIII

Really overcast at both places and it seems that I really need to look at replacing my old faithful 400D as it has struggled recently…

F1 testing day @Silverstone
F1 testing day @Silverstone

But anyway – a great couple of days, with a visit to young Mr. Fellowes in Norwich too. All in all very enjoyable!

Todays view from the office
Todays view from the office

 

Sian’s Birthday getaway…

We recently took the chance to get a way for a few days in Wales for Sian’s birthday. We rented a small little lodge called Lovers Lodge in Llandegley

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It was a real shame that the weather was awful, but the lodge itself was really nice. Outfitted very well with great touches like wifi and broadband, Sky TV and a TV on a wall bracket so you could turn it around as you wanted, great bathroom and a really nice hot tub on the decking outside we we made excellent use of.

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I’d thoroughly recommend that you take a look if you fancy a cosy getaway for 2 in the future. The guy who owns the property is also really nice and helpful. We will aim to visit again soon if we can!

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If you would like to take a look at the website is is:

http://www.springrockfishery.co.uk/

Creamware Noah EX

When my marriage broke up my ex-wife gloated about selling all of my stuff off at cheap prices and put it all over Facebook etc.
One of the things I missed the most was my Creamware Noah EX which is a rack-mounted dsp based synth.
It has some amazing plugins that emulate Prophet-5, Pro-One, MiniMoog and Odyssey just for starters, and it’s all contained in a 2u rack mount. Amazing power, just a shame they never seemed to take off!

Noah and projector!
Noah and projector!

Well I got the chance to purchase one recently and went on a roadtrip to Abergavenny to pick it up over the weekend. The guy I bought it off (Andy Thomas) was a great bloke and showed me his PPG Wave 2.3 and let us have a good play before we left for home!

PPG Wave 2.3
PPG Wave 2.3

I can’t wait to sort it all out – I’m going to have a dedicated laptop to run it at it’s full potential 😉

More post WILL follow!

Latest Puma updates ;)

My Puma is keeping me on my toes – loads done and loads still to do.

Petra
Petra

First up was a new radiator, took a couple of hours…. still not seeing the benefits that I expected to be honest but it appears that the HCV has given up again so that’s next on the list.

Puma Radiator!
Puma Radiator!

The radiator was only £32.50 delivered so again, I’m not too worried as in the long run it will keep her on the road. Also changed the heater panel in the car which is now working but as the hcv appears jammed still no heating! I’m getting a set of streetKA heated front seats though so should be good when all installed and wired up 😉

Broken LED's
Broken LED’s

The sidelights decided to give up the ghost so I’m still on the lookout for some LED’s that last longer than a couple of weeks… I guess my “spirited” driving takes it’s toll!

I WILL get her sorted, just takes time as my daily driver! I’m considering getting another so I can get one sorted totally….