One year ago today, I had the privilege to perform alongside my (then 14 years old) son, Callum Raeburn -Fellowes, at a quarterly event called Awakenings Evening of Ambient and Electronic Music. This event is held in the Staffordshire town of Branston (yes, where the pickle comes from) and gives electronic music artists of all levels the chance to perform their material. It's a very well organised event and I have been to several of them, each as enjoyable as the other. Callum and I were very pleasantly surprised by the highly positive reaction to our one hour set, and during our 5 hour drive home we decided that we would together a studio version of our performance.
And that album has been released today, via download site, Bandcamp.
We're very pleased and proud of "Structures of Paradise", released under the name of F/R-F.
It's available as a digital download with an accompanying .pdf document for £7 and you can purchase it by clicking on the link below:
The album is comprised of recordings that Callum and I made during our two week rehearsals leading up to the performance, stereo recordings made on the night of the event through the venue's mixing desk and some studio elements added over the last year in my studio. The album was produced and mixed in my GTK Studio and I would say that we've achieved roughly a 50/50 balance between the live and studio elements.
The premise of the album is about the evolution of the Earth, from birth through to death, split into three parts:
1. Creation of Paradise - the birth of our home world and the beginnings of life
2. Paradise Consumed - the growth of humanity and its' plundering of the all that the Earth gives us, not just in industrial terms, but also sociologically, represented by the sound bytes of David Cameron telling us to spend more, consume more and reminding that only the rich get what they want, layered with the voice of George Osborne (made to sound like a Dalek), telling the Children of Wealth to "divide, denounce and demonise". The devouring of the world on every level by the locust-like homo sapians
3. Paradise Lost - when the "great and good" have all but destroyed our societies turning man against man, when the world has been plundered of its' resources to the brink of collapse and when there's nothing left but to wage war leading, ultimately, to the destruction of the our wonderous home world, the last shards of the planet dissolving into space