It dawned on me recently that I probably should have updated this page when the Civil Protection album was actually released, or after we finished touring it… but I guess I’m just not that smart. In any case, both of those things happened, and you can listen to the Civil Protection album in its entirety using this handy little music player doofer. Hooray! I’m afraid you’ll have to forgive the gaps between tracks, but you can get around those by buying the album.
So. Anyway. The tour. Well, that was an interesting experience – full of fun! Full of laughter! Full of Sylvester Stallone impersonations that totally didn’t get old at all, I don’t care what you say. And full of glorious, glorious noise!
We ended up performing the bulk of our gigs up North, with a couple of gigs a little further south (namely in Nottingham & Islington). Unfortunately, a lot of the planning was a bit of a last-minute affair, so there were a couple of gigs where maybe things didn’t go as smoothly as I would have hoped. Having said that, those moments were overshadowed by the moments where things went more-or-less exactly as planned, and it’s always fantastic to play to a crowd who really gets what we’re trying to do. We’ve all learned a lot from the experience, and I’d just like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came along to our noise-making sessions!
As an aside: if I ever see a lead vocalist yawn on-stage again during a set (seriously, this actually happened) then I will genuinely lose my shit.
So, right now I’m currently knee-deep in another patch design project which I imagine will keep me occupied for a good chunk of this month. However, that hasn’t stopped me from working on some new material in the past couple of months. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I have a few ideas in place regarding my next album, and what I want to do with it. One thing I am quite keen to do is to release it independently – it’s early days at the moment, but I’ve had a few interesting ideas regarding distribution since my last independent release – which would be 2010′s Lightfields album, which has since been re-released – and I’m not entirely sure whether I’d be able to do what I want to do any other way.
Anyway… I do believe I am getting ahead of myself here, and it’s going to be a very long time before I’m ready to release another album. In the meantime, you can have a sneaky listen to what I’ve been up to lately via this second handy little music player doofer.
As some of you may or may not know, I play guitar & perform vocals in a band called Civil Protection alongside my solo work.
Earlier in the year we were signed to indie label Bunnysnot Records, and started working on our debut album – which was also mixed & produced by yours truly.
Titled Stolen Fire, the album’s a bit of a departure from our earlier work, and is a mostly instrumental post-rock affair. Working on the album was quite the learning experience, especially given that it’s the first project I’ve properly worked on featuring entirely live instrumentation & manipulated audio based on live recordings (outside of a drum-machine & synth based track intro).
We’ve had a couple of glowing reviews come in, which you can check out here, here, and here.
I’m really excited about this, and we’ll be following up the album release with a short UK tour from October 11-20th. In the meantime, you can listen to one of the tracks from the album (Alaska) on our Bandcamp page, which we will also be using to take pre-orders in the near future.
Here’s a bit of information regarding the release:
Post-rock outfit Civil Protection are gearing up to release their highly anticipated debut album ‘Stolen Fire’.
The Yorkshire band – formed of members Adam Fielding, Nathan Bradley, Josh Clark, Philip Birch and Kenny Skey – came together back in 2010. Sharing a love for bands such as The American Dollar and Mogwai, it was a natural progression for the band to edge towards the post-rock, highly atmospheric sound they quickly developed.
Their experimental approach, which favours mood and texture, transmits immediately into the arresting soundscapes the band creates. Motivated by their support slots with like-minded acts such as Scottish math-rock band Vasa and The Indelicates, the band released a handful of early demos showcasing their sound. Continuing to gig and pen material, the band caught the eye of independent label Bunnysnot Records and are now looking towards their debut LP.
Composing the record between their guitarists’ own studio and Active Audio in Harrogate, the skeleton of ‘Stolen Fire’, which had been floating around for years, soon took form. From the mysterious opening guitar drones to the final crescendo, ‘Stolen Fire’ is a truly arresting listen. Evoking elements from Mogwai’s own record Come On Die Young, as well as sharing similarities with groups such as Caspian and This Will Destroy You, the album wrestles the listener between beautifully ambient sections through to heavier moments.
The band’s talents are quite clear throughout, – whether it be in the epic guitar tremolo riffs found in ‘My Memories Will Be Part Of The Sky’, or chugging bassline in ‘Many Moons Ago’ – and their refined sound is apparent for all to hear. Inducing moments of melancholy and euphoria in equal parts, ‘Stolen Fire’ is a stunning debut release from this Yorkshire group.
You can also check out Alaska via the Soundcloud player below.
Stolen Fire will be released in physical & digital formats on the 7th October. You can find Civil Protection on Facebook and Twitter. Drop by and say hello!
As you may or may not know already, I tend to use Reason an awful lot in my own music – whether it’s solo works or production music, Reason pretty much forms the backbone for everything I do these days. In this video I talk a little bit about my background, my Reason use, some of the sounds I use, and I also dissect one of my production tunes, quickly detailing my process when it comes to quickly getting ideas down and fleshed out.
Huge thanks to Ryan and the folks over at Propellerhead Software for putting this together!
There’s a little bit of amusing history behind this video, as well – I’d originally been interviewed by Ryan in late 2010 for an artist feature in 2011 but, unfortunately, this fell through as a result of Record & Reason being merged into one product line. During my original interview I’d made constant references to using Record & Reason together, so my interview was more or less obsolete within a couple of months of me doing it. Whoops! Thankfully, we did a new interview in late 2012, and I made sure to avoid mentioning anything besides Reason… though the temptation to jokingly mention that I’d switched over to Rebirth was pretty tempting.
You can check out the music featured in the video (including a free download of The Steady Climb) via the Soundcloud player below.
It’s been an incredibly busy past few months, which was all rounded off nicely with a week-long holiday in Rhodes last week. I got back on the 10th, and I’ve been a busy bee since getting back. I’ll be working on some patch design projects starting from the beginning of next week, so I figured I’d spend some time working on something I’ve wanted to do for a little while now.
Below is a collaborative song entitled Take My Hand, written & produced by both myself and the ever fantastic Tom Pritchard, featuring the excellent vocal stylings of Holly Nelson (aka A Million Tiny Architects).
The song itself is a free download, with an MP3 link included on the Soundcloud page itself if you’d rather download an MP3 over a more hefty WAV file. I’m thrilled to have been a part of this song, and I can’t thank Tom & Holly enough for bringing me on board with this. I’m hoping that, along with our previous collaboration Contrails, there will be plenty more collaborations like this in the future.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing since I got back from Rhodes. Since my last update around the release of Icarus I have been incredibly busy with a couple of other projects – one of which is currently available.
Following in the footsteps of my FiXT production album Chase The Light, I once again had the pleasure of working with FiXT on a follow-up entitled Chase The Light Vol. 2. Volume 2 features a slightly harder sound to it over Volume 1 in my opinion, but here’s what FiXT had to say about the album itself.
UK composer Adam Fielding has been crafting evocative albums of downtempo breaks and ambient soundscapes since 2008, with the well-known UK breaks label Distinctive Records having just released his third full-length, Icarus. While not working on those albums, Fielding produces instrumental soundscapes for Film/TV/Video Games, and FiXT is proud to present this second volume of Fielding’s Chase The Light series. Picking up where Vol. 01 left off, Vol. 02 contains eleven cuts of iridescent Electronic Rock/ Breakbeat that incorporate hints of dubstep, ambient, and more.
On top of that (did I mention that I’d been busy?), I also spent a good chunk of the last two months producing & mixing my band Civil Protection‘s debut album, Stolen Fire. It features a much more organic sound over our debut EP, and is focussed much more on atmosphere & mood (as evidenced by a clearly reduced dependence on vocals) with a much more post-rock feel to it. I’m very excited about this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you later in the year when I’ll also be touring with the Civil Protection chaps. For a taste of the album, there are some demo versions of a few album tracks on the Civil Protection Soundcloud page.
I’ve got a few more musical projects in the pipeline outside of those mentioned, and later on this week I’ll have something very cool to share with all of you. Until then, I hope you enjoy my recent offerings, and I’d like to extend a huge “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for everyone who has supported Icarus following it’s release. So… thank you! See you later in the week :]
Icarus is out now!
Following on from Lightfields (2010), and his collection of ambient works ‘And All Is As It Should Be’(2012), British electronic producer Adam Fielding’s is set to return to Distinctive with a new album titled ‘Icarus’. As ever, Fielding’s productions are rich with drama, space and intention. His work always carries a distinctly cinematic narrative; a trait that’s picked up by the film production houses that regularly champion his work.
Opening the album is the title track and first single off the album. It’s a vocal opus charged with breathy pads, smart string arrangements and snappy beats. ‘Fireworks’ is a powerful follow-on, with an undulating synth bass line and expansive tonal work.
For ‘Are Lights Approaching’, he takes a thumping 4×4 beat and envelops it in his signature textures, topping it off with an edgy vocal delivery that gives a raw, low-slung feel. Next up, ‘All We Ever Wanted’ introduces some acoustic guitar tones and yearning lyrics to the mix to create a haunting ballad.
‘Somewhere Out There’ is an ambient piece, just vocals and ethereal pads on this one that builds to a cathartic end. ‘Hiding From January’ is purely instrumental, showcasing Fielding’s intricate beat programming skills. Next, we have ‘Out of Reach’. It’s a propulsive stomper with a darker, industrial space-age feel. Fielding’s effected vocals adding to the crystalline finish.
‘High Rise Downfall’ uses a forceful broken beat pattern to punctuate beautiful synthetic atmospheres before some warm piano and guitar chords kick in to switch the vibe. ‘Break Me Down’ carries on the piano themes,this time paired with dynamic ‘rock-esque’ beats and chord progressions to make one of the album’s proper epics.
‘A Fire In The Sky’ is a moody and contemplative, acting as the level-setting precursor to one of the more accomplished vocal tracks on the album, ‘Ashes By Dawn’. Fielding’s vocal takes centre stage here, and it’s nothing short of breathtaking. As a final reprise, he delivers a short yet stunning string arrangement using the movements of the opening ‘Icarus.’ A fitting end to a record.
Icarus is my third full-length album of original works, written between 2010-2013 and released through Distinctive Records. The album features the incredible talents of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. You can find it via Distinctive, iTunes, Amazon and pretty much any other major online music retailer you can think of.
You can find out more information and listen to previews via the music page on this site, or you can check out the clips from the album below.
Having spent three years working on this album, it’s quite surreal to see it finally making it’s way out into the big wide world. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone I’ve been pestering over the past few years with constant revisions, ideas and general nonsense, and of course thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and my music throughout the years. Without you this album would simply not have been possible.
You can read a bit more about the background and creation of Icarus via the music page. You can also find full album lyrics via the lyrics section of this site.
I’d absolutely love to know what you think of this album, as I mentioned – I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out, and as a piece of work I think it perfectly highlights more or less entirely what I’m about as a musician.
Just a quick update to let you know that, yes, the full-length Icarus release is now only six days away, and also that I’ll be doing an AMA over on Reddit on the 1st May at 1600 EDT (that’s 9pm UK time, I believe). That gives you a good couple of days to check out Icarus, and ask me all kinds of awkward questions related to it. Or not! That’s why it’s called “ask me anything“, after all.
So… if you’ve ever had a burning desire to ask me a question, music related or not, there’s your chance! Looking forward to seeing you there.
Adam Fielding is back with us once again at Distinctive, this time with his latest single ‘Icarus’. Delivering nothing short of beauty, Mr Fielding brings what he does best to the table and we know you’re going to love it. Icarus opens with an instant wave of atmophere that straps you into position for the ride the is about to unfold infront of you. Lighthearted break beat carries through and is joined by elegant keys and strings that build and retreat into majestic peaks and breakdowns, the descriptive vocal floats through the track with a masterfully balanced contrast of ambience, dark bass lines and synth work – a light vs dark element and a great example to the mind of Fielding.
The 06R remix comes at the track with a larger lease on atmosphere, keeping the break beat vibe but going towards a more progressive almost Hybrid esque twist, the remix has more of a dancefloor edge and less outerspace flavour around it. Utilising those powerful strings and entrancing vocal it proves to be a meaty remix!
Blanka is up next and the duo of Adam White & Adam Dowling (Lost Language veterans)do what they do best and have created a big trance remix, fast flowing melodies derived from those awesome strings roll against the darker bass lines you hear in the original mix but with more of a focus point on that underlying thump from the bass line.
OhmFat relaxes the fringe with his remix, creating a very laid back; downtempo mix that has got sunshine groover written all over it. A new melodic bass line becomes the prominent factor whilst OhmFat takes little snippets and elements of the big room atmosphere and weaves them through the background of the mix. Definitely one for an Ibiza beach.
Chevy One tears up the rule book with his remix, the hour of ambience is gone and now comes the day of punchy progressive electro. The no fuss mix pumps out a dirty electro bass line that becomes very entrancing through its repetition. A great and unique take on the single.
The eponymous single from my upcoming album, Icarus, is out now! With a heavy breaks-inspired flavour, the original mix sets the stage for the rest of the album with a delicate mix of organic and electronic instrumentation, featuring strings performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
You can find it via the Distinctive page, iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Audiojelly, OneRPM and Trackitdown (among others). You can also listen to the single in it’s entirety via Spotify.
The full-length album Icarus will be released on the 29th.
After a long wait, I’m proud to announce that my third full-length original album Icarus is out in just under four weeks! This is preceded by the release of the first single from the album, Icarus. The single features the title track along with five remixes, spanning a wide range of genres from breaks through to house along with a film-score inspired take on the track. Both the single and album feature the incredible talents of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The album follows the same genre-spanning trend as the single and my previous albums, drawing inspiration from rock, classical, breaks, synth-pop, ambient and various other forms of electronic music. Spanning twelve tracks and clocking in at just under seventy minutes, it’s a rather epic musical journey that I am particularly proud of. With it being the culmination of just under three years worth of preparation, writing, performance and production, I am incredibly excited to finally have this chance to share it with you all.
The album will be released in both digital and physical formats. Full album lyrics and detailed information will be available from this site following the release of the album.
UPDATE 13/03/13: City Link have apologised for the situation. My friend has received a full refund from the supplier, and the matter is being looked into. Below is a transcript of said apology.
Dear Mr Fielding,
Thank you for contacting us.
Please let me begin by expressing my apologies regarding your concerns about the level of service you have received, I have thoroughly read through your complaint submitted on 8th March and indeed your recent blog post. City Link Ltd takes all complaints extremely seriously and we appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback.
I have personally looked into your consignment on reference: (reference removed). I have subsequently looked into the issues you have experienced and it is with regret the service we have provided has been unsatisfactory.
I apologise that your parcel did not arrive as you expected and you didn’t receive a card at all. I do understand how inconvenient and frustrating it is to wait for a delivery when there has been an issue of this nature. The driver said he attempted the delivery on both 7th and the 11th March, as you have said you were in at the time, I can only conclude that the driver has attempted to deliver at the wrong address.
We take great pride in always delivering to our customers successfully. I must assure you that this type of incident is rare. I am disappointed that on this particular delivery we have let you and your supplier down.
I have collated your comments, along with the information from the consignment into a case that has been passed to the depot management to look at the events so that we can take appropriate action and isolate this with the driver. We are confident that you will not have a similar experience if you choose to use City Link again in the future.
If there’s anything else I can help you with or if you would like to discuss this situation further, please do contact me. I would like to apologise once again, on behalf of City Link, for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused.
City Link Milton Keynes
Well, how’s about this for déjà vu? Apologies in advance for the wordy post!
A good friend of mine bought me a present for my birthday last week, which was rather smashing of him. My birthday was on the 7th March, and – had things gone to plan – I would have received my present, happy as can be, last Thursday on the 7th. That is, after all, how express delivery works – you place an order, it gets dispatched and it arrives quicker than the regular post. Pretty self-explanatory stuff. If you want stuff to arrive at the same speed as the regular postal service, you use the regular postal service.
However, as you can probably guess from the title of this post, things didn’t go to plan. In fact, as far as I’m aware there have been three attempts to re-deliver (maybe… I’ll get to that in a minute) and, as of the 11th March, I have yet to receive a thing. Well, I say that – there have been three attempts to re-deliver the package but, so far, I have only received one “we have been unable to deliver your package” card.
So… let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Here’s a nice little summary of the status of said package during it’s many travels so far.
Is any of this looking familiar to you?
My package was supposed to arrive on the 7th March and, as you can see, there was “no one to receive the goods at the delivery point so a card was left”. Well, first of all – no card was left. I only found out that my stuff hadn’t been delivered when my friend got in touch with me saying that a delivery had been attempted and no-one was in. If that was the case, why wasn’t there a card? Secondly, I was in at the delivery address all day. I was getting stuff together for the release of the instrumental versions of my first two albums but, knowing that I should have been receiving a package, I kept things quiet and kept an ear out. I didn’t hear a thing. Whether a delivery attempt was actually made or not is open for debate, but the “so a card was left” thing? That’s a complete and utter fabrication.
So, my friend got in touch with City Link and, to my knowledge, arranged for a re-delivery. From the above summary, though, you’ll notice above that this didn’t really get very far. It looks like my package had a very busy day on the 7th, so it decided to have a nap and stay in on the 8th. Bless. So, this marks what should have been the second attempted delivery of my stuff. I figured I wasn’t going to get it over the weekend, so went to the website and arranged for a re-delivery on Monday 11th – which is today. I also made an e-mail complaint because, hey, why not. As of the 11th, I still have yet to receive a response of any kind to said complaint. Classy.
That brings us nicely to today’s shenanigans, on Monday the 11th. We were having some electrical work done in the morning, so the electricity was off for a bit. I couldn’t really do a lot in the time so I decided to read a book. In silence. Next to the front door. I’m sure I don’t need to point out that I’m not particularly hard of hearing, and I should point out that the electrical work being performed was incredibly (incredibly!) quiet. Still, somehow, at 11am City Link snuck a card through the letter box saying that no-one was in. Note that this is four days after the initial delivery “attempt”, and that this is the first time I had received a card, after what should have been the third delivery attempt. There’s no doorbell here so the driver would have had to knock on the door, which – last time I checked – does not require electricity.
I was unaware that City Link were hiring ninjas but, hey, there’s a chance that I was suffering from a bout of selective deafness. Still – if hiring stealthy ninjas for delivery drivers is City Link’s thing then they should probably know that, evidently, ninjas are unaware of the concept of knocking on the door to get someone’s attention.
You’ll also notice that this delivery attempt has been strangely omitted from the delivery summary above. I have no reason to make this stuff up, but I do wish I’d taken a screen grab while the 11am failed delivery was still there. You’ll have to take my word on this one, though having said that I do have the scrunched up card in the bin if anyone really desperately wants to see a scan.
So! I decided to call the City Link people (3 minutes after this failed delivery attempt) and arrange for another re-delivery. Good news! They’d make another delivery attempt in the afternoon, and call the land-line to make sure I was in and heard the door. Excellent. Imagine my frustration when, just before 5pm, I decided to see what was going on as I hadn’t received my stuff. I checked the tracking site and read the same “there was no one to receive the goods” bit at 1:21pm. No phone call, no card and, as far as I’m aware, no real delivery attempt. I was listening intently for the door and even had a guy come round to read the gas and electricity meters in that time. I phoned up the City Link people again to vent my frustration and, apparently, they’re going to try again tomorrow. They might actually call me this time. The funny thing is, I actually received another package from a different courier company this morning. I had no trouble hearing the driver knocking on the door that time. I wonder what this driver did so differently?
While there are similarities between this and the DPD fun I had a couple of years back, I will concede that at least this time I wasn’t waiting on important computer-y bits. My world isn’t going to end because my present hasn’t arrived, but I feel really bad for my friend who ordered this stuff – what was a really genuinely nice gesture has been kind of soured by this whole experience. I’m still excited to get it though, the suspense is killing me!
I don’t like keeping an ear out for parcels – which I think is perfectly understandable given that a very sizeable chunk of my living depends on me generating noise. Something else I don’t particularly like is being lied to and having my time wasted, which is exactly what’s happened here. Including the now absent 11am delivery from today, I should have received at least 3 (4 if you count the apparently ignored re-delivery attempt on the 8th) “we couldn’t deliver your stuff” cards through the post. Unless my letter-box is consuming those cards, someone’s being incredibly economical with the truth.
I had quite a few people comment on my previous DPD rant saying that delivery drivers have a tough job and have incredibly unrealistic targets to meet. As such, I feel it’s only fair to say that if these delivery attempts were genuinely made and I simply didn’t hear them (very, very unlikely – but there’s a slim chance) then I sincerely apologise for wasting the time of the drivers.
However – I strongly suspect that this is not the case.
Still, I don’t think it’s fair to place the entirety of the blame on the delivery drivers, rather the courier/corporate mentality that it’s ok to take on an unrealistically large volume of orders that you have no hope of fulfilling while imposing ridiculous targets for delivery drivers to meet.
There’s a very simple term for people or entities that knowingly take on jobs that they can’t possibly fulfil - it’s called “being unprofessional”.
edit: I received the package on the 12th. My instructions to phone the land-line before delivery were totally ignored and the box was pretty heavily battered. Thankfully the contents were fine.
As you may or may not be aware, today is my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!
This time last year I figured I’d release a bunch of out-takes from the writing & recording sessions for Distant Activity (Background Activity). This year I thought I’d try something different and, as a result, I present to you the complete instrumental versions of Distant Activity and Lightfields!
I’m sure some of you may be wondering why exactly I’m doing this, and the simple answer is because a few people asked for it and, after much deliberation, I figured… why not? With Icarus right around the corner – not long to go now! – I thought now would be a great time to look back and get everything out there as far as my first two albums are concerned, ready for the third big one. I must admit that listening to both albums sans-vocals is quite an interesting experience, personally speaking.
You can check out both instrumental albums (along with most of my back catalogue) on my Bandcamp page.