Open Submission / Ohko / Pharoah / Rosewater / Cleater / St. Stephens
“As the follow-up to his deep, emotional ‘Idle Worship’ release on Sounds of the Dawn, Alex Crispin’s Open Submission, with the title track streaming below, is a masterful stroke of restrained ambient guitar and synths. The tune submerses you in its washed out, melancholy atmosphere. I want to be here all the time, let me tell you!” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“As most nu-new age musicians, Alex Crispin is not married to his new age prodecessors aesthetics or closed loop comidifcation of spirituality. His compositions, especially on “Rosewater” are big-hearted works that utilze elements of ambient music and drone to create transportive set-pieces and aural soundscapes that don’t require that you exit through the gift shop.” – Tome to the Weather Machine
Original Soundtrack to the game ‘Escape the Dark Castle’ published by Themeborne.
Freedom is Death / Endless Dark / Cult Procession / The Hell Tower / Buried Alive / Your Journey Ends Here
“Eerie drones and ambient sounds, make you instantly aware of the dark, damp dungeon around you. The threat is looming and intensely oppressing as the first song starts. Dark, long tracks, like ‘Endless Dark’ and ‘Cult Procession’ imbibe your experience with the inescapability of the situation you find yourself in. Trapped in the prison with only one thing left to do: to escape. With this soundtrack, you absolutely know how thrilling a game can be if the vibe and story are right.”– Stranger Aeons
Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin: Casio CZ-1000, Casio SK-200, Effects, Dungeon Noises
Tom Pike: Dungeon Noises
In Constant Soul / Guide Blind / Green Ember / Idle Worship / Canopy Dance / High Vibration / Fortress (Flying)
“Glittering, glowing, hand-tooled indie new age music from high realms. UK composer Alex Crispin’s debut solo album is assured and sophisticated, effortlessly morphing through different melodic shapes and ever-hovering clouds of beautiful chords. If you’re curious about the spirit of early DIY new age and its recent rehabilitation via labels like Sounds of the Dawn, Idle Worship is an ideal place to start.” – Ambient Music Guide – Best Albums of 2017
“Based on the tape’s title, I was pleasantly surprised to find Alex Crispin’s Idle Worship to be a beautiful drone album. The album begins with minute synthesiser melodies over a breezy soft pad sweep of chords. Calming, soft, and charming. This is some really special high fidelity new age music. I can feel the warm summer breezes and ideal locations. I lose myself completely. This is definitely something you can relax to. A storm of overtone melodies softly permeates throughout. There is some thoughtful piano work on this album. A while into the second side, hand drums make an appearance. The final track is a fantastic; evocative of Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach with rapid fire arpeggios, guitar, and layers upon layers of keyboards.” – Cassette Gods
“Discovering a brilliant ambient dimension while escorted by glowing ethereal companions. Nothing but peacefulness and contentment. Idle Worship bubbles notes from keyboard and strings so naturally, like the Selterswasser spring in the German Taunus mountains. Both possessing organic and unrefined aspects. This composition nears the hour mark floating on skilled creativity.” – Lost In a Sea of Sound
Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Casio C1000p, Casio SK-200, Akai AX60, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Percussion
Mastered by Erik Maluchnik
Released by Sounds of the Dawn
Mixing unreleased takes from the original multitrack tapes for cult Finnish jazz record ‘Labyrinth’, reissued on Svart Records.
“For this heavy duty reissue of Koivistoinen’s 1977 album we went back to the original multitrack tapes and discovered a heap of alternate takes that were left unmixed at the time. Koivistoinen selected the best and most interesting alternate versions of each track and a new, fresh mix was prepared specifically for this release.”
A1. Stress (6:05) A2. Honky Tonky (2:56) A3. Aarabeski (7:38) A4. Spring Song (5:15) B1. Labyrinth part I (4:02) B2. Labyrinth part II (2:46) B3. Labyrinth part III (5:23) B4. Yksi Ruusu On Kasvanut Laaksossa (7:43)
C1. Stress (6:07) take 1 – master C2. Honky Tonky (3:03) take 2 – alternate C3. Aarabeski (7:32) take 1 – alternate C4. Spring Song (5:08) take 4 – alternate D1. Labyrinth part I (5:05) take 1 – alternate D2. Labyrinth part II (2:42) take 1 – alternate (without overdubbed second saxophone) D3. Labyrinth part III (5:31) take 1 – alternate D4. Yksi Ruusu On Kasvanut Laaksossa (7:31) take 2 – alternate
E1. Meat & Potatoes (5:28) – take 1
F1. Meat & Potatoes (4:59) – take 3
Music included in BBC One programme ‘David Attenborough Meets President Obama’
On his 89th birthday, David Attenborough talks to President Obama about his career, his recent record-breaking dive on the Great Barrier Reef and issues facing the natural world.
RSC – ‘Be Prepared’
Sound design and composition for ‘Be Prepared’ a play by Ian Bonar. From research and development stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company through to the play’s premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 for Underbelly.
Written & Performed by Ian Bonar
Directed by Rob Watt
★★★★ – The Stage
★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ – Broadway Baby: ‘The set is minimal, and there are few props to speak of. The sound and lighting design, though potent, is also rationed. We are left, then, entirely undistracted from Bonar’s virtuoso performance, which moves through anguish, jollity, horror — through the whole confusing gamut of bereavement — with total credibility. It’s a magnetic, unforgettable turn in this sometimes hilarious, often uncomfortable, always gripping portrait of a grief-stricken mind.’