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With my newest album 'Artefacts', I pushed myself to see how much could be played using a single steel-string acoustic, without the use of overdubs or studio trickery. I write and home-record acoustic compositions influenced by progressive rock, metal, latin and ambient, with odd time signatures and extended song lengths. My earlier albums (Songs For Ray; Point of Balance) were multi-layered, incorporating electric guitar and percussion, with multiple time signatures and a variety of techniques (pinch harmonics, tremolo picking). With the 'Cascades' EPs, The aim was to overlay harmonically-compatible melodies in different tempos, causing the phrasing of each melody to change unpredictably with each cycle. Each piece was written and recorded spontaneously in a different location, to try and capture the mood (and weather) of the place.