is dedicated to promoting the power and beauty of
improvised and experimental music. Based in
Liverpool, UK, it's largely based around my
activities and collaborations.
now includes fifteen items, the most recent being
'the reverse of reality' by Bloodcog, available as a
download, or as a very smart-looking CDr. 'Fall
Through the Infinite' by phil hargreaves and Richard
Harrison and 'Human' by Maggie Nicols &
Phil Hargreaves (see below) are still available.
'where we were' by Caroline Kraabel & phil
hargreaves is currently available on Leo
Records. for more information on this release,
see the dedicated
to which i add my pearls of wisdom to from time to
News My main
bit of news is that i'm recovered from my ME, so this
website will now be actively maintained again, after
six or seven years in the doldrums. Also actively
maintained will be (hopefully, at least) my playing
As further evidence of this, here's 'The Reverse of
Reality' by Bloodcog:
It's an electro/free jazz/dub/punknoise fusion, kind
of like the Prodigy playing improvised music. Kind of.
Listener feedback so far includes: "Sensory overload"
and "This is what I imagine Hell to sound like". The
team, possibly perversely, take these as compliments.
Through the Infinite' is a straightahead improvised
set with me on Saxes and Flute, and Mr Harrison on
acoustic drumset and Objects.
Malchamech is Richard Harding (Chapman
Stick), Phil Hargreaves (Saxes/Flute) and Richard
Harrison (Drums). The
sound draws on classic metal and the
unpredictability of improvised music to create a
swirling maelstrom of sound that still isn't
afraid of its tender side. So if you like your
sounds on the intense, slightly noisy side -
this one's for you. Album is forthcoming, but in
the meantime, check out the SoundCloud stuff:
'Human by Maggie Nicols
& Phil Hargreaves is now out.
It's hard to overstate how happy we are with
this CD - it took two years to make, and it
doesn't sound like one that you already own. It's
a tapestry of so many things, ranging from dense
audio collages to intimate improvised duos
recorded in Dark Places.
This is a proper silver disk (ie
not a CDr) in a very handsome six-panel
cardboard sleeve, and available for the
bargain price of £6 including p&p in the
UK. Well, i think it's a bargain, anyway.
The second amere3 CD is now out on Bruce's
Fingers. Over to Simon Fell - "Firstly, I feel
this music finds yet another way of investigating
the saxophone / bass / drums format, without
repeating the approach of any of its illustrious
forebears in the BF catalogue. Phil Hargreaves has
developed a quite unique and extremely personal
voice on the saxophone - one which allows him to
contribute freely but without ever dominating or
railroading the ensemble through sheer physical
power. Over the years Rob and I have worked hard
to find a language which would best contextualise
this language, with the opportunities it presents;
this excellent CD is the result.
Whilst this music is probably free jazz for
the majority of the time, it remains
non-hierarchical throughout - which is a
particular pleasure. Secondly, Phil (who recorded
this music) has excellently captured the acoustic
sound of my bass. The BF catalogue contains
numerous CDs where for whatever reason I regret
the recorded bass sound (I'm sure the bass players
among you will understand...) - but this is most
definitely not one of them!"
Since this was first written, Simon has
passed, so should you wish to purchase this CD,
i've folded it in with the whi music catalogue.
The second CD by Graculus, 'Small Things', is
an album of miniatures, each improvised, each
under 2:30 long (some a lot under). As well as
being available as a download via Bandcamp, there's a silver
disk in a smart professionally printed package,
which is yours for £6, including postage.
Plus, i've now enabled the e-commerce side of
things, so you can buy this, and other titles,
from the comfort of your chair (assuming your
chair is comfortable in the first place, that is):