Steve and Jez will be appearing at the Hampshire
Jam 'Jam' at the Millenium Hall in Liphook on Friday 14th
November 2008 and Astrogator will be playing live at Awakenings
on Saturday 22nd November 2008, at Paget High School in Branston,
Burton on Trent, along with Hashtronaut and Create.
once more with special guest Peter Tedstone, will be perorming
at Awakenings on 28.06.08, as a late replacement for N_Phay who
had to puull out due to a bereavement.
from Astrogator's appearance at Elektron, with special guest
Peter Tedstone have been added to the photos
page, along with a short Youtube
The Dreamlight Standard Edition will be available shortly,
ordering information is on the merchandise
Due to popular demand, Dreamlight is due to be released
as a standard edition in time for E-Live. Further details will
be added as they become available.
Review of Dreamlight, by Phil Derby, added to the music
gallery of photos added from Awakenings
gig last year.
Review of The Darkness Between, by Glenn Folkvord, added to the music
Astrogator now have a Myspace
site which will feature extra mp3 samples of our music,
including rare and unreleased stuff.
edit of the Astrogator track The Darkness Between Part
One is available on the limited edition compilation CD, The
Hawke Chill Out Sessions, which is available direct from Terry
merchandise page added to
the site, featuring Astrogator albums and other merchandise,
including the Astrogator T-shirt
Astrogator set at the Awakenings was very well received, photos
and full report in due course. Ordering info for Dreamlight has
been added to the Music
New track entitled 'Astral Drift' appears on Awakenings
2005 vol 2.5 'Deep Ambient Drift'
fruits of the last Astrogator session in June are to be released
at the July 8th Awakenings gig as a limited edition of 50 copies
entitled 'Dreamlight', which features two pieces edited together
from the best bits of the rehearsals for the gig. Further
details are available from the Music
page, this will be updated to include ordering info soon.
and Jez met up at Steve's house on 2nd - 4th June, primarily to
go out on Steve's stag do but also to plan/rehearse the
Astrogator set for the next gig, which is on July 8th at the
Brudenell in Leeds. Steve and Jez will be doing a set as
Astrogator and also individual solo sets as Create and Modulator
ESP. Also appearing on the bill are the mighty Omega Syndicate.
Should be a good one.
and Jez got together for their 3rd Jam at Steve's house on the
16th and 17th March and prepared some new material which is more
than likely to find it's way on to a future release. Photos from
the session are on the Photos page.
of 'The Darkness Between' by Andy Garibaldi (Dead Earnest) added to the Music page. Thanks
Happy New Year form Jez and
Steve - Excellent news to start the year, 'The Darkness Between'
is one of Phil Derby's Best Electronic CDs of 2005 in the
January issue of ElectroAmbient
Extra E-Live photos added to
the photos page. Thanks to Martin
Hoegee, Menno von Brucken Fock and Stephan Schelle for photos.
of 'The Darkness Between'
by Matt Howarth of Sonic
Curiosity has been added to the Music page.
Scan of the 4 star review of 'The Darkness Between' from e-dition
10 has been added to the Music page.
Astrogator have submitted two tracks for inclusion in
compilations. These were both recorded at the Create Awakenings
gig on 12.08.05. The first part of the set, entitled Standing
Waves, will be on disc 2 of the Awakenings
2006 Vol 1 set and the second, as yet untitled part will
hopefully be on the CD issued with the next Sequences magazine.
Both of these are due for release in 2006.
Photos from E-Live 2005 added to the Photos
Very favourable review by Dave Law of Synth
Music Direct added to the Music page.
Steve and Jez had fun in Holland at E-Live, with the Astrogator
part of Steve's set getting a very good reception. Photos and a
full report will be added in due course. Next live appearance
will be their first full set at Leeds in December.
The Darkness Between is now also available to purchase online
and will be available from Synth
Music Direct very soon.
new review of 'The Darkness Between' has been added to the Music page. Thanks
of 'The Darkness Between' by Phil Derby (of Electro Ambient
Space) added to the Music page. Thanks
and Steve will be performing as part of Astrogator on Sunday 4th
September at Bunkers Hill in Nottingham as the encore to the
Modulator ESP set - full details here
'The Darkness Between' have been amended slightly following a
visit to the post office
'The Darkness Between' is now now available to purchase via
Paypal see the Music page for
details. This is a home-made CDR release with quality laser
printed inlays and labels.
Astrogator's debut album -
'The Darkness Between', will be released at the Create Awakenings
gig on Friday 12th August at the Brudenell Club in Leeds. Steve
and Jez will make their debut performance together as Astrogator
as the encore to the Create set.
Steve Humphries aka Create has a new website.
Cover artwork and mp3 samples, for the debut Astrogator album -
'The Darkness Between', have been added to the Music
page, along with recording and equipment information.
Chesterfield Jam 2 - Photos from the 2nd Chesterfield Jam added
to the Photos page
Well the 2nd Chesterfield Jam is done and dusted. Once more
we booked two days at Digital Image Studios in Chesterfield.
Jam 2 Report
One: We arranged to meet at the studio for about 10. Steve
beat me there and was having a cup of tea and chat with Glen
whilst waiting for me. I was itching to go so started unpacking
whilst Glen made me a brew. With Glen's help we managed to get
all the gear through the house to the decking outside the studio
(see photo). As we had both decided to streamline our gear as
much as possible and Steve had invested in some new stands so we
were set up in double quick time. The only slight problem we had
was Steve mangaing to scrape his Mum's car when moving it after
we had unloaded. Luckily we managed to get some stuff to cover
it up when we nipped out for lunch.
True to his word Glen had re-arranged things so that we could
use the large half of the studio and had plenty of room to
spread out in comparison to our rather cramped experience last
time. This was extremely fortunate as it was a very hot,
extremely muggy day and we would probably not have survived the
Once set up we got straight into recording and did a mixture of
ambient and sequence based tracks, plus work on some ideas for
use in our upcoming live performances. We nipped out around 6 to
book in to the hotel and thanks to Glen's wonderful map drawing
skills managed to get almost but not quite completely lost,
though not for too long as Chesterfield isn't actually that big.
(the B&B we used last time had unfortunately just been
sold). On our return we did another session until 10 then went
for a curry. We went to the same place, got the same table and
had the same food and it was gorgeous just the same.
We went backed to the hotel for a well deserved shower and off
to bed, ready for an early start on day two.
Day Two: We awoke to find the weather had changed
somewhat and found that although it was still hot, it had
clouded over. We had fun getting back to the studio due to some
roadworks prompting a bizarre diversion through the countryside.
After another diversion for breakfast we arrived at the studio
in the middle of a huge downpour and got completely soaked. No
sign of Glen as he'd been out for some beer the previous night,
so we had quick cuppa then back into the studio for some more
recording. Strangely enough the heat was even worse and got
extremely tiring. We had quite a productive day ending with a
totally retro Mellotron and sequencer fest. Then it was time to
pack up at the end of two days that had flown by.
Big thanks to Glen for cups of tea, helping with carrying the
gear and generally just a being a cool dude, even on day two
when he was nursing his hangover. We both can't wait for the
next one, but we've got a few gigs to perform first.
3rd Astrogator session in Chesterfield is booked for 23-24 June 2005
NEWS!! Jez will join Steve at his Awakenings gig on the 12.08.05
in Leeds. He will also be joining Steve at E-Live for an encore.
Another Astrogator session is provisionally planned for the
23-24th June in Chesterfield. Work on the debut Astrogator album
continues with editing now in it's final stages. It looks like
it's going to be very ambient and spacey and currently has a
provisional title of 'The Darkness Between'. Artwork and mp3s
will be available soon from this site. Oh and the first
Astrogator gig might be happening in the near future. So not
much news then :-)
2nd session at Steve's house on Good Friday
Chesterfield Jam photos transferred from Modulator ESP website
to new Photos page
07.01.05 Astrogator website online, come back soon as
more stuff will be added shortly
Jam Report (copied from Modulator ESP Blog)
first Chesterfield Jam is all over now and was definitely
a fun and interesting, though quite intense and often
tiring experience. I think we both learned a lot from
working with someone else and hopefully some of the stuff
we produced will be worth releasing at some point.
Day One: I packed all my gear on Sunday night and
printed off maps and directions. On Monday morning I was
up nice and early to load the gear into the car and have
some breakfast. I left my house at about 9:15 for the
drive to Chesterfield to meet up with Steve at Digital
Image Studios. Chesterfield is an easy journey for me as
it's just 3 junctions up the M1, but I gave myself plenty
of time, as you can never predict what will happen on the
motorway. A good job too, as traffic completely ground to
a halt for the last 10 miles, making a 30-minute journey
into a 45-minute one. Still, I arrived just on time to
find Steve had got there just before me. I parked the car
and went in to find him chatting with Glen (the owner of
The Studio: The studio was a new building at the
end of his back garden. Before unpacking, we decided to go
down to have a look around and plan how we were going to
set-up our equipment. We were expecting a room somewhat
bigger than what we actually found. In my telephone
conversations with Glen he'd said the room would be about
10' by 10' but it actually turned out to be more like 8'
by 6'. It was really difficult to tell whether we'd
actually be able to get all our stuff in. As we'd both
invested a fair bit of time and effort getting our
equipment out of our respective studios and were really
itching to play together, we decide to give it a go. So
then we started on the hardest part, unpacking and setting
everything up, which entailed trailing to and fro through
Glen's house and up and down the garden path, a job which
wasn't helped much by the fact that Glen was in the middle
of a major refurbishment/ re-decoration project, with
piles of stuff dotted here and there to trip the unwary.
Setting Up: We decided to set Steve's gear up
first, as he wanted to be in the farthest corner. As
previously stated setting up wasn't much fun and it
definitely wasn't helped by a particularly obstinate
keyboard stand and an accident that left Steve's Prophecy
slightly damaged. What a start! Luckily the Prophecy
should be easy enough to fix and a spare part is on its
way as I write.
We finally managed to get everything set-up in roughly 3
hours and finished just before lunch, we had a quick jam
then went out to Pizza Hut for lunch. After lunch we
nipped over to the B&B to pick up our keys, as we'd be
finishing quite late.
Recording: We came back after lunch at about 2:30
and then played through 'til about 10 pm, recording 2
80-minute minidiscs worth of material. For most pieces we
used a mixture of Steve's pre-prepared sequences (from
Reason) and my improvised sequences (generated by MAQ 16/3
and Nord modular). We would usually jam for 10-15 minutes
so that we could get some sounds and keyboard parts that
worked together, then once happy we had an idea we'd hit
the record button and just go for it. We tried to avoid
falling into the trap of every piece having the usual
structure of ambient bit followed by sequencer bit
followed by ambient bit, though we found that we needed
transitions between our different sequencer parts. We even
worked on a shorter song that may make a good live encore
At the end of the day... We went out for a curry,
via the local supermarket to get out some cash to pay for
the B&B and studio costs. During the meal we had a
chance to discuss the day's events and decide on a plan
for the next. After the most excellent curry we headed off
to our B&B for some well-earned sleep. Alarms were set
for an early start.
Day Two: Up early for a nice cooked breakfast then
off to the studio. Got there to find Glen still having his
Recording: Headed down to the studio, fired up all
the gear and set to work, recording another 2 and a bit
minidiscs worth of material. We even managed to get our
sequencers to synchronise to each other, though this
caused Steve problems as Reason insisted on jumping back
to the first pattern set-up in it's sequencers, which
unfortunately weren't the ones Steve wanted to use.
Hopefully we will be able to avoid this next time we work
Packing Up: Finished at about 6:30 for a quick bite
to eat and then started packing up at 7, which went
altogether much more smoothly than the previous day's
setting up. Managed to get everything packed in about an
hour, then with help from Glen we got everything out to
the cars and packed up ready to leave by about 8:30.
In conclusion: It has to be said that whilst the
room was a bit smaller than we had expected and it wasn't
that easy to get stuff in and out, Glen was extremely
helpful and patient with our seemingly endless traipsing
back and forth with piles of gear and said that next time
we came we'd be able to use the larger control room, as he
intended to swap the contents of the two rooms around.
The Music: From my point of view it was great
playing and improvising music with someone else and though
it was our first attempt I think that our styles
complemented each other. We definitely had some inspired
moments where it all came together, though there were also
other pieces which were harder work. It was all good
experience and hopefully with more practice we will be
able to work together even better. It was something we'd
both like to repeat, probably early next year. We each
took a day's worth of recordings home to transfer to cd
and exchange, prior to editing for compilation of the best
bits into an album (or two)