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Frost* / Re: Jem, Andy, and August 10th...
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:57:38 AM »
On Sunday Jem did a solo improvisation and it was like hearing a Frost track but from the inside out.
I've heard some mixes already from the night and there is some exciting stuff there.

For musicians like Jem (and myself to a certain extent) there are a great many problems to overcome to get an album out or do a gig. It costs in time and money and invariably there is no profit. Guys like Nick Barrett and Rob Reed and Jem are geniuses at making this work. But it can be difficult, I couldn't do it which is why I haven't got my own band!

Steve Lawson has found so many ways for musicians like us to get out and play and make recordings. He has lectured all over the world about what he calls 'sustainability' for musicians. This is why projects like this are worth supporting.
So far we have done a gig together, we may be releasing some recordings, we have some great photos and I'm sure videos will be appearing shortly....and everyone who attended I think enjoyed the night...so expect to see more of your favourite musicians appearing in this context in the future.

And I think fans will play a much bigger part in the this process, and fans who are also artist could greatly benefit, but that's another conversation.



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Frost* / Re: Jem, Andy, and August 10th...
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:36:22 PM »

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Frost* / Re: Jem, Andy, and August 10th...
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:45:22 AM »
Thanks to everyone who came last night...what a night!

Good to see some of you there, and Pedro filmed it! we recorded it and my good friend Rob Groucutt photographed it.
Jem and Steve were both fantastic, and Jem's solo piece was very moving I thought.

As I said, we did a multi track recording of the whole night, we lost a channel of drums but it all went down and Steve will be mixing that soon I hope.
And if you guys are into this kind of thing we can do it again I hope!

Please check Steve Lawson out, as well as being a formidable bass player he has a lot to say about making music in 21st century....  http://www.stevelawson.net/

Thanks again and I hope you can make it this Sunday for the gig with Brianna Corrigan from the Beautiful South.

All the best
TBE

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Frost* / Just as your waiting for a new Frost album to arrive...
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:10:59 PM »
....another Andy Edwards album comes along!

https://andyedwards.bandcamp.com/album/sodium

SODIUM by Andy Edwards

Some of you here may remember I released an email only album in 2008 called 'Progressive' which featured some material I intended for release on an album which I wanted to call 'Sodium'

Now, finally, I have managed to get all the material together for this album and get this up on Bandcamp

It features a really incredible keyboardist called Dave Woodhouse who played with Quantic and sadly died in 2010. Check him out on the tracks 'Sodium' and 'Ridiculous Grasp' and you will see what a mega-talent he was.

I have been using bandcamp to release a load of recordings I have made over the last 10-15 years and I have enjoyed the process very much. At the moment I'm working on a major Prog release which will be properly recorded and feature some amazing Prog musicians, but it is interesting to be able to also release stuff like this, stuff that a Prog label would never touch.
I deliberately put difficult material up on bandcamp, it seems a conducive place for such stuff. I was talking today to a friend who has released very commercial stuff on bandcamp and sold nothing and he was surprised that people were listening to my difficult music and not his. That's quite exciting, isn't it?


I was also interested to read the 'Good old days' thread. As I am no longer a member of Frost I can offer no opinion about this but I like the discussion about releasing material bit by bit.
Do we need to release albums anymore? I think it's better to release a track at a time. Do we need to have bands? The Internet makes it so easy to collaborate why would you want tie yourself down to one set of musicians?
I think also now we can see that the fans own a part of the band as well as the band itself. This forum is evidence of that. By getting out there and promoting bands you like you actually play a massive part in the development of a band.

So please have a listen to my album, and if you like it tell your friends!

All the best

TBE

Ps. Looking forward to seeing some of you on Sunday.

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Frost* / Re: Jem, Andy, and August 10th...
« on: August 01, 2014, 12:41:52 PM »
Discount tickets available from the new facebook event page...

https://www.facebook.com/events/277518909101690/

Videos from the last gig with Julie Slick from the Crimson ProjeKCt...

http://youtu.be/4gj4wtmMppg






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Frost* / Jem, Andy, and August 10th...
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:19:20 AM »
Hi frosties....

As there are some people out there that have never heard of Frost I have decided as a run up to Jem and my reunion gig to put some frost tracks up on my facebook page with a bit of chat behind each track.
As this might be of interest to some of you guys here is the link to my page....

https://www.facebook.com/andy.edwards.drummer

It would be great if you could spread the word about this gig too, I think there are some Frost fans who would like to come who still don't know about it.
For those of you still in two minds about going here are some things to consider...

1) this is the first time Jem and I have played together for half a decade
2) you will get to see us improvising, in other words, the inner workings of how all those songs first came about
3) you will see Jim's debut on Chapman stick!
4) the venue is tiny and very intimate so it will almost impossible not to come up and say hello and we would love to see you will....

Spread the word Frosties!

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It is an idea, but there is also ELG which is a bit more Prog....

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Yes, I'm playing with the astonishing Steve Lawson and of course, Jem Godfrey (or, as David Coverdale insisted on once calling him, simply 'J', as I will form now on.)

'J' will be also debuting his new set up which I'm looking forward to very much, as it will the first time we get to see 'J' playing Chapman Stick, which, I believe, 'J' was born to play.

Tickets will be available very soon from stevelawson.net.

So if you want to see us three up very close and personal get yourself down to The Tower of Song in Birmingham on the 10th of August for evening of improvised mayhem.

Any questions.......?

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Announcements / Re: Andy Edwards/Steve Lawson/Julie Slick GIG
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:47:01 PM »
Ha ha...yes that's the plan, didn't know Steve had announced this....it will be announced formally in due time, watch this space...

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Announcements / Andy Edwards/Steve Lawson/Julie Slick GIG
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:53:02 PM »
Hi Frosties.

I'm doing a gig with the solo bass virtuoso, Steve Lawson and Julie Slick, bassist from Adrian Belew's band and The Crimson Project.

More details here...

http://andy-edwards.com/blog/2014/07/03/gig-andy-edwards-julie-slick-steve-lawson/

We are doing an improvised set, using a lot of processing and effects. The gig will be recorded and we are hopefully planning to release some more material featuring this group. I'm also planning doing something a lot more proggy with Julie later this year but more about that later...

All the best TBE


Please come down and say hello.

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Frost* / Re: Hello from TBE
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:02:35 AM »

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Frost* / Re: Hello from TBE
« on: May 03, 2014, 06:34:21 PM »
Thank you Tigermoth.

I really appreciate anyone buying my music, it is a real honour.

I agree whole heartedly about modern recording methods. Digital recording has been a revolution and none of the albums I have made would exist without it, but digital recording should have opened up recording methods, especially for drums.
We can record drums any place at any time. On my solo album 'The Twitch' the drums are recorded all over the place. in some cases I recorded drums for studio tracks live on stage.
In terms of production, 'Zen Riot' is an immense recording project. I think it was something like twenty mics running for about five hours. We had mics in tubes in a skip outside my studio!

The big enemies of modern drumming is replacement, quantisation and compression. These are great tools in some situations but they have become de rigeur in the studio nowadays.
But for me, the fact that the drums can thru room, mic placement and tuning have a unique sound, that the time of a real drummer bends and wavers (used to be called feel) and that the drums have a wide dynamic is what is good about them.

it's these things that we focused on when we did Zen Riot. I know Jem is exploring drum sounds a lot on the new Clouda project, it's definitely an interesting area.

I have recently recorded an album with two bass players, Steve Lawson (incredible solo looping bass player, check him out) and Julie Slick from Crimson Projekt, Adrian Belew. we recorded it live and I played an entirely electric set up through a guitar rig. the sounds were nuts.....

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Frost* / Re: Hello from TBE
« on: May 02, 2014, 07:14:56 PM »
Hi everyone.

I have added a a number of new albums up on my bandcamp. I have just added an album called Zen Riot that I recorded with a drummer called Alex Thomas who has played with Badly Drawn Boy, Squarepusher etc.
I remember that Jem was a fan of this album, and when I left Alex was considered for the drum position and only didn't end up doing it because clashes with other gigs.

only recently Jem referenced this album when talking about the Clouda project. It's pretty out there but I hope you like it....

http://andyedwards.bandcamp.com/album/zen-riot

All the best to you all

TBE

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Frost* / Re: Hello from TBE
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:04:56 AM »
Yes Pedro, I don't there is any more room in my house!

Jem has sent me just 1 minute of the Clouda stuff and it sounded awesome! A massive sound, very electronic sounding but still the Jem sound.
Yes, I have quite a few things in the pipeline but don't want to spoil the surprise.

I must mention again Rob Reed who has really helped me get back in the game again. Rob is a bit of a genius I think! and I think his time has come. Kompendium was fantastic, 27 Club was one of the best Prog albums out last year, (and there was some really fantastic stuff released- MoonSafari, Steve Wilson, Hacken, Maschine etc etc).
I hope to be doing a lot more with Rob, watch this space as they say.

 Please 'like' (I hate that term!) my facebook page so I can keep you up with the stuff.

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Frost* / Hello from TBE
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:33:34 PM »
Hi Folks, hope everyone is well!
After five years!!! away from Frost I am very excited to be involved in Clouda with the genius that is JEM G and I thought it would be nice to let you know what I've been up to.

After the Dream Theater dates my daughter was born and with that and my new job running the music performance course at Kidderminster College I decided to 'retire' from music making. (Another little girl followed in 2011)

In 2012 Rob Reed asked me to play on the 'The 27 Club' and I was so pleased with how that album turned out I have suddenly found myself back playing and again. This year I have already recorded stuff for Jem's latest as well as another album due out later this year. I'm playing and recording this week with Julie Slick from The Crimson Project and the incredible Steve Lawson.
I have another Prog project in the works too.

I have set a new website which has tons of stuff up, a facebook like page and I have recently set up a bandcamp where I'm putting up some of the more experimental stuff I have done over the years. I have put up my first solo album which contains some incredibly complex and dense music and another free EP of ambient a drum grooves.

If any of this interests you please here are the links...

Website

http://andy-edwards.com/

Facebook like page

https://www.facebook.com/andy.edwards.drummer

Bandcamp

http://andyedwards.bandcamp.com

I'm still very proud of Frost, there is no other band like it! hello to Jem, John, Nathan and my old mate Craig Blundell, I wish all the best, and all the best to everyone here.

Andy T. B. Edwards

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