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“In addition Middleton will focus on the cosmos’ influence on his new Sci-Fi/Sci-Fact concept album – an imaginary soundtrack to anthropocene man’s search for a habitable exoplanet in our neighbouring star systems.”...

From the press release for the upcoming

ROYAL ALBERT HALL AND CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS PRESENT

TOM MIDDLETON ON MUSIC FOR EXOPLANETS

PART OF FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE: SPACE

Friday 29 June 2018

Starts: 7:30pm

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/classic-album-sundays-tom-middleton/

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New stuff out in Sept. he says. He talks for about 10ish mins and then the first track is GCOM I think but the rest seems to be already released stuff.  

 

 

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Just seeing this but also just heading to bed. Will dig in tomoro. Psyched this is seeing a release soon. Was really jazzed for what he played for me and all the surrounding story/design etc. really felt like short stories 2.0 on some level. 

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22 minutes ago, hayhook said:

Just seeing this but also just heading to bed. Will dig in tomoro. Psyched this is seeing a release soon. Was really jazzed for what he played for me and all the surrounding story/design etc. really felt like short stories 2.0 on some level. 

Short Stories 2 you say? 
 

You have piqued my interest.

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3 hours ago, hayhook said:

Just seeing this but also just heading to bed. Will dig in tomoro. Psyched this is seeing a release soon. Was really jazzed for what he played for me and all the surrounding story/design etc. really felt like short stories 2.0 on some level. 

Is this the sci-fi concept album, or something else?

 

Also, the audio for the Exo Planets interview went up on Mixcloud:

https://m.mixcloud.com/classicalbumsundays/classic-album-sundays-and-tom-middleton-on-music-for-exoplanets-at-the-royal-albert-hall/

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I refer as "short stories 2.0" because cohesive, concept driven, soundtracky to a story.  Not sure if he's going to include a book or an accompanying film?

"Sci-Fi / Sci-Fact GCOM concept album; an imaginary soundtrack to Anthropocene man’s search for a habitable exoplanet in our neighbouring star systems..." says the press kit info...

On that mixcloud interview, he starts on about the new album at 1:30:00 +/-  but the new music is mostly edited out (get a blip start and end with the middle missing for about 30secs)

The Video definitely has new track at 11:00, and I believe at 19:00 before Return to Atlantis kicks in.  eh Speedy correct ID's on the rest of the music.

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haven't heard anything.  I am wondering if he's waiting to release until he can tour again. That September show has now been pushed to April, so maybe the album is being pushed until then? (I'm just speculating)

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A forward-facing, blue-sky-thinker at heart, DJ/producer/sound designer/composer Tom Middleton holds a vital place in the history of UK electronic music. He returns with more innovation in the form of his new project GCOM following work in Global Communication in the early 1990s with Mark Pritchard.

Right off the bat, we’re in uncharted territory — for Middleton, as well as electronic music in general — as the whispering static ambience of ‘Noctis Ultimus’ gradually morphs into urgent, bellowing strings usually found in film scores. This sets the stage for the epic galactic journey of E2-XO, as disparate strains of cinematic string sections and Middleton’s hardened D&B pedigree coalesce into a world beyond boundaries. The frenetic beats on the likes of ‘XO 1 (Luyten B)’ collide with the mournful performance of ‘Noctis Reprise (For QEBRUS)’ with the force of tectonic plates. The zenith of these combined classical-meets-electronic approaches finds a particularly full-bodied, multi-layered form in the third act of this LP, as swathes of strings ebb and flow across pinging arps like the flow of a great tidal wave, captured slow motion.

GCOM is the new unique project from Tom Middleton, an artist capable of inspiring the grandest drama regardless of his choice of instrumentation. It is a thrilling voyage across this 20 track epic.

Tom Middleton's new album as GCOM, varied fare from ambient through downtempo to drum'n'bass. Pre-order at Bleep, more clips at Juno.

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Based on the clips I might get the digital, not too keen on the whole.

 

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  • dcom changed the title to GCOM - E2-XO (!K7)

Three years later it’s finally here! 
https://bleep.com/release/244094-gcom-e2-xo

A forward-facing, blue-sky-thinker at heart, DJ/producer/sound designer/composer Tom Middleton holds a vital place in the history of UK electronic music. He returns with more innovation in the form of his new project GCOM following work in Global Communication in the early 1990s with Mark Pritchard.

Right off the bat, we’re in uncharted territory — for Middleton, as well as electronic music in general — as the whispering static ambience of ‘Noctis Ultimus’ gradually morphs into urgent, bellowing strings usually found in film scores. This sets the stage for the epic galactic journey of E2-XO, as disparate strains of cinematic string sections and Middleton’s hardened D&B pedigree coalesce into a world beyond boundaries. The frenetic beats on the likes of ‘XO 1 (Luyten B)’ collide with the mournful performance of ‘Noctis Reprise (For QEBRUS)’ with the force of tectonic plates. The zenith of these combined classical-meets-electronic approaches finds a particularly full-bodied, multi-layered form in the third act of this LP, as swathes of strings ebb and flow across pinging arps like the flow of a great tidal wave, captured slow motion.

GCOM is the new unique project from Tom Middleton, an artist capable of inspiring the grandest drama regardless of his choice of instrumentation. It is a thrilling voyage across this 20 track epic.

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