Before I go on to post the 10th and final mix in the Winter Chill series, I'd like to just say how much I've enjoyed being a part of the project. I've never been involved in anything quite like it, and the quality and uniqueness from everyone that has contributed has been something to behold. I think it's been a real showcase for the ambient genre.
It started with me posting a simple 'off the cuff' comment to my Facebook page about thinking on doing a really deep chillout / ambient mix. Andy Pye from Balearic Social replied to the status suggesting that he'd like to do a Part 2 and for us to aim to go down the 'beatless' road.
I asked Matthew Foord and George Mihaly if they would like to be involved and they contributed Parts 3 & 4 respectively. Following that, Jon Brent aka Original Gidman sent me a message to say he'd love the opportunity to be a part of the project, and with that, a series was born.
I was really happy to get Richard Tovey (Less Fences) and Andy Hickford (Downtown Science) involved, and delighted that George Mihaly was able to get Sequenchill on board while Matthew Foord lined up Faction and Another Fine Day. I'd like to thank George and Matthew for their extra efforts in securing these contributions.
I'd also like to thank Andy Pye for kindly taking the series to his popular Balearic Social radio show on the excellent online station Purple Radio. I've been a big fan of his show for quite a while now, so it is truly an honour to have had a mix of my own featured on his show, alongside these other fabulous contributors.
Now to wrap up the series, and we do it in style with a contribution from Tom Green, aka Another Fine Day. I've pored over Tom's bio on his own website, wondering how to condense it for the purpose of my own blog post, but it's so well done and full of interesting details on the various projects he has been involved in, it's really worth sharing in full, so I hope you (and Tom) don't mind me doing some copy & paste action here.
Tom Green first appeared playing synths and a battered Vox organ for cult punk act Dum Dum Dum in 1979, then performed with African guitarist Abdul Tee Jay, during the 1980s, while also fooling about with early computer music systems. These experiments led directly into working on ‘Dr’ Alex Paterson‘s seminal downtempo album of the early ‘90s, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Tom went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further four albums by the group, including the No 1 album UF ORB.
During this period Tom took time out to work on his own project another fine day, first released in 1993 on ambient dub label Beyond Records, the project taking the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the festival. Tom remains one of the few artists who played at every single Big Chill, up to 2010.
Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album Life Before Land to No 3 in The Independent’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’, and a second AFD album Salvage was released on the San Francisco label Six Degrees in 2000, the EP Chasing Tornados in 2004. Commissions followed, including Music for MRI Scanners, for installation in a new MRI scanner complex in the Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.
For the next few years Tom worked mostly on TV and film music, but in 2011 AFD reappeared with the ‘Christmas card’ EP Firelight , followed in short order by another commission, Music for Tai Chi in 2012, then a collection of short pieces from the Apollo Music cinematic archive, Low Tide.The latest AFD album A Good Place To Be is now out on Interchill.
As well as further collaborations with The Orb, Tom has co-produced tunes for Baka Beyond, and is also a member of nascent world music project Newanderthal, playing a rare ‘array mbira‘. He has remixed artists as diverse as Natacha Atlas, Kitten & The Hip, and Alucidnation.
In the meantime Tom continues to compose music for the media via his music production company Apollo Music, his TV clients including the BBC,Channel 4, RTE, Cineflix, and Zigzag, and contributes tracks to quality music libraries on Universal Music and EMI Production Music, No Sheet Music, and Altitude Music. 2007 brought him his first full length feature score, the comedy horror Botched – winner of 2 awards at the NYC Horror Film Festival. The album Erebus & Terror (with David Bickley) was recently featured on the soundtrack of Layke Anderson’s film Dylan’s Room, long listed for a BAFTA and winner of 7 awards. He has also scored Layke’s Happy Thoughts (2015, 5 awards) and the forthcoming Shopping. His most recent score is for Magnetism, co-directed by Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull and due for release shortly.