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I'm continuing my routine of releasing a new full-length album of music for Bandcamp Friday each month. This one is the eleventh album that I've released in the last twelve months—the work rate which I have managed to sustain this year might seem mind-boggling, but you have to take into account the fact that making music is pretty much the only thing that's keeping me (reasonably) sane these days. This one's called Speechless. There's over an hour of instrumental music in fifteen varied tracks that feature everything from orchestras to Chapman Stick and nods to musical heroes of mine including Jan Hammer and Mike Oldfield. Best of all, it's a name your price deal, so you can get it for free. I hope that you'll enjoy listening to it.

My most recent commercial album Oneiric Tulpas is available on Bandcamp! You can also check it out on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Tidal and all your other favourite streaming services. My previous album Beyond is also on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and the rest as well.

My earlier albums Generator and Fort are also available at Bandcamp, together with a large collection of other music from me.

ANOTHER NEW ALBUM FROM YOURS TRULY

It's Bandcamp Friday once again, so of course I'm going to have another full-length album of music prepared ready for you to listen to. Since I released The Geometry of Sleep exactly a year ago, I've released eleven full-length albums. That's a crazy hike in my work rate, considering that not so long ago I used to be a musician who would only record three new tracks every decade. The new release is called Speechless.

This one got its name from the fact that it is an album of instrumental music, although it makes extensive use of vocal samples and voice-like synths in its arrangements. Listening to it again after the fact, I can hear the strong influence of both Jan Hammer and Mike Oldfield in the production. That's not really surprising, as they're two of my favourite musicians and musical heroes both. I don't think I'd ever have harboured ideas about making my own music if it wasn't for Mike.

As with all the albums I've released this year, this one doesn't have a price set. Instead, you can choose what you want to pay for it, and as before that includes getting it for free. That's totally fine; the important thing is that you give it a listen, so here's a sample track to whet your appetite:

UP AND DOWN

The cold I've had for the past week has finally broken. This morning, my hearing is beginning to come back, which sounds like somebody is turning up the treble and gradually increasing the stereo mix of daily life. I'm still full of snot, but I can feel my immune system getting things back under control once more.

And so, because my subconscious is clearly a spiteful, vindictive bugger last night I had one of the most depressing dreams I've had in quite a while. When I woke up I felt terribly down and the realisation that it had all been a figment of my imagination hasn't done much to lighten my mood this morning. The fact that people I loved and trusted treated me in a way which has left me an emotional wreck even thirty years later is appalling, but that's where I'm at these days.

I should probably see a therapist.

IMPROVED

After feeling miserable all yesterday with a bad cold, I had a hot bath, made myself a large mug of orange-flavour drinking chocolate (it was Sainsbury's own brand, made with steamed, whole-fat milk done in my espresso machine, and it turned out to be far better than I expected it to be—lush, creamy, and genuinely tasting like orange-flavour chocolate) and retired to bed.

I slept for fourteen hours.

Even for me, that's kind of excessive, but I suppose I must have really needed a rest. It seems to have done the trick, anyhow; my cold is much abated today, and my nose has stopped running. I still feel a long way below par, and I haven't really done anything particularly challenging on the cognitive front today, but I did manage to get in a few thousand steps by walking to the Post Office to send a birthday card off to my Aunty Joan, and I also did a wheely-bin's worth of gardening, raking up the leaves in the front garden (they were a good fifteen centimetres deep in places.)

Last month I let lethargy get the better of me. I suspect that it's one reason why I came down with the cold I've had for most of the last week. I risked losing all the fitness gains that I've made over the past few months, and I really don't want to do that, so my resolution for this month is to resume those activity levels. Staying in bed all day and step counts that don't even make it to four figures need to stop. I need to get fit—or at least as fit as I can manage, given my kidney stones.

New month, new me. Let's see how I get on.