New mini album and other material coming soon
Having spent the last 3 years exploring these lovely instruments and getting involved in the making process, I feel that I have developed my style and playing considerably since recording my first EP, Tsuchi Dango in 2017. I finally feel ready to start recording again and have a good collection of new material to put down. I have also managed to collaborate with many wonderful musicians, including my wife Laura, during this time and hope to include some of them in these new recordings. I hope to release this later in the year. Watch this space for updates!
I am happy to announce the release of my first solo handpan EP, Tsuchi Dango. The EP is a collection of short pieces that have evolved from improvisations in my first year and a half of playing this incredible instrument, with the addition of Japanese Taiko drums.
I was very influenced by a book called 'One Straw Revolution', written by a wonderful man called Masanobu Fukuoka. His revolutionary vision and practice of natural farming, rediscovering and using ancient Japanese farming techniques is a radical and much needed alternative to modern intensive agricultural practices. Tsuchi Dango are one of the methods he used. The word essentially means 'Earth Dumplings' or seed bombs. Seeds are mixed with compost and clay and made into balls and then thrown randomly across the land. They germinate where the conditions are best suited for the seed rather than where the farmer chooses to plant them.
So, I hear you ask, how does this have anything to do with handpan music? Well, I would like this EP to be the musical equivalent of a seed bomb. I am putting it out into the world in the hope that others will take it and 'grow' it. As with a seed bomb, sometimes it will land in an unsuitable area and come to nothing, whereas at other times it will germinate and produce abundance. It may be a tiny sample of a tune, a whole track or even the entire EP - the choice is yours. Please use this music and be creative with it, or share it with others who you think will appreciate it. If you would like to use this music please see the information below.
This EP is dedicated to the memory of Masanobu Fukuoka.
All profits from sales of the digital copy will be donated to The Permaculture Association for the furthering of their work.
I hope that you enjoy listening. Please feel free to share this with your friends.
As I have mentioned, I would like the music on this EP to be grown by many others. If you would like to use any samples/tracks/the entire EP (for free) then I would request that you send me a message via the contact form on this website with the subject as 'Tsuchi Dango'.
Release date June 5th, 2017
Handpans and Taiko drums played by Lyndon Forster. All music composed and arranged by Lyndon Forster. Track 1 and 2 are inspired by traditional West African rhythms.
Huge thanks to Josh Norton-Cox, Brandon Bolt and Hayden Francis for recording and producing this EP at Big Red Studios, Seale Hayne. www.facebook.com/bigredrehearsal/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
To Martin Ross Butler for his absolutely incredible artwork for this project. You can find more examples of his work here: martinrossbutler.com
Special thanks to Kagemusha Taiko for the very kind loan of the Taiko drums that I play on this EP. kagemusha.com
To Laura, my wife, for her constant support, love and enthusiasm for everything I do.
And last, but certainly not least, Roman Reva of OMana Handpans and Duncan from Meridian Handpans for creating the beautiful handpans that I play on this recording. You can see more examples of their work here:
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The Harvest EP by Laura Forster
I had the opportunity recently to add some handpan parts to some beautiful songs by my wife, Laura, on her new EP 'Harvest'. It really is a stunning collection of music and, whilst I may be biased somewhat, I think her voice is absolutely sublime.
Laura and I met whilst playing in a band together around 8 years ago and love making music together. I was so happy when she asked me to play on her new EP.
I added handpan parts to track 1, 'Right way to fall' and track 4 'Devotion'.
The EP was recorded and produced by Jez Eve and features Neil Nicholson on bass guitar and the incredible James Lane on lead guitar.
I hope you enjoy it. You can find out more about Laura and download her music for free at her website www.lauraforster.co.uk
The Otherside Beat Tape Vol 2 by Shamanic Technology
It was a real honour to be asked to add some handpan to a track of of my friend Chris Hare's (Aka Shamanic Technology) new album. Hopefully more of this to come!!