Where I am now, what I’ve done recently, and all that

So this won’t be a wordy update – just an update on my recent works. It has been a busy few months, though it hasn’t felt like it.

  • My debut album – also my last under the name Smudgeon – was released in June. It’s available digitally via my Bandcamp as PWYW, or a limited edition cassette via Akashic Envoy Records.
  • Under the moniker Idacarabus, I had a track included on the cassette-only Akashic Envoy compilation “Transmissions From The Aetheric Plane“. I have a new Bandcamp page for this project including my track from the compilation, expect more releases to appear in the future.
  • As Fjaeldmark, I had a track included on the latest Dungeons And Catacombs compilation. This project is trad dungeon synth, and I am planning a split release with a good friend of mine in the coming months.
  • I contributed a Guelph Basin track to The Dark Outside, a 24-hour radio transmission from London’s Epping Forest as part of the Waltham Forest Festival. The nature of this radio transmission is ephemeral, so if you weren’t there to listen, you’ll have to wait for a bit to hear my track.
  • The Guelph Basin is also preparing a release on (you guessed it) Akashic Envoy in the coming months. I am excited about this release, as I feel it is a coherent, consistent artistic vision and some of the best work I have done.
  • I have recently begun to explore voice more in my works. I’ve used voice before, but usually disguised, distorted, buried to the point it no longer sounds human. Analyse that, Freud. However, I am coming to terms with the idea of being more explicit in my meaning and using my voice – figuratively, and literally – to project that. It’ll be a learning process, but exploration is my thing so I’ll see where it takes me.

The Guelph Basin

It’s been a while since I posted about my creative exploits. Over a year, in fact – and it’s been a very interesting time.

The most important update right now is that I am now releasing music under the name The Guelph* Basin. The most recent work I have been doing feels like a new path, and it seemed like the right time to forge a new creative identity going forward.

There will be one final Smudgeon release coming up in June. I will provide some updates on this and other releases in a post shortly.

*pronounced “GWELF”.

Smudgeon: Peeling Paint + The Ivy

Post-midnight, the hours drag like knives; the seconds scrape by like needles. Blinking lights on a console, a twitching eyelid, and a warning note on the edge of your hearing. Pastel green paint flakes. You make it to sunrise, blow the steam gently off a cup of thin tea, and stay awake long enough to remember: same routine tonight.

Live from a bunker, somewhere in 1971.

Sometimes, it happens so quickly. On the edge of sleep, a tiny loop caught in my mind. It didn’t end up anything like I planned in my head. However, I liked the results, and it is rare that I knock over two tracks I like in such quick succession.

There is a narrative here. I’ll let you know once it is more solid, concrete.

Smudgeon: Numbers

So recently, I found myself back in Audacity, making noises and figuring things out.

One of the things I discovered about myself is that being creative, putting noises together to create feelings, moods, responses – this helps me organise my thoughts better. A lot of clutter lives in my mind. Sometimes, putting sound down helps me to clear up, to clarify, and to get my own thoughts in order.

Who I am

Australian-born, Berlin-based. Artistic dilettante. Comfortably introverted. Music, movie and TV fan. Sometime gamer. Spent a lot of time in dark rooms at university.

Loves: my wife, my son, my cat, forests, silence.
Unloves: wankers, filter coffee, loudness.

What I’m listening to: https://www.last.fm/user/nineteenineteen
What I’m reading: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4331438-grimmandarin


I’ve been making music since 1998, since 2005 under the name Smudgeon. You can find links here:

Bandcamp: https://smudgeon.bandcamp.com
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/64riTgbF38GCqwXOGs9oHu
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/smudgeon/1240441180
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Smudgeon?id=Aywhop3hvylbyx5cva7uktk6yei
Soundcloud (mostly sketches and incompletes): https://soundcloud.com/smudgeon