THE MUSIC OF JIM TETLOW

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Jim has been recording music since November 1990 when he made his first tapes recorded from the song memory of a Yamaha PSS-790 keyboard at the tender age of 16.  In the time-honoured tradition of the bedroom musician in the 80s and 90s a 4-track cassette recorder, effects units and a second-hand Commodore Amiga followed.  Already at this time he had a fondness for weaving minimalist patterns into his music.

In the spring of 1997 a meeting with a childhood friend led to his first involvement with Leicester's thriving and diverse music scene.  He also met and became friendly with the Freeman brothers whose record shop Ultima Thule was somewhat legendary for lovers of music outside of the mainstream.  Their own sonic explorations inspired a change of direction for him which lasted around a decade before he began to combine this musical world with his more rhythmically-based earlier style into the definitive hybrid aesthetic he works in today.  Since 1999 he has collaborated with them in the far-out and often innovative improv trio Endgame.  Alan Freeman has this to say: "Some of the early solo work Jim played me was very Tangerine Dream circa 1974 to 1984 inspired, melodic synth, but with an edge that was all his own. With his solo works on Auricle he'd largely dumped the melodic context in preference for ambient abstract exploration, and unique techniques involving live manipulation, feedback processing and such-like. You may also hear elements of Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Sylvian & Czukay, Coil, Cluster, Vangelis, Bayle, Parmegiani and Morphogenesis, all in varying amounts in his music. Yet Jim is not at all copyist in any of what you'll find here"

Jim enjoys making music in various projects  with a host of musical friends, many of whom involve themselves in Chris Conway's monthly Quadelectronic sessions at Leicester's Quad Studios, where improvising experimenters from a variety of musical heritages meet and see what happens.  Chris has collaborated with Jim since 2010 in the improv duo Memory Wire and its fourpiece offshoots Bridge, Audible Light and latterly Starfish Haiku.

 Scorpiomind  (2020-)  Michał Wojciechowski, JT
 InFlotation 
(2020-)  Steve Escott, JT

 The Inhabited Sky  (2019-)  Steve Carroll, Alison Dunne, Steve Escott, Les Hayden, JT

 Starfish Haiku  (2018-)  Carise Zangerle Murray, Chris Conway, Ludwik Szczylik, JT

 Approaching Infinity  (2018-)  Alan Freeman, JT

 Windfall Light  (2017-)  John Hinks, JT

 UV Spectra  (2017-)  Andy Atyeo, JT

 Symbiotica  (2014-)  Linda Faulkner, Les Hayden, JT

 Audible Light  (2014-)  Andy Atyeo, Chris Conway, Les Hayden, JT
 Jaipur School Orchestra  (2013-)  Neil Donoghue, Will Fidoe, Dylan Menzies, JT
 Muted Fnord  (2011-2013, 2020-)  David Dhonau, Andrew Johnston, Ola Szmidt, JT
 People With Manners  (2011-)  Dylan Menzies, JT
 Bridge  (2010)  Chris Conway, Kafka Wilde, Christina Wigmore, JT
 Harper Bourne  (2010)  Victoria Bourne, Chris Harper, JT
 Memory Wire  (2009-)  Chris Conway, JT
 Focal Gaol  (2009-2010)  Glenn Boulter, David Dhonau, JT
 Multimorph  (2009-)  Maureen Anderson, Kevin Hewick, Rizz James, Darren Baxter, Helena McLeod, JT etc
 Tetlow & Broadhurst  (2007-)  julian Broadhurst, JT

 2/3  (2004-)  Nigel Harris, JT

 The Zircon Game  (2004)  Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman, Nigel Harris, JT
 Extremities  (2002-)  Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman, Dave Powell, JT
 Endgame  (1999-)  Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman, JT
 Hemamorphite  (1999-2000)  Nina Bell, Jane Hodgson, JT
 Opal  (1998-)  Pete Rigg, JT
 Shapeshifter  (1998-1999)  Maureen Anderson, Dave Johnson, Alan Freeman, Willow Songsmith, JT

Jim is interested in soundtrack work, having produced what might be termed sonic responses to a couple of experimental videos by Austrian artist Jacqueline Cheval. 

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Inkdance - Jim Tetlow
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Caress The Cell - Jim Tetlow
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Lament - Jim Tetlow
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Cube Part II - Jim Tetlow
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We Sat Before We Stared - Jim Tetlow
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Delphinus - Opal
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Ausland - Endgame
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Eyes Open - Memory Wire
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Aquanaut - Audible Light
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Revolving - Symbiotica
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Breaking the Silence - Windfall Light
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The Inner Spiral - UV Spectra
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Active
Active

Pieces from 1998 in a particular aesthetic

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Duality
Duality

Experimental works from 1998; 2014 development featuring Victoria Bourne on vocals and flute

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Stream of Consciousness
Stream of Consciousness

Material from early 1998 exploring newly bought equipment

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Synapse
Synapse

"This solo debut finds Jim combining diverse elements into an ambient, floating, but also complex layering of sounds, all in a vaguely melodic frame. Roughly exploring a style that hints a little at the Sylvian & Czukay collaborations, the more abstract realms of Coil, Cluster and the melodic end of the electronic avant-garde. In all, it's a unique sound, showing the aspect of Jim's earlier work in Endgame" ~ Alan Freeman, Auricle Music

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Cosmicities
Cosmicities

1998 forays into cosmic territory

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Red
Red

Melodic/thematic pieces from 1998

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The Fair Gardener
The Fair Gardener

A concept album from September 1998, each of the 14 pieces a direct sonic/musical response to a painting by the surrealist Max Ernst

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Ascension
Ascension

Cosmic experimental work from October/November 1998

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Substance
Substance

Two experimental pieces from March 1999

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Shrouds
Shrouds

Experimental electronic works from 1999-2000

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Trances
Trances

Three long pulsing experimental pieces from 1999

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Earth
Earth

Works derived from my contributions to early Endgame pieces, late 1999

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Guitar EP
Guitar EP

Three pieces recorded entirely on an electric guitar with delay systems, late 2000

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Oneiromancer
Oneiromancer

"Wiki says: Oneiromancy (from the Greek Oneiros) is a form of divination based upon dreams; it is a system of dream interpretation that uses dreams to predict the future. Aptly Jim's Oneiromancer is quite dreamlike, yet surreal with it too! For Jim this is unique in that it features no synthesizers or conventional instruments whatsoever, with hints of the weirder end of Vangelis, onto Bayle, Parmegiani or even Morphogenesis." ~ Alan Freeman, Auricle Music

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Heart of Glass
Heart of Glass

"Aptly fragile music, but dark, and best played with the lights out! This is Jim being both dark and ethereal, with lots of twisted melodic tones, undulations, glissandi, mutated sonics, glass / crystalline tonalities, subtle but vivid. There is a melodic edge there to hang on to, but it's always kept elusive, out of reach - don't touch it, else it will shatter!" ~ Alan Freeman, Auricle Music

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Eidolon
Eidolon

A collection of darker experimental works from 2000-2001, comprising pieces previously released on Auricle Music and previously unfinished pieces

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Sloth
Sloth

"As the title suggests, this is music that tends to hang in the air, that sometimes develops imperceptibly, that moves with a sloth lethargy. Yet it is also deep (dark and even bordering on the menacing in its use of strange frequencies) and not at all your usual 'wallpaper music'. It exists, and can be experienced on many different levels. Some may even call it electroacoustic sound art. Whatever - 'Sloth' is in a world of its own." ~ Alan Freeman, Auricle Music

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Quicksilver
Quicksilver

2005 album previously released on Auricle Music, exploring various facets of the aesthetic of liquid metal and glass tones

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Scattering
Scattering

Free download - experiments with harmonic displacement recorded in a single evening in Summer 2007

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Kraken's Lair
Kraken's Lair

Electroacoustic works

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Flow
Flow

An album compiling ambient explorations recorded between 2006 and 2008

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Birdbrain
Birdbrain

My most accomplished piece of electroacoustic music, in its abridged 15 minute form and its original hour long suite Cover photograph by Doug Brown; design/typography by Jim Tetlow

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Sloth II
Sloth II

The sequel to 2004's ambient album Sloth, again following the concept of five oozing 15 minute soundscapes

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Terra
Terra

A dark ambient soundscape for fans of Blade Runner

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Progressions
Progressions

Improvisations for delay loop systems Cover painting by Carolyn La Reux (1969-2014); design/typography by Jim Tetlow

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Progressions II
Progressions II

Improvisations for delay loop systems Cover painting by Carolyn La Reux (1969-2014); design/typography by Jim Tetlow

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Progressions III
Progressions III

Improvisations for delay loop systems Cover painting by Carolyn La Reux (1969-2014); design/typography by Jim Tetlow

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We Too Found the Light of Home (longer edit)
We Too Found the Light of Home (longer edit)

A longer edit of 'We Too Found the Light of Home' from the Progressions II album

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05·05·20
05·05·20

An hour long piece of algorithmically generated ambient music

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Hidden Life
Hidden Life

A 43 minute long piece of algorithmically generated ambient music

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Sonic Haikus
Sonic Haikus

Ambient aural responses to haiku poetry

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synoneiro
synoneiro

Electronica works made over a decade or more

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CUBE I-X
CUBE I-X

First instalment of the series, recorded May-November 2017

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Cube XI-XX
Cube XI-XX

Second instalment of the series, recorded November 2017 - February 2018

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Cube XXI-XXX
Cube XXI-XXX

Third instalment of the series, recorded March-October 2018

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Cube XXXI-XL
Cube XXXI-XL

Fourth instalment of the series, recorded November 2018 - November 2019

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Cube XLI-L
Cube XLI-L

Fifth instalment of the series, recorded January-September 2020

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Early Days: 1990-94
Early Days: 1990-94

A selection of pieces from the earliest phase of recordings

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Early Days: 1995 Part 1
Early Days: 1995 Part 1

A diversity of pieces developed from home recordings, early 1995

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Early Days: 1995 Part 2
Early Days: 1995 Part 2

A mellow/atmospheric phase from the summer of 1995

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Early Days: 1995 Part 3
Early Days: 1995 Part 3

A new sophistication from computer sequencing, latter half of 1995

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Early Days: 1996 Part 1
Early Days: 1996 Part 1

A newly dark and emotive phase from the first half of 1996

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Early Days: 1996 Part 2
Early Days: 1996 Part 2

Continuing the dark phase, summer/autumn 1996

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Early Days: 1996 Part 3
Early Days: 1996 Part 3

A diverse and particularly creative collection from late 1996

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Early Days: 1997 Part 1
Early Days: 1997 Part 1

A time of experiments, particularly with vocal samples; early 1997

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Early Days: 1997 Part 2
Early Days: 1997 Part 2

Experiments with styles including flirts with drum'n'bass, 1997

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Early Days: 1997 Part 3
Early Days: 1997 Part 3

A strong, vivid collection from the prolific month of December 1997

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Opal: Discussing Clouds
Opal: Discussing Clouds

Pete Rigg, Jim Tetlow; recorded 1998, completed 2013

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Endgame: Electroacoustics
Endgame: Electroacoustics

Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2006

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Tetlow & Broadhurst: Qua
Tetlow & Broadhurst: Qua

julian Broadhurst & Jim Tetlow; recorded 2007. Cover design by Tetlow & Broadhurst.

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Audible Light: Essence
Audible Light: Essence

Andy Atyeo, Chris Conway, Les Hayden, Jim Tetlow (with guest Chris Thornhill); recorded live 2017. Cover image derived from photography by Laryn Kragt Bakker, typography by Chris Conway.

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Windfall Light: Windfall Light
Windfall Light: Windfall Light

John Hinks, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2017

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Memory Wire: Field of Vision
Memory Wire: Field of Vision

Chris Conway, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2018. Cover typography by Chris Conway.

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Starfish Haiku: Electric Waterfall
Starfish Haiku: Electric Waterfall

Carise Zangerle Murray, Chris Conway, Ludwik Szczylik, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2018. Cover photography by Carise, typography by Chris Conway.

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UV Spectra: aut19
UV Spectra: aut19

Andy Atyeo, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2019

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InFlotation: Germination
InFlotation: Germination

Steve Escott, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2020

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Victoria Bourne & Jim Tetlow:The Duality Shroud
Victoria Bourne & Jim Tetlow:The Duality Shroud

Victoria Bourne, Jim Tetlow; recorded 2020

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