Album Review: Bibio – Phantom Brickworks

Wolverhampton electronic musician Stephen Wilkinson delivers his eighth album. True to its title, Phantom Brickworks is nine extended ambient tracks – audio portals built to access haunted serene settings. The seventeen-minute ‘Phantom Brickworks II’ begins with the ebb and flow of trickling water, building a minimal mural of thick mist over a park during a wintry sunrise. Samples of heavily echoed pianos and classical strings create … Continue reading Album Review: Bibio – Phantom Brickworks

My Master’s Degree is complete: A relieved summary

It’s been quite some time since I have posted a show-off article about my exploits, but today marks such an important occasion that I can’t resist marking it. On 30th September 2015, I received an email from the head of my Masters degree course stating the grade of my dissertation. I almost fell off of my chair when I spotted the word ‘distinction’. I was … Continue reading My Master’s Degree is complete: A relieved summary

Secret Tracks: Ten ways to hide music properly

The hidden track is getting old, and has been for quite some time. Unlisted tracks paved the way for hidden content in the 1960s, with The Beatles’ ‘Her Majesty’ often receiving credit as the first hidden track. At only twenty-three seconds long, it is easy to go unnoticed on vinyl, a format that won’t allow a long silence at the end of the track. That … Continue reading Secret Tracks: Ten ways to hide music properly