I dabbled in electronic music after I bought my first synth, a Yamaha CS-5, in 1981, inspired as I was by the likes of Numan, OMD, Depeche Mode, et al.
In 1984 I got together with a like-minded friend on a number of occasions with our synths, keyboards, drum machines and a tape recorder and recorded a few tracks. He even came up with a name for our synthpop duo - Complex Fusion. Unfortunately I lost touch with him around 1989, but I kept the tapes and released them for posterity. Jonathan, are you out there?
Since then, I continued to dabble on my own and record. However, after more than 30 years, I have now officially retired from the music-making business (not that anyone cares!).
Jamming in the 80s with myself:
Complex Fusion - I Want To Go Home (The studio sessions 1984-85)
For posterity, I include these "warts and all" recordings; no multi-tracking, just two guys jamming. There's tape hiss and bum notes, but also a lot of unfulfilled potential. Before The Pet Shop Boys there was Complex Fusion. Tracks 1-5 were recorded in my parents' dining room in the summer of 1984; Track 6 was recorded in my flat the following year. Unfortunately we never got around to giving them titles and I don't feel I can do that without input from the other half of the duo (wherever he may be). Very eighties.
A Bundle of Joy (2000)
A Bundle of Joy was my first attempt at creating a serious collection of tunes. It was produced using Acid Music and Dance eJay on a PC in December 1999/January 2000 (except Rowdy Yates, which was produced using a Mod tracker several years earlier). The sound is generally mid-nineties dance/techno.
Killing Time (2001)
Killing Time is a collection of re-worked MIDI compositions produced using RolandED Virtual Sound Canvas and Metro SE on an iMac in December 2000 / January 2001. Many of the tunes were composed as far back as 1988, so there is a generally eighties feel to the whole thing, but I've never really been particularly happy with the production (mainly because of the poor quality of sounds from the Sound Canvas).
Singularity comprises tunes created with Reason, Garageband and Soundtrack. It was started in Autumn 2002 and completed in September 2004. The music is a mixture of dance versions of tunes appearing on earlier CDs and novel compositions in a variety of styles, but overall I tried to create music with a more contemporary dance feel.
Eclipse is an album containing an eclectic mixture of styles, including several OMD cover versions (Silent Running, Romance of the Telescope, Almost, Of All the Things We've Made).
Finale is another eclectic mix. A number of the tracks are based around short musical "sketches" produced years before, but never used. This is Complete Confusion's final album.
Habitable Zone (by Habitable Zone) (2014)
A final side project - a concept album of sorts, where each track is named after a planet (or moon) in the habitable zone of our solar system.
To play these albums, click here.
I don’t have a life, I have a program