The past few days I’ve fallen victim to a horrible ‘flu’ type ailment. Yes, yes, we all know that it’s hardly ever the flu proper, but ‘a cold’ doesn’t quite cut it when you’re confined to bed with a barrel-load of drugs and hankies (for some people that may well describe a great day in).

As a by-product, there’s been lots of time to explore the wonderful world of electronic music creation. Think blips and bassy parts recorded from the greatest computer of all.. the Commodore 64.

Despite providing me with a healthy dose of tinnitus from listening all day through the Sennheisers, there should hopefully be an interesting injection of chipset-fired sounds to come in the near future. Jumping from banjos and mandolins to Gameboys and thuds is a bit of a strange thing to reconcile, but the possibilites are rather exciting. Watch this space.

It is with great excitement that I can divulge a new unexpected project on the horizon. We have assembled a gaggle of talented musicians who are going to record, scrimp and gather up loose riffs, vocals and other noises to put them towards a rather unique collaboration.

You’ll almost certainly have heard of some of those involved, and the ones you haven’t are just as wonderful, having been hand-picked from the alternative music world by yours truly. We’re not going to name names yet, but all shall be revealed in due course. It’s all rather delightful.

Instead of writing much at the moment, I’ve had other things take over the musical side of life.

One of these is to get (much) better at the old accordion playing.

This is what I’m listening to for inspiration.

One day I hope to reach the dizzying heights of this man and his moustache.