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These pages provides a means to sample and buy some of the recent creative output by James Asher. This covers the media of Music, Video and Images (Gallery 1 / Gallery 2). Over time new content will be added as it becomes available. As of now, this is the only place worldwide where this material can be accessed, and is exclusive to this website.
For some time now I have been very excited at the possibility the web offers as a way to make new music available to a global audience, with all the advantages this direct communication offers. The immediacy and lack of delay, combined with the freedom to explore different genres without any compromise, complication or filtering by record companies or third parties with their own constraints and agendas make this a vital and dynamic process. Being able to present my music straight to listeners, is empowering and brings with it an uplifting feeling of being amongst friends.
I have been touched by comments on the guestbook allowing me understand what aspects of the music reach listeners, and this new medium allows me also to respond directly by making available music that for me echoes these same qualities.
Exclusive to this site is James Asher's new album 'Bravado Masala', available to download in its entirety or as individual tracks.
Also available for the first time and exclusive to this web site is the previously unreleased album 'Timeless Light', which is very much along the lines of the CD album 'Dance of the Light', in that the four tracks together form a relaxing, healing flavoured album. You can purchase this album in its entirety or as individual tracks.
The Last Empress is a long half hour piece. This has a meditative, mystic and somewhat oriental feel, and allows the listener to space off pleasantly with a considerable sense of depth. The remaining tracks are diverse, exploring other genres.
To hear excerpts from any of these tracks click on the respective MP3 link in the 'Listen' column.
|Bellorifica||From the 2010 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. A gorgeous set of five pentatonically tuned bells acompany Arthur on congas and James on the beguiling Tanglewood acoustic guitar.||(5.55)||13.6 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Hangsters||From the 2010 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. 'Hangsters', which evolved around the hangdrum, has a mysterious kind of quality to its chosen pitches, and Arthur found a series of interweaving melodic phrases that created a wonderful base for further play on flute and string sounds. Its melancholic and reflective flavour make a pronounced contrast to the previous track.||(6.17)||14.4 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Egyptian Ceremony||From the 2010 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. Ceremonial flavoured drum rhythms with the distinctive flavour of Egypt and the addition of saz and nay flute sounds, this track evolves a potent sense of occasion, whose depiction aptly gained the title 'Egyptian Ceremony'.||(5.55)||13.6 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Who's Counting?||From the 2008 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. A musical adventure using found percussion, flute, harp and keyboards, which offers a humorous sweet and sour comment on the credit crunch and its origins, with guest appearance by its principle protagonist - Mr Longface.||(4.31)||6.4 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Goosefoot||From the 2008 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. A multi layered instrumental, based on a complex 6/8 rhythm, charting the progress of a shifting dynamic where dark elements transform to becoming lighter and brighter.||(6.22)||9.0 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Arcana||From the 2008 EP by James Asher & Arthur Hull. A call and response duet between two taiko drums heralds a dramatic depiction of of a celtic battlefield, where a feeling of triumph accompanies the sense of rebirth that emerges from this transformational scenario. This powerful soundscape features the fluent and exuberant fiddle of Tom Fairbairn.||(7.07)||10.0 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|The complete album Bravado Masala, including the tracks 'The Golden Mean', 'Lost Summer', 'Tabletop Dancer', 'Quayside', 'Footwork', 'Brova Barama', 'Skywatching ' and 'Bravado'.||(53.10)||121 MB||£7.90||[ MP3 ]|
|The Golden Mean||From the album Bravado Masala. The Golden Mean is a track that started as another collaboration with Arthur Hull, but then gets somewhat transformed by the extraordinary and exquisite voice of Mahesh Vinayakaram - son of the famous Vikkhu, udu player extraordinaire, and original member of John McLaughlin's Shakti.||(5.49)||13.5 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Lost Summer||From the album Bravado Masala. Lost Summer is a haunting and soulful song, and is a strongly emotive ballad.||(6.20)||14.6 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Tabletop Dancer||From the album Bravado Masala. Tabletop Dancer is a collaboration with percussion wizard Simon Webster who lives locally. There are photos of him and Arthur Hull on the studio page. The music describes a female dancer who has walked a long way through a hot desert, and arrives at a bar, only to find she has no money to buy a drink. Dancing on the tabletops is familiar to her as a way to overcome this obstacle to quenching her thirst. Without getting too deep about this, her predicament is somewhat typical and symbolic of many kinds of art. In oder to contine doing what they do, many artists often have to embrace activity a long way from their ideals.But the tune is in any case lively and spirited, and the sound of her dancing footsteps can be heard on the tables.||(5.09)||11.9 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Quayside||From the album Bravado Masala. Egyptian oud joins an organic hip hop feel in depicting a nostalgic scene of fond parting.||(7.31)||17.4 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Footwork||From the album Bravado Masala. Celebrational feel, funk bass and jubilant dancey qualities pay tribute to previous masterful uplifting songs such as Good Times by Chic. Party down!||(6.59)||16.2 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Brova Barama||From the album Bravado Masala. Power chords bring in this fresh treatment of a traditional Indian song which segues into a chorus section, where the strings enjoy a retro Beatles approach.||(5.36)||13.0 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Skywatching||From the album Bravado Masala. This sparkling chillout track offers a great chance to savour the engaging meditative flavour Mahesh's voice can deliver.||(10.10)||23.4 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Bravado||From the album Bravado Masala. Bravado is a bubbling and exuberant song, which juxtaposes catchy melodic sections with more whimsical jazzy ones. Musically guesting are members of the Eastbourne based band Pebbledash, for whom James plays drums, and whose other members are Rod Pooley on keyboards, and Tom Askaroff on guitar.||(5.10)||11.9 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|The complete album 'Timeless Light', including the four tracks 'Timeless Light', 'Watermarks', 'Pathways' and 'Crystal Devas'.||(71.54)||169 MB||£7.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Timeless Light||From the previously unreleased album 'Timeless Light'||(7.10)||17.1 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Watermarks||From the previously unreleased album 'Timeless Light'||(21.17)||49.9 MB||£2.50||[ MP3 ]|
|Pathways||From the previously unreleased album 'Timeless Light'||(19.55)||46.7 MB||£2.50||[ MP3 ]|
|Crystal Devas||From the previously unreleased album 'Timeless Light'||(23.32)||55.2 MB||£2.50||[ MP3 ]|
|Last Empress||This is a long half hour piece. This has a meditative, mystic and somewhat oriental feel, and allows the listener to space off pleasantly with a considerable sense of depth.||(30.39)||71.8 MB||£2.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Big Sky Pan||Big Sky Pan is a track jointly written with Arthur Hull on his visit last September. As always with him rhythm features prominently. The original sounding percussion breaks are performed on a frying pan and saucepan lid.||(7.02)||16.5 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
|Heavy Dotto||Heavy Dotto is a dance track written in collaboration with Eddie 'What it is' Graham. Caribbean beats come to meet a rocking central theme. Eddie and I have worked together over a period of seven years, but have previously only been published in the soundtrack area. You can also hear Eddie enjoying the excellent vocoder on the Korg M3. This is is a fun title.||(6.14)||14.6 MB||£0.99||[ MP3 ]|
There are three video clips here featuring Italian dancer Francesca Miceli Lillith. Francesca chose originally about twenty of my music tracks of which to make dance interpretations. After I filmed these dances, I worked on editing and enhancing her performances with video filters and effects. More can be read about this collaboration on the DVD & Video page.
|1.||Janjara||Janjara features a music track from the album Feet in the Soil 2, and the juxtaposition of the African themed percussive track with her Venetian masks, makes for a stimulating pairing.||(4.36)||33.5 MB||£1.99|
|2.||Temple Gates||Temple Gates and The Astrologer's Seat are both musical selections from Tigers of the Raj. Temple Gates is dynamic and energetic, and by sometimes creating multiple versions of Francesca dancing, a collective energy emerges. I am not directly paying homage to the film director Busbee Berkeley, who also very much enjoyed creating symmetry with dancing figures in his own way some time back, but I am certainly a great admirer of his work.||(4.38)||33.6 MB||£1.99|
|3.||The Astrologers Seat||The Astrologer's Seat is also from Tigers of the Raj and is much more meditative and hypnotic. Francesca organised the extraordinary wings costume for this, and these help provide a transformative and extremely graceful ambience.||(5.09)||37.5 MB||£1.99|
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