Playlist, Interview and Sundry Items

I’ve just put together a playlist of some rather nice tunes which I’ve either recently discovered, or have admired for some time, over on Mixcloud.

It features new stuff I’ve been impressed with, such as Julia Holter and Battles; as well as music by the rather fantastic Jumble Hole Clough, Manfred Hamil and Ian Thistlethwaite. I’ve tried to put it together as well as I know….hope you can find the time to enjoy it.

Here’s the LINK as I still can’t seem to get Mixcloud to embed on WordPress.

This week, I also did a short interview with In Bed With Maradona blog; talking music, influences and taking a rest from music. As I’ve said before, it’s great when people take an interest and want to share information. Click the link in this paragraph to read it. Thanks to John Dobson for that.

To finish…here’s a photo of a spider’s web.


Have a great week.


I may knock it on the head music-wise and focus on making visual arty stuff. Not sure if it’ll be permanent; but who knows?In making music independently, there are so many variables: how to make ‘good’ music; how to distribute it; how to come up with something ‘new’; how to fit it in with a hectic and all-consuming work and life schedule. The last two points are particularly pertinent at the moment; my music is essentially a re-hash and ‘originality’ doesn’t really come into it now. Most of the music I really admire is 20, 30 or 40 years old and has little relevance now. Anyway, if I do get back into painting and collage; expect to be pestered by images of sweeping landscapes and movie stills. Of course, I may change my mind….as I am prone to do. We’ll see.

New Album, Subscriptions, Sharing and Streams

On Friday, I released new album ‘The Dark Science’. It’s a mixture of mostly cinematic, melodic electronica, with some more acid-infused upbeat tracks intermingled. Initially, I was going to charge £1 for it (like all the other albums on my site now), but decided to offer it for the first week for free/pay-what-you-want. So, now’s probably the time to download it as it will be a paid-for download from next Friday 4th Sept. (Incidentally, I’d like to thank Steve Kelly for his invaluable advice and opinions on the tunes when I was having an ‘earmelt’. Go check his music at his Bandcamp).

I’ve mentioned subscriptions before, but I’ve lowered the price of a year’s subscription to also. So now, for just £5, with VIP Membership you can get the new album, twelve other albums or EPs (Editor’s note: I’m nothing but prolific, eh readers?!) plus three previously deleted (i.e. unavailable to anyone else) albums. I’ll be adding some other stuff to the bonus items as time goes by; such as the long deleted ‘Nita Disaster’ EP, which personally, I think is jolly good. Nita contributed some great spoken-word to my ‘VTOL‘ album and the earlier tracks on the ‘Nita…’ EP are our formative collaboration which got quite a bit of airplay at the time (around 2008 if I remember rightly). I’ll also be posting the live sessions I’ve done for Dandelion Radio as part of the package. If you’re a regular downloader of my music, subscription may be a good option.

Paying for, or subscribing to, the music will help fund possible physical releases in future, as I venture away from the virtual world and into reality (gulp).

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Also, please do tell your friends about my music if you like it (or even if you don’t!). Sharing on social media and by word-of-mouth does make a difference, honestly.

The new album is available to stream on Soundcloud, Amazing Tunes and a few tracks are on Reverbnation too. That gives you lots of options to stream on various devices. You can tell that I’m eager for you to hear the stuff, can’t you?!

Anyway, thanks for supporting my little music project. Here’s a little video of me pushing buttons and twiddling knobs ‘live’.

To conclude, if you learn anything from this post and if I’ve learned anything from being a teacher, it is “use italics and bold text when you want emphasis”.

Janice D. Soderling – poems

Originally posted on The Poetry Storehouse:

1. Fissures (audio by Marie Craven & Neil Holland)
2. Autumn (audio by Nic Sebastian)
…. Still image remix by Charles Musser
3. Unnamed (audio by Nic Sebastian & Neil Holland)
…. Video remix by Marie Craven
4. What Would Jesus Say About This Wallpaper?
5. April is the cruelest month for poets
…. Video remix by Othniel Smith

(Read by Marie Craven)

(Read by Neil Holland)

At owl-light I follow the long stone wall

through quickening green where nettles sprawl.

My thoughts are not busy with you at all.

Or the curlew crying.

Little is left of the rough-edged chill,

only clear rivulets surging downhill

where the lake’s ice cover breaks sharp and shrill.

Like the curlew crying.

Too early for coltsfoot. Too late for all-heal.

Cranes bugle and lift. Larks spiral and peal.

There’s nothing can comfort the rending I feel.


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One Week: ‘The Dark Science’ album release 28th August

The freedom of summer has allowed me to virtually complete an entire album in the space of two months. There have been a lot of re-writes and re-records, but it’s finally finished. I will probably look back in a month’s time and think “I should have done this or done that”, but for now, I’m happy with it.

I’m asking you to come on a journey……from post-industrial South Wales to the cinema, via the dark satanic mills and eerie pastoral landscapes of Lancashire and Cumbria. All places that have been haunts for me over the years. When I say “the cinema”, I mean the British cinema tradition of producing some genuinely sinister horror and sci-fi in the 60s and 70s (and the BBC showing these on TV in the 70s and 80s), either pastoral or dystopian. Mix all this up and you might get a flavour of the album.


It’s not pastiche, but hopefully conjures some images. Incidentally, these are the images I came up with for the cover art.

This was the first one:


A bit too literal and a bit too cheesy I think. Part paper, part digital collage with an imagined scene from an imagined movie.

This is what I’m using:

Dark Science Cover1

(Sorry, couldn’t resist the Peter Saville-esque colour bars!)

Anyway, I often talk (write) too much about my music and motivations so I’ll shut up. Hopefully, you’ll like the album enough to download it (minimum of £1).

Here are a couple of previews, one of which is a free download on Soundcloud (and eventually on, for that is where you will be able to download the album).

Thanks for reading….be safe.

A New Season, A New Album

Being a busy chap, I’ve been spending every waking hour (well, almost) recording. The new music a bit dark, a bit playful in places and quite cinematic. Besides that, I’m not going to try to describe it, as I’d prefer you to make your own minds up on hearing it. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of sampling and a lot of analogue squelchy noise going on.

As a little preview, here’s a track called ‘Carried On The Dust’.

The album is called “A Dark Science” and will be available to download on 28th August at


Sub Sub

Hello, it’s been a while. So now, with the summer ahead of me, here’s a missive for you to ponder, peruse and maybe ignore.

Been working on a few new tracks which will see the light of day in the next few months. Probably as a full length album (and some bonus stuff….more about which, anon).

I’ve changed some stuff around on my Bandcamp site and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. As you know, my music has mostly been pay-what-you-want over the years and this seems to have worked quite well in getting new listeners and getting my stuff ‘out there’. People have paid for the music by choice and have shared, etc….. And I’m really grateful for this. I don’t really expect anything from my music: money or noteriety. So it’s really a bonus and very satisfying when people do download my work. I’m hoping to release actual physical albums, etc in the not-too-distant future and this will take cash. So I’ve started to try to make the Dementio13 project more sustainable (on a very limited scale, for that is my scope: I’m niche-er than niche!), thinking more in the long-term. 

Virtually all the money I make on music is ploughed back into future releases; whether that’s buying new kit, subscribing to web services, etc. My full-time job pays fairly well, but life often takes its financial toll so I’m finding it less easy to chuck cash around on bits and pieces of kit, promo, or whatever. Therefore, I’ve set all my releases as pay-what-you-want, but with a minimum of £1. This could either prove to be semi ( quarter?) – professional suicide or a good way of sustaining progress, development, ideas, whatever you want to call it. My thinking is that, a pound is pretty reasonable; £5 will buy you five albums. Whereas those loyal purchasers who buy every release, often pay in excess of £5 for one album.

However, there is an alternative too. Bandcamp have started a rather tidy new subscription service, whereby listeners/fans can subscribe to artists for a set fee and receive all future releases and back-catalogue items as part of the price. This is rather cool, I think. 

So, my new subscription service is up and running: pay £12 or more for a year’s subscription and you will receive all future releases for no extra cost. You will also get 8 of my back-catalogue albums/eps to download plus lots of extras: the first extras being two albums of my early, pre-internet, music. In future, there will be previously deleted albums such as the ‘Snackshack‘ ep, ‘Suburbian‘ album and lots of brand new live mixes and performances. You will have exclusive access to these as a subscriber. 

Hopefully, the income will be substantial enough to help fund merch and physical releases. Incidentally, subscribers will get 20% discount on these too. Subscribers would be solely responsible for making my music self-sustainable and enabling independence.

So, what do you think? I guess, my ultimate answer will be in the uptake. These things tend to be a bit trial and error, there being no definitive answer for any one musician/band; so, we’ll see. My musician friends may have ideas about this, or may have tried it or something similar; so may have some insights. Anyway, please take a look and subscribe if it appeals. Thanks.