This is the second official Ontofield newsletter. Subscribers have early access to this Newsletter, before it goes onto the Ontofield website, - to subscribe for this free newsletter, please signup here.
The Ontofield year, since the launch of the album Sleeping With Fractals at the end of June 2013, has been very busy to say the least. We've made some great friends all over the world and had fantastic reviews of the album so far. To round the year off, John Graham agreed to do an Interview with Jerry Lucky, where he talks about his influences and the way that technology now means that there are far fewer restrictions on what can be created by one person. John also talks about how the internet has played such a positive role in getting recognition and awareness for Ontofield. There is also a Desert Island Disc moment! You can see that interview over at www.jerrylucky.com.
Ontofield have had a great year for airplay and got significant exposure on Radio here in the UK and also all over the world, including Progstreaming and others, which all added to a large number of subscribers and fans for Ontofield.
After taking a bit of a break and a well earned rest, John Graham has started writing new material for the follow up album to Sleeping With Fractals, although that is in the very early days. We've also included some photos of the recently refreshed Ontofield Studio, so you can get a better idea of where the music happens.
Since the release of Sleeping With Fractals, Ontofield have continued to gather friends and fans from all over the world, from Russia, to France, Germany and from the USA to The Netherlands, from New Zealand and Australia to Canada, from Japan to the UK. We want to say thank you for all your support, great reviews and interviews, your messages of kindness and help in spreading the word about Ontofield throughout 2013.
It's been a fantastic year for music, with a large amount of new and debut releases from old and new favourites. The internet has meant that we can get to promote our music to a huge amount of people all over the world and has meant that even Ontofield and our modest little record label - Adient Records, now has a global reach and we are very grateful for that. Who needs corporate magazines and their sponsors!
There have been a number of great reviews of Sleeping With Fractals, which you can read here. Some of the reviews are not in English, however, you can get a translation from various services quite easily, although some of the translations had us scratching our heads at the meaning of some of the more creative descriptions... See for yourself!www.muzikreviews.com
Here's some photos of the Ontofield studio, where pretty much everything happens and also sometimes, where very little indeed happens! It's pretty small, but works very well.
The "live room" is across the way and typically, this is where the vocals and guitars get tracked. The "Live Room" is in fact, a small empty room and only tranforms into the grandly titled "live room" when we stick an amp or two in there and maybe some mics and stands.
As ever, we would really love to hear from you! Let us know what you think of the album, the website, the lyrics, this newsletter, the state of the world, what we should do about it, giant pharma, giant food, the lying, insidious mass media, sprituality, manufacturing of consent, belief, propaganda, the military industrial complex, what are you reading and listening to? Anything!
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Hours and hours of tweaking guitar pedals here. There is no shortage of them around these parts....
John ditched his TC G-System and went for a collection of single pedals, mostly the new Strymon pedals, with Eventide, Neo Instruments and Sonuus. The possibilities are endless and there is already a large array of tweaked noises ready for the next Ontofield album.
The Mesa Boogie Roadster stayed put though.... John has tried so many different amplifiers over the years and this one provides all the various different tones he uses in one place and he's very happy with it.
Mics for the electric guitars are usually the trusty Sure SM57 and the Sennheiser e906. We are going to try to use a stereo config for the next album, providing John gets an additional amp that he's OK with!Well, that's it for this year! We want to wish everyone a Merry Xmas/ Holiday period and a fantastic New Year. Also, many thanks go to Snoot! for putting this Newsletter together, as well as the running of the website, taking photos and editing and managing the content. They do a great job :-) We can't wait for the Official and combined Snoot!, Ontofield and Adient Records Office Party... All four of us tearing up the neighbourhood...