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Peter Beasley

London [Electronica, Prog Rock, Soundtrack]

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Live at Logan Hall, London, 1987 with Dave Titchen (right)
  1. Qwerty Uiop
  2. Havantville
  3. Hunger Hill
  4. York Aspiring
Peter Beasley - keyboards, synthesizers, sequencers, drums, percussion
Gary Attwood - guitar on Qwerty Uiop
Dave Titchen - piano solo on York Aspiring

Qwerty Uiop, Hunger Hill and York Aspiring are excerpts from my album \'Coruscation\', originally released in 1987; re-released 2007.

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Havantville is a rough rhythmic framework; a work in progress for a new album (see below).

Initially a rock drummer on the London, UK pub circuit (1977-1983), I became increasingly interested in composing, recording and performing instrumental keyboard/synthesizer music. In 1985 I co-founded AMP Records with Mark Jenkins and Ash Prema and contributed three tracks (\'Ollie\'s Camera Looks\', \'Cherub\' and \'Parchal Papaguio\') to \'The AMP Records Compilation Album\'.

I performed much of \'Coruscation\' live in the mid-80s, including a 1986 UK Tour. It was released to coincide with a performance at the UK Electronica Festival at the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford in November 1987.

It was re-released 5th November 2007 on Metalbottle Records (CD-R), re-mixed, re-mastered with bonus tracks, to mark the 20th Anniversary.

Track listing:- Hunger Hill (6.00) The Swaggering (4.58) Nullified (4.25) Qwerty Uiop (6.56) York Aspiring (21.21). Bonus tracks:- Hunger Hill (Under Construction) (5.45) Qwerty Uiop (Demo) (5.41) York Aspiring (Demo) (22.13).

I was diagnosed with Parkinson\'s disease in 2003 which has severely restricted the use of my fingers and hand, forcing me to rely on sequencing and programming more extensively in current projects including a new album - \'The Tree That Wished To Dance.\'

Review of original \'Coruscation\' release by Alan Freeman, Audion Magazine:-

For anyone into strong, muscular synth music, this album has much to offer: HUNGER HILL moves along at breakneck speed; THE SWAGGERING features strong percussives and is jazzy in a kind of Roger Powell way; NULLIFIED is more unusual, with reverberating drums beating strongly against a Tangerine Dream like tune, the effect being somewhat like Peter Frohmader\'s \'Ritual\' album, but Beasley\'s approach is more spritely and light; QWERTY UIOP is a kind of like a disco-ified Ashra sequencer piece, the guitar solo is nice, but it\'s a pity it wasn\'t a bit more forward in the mix.

The major triumph here though is the side long YORK ASPIRING, which opens swirling from the void into a typically Tangerine Dream \'White Eagle\' period, relaxed melodic rhythmic piece. The composition is quite clever, different ideas take over in steps, so that the fabric of the music is constantly changing. Moving from the gently melodic to the thunderously heavy to the cacophonous to the tranquil with ease. The final section again has an Ashra type sequence, complex percussives and some Tangerine Dream style solos - finishing the album most vibrantly.

I must say CORUSCATION surprised me a great deal and no doubt it will surprise many other people too. Recommended to all fans of melodic, rhythmic synth music.

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Kelley Krueger
{ 08-05-2008 22:50 }
Some "Dynamite" Soundz from them KEYZZZ !!! Checkout "MetroTechno" !!! (5) Kelley K
AirKraft says:
{ 03-07-2008 08:34 }
MF Foster
MF Foster says:
{ 02-10-2008 16:30 }
Hi Peter-I came across your page and loved it! Hunger Hill is one excellent piece. The drums are exceptional-are you playing traditional drums with the synthesizers or is that electronic? The sound is great -5 from MF
{ 02-09-2008 01:00 }
Superb Electronica!!! you bring a fresh and unique sound and make it your own!!! 5 out of 5 from me!!! keep up the great work and best of luck in all you do!!! DFLIGHT