Blog of ambient shoegaze electronica acts winterlight and lightsway, aka Tim Ingham

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two become one

One of the things that follows from my signing to n5md is that for the time being I will be putting the lightsway project on hold.

Lightsway came about because of my desire to release a record on my friend Tarl’s new label, distant noise. My label at the time wanted exclusivity over the winterlight name and so in order to release something I had to use a differnt name. Many of the tracks on the lightsway album were demos for what might have become winterlight tracks and indeed a few are getting overhauls at the moment and may feature on my forthcoming album in a rather more polished format. Consequently, you can see how lightsway was always a banner of convenience to me and so now I have a label which is more flexible with releases it is not something I need. 

I have not ruled out lightsway coming back in some form in the future but for the time being lightsway and winterlight will merge under the winterlight name.

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news catch up 2 – the n5md one

 

I am very pleased to report that future releases will be with n5md. I love this label and have enormous respect for label boss Mike Cadoo both as a musician and as the driving force behind such a great label. i am very happy to be on the same label as my good friends aerosol and port-royal.

Link to the Winterlight page at n5md

Winterlight at n5md  

news catch up 1

i was lucky enough to be asked to design the cover for the last port-royal album; it is a great album and you can see my artwork below

phoenix and a bandcamp free download

I’ve decided i am going to have another stab at regularly updating this blog and my others, a bit of discipline might do me good. So expect some more content. As a start, I have created a bandcamp page and on there currently is a free download of an old demo for “glisten”, I hope some will enjoy.

http://winterlight.bandcamp.com/

Loveless Music Group

For those who don’t know the Loveless Music Group is the rather cool New York promotion/musician/etc collective responsible for NY gigs featuring such luminaries as Ulrich Schnauss, Manual and a whole host of others. If you lived in New York you would almost certainly be trying to go to every thing they did; if I lived there I would almost certainly be trying to blag my way onto a gig. Recently they started a record label, self storage recordings, and were kind enough to include my track “suddenly something good” on the first release, a compilation featuring Ulrich, Auburn Lull, Soundpool and a whole host of other great acts, including LMG prime mover Andy Durutti’s band Luxa.

lovelessmusicgroup

They have the usual myspace but more importantly they blog at lovelessmusicgroup.blogspot.com  where they have recently been posting some mp3 mixes by friends including a great one from Manual and, most recently, a winterlight one which gave me the opportunity to highlight some great music that accompanies my daily seastaring and latte moments. From an Epic 45 track only released on last years super limited Fugues compilation (more on Fugues later) to old favourites like Crisopa and port-royal, it also contains the very lovely ‘Understand Theory’ from my good friend Luga. Please have a listen, you can find it here.

out with the old in with the new – my 2008

It has been a good year in music for me, so thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me or just replied to one of my long rambling messages. Special thanks to Jon yellow6 who seems to have suffered the worst of my “I don’t understand the ‘music business’ people rants with patience.

I played the huge synergy dance festival in London which was interesting and allowed me the privilege of seeing port-royal for the first time although being rather shy it took me about 3 hours to pluck up the courage to say hello! I played gigs with Ulrich Schnauss, Kontakte, Palestar and Ricardo Tobar at Sonic Cathedral in London. I was also lucky enough to be invited to support port-royal in Paris courtesy of Fugues a wonderful experience for which I am very thankful to Jerome for asking me. Most enjoyable gig was the distant noise showcase in London where I played with yellow6 and in a sadly rare stage appearance the blindingly good Luga.

I released an EP, Mirror, which did ok I believe and the lead track has just been remixed by top DJ, solarstone, a version which actually has people getting up and dancing to it and not just stroking their chins which is usually the most enthusiastic response I elicit. My lightsway alter ego released an album for the consistently excellent distant noise recordings series one and garnered a number of favourable reviews which was kind. I was also lucky enough to remix port-royal’s anya:sehnsucht and Kontakte’s Life’s Road Movies, both of which were fortunate enough to gain releases along with a track by winterlight on the self storage recordings compilation.

Next year sees planned releases for lightsway on distant noise including a soon to be announced split lp about which I am extremely excited (details to follow), a winterlight album on MRC, a Lightsway album much later in the year on distant noise and if I can find anyone to release it I have an EP of electronic material I would love to see the light of day if I am ever happy that it is finished! Plus there are remixes on the way for oppressed by the line and luga and one for me from cheju. Oh and there might even be some vocals on the way…I’ll be playing a few gigs too but if anyone else wants to offer me a slot I would be only too happy to oblige.

So on to my completely unnecessary and entirely self indulgent list

Best Live set – port-royal in Paris

Gent of the Year – Jerome Olivier of Fugues

Label of the Year – Distant Noise

Festival of the Year – Sonic Cathedral @ Truck (the chapterhouse reunion from 3m away was out of this world)

Albums/records of the Year

yellow6 – when the leaves fall like snow

Helios – caesura

Cheju – homecoming parts 1 and 2

Oppressed by the Line – soft focus

Luga – sending triangles

Eyeless in Gaza – Drumming the Beating Heart (reissue)

Kontakte – Soundtracks to Lost Road Movies

Light Under Water – Reflective Landscapes of Nowhere

 

In addition, various tracks by Epic 45, July Skies, Innerise, Ulrich Schnauss, port-royal, light under water, static silence absent without leave and slowdive of course have accompanied my daily trips to gaze at the sea and achieve some sort of calm.

Anyway thanks for listening, attending gigs and if you are still here, reading.

Tim