In case you hadn’t already noticed, I’ve recently released my first new album since 2016’s ‘Human’. You might well be wondering what I’ve been up to for all that time! Well, aside from keeping busy producing and recording other artists, around five years ago I started composing a double-album work of mostly orchestral music but incorporating various unusual and ‘found’ instruments. It’s called Cellar Door and was intended to be my next release. However, when the Covid crisis hit early in 2020, I had to pause work on it as I could no longer record the live musicians to finish the album. So, decamped to a spare room at home during lockdown and with some time on my hands, I decided it was the ideal time to make a record I’d been dreaming about for many, many years.
Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with space, the moon and science. Lately, with the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landings, I got to thinking about those missions. Especially the pioneering and utterly remarkable Apollo 11. There were lots of great documentaries and movies around which had all further fired my imagination. At the same time, I was eager o return to another life-long love of mine, analog synthesisers.
So, I built the perfect little studio at home to create the sound of space in the late ‘60’s! Combining my orchestral writing with the electronics was key. I spent most of 2020 composing and recording this ‘movie without pictures’ which I would describe my own childhood imagined mission to the moon, as well as paying homage to the Apollo 11 mission. For the most part, the album follows the narrative of NASA’s mission. But I did take a few artistic liberties in order to expand upon certain ideas and themes such as “The Void” and “Spacewalk” etc.
Currently, the album has been ‘soft launched’ while I am talking with labels about a full release. So it’s exclusively available from my store, www.harveysummersmusic.com in 24-bit download, mp3, flac and very limited edition CD formats. It will be coming to iTunes and all the usual stores later in 2021.
I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the previews and checking out some of the related videos here. You can also preview the entire album before buying over at harveysummers.Bandcamp.com