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http://francismacdonald.com

Postby terjely on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:09 pm

I didn't know. How exciting!
http://francismacdonald.com

Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter Francis Macdonald drums with Teenage Fanclub and has worked with a range of artists (Alex Chilton, Dan Penn, The Pastels, Kevin Ayers, Kate Rusby, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, BMX Bandits, Belle & Sebastian, Cairn String Quartet and Max Richter, etc.)

Made with the help of a grant from Creative Scotland, “Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste” is an album of minimalist contemporary music informed by Francis’s work in TV and film soundtracks and influenced by key musical figures such as Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone and Arvo Pärt. Macdonald also cites the inspiration of fellow Glasgow-based composer Malcolm Lindsay who, like Francis, did not formally study classical music.

The album was recorded at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio, Glasgow (because Francis liked their piano) and features a quartet drawn from the esteemed Scottish Ensemble, formed in Glasgow in 1969. It was recorded and mixed by Iain Hutchison (Julie Fowlis, Transatlantic Sessions) and mastered in Milan by Stefano Barzan (Ludovico Einaudi). Francis played piano and a celeste hired from RSNO. The album cover photo was taken at Hardanger Fjord, Norway during a Teenage Fanclub tour.

“This album was a bit of a challenge to myself”, says Francis; “As a listener I came quite late to classical music and I have no formal training, but I didn’t want to use an arranger or orchestrator. I wanted to be responsible for every note.”
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby Big Bazza on Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:18 am

The sample track is gorgeous. Shame the "pre-order" link isn't working for me. I'll try another PC and browser later.
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Postby Lee Mellon on Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:36 pm

"20 Sep" is great. I can't pre-order either.
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby matzerath on Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:08 pm

Beautiful stuff that.
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby El Macca on Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:38 pm

That's a lovely track Francis, very pastoral sounding to these ears. Will be purchasing this album 8)
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby beat on Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:01 pm

Sounds great. Purchased a vinyl copy earlier this week. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. :D
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby Big Bazza on Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:31 pm

Got my copy yesterday. It is absolutely brilliant.
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Re: http://francismacdonald.com

Postby Pete II on Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:48 pm

A Beautiful Record
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