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The DiY Projects

by Tom Churchill

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Saturday 06:00
Eyes Closed 07:33
Dusty Loops 05:02
Locked 06:16
Resolution 06:15


Twenty years ago I released an eight-track double 12” on DiY Discs with the imaginative title of Project One. I’d got to know DiY’s Pete and Rick (Digs & Woosh) through parties in Cardiff and gave them a demo with eight tracks on, not expecting much; it turned out they wanted to release the lot.

The tracks were all recorded in a bedroom in High Wycombe in 1998-99, while I was doing a work placement at Focusrite as part of my degree course. My setup was pretty basic - an Atari ST running Cubase, sequencing an Akai S2800 sampler and a Novation Bass Station Rack, with an Emu Proteus 2000 sound module and a Roland JD-800 synth added later. These were mixed through a Mackie 1402 with a cheapo Zoom effects unit and a Focusrite Green compressor, straight to DAT, monitoring through my hi-fi.

Project One was followed three years later by, yep, Project Two. This was a four-track 12” with two further tracks from the High Wycombe sessions, and two versions of a track called Ebb and Flow which were recorded later and mixed on a different setup, featuring live Rhodes and bass by a couple of uni pals. I’ve left these off this digital collection, as I think it works better as a snapshot of the 98/99 setup. I’ve done a little gentle re-mastering to balance the relative levels, I’ve changed the running order and I’ve slowed down a couple of the faster tracks.


released February 11, 2019

All tracks written and produced by Tom Churchill 1998-99. Saturday co-written with Dan Bailey.


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Tom Churchill Stirling, UK

Tom has been involved with music since the mid-90s as a DJ, producer, promoter, writer and label owner. He co-founded Headspace Recordings and its sister label Emoticon, which ran from 1997-2006, and released EPs on labels including DiY Discs, Deep Departures and Nordic Trax.

Today he continues to DJ and produce as well as making records and throwing parties as half of The Nuclear Family.
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