All Of This Unreal Time

All Of This Unreal Time

I co-scored this amazing film with Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner. All Of This Unreal Time, starring Cillian Murphy and written by Max Porter, premieres as an immersive surround sound installation at this year's Manchester International Festival. The film was directed by Aoife McArdle, who I first worked with back in 2013 on her video for Open Eye Signal. Tickets on sale now from : https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/all-of-this-unreal-time/

New EP 'Piano Versions' is out now

New EP 'Piano Versions' is out now

Piano Versions is four minimal, ambient piano covers of songs I have loved for a long time but that come from very different places. It seems to me that melody is universal and the ones that I really connect to shine out irrespective of genre or context, whether from techno, folk or whatever. I loved the simplicity of having my old upright piano be the centre of a whole record for the first time. But the importance of letting the outside world into the recordings is as present for me as ever, so there are layers of incidental noise, bird song, the sound of someone washing up in the studio kitchen - whatever was going on outside my room is included and even accentuated. I want people to hear not just the recordings but to feel how it felt to be there and make them. It was a deep experience.

New shows in Bristol, Cambridge and Barcelona

New shows in Bristol, Cambridge and Barcelona

Can't wait for the rescheduled Polarity tour dates in November. I am also pleased to announce new shows in Bristol, Cambridge and Barcelona. My friend Hayden Thorpe will be supporting on all dates (except Bristol). Tickets at the link below.

Tayos Caves, Ecuador

Tayos Caves, Ecuador

Excited to announce my first release of the year - a new 20 minute immersive ambient / classical piece called Tayos Caves, Ecuador. There will be a global release later in the year but for now it is available to members of The Liminal Compass, a new online journey through meditation, art, music, storytelling, poetry and community, inspired by Ecuador's Tayos Caves. Follow @Tayos_org or visit www.tayos.org to sign up.

So back in 2018 I was invited on an expedition to spend a few nights in these caves, which lie under the high Amazon in Ecuador. To get there we had to descend a 60 metre drop on a tiny rope, which was fucking terrifying. Once safely down however, it was all peace and warmth. 12 of us lived down there for 4 days with no daylight, surrounded by bizarre and beautiful creatures, the sound of oilbirds, and the underground river that created these caves. The point of me being there was to translate the experience into music. I didn't have time to build it until the disruption of my touring in 2020 - but when I did, it appeared almost fully formed. I have never encountered so little resistance in making a piece of music.

My friend Mendel Kaelen captured some stunning field recordings of the whole experience which I used heavily in the piece. I wanted to make something that would feel like a duet between my instruments and the music of this incredible place.

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Visuals by 2MS Studio.

New piano cover of 'Dawn Chorus' by Thom Yorke

New piano cover of 'Dawn Chorus' by Thom Yorke

As 2020 comes to a close, I am pleased to share my new piano cover of 'Dawn Chorus' by Thom Yorke, taken from his recent album, Anima.

I felt such bliss the first time I heard this piece - it seemed so mysterious and hypnotic, oblique but warm. I thought there was so much beauty in that chord sequence that there was room to explore it on the piano and see what grew from it. One day in early April when everything was particularly quiet and surreal outside, I went into my studio for the first time in weeks and ended up recording the whole thing in one take. I left it very raw and upfront, with just some sub bass and vocal drones in the background. The whole thing was done in a day and was a very cathartic experience.

"Singing Bowl (Ascension)" is out today

"Singing Bowl (Ascension)" is out today

Like so many people I felt pretty paralysed by this situation when it first unfolded. All my plans for the year were cancelled, and everything felt so weird and dreamlike. But gradually I found I wanted to create something - to find peace and perspective through making music, as I have always done. I wanted to make something for the meditative mindset I found myself in, so I turned to some recordings I had made last year of an 100 year old singing bowl that was found in an antique shop in Delhi. I decided to restrict myself to using just this instrument and a laptop, and with this as a starting point, built a 21 minute meditation piece.

It felt beautifully pure to just use one acoustic sound source, and no synths. It was liberating to write something without playing anything on a keyboard - to avoid the familiar diatonic scale for the first time, and thus avoid any of my own conditioned playing habits. There was a magic in setting this generative system in motion then just letting the vibrations of this bowl create their own world. I listened to harmonics layering on top of harmonics for hours and was transported.

visuals by @2ms_studio

New piano composition "Scene Suspended" out now

New piano composition "Scene Suspended" out now

My new piano composition “Scene Suspended” is out now.

The main tracks on Singularity were built of hundreds of layers and processes, and took nearly two years to build. Following on from this I’ve been craving a return to simplicity, to acoustic sound and to the instrument I grew up playing. In order to express similar themes but to use as little as possible to achieve this the only sound sources on “Scene Suspended” are piano and violin.

New track - Luminous Spaces

New track - Luminous Spaces

I made a new collaborative track with my friend Kelly Lee Owens. It started life as a remix she was doing for Luminous Beings, but when I heard what she had done to it, particularly the incredible vocal lines, it became clear this needed to be its own thing, like a more overtly euphoric sister track to the original.

Australian tour dates - January 2020

Australian tour dates - January 2020

I will be returning to Australia this Jan for a mix of live and DJ dates.

Jon Hopkins joins the inspirational exploration project Tayos

Jon Hopkins joins the inspirational exploration project Tayos

In the summer of 2018 the multi-disciplinary Tayos team descended into the caves for a four day exploration; photographing, filming, taking sound recordings and conducting a first-of-its-kind subterranean neuroscience study

New Trailer 2018 - Directed by  Stephen McNally

New Trailer 2018 - Directed by Stephen McNally

This trippy teaser film for Jon Hopkins follows mysterious luminous beings that multiply and dance across a cosmic sky scape.