Archive for June, 2011

The Floating City Game begins!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

With immense pride I can announce that The Floating City Game is launching at this moment!


It’s been a huge undertaking, and I’m deeply indebted to the game designers, programmers, artists, and writers who built it for me and made a vision come to life. This is a grand scheme and will set the tone for my new album, which will follow the conclusion of the game.


Watch the video below then go play the game!


And if you don’t consider yourself a gamer, you can just subscribe to the Floating City Gazette here and be a passive observer!


All the best,





Two (and a half?) gigs in July

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

I will be making a couple of concert appearances at the end of July along with my friends The Pirate Twins. It’ll be a short electronic set featuring some 80s classics and (possibly!) a sneak preview of a brand new track from my upcoming album A Map of the Floating City. The lineup will be:

TMDR — keyboards and vocals

Andrew Down — keyboards

Darren Goldsmith — bass, synth

Mat Hector — electronic drums and samples

Here are the dates:

July 27th or 28th — Possible ‘secret’ public dress rehearsal at a venue in or near London. The other two are quite expensive so if you prefer, you can attend our last rehearsal in an intimate setting. I’ll probably be stopping and starting as I did at the Union Chapel.

July 29th — Vintage at the Southbank, Royal Festival Hall, London

This is part of a 3-day festival encompassing several different eras of music and culture. It’ll be hosted by Martyn Ware of Human League/Heaven 17, and also features Alan Wilder (ex-Depeche Mode)’s band Recoil.

July 30th — Green Gathering 2011, at Chepstow, Monmouthsire

Formerly known as BGG, this is a long-standing summer festival event that celebrates alternative energy and lifestyles. We’ll be playing on a stage powered entirely by renewable energy, and the following day (July 31st around 1pm) I’ll also be giving a short talk about my solar-powered lifeboat studio. I’m looking forward to camping with a couple of my kids for the weekend and checking out the cool innovations and wacky outfits!

Feels like it’s time to warm up my gig chops and start thinking about a full scale tour! I expect to be doing around 20 shows inĀ  the US and a half dozen in the UK before the end of the year. I’d love to also visit Australia, Japan and Europe, but this depends on a number of factors.



The Prince of Crim Tartary

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

I loved this childhood reminiscence from my sister Lucy. We were never big on photography in my family, but though a photo of this (circa late 1940s–early 1950s) would have been fascinating, the image that her words conjure up is almost as good; especially for my older siblings, who remember the magic of it all.

“Re: The Prince of Crim Tartary’s costume

“At Iken there was a big double sitting room which could be divided into two by curtains. A table was put on the ‘audience’ side, with a stool on top of it. Two adults stood behind the centre of the curtain, one behind the other. The front adult made the prince’s feet with his/her hands, and the prince’s head and body. The back adult put his/her arms through under the armpits of the front adult, to make the prince’s arms and hands. He sat cross-legged on the stool, and at the end of the performance one of the children in the audience took the stool away and the prince remained miraculously seated on thin air. It was lovely , as I remember, and it took me a long time to realise that the fact that two adults were always unexpectedly called away on the day the prince was due to come had something to do with it!”