Tuesday, 22 January 2008

New photos of recording

Have some new pictures of the recording of my new album up at

http://www.myspace.com/chrissingleton (scroll down a bit) or click the 'pics' link.

We've been working in my little studio and also in Exostudios in Hackney. I'll be posting some new songs up soon for you to have a listen to but for now you'll just have to look at the piccies and use your imagination (that sounds saucier than I meant it to).

The record has a much more 'live' feel to it that 'Twisted City' - am working with loads of different musicians, from gospel singers to moody pianists to jazz vocalists and it's great fun.

The recording process has been interrupted somewhat by a nasty cold (can't sing with this little beauty) but it's going well on the whole.

Only problem is a title. I'll be inviting people to give me their thoughts on that one soon.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Magical Mystery Tour?

If you're stuck for something to do in London at the moment, then you might consider this: a 'musical' trip through the city. Here's what it's all about...

'Twisted City' is a record about London. Every song is a stop on the line of a tube journey; the 'Twisted City Tour' takes you on that journey, through streets of London, buses, boats and tubes. At each stop you play the relevant track from 'Twisted City' on your MP3 player. The whole thing is free (bar public transport costs) and you'll get a free album and PDF guidebook to steer you on your way.

It's really easy to take part:

1. You download the album free.
2. You put it on your iPod or MP3 player.
3. You print out the PDF guidebook and follow the instructions for a great day out.

You can get the album and the guide book free at www.singletonmusic.com/twistedcitytour/ - and I hope you enjoy your tour.

(Those of you who already have the album can download the PDF guidebook directly at www.singletonmusic.com/twistedcitytour/twistedcitytour.pdf).

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

The Radiohead Experiment...An Update

An update on the progress of my 'Radiohead experiment' (giving away my album for free and letting people donate an amount of their choosing to an honesty box if they want).

The average donation so far is £3.90 - however, the percentage of people donating is very small: only 3% of people who've downloaded it have paid for it. As far as I know the percentage of people paying Radiohead for their album stands at 38%...much higher. Easy to understand the difference in percentages though. Radiohead are an established act, and paying punters know that they should be getting a good product for their couple of quid. With a less well-known act (putting it mildly...) like me people are taking more of a chance with a free album - it might be rubbish.

But annoyingly, the net result is that in experiments like these, people are happier to pay millionaires for 'free' music rather than to support indie acts. I suppose that happens in conventional cd sales too...but it's still a pain in the arse. Not that I'm bitter though. And the object of my experiment is to get my music to a wider audience, and in that respect it's working very well.

You can get the album 'free' at http://www.singletonmusic.com/freealbum/ (ah go on, give us a pound).

Happy New Year incidentally!