Tuesday 19 December 2023

It's nice to be on telly

Meet the folk who have been campaigning for the right to roam across England’s rolling hills and rugged moors for 90 years; in the brand-new documentary Right to Roam this Thursday 21st December at 7.15 on Together TV: Freeview 83 Sky 170 Virgin 1346 Freesat 164 Captured in the beautiful landscapes from Pendle Hill to Dartmoor, Right to Roam tells their stories of protecting, defending and connecting with the land. changing the law, campaigning, occupying, and celebrating. Directed by Charlotte Bill Edited by Cliff West, Bridge Williams With beautiful music by Beans on Toast, Durutti Column, Sam Lee, Nigel Ayers and Billy Bragg also on 27th December at 19:15 29th December at 19:15

Friday 15 December 2023

It's nice to be sampled

It's nice to be sampled by Wu Tang associate, Killah Priest

Saturday 11 November 2023

Nocturnal Emissions: a third tribute album

Friday 6 October 2023

This Home Stands on Ancient Bones by Nigel Ayers / PBK / Allan Zan

Friday 1 September 2023

Live In Vienna 9th June 2023


Sunday 30 July 2023

Live show coming up in Bristol:

DARK ALCHEMY proudly presents
Electronic / experimental / industrial / ambient
Experimental / industrial / dark ambient / power electronics
Avantgarde / doom / ritual / medieval
Electro-medieval / live looping / alternative / dulcimercore
mMdular / psychogeography / ambient / electronica
Alternative / darkwave / post punk / synthwave

Thank you to
Rob Innell RX Media
Steve at RS Studios
Raising funds for the Churches Conservation Trust, who care for this and so many other unique historic buildings.
Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol
Thomas Lane, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6JG


Saturday 6 May 2023

Lesley Ayers 1951-2023


On April 27th 2023, my lovely wife Lesley Ayers died in Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, she was suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer. 
We have been together since 1997 and I'm eternally grateful for every moment of it. 
Lesley will be remembered for her tremendous compassion, humour and anarchic spirit. 
Please celebrate her life with random acts of kindness. 
Lesley Mary Ayers (28.1.1951 - 27.4.2023) 
Rest in Peace.

Tuesday 14 February 2023

From Solstice to Equinox

Matteo Uggeri (aka Barnacles) has been a huge fan of Nocturnal Emissions early works, especially the albums "Befehlsnotstand" and "Drowning in a Sea of Bliss".
When Nigel Ayers, founder of the band in 1980 in London, contacted him to contribute to Matteo's blog Concrete Shelves, his eyes popped out.

They afterwards met in Milan, played a gig together at the legendary Macao, became friend, and got involved into a remix project for Starlight Assembly on the US label Beacon Sound.
In 2022 it was then time to make something more structured together, so they exchanged some files between Milan and Cornwall.

The result is this album, actually composed "From Solstice to Equinox" of last year. It's focused one of Nigels and Matteo main passions: dub.

But it's of course a deeply weird version of it, with the mysterious vocals of the British cut-up in a nearly pop-oriented way by the Italian, who also added any sort of field recording to the analogue loops (guitar, samples, kbd...) of his companion. Moreover, the arrangements of cellos, violins, bass, ukulele and God-knows-what by the usual several Matteo's friend are completing this "hard to fit into a genre" set of songs.

Nocturnal Emissions was founded in 1980 by Nigel Ayers together with collaborators Daniel Ayers and Caroline K. They have released numerous records and CDs in music styles ranging from electro-acoustic, musique concrete, hybridised beats, sound collage, post-industrial music, ambient and noise music.
Early albums on the band's own Sterile Records were harsh noisy affairs, until Songs Of Love And Revolution turned to near synth pop melodies.

Matteo Uggeri is an Italian visual designer and composer from Milan. He invests himself in sound poetry of everyday life, organized around personal field recordings, captivating beats and melodic compositions arranged in a story-telling way. He has been active in music since 1996 and has collaborated with many groups from the Industrial and Goth scene, including M.B., Controlled Bleeding, De Fabriek, and This Mortal Coil singer Dominic Appleton.

Together, they create this dub-oriented beats with cut-up vocals that are hard to fit into a genre.

It's a playful affair and a pure pleasure to listen to.

Friday 3 February 2023

The Pre-War Noise Encryption Standard


Wednesday 4 January 2023

I'm Nigel Ayers

I'm Nigel Ayers, I've been performing music for the last 40 odd years, and despite my unique talent, I never really gained much recognition in the music world. But I didn't let that get me down - I was passionate about my craft and continued to create and perform my brand of sound for anyone who would listen. One day, I decided to start sharing my music on Instagram, hoping to reach a wider audience. 

At first, I only had a handful of followers, but as word of my incredible talent spread, more and more people began to take notice. 

"I never thought my music would be appreciated by so many people," I said to a friend one day. "But I'm so grateful for every single one of my followers. It's amazing to think that my music is being heard all over the world."

 In order to grow my following even more, I started posting photos of my dog's daily walks and using computer generated texts to engage with my followers and keep them updated on my latest sounds. I also started giving video talks from my shed in the early hours of the morning. These talks were often filled with the sounds of birds chirping and my dog barking in the background, sharing my thoughts on the latest trends and techniques in the world of music.

 In my video talks, I often discussed the influence of folklore and 1970s reggae music. I talked about how I incorporated traditional instruments and rhythms into my tracks, and how I used my love of reggae to add a sense of nostalgia and depth to my music. 

"I've always been fascinated by the storytelling aspect of folklore and reggae," I said in one of my talks. "I try to incorporate that same sense of storytelling into my music, to create tracks that are both innovative and emotionally resonant."

 "I'm just happy to be able to share my music with the world," I said with a smile. "I never thought it would take me 40 years, but I'm glad that I never gave up on my dream. Here's to many more years of creating and performing music."