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vessel (2001-2006)

Where equipment and digital recording became more affordable & accessible, I focused on creating solo electronic music using software sequencers.

 

Assembling and layering microscopic samples - including train sounds I recorded between Clapham Junction and Soho -  I recorded my debut album 'Dreaming in Pairs' in 2001/02 and released this through Benge's (Ben Edwards') Expanding Records in 2002 (see expanding website here).

 

I continued to record and perform music as vessel between 2002-2006 on Expanding (2 albums, 7" and comps), Cactus Island (3" CD EP) and my own, self pressed lp, Pictureland and Pet Shop Boys Back to Mine in 2005. I loved hearing my own music on John Peel's Radio 1 show & Mary Anne Hobbs' 'Breezeblock' & getting a wider audience. Although my music wasn't aiming to be 'live' (I'm not music-trained), I performed many live gigs, usually live remixing versions of my tracks accompanied by my own visuals for a more immersive cinematic experience, which suited my other film-based work.

Solo live gigs as vessel included:

Monkey Chews, Camden (2002)

13th Note Club, Glasgow (2003/05)

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin (26/10/02)

Thomas House, Dublin (28/10/02)

Batofar, Paris

Versus Electronics, Sala Apolo, Barcelona (16/06/02)

The Social (Chris Coco Balearic night), London

Phonica, London

Café 1001, Brick Lane

Village Underground, London

Big Chill House (06/09/06)

Official Album & EP releases as Vessel

www.pictureland.org for latest music / to buy

Title: Back to Mine - Pet Shop Boys

Artist: Vessel (Gavin Toomey)

Track: Tiny

Label: DMC - BACKCD20

Format: 2xCD, Comp, Mixed

Country: UK

Released: 2005

Genre: ElectronicPopClassical

Title: Dreaming in Pairs

Artist: Vessel

Label: Expanding Records ‎– ecd10:02 & eva2:02

Format: CD  & Vinyl, LP, Album 

Country: UK

Released: 2002

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: South

Artist: Vessel

Label: Cactus Island Recordings ‎– CACT 005

Format: CDr, Mini, Limited to 100 Copies

Country: UK

Released: 2004

Genre: Electronic

Style: LeftfieldIDM

Title: Resist

Artist: Vessel (Gavin Toomey)

Label: Expanding Records ‎– eva13:05 & ecd21:05

Format: CD  & Vinyl, LP, Album 

Country: UK

Released: 2005

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: Fold

Artist: Vessel

Label: Expanding Records ‎– evs2:03

Format: Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Blue Clear

Country: UK

Released: 2003

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: Pictureland

Artist: Vessel

Label: Pictureland Records ‎– PLAND 01

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited 500 Copies

Country: UK

Released: 2006

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient