for an imaginary movie.
Influenced by the great soundtracks
of John Barry,
Steve Hillman has developed a rich blend of
acoustic and synthetic jazz/pop orchestration.
Composed and Arranged by Steve Hillman
and alto flute.
principal flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Davies is
also professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music and has
appeared on many classical recordings as soloist as well as on
albums by Charlotte Church. www.garethdavies.org
Percussion and Drums.
released several albums for the UK Cyclops prog rock label, Hillman's
style has developed away from pure electronica, into a rich blend
of acoustic and synthetic jazz/pop orchestration.
Rain: Acoustic and electric
bass, acoustic and electric guitars.
is a multi instrumentalist, singer, writer and creator of the
outstanding and critically acclaimed album Cerulean Blue. www.telosmusic.net
son of the well known conductor Arthur Davison CBE, Davison is
a former cellist with the Royal Philharmonic. Now a Conductor
and Musical Director of The Little Symphony of London, The New
Philharmonic Orchestra, he
also presents the successful Arthur Davison Concerts at Fairfield,
is a former member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Produced and Mastered by Rain
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered December 2005 -
March 2006 at TelosMusic, Guildford, England
Iain Ballamy: Soprano and tenor sax.
World renowned saxaphonist and former
member if Bill Bruford's band Earthworks,
Ballamy scored the award winning film
Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean
for the Jim Henson company.
In 2001, he received the BBC Radio 3
special award for innovation at
the British Jazz awards. www.ballamy.com
(mp3 samples are underlined)
01 FIRED UP 3-09
02 LINDA'S THEME 4-05
03 LONG HOT NIGHT 3-36
04 THE WORLD OVER 3-24
05 AS CHANCE WOULD HAVE IT 1-01
06 FLUTE JAZZ 3-19
07 THIRTIES THING 2-32
08 LOOKING BACK 2-01
09 IN DREAMS 4-14
10 SLOW DOWN 3-11
11 WHAT THE HELL 2-05
12 REGRETS 1-49
13 THE CHASE IS ON 5-09
14 JOURNEY'S END 2-07
Steve Hillman was born in 1956 in
Birmingham, England, - home to
Heavy Metal- Ozzy Osborne, Black Sabbath,
Led Zeppelin and Duran Duran
Growing up in the 60's, Hillman had
a dual fascination - one for the dynamic, moody and melodic music
of film composer John Barry and the other for the new electronic
sounds he was hearing on TV and radio. In 1972 fate ordained
that he would "accidentally" make himself a rudimentary
synthesizer which, to his amazement, was capable of making all
the fascinating electronic sounds he had been hearing!
At that same time, Hillman was strongly
drawn to "synth" groups such as Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind
and Gong etc. So it was that age 16 he made his first recordings
with his self-built synth and whatever else he could lay his
Planning on pursuing a career in art,
Hillman was accepted at the Wolverhampton College of Art. But
as the 70's progressed, music became his passion. He enrolled
in several music and theory courses
and taught himself how to sight read, compose and to play the
guitar and keyboards.
Hillman was also fascinated by a wide
genre of music, from medieval, baroque, classical, folk, eastern,
film, progressive rock, etc, and all were to leave a mark on
his musical output over the following years.
In the 1980'S, an embryonic underground
music scene of English musicians was carrying on the musical
traditions set forth by Tangerine Dream, and Hillman found kindred
spirits in the musicians championed by Lotus Records, a Birmingham
He made several recordings on his self-published
label Eye Tapes, and Lotus Records agreed to stock them. Hillman
subsequently became a part of the underground UK synth music
During the course of the 80's Hillman
released ten cassette only albums and played live at several
music festivals in the UK, sharing the bill with such luminaries
as Wavestar, Ian Boddy, Mark Jenkins, and Neuronium. His cassettes
received airplay on radio stations around the world and were
stocked in Europe and the States. One reviewer said that Wavestar
and Steve Hillman were to England what Tangerine Dream was to
Germany, and Jean-Michel Jarre was to France!
In 1993, Malcolm Parker invited Hillman
to join the Griffin Record Label, which was to become Cyclops
Records. Hillman recorded four CDs for Cyclops.