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Welcome to the latest update on Peter’s activities and interests both music and non-music related. This month it’s very much about the music and we have loads to share with you, including news on the tenth anniversary of Big Blue Ball and more PG music coming to streaming services. We also reflect on this weekend’s WOMAD festival and concerns over restrictions that are being placed on musicians travelling to the UK from around the world, bring you new music from Real World artist The Breath and point you in the direction of a chance to record at Real World Studios. Ah, and there’s also this month’s Society of Sound artists too…

Big Blue Ball is 10

Originally released on 28 July 2008, the Big Blue Ball album has just turned ten years old. A notable landmark for an album that grew out of three extraordinary Recording Weeks at Real World Studios in the summers of 1991, 1992 and 1995, but then took another twelve years to see the light of day.

Peter and Karl Wallinger, of World Party and The Waterboys fame, acted as the project’s originators and curators but the record features contributions from an amazingly eclectic list of musicians such as Tim Finn, Francis Bebey, Hossam Ramzy, Papa Wemba, Vernon Reid, Hukwe Zawose, Justin Adams, Guo Yue, Joji Hirota, Manu Katché, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Sinead O’Connor…

To celebrate the anniversary we have 30% off the LP and CD in the Real World Store now.

Why not delve a little deeper into the making of the Big Blue Ball album with acclaimed music writer Tim Cumming’s piece ‘The Sound of the World Playing Together’.
The article features contributions from Peter, Wallinger, producer Stephen Hague, engineer Dickie Chappell and Real World label manager Amanda Jones.
“It’s a real world-view of music,” says Wallinger, “a snapshot of the music-making continents at that time.”

Read the article here

HD Big Blue Ball

An edit of ‘Whole Thing’, that features Peter on vocals, is now available digitally, alongside a remix of the track by Adrian Sherwood and Jazzwad, whilst the album is also being released in high-res audio 24bit/48khz for the first time via the Real World Records Bandcamp page.

Listen on streaming services or buy the album
It was the 36th WOMAD Festival in the UK this last weekend; and what a fantastic weekend it was! The four days were reviewed by the London Evening Standard as “an extraordinary, multi-racial festival that is open to the world”, but in stark contrast the UK’s visa process has started to become a real barrier to some artists being able, or willing, to perform at the UK. Read Peter’s concerns below:
“Around the world we are watching many politicians gaining popularity by dividing us – by feeding fear and hate. WOMAD, our world music festival, was established to celebrate the richness and magic of all our cultural differences and clearly demonstrate the stupidity of racism.

The right to travel for work, for education and even for pleasure is increasingly being restricted and often along racial and religious lines. It is alarming, that our UK festival would now have real problems bringing artists into this country who no longer want to come to the UK because of the difficulty, cost and delays with visas, along with the new fear that they will not be welcomed.

Musicians travel for a living and almost everywhere I have travelled I have been met with a welcome, with kindness and with generosity. Do we really want a white breaded, Brexited flatland? A country that is losing the will to welcome the world?”
– Peter Gabriel

Read Peter’s statement in full

Soundtracks for streaming

Peter’s three soundtrack albums Birdy, Passion and Long Walk Home are the next records to be made available on streaming services, going live on Friday 17 August. In addition to Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited, the albums – and all the albums so far released on Spotify – will also be made available on all other streaming services, so if you subscribe to Deezer or Tidal or another service you will see music become available on 17 August too.

Follow Peter on streaming services

New music from The Breath

Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath. This new song ‘Trip The Switch’ exemplifies the great clashing virtues of the pair. Ríoghnach’s exceptional gift for the spontaneous lyric is on full display in this song, which was written during a demo session with McCallum and fellow bandmates Luke Flowers and John Ellis.
The song’s lyrics, ‘hould your whisht’ and ‘pick it up off the ditch’ come from the rich compendium of sayings and proverbs of Armagh, Ríoghnach’s hometown. The former is a command to silence (“keep schtum, say naahun and keep saying it”) whilst the latter describes behaviour that’s in keeping with family tradition.
Taken from their second album ‘Let The Cards Fall’, released on Real World Records on 14 September 2018.

Listen to The Breath
The July release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from east London quartet Deep Deep Water.
Their debut album – recorded at Real World Studios and produced by Richard Norris (The Grid, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) – is a truly collaborative project, where songwriting, instrumentation and sound design are a single process in which all band members – Talia Cohen on vocals, Frankie Bowmaker on lead guitar, Jimmy Sheals on drums and Bernard Steen on synth – are equally involved.
We just saw the band perform a fantastic live set at WOMAD this weekend, so thoroughly recommend that you head over to Society of Sound to discover more.

Beatcamp at Real World Studios

Beatcamp is a three day residential event for up and coming producers which is designed to help you take your music to the next level.

Based in the Big Room here at Real World Studios, attendees will be paired-up with a like-minded producer to create a new tune. You’ll have a group of session musicians and established producers to work with.

There are only 22 places available on the next Beatcamp which runs from 28-30 September 2018.

Be kept up-to-date on all Real World Studios activity here.

Find out more about Beatcamp at Real World Studios
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Thanks…

… very much for catching up on our recent news. We’ll be back with more very soon, but until then we return to where we started and leave you with this…

… ‘Whole Thing’ is the opening track on Big Blue Ball. It features Peter on vocals and keyboards, Karl Wallinger and Paul Allen on guitar, Francis Bebey on flute, Alexis Faku on bass, Tim Finn and Andy White on bvs, Chuck Norman programming and Tchad Blake on toms. Of Francis Bebey’s contribution with the two note Pygmee flute Peter says;“The rest of the tune was made up of his own voice. You couldn’t know when it was him or the flute. It was magical ritualistic music and we were hypnotised…”
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