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Following the acclaimed album 'A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets' (released in 2011 on CD and vinyl by Time Travel Opps and Triste Records respectively), Emphemetry releases the two-track digital single 'Twinklebox / Old Dreams'.

It's a digital-only soundtrack single.

'Twinklebox' is an alternate version of the soundtrack to the animation of the same name by Aaron Bradbury.

'Old Dreams' is the first in a set of piano pieces (to be released later in 2012) inspired by the shadowless walled town in Haruki Murakami's novel 'Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End Of The World'.

"My studio, where my piano is kept, is situated in a very old mill at Darley Abbey in Derby.

There are crooked passages between the mill’s buildings, bits of machinery from dead industries, and strange empty structures with walls swelled by years. In the foggy none-days of mid-late winter this place has an uncanny resemblance to how I picture the shadowless walled town in the ‘end of the world’ scenario from Haruki Murakami’s novel Hard-boiled Wonderland & The End Of The World.

I started bringing the book with me to recording sessions, and taking it to the ghostly pub around the corner. With every chapter I could point to a place or think of a person in the world around me here that fit the words perfectly."


released January 16, 2012

Written and performed by Richard Birkin.
'Twinklebox' was recorded and mixed by Rob Newman at Snug Recording Company in Derby in August 2011.
'Old Dreams' was recorded by Richard Birkin at The Middle Mill at Darley Abbey in August 2010, and mixed by Rob Newman at the Snug Recording Company in October 2011.
Artwork by Aaron Bradbury.

Released January 2012.
This is TTO*11.




Richard J. Birkin | Emphemetry Derby, UK

Sometimes taking the form of intimate folk songs, ambient soundscapes, instrumentals, piano pieces, audio tinkering or post- rock; Richard Birkin's music is more often than not inspired by the liminal, quiet timelessness of a city at night and the reflections or flights of imagination that happens then and there. ... more

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