The Fair Gardener

by Jim Tetlow

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After a couple of years or so of making music on the Commodore Amiga, 1998 was the year I decided to pretty much give up programmed/sequenced music and go freeform. It was a year of experimentation which proved fruitful, producing several albums' worth of material. The Fair Gardener was inspired by (and is dedicated to) the extraordinary work of German-born surrealist artist Max Ernst (1891-1976). "Comprovised" and recorded over an intensive three day period in autumn 1998, each piece is a direct musical response capturing my subjective impressions of the painting after which it was titled. I was trying out all sorts of combinations of instruments and non-instruments and covering a wide gamut of styles and moods.

Originally intended for a cassette release, The Fair Gardener existed only as a set of rough analogue mixdowns for nearly a decade before I transferred the 4-track masters to digital files in late 2006, completing the job via laptop a year later while living for a time in New South Wales, Australia. While some pieces were merely mixed and left as they were, the new scope for unlimited tracks afforded me the opportunity to develop some of the others to the best of my ability and resources.

For this Bandcamp upload I liked the idea of being able to include a reproduction of the accompanying Ernst painting alongside each track. But while looking into copyright issues I found that the Artists' Rights Society is only able to grant 'web use' licences for limited periods of time. So I compromised by providing (in the info text for each track) a hyperlink to the best quality reproductions I could find online.


released September 1, 1998

Music and cover artwork by Jim Tetlow.
Recorded between 30 August and 1 September 1998 at home; digitally transferred in late 2006; reconstructed, overhauled and mastered in late 2007.
Cover: digital artwork "Wrenching Dali From Ernst's Sun Bed" originally made in late 2000, overhauled and completed late 2009.



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Jim Tetlow Leicester, UK

Jim has been recording music in some form or other since 1990, currently focusing on a hybrid music combining instrumental and acousmatic elements. He has involved himself in Leicester's thriving music scene since 1997, playing in a number of bands/duos/projects covering a wide variety of musical territory. ... more

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