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New releases >>> Bass Clef and Some truths

Posted in Bass Clef with tags , on October 20, 2013 by magicanddreams

Dear friends,

well it’s been a long time coming, but our two new releases are ready to go!

First up is a new tape and digital e.p. from Bass Clef.

yeah it’s 60 minutes long but it’s an e.p. rather than an LP.

Because I say so, that’s why.


‘acid tracts ep’

acid tracts in a pile

It’s a limited edition of 94 copies. Strictly one per customer.

The cassettes were pro-duped onto fluorescent orange shells. The tracks were mastered at Subsequent Mastering who I can thoroughly recommend, he did a great job for a very reasonable price.

All the covers were painstakingly assembled by our own fair hands here at MAGIC + DREAMS. They are all different. The inlays are all different too. This took absolutely ages and I would have to be insane to go through it all again.

MAD023 first batch horizontal

MAD023 second batch horiz

MAD023 all the spines

You can hear the lead track ‘Strings Of Death’ here

The tape comes with a download code for a complete set of 320 mp3s.

Or if you would like just the digital you can get it from our new bandcamp page

£8 if you’re in the UK

£9 if you’re in europe

£10 for those of you on one of the other fine continents of this world…


ok, what’s next?


‘low point X’

The last in the series of cassette releases for M+D, from my modular synth alter ego.

Next year the project will happily move to vinyl for a batch of releases on various exciting labels.

So here’s one last tape. And hopefully the best one!

MAD032 tapeshot

You can listen to lead track ‘Some truths #37’ here.

If you have the full set of four you can now enjoy reading my descent in to further madness…

Some truths full set

If you would like the digital version you can get it here.

The tape comes with a download code for a full set of 320 mp3s, and was pro-duped in a white shell in a white-backed case, with extensive inlay notes as always.

£8 if you’re in the UK

£9 if you’re in europe

£10 for those of you on one of the other fine continents of this world…



Ok so these are both quite limited. If you are interested please email us at:

magicanddreamsmusic (at) gmail dot com

When we get your payment we will send you a link to the mp3s and get your items in the post.

Also why not have a look around the SHOP? I’ve got a few bits of Bass Clef stock for sale.

Also we still have copies of the Inner Space Break Free tape.


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Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Ekoclef, Live, Some Truths with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by magicanddreams

Dear friends,

…it may have been a little quiet round these parts, but that’s mostly because noses have been on grindstones!

There’s a whole bunch of stuff coming up for me and M+D –

gigs, releases, remixes….

so, eyes down for a full house and here we go:



My old mucker David Edwards has a great new album out. I done a remix:


Also he’ll be coming up on the overdue return of WYFW? dropping soon…



I’ll be returning to the wonderful city of Belfast on the 29th of September, to play a Bass Clef set.


It’s the launch party for this 10″ on Rudimentary Records, for which I also did a remix. It’s hands-down the dubbiest thing I’ve ever released!
There’s only 200 copies so don’t hang about…



Due in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be releasing a two track 12″ on great Bristol label Idle Hands, it features “Dawn Chorus Pedal”, and “You Don’t Know Don’t Know You”

Once more mastered at Optimum, they’ve done a fabulous job as always of getting my crazy tape recordings onto vinyl. It sounds great! Clips to follow…



Indeed, come and watch me as nervous as I’ll ever be, honoured to play before one of my absolute heroes, at the Elgar Rooms in the Albert Hall on October the 10th



A few short days later, I’ll happily be reuniting with Ekoplekz and we’ll be playing a brand new set together at the Purcell Rooms, before moving into the QEH itself to play a Bass Clef set (which will be a special one – watch this space for details).

Also appearing are the mighty Raime, and Mount Kimbie!



And at the end of october I’l be playing not once, but twice, at Unsound in Krakow : )



No sorry, there’s still more to come. Hopefully at least two more pieces of Bass Clef vinyl to come before the year is out, a Some Truths LP, plus remixes of Pollyn and Hello Skinny still to drop.



Nope. There’s still news of a new batch of MAGIC + DREAMS releases before the year is out – okay I’ll tell you later…


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Upcoming live shows

Posted in Blog, Live with tags , , , on July 20, 2012 by magicanddreams

Dear friends,

got a few shows coming up over the next couple of weeks:

1. Next friday the 27th, I’ll be DJing at top london night WIFEY

2.The next day I’ll be DJing again, at the oddly named Nozstock in Herefordshire.

3. The following week I’ll be back in Italy, for a full Bass Clef live set at Bora Beach in Sicily on the 3rd of August.

4. and then the next day, the 4th of August of course, I’ll be performing as EKOCLEF with Nick ‘EKOPLEKZ’ Edwards in Venlo, in the magical Nether Nether Lands.

After that there are a couple of VERY exciting Some Truths live sets on the horizon — can’t day anything yet but details to follow…


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Some summer summons

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Live, Some Truths with tags , , on June 13, 2012 by magicanddreams

Good day friends.

Here’s some details of a few live shows I have coming up….

First off I’ll be taking my first ever trip to Poland, to play a Bass Clef set at the Malta Festival.

Then a few days later I’ll be packing up the modular synth and taking it on a trip to the seaside, to play a Some Truths set at Joseph Stannard’s Outer Church night:

Great looking line-up eh? Tickets are available here.

Then I’ll be back in the cosy environs of Cafe Oto on July 16th,

I’m very happy to be the guest of Andre Vide and Rashad at their two day residency.

Also appearing is Kouhei Matsunaga, info is HERE.


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It isn’t easy being green (screen)

Posted in Bass Clef with tags , on April 5, 2012 by magicanddreams

On tuesday I was filming my sections for the video for ‘Stenaline Metranil Solar Flare’.

Directed by Steven McInerney, and oh my, I can thoroughly recommend him if you need a director / editor / procurer of spacesuits.

Cosmonaut Clef, over and out:


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It’s On… Two Nights, MAGIC + DREAMS Live, EkoClef (Ekoplekz & Bass Clef) – Pipe Dreams – Some Truths, London, Bristol. Let’s Go.

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Ekoclef, Live, Pipe Dreams, Some Truths with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by magicanddreams




Courtesy of the mighty QU JUNKTIONS:


EkoClef (Ekoplekz & Bass Clef duo set)

Pipe Dreams

Some Truths

+ DJ

21st October 2011 – London Cafe OtoBUY TICKETS

22nd October 2011 – Bristol FAG StudiosBUY TICKETS


You are cordially invited.

You have been warned.

You WILL be reminded.

More nice words and stuff below.

Come along. It’ll be good to see you.


Qu Junktions w/ Magic + Dreams presents A night of MAGIC + DREAMS: EkoClef + Pipe Dreams + Some Truths


Two special hometown(s) celebration(s) of MAGIC + DREAMS, the nascent label set up by Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef, Some Truths) and Mr Brown (Hey Colossus), and a conduit for the sort of open-hearted sonic wayfaring that will be rich in evidence tonight. All-new music wrested from the souls of ancient circuit boards.


EkoClef is a new collaboration between one-of-a-kind analogue explorer Nick Edwards (Ekoplekz) and itinerant trombonist and dubstep exile Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef). Their album ‘Tapeswap’, released on 11th October 2011 on M + D, is a unique experiment in collaborative overdubbing that emerged as a strange and hazily psychotropic trip through the fourth world, with both artists thriving out of their comfort zones. Tonight they take it live for the first time.

“Distant from the digital sheen of his current contemporaries – he explores the possibilities of a weather-beaten analogue set-up, routing signals through a mass of cables and decaying machines and taking advantage of, rather than attempting to hide, their inherent flaws”The Quietus on Ekoplekz

“Compresses together eras of dance music as in a dream…reworking the past with an acute sense of it’s grip on the heart” – The Wire on Bass Clef’s ‘Inner Space Break Free’

Ekoplekz website
Bass Clef on the Magic & Dreams website


Pipe Dreams is the new solo project from Mr Brown, exploring deep and wonderful, electronic and acoustic sounds and drones. Taking inspiration from everything from Alice Coltrane to Astral Social Club and infused with a hefty dose of cosmic melody, this show follows the Pipe Dreams debut live outing, on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square, 4am one Sunday morning as part of Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project.

Pipe Dreams on the Magic & Dreams website


Some Truths finds Ralph Cumbers in deeper, more exploratory solo mode – heavyweight modular synth meditations, written at the soundcheck and performed totally live. So far two cassette albums have been released: ‘the first gate of dreaming’ and ‘damnation poisoned with rainbows’, as well as a track on the ‘Variables II’ 12″ released by Mordant Music.

Some Truths on the Magic & Dreams website

More info at:
Magic & Dreams
Qu Junktions


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stella and strobe lights

Posted in Bass Clef with tags , , , on July 12, 2011 by magicanddreams

New Bass Clef video >>> for “I think you are ready now for the eternal point of no return”>>>


From inner space break free


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MAGIC + DREAMS: Are Also Totally WIREd This Month

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Coseph Jonrad, Some Truths with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by magicanddreams

Lovely review in this month’s WIRE magazine for all three of our inaugural releases (BASS CLEF, COSEPH JONRAD and SOME TRUTHS).

Personally, I’d beg to differ on ST (whose every transmission just blows me away, increasingly, with every release) but, on the whole, great stuff. Thanks Mr WIRE man.

Beautiful baby, just beautiful.



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A Big Shout Out…

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog with tags , , , on July 10, 2011 by magicanddreams

… to everyone who made it along to the BASS CLEF & the HACKNEY MEMORIAL FREE JAZZ MARCHING BAND performance in London’s Gillet Square yesterday.

The MAGIC + DREAMS extended family had a blast, the six piece big band / Arkestra vibe was transcendentally great and the dreamers’ plates are a bit sore today from all the dancing.

Double props if you picked up any of BC’s fine releases – don’t forget, if you bought the ‘inner space break free’ cassette, you also receive the whole album FREE as high quality MP3s, just drop us an email with your download card code and we’ll do the rest!



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still space still breaking

Posted in Bass Clef with tags , on July 7, 2011 by magicanddreams

Nice review of the BC cassette on the quietus

And thanks to the lovely people at the print project we have a fresh bunch of sleeves printed, and cassettes ready to roll….

Just £5 and it comes with a free 320 mp3 downloads too.

Email us to order:  magicanddreamsmusic (at)


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