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The Curse of Love : a beloved album I've just discovered

 

The Coral are a British band from The Wirral [just south of Liverpool] whose major activity was in the 2000's. I discovered them by chance via Marty Willson-Piper's blog and I'm grateful to him for another cherished find.

1 cent postage on CDs for Christmas. Limited time!

 

Yes, 1 cent postage for any and all CDs from CDBABY, to anywhere in the world. 1 or 10 CDs, it's still just 1 cent total!
I have just been notified by Cdbaby, my distributor, and so I wish to give you the heads up on this great deal. It includes all available artists, not just Alien Skin.

Let There Be Synth: new track on a new compilation album

 

Let There Be Synth Volume 4 is the second compilation album, released by the Swedish Kodapa label, that Alien Skin has been on this year. In June I had the song Razors in My Eyes included and in this new, double CD issue I am proud to feature the track Make It Dark Again.

New Alien Skin Album February 2015

 

I am currently completing work on my 6th Alien Skin CD album. Entitled....

My fave new album from The Church

 

Further/Deeper is the 25th studio album by The Church; a fan since 1981, their work has never disappointed me. Herein are my thoughts on the album with a link to hear it in its entirety.

Goldfrapp: Tales of Us : hushed beauty

 

My look at Goldfrapp's majestic 2013 album, Tales of Us, including live videos of Alison performing 3 of the songs.

Sneak video peek at me working a new song

 

A forgotten 2011 video clip of myself working on what became the title track from 'Ghost in the Rain' my 3rd Alien Skin CD album (2012). I also include the very first pencil sketch demo of the track as well as the final release version & video.

35% Discount off all Alien Skin music today!

 

35% discount off all Alien Skin music. End of Australian financial year sale at Bandcamp. Check within!

Razors In My Eyes: new music release

 

Razors in my Eyes was written & produced for the 19 track various artists download album Dark Synth Sounds Vol.1 and released by the Swedish Kodapa label. All songs off the album are also available separately from regular online stores.


Interview 'A few minutes with Alien Skin's George Pappas'

 

An interview I did with Kage Alan in May 2014 for his blog, discussing my music as Alien Skin, what makes me want to continue producing it after all these years, my new album release and many more tell-tales.

Dark Synth Sounds Volume 1 + 'Razors in my Eyes'

 

Dark Synth Sounds Volume 1 is a multi artist compilation album; 19 tracks from across the globe. Being released by the Swedish Kodapa Label, it is on sale as a digital download as of June 7th. My Alien Skin contribution is the new song 'Razors In My Eyes'. I have included the song & video within.

A Turkish Delight review of 'Creature with the Human Face'

 

Saliha, Turkish delight fan #1 from Istanbul, forwarded me her review of 'Creature with the Human Face', my 5th Alien Skin CD album. Thank you so much Saliha for the time and effort put into thinking about and writing this wonderful review!

Video presentation of my new CD album 'Creature with the Human Face'

 

A brief appearance on video to thank everyone buying my new Alien Skin album release, Creature with the Human Face'.

Winter Kills All It Sees: Singles Collection

 

'Winter Kills All It Sees' is both a new compilation album of singles not found on any previous album and a new track written for 'Creature with the Human Face' (2014) but omitted from the final track selection.

Ghost in the Rain: my pure tone simple demo of the album song!

 

Ghost In The Rain, is the 3rd Alien Skin CD album release, and in this blog I present the earliest demo of the title song.

50 Q & A : I answer 50 random short questions

 

50 Q & A  : I answer 50 random short questions off the cuff

New Alien Skin album just released!

 

'Creature with the Human Face' is the 5th and new Alien Skin album, released April 1st, 2014. This is its story

Plastic Art Noise : the full story!

 

'Plastic Art Noise' is a collaborative musical union of artists RoBERT, Alien Skin (George Pappas) & Mathieu Saladin. The resulting 2014 debut album is entitled 'Like Strangers Do'.

'Strange Silence' my 80s band in the real 1980s

 

In the 1980s I played in the Melbourne band 'Strange Silence', I have dug up a couple of private films of 2 song performances we did in 1986.

My interview on Synthwave Sunday Radio

 

I was interviewed by Marko Maric who hosts a weekly radio segment, Synthwave Synday, on behalf of Radio Pure Gently. During my 5 minute on-air segment I discuss my years in the band Real Life and Alien Skin. Listen to it here!

Oh Mercy Moonlight Original Demo

 

Oh Mercy Moonlight is track 10 from the 2013 Alien Skin CD album The Secret Garden. In this blog I present the original bare boned demo version. Compare & contrast...

My Facebook response to musicians not receiving payment for their music.

 

The subject of music artists not receiving remuneration for their work is an important one for me but not a straightforward issue as one may think. After reading a number of comments on a Facebook post of my friend Jo Huber, I considered adding my two cents, but the size of the comment kept growing so instead I continued it in this blog...

New Double-Sided Alien Skin Single January 2014!

 

I've begun 2014 with my first double sided single release for the year: 'Be My Baby' backed with 'Simon & Garfunkel'. In this blog I discuss both songs as they share a common time frame for me that reaches back into 1970. My past is brought into the present & future.

 

Alien Skin says Happy Christmas 2013!

 

And so this is Christmas and what have we done, another year over and a newbie just round the corner! Here's my Alien Skin video cover of 'Be My Baby' for Christmas 2013! Download the track if you're a Guest List member!

Spotlight on Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)

 

I rediscovered Colin Blunstone the other day on a YouTube video performing 'Say You Don't Mind' live on British TV's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' 1971. The wistful melody together with his gorgeous plaintive voice and the ever so graceful, charming string arrangement made me fall in the love with the song & the entire experience.

When silence is a stranger: my battle with hearing damage as a musician

 

Silence has been a stranger to me for over thirty years, I still remember the event that popped my cherry for good and my hearing has never been the same since. This is my story of severe hearing damage as a musician.

Massive 78 song compilation album release!

 

5 Years 2008-2013 is the new 78 song Alien Skin album release & is available for download from Bandcamp only, for a limited period. This ultimate song collection includes every officially released track since the issue of my debut album, Don’t Open Till Doomsday, in 2008. Enter to win your copy, 2 to be won!


On how to get signed to a Record Label

 

After a number of similar emails from musicians on how to get signed to a record label, I decided to post a blog with my opinions on the subject which is often misunderstood by many aspirants.

I'M YOUR MACHINE...first 2013 single Out Now!

 

I'm Your Machine is the new Alien Skin single & the first to be released in 2013. A sojourn into different musical territory for me, but it can be fun to occasionally step outside one's own skin. It's in someways a brief return to my days in Real life and earlier.

Get 4 Alien Skin Albums as a Free Bonus!

 

As a very special offer to people who may not have all my Alien Skin albums, everyone who buys the CD version of 'The Secret Garden' from Bandcamp (till August 31, 2013) will also receive free digital downloads of my previous 4 albums!

Review of 'The Secret Garden' album

 

'The Secret Garden' CD album under review by Kage Alan. Read it here.

My interview in Italian magazine: Darkroom

 

I was recently interviewed by the Italian music magazine Darkroom. Both English & Italian language versions can be found in this blog.

Italian magazine 'Darkroom' reviews 'The Secret Garden' album

 

Darkroom Magazine (Italy) reviews the new 2013 Alien Skin album, The Secret Garden. English translation accompanies the original Italian.

The Secret Garden: a fan review from where Europe meets Asia

 

A fan review of Alien Skin's The Secret Garden album from the historic meeting place of Europe and Asia, Istanbul.

Siblings EP released

 

Siblings is a 6 track EP issued and available exclusively from Bandcamp. Released as a companion compilation to the 2013 album 'The Secret Garden', it features an eclectic selection of songs dating from the early 80s to the recording sessions of that album.

The Secret Garden album....reviewed by Eminent Domain-zine

 

Reviewed in Emininent Domain by Jimm Kjelgaard, a long time veteran of the music industry in the US. He was the man responsible for organizing Synthstock 2000 (August, 2000), Salt Lake City US in which Real Life (my prior band) performed on a bill headlined by OMD.

New album 'The Secret Garden' released today

 

'The Secret Garden' album has been released today! Read the details of the 4th Alien Skin CD album release in this blog.

Win Entire Alien Skin Discography!

 

Prior the release of THE SECRET GARDEN new album, the entire current Alien Skin discography is being given away to 3 people. That's 14 official titles & 58 songs. Find out how to seize this opportunity within the blog!

David Sylvian I love!

 

David Sylvian, to me, is one the few masterful music artists that I consider important. Important enough to have profoundly affected my understanding and appreciation of music as art. As such I present his full live concert from Tokyo 2004 with Steve Jansen & visual artist Masakatsu Takagi. A stunning atmospheric & fluid electronic experience.

Liquid Skinned Women on Video: Belong by Alien Skin

 

A sensuous, new video for the Alien Skin song 'Belong' by Daniel Paquin. Shimmering fluid glass adorned by porcelain faced women.

How 'The Unquiet Grave' saved my life

 

A close friend discusses the impact the Alien Skin album, The Unquiet Grave, has had on him.

Animated Pie: music delivery since 1980

 

Animated GIF presenting the way music delivery has dramatically changed over the past 30 years. Scanning yearly from 1980 to 2010, includes percentage proportions of such media & systems as vinyl, CDs, cassettes, downloads, streaming and others.

My interview in Lili's Lair ...

 

I was recently interviewed by Lili for her website Lili's Lair. Read the full interview on her page. I discuss my time in Real Life & of course my past & future music in Alien Skin.

My Hand Written Lyric Collection

 

Scans of my hand written lyrics for a selection of songs from the album 'Ghost In The Rain' and others.

On the Edge to Find Out

 

2012 is rolling fast to a close, the older one gets it seems the faster the world spins. A few blinks, a few sleeps, some good times, some bad times and we're back where we started from...another year over. This blog discusses where I'm at presently with Alien Skin.

'A Beauty I Cannot Deny' - an interview with David Sylvian

 

The ever articulate David Sylvian being interviewed in 2012 "a beauty I cannot deny - David Sylvian Looks Back."

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

 

This blog is a response to frequent requests by musicians for me to review their music. "I am often contacted by people to listen to their music and offer my thoughts. I personally don't enjoy judging the work of others & as a musician myself, with my own very specific tastes, within this blog are my thoughts & tips on the subject."

COLD, new 5 track Alien Skin EP release.

 

COLD is the new Alien Skin EP release, available exclusively from BANDCAMP. In this blog are the liner notes & artwork. 'Cold' has become a fan favourite since the release of the album 'The Unquiet Grave' in 2010. This extended-play release features the official album recording, an additional 3 versions and the brand new track, 'Be My Angel'.

Rare Real Life albums now available at Bandcamp

 

Released through Bandcamp for the first time, are three hard to find Real Life album and single releases from the mid 90's onwards. They are available in high fidelity CD quality digital download formats.

A guitar demo like you've never heard from Alien Skin before

 

Occasionally people ask me about the origins of my songs and how the germ of an idea begins. Sources of inspiration may be endless, as it is for most writers, but the mechanics of recording an idea are usually quite crude & quick in order to capture it immediately from its birth. In this blog I present a 'rough as sawdust' audio demonstration.

52 Ways to Screw an Artist, by Warner Bros.

 

I recently read this article on Digital Music News, finding it not surprising as my previous band Real Life had parallel issues with record companies and management, but illuminating nonetheless. I therefore post it here for others to read. Another good reason for new artists to be less in a hurry to be 'signed' by major labels of any stripe or colour.

VOLUME ONE: new Alien Skin album of 1990s demos released

 

VOLUME ONE is a new album release of Alien Skin song demos, going back to the 1990s and includes my time in Real Life. This musical body of work, when DNA tested, reveals traces of Kraftwerk, Beck, Moby, Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Underworld & a smattering of 1960s psychedelic pop.

'Summer Of Love' new single with Steve Kilbey

 

Summer of Love is the new Alien Skin single release in collaboration with Steve Kilbey (The Church band/'Under the Milky Way'). This is its story. Song available at Bandcamp.

Why today's musicians are treated like sex workers.

 

Video Interview: Legendary Smashing Pumpkins singer/guitarist Billy Corgan passionately discusses the state of the music industry and why today's musicians are treated like sex workers.

The Beatles 'In My Life' and I

 

2012 has seen the passing of a number of notable music artists, people who were ever present in my youth and loomed larger than life in those early formative years. The Beatles' song In My Life expresses my sentiments quite well. Here then is 'In My Life'.

New Alien Skin music in preparation

 

An update on new Alien Skin music being prepared for release: (1) a follow up album to 'Ghost In The Rain' (2) an 80s EP project (3) a collaboration with divine french artist 'RoBERT' and (4) a new collaboration with Steve Kilbey (Under the Milkyway) of iconic Australian band 'The Church'. Read it all in this latest blog.

Why do we value the hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?

 

Emily White, an intern at NPR 'All Songs Considered' and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Dave Lowery from 'The Trichordist' responds point by point to the philosophy of illegal downloads that impact so negatively on independent artists.

HorrorAddicts article: 'Monster Mash with Alien Skin'

 

'Monster Mash with Alien Skin' is a special article by Dan Shaurette which includes my interview responses for HorrorAddicts.net. His article is part of a HorrorAddicts radio episode promoting women writers in the horror genre that also features the Alien Skin song 'The Unquiet Grave' as its theme. Read the article in today's blog post.

Parle Vous Francais? new music with French singer, RoBERT

 

Presenting the unique French artist: RoBERT, who has been creating stunningly beautiful music since the early 1990s. From electro to baroque, delicate & charming; stuff dreams are woven out of. Recently I have been working with her her across continents and our collaboration is soon to be realized. In this blog I also feature some of her sensuous videos.

My Flower On The Hill (with Mila Dream)

 

A couple of years ago I teamed up with Mila Dream (Mi*la) to produce a gorgeously delicate song of hers, My Flower On The Hill. Mila is a well versed artist from Russia that I met in 2008 via MySpace and we have been in touch ever since. She also contributed vocals to my Alien Skin song Belong, in 2010

Now you can send me a voice message!

 

Now you can send me a voice message, easily, quickly & for free - straight from your computer. And I can just as easily reply to you. Check this blog to try it out.

Alien Skin Undressed: flip my switch, I'm electronic

 

Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today. Today is the concluding Part 3.

Ghost In The Rain: new Alien Skin music video!

 

Within is the promotional YouTube video I produced for Ghost In The Rain, the title song from my new Alien Skin album. Partly filmed in the mountain ranges, east of Melbourne/Australia, on a cold & misty day in April, shortly after my birthday.

Chain D.L.K. webzine reviews 'Ghost In The Rain'

 

Chain D.L.K. the Italian webzine, recently reviewed 'Ghost in The Rain'. Within is an excerpt, you may read the full review on the Chain D.L.K. website - link provided.

Author Kage Alan adds his review of 'Ghost In The Rain'

 

Author Kage Alan has already reviewed my previous two Alien Skin albums, as well as Real Life's 'Imperfection' (2004), today he adds his thoughts about 'Ghost In The Rain'.

Hear In Noiseville: Alien Skin remixes Steve Kilbey

 

If you know the international hit 'UNDER THE MILKY WAY' by legendary Australian band, The Church, then you'll know the voice of Steve Kilbey. I was requested to remix 'Hear In Noiseville' a song by Steve Kilbey with producer Pocket. Watch the video of the track, within.

'Modern Synthpop' blog reviews 'Ghost In The Rain' album

 

Bursting with enthusiasm, the stylish Modern Synthpop blog, has just published a new review of Ghost In The Rain, the 2012 Alien Skin album.

Alien Skin undressed: while my guitar noisily weeps

 

Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today. This is Part 2.

'Ghost In The Rain': one fan's personal review

 

'Ghost In The Rain' the new Alien Skin album: a review in the words of a fan. All the way from Istanbul, Turkey, comes this appraisal of my latest work. Thank you Saliha!

Beneath The Surface Tension: a new addition to my free series

 

Before Alien Skin, before I joined Real Life, I recorded an album entitled 'Beneath The Surface Tension' under the artist name of MooG. The album has been added to my growing list of free downloads to Alien Skin private guest list members. Have a listen to the promo, within.

Alien Skin undressed: starting with the beginning

 

Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today.

10 Alien Skin 'Question & Answers' with Saliha and George

 

Saliha posted me a series of questions from Turkey. Today I answer these; my musical inspiration, synthesizers, film noir, Depeche Mode and more.

Martin Gore interview on Techno, Vegetables & Vince Clarke

 

I enjoy reading any new information and news I can find on Martin Gore, especially when discussing his influences and how they continue to shape his current line of creative thinking. Anecdotes from his early years in Depeche Mode are always priceless as well!

Thank You to fans for 'Ghost In The Rain'

 

'Ghost In The Rain' was released February 22, 2012 and I must admit I was surprised by the enthusiasm demonstrated by people in ordering it. This is a thank you blog-post to all of you.

Audio Interview with CDBABY president. Very useful, I liked it!

 

Excellent audio interview with CdBaby President Brian Felsen. Especially very useful for all of us independent artists. CdBaby is my Alien Skin music distributor.

My Video 'THANK YOU' appearance :)

 

Ghost In The Rain, my 3rd Alien Skin album, was released February 22nd, 2012. So far the support it's received has been marvelous, so I thought I'd film a little 'thank you' to all the people who have made this possible.

New Alien Skin album 'Ghost In The Rain' released today!

 

Ghost In The Rain, my new and 3rd Alien Skin album was released today. I have dedicated a special webpage on my site for it. You can preview it, watch it, and hear me discussing every song, right on the page.

Velvetstorm Media audio interview with Alien Skin

 

I recently recorded an audio interview with Jo from Velvetstorm Media, Switzerland. Listen to it online! discuss all things from the 1980's onwards, my musical influences & history, Real Life, my thoughts on music today, depeche mode, my new album ghost in the rain, what it takes to 'make it'... 15 minutes of me & Jo:)

Mastering 'Ghost In The Rain' : Watch it on video!

 

A Youtube Video Special ... in the studio with Tony Mantz, mastering the new 2012, Alien Skin album, 'Ghost In The Rain'.

Youtube documentary no synth music lover should miss!

 

BBC Synth Britannia is a documentary I've watched a number of times already. If you are interested in the development of the electronic music scene in Britain, from the early 1970s to mid 1980s, then I know you'll salivate watching this Youtube video documentary!

Saliha's thoughts on why SHE enjoys Alien Skin music.

 

In today's blog I publish a post submitted to me by Saliha, an Alien Skin fan from far away Istanbul, Turkey. Saliha expands on why SHE enjoys Alien Skin music. I wish to thank her for the sentiments expressed and the time expended writing this blog.

Get 'THE SECRET GARDEN' cdep as a free gift from me

 

'The Secret Garden' is a 4 song CD recorded simultaneously with my new album 'Ghost In The Rain'. Hear it on video and find out how to get a free, signed CD copy for yourself directly from me.

Nick Drake: a melancholic influence on Alien Skin music

 

Nick Drake was a young English singer-songwriter, brilliant, sensitive and troubled with depression which eventually forced his death in 1974. His sensitive, melancholic work is an influence on my songwriting for Alien Skin.

Watch a 3D video of the 'Ghost In The Rain' CD artwork + more

 

Ghost In The Rain, my new Alien Skin CD album, is scheduled for worldwide release on February 22, 2012. Watch a 3D video of its artwork being presented & learn how to receive a FREE, limited edition, signed CD: The Secret Garden, as a complimentary gift when you purchase the album.


Mastering 'Ghost In The Rain' on Christmas Eve

 

Christmas Eve 2011 was spent mastering my third Alien Skin CD album 'Ghost In The Rain'. Let me take you on a trip inside the mastering studio, in a rather hot Australian summer festive season. No snow-white one here, if only! Documentary video to follow soon.

Touring Germany with Real Life

 

Real Life toured Germany in October 1998, and it's a European memory I cherish. Recently I posted the blog 'Touring America with Real Life', today I continue my recollection of 18 days in Germany, autobahns & cinematic beauty.

Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain, why is this a fave album of mine?

 

This is the first in my series of favourite musical works that continue to inspire my work as Alien Skin.

Goldfrapp Felt Mountain, is the stunning work of British electronic music duo, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. The pair is responsible for producing one of the finest, most elegant, charming and gracious debut albums I have heard.

Touring America with Real Life

 

As keyboardist in Real Life, I toured the US a number of times, but the tour I remember most fondly was the one in August/September 1998 in support of our current album at the time 'Happy'. It began rather disorganized, and with some panic I must add, but it developed into something I still recall with great regard!

'Ghost In The Rain' Album Update

 

It seems I record my albums in southern winter and release them in northern winter. It's not intentional, it just worked out that way, but I think this is quite apt. To me, anyway, both 'Don't Open Till Doomsday' & 'The Unquiet Grave' have been just that...music conceived in a dark, cold wintry hideaway, where shadows play tricks on the eyes. Ghost In The Rain is born of the same shadowy substance.

The New Alien Skin Official Website is Here!

 

Welcome to the NEW official Alien Skin website. You are currently viewing a BLOG post/page. Click on HOME to begin your exploration. If you're reading this on Facebook or Twitter, then check it out by clicking here.

Radio Compared To YouTube & MySpace: Imagine If The Counter Went Away !

 

An interesting & instructive article I discovered, & it pertains to all small self financed artists & people who listen to music & perhaps forget all about the trickle down affect of not actually buying and supporting the artist in order to have the music continue to be produced.

Producing 'With Your Sad Eyes' with Phil Kearney

 

Producing the song 'With Your Sad Eyes' with Phil Kearney. Including the music video. It's one of my favourite Alien Skin releases!

Producing 'She Sells Seashells' with Phil Kearney

 

Just prior Christmas, 2010, I posted an open offer for a collaborative effort based on a piece of unfinished and untitled music I had. 'She Sells Seashells' is the result of this collaboration between myself and singer, musician Phil Kearney from Nebraska, US. Includes the music video.

Video: For Always 'Morgue of Silence mix' deconstructed

 

In the following video I go through the recording of For Always 'Morgue of Silence' mix and isolate the various tracks so you better hear each component part that makes up the song.

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