Over 10K Youtube music plays – thank you

Thank you to everyone who has visited my Youtube music channel.

I’ve gradually been putting up a selection of my better material through the years, including the five videos from the last two albums, Whose Dream Are You Living? (2017) and Interconnected (2018).

https://www.youtube.com/user/TimBurness1/videos

Many thanks again to everyone who has supported and continues to support my music in any way, it means a huge amount.

My main music website is at timburness.com

Cheers! TB

Burness Band – live review

“The main support act this evening was the Tim Burness Band.

The band is made up of four very accomplished musicians, namely the Brighton based Tim Burness (guitar and vocals), drummer Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon and ex-Steve Hackett), bassist Keith Hastings (Bamboleo) and keyboard maestro Monty Oxymoron (from legendary English punk band The Damned and also of the Sumerian Kyngs).

Prior to their performance, I was having a conversation with Tim and I must say what a very likeable fellow he is. A very down to earth guy and one you could easily go out for a pint with.

When on stage his warmth was still evident as he was having the banter with the punters in between each of his eight song set, whilst tuning his guitar.

Tim has been recording and performing in one guise or another since the 1980’s. Gaining some relative success around Europe on the way as Burnessence. In May last year, he released his seventh album, ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’ to some great critical acclaim and I must concur with those people as I have the album and it is a fine coming together of musical styles. With each song on the album you hear elements of other artists such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Peter Gabriel’s Genesis to name just two.

So live as well as on his recorded musical output, the Burness sound features a wide range of musical styles – from progressive rock to pop-rock to ambient electronica. The lyrics cover a range of interconnected themes – from the personal to the political to the spiritual. It’s a summing up of one man’s journey through his life with contrasting themes and ups and downs. It will be interesting to see what the forthcoming ‘Interconnected’ 2018 album will bring.

At The Albert, Tim (and not Desmond, Harold or Roland – injoke!) began his set with a solo number ‘I Don’t Know What’s Good For Me’ and then invited his pals to join him for the further numbers. I noted Keith Hastings bass playing style and it reminded me of the sadly departed Mick Karn from Japan.

The punters were sent on a journey during the set from prog rock to ballad to cosmic. We learnt that ‘Infinite Ocean’ came into being as a result of standing on the end of Brighton Pier. We learnt (if we didn’t already suspect) that there is ‘Mumbling In The House Of Commons’ with little else getting done – which was delivered as a southern version of Mark E. Smith. I learn that the most powerful and outstanding Tim Burness Band track tonight was ‘Walk Through The Darkness’,
which deals with depression as its subject matter and sounds akin to Oasis – nice one!

Tonight’s Tim Burness Band setlist reads:
‘I Don’t Know What’s Good For Me’ (solo) (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),
‘What’s Going On In Your Head?’ (from ‘Whose Dream Are You Living?’ 2017 album),
‘Poppadom Rock’ (from ‘I Am You Are Me’ 1984 album as Burnessence),
‘Infinite Ocean’ (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),
‘Love Is For Giving’ (from ‘Finding New Ways To Love’ 2004 album)
‘Broaden Your Horizons’ (from ‘Vision On’ 2007 album),
‘Walk Through The Darkness’ (from ‘Finding New Ways To Love’ 2004 album),
‘Mumbling In The House Of Commons’ (from ‘Infinite Ocean’ 1997 album),

Tim Burness Band setlist from the Prince Albert gig 31.3.18

Find out more here:

https://timburness.bandcamp.com/

https://www.timburness.com/

https://www.facebook.com/tim.burness.1

Nick Linazasoro

Full review of the night at http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2018/04/01/b-movie-play-brighton-gig-exactly-37-years-to-the-day-after-their-john-peel-session/

Finishing the new album

photo 1Having begun with very rough musical sketches at the end of 2009, it’s quite hard to get my head around the idea that my new album is actually finished and just about ready to master after all this time. There have been several large gaps of many months in the process, here’s a couple of previous brief blogs from 2013 and 2010.

Since the first self-funded album (Burnessence) back in 1983, one of the reasons that I have not always been happy with finished material is the lack of time (and money) spent to get the production up to a reasonably high standard. The best results have been achieved when we’ve set the bar a bit higher, as on Finding New Ways To Love (2004). In more ways than one, the new album is a follow-up to that, even though I also released Vision On in 2007. Including the Burnessence LPs and the Infinite Ocean mini-album (1997), this will be my seventh album release altogether.

photo 3Co-producer and engineer Julian Tardo has been as supportive as ever at Church Road in Hove. Julian has had extensive experience with a wide range of successful contemporary acts, including work on sessions with The Antlers and The War On Drugs, amongst countless others. It’s a mystery as to how he has been able to put up with so much of my artistic madness for so long – top bloke! Based on his experience with my album, he has written a blog on Long Term Project Management, discussing such matters as how we began in Logic 8 and finished in Logic X. Between us, we’ve just about held things together.

View from the computer - Julian (right) and myself

View from the studio computer, on a good day

The album will probably go up on Bandcamp first, with perhaps something on Soundcloud as a taster. If there is sufficient interest, there will be a CD release to follow. What’s it like? Well… it’s very me. There’s some progrock, there’s some seventies, eighties and nineties influences from different genres. Having ditched the original title of Spirit Level after it popped up in the career of Brian Pern (the BBC3 parody of Peter Gabriel) I am currently going for…

Whose Dream Are You Living?

More Tim Burness music on YouTube

Finding New Ways To Love (2004)

Finding New Ways To Love (2004)

More tracks from my albums are now up on YouTube. Mumbling In The House Of Commons (originally written in 1981, final version released in 1989) is a punky little number and the nearest thing I’ve had to a “Greatest Hit”. It has featured on several releases down the years.

The two albums below feature Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon, ex-Steve Hackett) on drums, Keith Hastings on bass, Monty Oxymoron (The Damned) on keyboards and myself on guitar, vocals and keyboards.

From Finding New Ways To Love (2004) there is the upbeat Open Man and the darker and rockier Walk Through The Darkness, both popular tracks. I have also uploaded Heal Your Soul and Love Is For Giving and the short instrumental Beneath The Surface.

Vision On (2007)

Vision On (2007)

 

From Vision On (2007) there are the ambient pieces Undercurrents and Undercurrents II, the space-rock of Broaden Your Horizons and the instrumental progrock of Can You Hack It?

I think they’ve stood the test of time but of course I’m biased!

Tim Burness music on YouTube

Burnessence 1983

Burnessence 1983

 

We are about to upload some more tracks from my albums down the years. The following are already up on YouTube:- Touch Together and the experimental Wood Being Sawn (And Other Interesting Noises) are short instrumentals from my first album in 1983.

Poppadom Rock is an old live band favourite from the 1984 Burnessence album, I Am You Are Me. It features some nice violin and E-bow guitar.

I Am You Are Me 1984

I Am You Are Me 1984

I Don’t Know What’s Good For Me is a solo song featuring acoustic guitar and voice, released in 1997.

Unstoppable Waves Of Joy is a more upbeat progrock track from Finding New Ways To Love, released in 2004. There’s much more to go up on YouTube from this album.

 

 

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