Alucidnation is the audio project of Bruce Bickerton. He's been writing and producing music...
... since he started building up his studio equipment in the heady days of the early 1990s.
Bruce's first 'proper' job was as a studio tape op, engineer and producer, and this experience has subsequently laid a solid foundation for his future music career.
The music of alucidnation played a key role in the Big Chill, the UK's first 'boutique' music festival. Bruce performed and DJ'd at pretty much every Big Chill event between 2000 and 2010, gigging in countries such as Greece, India, Japan, Korea etc. These were all significant events because they planted seeds which have since flourished worldwide. In hindsight, The Big Chill festivals represent an inspiring highpoint for music, DIY culture and live electronica-based audio performances. Bruce released two critically acclaimed albums on Big Chill Recordings; 'Induction' and 'Get Lost'. The label also released two alucidnation EPs, simply titled 'ep:01' and 'ep:02'. Bruce also undertook mixing and blending duties on The Big Chill's award-winning 'Glisten' compilation, released back in 2001.
Bruce signed his third long-player to Interchill, releasing 'Aural Architecture' in late 2013, along with a third EP, called 'ep:03', which contained remixes by scene stalwarts The Irresistible Force, Greg Hunter and Another Fine Day.
Bruce has continued to compose classic chill out and electronica, where the melodies are central and prevailing themes are calming, centred and mellow. Once he's managed to capture the sound and elements he's after (usually after the immediacy of a first take), he flattens the board - which prevents any temptation to revisit or recycle later on. It's a punk methodology which seems to work.
The new release 'Paracosmic' is imbued with the same principles and production values that have informed his large back catalogue. It's primarily an analogue affair, utilizing live takes and favouring his arsenal of old Roland synthesizers, outboard effects and 'proper' instrumentation. Bruce tends to shy away from computer plugins and fancy gimmickry - consequently this new album is whoozy with timeless electronica.
Alucidnation is published by Faber Music and releases digital and physical via his own label Lucid Recordings. He has remixed for Tom Middleton, Pitch Black, Hexstatic, Chris Coco, Minuit, and many, many more. He also broadcasts and presents 'Eclectronica', a weekly radio show on Chill DAB and Mixcloud.