Peter Chilvers (musician)
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Chilvers is a multi-instrumentalist favouring acoustic piano, electric piano, laptop computer, assorted keyboards and fretless bass guitar but also playing Chapman Stick, double bass, acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He is also a programmer, extending this skill to electronic percussion parts and extensive electronic orchestrations.
Projects as leader
Chilvers has released four albums under his own name – He Wrote This (a selection of mostly instrumental pieces played on basses and Chapman Stick), Stormwatcher (the soundtrack to an "imaginary film version" of Graham Joyce's fantasy novel of the same name), Free (a virally marketed CD-R release of mostly ambient pieces) and Piano (a collection of solo piano pieces).
In addition to his solo career, Chilvers is also the leader of A Marble Calm – an ambient-inclined music collective centred around himself and reclusive marimba/vibraphone player Jon Hart. Other participants have included Theo Travis, Tim Bowness, Sandra O'Neill, Steve Adey and Cambridge experimental-country guitarist Rob Jackson. This project has released two albums – Surfacing and Blue Turns To Grey.
Projects as collaborator
Chilvers is a collaborator with Brian Eno, and is credited as "Digital Archaeologist" on the 2008 David Byrne and Brian Eno album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. He has also worked with Eno on two iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad generative music applications entitled Bloom and Scape (available on the iTunes Store).
Chilvers is a frequent musical partner of Tim Bowness (the singer of No-Man). As Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers, they released an album of dark reflective ballad songs – California, Norfolk – and an online only remix CDR, Overstrand. The two have also worked together as part of the ambient folk band Samuel Smiles (with Chilvers focussing mostly on piano) and the experimental rock band Henry Fool (with Chilvers concentrating on bass guitar and electric piano).
Chilvers is the instrumental half of the ambient-folk duo Alias Grace, with singer Sandra O'Neill. The duo have released two albums – Embers and Storm Blue Evening – plus the Griosach download EP.
Chilvers has also collaborated with No-Man (playing piano for their brief comeback appearance at the Burning Shed Evening in June 2006, and contributing "space bass" to the album Together We're Stranger) and with songwriter Paul Goodwin.
- He Wrote This (Burning Shed, 2001)
- Stormwatcher (Burning Shed, 2002)
- Free (viral web release, 2002)
- Piano (Burning Shed, 2006)
- Alias Grace, Embers (self-released, 1998 – reissued on Burning Shed)
- Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, World Of Bright Futures (Hidden Art/Voiceprint, 1999)
- Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, How We Used To Live (Hidden Art/Voiceprint, 2000)
- Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, Live Archive One (Burning Shed, 2001)
- Tim Bowness/Samuel Smiles, Live Archive Two (Burning Shed, 2001)
- Alias Grace, Storm Blue Evening (Burning Shed, 2001)
- Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers, California, Norfolk (Burning Shed, 2001)
- Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers, Overstrand (Burning Shed, 2003)
- A Marble Calm, Surfacing (Burning Shed, 2004)
- A Marble Calm, Blue Turns To Grey (ToneFloat, 2006)
- Guest musician
- Darkroom, Daylight (3rd Stone Ltd., 1998)
- No-Man, Together We're Stranger (KScope/Snapper Music, 2003)
- Tim Bowness, My Hotel Year (One Little Indian, 2004)
- "Generative Music: an interview with Peter Chilvers" by Matteo Milani, U.S.O. Project, September 2009
- "Generative Project With Brian Eno", news item on Peter Chilvers homepage 25 January 2007
- "David Byrne / Brian Eno (Digital Archeology)". Peter Chilvers. 19 August 2008. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today credits". David Byrne. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.