Simon House

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Simon House (Photo by Louise Bialik, July 2008)

Simon House (born 29 August 1948 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England) is a composer and classically trained violinist and keyboard player, perhaps best known for his work with space rock band Hawkwind. His arrival in 1974 introduced a new element to the band's style. He was the first conspicuously trained musician, and the sound which emerged on Hall of the Mountain Grill was a previously unheard, lush chaos which sounded a little like Black Sabbath meets The Moody Blues.

Before Hawkwind, House played in High Tide and the Third Ear Band, who contributed the soundtrack to Roman Polanski's Macbeth. Guitarist Tony Hill recounted how House became a member of High Tide: "[Pete Pavli and I were] hanging out with and crashing where we could at Mike's or Wayne's. Simon ended up crashing there as well. Simon was playing bass then. He said: 'I used to play violin, you know?' So I said 'Get it!' That was basically it."[1]

He joined Hawkwind in 1974, playing on some of their albums, before leaving for David Bowie's band in 1978, which, along with Robert Calvert's depressive phase, led to Hawkwind breaking up in mid-tour.

Along with other Hawkwind members, he guested on science fiction author Michael Moorcock's New World's Fair in 1975 and has also played on solo projects by former Hawkwind members Robert Calvert and Nik Turner.

Since the 1970s, as well as cutting an album (Interesting Times) with Tony Hill under the High Tide banner and rejoining Hawkwind during 1989-91 and 2001–03, House has released several solo albums.

Discography[edit]

High Tide[edit]

Denny Gerrard[edit]

  • Sinister Morning (1970)

Third Ear Band[edit]

  • Macbeth (1972)
  • The Magus (recorded 1972, released 2004)

Hawkwind[edit]

Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix[edit]

Robert Calvert[edit]

David Bowie[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • Tin Drum (1981)
  • Gentlemen Take Polaroids/Tin Drum/Oil on Canvas (1994)
  • Exorcising Ghosts (2004)

David Sylvian[edit]

  • Everything and Nothing (2000)

Thomas Dolby[edit]

  • She Blinded Me With Science (1982)
  • The Golden Age of Wireless [Re-Released Version](1982)
  • The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle (1994)

Mike Oldfield[edit]

  • The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985)

Magic Muscle[edit]

  • One Hundred Miles Below (1989)
  • Gulp (1991)

Nik Turner[edit]

  • Prophets of Time (1994)
  • Transglobal Friends and Relations (2000)
  • Space Gypsy (2013)

Simon House[edit]

  • Yassasim (1995)
  • Spiral Galaxy Revisited (2005)

Simon House with Rod Goodway[edit]

  • House of Dreams (2002)

Spiral Realms[edit]

  • A Trip to G9 (1994)
  • Crystal Jungles of Eos (1995)
  • Solar Wind (1996)
  • Ambient Voids: A Hypnotic Compilation (1995)

Anubian Lights[edit]

  • The Eternal Sky (1995)
  • Jackal & Nine (1996)

Ambient Time Travellers[edit]

  • Ambient Time Travellers (1995)

Adrian Shaw[edit]

  • Head Cleaner (2000)

Beduoin[edit]

  • As Above So Below (2001)

Earth Lab[edit]

  • Element (2006)

Judy Dyble[edit]

  • Enchanted Garden (2004)
  • Spindle (2006)
  • The Whorl (2006)

Astralasia[edit]

  • Cluster of Waves (2007)
  • Away With the Fairies (2007)

Spirits Burning[edit]

  • Earthborn (2008)
  • Bloodlines (2009)

Nektar[edit]

  • A Spoonful of Time (2008)

Alan Davey[edit]

  • Eclectic Devils (2009)

Albums in process[edit]

Psychestra[edit]

  • Psychestra (demo, 2009)

Dark Chemistry[edit]

  • Romance of Desolation (demo, 2009)

Comitatus[edit]

  • Portable Casanova (demo, 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, Adrian. (2000) "Tony Hill interview". Perfect Sound Forever magazine.

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