Cousin Silas

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Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas
Background information
Origin Huddersfield West Yorkshire, England
Genres Ambient
Drone
Sound Alchemy
Years active 2001 – present
Labels Acustronica, Aural Films, Batenim, BFW Recordings, CerebralAudio, Classwar Karaoke, DigitalDIZZY, Earthrid, Earth Monkey Productions, Fflint Central Records, Free Floating Music, Hortus Conclusus Records, Just Not Normal, Studio 4632, Sucu Music, Tree Trunk Recordings, Unsheep, We Are All Ghosts, Withering Trees
Website cousinsilas.blogspot.com
Members David Hughes

Cousin Silas is the stage name of English electronic music artist David Hughes. The name comes from a character in King Crimson's song, "Happy Family".[1] He has released over eighty albums on various netlabels. Between 1990 and 2000 he wrote several short stories, poetry, prose, and articles that were published in small press magazines such as Back Brain Recluse, Nova SF, The Scanner, REM, Nerve Gardens, The Lyre, Auguries and Focus. On 28 January 2004 Cousin Silas made an appearance on BBC Radio 1 played by John Peel.[2]

Biography[edit]

David Hughes, born 7 May 1959, is an English musician and electronic music producer most notable for his ambient and drone music. David was born in Huddersfield, and spent most of that time in the Colne Valley. He attended Crow Lane, Royds Hall School, Colne Valley High School and Kirklees College, formerly known as Huddersfield Technical College. He then apprenticed as an electrical engineer and moved on to become a telecommunications engineer. Before experimenting with soundscapes in 2000, David played guitar in a couple of local bands doing new wave and punk covers. His current style of music is influenced by JG Ballard, Brian Eno, and Forteana.[3] The musician is a self-proclaimed "sound alchemist" and has referred to his music as "audio photographs" or "moodscapes."[4] He is a fan of science fiction novels written between 1950 and 1980 by authors such as Clark Ashton Smith, HP Lovecraft, M.R. James, Brian Aldiss, and Michael Moorcock.[5]

Discography[edit]

Solo Releases
Release Title Year Label
Lilliput 2001 Fflint Central
Portraits and Peelings 2003 Fflint Central
Geographics 2005 Earth Monkey Productions
Ballard Landscapes 2005 Earth Monkey Productions
Relic Once Lost 2005 Earth Monkey Productions
Necropolis Line 2006 Earthrid
Ballard Landscapes 2 2006 Earth Monkey Productions
Uncertainty 2009 Just Not Normal
The Melting Static 2009 Earthrid
The Snow Imposed Silence 2010 BFW Recordings
Canaveral Dreams 2010 Acustronica
Adrift Off The Islets of Langerhans 2010 Earthrid
Complex Silence 9 - Fresh Landscapes 2010 Treetrunk Records
December's Shipping Forecast 2010 TBA
The Path Between The Trees 2012 We Are All Ghosts
Unhinged Constellations 2012 We Are All Ghosts
Complex Silence 28 2012 Treetrunk Records
Endless Summer 2012 We Are All Ghosts
Thank You 2012 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 001 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Whispers Fall 2013 Free Floating Music
Dronescape 002 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 003 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Ballard Landscapes 3 2013 Aural Films
Dronescape 004 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 005 2013 We Are All Ghosts
East 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 006 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 007 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 008 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 009 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 010 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 011 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 012 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Long Decay 2013 TBA
Dronescape 013 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 014 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Into the Dark 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Prisoner of the Coral Deep 2014 BFW Recordings
Dronescape 015 2014 We Are All Ghosts
The Place It Used To Be 2014 Sucu Music
Dronescape 016 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Into the Dark Volume ii 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 017 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 018 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 019 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Fog Music 1 2014 Aural Films
Dronescape 020 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Into the Dark Volume iii 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Ballard Landscapes 4 2014 Aural Films
Singular Passion 2014 Petroglypth Music
Weaving Portraits 2014 Sucu Music
Standing on the Edge of Decay 2014 Touched
Dronescape 021 2014 We Are All Ghosts
The Sound of Silas 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 022 2014 We Are All Ghosts
The Dying Lights 2014 Petroglyph Music
The Shipping Forecast (rerelease) 2015 TBA
Dronescape 023 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Gallimaufry 2015 Unsheep
Dronescape 024 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Amidst Silence 2015 Batenim
Twang! 2015 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Twang Too 2015 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Owlers Wood 2015 Re-Released on We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 025 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Twang Free! 2015 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Twang Fore! 2015 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 026 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Through a Cobweb Strange 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Twang V: A Journey Through the Solar System & Beyond 2015 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 027 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Dark Moons 2015
Diversions For Guitar 2015 Classwar Karaoke
Quiet Afternoons 2015 Treetrunk Records
A Brief Moment 2015 Petroglyph Music
Over Moors and Silver Streams 2015 Re-released on Hortus Conclusus Records
Foreshore 2015 BFW Recordings
Dronescape 028 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Cold Star 2015 TBA CerebralAudio
Geographics 2 2015 We Are All Ghosts
The Beginner's Guide to Looping 2015 Batenim
Ballard Landscapes 5 2015 Aural Films
Dronescape 029 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Cousin Silas - In Dub 2015 TBA
Modified Dronescapes And Other Assorted Misdemeanours 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Soul Vacuum 2015 Petroglyph Music
Observations From Earth And Beyond 2015 CerebralAudio
Ebb 2015 Studio 4632
The Gift 2015 Private Release
Catharsis 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
Between Worlds 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
Contrasts 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
Lift the Sky 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
A Moment Lost 2016 Sucu Music
Dronescape 030 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 031 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Living In The Liminal Zone 2016 Studio 4632
Swirl 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Liminal Drone 1 2016 Studio 4632
Dronescape 032 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Tryptych 2016 Petroglyph Music
Micro Dronescapes Volume 1 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Contrasts 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
Sky Road 2016 CerebralAudio
Ballard Landscapes 6 2016 Aural Films
Urge 2016 CerebralAudio
Memories Of A Journey 2016 Batenim
Liminal Drone 2 - Fragile Dissonance 2016 Studio 4632
Twang VI - Structures 2016 TBA We Are All Ghosts
The Gift (2) 2016 Private Release
Dronescape 033 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Berlin Evenings 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 034 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Lift The Sky 2016 Hortus Conclusus Records
Twang VII 2016 TBA We Are All Ghosts
Transformations 2016 CerebralAudio
Panoramica 2016 Studio 4632
Seasonal Tracks (Gift 3) 2016 Private Release
Dronescape 035 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Recrudescence 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Silence & Solitude 2017 Murmure Intemporel
Landscapes 2017 Studio 4632
Dronescape 036 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Stygian 2017 Studio 4632
Metamorphosis 2017 Aural Films
Liminal Drones 3 & 4 (Summer & Fall) 2017 Studio 4632
A Fall Of Moondust 2017 Hortus Conclusus Records
Dronescape 037 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Dronescape 038 2017 We Are All Ghosts
The Law Of Contagion 2017 Cephalopagus Records
Collaborations
Release Title Collaborator Year Label
Abominations of Yondo Kevin Busby 2007 Earthrid
Rebekkah's Cousin Silas – The Devil Came To Me Rebekkah Hilgraves 2012 We Are All Ghosts
Abominations of Yondo – That Remote and Awful Twilight Kevin Busby 2012 Earthrid
Abominations of Yondo – Clandestine Kevin Busby 2012 Earthrid
Jaguars & Shamen Jack Hertz 2013 Aural Films
Silas & Friends Volume 1 Various Artists 2013 We Are All Ghosts
The Quiet Forest Jack Hertz 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Silas & Friends Volume 2 Various Artists 2013 We Are All Ghosts
The Silent Citadel Ade Hodges & Kevin Lyons 2013 We Are All Ghosts
Space Time Mantra Ade Hodges 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Silas & Friends Volume 3 Various Artists 2014 We Are All Ghosts
ScannerWorks Kevin Lyons 2014 We Are All Ghosts
In the Green Light Ade Hodges 2014 We Are All Ghosts
Leaving The ISS musicformessier 2014 Independent
Inner & Outer Space (Split Album 2 Silas Tracks) Csillagköd 2014 Batenim
Bridges of the South Black Hill 2015 Independent
A Journey Beyond Understanding Head Joint 2015 Petroglyph
Absent Agreements Wolfgang Gsell 2015 Aural Films
Cousin Silas David Gerard David Gerard 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Amazing Tales Of Time & Space Kevin Lyons 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Time Spinners Jack Hertz 2015 Aural Films
Silas & Friends Volume 4 Various Artists 2015 We Are All Ghosts
And Memories Fade Wolfgang Gsell 2015 Aural Films
Further Farther Mystified 2015 Independent
Internal Furniture Tim Jones, Kevin Lyons 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Interplanetary Blues Kevin Lyons 2015 We Are All Ghosts
Why Not: The Collaborations Candy L 2015 Studio 4632
Deep Dark Skies MyklH 2016 Studio 4632
Silas & Friends Volume 5 Various 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Two Suites Glenn Sogge 2016 Studio 4632
Ornithology Glove Of Bones 2016 TBA We Are All Ghosts
2 Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones 2016 We Are All Ghosts
The Time Dwellers Kevin Lyons 2016 We Are All Ghosts
In The Skies Wolfgang Gsell Ft Miriam Christina 2016 Aural Films
The Mirror Adeptus Mechanicus & Lutz Thuns 2016 Independent
The Three Imposters Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones 2016 We Are All Ghosts
Mabinogi Glove Of Bones 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Canyon Candy L 2017 Studio 4632
The Moorcock Principle Kevin Lyons 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Reckoning Candy L 2017 Studio 4632
Unexpected Spacescape Total ET 2017 Studio 4632
Roaming In Teesdale [6] Black Hill 2017 Independent
Theme Music From The Aether Various 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Coefficient Of Variation Oystein Jorgenson 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Silas & Friends Volume 6 Various 2017 We Are All Ghosts
Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy [7] Mixtaped Monk[8] 2017 Studio 4632

Compilations

  • Unholy Trinity (2002, Fflint Central Records)
  • :: FALLING :: (2006, Earth Monkey Productions)
  • The Resting Bench Remix Project – Volume 1 (Collab, 2006, Earth Monkey Productions)
  • EMP075 | Various Artists | Field Notes (2009, Earth Monkey Productions)
  • Dark Minds compilation (2010, Kopp Netlabel)
  • Ambient Consequences (2010, Kopp Netlabel)
  • The BFW Christmas Album 2010 (2010, BFW Recordings)
  • BFW Album in a Day volume 2 (2011, BFW Recordings)
  • Chain Reaction (2011, Kopp Netlabel)
  • BFW Album in a Day volume 3 (2011, BFW Recordings)
  • The BFW Christmas Album 2011 (2011, BFW Recordings)
  • Elements 1 (2012, The Future Elements)
  • Space Rock: The Compilation (2012, Sound For Good Records)
  • BFW Album In A Day volume 4 (2012, BFW Recordings)
  • all|is|calm 2012 (2012, Free Floating Music)
  • Remix Eye Movement (Collab, 2012 Acustronica)
  • BFW Album in a Day volume 5 (2012, BFW Recordings)
  • Doomsday and Brimstone (2012, Sound For Good Records)
  • Other People's Remixes (Collab, 2012, Peter Fitzpatrick)
  • ...ending the year on a high 2012 (2012, We Are All Ghosts)
  • The BFW Christmas Album 2012 (2012, BFW Recordings)
  • No Labels No Musics 4 (Collab, 2013, Editora Do Porto)
  • I Heard Something in the Distance volume 10 (2013, BFW Recordings)
  • ANDREAS N°16 – Parallel Worlds (2013, Fraction Studio)
  • ROBOTS! (2013, Aural Films)
  • Some Great Universes in One Place (2013, Sillage Intemporel)
  • The Human Condition – Dedications to Phillp K. Dick (2013, Sounds For Good Records)
  • BFW Album in a Day volume 7 (2013, BFW Recordings)
  • Desktopography album 4 "rainy day"
  • Fukushima Drones (2013, Aural Films)
  • Midnight Radio Compilation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (2013, Midnight Radio)
  • Persuasive Experimentations Vol. 1 (2013, Roach Clip Records)
  • glasklinge sampler 4 (2013, Midnight Radio)
  • VA Compilation #2 (2013, Assembly Field)
  • X-mas 2013 (2013, Petroglyph Music)
  • Touched (2013, Released on Bandcamp with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support)
  • Radio Happy Music Compilation for the Haiyan/Yolanda Victims (2013, Radio Happy)
  • The BFW Christmas Album 2013 (2013, BFW Recordings)
  • ...ending the year on a high 2013 (2014, We Are All Ghosts)
  • Midnight Radio Compilation 10, 11 (2014, Midnight Radio)
  • I No Longer Love Blue Skies (2014, Sounds For Good Records)
  • ALL FM Mostly Ambient Radio Sessions volume one
  • VA. A Dizzy Taste (2015, DigitalDIZZY)
  • Midnight Radio Compilation 54 (2015, Midnight Radio)

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