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Piano Works

by Ian Hawgood

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about

At some point many moons ago, two friends and I were in a bar in London, feeling socially rather awkward. I suddenly decided that I would go home early the next morning and by Sunday I would have my first album finished using whatever I could find. I also decided that no matter what, I wouldn't stop from recording once I'd started. No editing at all, just recording whatever came out.

Piano Works was made from that Saturday to the Sunday, as my parents wandered in and out from their various errands, and my dogs came up to see what I was doing, sometimes plonking themselves on my lap in the process. At the time I had my faithful Fostex X-18 four-track (only three work though), a DD6 (or 5...not sure) delay pedal, and a Sony ECM field mic. That was all.

I made the album and then cut it into an album quickly, asking one of my friends that night (Francisco Centofanti) to make the artwork. We then made stickers out of these and then I sent out about 150 or so copies to friends around the world just because I missed them and wanted to make something heartfelt for them. The reaction was wonderful, and very touching.

In the years that have passed, both of those wonderful dogs - Sam and Jet, have left us, my father has passed on through this life and onto the next, I've gotten married and travelled the world, and have discovered more about who I am as well. Yet I am once again drawn to these pieces as life keeps moving on, seemingly losing its innocence at will. Shit happens, but the love I hear in these pieces is still there. I miss my friends, and I even miss friends who I have this weird musical connection with but have never met in person. This album is for you all.

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released January 30, 2014

All original music by Ian Hawgood
Photography by Hitoshi Ishihara (attic photograph - http:/attic.cc)
Design by togoshi and mondül

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Koen Music Itabashi, Japan

KOMU is a small record label based in Nakajuku, Tokyo. It is mostly based around the works of Ian Hawgood and his close-knit family of friends.

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