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April 23, 2010 by  

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Meet… Trace

Trace is an electronic project by David Impey, a composer and producer who has a successful track record in soundtrack production.


The first album, titled “Under Cover”, is a collection of three cover versions of established tracks. The most well-known of these is ‘Tubular Bells – Part 1’ by Mike Oldfield. This symphonic folk-rock piece has been re-imagined using the electronic palette through such genres as minimalism (e.g. Steve Reich), funk rock, techno and psychedelia. The same approach has been used in the interpretation of George Winston’s piano piece ‘September – Colors / Dance’. Whilst the Trace version starts off from the point of the original concept, it develops the piece using dance and musique concrete to give the new version something of a widescreen feel. The final track ‘The Neighbours Complain’ (written by David’s father Norman Impey) was originally a showpiece for the drummer of the 1940s big band ‘The Skyrockets Orchestra’ to ‘give it some’. The original genre was big band swing and the new version is somewhat funkier.

More details on the new album can be found on www.tracetracks.co.uk

Trace is chiefly oriented towards the chill-out end of the electronic spectrum. The tracks are blends of texture, soundscape and ethnicity taking inspiration from a number of different musical genres. Two new Trace projects are currently in the pipeline; ‘Fun’ – a dance-oriented album which becomes progressively darker and more ethereal and ‘Five Lines’ – a minimalist album in which each track has no more than five overdubs. The concept is inspired by the staves of a music manuscript. Another Trace project is already produced and will be available as a download before the end of 2010, entitled ‘Music for Yoga’.

David Impey has wor ked as a musician for 20 years, principally as a composer of soundtrack music for corporate clients ranging from sherry to paint to insurance and cruise liners. Some of his music has been used extensively by TV companies across Europe including the UK and the Netherlands. Despite early excitement that he had made the leap into the porn industry, David was both relieved and, on the other hand, slightly disappointed that one track which had been used extensively by a Dutch TV channel turned out to be a perfectly respectable terrestrial station!

His favourite project was recording the backing music for a documentary on brain surgery where the brief was to write ‘the world’s most depressing music’. The programme, aired by the BBC, attracted over 5.4 million viewers received positive comments from the Daily Telegraph.

David has performed live both as a solo artist and as the keyboard player for a number of bands including the Pump Monkeys and Soundbite. He also writes songs, sometimes collaborating with other writers, for other artists which vary from musicals to out-and-out AOR power ballads.

David lists his influences as Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, The Alan Parsons Project, Steve Reich and Apollo 440, not to mention soundtrack composers such as Thomas Newman and John Powell. He is an avid user of software by Steinberg, Propellerhead and Native Instruments, creators of the mighty Absynth and the equally impressive FM8.



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