Original Music for sale

I am now making available for download, some of my original solo contemplative music as well as some collaborative albums I have worked on with Tektonix and Kotography. Please order via the paypal button below each item. Once payment is received, you will receive the download link via wetransfer. From here, you can download the zip file to your computer, containing all tracks. If you require a different file delivery system (ie dropbox – or any other method) please let me know by email and I can sort that out for you :- rwcrookes@googlemail.com


Kotography is the latest of my musical collaborations, with Francis Booth on bass, Peter Wild on guitar, and myself playing koto. This work is intended to be relaxing, meditative and inspiring. There will be a series of 1 hour recordings and subsequently a full album of shorter excerpts.

Two new albums:- The first is called Looking Down… It was created while we were all in lockdown with covid-19, Francis and Peter both in the UK and myself in Thailand. You can purchase the full albums  below (over 1 hour of music on each).

The second album is a little more quirky… The Girl from Iwo Jima… this feature some great improvised vocal loops as well as bass, guitar and koto. On first listening the music dances around freely, in an unusual mix of latin/oriental styles, but as you get used to that idea ,it evolves into a beautiful  and rewarding kaleidoscope of sound.

CLICK HERE for a sample of Looking Down with video…

CLICK HERE for a sample of The Girl from Iwo Jima

Please drop me a line with any feedback. It would be nice to hear from you.

Looking Down (1 hour 6 minutes of relaxation music) mp3

An improvised musical collaboration with Francis Booth on Bass and Peter Wild on Guitar, coupled with some soothing female voice and percussion loops. Very easy listening.

$4.00

#relaxation #meditation #mindfulness # zen #yoga


The Girl from Iwo Jima (1 hour 5 minutes of relaxation music) mp3

An improvised musical collaboration with Francis Booth on Bass and Peter Wild on Guitar, coupled with some free style female vocals and percussion loops. A little more quirky than 'Looking Down' with its latin/oriental feeling, but a rewarding and interesting piece of music

$4.00

#relaxation #meditation #mindfulness # zen #yoga


The Uncarved Block by Richard Crookes (download MP3 album)

A 5-track EP album of original, improvised music for Koto and Clarinet. I hope you enjoy this and maybe find it useful as a meditative and therapeutic source. 50 minutes of music. Performed and produced by Richard Crookes.

$6.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · The Uncarved Block samples


Koans for Koto suite by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

Part One of a collaborative set of Ep albums. Richard Crookes: koto, clarinet, Francis Booth: keyboards, guitar, double bass. Produced by Francis Booth. 19 minutes 36 seconds of music

$4.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · Koans for Koto


The Narrow Road to the Distant North suite by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

Part Two of a collaborative set of Ep albums. Richard Crookes: koto, clarinet, Francis Booth: keyboards, guitar, double bass. Produced by Francis Booth. 17 minutes 18 seconds of music

$4.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · The Narrow Road to the Distant North


All Stories are True suite by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

Part Three of a collaborative set of Ep albums. Richard Crookes: koto, clarinet, Francis Booth: keyboards, guitar, double bass. Produced by Francis Booth. 18 minutes 14 seconds of music

$4.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · All Stories are True


*SPECIAL OFFER* … Parts One, Two and Three of the Tektonix/Richard Crookes collaboration can be purchased at the special offer price of $10 below…

Koans for Koto, The Narrow Road to the Distant North and All Stories are True – Three Album set by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

Buy all three collaborative koto albums for a discounted price. Richard Crookes: koto, clarinet, Francis Booth: keyboards, guitar, double bass. Produced by Francis Booth. 55 minutes 8 seconds

$10.00


The Tempest Suite by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

A four track ep collaboration inspired by The Tempest, William Shakespeare Richard Crookes: clarinet. Francis Booth: electronics. Produced by Francis Booth and Steve Ellis.

$4.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · The Tempest Suite


The Death of Tintagiles suite by Tektonix feat. Richard Crookes

A musical suite in five acts. Collaboration with Tektonix Richard Crookes: clarinet. Francis Booth: electronics. Produced by Francis Booth and Steve Ellis.

$6.00

Order the full album above or listen to free samples below:-

Richard Crookes · The Death of Tintagiles


Unidentified Musical Object

Richard Crookes: Shakuhachi, Clarinet and samples. 9 tracks performed and produced by Richard Crookes. 38 minutes 31 seconds

$7.00

samples following shortly


Please order via the paypal button and once payment is received, you will receive the download link via wetransfer where you can download the zip file to your computer containing all tracks. If you require a different delivery system (ie dropbox – or any other method) please let me know by email rwcrookes@googlemail.com

Many Thanks for listening – new music coming soon.


#music #relaxation #meditation #Contemplation #improvisation #clarinet #looping #livelooping #liveloop #chillout #downtempo #ambient #experimental


Please subscribe to My youtube account and also to the Planckmusic page on Mixcloud where you can here my contributions along with a fantastic selection of new and original music.

Just before the corona virus emerged I did perform koto and clarinet live with Gary Hall (keyboards and electronics) Cassie Kirkeby (electric cello) at our favourite venue – the Ssshhh bar in Huahin. Sadly though a two night festival appearance in Pranburi had to be cancelled due to the virus. Hoping for better times soon.


Towards the end of 2017 I started playing clarinet – a bit of a surprise to a man who considered himself to be a total non-musician. But here I am in 2020, collaborating with some very fine musicians, playing live, and recording. I play intuitively, with deep listening. The quality, atmosphere and emotion of the sound is much more important to me than a tune.  From my humble beginnings with shakuhachi, clarinet and sruthi box, I am now experimenting with live looping technology. A few months ago I added a new instrument – the Koto. I came across this in the back room of a second hand shop in Thailand, took it home and restored it.


Through my move to Huahin, Thailand  last year, I have had the very good fortune to have met up with some very fine musicians – notably Gary Hall – an early innovator in the field of digital looping and a very interesting man. You can find a fascinating article here from the Bangkok Post that explains very well the ethos of his music making.

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Through meeting Gary at the first Live Loop Huahin festival last year, I was introduced to Randolf Arriola from Singapore – a leading exponent of LiveLooping in South East Asia. You can see his interesting TED talk here.

Randolf Arriola 

I also met Nanoi Nanon from Thailand – a wonderful Lap Tapping acoustic guitarist at the same show. You can find his wonderful music here

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I was totally inspired by this concert and through other great musicians I have met, and had the privilege of playing with, to develop my own style of musical improvisation and experimental looping. With the help of Gary’s invaluable advice on the right equipment, I now have a very nice, neat setup for both recording and playing live.

My Equipment

I now have two beautiful kotos which I have restored. The Emperor clarinet I have, is probably not one of the best – I bought it without really thinking I would be able to play it. I thought that if I couldn’t I would at least put it on the wall as it is a beautiful object. To my surprise, and delight, when I picked it up for the first time I found wonderful resonant sounds coming through it. I use 2 shure microphones though an irig pre-amp or audio interface into an ipad and am using AUM software to control the use of Kosmonaut, Enso, Eos and other audio applications. At home I use two Harmon Kardon Go and Play speakers for output, but ‘live’ I plug straight into the mixing board and I’m away… and I don’t know where I’m going.

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A very big factor in my musical adventure, and equally instrumental, is the finding of the Ssshhh bar in Huahin where all this took place. A wonderful place where the owner, as well as being a lovely guy, is also a great DJ and what I’d call a musical facilitator.  Have a listen to his great work here

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I can see some more collaboration coming here for sure.


Planckmusic

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Things have certainly been happening for me this last year. As well as meeting all the creative people mentioned above, In 2018/19 a fortuitous meeting occurred at the cafe I used to run in Huahin. Francis Booth, the author and music producer dropped into the cafe and we struck up a friendship which has resulted in some fine and totally unexpected collaborative work.

Planckmusic is just one of the many strings to his considerable bow and he very kindly asked me to contribute some clarinet improvisations for a couple of his projects – The Tempest Suite and The Death of Tintagiles

I highly recommend you visiting Planckmusic and also checking out his oeuvre on Amazon to see what else he gets up to.

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The latest musical collaboration is with another creative musical talent I met through the cafe – Simon Barnes, who also asked me to contribute to a beautiful piece of music (along with very striking video) he has created – Sama

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Once again – I think you can expect some more collaboration here.


You can follow my adventures with a clarinet on Facebook

My Soundcloud account

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My youtube account

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Thanks to everybody who has encouraged me to pursue this adventure.


#music #relaxation #meditation #Contemplation #improvisation #clarinet #looping #livelooping #liveloop #chillout #downtempo #ambient #experimental

The Uncarved Block

downloadable album of contemplative Koto and Clarinet music

 

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