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Works in Progress Vol. 5

by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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A slightly loss themed collection this time.

Lost to Lockdown is literally a track I've rescued from faceback. I suffered a catastrophic hard drive crash during the pandemic and lots of work that I put out has disappeared forever. Some pieces, like this one, got uploaded in rudimentary form to facebook so I'm downloading them to work on later. They exist in no other form.
Forgotten Prayers 2 - another vocal improvisation. 6 tracks of vocals recorded with click track but without hearing each layer. I wanted to see what would happen harmonically and rhythmically without reference points beyond click and drone. Rhyhm track is created from things in reach of my desk.
Duck (for Alex) is a tribute to Alex Christaki. Alex was a pianist / composer that I worked with on and off for several years around Plymouth under his Half / Quarter moniker. A sudden heart attack earlier in the year took him from us. Alex had complete belief in himself to achieve anything he set his mind too. The pianos you see at bus and train stations are something he campaigned for as part of a public access to music project. This piece is loosely in the style that he wrote in as a tribute.


released August 2, 2023

Al Swainger - Vocals, Keyboards, Production, Mixiing


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Al Swainger Bristol, UK

Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious


Rich and eclectic atmospheres to help you daydream and stimulate your emotions.

Pointless Beauty is the contemporary project of bassist, digital artist, composer, producer Al Swainger.

Blending a wide range of influences improvised music, this is a very personal take on what jazz or progressive music could be.
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