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Hot on the heels of "...all that...." a new VdGG Live album is about to come out (on Feb 3rd), titled "Merlin Atmos".

It comes in three formats: a single CD, a special edition 2cd set with extra material and vinyl. (We won't be selling vinyl from here....)

We're now taking pre-orders at the orders page and I'll get more info about this up very shortly.

At long last the lyrics for "Otherworld" are now up on the site, as are those for both cine and songs versions of "...all that might have been...". You'll find the links on the relevant pages or of course you can go direct from the alphabetical Lyrics page.

We now have copies of the Box version of "...all that might have been..." back in stock and on sale!

The latest release is titled "..all that might have been..." and it comes in a number of different formats. The pages for them start here.

The main release is a single CD, in the same form of packaging as was used for "Consequences". The music is presented here in continuous form and is cinematic by design. As in a film, scenes move backward and forward in time and space and characters appear and disappear without much by way of explanation. The scenes have been formed by slashing apart the forms of the original songs with which I started the project and reassembling them into this new form. It's *not* music looking for an imaginary film, but more like a combination of screenplay and music at the same time. To the best of my knowledge no-one has attempted such a project before.

A special edition 3-CD box set is also available. This contains the main, cinematic, CD as well as one in which the individual songs are presented in more conventional fashion. The third CD is a stripped down instrumental collage.

A vinyl release presents the songs in a different order and in a slightly edited form.

The download versions of the release will be the songs, rather than the cinematic version.

We are now taking orders for the Cd and the 3-cd box set, at the orders page (a little way down it, at the end of the PH section!). These days we're simply not geared up to deal with the specifics of vinyl shipping and so have decided to pass on that aspect of the release to Burning Shed, who really are experts at this particular format. You can find them here.

I'll probably write more about how this has all come about and, indeed, the nature of the beast, closer to the actual release date. But for now it's enough to know that, at long last, the music is fully on schedule.

My previous notes about inactivity here and activity elsewhere:

I've been far from diligent of late in updating news here at Sofa Sound, even if hard news is a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

Partly this is the result of my continuing commitment to maintaining an online journal - at if you haven't yet come across it. I began doing that in part because I realised that items I put up here on the latest news page have traditionally been erased  and overwritten as new stuff comes in - and of course it's now some time since the newsletters ceased being my favoured form of updating news. But in turn that's meant that I've been slow to put things up here. Must try harder....but of course the dissemination of info these days is spread over a number of different channels in any case.

(And should you be interested I also have a twitter identity, @Sofa_sound. My contributions there, though, are pretty random and sporadic....)

As I wrote some time ago we're no longer stocking the Virgin catalogue, either solo or VdGG. TheCDs are, of course,  still available elsewhere and if you're interested we recommend that you go to Burning Shed to purchase them. (We've also begun to put in direct links to their Hammill/VdGG pages from the individual CD pages, though they're not all there yet.)

Many moons have passed...but you may also be interested, now, to go and check out where, finally, some lyric-labyrinthine adventures await, thanks to the indefatigable labours of Adrian. More on this anon, but it's only right to let you know that something's been/is afoot there....

Regarding the site...
The intention here is to have a fundamentally "white paper" place from which information rather than entertainment (or information as entertainment) can be gleaned. To this end the site should be under fairly constant revision. Once again, my apologies for being negligent in this regard over the last few months.