The Wenlock Group…
…began as a band comprising a Mac Mini running Logic Pro, a Korg SP-280 keyboard, and myself. In 2022, after completing work on the second album, Mini retired. We’re pleased to report that, after a brief talent search, iMac has stepped in to fill Mini’s role, and is doing a great job.
The name derives from geology. According to Wikipedia (reluctantly quoting the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica), the Wenlock Group is “the middle series of strata in the Silurian (Upper Silurian) of Great Britain…in the Welsh border counties….”
The Wenlock Group’s output is entirely original, entirely instrumental (lyric-free!), and is never created, recorded, or performed in real time. And, furthermore, it’s essentially self-published, through CDBaby. So, music of a lesser god. We’re fine with that.
Try the track excerpts below; iMac, Korg, and I thank you for taking a listen!
Solstice of Seven Decades, unofficially subtitled “Music for Winter and Other Quiet Occasions”, was released on November 10, 2022.
Physical CDs are available. Send a message to inquire about getting one.
1 Change Lane (lush, slow, faux symphonic 32-bar melody)**
2 The Old Wood Carol (Celtic harp, tin whistle, accordion, bowed bass)***
3 In Memoriam (solo piano)**
4 Solstice of Seven Decades (lilting, slow, minimalist classical with piano and chamber orchestra)***
5 Someday II: Reconciliation (half-speed introspective ballad)**
6 Sun Path Rising (another slow ballad, but with gentle, upbeat percussion)***
7 A Walk in Midwinter (an orchestral fanfare re-imagined as a magical space piano meditation)*
Solstice of Seven Decades music, graphics and content ©2022 by Dixon J. Jones. Songs *©2019, **©2020, ***©2021 by Dixon J. Jones. Songs registered with BMI, SoundExchange, and the US Copyright Office. Cover illustration contains the public domain image https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaska_range.jpg by 1brownsfan. Designed and produced by The Wenlock Group. Solstice of Seven Decades was mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee, WI.
Zettagramm is an eclectic anthology of original instrumental rock, retro pop, jazz, space piano, and chillout, with a faux classical organ fanfare thrown in. It was released on 15 September 2020.
1 Someday I: Proclamation (cathedral organ fanfare)
2 Satsuma, P.I. (theme music for a non-existent TV cop show)
3 Los Mimados (Latin-influenced rock)
4 Geoff Aire (Retro Mix) (mid-1960s-ish pop)
5 Zettagramm (synth big band)
6 Sky Shelter (contemplative space piano)
7 Geoff Aire (Neo Mix) (remix of track 4, “live” from a Montreal club of indeterminate vintage)
8 Honeymoon (jazz piano trio +)
9 Brave Smile (chillout)
Zettagramm music, graphics and content ©2020 by Dixon J. Jones. Songs registered with BMI, SoundExchange, and the US Copyright Office. Graptolites photo, Spirograptus spiralis, Silúrico de Guadalajara, scanned by Luis Fernández García, 2006/07/04 (cc-by-sa-2.5-es), from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spirograptus_spiralis.jpg. Zettagramm was mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee, WI.
Updated 28 November 2022