The Wenlock Group…
…began as a band comprising a Mac Mini running Logic Pro, an old 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 and Bandcamp. So, music of a lesser god. We’re fine with that.
We’re especially grateful to Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee, WI, for boosting the polish and sheen up several notches on all our music. As always, thank you, Justin.
Try the track excerpts below; iMac, Korg, and I thank you for taking a listen!
“Midnight Voyage of the Coracles“, a programmatic, Celtic New Age instrumental, was digitally released on Bandcamp on 4 April 2023.
“Midnight Voyage of the Coracles” ©2021 by Dixon J. Jones. Registered with BMI and the US Copyright Office. Designed and produced by The Wenlock Group.
Solstice of Seven Decades, unofficially subtitled “Music for Winter and Other Quiet Occasions”, was released on 10 November 2022.
You can find Solstice of Seven Decades on Apple • YouTube • Amazon • Spotify • etc! Bandcamp offers better-than-CD-quality downloads (not MP3s).
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.
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.
You can find Zettagramm on Bandcamp • Apple Music • Amazon • Deezer • YouTube • just about every streaming and download service. (Sorry, no physical CDs for this one.)
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.
Updated 4 April 2023