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Now downloadable. Erebus and Terror is a dark, brooding atmospheric album painting a beautiful and scary sound picture of the 2 ships fated trip to the Antarctic… see more of the history below!
Having worked with The Orb and latterly as a solo artist ‘Another Fine Day’ Tom now turns his hand to dark, atmospheric sounds… Erebus and Terror.
Born into a musical family in Manchester 1961, David Bickley began experimenting with tape machines, primitive electronics and film at the age of 14. In the late 80's David got involved with The Landscape Channel, directing, shooting and editing 16mm music videos for CH4. This led to a series of commissions from Hendring/Castle Communications and saw him working with Brian Eno's Opal company, travelling to Morocco and The Arctic to shoot his own highly acclaimed film-work trilogy 'Mythological Lands'
He then moved to Ireland in 1993 and formed the group Hyper[borea] which pioneered the fusion of Celtic music with dance idioms long before everyone else jumped on the wagon. The popularity of the project was so great that the group won the prestigious award – Hot Press Award - Best Band in 1998. Their 'SERPENTINE'record, which featured such luminaries as MAIRE BREATNAC and DIESEL, went on to win the coveted Dance Act and Album of the Year awards in the HOT PRESS HEINEKEN AWARDS. His band HYPER[BOREA] are no strangers to the live circuit ! They have played The HEINEKEN GROOVE WEEKENDER, The ONE WORLD FESTIVAL, and BBC MUSIC LIVE (with JAH WOBBLE).
David also found time to release the 'Labyrinth'- a Single screen audio/visual piece with German ambient godfather Hans Joachim Roedelius (EG Records)TOM GREEN who has worked with THE ORB and with his own projects, ANOTHER FINE DAY and STRANGE ATTRACTOR has been a constant collaborator and continues to work with David on both live and recorded projects.
In August 2005 at The Big Chill Festival, UK David had 3 of his films shown and he also performed a live set at the event.
EREBUS AND TERROR
Erebus and Terror The Story – From Wikipedia
HMS Terror was a bomb vessel designed by Sir Henry Peake and constructed by the Royal Navy in the Davy shipyard in Topsham, Devon. The ship, variously listed as being of either 326 or 340 tons, carried two mortars, one 13-inch and one 10-inch.
Terror saw war service in the War of 1812 against the United States. Under the command of John Sheridan, she took part in the bombardment of Stonington, Connecticut on August 9 - 12, 1814, and of Fort McHenry in the Battle of Baltimore on September 13 - 14, 1814; the latter attack inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. In January, 1815, still under Sheridan's command, Terror was involved in the attack on St. Marys, Georgia.
In 1836, command of Terror was given to George Back for an expedition to the northern part of Hudson Bay, with plans to cross the Melville Peninsula overland and explore the opposite shore. Terror was beset in the ice for 10 months and at one point was pushed 40 feet up the side of a cliff by the pressure of the ice. In the spring of 1837, an encounter with an iceberg further damaged the ship, which was in a sinking condition by the time Back was able to beach the ship on the coast of Ireland at Lough Swilly.
Terror was repaired and next assigned to a voyage to the Antarctic in company with HMS Erebus under the overall command of James Clark Ross. Francis Crozier was commander of Terror on this expedition, which spanned three seasons from 1840 to 1843. The volcano Mount Terror on Ross Island was named for the ship.
Erebus and Terror were both outfitted with 20hp steam engines, and iron plating added to the hulls, for their next voyage to the Arctic, with Sir John Franklin in overall command of the expedition in Erebus, and Terror again under the command of Crozier. Their expedition was to gather magnetic data in the Canadian Arctic, not to find the Northwest Passage, which is a common misconception. The ships were last seen entering Baffin Bay in August 1845. The disappearance of the Franklin expedition set off a massive search effort in the Arctic. The ships' fate were revealed in a series of expeditions into the Arctic between 1848 and 1866 when it was discovered that both ships had become icebound and were abandoned by their crews. Subsequent expeditions up until the late 1980s, including autopsies on crew members, revealed a horrible story. It appears tainted rations (from the lead solder on food tins) drove the crew insane and led to several deaths from lead poisoning. Subsequently after two years trapped in the ice, with the men suffering from scurvy, the surviving crew attempted to march to safety in Canada. Along the way they began devouring each other until two crew members remained. Unable to go further, they perished and were discovered skeletonized in a rowboat they were using as a sled. None of the members of the Franklin expedition are thought to have survived, although it has never been proven that none escaped.