Tom Green first appeared on stage with cult post-punk outfit DUM DUM DUM in 1979, then performed with various artists, including African guitar luminary Abdul Tee Jay, during the 1980s, while also working with early computer music systems. These home-based experiments led directly into working (with many others) on ‘Dr’ Alex Paterson‘s seminal downtempo album of the early ‘90s, THE ORB ’s “Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld”. Tom went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further four albums by the group, including the No 1 album “UF ORB”.
During this period Tom took occasional time out to work on his own project ANOTHER FINE DAY, first released in 1993 on ambient dub label Beyond Records, the project taking the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the Big Chill Festival. Tom remains one of the few artists who played at every single Big Chill up to 2010.
Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album LIFE BEFORE LAND to No 3 in THE INDEPENDENT’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’, and a second AFD album SALVAGE was released on the San Francisco label Six Degrees in 2000, the EP CHASING TORNADOS in 2004. Commissions followed, notably MUSIC FOR MRI SCANNERS, for installation in a new MRI scanner complex in the Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.
For the next few years Tom worked mostly on TV and film music, but in December 2011 Another Fine Day reappeared with the ‘Christmas card’ EP FIRELIGHT (offered free for the 12 days of Christmas), followed in short order by another ambient music commission, MUSIC FOR TAI CHI in Jan 2012. The latest release is a collection of short pieces from the Apollo Music cinematic archive, LOW TIDE, released in September 2012. A new AFD album ‘A GOOD PLACE TO BE’ is due for release on Interchill in April 2015.
As well as further collaborations and remixes with THE ORB and others, Tom has co-produced two albums for BAKA BEYOND, Martin Cradick’s respected world music project, incorporating elements of singing and drumming from the forest people of Cameroon. He is also a member of nascent world music project NEWANDERTHAL, playing a rare ‘array mbira‘, a lovely instrument derived from traditional African mbiras and kalimbas.
In the meantime Tom has continued to compose music for the media via his music production company APOLLO MUSIC, his TV clients including the BBC, Channel 4, and RTE, and he contributes tracks to quality music libraries on Universal Music, EMI, Hum, and Accorder Music. 2007 brought him his first full length feature score, the comedy horror ‘BOTCHED’ – winner of BEST FEATURE and BEST ACTOR at the NYC Horror Film Festival in 2007. The album Erebus & Terror (with David Bickley) was recently featured on the soundtrack of the short film ‘DYLAN’S ROOM’, long listed for a BAFTA and winner of 7 awards. His most recent score is for ‘Magnetism’, co-directed by Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull and due for release shortly.
© Tom Green 2015