The Silent Committee is a varied collection of original, experimental music featuring electronic and acoustic instruments; written and performed in entirety by Chris Fordham. The recording quality of the songs featured on this profile vary depending on the recording device used…ranging from a battered dictaphone micro-cassette to fully digital studio quality. These songs are written with the sole intention of enjoyment by the composer and anyone else with an open mind.
The 'rolig ep' is a collection of unused sound effects and loops taken from the recording of the first album. It was released in May 2008 via myspace using a creative commons attributional-non-commercial-share alike licence. To view the limitations of these tracks useage visit the creative commons website: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/. This ep is available from http://thesilentcommittee.bandcamp.com/album/rolig
August 3rd 2008: The debut album 'The Missing' was released. Featuring 10 songs recorded at the artists house. It was released briefly on CD and then later on in MP3 format before various issues caused it to become unavailable in early 2009. As of February 2010 the album has been re-released independantly and is available from http://thesilentcommittee.bandcamp.com/album/the-missing
February 2009: A new track arrives as a free download on The Silent Committee blog. The track, entitled 'Regime', is a short but energetic combination of noise and edgy electronic drums. The track is expected to be included on a forthcoming EP or album release but no hints were given as to indicate this on its release.
May 4th 2009: The single 'Regret; was relased along with its b-side 'Blue'. The single was released as a free download through netlabel BFW Recordings (http://www.bfwrecordings.com). Accompanying the songs was original artwork by photographer Jenny Eve Van Den Arend. The single is available ot download from http://www.bfwrecordings.com/releases/TheSilentCommittee-Regret.php
July 18th 2009: 'Enclosed State', a film by Nigel Fordham is streamed online and features an original soundtrack by The Silent Committee including two new songs. (both available for download here)
July 2009: A collaborative piece of experimental noise/sound effects is released on myspace combining The Silent Committee's sound and the poetry of G.James Wyrick (http://www.myspace.com/gjwyrick). The resulting song 'A Vespers Lullaby' appeared on http://www.myspace.com/themethodlearnedii
August 21st 2009: A new track entitled 'Long Way Down' was featured on the micro-cassette/download only release Dictaphonia Volume 4. More info - http://www.halmcgee.com/dictaphonia.html
April 5th 2010: The single 'Staring At The Sea' is released independantly as a free download along with 2 exclusive b-sides - http://thesilentcommittee.bandcamp.com/album/staring-at-the-sea-single
June 7th 2010: BFW releases the 2nd full length album from The Silent Committee entitled 'Staring At The Sea'. The album will remain as a free download from the BFW website - http://bfwrecordings.com/releases/TheSilentCommittee-StaringAtTheSea.php
June 22nd 2010: It's announced on the BFW Recordings website that The Silent Committee's back catologue is now open for remixing. http://www.bfwrecordings.com/remix
June 26th 2010: The Silent Committee makes its debut live performance at the Fishmarket Art Gallery in Northampton. The show was performed solo by Chris Fordham using an array of effects pedals, guitar, piano, drum machines and live looping to recreate several songs from the back catalogue. A HD Video of the performance of one of the songs ,'Descent', is on the official youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/thesilentcommittee
July 15th: A new song, 'Opal', appears on a youtube video on the bands channel. (http://www.youtube.com/thesilentcommittee)
July 21st: A multitrack part of another new song is unveiled to facebook fans, along with a message suggesting that the new album recording is already well underway.
July 23rd: Chris is interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton about his music as both a singer/songwriter and as The Silent Committee. the album 'Staring At The Sea' is talked about in some depth.
August 1st 2010: The 2nd live performance takes place at an outdoor poetry festival in Delepre Abbey Gardens, Northampton. This is expected to be the last solo performace of the works for the time being as the live side of things is being reworked for a group of performers and a more visual experience is being produced with LWL Productions.
August 4th 2010: Work begins on soundtracking a new 8minute film by Nigel Fordham. The song is described in Chris's blog as 'very minimal' and with 'absolutely no guitars'. The film is expected to be on the internet by Autumn 2010.
August 6th 2010: It is announced on the facebook fan page that The Silent Committee has been approached to provide an original and exclusive song for a new compilation album project based around the theme of the 7 deadly sins.
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