Andy Murkin has been making music for several decades, mostly in secret. Responding to pressure from family and friends (by ignoring them and going ahead anyway), he now presents his first album . . .

Here's what he has to say about the tracks on From Aardvark to Zebra:

1. From A to Z means two things. First of all, obviously, it refers to the title of the album From Aardvark to Zebra, but it's also a tribute: A is for 'Andy' and Z is for 'Zappa'. This is the Fast Version.

2. How Can You Say? . . . has this title because it used to have lyrics beginning with this phrase. In the end I decided it sounded better played on the Theremin. I hope you do, too.

3. Islington is a connected series of short pieces of music and treated speech, which I like to call Sonic Poetry. The voice - also featured on tracks 5 & 6 - belongs to a friend of mine called Adrian.

4. Words is a number I wrote long before I became an English teacher. The spoken intro is performed by Bruce.

5. Theme From An Imaginary Spy Film is meant to evoke the atmosphere of those films about the Cold War we used to watch. It also contains a second piece of Sonic Poetry on a related theme.

6. I'm Growing Some Bonsai Trees begins with edited sounds from the radio and concludes with yet more Sonic Poetry, from which the title is taken.

7. From A to Z (the Slow Version) concludes the selection. The guitar solo was recorded about 15 years before the rest of the instruments. It was a bit of a struggle to get them to match up.

The music on this album was composed, arranged, disarranged and produced by Andy Murkin. Most of it was played by his Apple Macintosh, the rest by him.

In 2013, there was a 4CD 10th anniversary re-release of From Aardvark to Zebra with Goodbye Finisterre. Read more about that here

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