Site Refresh, Merch page and other news

I have had a couple of busy weeks. I've added a merchandise page to the site and also refreshed the site style. It didn't take me a vast amount of time to do, but it was more fiddly than anything. I am still in the process of adding new designs to the site for purchase, although you can't purchase anything directly from this site, because I don't want to handle anybody's personal information, I've left that to the companies I've chosen to sell my merch. The Merch page has links to all the designs currently available.



In other news, BBC Introducing Humberside played my latest track Nazca, and they were very complimentary, which was really nice. In fact, a listener of the show messaged me on YouTube, to say they thought my music was 'ahead of its time' and that it would sound great in a live environment. Was really bowled over to get those comments, and I appreciate them so much. I am working towards a live show, but it's going to require a lot of research and months of effort first I think.

Bumper Week on the Wireless!

I've had/have a bumper number of plays on the radio, this week, I must say. I've been submitting to a few radio stations and didn't expect to get many replies, but I did, so I'm not complaining. I've not had time to collate the URLs for the following stations but a quick Google search would do the trick.


  • BBC Introducing Humberside: 8pm Saturday 30th Jan 2021
  • Radio TFSC in Germany
  • Big City Radio 89fm in Birmingham on Wednesday 27th Jan 2021
  • Hive UK Radio in Manchester at 10am Saturday 30th Jan 2021
  • Exile FM in London at 5pm Saturday 30th Jan 2021 (my track Cyclone also got into the Top 3 track of the week vote)
  • Banks Radio in Australia (although not exactly sure when this is going to be played


Not bad going for a pleb from up north, eh?

New year, new stuff and Radio Plays!

Because I've been holed up in the same four walls for a year, I've managed to get quite a lot done. I completed an album by October and also created 3 new videos. I had December off because I was pretty tired to be honest. But by a few days before New Year's Eve, I wanted to get stuck into some writing. Almost as the New Year started I finished my latest track Nazca. It's the first track of my upcoming 7th album which will be released towards the back-end of 2021. It's a bit of a departure from my usual stuff. It's a bit more understated, the drum beats are more toned down and it sounds a bit more deep house. Anyway, it's out now!


In 2021, I am hoping to start working towards a live production. I think it's going to be a case of me DJing my own tracks, with my visuals in the background. Needs a lot of research and work this, so I'll report back here later in the year when I have more details. Need to figure out how to DJ first!!


A few things have happened so far in January.


  • BBC Introducing Humberside was due to play my latest track Nazca on their show on January 16th (I was even given a shout out on Twitter by Alan Raw), but disappointingly it didn't get played, so I don't know if I have missed my chance.
  • Cyclone (probably my favourite track) is getting some air-time on Big City Radio on 89.1FM DAB in Birmingham at 7PM on Wednesday 21st January 2021. Really happy about this, and wasn't expecting it.
  • Getting a further play of Cyclone on Hive UK Radio in Manchester at 10am on Saturday 23rd January
  • Getting yet another play of Cyclone on a radio station in London on the 30th, more details to follow about that


So after my disappointment of not getting played on BBC Introducing (for a 6th time altogether), three other shows have popped up! Feel a bit brighter now!


Finally, I am working on a video for Curved Space, which will form part of a set if I manage to get to a live setting.

Review of the Year: Part 2

I was a little premature with my last post. A couple more things have happened since my last one. I didn't think anything else was going to happen, and to be honest there are still a couple of months left. And the craziness is coming to an end in the White House (totally unrelated to this post, but thought it was nice to mention).


I got an email on Thursday I think it was, from the team at BBC Introducing Humberside saying that my Rogue State track was going to be played on the radio on Saturday 7th November. To be honest, I thought they had emailed me in error as I hadn't uploaded any music to them in a few weeks as I'm not planning on writing anything new until next year, although I am going to probably work on an EP of reworked tracks in December, for other purposes. These will be two or three tracks from my earlier albums that I want to rework for a new upcoming project. Anyhoo, I thought I would listen in to the station anyway because there's some great up-and-coming talent in the Humberside area, and about 20 or so minutes in, my track Rogue State got a second play on the show! Couldn't believe it. Alan Raw, the host of the BBC Introducing show described it as 'quality' and at the end of the track 'it's a huge track innit?'. Felt so good after that. and I appreciate the comments so much, particularly coming from the BBC. I felt incredibly lucky getting my Portals track onto the show around this time last year, but never thought for a second I would get another four features this year! I put a great deal of effort into Hexagon, and it feels just great to have two tracks from this album featured on the show. I have had a lot of positive and encouraging comments from various people on Twitter and Instagram lately, and have been included on quite a few Spotify playlists, although not having much luck with the algorithm ones yet. I am also going to be featured on an Urban Anthems show on Wigwam Radio this Wednesday, but I'm not sure what track they are playing yet. Could be Cyclone again, or one of the other tracks I have uploaded. They haven't released their track list so I am not sure. Sad to hear Gadget G Radio went under as they also played a lot of great tracks and supported me with airplay quite a bit.


I've finished my video for Cyclone which is available on the Video page of this site. I am really proud of it, and think it's my best vid so far. It was a really difficult one to do. There was lots of 3D rendering; a couple of the scenes took about 24 hours to render, but that's partially down to my graphics cards not being quite powerful enough and I used Cycles in Blender, rather than EEVEE. I actually prefer EEVEE for motion graphics. but there's just an extra level of quality I feel with a Cycles rendering. But I guess you've already fell asleep at this point! :D


If I get up to anything else, before the end of the year, I will probably do a Review Part 3.

The Year in Review

I feel like I have made a few strides forward this year. Managed to achieve a few things, and although it's not quite the end of the year, I thought I would do a review. I don't want to dismiss the impact that Coronavirus has had this year on people's lives; it's been truly terrible for lots of people and my heart goes out to them, but being locked down gave me lots of extra time I wouldn't otherwise have had. And I tried to make the most of it, which I feel I accomplished. So far this year...

  • I sold my first t-shirt! I was really happy about this. Someone somewhere in the world is walking around with one of my t-shirts. They liked my music enough to go and buy a t-shirt. Whoever it was, thanks!
  • I have had three tracks, Expanse, Dark Energy and Rogue State played on BBC Introducing (two of the tracks are on the same album). I am really grateful for the airtime because I imagine they get lots and lots of requests. My Rogue State airplay happened this evening, actually!
  • I have had lots of radio play from stations in the UK (Gadget G Radio, Radio Wigwam), Germany (Radio TFSC) and Los Angeles (BTM Radio), and also featured on The Recovery Room podcast.
  • I completed a full album, my sixth one, Hexagon and it's one of which I am really proud. I am happy with every track on there, and don't feel I could have done any better at my current skill level.
  • I have designed two music videos this year for Otaku and Expanse, and currently working on a third for Cyclone. They are time-consuming to do, so they take a bit of time to produce.
  • I redesigned my website, but more work is required.
  • Cyclone is my first track to get over a 1000 plays and it wasn't me listening to it a thousand times!
  • I have been promoting my music mainly through Twitter, but going forward I will also be looking at other avenues.


I am planning to do a continuous mix type of thing of my tracks via some sort of livestream, but have no other information about this at the moment because I haven't totally figured it out yet! Anyway, more news soon

Latest Track Rogue State Now on Spotify

My latest track Rogue State is now on Spotify and on it's way to other retailers. It's the final track of my album Hexagon and I feel I've ended it on a high. Hexagon is officially out next Friday, but you can buy it now at bandcamp.gcmaudio.co.uk. My previous track appears to be quite popular having been played on a number of radio stations and is picking up speed on Spotify

New Artwork for Hexagon Cover

I slightly redesigned the cover for my sixth album 'Hexagon'. It retains the white stripe which is present on my single covers, but I've moved it further down into the middle of the image. So it follows the same theme of the covers from the singles in this album, but makes it distinct enough for the viewer to know that this is the album cover. Working on the final track as we speak!

Cyclone Released and other news

I released Cyclone on Spotify on the 12th September 2020, and currently working on the last track of my latest album. I've not decided on the name of the track yet, which is something I will do towards the end of the process, probably. I've not created the single sleeve artwork either yet. Cyclone seems to have been well received so far, and I've had quite a few positive comments and plays on Spotify. I've submitted it to BBC Introducing, but only got as far as the listen stage at the moment. I feel Cyclone is probably one of my best tracks so far, and I am pleased with the artwork too. I have created a couple of t-shirt designs based on the artwork, but I haven't seen them in the flesh yet. so fingers crossed that they are ok. After I have completed the Hexagon album I am planning to start authoring some more videos, as I've been getting stuck into some great open-source video software which I am planning to use to replace the paid-for sofware I've used. Anyway, will post some more here soon.

Latest track 'Cyclone' underway!

My 59th and penultimate track of Hexagon is currently being written! It's coming on quite well and already sounds atmospheric and richly textured. I just saw that Native Instruments Komplete 13 is about to come out in a month's time, but it will be too late for this album unfortunately. Unlucky number 13 obviously. The track will be available at all the usual places including Spotify, and my current track 'Iridium' will be available on 7th September on Spotify. It's already been played on a couple of radio stations in Germany and the UK, and has been uploaded to BBC Introducing, but yet to hear back from them. More soon.

New track Iridium in the works!

Fast approaching the end of my sixth album! Can't believe I've written nearly 60 tracks! I am really looking forward to releasing this one in the next couple of weeks. It's track seven of my sixth album and it's turning out to be quite an edgy track with lots of dissonant sounding melodies. I am really pleased with how this album is shaping up and feel it's my best work so far. It's had one track featured on BBC Introducing, and I've had lots of good feedback on social media, and lots of radio play by Gadget G Radio and Radio TSFC. I've also created a couple of music videos so far, and plan to do a couple more. I'm also investigating other distribution methods for my music.

Anyway, watch this space!

Expanse Video and New Tracks

I've not added any new blog entries in a while as I've been busy refactoring my site behind the scenes to make it easier and faster to use and edit, so I've just not had the time to add new blog entries. Anyway, I've now got the time to add some more news.

I have completed two new track since the last entry. The first is the title track Hexagon, which is, unusually for me, a very straightforward trance track. As I was putting the track together in the early days it just felt like that was the direction of travel so I just ran with it. It's quite a high-energy track like most of my stuff, and it's the first time I have used New York-style parallel compression on the drums. I use the BabyAudio IHeartNY effect VST for this and it absolutely works a treat. I am going to use it in every track I now write to beef up the kick drum. It's bloody amazing!

I also used it on my very latest track Depth of Field which has helped define the bass drum a great deal. I'm not one for side-chaining my entire track just to hear the bass drum. I hate those tunes where they do that. The entire audio is ducked to make way for the bass drum and I find it really spoils my enjoyment of a piece of music. Obviously this is just my own personal opinion. I don't mind sidechaining a bassline, because that makes sense, but not the rest of the audio in a track.

I digress! My latest track is back to my usual breakbeat set up, and compared to the rest of the tracks on this latest album, it sounds quite cinematic in places and I'm very pleased with how it has turned out. It's had some great feedback and it's been played on Gadget G Radio on various programmes, and also by Oli at Radio TFSC in Germany. I'm really grateful to both stations for giving me the airtime. I will also be submitting it to BBC Introducing in the next few days. Fingers crossed they play it!

Finally, I finished my video for Expanse and I feel it came out really well. Again, I've had some really nice feedback, and I feel these videos are worth doing because they give your audio an extra dimension, especially if they are synced well, in my view. I try to push myself harder each time I do one of these videos. and I think this one is my most cohesive one to date. Makes my Portals video look like an acid trip!

More news to follow soon.

Video for Expanse in Progress and new track news

I am currently working on my fifth music video, although it's going to take a bit longer than normal because I am using volumetrics for the first time in the 3D software I use. They look great, but absolutely kick the crap out of my PC!

The video is a nod to sci-fi artists such as Chris Foss and Stuart Cowley who created some fantastic sci-fi images in the 70s (I believe it's now called retro futurism) and I remember in particular a book I had in my childhood titled Spacebase 2000 of which I have really fond memories. So this new video will be a nod to that, and I am trying to push my 3D skills a little bit further every time I create a new video.

Also my fifth track of my sixth album will be out on 21st June 2020 and it's a slight departure from my latest tunes. Hopefully it will get played on the radio. Fingers crossed!

Dark Energy track played on BBC Introducing Humberside!

My Dark Energy track from my fourth album Future Breakbeat was played by Alan Raw on the BBC Introducing Humberside radio show!

It's the third time I have had my music featured on the programme, and I am so grateful to the programme to get the air time, as I'd say they'd get so many greatvsubmissions from so many other artists. It feels really good that my tunes have been picked to be on the show.

In other great news, I also have my own radio show showcasing my tracks on Gadget G Radio, Sundays 1pm for the next 3 months!

Otaku Video and Isolate release

I finished my latest video for my track Otaku the other day, and it has been uploaded to YouTube as well as having a two-minute preview video on Twitter. I have had some great comments on the video which is nice, as it's definitely early in my music video career so it's really nice to get positive comments. I really enjoyed putting this video together. The 3D work was all done in Blender, as usual, with some extra post-prod effects thrown on top later. I did all the chopping up of the video so it worked in time to the beat outside of Blender, but overall I was very pleased with how it turned out. It's more cohesive than the Portals video, and a bit more laid-back.

In other news, I finished my fourth track 'Isolate' of my sixth album. It's a very edgy track with some disonant sounds and my usual complex drums. I wanted to write something a bit quieter than my last track as that one was very high-intensity. Definitely got my mojo back with writing at the moment, as it fell off a bit after finishing the last album. Isolate is out on Spotify on the 5th June.

Otaku Video in progress and ElectroStatic released

Currently working on the last minute of my fourth music video for Otaku, the 1st track of my 6th album Hexagon. Managing to get quite a bit of stuff done in the lockdown. Had a lot more time on my hands than I would normally, so to save climbing the walls, I've tried to apply myself to stuff I don't usually get time to do. I have tried to distract myself from all the absolutely horrific coronavirus news I have heard every day on the news recently, as it's unbearable to think about for too long. Just hope everyone out there manages to keep safe.

The image above is a screenshot from my next video for my Otaku track. It's a Japan-inspired video much like the name of the track which translates as 'geek'. The video is a bit abstract like my last video for Portals, but music videos don't have to make sense, do they? :)

There's lots of movement in the video which is a feature of my music too, as I think my style of writing syncs well wih visuals. There's a lot of points of interest in the tracks that I can latch onto video.

I feel this video is a lot more cohesive than my last attempt, and I am finding my around Blender now, and trying to push myself a bit further every time I use it. What I love about it is that I can create completely original artwork to accompany my videos and not worry about using stock footage and the legalities about that. Plus registering with stock videos is expensive, and I much prefer to pick up the new skill of 3D modelling, rather than just purchasing some video, like I did in my first two videos for Winter Solstice and Electron Shell. Even though I liked the outcomes of those two videos, I always felt disappointed that I had resorted to using someone else's work. Anyway, once this new video is finished, it will be posted on the Videos page on this site.

I will be shortly starting work on my 4th track on Hexagon.

ElectroStatic to be released on 8th May

On a bit of a roll at the moment, finished this third track 'ElectroStatic'. It is to be released on all major online outlets including:

  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • Apple Music
  • Apple ITunes
  • Tidal
  • SoundCloud
  • + many more

The track has been previewed worldwide on Radio TFSC in Germany, and has also been submitted to BBC Introducing. Although I've resigned myself to not being able to write drum & bass for whatever reason, I think this track comes a little closer to that wish, albeit at a lower BPM of 135.

Again, this track has a totally different feel to the first two tracks on this in-progress album. It's a lot more upbeat and uplifting to the first two tracks. The track also has my trademark style flip, around halfway through. The first half is reasonably intense with a D&B-style beat, but the second half after the breakdown is more laid-back. There are also severally strategically-placed drops in the first half that introduce various sections, and the audio completely cuts out before starting up again.

The track is 3:51 minutes long, and is the shortest-length track I've written so far. I have written music around 5 minutes long for the last couple of albums, but I'm trying to reduce that length to hopefully improve my chances of getting on the radio, and also it makes creating videos for my tracks a little easier as well, as I won't have as much time to fill. It took me a couple of months to do 5 minutes of video for Portals although admittedly I wasn't working on it full-time. Search for GCM Audio and ElectroStatic on your favourite search engine or go to my ElectroStatic Distrokid Hyperfollow page to select your favourite outlet on which to play the track when it is released.

Expanse featured on BBC Introducing Humberside!

GCM Audio got a second play on BBC Introducing Humberside on 18th April. I couldn't believe it when I saw the tweet. Normally the Beeb lets me know by email when they listen or play tracks, but it was a really nice surprise. My phone was off and I was in the greenhouse, sweeping up, at the time the message came through! The track they played was my latest, Expanse, which is to be released on the 23rd of April. The DJ on the programme, Alan Raw, said it sounded great which was a really nice thing to hear. I've always written music to which I want to listen, so it's always a gamble if other people like it or not. I feel amazed that I've managed to get on a major station twice. Still can't believe it to be honest.

My next track Electrostatic is to be released in the next few days to major online retailers.

GCM Audio has no affiliation with the BBC.

Expanse to be released on 23rd April

Hot on the heels of Otaku is my next track 'Expanse'. It is to be released on all major online outlets including:

  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • Apple Music
  • Apple ITunes
  • Tidal
  • SoundCloud
  • + many more

The track has been previewed worldwide on Radio TFSC in Germany, and has also been submitted to BBC Introducing. The track has an epic downtempo feel at the start and flips half way through into something completely different.

This track has a totally different feel. It features grand pad sounds mixed in with some haunting vocal phrases, and has a powerful beat all the way through but especially in the first half. The track is around 4:40 minutes long, and I am also planning a shorter mix for radio submissions, although I don't want to lose the character of the track. Search for GCM Audio and Expanse on your favourite search engine or go to my Expanse Distrokid Hyperfollow page to select your favourite outlet on which to play the track when it is released.

Otaku Released in All Major Online Outlets

This is the first track of my upcoming 6th album 'Hexagon'. It has been released on all major online outlets including:

  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • Apple Music
  • Apple ITunes
  • Tidal
  • SoundCloud
  • + many more

The track has been well received by listeners on Twitter and has also been submitted to BBC Introducing. The track is quite downtempo and with lots of bass and drums.

It starts off as my tracks usually do with a bit of melody and the beat quickly builds up, before vocal phrases kick in to drive the melody forward. The track is around 4:30 minutes long, but I have also created a shorter mix for radio submissions which is 3:40 minutes long. Search for GCM Audio and Otaku on your favourite search engine or go to my Otaku Distrokid Hyperfollow page to select your favourite outlet on which to play the track

Portals Video Released on YouTube

This was properly hard work! I have got zero budget, and hadn’t usedBlender before so I was happy how it turned out in the end. I did somecompositing and mixing inages together in post production but this video wascreated mainly in the amazing Blender software. Hope you like! Please be kind,it’s my first video in 3D!

GCM Audio - Portals on YouTube

Portals featured on BBC Introducing: BBC Radio Humberside!

GCM Audio is not affiliated with the BBC in any way, and the featuredimage is for illustration purposes only

I couldn’t believe it when I got the email from the Beeb to say theywere going to play my track. I absolutely jumped for joy! I spent most of thatweek soundling like Victor Meldrew not believing something. But yes, on 16thNovember 2019 my track was played on the Humberside radio station and it was aday that I won’t forget. If I never manage to achieve anything else withmy music, I know someone liked it enough to put it on the radio!

Again, I can’t believe it, you should be able to hear this tune on theBBC Sounds app!

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