Selected Piano Works (Score Book)
by James Heather

— Released 30th August 2024 on Ahead Of Our Time

“His music is euphoric, dreamy and perfectly formed” Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3 

For the first time, “Selected Piano Works” is the long-awaited selection of 25 solo piano transcriptions from ‘Pulse Music’ pianist James Heather. Presented in an incredible 144-page printed folio designed by long-time collaborator SUKI.

The music is taken from all his albums and EPs released 2017–2022, including most-requested pieces ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Empire Sounds’, ‘Bio...

“His music is euphoric, dreamy and perfectly formed” Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3 

For the first time, “Selected Piano Works” is the long-awaited selection of 25 solo piano transcriptions from ‘Pulse Music’ pianist James Heather. Presented in an incredible 144-page printed folio designed by long-time collaborator SUKI.

The music is taken from all his albums and EPs released 2017–2022, including most-requested pieces ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Empire Sounds’, ‘Biomes’, ‘Passing Soul’, ‘Last Minute Change Of Heart’, ‘Oizys’ and ‘Beginnings’, with difficulty ranging from entry level to more experimental and advanced. 

This printed collection also includes a special written introduction and insightful performance notes from Heather. The exclusive art by SUKI features 88 pulses on the cover representing the piano keys. Each image inside the book is a visualisation of a piece in the form of a spectrogram. Track data is plotted in a 3D timeline to visualise tiny pulses overlapping and merging, representing Heather’s unique style of playing. 

Heather calls his music “Pulse Music”, as our own internal pulses are not rigid — they adapt to the world around us. The music is often meditative, but sometimes it’s faster, fighting for and ultimately celebrating life. Because of this, the tempos and dynamics can be fluid. Heather notes: “This book’s been a long time coming. I can’t read music brilliantly. I stopped at 15, dedicating myself to composition built with muscle memory after a foundation learning Beethoven, Satie and Joplin scores. I’d compose by modulating between keys, feeling like an explorer sailing seas in search of new lands, only to return one day to the start. I respect people who play music by others and the craft of transcription. This respect is why this book took years to make — I had to extract this music out of my head, long after recording. Working with specialists such as Sam Lung and Nate Thatcher, there was back and forth to mould the pieces into a form that was never originally intended to be written down. I’ve made the directions as approachable as possible to play, a balance between being simple to follow and true to the essence of the original recording.”

Transcribed Works

And She Came Home
Balance
Beginnings
Biomes
Blueprint
The Conscience Loop
Empire Sounds
Forgotten Cities
Glimmer
Happy Tears
Hidden Angel
Immortal Beloved
In Your Spirit
Invisible Forces
Kraken
Last Minute Change of Heart
Meant To Be
Metal Machina
MHope
No Time Limit To Grief
Oizys
Passing Soul
Ruqia
Ultraviolet

Category: Score Book
Music: James Heather
Transcription: Nate Thatcher and Sam Lung
Editing, engraving and project management: Sam Lung at Pretty Decent Music
Design Direction: SUKI
Production Design: Ruth Keating
Recordings released by Ahead Of Our Time / Ninja Tune
Cover: Colorplan Ebony 270GSM with white foil blocking
Printed on: Munken Polar White Smooth 130GSM
First Edition Print Run: 350
Size 305x229mm
Pages: 144 (inc 23 with images)
Music Pieces: 25 (Intermediate Solo PIano)
Binding: OTA Thread-sewn paperback
Language: English 

Printed and bound in the UK by Halstan Ltd

Selected Piano Works (Score Book)
by James Heather

— Released 30th August 2024 on Ahead Of Our Time

Physical

Book (AHEDBK034)

Printed on 144 Munken Polar White Smooth 130gsm pages in an OTA Thread-sewn paperback featuring 25 works transcribed for the first time to sheet music by James Heather. Includes pieces such as “Ultraviolet”, “Empire Sounds”, “Biomes”, “Passing Soul”, and more, ranging from entry level to advanced difficulty. This printed collection hosts a written introduction alongside insightful performance notes from Heather. Exclusive art by SUKI is featured on Colorplan Ebony 270GSM cover with white foil blocking, as well as visualisations of pieces as spectrograms throughout the book's inner pages.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 30th August 2024.

£30.00
 

Physical

Book (AHEDBK034)

Printed on 144 Munken Polar White Smooth 130gsm pages in an OTA Thread-sewn paperback featuring 25 works transcribed for the first time to sheet music by James Heather. Includes pieces such as “Ultraviolet”, “Empire Sounds”, “Biomes”, “Passing Soul”, and more, ranging from entry level to advanced difficulty. This printed collection hosts a written introduction alongside insightful performance notes from Heather. Exclusive art by SUKI is featured on Colorplan Ebony 270GSM cover with white foil blocking, as well as visualisations of pieces as spectrograms throughout the book's inner pages.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 30th August 2024.

£30.00

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“His music is euphoric, dreamy and perfectly formed” Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3 

For the first time, “Selected Piano Works” is the long-awaited selection of 25 solo piano transcriptions from ‘Pulse Music’ pianist James Heather. Presented in an incredible 144-page printed folio designed by long-time collaborator SUKI.

The music is taken from all his albums and EPs released 2017–2022, including most-requested pieces ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Empire Sounds’, ‘Bio...

“His music is euphoric, dreamy and perfectly formed” Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3 

For the first time, “Selected Piano Works” is the long-awaited selection of 25 solo piano transcriptions from ‘Pulse Music’ pianist James Heather. Presented in an incredible 144-page printed folio designed by long-time collaborator SUKI.

The music is taken from all his albums and EPs released 2017–2022, including most-requested pieces ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Empire Sounds’, ‘Biomes’, ‘Passing Soul’, ‘Last Minute Change Of Heart’, ‘Oizys’ and ‘Beginnings’, with difficulty ranging from entry level to more experimental and advanced. 

This printed collection also includes a special written introduction and insightful performance notes from Heather. The exclusive art by SUKI features 88 pulses on the cover representing the piano keys. Each image inside the book is a visualisation of a piece in the form of a spectrogram. Track data is plotted in a 3D timeline to visualise tiny pulses overlapping and merging, representing Heather’s unique style of playing. 

Heather calls his music “Pulse Music”, as our own internal pulses are not rigid — they adapt to the world around us. The music is often meditative, but sometimes it’s faster, fighting for and ultimately celebrating life. Because of this, the tempos and dynamics can be fluid. Heather notes: “This book’s been a long time coming. I can’t read music brilliantly. I stopped at 15, dedicating myself to composition built with muscle memory after a foundation learning Beethoven, Satie and Joplin scores. I’d compose by modulating between keys, feeling like an explorer sailing seas in search of new lands, only to return one day to the start. I respect people who play music by others and the craft of transcription. This respect is why this book took years to make — I had to extract this music out of my head, long after recording. Working with specialists such as Sam Lung and Nate Thatcher, there was back and forth to mould the pieces into a form that was never originally intended to be written down. I’ve made the directions as approachable as possible to play, a balance between being simple to follow and true to the essence of the original recording.”

Transcribed Works

And She Came Home
Balance
Beginnings
Biomes
Blueprint
The Conscience Loop
Empire Sounds
Forgotten Cities
Glimmer
Happy Tears
Hidden Angel
Immortal Beloved
In Your Spirit
Invisible Forces
Kraken
Last Minute Change of Heart
Meant To Be
Metal Machina
MHope
No Time Limit To Grief
Oizys
Passing Soul
Ruqia
Ultraviolet

Category: Score Book
Music: James Heather
Transcription: Nate Thatcher and Sam Lung
Editing, engraving and project management: Sam Lung at Pretty Decent Music
Design Direction: SUKI
Production Design: Ruth Keating
Recordings released by Ahead Of Our Time / Ninja Tune
Cover: Colorplan Ebony 270GSM with white foil blocking
Printed on: Munken Polar White Smooth 130GSM
First Edition Print Run: 350
Size 305x229mm
Pages: 144 (inc 23 with images)
Music Pieces: 25 (Intermediate Solo PIano)
Binding: OTA Thread-sewn paperback
Language: English 

Printed and bound in the UK by Halstan Ltd