A designer’s life – and more – from the Instagram feed of Creative Director Gareth Bouch

Newton Beach. Low tide. Looking across the channel to England.
Light and dark. Newton Beach.
Working on location with @thisisbeeruk today - really enjoyable project 👍
Exactly like Casey, his predecessor, Nelson is a very bright #Podenco ❤️🇪🇸🐾 who’s seriously sun-smart and knows just when to dig himself a shade hole in the dunes!
#podencos #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos #adopdontshop #instapodenco #podensocsofinstagram
New music: “Serrekunda”, a leftfield excursion into world music based jazz-funk-fusion experimentation. Me on all instruments.
Buy / stream on @bandcamp
https://the-rain-dogs.bandcamp.com
Stream on @Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
Enjoy. #worldmusic #africa #gambia #jazz #funk #avantgarde #senegambia #serrekunda
Random throwback thanks to FB. Me flinging a snowmobile around: Drumbo, Ontario, 1984 😝😎
Nelson ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #podenco #podencos #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram
Thought I’d snap these fern fronds growing out of a dead tree up on Merthyr Mawr Warren before they go all scorched and die off.
#ambient #minimalist #soundscape #soundtrack #postrockmusic #postrock #prog #chapmanstick #progressiverock
Winded trees. Kenfig
Now the music shop is open again I can look at getting this baby re-strung. A task that should NEVER be left to me. 🤦‍♂️😆
Even though it’s 300 feet above sea level, the top of Merthyr Mawr Warren is still all rooted in sand dunes. Beautiful place.
Amber ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #galgo #galgos #lovegalgos #adoptgalgos #adoptdontshop
NEW OLD MUSIC: a special 2020 ‘remix+remaster’ of “Godspeed”, a track very close to my heart, is now available on @bandcamp.
Me on keyboards, Chapman Stick, drum programming and production.
https://the-rain-dogs.bandcamp.com
#bandcamp #logicprox #chapmanstick #postrock #prog #progressiverock
CONSTRUCTION. Just made available to buy on BandCamp as a one-off standalone release from the "Hawksmoor" album.
Features creatively chaotic guitar soloing by Pete Cox, underpinned by relentlessly evolving bass synth sequences and drum programming by Smallcreep's electronic rhythm section, me and Rob Jenkinson
https://the-rain-dogs.bandcamp.com
#electronica #sequencers #synthesizers #logicprox #postrock #prog #progrock
Please help support our ace MotoAmerica client @trevorstandish in his 2020 campaign 🙌
Fancy a taster of what I do musically? New to buy on Bandcamp, specially priced samplers…
An Ambient Sampler _ 1
An Ambient Sampler _ 2
https://the-rain-dogs.bandcamp.com
#ambient #minimalist #soundscape #postrock #prog #soundtrack #drones #loops
Music news: I’m now selling The Rain Dogs music on @Bandcamp - Been busy remastering lots of material for upload. Plenty of ambient stuff up there already, plus the big dark proggy “Hawksmoor” album. And plenty more to come. Please go listen, follow, and buy… 🙏
https://the-rain-dogs.bandcamp.com
#postrock #prog #progressiverock #electronica #ambient #minimalist #chapmanstick #industrial #drones #nyckelharpa #soundtrack #soundscape #logicprox #bandcamp
Starting on the weekend project of remastering a whole big bunch of stuff out as lossless AIF for Bandcamp...
You can always stream at https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
NEW MUSIC: Been sitting on this for a while...
"Spirit Of The River".
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
Me: Keyboards and drum programming, production
Porthcawl, height of summer 2020
Proud to work with @mhillofficial on the #VROOM motorsport fix podcast. Episode 1 out now featuring @dannywebbracing99 and @trevorstandish 🙌
I’m editor and muzak provider.
Listen and subscribe links here: https://anchor.fm/vroom-podcast Enjoy! 😃
#podcast #podcasts #motorsport #motogp #worldsbk #motoamerica
Wander up across the top of Merthyr Mawr Warren with Alan and the dogs today, and through one of woods to the front of the escarpment overlooking the channel from Ogmore by Sea across to Porthcawl. Nice pic of Nelson giving his big ears a good old shake 😂❤️🇪🇸🐾
NEW MUSIC: "Felucca", another piece of travelogue music - featuring Jon Hassell style processed trumpet noises, floating pads & Nyckelharpa sounds, bass drone growls, & a slit-drum pulse.
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#jonhassell #ambient #soundscape #electronica #logicprox #minimalist #soundtrack #postrock #prog #brianeno
Happy weekend everyone.
Relax ☺️ http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
http://theraindogsmusic.com
http://facebook.com/theraindogsmusic
#music #ambient #minimalist #postrock #prog #soundtrack #soundscape #electroacoustic #electronica #logicprox
MUSIC ANNOUNCEMENT:
I've decided to forego the commerce route of distribution company and end retailers for The Rain Dogs, despite the coverage that might give us - and to try and go it alone by spreading the word as best we can (with your help ideally) - and selling our music directly.
That way we can keep 100% of the revenue, and you buy direct from someone you can contact in person if there were ever a problem with your digital files etc.
Our new webshop is now open at https://theraindogsmusic.com - and of course you can preview all our works as much as you like over at SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
I do hope you'll support us.
Thank you.
Gareth
Amber the #Galgo ❤️🇪🇸🐾 enjoying life down at Sker Beach and Kenfig Dunes today.
#Galgos #LoveGalgos #AdoptGalgos #InstaGalgo #GalgosOfInstagram
NEW MUSIC: “First Light” Music For Drones And Nyckelharpa
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #drones #nyckelharpa #soundscape #soundtrack #logicprox #nativeinstruments #kontakt #soniccouture #prog #postrock #progressiverock
NEW MUSIC: “Foxhollows” Music For Drones And Nyckelharpa
Listen now on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #drones #nyckelharpa #soundscape #soundtrack #electronica #logicprox #kontakt #nativeinstruments #soniccouture
Up on Merthyr Mawr Warren today with the kids. Featuring Amber ❤️🇪🇸🐾#Galgo and Blanca ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #Mastin and Nelson ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #Podenco
#lovegalgos #galgosofinstagram #adoptgalgos #lovepodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram #adoptpodencos
Setting up the Stick to explore some experimental ideas to do with patterns and delays. See if anything comes out of it... 🤞
#chapmanstick 🥰
https:://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
Happy Pride Month. I’m very proud that VROOM MEDIA is an industry partner of Racing Pride UK​ - find out more here:
https://vroom.media/racing-pride/
#Pride #PrideMonth #Pride2020 #LoveWins
Taster of one of my most recent music noodlings...
“An Imprint Upon Time” - Music for drones and Nyckelharpa
#ambient #minimslist #soundscape #logicprox #nyckelharpa
Superb job by Simon and his crew at @elitesigns - finally able to sort our 2020 van livery after a long COVID lockdown induced delay. Worth every last minute of the wait! 😍🙌 #VROOMVROOM
Nelson and Derek soaking up the sun ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #podenco #podencos #podencosofinstagram #instapodenco #lovepodenco #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos
Radiophonic burblings, washes of reversed strumming and reverberations, hollow drones and abstract almost Indian-sounding “experimental cello” touches. It's The Rain Dogs new #ambient #minimalist #soundscape "Imperfect Trajectories".
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
NEW MUSIC: Lovely to have new help onboard as the multi-talented Matthew Sowerby joins The Rain Dogs for “In Patagonia (ii)” providing ‘infinite guitar’ pulses and loops…
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #soundtrack #soundscape #electronica #patagonia
3Kg box of Heritage Tomatoes arrived today from @iowtomatoes - Cannot wait to chop them up with red onion, sea salt, olive oil and oregano and eat with some nice Ciabatta and a drop of red wine. 😋 #nomnomnom
NEW MUSIC: “An Imprint Upon Time”
Music For Drones And Nyckelharpa.
Something introspective from my lockdown headspace.
Listen on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #soundtrack #soundscape #nyckelharpa
In the mid 90s I worked on a pretty cool interactive TV newspaper project whilst Design Editor at the Hull Daily Mail. As part of it I got to write this piece of music to accompany a kind of blog section in it.
Recreated here completely from memory 25 years later and reimagined with some natural sounds and also some more synthy stylings.
Listen now on SoundCloud...
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
Today is #worldnyckelharpaday - I’ve used the wonderful sound of the #nyckelharpa from the brilliant @soniccouture module for Kontakt out of context and sounding more like an Indian violin in a number of my pieces of music. Go to https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs and check out: Petrichor, Kanyakumari, and Waterland parts ii, iii, and iv.
#ambient #minimalist #soundtrack #soundscape #electronica #electroacoustic #logicprox #nativeinstruments #kontakt #soniccouture
I’ve managed to significantly improve the appearance of my lockdown hair. 😂😝👍
Bruno #Podenco ❤️🇪🇸🐾 and Amber #Galgo ❤️🇪🇸🐾 doing their thing up in the field today. #podencos #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram #galgos #lovegalgos #adoptgalgos #galgosofinstagram
Also Derek popping into shot for a quick widdle! 😂
Little treat to myself off eBay to make lockdown a bit more interesting 🙌❤️
Zoomies. Amber the #galgo ❤️🇪🇸🐾 enjoying the field today.
#galgos #galgosofinstagram #lovegalgos #adoptgalgos
NEW MUSIC: “Ghost Echoes (Edit)” - A revised take on the original "Ghost Echoes" - a fork from the HAWKSMOOR project.
Shortened, with opening section removed, and with rebalancing of some parts.
I did the Frippish guitar sounds on keyboards, and the bass parts I did on Chapman Stick.
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#prog #progressiverock #progrock #postrock #chapmanstick #fripp #ambient
NEW MUSIC: “Before The Fire”
Music from the Hawksmoor universe.
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#prog #postrock #soundtrack #soundscape #progressiverock #ambient #electronica #industrial
Amber ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #galgo and Bruno ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #podenco enjoying some self-isolating fun in the sun this morning up in the field we’re renting each day for the foreseeable.
#staysafe #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram #lovegalgos #adoptgalgos #galgosofinstagram
Good news: my new Stick strings have arrived from the USA.
Bad news: Bridgend’s music shop is in lockdown and only a complete fool would expect things to end well if I tried to restring it 😂
Patience, then...
Left it way too late to get a long overdue haircut before everything started to shut down so I’ve been given a homemade one at the back and the sides. I’m very happy with it and will be starting up a Blancmange tribute band as soon as this Covid-19 thing blows over... 😝
NEW MUSIC: “Touchstone” A pure piano improvisation, recorded warts and all as it flowed from my head to my fingers. I don’t usually ‘dedicate’ tunes. But this feels right. It’s for my partner in crime and music at school, Jonathan Bellaby. He taught me to value sounds every bit as much as notes, and could create the most extraordinary noises with his guitars and pedals.
http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#piano #improvisation #minimalist #neoclassical #jazz #logicprox #creativitymatters
NEW MUSIC: ‘Janjanbureh’. An homage to the trumpet stylings of Jon Hassell. Also a love letter to a remote, beautiful, tranquil place up the River Gambia: Hot, dry days and cool nights filled with stars, camping in tents by the riverside.
Listen & free download: http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#janjanbureh #gambia #ambient #minimalist #jonhassell #logicprox
New places to wander with the dogs, new pieces of industrial archeology to discover. Fancy some water with your iron?
NEW MUSIC: “Into The Apex” - extended riffs & beats from the music we created for the FIM Superbike World Championship's brilliant Paddock Show events, hosted by Michael Hill which bring together fans and riders each race weekend. A mash-up of treatments and set-asides from the project’s development so that nothing goes to waste... Always doing our bit for recycling!
http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
(Streaming only)
#music #soundtrack #composing #sounddesign #logicprox
“Spirit Of The River” - A slightly jazzy laid-back piano improv against a chopped up drum groove has developed into a fully-blown beauty. I’m busy refining tiny details - and removing and paring back superfluous stuff - whilst I wait for bassist Ian to do his thing, and then we can get on with a provisional mixdown.
#music #creating #composing #logicprox #postrock
When Kenfig dune system becomes Kenfig lake system. #Kenfig #Bridgend #Wales #beautifulwales #findyourepic
👉 http://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #soundscape #soundtrack #progrock #postprog #progressiverock #logicprox #nyckelharpa #nativeinstruments #arturia #soniccouture
The secret's out! Am delighted to have created the new music for the brilliant WorldSBK Paddock Show - the live onstage event that happens across all the race weekends, bringing together riders and fans with a bit of magic from Michael Hill
It totally rocks. 🤘
A track called "Into The Apex", remixing and mashing up the various riffs, beats and drones from the project's development will be available (streaming only) from soundcloud.com/theraindogs in due course. #VROOMVROOM
#music #jingle #soundtrack #logicprox
NEW MUSIC: Waterland (Part v). Fifth instalment in the "Waterland" ambient series, celebrating local landscapes.
Me on keyboards, drones, rhythmics, production.
GEOLOCATION: @what3words ///birdcage.poems.punchy
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs/waterland-part-v
#ambient #minimalist #soundscape #soundtrack #logicprox #wales #beautifulwales #findyourepic
Looks like a beautiful send-off for Ginger Baker by Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Nile Rodgers & crew. ❤️
❤️🇪🇸🍷🍽 Great to be back. In the new location. #tapas
Totally weird ten minutes of light this afternoon. Almost like a partial eclipse kind of light, but deep orange. This is the view from the back of the house up into the woods. #nofilter
Replacement copy of “Utilitarianism” has arrived in the post, after one or more of my dogs inexplicably shredded my previous one. It smells of ‘old book’, which is one of the most beautiful scents in the world.
NEW MUSIC: “Waterland (Part iv”) Fourth instalment in the “Waterland” series. Inspired by the local landscape.
GEOLOCATION: @what3words ///ratio.solving.cheater
Featuring drones, piano, and Nyckelharpa sounds.
www.soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #minimalist #soundscape #soundtrack #nyckelharpa #wales #beautifulwales #findyourepic
Prepping “Waterland Part 4” for mixdown.
Should you ever run out of good, loving, worthy reasons to adopt a #podenco then you could always just run with “He’d probably look hilarious eating Fruit Pastilles”… ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #Podencos #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos
The condition known as Resting Miserable Git Face 😝
Today is Dia Del Galgo - Here’s Amber ❤️🇪🇸🐾 Our wonderful girl from @galgosdelsol enjoying life up in the big field today.
#galgo #galgos #diadelgalgo #lovegalgos #adoptgalgos #galgosofinstagram
My music now has a home on Facebook.
NEW MUSIC: "In Patagonia (part one)". First instalment in a new ambient project which will be gradual-release.
Inspired by the book "In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin.
Listen & download here:
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#ambient #soundscape #soundtrack #prog #postprog #minimalist #logicprox
“First The Fire” [alternative version]
I’ve revisited the opening track from ‘Hawksmoor’. This is not a corrected version or a better version or a directors-cut version, simply an alternative.
The first section has been pared back a little in the pads and padding with Ian Halstead’s fretless bass popping out a bit more with its harmonics and low frequency rumblings.
The second, thundering section has new instrumentation as the main riffs are taken down a notch to make room for some screaming, distorted Nyckelharpas.
Listen and download here:
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs/first-the-fire-alternative-version
#progressiverock #progrock #prog #ambient #industrial #nyckelharpa #soundtrack #hawksmoor #chapmanstick
Nice trip on Sunday up into the hills near Abergavenny to get ourselves some new chickens.
Safe travels little Kimster! My beloved little Kimi is off on his bi-annual holiday to Switzerland for a new battery and servicing. Will miss you. See you again in 4 weeks and £85 time! 😭👋
Frozen puddle up in the big field this morning. You can tell how many hours old it is by counting the rings. Fact.
#thisisnotafact
Knocked up a nice supper tonight based on something I saw on an old Nigella programme in the week. Boil up the spaghetti, whilst frying up some lardons in olive oil and chopping up some flat leaf parsley, then pour the drained spaghetti into the pan with the lardons and thrown in the parsley and stir it all up with a dash more oil and ground black pepper. 😋
Rainbow at the beach.
Thursday night - great birthday meal at @lacocinatapas with my better half and the cousins. ❤️🇪🇸🍷🍽 Excellent food and excellent company.
Really nice ThankYou through the post today from our ace #Moto3 client @johnmcp17 👍
Thanks John, best for 2020 and looking forward to continuing working with you #VROOMVROOM
Nice walk up on top of Merthyr Mawr Warren with the dogs. Here’s Amber #galgo and Nelson #podenco and the views out over the lower dune system and east to Ogmore by Sea and west to Porthcawl. ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #adoptgalgos #adoptpodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram #galgosofinstagram
Me: 2010 - 2019
It’s not gone well... 🤣
Happy new year / decade!
NEW MUSIC - I’m very proud to say that The Rain Dog’s latest work is now uploaded to #Soundcloud and available for free download.
“HAWKSMOOR” is an album of instrumentals, inspired by the mood and themes of Peter Ackroyd's macabre postmodernist masterpiece of a novel. As such I've chosen to describe it as “the soundtrack to an imagined film”.
It reunites members from various incarnations of The Rain Dogs and from across the UK: Ian Halstead on fretless bass, Pete Cox on electric guitar, and Rob Jenkinson (also of industrial band Smallcreep) on electric guitar - with me on keyboards, programming, and Chapman Stick.
Hope you like it.
Ian, Pete, Rob - thank you so much for your contributions! 🙌🙌🙌
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs/sets/hawksmoor
#electronic #ambient #soundtrack #industrial #prog #postprog #progressive #london #peterackroyd #hawksmoor #londonist #occult #chapmanstick #logicprox #music
Happy Christmas from me and Vroom. See you on the other side 😘
At last. I think it’s actually finished!
Up on #soundcloud soon.
#music #ambient #industrial #soundtrack #prog #progrock #chapmanstick #logicprox #unclassifiable #hawksmoor #peterackroyd #london #occult #londonist
NEW MUSIC: "Into Darkness" A spur of the moment reworking of some elements and riffs lifted from the track "Waking The Old Gods" from the HAWKSMOOR project. Meshed in with new gloomy drones, ominous marching drum, Nyckelharpas, grubby strings, and lead synth.
Performed by:
Me - keyboards and programming
Rob Jenkinson - electric guitar
Listen and download here:
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs/into-darkness
#music #industrial #logicprox
Why not start your weekend off with some wine, low lights, and a totally ambient chill with "Waterland - Part iii" - third instalment in my locally-inspired minimalist series of noodlings.
All done on keyboards - gamelan style pulse, drones, mixed strings and Nyckelharpa noises.
Listen and download here:
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs/waterland-part-iii
#music #ambient #minimalist #soundtrack #nyckelharpa #logicprox
So m’colleague @jenkotronics has sent back his final contributions for the HAWKSMOOR project and it feels like the good old days when we played together in the industrial band Smallcreep. Everywhere I needed his noisy energy is now positively “awash with mosh”.
Final mixdowns of all 8 pieces now underway. It’s sounding great. A massive dark soundtrack to an imagined movie.
Ferns growing on mossy tree branches. Fecund. Bedford Park.
NEW MUSIC: “Waterland Part ii”
An ambient meditation for piano, Nyckelharpa, experimental cello, e-Bow, and drone.
Listen & download here:
https://soundcloud.com/theraindogs
#logicprox #nyckelharpa #ambient #soundtrack #minimalist
He’s playing it cool, but Nelson is totally over the moon to have me home... 🤣 ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #podenco #podencos #lovepodencos #adoptpodencos #instapodenco #podencosofinstagram
Hasta luego @circuitvalencia 👋
This is Amber when she arrived 3 years ago today. So quiet and withdrawn, now so sociable and bouncy. ❤️🇪🇸🐾 #galgo #galga #adoptgalgos #lovegalgos #galgosofinstagram #galgos
A few @fimcevrepsol raceday pics from @circuitvalencia featuring @teamlaglisse @efrentxu7 @tylerscottracer @edgarpons1 @brandon_paasch @baikoracingteam @111.management @raul_rodriguez_39 @jeremyalcoba52 @davidsalvador38 @cunadecampeones2019 @maxcook30 @jackhart20 @jositooo20 @billyvaneerde29
First @fimcevrepsol race of the day is #moto3 - grid forming up in a few minutes time @circuitvalencia
8am and though it looks pretty quiet, the paddock is already full of the sound of bikes being revved in pitlane. @fimcevrepsol @circuitvalencia
So tonight, continuing my theme of “things I don’t tend to eat back home” it’s a spatchcock chargrilled rabbit. Conejo con ali oli. ❤️🇪🇸🍽🍷

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