John Topley Music

A picture of the Childhood album cover

“Childhood” Album Available Now

1. Synaptogenesis

Synaptogenesis occurs when the brain is created. I just thought it was a cool-sounding word.

2. Wires

As a very young boy I was fascinated by wires. I remember my grandparents had a drawing I’d made on the inside of a kitchen cupboard door for years. It was just wires everywhere.

3. Sodium

I have a strong childhood memory of staying with my grandparents and the sodium glow from the streetlight coming through the bedroom window.

4. Model Ships

When I used to stay at my grandparents in the school holiday I would make small model ships with my uncle. Every day we would walk to the newsagent and buy a new kit. One day it was the Bismarck, the next day HMS Victory…

5. 1982

1982 was a pretty exciting year for me, there seemed to be lots of new things happening and back in those days technology still seemed to hold the promise of making life better.

6. 8860

When I was growing up my friend’s elder brother had the LEGO 8860 Car Chassis, which was the LEGO Technic set to have. My friend told me that this set was too complicated for people our age to be able to build, so it was with great pride that I proved him wrong when I eventually got the set for myself!

7. Hawaiian Shirts

I spent quite a lot of the hot summer of 1990 staying with my grandparents and wearing Hawaiian shirts. By then I was a young adult and my childhood had come to an end.

About The Album

I had a set of song titles noted down that were all related in some way to my childhood. The album starts with my brain being created (the process of synaptogenesis) and journeys chronologically through my childhood from there.

Equipment Used

In early 2019 I purchased a Synthstrom Deluge, which is a synthesizer, sampler and sequencer from a boutique electronics company in New Zealand. The Deluge has rekindled my musical creativity and changed how I approach making music.

Previously I favoured painstakingly programming everything. All of the tracks on this album were put together very quickly and most of them were sequenced live during the recording of the track. The tracks were recorded directly on the Deluge then afterwards I applied a little light mastering using Cockos REAPER.

“Childhood” Album Available Now