Singer songwriter Amanda Greatorex starts the composing process with a lightbulb moment of a concept or story, explored initially through piano and voice. However, with the love of electronic based sounds (probably from love of 80’s electro to being a 90’s raver and DJ) mixed also with an array of other acoustic instruments – the monochord (used also for her sound mediation) and autoharp, these songs come to life. Club and radio airplay of the 90’s limited edition 12″ coloured vinyl dance & trance tracks were manufactured on her fairycakeuniverse label (nb name inspired by Douglas Adams & Trin Tragula) you can hear these tracks on Cosmic Disco CD. In this same era, you could have witnessed her many a late night cosmic swirling, mesmerising vocals as Aquamanda performing in South London club chill out rooms – regularly at Pendragon, Escape from Samsara, Return to the Source, Megatripolis, then to UK festivals The Big Chill (Healing Fields) and Glastonbury (1997 Vibe Bar Tent).
In 1996 she released quite possibly the first ever, and deliberately internet only launched single, Weightlessness, (hear now on Wonderland CD) via Cerberus Digital Jukebox, as a comment on the future of a totally weightless non- physical sound product that could be spread purely digitally and globally through the ethers! This was a new concept at the time of course and the tech wasn’t available to very many – so was v tricky to actually download, listen, buy at that time.
During lockdown (2021) Mr Hare & Mr Hare were cajoled into creating a 25 yr anniversary remix in exchange for board and lodgings. Adding atmospheric nu-London jazz vibes.
With early collaborations with Knights of The Occasional Table – Knees up Mother Earth CD 1995, a John Peel loved album, Amanda added her unique take on life with lyrics and layered vocals celebrating the love of our planet, evolving life forms, guidance of angels to the tremble of the stars. (see Timeline reviews). Then followed a decade or so of low key recordings and local gigs, plus reverting to re-recording old piano diary songs working alongside (Seedpod, Quietman) producer engineer Larry Lush (Wonderland CD, Dark Side of the Room, Keys Open Heart Sings). Also contributing in a more minimal style, vocals with dubby tech tribe Rude Audio (from 2012)
As rare as spotting a Hare, Aquamanda has been known to perform acoustic Lockdown sets with oil projection backdrops from the comfort of her own bathroom to a global audience. facebook.com/aquamandamusic
Weightless (Mr Hare & Mr Hare remix)
24 June 2021
A fresh atmospheric remix by brothers Adam (@adamhare_stelphy, Bristol’s Subconcious Audio) and Billy Greatorex Hare (@billyghmusic, songwriter & keyboards @tanhi_collective), adding electronic dubby vibes to this original trip hop release (Weightlessness in 1996) “one of the first singles released on the internet” Cerberus Digital Jukebox.
Back then it was one of the very first drops, now find it in the vast musical ocean on Spotify
Cover artwork by MrCenz
- Weightless (Mr Hare & Mr Hare Remix)
28 July 2015
An earthy and sensual album of childlike explorations into the Wonderland of love, destiny and joy. The delights of honey, lust and desire to the floating ethers of “weightlessness”, the almost bonkers joy and whistling in “let your heart sing”, the stirrings of new love in “want to know you for a longtime” and “angels and violins”.
Amanda plays Autoharp on “Soft” reminiscent of romantic bicycle riding in China, where this song was first conceived spinning round her head.
- I Desire You
- Angels & Violins
- The Seed
- Want to know you for a long time
- Let your heart sing
Dark side of the room
30 April 2012
“We all have moments at the end of the day where we sit alone in the dark side of the room, where life catches up with us, where you try to hold on, carry on, and move on – it’s about picking up the pieces”.
Many tracks feature real instruments whilst embracing technology, with Amanda playing grand piano, autoharp & monochord (a 26 stringed instrument producing a drone and harmonics – as heard on “Kiss the wind”) or a string quartet swelling around that heavenly voice (“Angels”). Her craft of songwriting shines through this timeless collection of songs.
- Dark side of the room
- Kiss the wind
- Shades of grey
- Calling You
- Love is my language
- You're gone
Knees Up Mother Earth – Aquamanda with : Knights of The Occasional Table
26 June 1993
An iconic album, loved by John Peel and the hippy trippy Underground scene of the early 90’s from Megatripolis to Megadog. “I met Nyge, Andy, Steve & Matt through the Wibbly Wobbly World of Music boys, Colin & Neil (better known as Zion Train). I was there recording my ambi-dub track “Orion” (track 4 – Cosmic Disco album) at their studio in Tottenham. Obviously on some strange cosmic vibe, but with a good voice and piano skills, they suggested I add something lyrical and vocal into the mix of their mates currently laying down some tunes. I constantly had a head full of lyrics and stories and theories and visions, so weaving these into the electronic ideas of the lads was a match made in bonkers heaven”.
What the songs are about: Ever the optimist, but with a worry about the environment i could still Choose to be happy. Inspired by a fascination of Amoebas in both school Biology and their determination in the gut, I wondered about evolution – all those funny old diversions into wings, fur, scales, horns from ultimately that very ambitious one celled mud-living organism. I studied energy particularly using Sound & Colour vibrations, hence in awe of the Rainbows of Gaia. Also meditating with sound feeling the divine breath in Breathe. There will always be Angels watching over me, watching over you.
In this wonderous wacky universe, perhaps made from fairy cake crumbs inside the Total Perspective Vortex (thanks Douglas Adams), we are all beautifully interconnected. You really can’t touch a flower without trembling a Star.
- Rainbows of Gaia
- Chislehurst Caves
- Um Baby!
- Isn't it terrific?
- Angels watching
- Knees up Mother Earth
30 July 2015
Amanda is lost her own cosmic dance! A lifetime ongoing fascination with both scientific and intuitive thoughts on the universe are abundant. The joy of enlightenment through dance, love, stars, meditation, the elements. Songs written mid 90’s.
“Wonderweb” celebrates the interconnectedness of everything. “Calling you”/ “Orion” is the awe of escaping out of body to the far reaches of the galaxy looking back at the tiny earth and feeling so small – and yet feeling as big and part of the vast live infinite energy all around. So then to “Free Your Spirit” and find everything “Beautiful” is somewhat very natural in Aquamanda’s world.
- Calling you
- Beautiful (remix)
- Free your spirit (mini mix)
- Supernatural Love
- Celestial voices (of Orion)
Beautiful 12″ pink vinyl
30 April 2003
4 tracks promo limited edition
Aquapellas – vocals only to play around with on decks
Quietman remix (kaleidoscope flowers video 2020) youtube Aquamanda1 channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi6i42FT_oQ
- Quietman remix