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Mellotron Phase: Volume 2

by Papernut Cambridge

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    LP version pressed on 10" black 140g vinyl with green/white artwork, full colour pics and labels and white paper inner sleeve. Copies come shrinkwrapped and include a printed download card.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Mellotron Phase: Volume 2 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      £18 GBP


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Mellotron Phase: Volumes 1 & 2 on one CD. The disc comes in a card wallet with orange/blue artwork plus an insert card featuring the cover art from the two LPs.
    PLEASE NOTE: this CD does not include a download of both albums. If you buy it from the Volume 1 or Volume 2 album page, you'll get a download of that album only.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Mellotron Phase: Volume 2 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      £10 GBP


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      £7 GBP


Cygnus Probe 03:00
Boss Club 02:27
Spirit Maze 02:47
Soul Brogues 03:01
Getaway Suit 03:00


This is an instrumental production music library album made for Ravenwood Music Ltd.
As with Volume 1, apart from drums, some bass guitar and percussion, all the instrument sounds on this record were made originally by a Mellotron or one of its contemporary tape/disc-based playback instruments.
The sounds were picked from GForce’s M-Tron Pro tape libraries including those for the Chamberlin, Optigan, Birotron, and the complete Streetly Tapes collection. This time, each track was built around one of the Optigan rhythm accompaniments. As before, the unedited mono patches were used to preserve the tone and functionality of the original instruments.
Drums were recorded to tape using two AKG D12 microphones at shoulder height just behind the kit. Bass was overdubbed direct through Logic’s Amp Designer. Mix effects and processing used: Waves Kramer Pie compressor, Reel ADT, Abbey Road Reverb Plates & J37 Tape (for echo).

Download includes 4 bonus mixes.

Press & Mentions:

"A creative triumph."
- Louder Than War

"An imaginary soundtrack of sorts, albeit to a 16mm short film in which a bevy of dolly birds sabotages The Changing Of The Guard with ice cream guns. In the rain. The titles say it all: ‘Cygnus Probe’, ‘Parker’s Last Case’, ‘Getaway
Suit’ – odes to both the archaic Mellotron sounds that head Nut Ian Button conjures in his underground lair, and to the art of the instrumental itself."
- Shindig 2018

"A curious love letter to the forgotten (though a host of champions, from individuals to labels, have revalued and showcased their work) composers and mavericks behind some of the best and most odd library music, Mellotron Phase will in time become a cult album itself. As quirky as it is serenading, alternative recalled obscure soundtracks that vaguely recall Jean-Pierre Decerf, Jimmy Harris, Stereolab, Jean-Claude Vannier and even Roy Budd are given a fond awakening."
- Monolith Cocktail 2018

"....A space age bachelor pad groover....a suave sophisticated bossa nova spy theme.......a loping Steptoe And Son melody ......mixed with a soupcon of the sort of melodies created by Ivor Raymonde....a lost sixties library classic, possibly sound tracking a missing Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) episode. This is another terrific album; I can’t wait for volume 3! "
- Terracope 2018


released October 5, 2018

All tracks written and produced by Ian Button.
Published by Ravenwood Music Ltd.
Drum session recorded by Mole at North Down Sound, Folkestone.
Lego Mellotron photos by Daniel Kerson at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Thanks to all at Streetly Electronics and GForce Software for their help and encouragement with this project.
Thanks also to all the musicians who played the notes and rhythm tracks for the original instruments.


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Papernut Cambridge Folkestone, UK

Kent based project formed by Ian Button - formerly guitarist with Death In Vegas, Thrashing Doves and many others, now prolific underground producer/writer (Go-Kart Mozart etc...) and co-founder of Gare du Nord Records in 2013.

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