The Soundbeams are an unusual band; having grown organically on a diet of understanding between the original partners Chris Bagust and Jez Jekyll and a shared wish to make chilled electronic music with the available technologies. Initial genetically modified mix experiments soon saw the benefit of added live feel and eventually a sound began to emerge around 2002 and the band concept became a reality. Quite soon a clutch of songs was laid down and continues to be worked on to the present along with the help of recent additional member O’Neil Wright.
The Yarg Project relates to the fact that much of the programming and recording of our tracks has taken place in a beautiful, and inspiring, location on the north coast of Cornwall in the far south west uk. Away from the pressures of London life we have been able to formulate our tracks within a more relaxed atmosphere. However, this is not to say that we haven’t come up with some uptempo numbers aimed more at the dancefloor.
After many hours nurturing away with both Logic and Reason the tracks are now reaching maturity and are nearly ready for harvest and, with the acquisition of a new studio in London, the intention is to add more vocals and real instrumentation to the crop for a fuller flavour. A great deal of experimentation in the cultivation has led to some interesting hybrids between ambient, dance, electronica and pop that we are now fine tuning for the perfect blend ready for public consumption.
On occasion we have ventured out of the studio to preview some of the tracks in a live environment. Earliest incarnations were played out at Sonic Image 02 and then updated versions showcased at a gallery show in 2003, The Sex Pixels (Robin Scott of M / Pop Music; whose daughter Djalenga has also sung on a few tunes), this was also the launch for our original website as part of the Interzones community. An experimental ambient gig was undertaken at the newly opened Big Chill Bar in 2004, the intention being to see if we could reliably mix the music using software controls, hmmm! The Big Chill has also been an enormous inspiration and the music heard through this festival has helped shape our sound further. We hope to get back out live in the very near future.
Some few promos have been created and distributed over the years under the album name of 'Tunes from the Dunes'.