Discography

"Aura - Mysterious ambient soundscapes". (BM108)

Smooth, spacious minimalism that creates a hypnotic and bleak mood.

Hear "Immensity":

 

2018 November

"West African Odysseys & Atmospheres" (MD178

Largely acoustic West African tracks prominently featuring the beautiful Malian instrument kamale ngoni (the young man's kora).

Hear "A!! Akimbo":

 

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2018 September

"Made In Africa" (POP-PS-233)

20 fresh, upbeat African tunes from Southern township jive to Northern desert vamps created for German production library Popvirus.

This is "Doh Mi Ray":

 

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2018 August

"Ambient Beds" (SFT 216)

Moody drones and subliminal tension to add vibe and atmosphere to any factual programming or drama series.

This is "Totem Pulse":

 

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2018 April

“African Chillout” (BM100)

Don’ worry be ‘uppy: “African Chillout” is relaxing, fresh, contemporary African grooves on world production library Brilliant! Music.

This is "African Sundowner":

 

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2018 Feb

“Haunting Beauty” (EMM146)

Graceful, delicate and emotive. Piano, strings, gentle electric guitars and atmospheric textures create an intimate, evocative sound in a filmic, minimal, contemporary classical idiom.

Here is "Too Late":

 

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2018

“Lyrical Themes”

Nic Paton’s second album with Melbourne Production Library Strange Fruit is “Lyrical Themes” (SF 196). The key to this collection is its crafted melodic emphasis and often melancholic mood, with piano, winds, string quartet and wide-ranging plucked string instruments.

This is "Footprints Of The Dancer":

 

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2017

“Pianism 2”

The second sensitive, elegant & minimal pianistic album by Nic Paton with a variety of hopeful, poignant and peaceful emotive moments. A beautiful album for life stories and emotionally complex scenes. (MD 158)

Hear "Always Knew You Had It In You":

 

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2017

“Shadows (SFT205)”

“Contemporary drama score at its best”. 

Hear "Men of Mystery":

2017

“Positive Tension (SFT199)”

Thought provoking and moody dramatic themes. 

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2017

“Fairytales and Fantasy”

Rooted in fantasy, folklore and nature, this collection ranges from regal fanfare to delicate siren song, from fierce mythical conflict to solemn ritual, and from epic adventure to children’s lullaby. DNA Music.

"Kings and Queens":

 

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2016

“Dramatic Themes”

Powerful, evocative music for television and cinematic use to headline and underscore thrillers, tragic dramas, espionage, and political intrigues. (SF 196)

"Don't Look Back":

 

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2016

“Mana”

Chris Tokalon (R.I.P) and Nic Paton present “Book of Sand”, a comprehensive cross-cultural musical experience. Moving and mysterious, mischievous and impish, and at times surging with unbridled energy.

"Ancient Trails", soaring bansuri and earthy udu:

 

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2016

“Heavenly Harmony – Evocative African Voices”

Deeply and authentically African and simultaneously universal and contemporary, these are powerful, emotive voice-rich soundtracks. (MD134)

This is "Sinking Down" featuring Ntutu Nyiki:

 

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2016

“Our Daily Ukulele – Cheek and Charm”

Ranging between delicately plucked poignancy, sprightly African joyousness, thrashing carnival riffing and almost uncouth slapstick. (MD107)

Here's "Lanie":

 

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2015

“Valley Of The Shadow”

“Valley of the Shadow – Rites of Loss” is an evocative, eclectic suite for strings, voices and sound design. It explores the universal narratives of loss through moods like denial, bargaining and anger.

This is the overture, "The Gates Of Remembrance":

 

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2015

“North Africa – Arabic Inflections”

Captures the allure, beauty and energy of North African, Middle Eastern, and other World musical styles. (Also commercially released as “Mana”, above) (MD126)

"What was said to the Rose":

 

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2015

“Wide Horizons”

Celebrate expansiveness, joyous adventure and awe, while also passing beyond the immediate field of normal vision into the darker, more numinous spaces of the soul. (MD118)

This is "Soaring":

 

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2015

Voxi

From one community’s experiments in music and contemplation, choral collective “voxi” has developed an intriguing, warm, spacious set of songs exploring ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions with awe, yearning, and gratitude.

Hear "Abwoon":

 

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2013

“Sun People”

Soulful vocals, scintillating guitars, vivid whistles and warm reeds, pulsating marimbas, and stately African strings, and a whole lot more.

Here's a 2 minute sampler:

 

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2013

“Pianism – elegant, minimal, flowing piano themes”

Create space, style and expansiveness, to calm and cleanse, to uplift and affirm, yet hinting at deeper, darker wells of emotion and intrigue.

Here's a 2 minute sampler:

 

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2012

“Wilderness within – soundtracks for creatures and cosmos”.

Tread ancient elephant trails, linger on an owl’s vigil, rollick with mischievous cubs. Innovative soundscaping, exotic instrumentation and sonorous cinematic orchestration.

Here's a 3 minute sampler:

 

Hear it on Mama Dance.

2011

“Space and Story – soundtracks for mythmaking”.

Combining expansive cinematic forms, exotic World rhythms, and organic electronica, these soundtracks evoke moods from tender to heroic , from the quirky to the sublime. 

Here's a 3 minute sampler:

 

Hear it on Mama Dance.

 

2011

“Twana Toons – Playtime, Bedtime, Kiddies Time”.

From playful grooves and rambunctious riffs to sweet, soothing lullabies, “Twana Toons” is a cross-over of production-ready African children’s music. (MD40)

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2011

45 SPORTS POWER – Africa Scores

A Powerful and Energetic collection of Punchy beats, Winning grooves, Victorious percussion, Electro Vuvuzelas and Intense African vocals. (MD45)

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2011

Sout Project

Emergent visionary Brian McLaren, dazzling African choir Siyaya, and traditional muse Madosini mixed with exotic instrumentation & organic electronica: Cape Town’s Sout Project present a startlingly fresh, eminently singable approach to the sacred: Story.

Here is "Circle":

 

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2009

The Middle Of It All

Nic’s first solo songwriter album after a 15 year hiatus. Acoustically wrought and electronically rendered, these tales of the hinterland are expressed via a new "DigiFolk" sensibility.

Here is "Bide My Time":

 

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2004

Jazzanians

African Jazz from the melee of apartheid era protest. Emerging from the University of KwaZulu-Natal jazz program under Darius Brubeck, Nic played saxophones and wrote the piece “Badisa”.

1988

Friends First

Afro – Gospel anti-apartheid extravaganza and Nic’s published songwriting debut, on which he contributed 4 songs including the title track.

1986