D. Bradnam & W. Burrows – Open Land

Open Land LP front cover
Open Land LP back cover
Open Land LP side A

David Bradnum, aka D. Bradman, is an English guitarist who produced several library music LPs in the 1980s. He notoriously paired with Dave Vorhaus on two projects,  the Electro-Graphis LP on Music de Wolfe in 1982 and Sound Conjurer on KPM in 1983. Since then he traveled to Africa several times and pursued composing in his home studio (see official website).

Open Land is an atmospheric blend of Americana ala Ry Cooder’s Paris Texas and lush guitar parts related to My Bloody Valentine or 4AD production styles. These highly evocative instrumental tracks raise pictures of some Big Sky country landscapes. Flute and bass parts nicely complement the gorgeous guitar notes.

01 Soaring (3:16)
02 Blue Hills (2:49)
03 Free Spirit (3:53)
04 Cloud Shadows (3:46)
05 Open Land (3:53)
06 New Light (3:12)
07 Winding (2:59)
08 Reflections In Time (3:04)
09 Turning (3:05)
10 Fluted Air (4:19)
11 Places (3:14)
12 Still Air ( 1:20)
13 End Game (1:22)

Total time 40:12
LP released by Music de Wolfe, UK, 1986


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9 Responses to “D. Bradnam & W. Burrows – Open Land”

  1. 1 alveolar August 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you!

  2. 2 continuo August 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 kenny August 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

    This is fantastic. I look for stuff like this. Besides ‘Paris, Texas’, the only others I know of in this realm are Rainer Ptacek, A Small Good Thing and ‘Slider’ by Bruce Kaphan (though he has a sizable catalog I haven’t yet listened to).

  4. 4 continuo August 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Hi, Kenny. I’m not familiar with the US artists you mention, but this British LP certainly raises American comparisons.

  5. 5 alex ░ data garden March 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Really pretty. Excellent for travelling. Thanks for this upload!

  6. 6 continuo March 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Indeed, this music would certainly make a lot of sense driving a car across the US. The music has “BIG SKY” written all over it.

  7. 7 Alex Wolf April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    plz, reup, plz! thnx!

  8. 8 continuo April 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

    See the 2012 re-ups page.

  9. 9 Karon Bihari September 15, 2012 at 12:41 am


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