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Free the music…

09 Mar

In the last couple of months, I’ve been drawn back to my electronic music making gadgets; first producing a tune to celebrate Just Jot It January, then remixing it, which got me inspired to experiment with loops, sequencers and drum machines again.
I’ve made two new tracks since then, one of which I made a very basic video for, (since SoundCloud stopped their mobile upload service) just so I could get it online via YouTube.

After that, I decided to check out what other free music upload platforms were available, because I’m not planning on making any money from doing it, it’s just something that entertains me, like this blog, and I don’t see why I should pay to post music I’m not selling.

By happy coincidence, I was idly scrolling through my Tumblr feed and came upon a post from Delorme, a Canadian musician with a very tasty line in retro synthscapes and an extremely helpful and friendly chap too.
He recommended that I try ReverbNation or Bandcamp and having done a comparison, I chose the latter.

Before I go any further, I should plug the man who advised me so astutely to pick my new musical home, the wonderfully talented Delorme.
Here’s his website – Check it out.

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Here is a link to his Bandcamp page where you’ll find his fabulous new album, The Greatest Cape, check it out and buy a copy if you like it (I already purchased my copy and it really is excellent).

Ok, let’s get to my own sonic output.
I’ve been making strange electronic sounds, the most recent of which very nearly qualify as actual music, for about three years and, although I’m no more musical than I was when I started, I have got the hang of manipulating technology and, by extension, sound.
The fact that I’ve been listening to, and obsessed with, music for my whole life probably helps too, I suppose.

Each of my improvised audio snippets has been uploaded to my free SoundCloud account in the past, where they sit, lonely and unlistened-to, except by faithful guinea pigs like Ho and occasional blog readers who stray onto my Sound and Vision page.

So now there is somewhere that you can listen to the more melodic of my offerings and, if you so wish, download them, for free.
I have uploaded 10 of my personal favourites (including Phasar, a new and unheard tune) to my shiny new Bandcamp page, which you can access BY CLICKING THIS LINK.
Go on, pop over and have a listen, ogle the slick layout and sumptuous artwork, (some of which you may recognise) or better still, give yourself a little present, compliments of the original artist, yours truly, by downloading your favourite track, free, gratis and at no charge.
And remember, each track is a completely unique one-off, composed, played and recorded in one take, with no post-production or edits.

But before you go, I’d like to present a new video I made for one of the tracks available at the link above, Glacial Daze.
I made it using the same gadgets I used to make the last one, but I spent more time synchronizing my limited library of effects to the music and made the background image more interesting by doing a colour changing, stop-motion animation of this composite image I made ages ago…

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…which in turn started life as this photo…

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…taken at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens and has since been used to make weird posters like this…

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…and has even featured on the virtual cover art for my as-yet-unfinished sci-fi masterpiece, Deus Ex Machina.

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I then layered the effects over it, added the all-important soundtrack and…voilà!

 

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10 responses to “Free the music…

  1. lorigreer

    March 9, 2016 at 22:35

    This is great…powerful combination of music and imagery. Thanks for the post!!

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 9, 2016 at 22:36

      Wow, talk about an instant reaction, thank you!

       
  2. K'lee L.

    March 10, 2016 at 00:08

    You, sir are off the chain! Wow, Dale. I really like the soundscapes and the video work. Keep this up and I’ll be reading about you getting snatched up by Pixar or some such! Well done.

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 10, 2016 at 00:12

      You are most kind, but I don’t think I’ll be getting any calls from Hollywood anytime soon, hahaha. I’m very glad you like my sounds and visions.

       
      • K'lee L.

        March 10, 2016 at 00:17

        Never say never, dude! You block the magic when you do that…

         
  3. musicbydelorme

    March 10, 2016 at 10:45

    Thank you very much for the mention Dale! You made my night. So much to get into on your site, I’ll be busy enjoying your work for quite some time.

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 10, 2016 at 10:51

      My pleasure, I hope you get some interest generated for your album from my post.

       
  4. K'lee L.

    March 11, 2016 at 20:48

    Hey Dale, I sent a comment/ reply about emails to what I thought was your comment. Seems it got twisted somehow and ended up tacked to another commenter’s feed. My email is added to the other reply… Sheesh!

     
  5. joey

    March 15, 2016 at 15:56

    That sculpture is pretty trippy on its own!

     
    • dalecooper57

      March 15, 2016 at 16:03

      It’s an amazing place, check the link…

       

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