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Something for the weekend…

I’m always interested in discovering the new sounds I can produce with Oscilab, the sequencer and loop making app, so with variety in mind, my latest audio creation is a far heavier affair. 

Starting off with a grimy, distorted throb, it fades into a thundering bass line, backed by a thumping back beat and a frenetic staccato rhythm of synths, which I have christened Thudd.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say it’s my favourite attempt at “music” yet, I’d be intrigued to know what you think.

Click the beautiful artwork below, to listen and download for free.

Turn up the volume and feel that bass.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Music

 

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The theory of Oscilution (or Survival of the Phattest)…

Last week I spent a day mucking around with my loop and sequencing app, Oscilab; one of the few ways a non-melodic numpty such as myself can achieve anything even approaching a sound that could be loosely described as “music”.

This time, I was attempting to create something a little more soothing than many of my sonic experiments, something more than ambient, but without the clattering, frenetic rhythms which are often the result of me inexpertly twiddling knobs and pressing interesting buttons.

What eventually came out of this particular simultaneous playing and recording session, (after a couple of hours of studious programming and spurious guesswork) was a tune that I christened Sphear and you can experience it, in all its multi-layered loveliness, by clicking the artwork below:

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just as inordinately proud of this entry in my peculiar oeuvre as any other, but there was something that nagged at me when I heard it back for the first time; namely, the slightly discordant tone of the ring modulator in the background.

This twin synth harmonizing thingy (I know, I know, I’m baffling you with technical terms) seemed to detract from the main theme of the piece, (although it has since grown on me) so I recorded a second version, which I called Inner Sphear and you can hear that by clicking picture number two:

I think you’ll agree that this reimagined aural soundscape is an altogether smoother affair, (it is Rhonda’s favourite version, so that’s one reason to be pleased with it) but to me, it felt as though there was now missing something.

Well I doubt it’ll be much of a surprise to you, but I couldn’t just leave it at that, so I decided to go for one final attempt, this one at the opposite end of the spectrum; a full-on psychedelic wig out, complete with frenzied wah wah guitar solos, (no, honestly) which I naturally chose to entitle Outer Sphear and you can immerse yourself in that one by clicking the final image of glossy artwork, below:

And please feel FREE to download any or all of the above tunes from Bandcamp, gratis, complimentary and totally FREE of charge, should any of them tickle your audio fancy.

Thank you for listening.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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Free the music…

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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Hodown – A musical interlude…

Old friend and blog artist-in-residence, Ho and I have always exchanged some sort of musical birthday gifts.
Whether it was the good old days of the meticulously compiled mixtape, made on C-90 cassettes (of which I still have hundreds) and back-timed to within seconds of the running time, or digging something interesting out of the CD racks in the local record shop to put in the post, or nowadays maybe just sending a few mp3 files via e-mail, we’ve been giving each other new stuff to listen to for thirty years.

Well, this year I thought that, due to;
a) having a permanent mental block on the date of Ho’s birthday
b) having no money, and
c) having run out of excuses
that I’d make Ho’s musical birthday present instead.
I mean, a homemade gift is far better than one you’d buy in the shops, right? (Go with me on this, ok)

Without further ado, I turned to my trusty Pocketband loop making app and began tinkering.
What eventually emerged was a little something I call Hodown. (in no way does this indicate any similarity with barn dances) and you can listen to it in all its glory via the link below.

It will also get a permanent slot on the Sound and vision… page and for those of you who have yet to sample my sonic experiments and animation projects, why not go check that out while you’re here.

So Ho, ladies and gentlemen, readers, followers, and haters of the “Oxford comma” everywhere, put your hands over your ears together for….

                     
      Link>>> HODOWN <<<Link

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Please let me know what you think.

Happy birthday Ho.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Animation, Arts, Ho., Music, Personal anecdote

 

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