Archive for March 2009

 
 

058 – Love Hertz

Something lovely and repetitive (well, I like it that way), with a slightly hypnotic nature to it. Lay back, close your eyes and drift. Much of this piece is a tiny segment from a previous track that I have turned into a throbbing pad loop. I do love hertz.

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057 – Night Fog

This piece is a little more experimental and abstract. I watched Nuit et Brouillard at lunch and it has affected me deeply. Chilling, incredibly moving and a lesson in humility. I made this a few minutes later, I had to try and put something down in reflection.

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056 – Grey Space

I had a dream last night that I could play the piano so beautifully. It was a sorry realisation when I woke to the knowledge that I can only plink and plonk in reality. I managed to hold on a little of the melody rattlling around the grey space of my head and get it down.

There seems to be an odd timing thing going on in this piece, I’m not quite sure it is in any time signature… if that’s the case, I do like it like that.

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055 – One Hour

I tried so hard to finish this last night before sleeping and have decided that ‘Earth Hour’ was to blame. Running on batteries, the laptop was sluggish. That’ll do as an excuse. ;)

This piece has the potential to be so much better and I know that if I gave it more time, it could really shine. Every attempt yesterday to make it a complete work, fell flat though.

Oh and the clocks went forward overnight. That’s one hour lost this morning too!

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Niall

I am just going to allow myself a little diversion here. I had some good news today that Niall is going to be able to go back to school with the help he really needs. It’s been a bit of a tough battle, but it feels worth it tonight. He is really happy.

Forgive my indulgence, but I am going to post a little ditty, full of clich├ęd sounds and loops (aside from Niall’s lovely little made up language). This was one of the first sonic things I did with a computer (Acid 3, 2001), so forgive the quality. Hearing it again tonight has me grinning.

Thank you to all of you who sent lovely messages today.

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054 – Bring Me

An early start to a busy and potentially difficult day meant that I needed to put down in sound how I feel about things. Without giving too much away, my ex and I are having to force our local council to help our little boy with his special needs education. It a joyless and frankly soul destroying process. An appeal failure today will leave us extremely low. So, in the words of Morecambe & Wise, ‘Bring me sunshine’.

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053 – Fivehead Skies

I needed one more pass along the road at Fivehead, with the leaden grey skies laid out over the green to get a feel for how much reverb this effected piano required. The Somerset Levels are beautiful in any weather, but there is something about them on gloomy days that is special.

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052 – Without This

Hope the new blog is an improvement for you all speed wise (and its minimal new look). Today has been hectic and the piece that I intended to go up is yet to be completed, something I shall do over the rest of this evening. This little piece has been rattling around my desktop for a few days. It was made in Reason 3 and then the wav file pulled into Reaktor where effects were added. Yes, Reason 3, old skool, I could make stuff without this, but boy does my laptop love it. ;)

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051 – Inertia Stops

I’m not sure if passing the 50 mark caused this but I found the 51st track difficult to make. Over the past few weeks things have been flowing out and suddenly yesterday the inertia seemed to stop. I took to playing with some less musical sounding effects, just to take me down a slightly different path and this piece is the result of that.

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Ambient Compilation 05

Here is the fifth zip file containing the latest ten tracks posted. There are two zip files, one for lower bitrate MP3s and the other for the rather better 320kbps files.

Reaching fifty pieces is a mini-milestone of sorts. It feels very liberating to be ouputting so many little ideas, worrying less about perfection and more about conveying the feelings/thoughts I have as I create them.

There is an added bonus track too. I have included the rather lovely remix of 048 – Seed Green, created by JC Lemay from http://www.deepsound.net, called Seed Grow. Please take the time to visit his site and check out his work also.

Thank you all for your messages, comments and support.

041 to 050 – 96kbps – zip file (30Mb)

041 to 050 – 320kbps – zip file (88Mb)