Archive for November 2010

 
 

275 – Amiss

I’m going now to take some time away from Twitter and this blog so that I can concentrate on a few ‘real life’ things that need my attention. That said, I’m also going to begin a new sound/art project that I will share, but only once it is fully complete. This should be sometime in spring of next year.

I leave you with this little piano piece, full of little imperfections that somehow make it quite lovely to me. I hope it has the same effect on you.

Thank you all for your kind words and ears.

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274 – En Coeur en Hiver

The cold is having its usual impact on me. My head seems to create a bleaker, melancholic sound, as my heart works harder to keep my extremities warm.

I made this in the early morning just as dawn had, barely noticably, broken.

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273 – Murmuris

So cold, so damp and so very grey. The house is dark and seems to be sighing, whispering its wish for the warmth of the sun to fall upon it again.

This is the result of a lunchtime noodle to try and express how we feel.

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272 – Barium Falling

As I worked from the back bedroom I was able to look out and enjoy the blue skies outside my window. However, within the hour all was grey.

I spotted an aircraft at a great height disperse something in the way of a contrail. This contrail did not evaporate however. It gradually puffed up and spread itself across my view. The air cooled, the clouds formed, the rain fell and so, I made this.

I just hope it wasn’t Barium falling.

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271 – Music Box

Just a simple little thing made using the lovely freeware Music Box plug-in.

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Ambient Compilation 27

Here is the twenty seventh compilation that I have made for you all.

My plans to take a couple of weeks holiday, to allow me to put 100% of my time into making something a little less ordinary, have had to take a bit of a backseat until the new year. There is just too much going on workwise at the moment.

Still, the upside is my simple noodle sessions should continue to produce the odd interesting piece that will connect with you.

Consider checking out all my releases on Bandcamp? You can grab pristine versions of most of my work so far and have a variety of formats to choose from. They are free to download, but if you can contribute a just couple of pounds/euro/dollars, it would help and delight me v.much.

Thanks for your support.

There are two zip files, one for lower bitrate MP3s and the other for the rather better 320kbps files.

All of the tracks here are free for you to download and distribute.

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270 – Reclamation

The sounds in this little piece, aside from the repeating piano riff that appears, were made using Saturday night’s performance by Wagner on the X-Factor. His ‘unusual’ rendition of ‘The Wonder of You’ was reclaimed to became a twinkling but broken music-box sound that I then made sing instead.

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269 – Shiftless

Having the laziest start to a weekend in ages. This piece was made whilst I was still barely out of slumber. It compliments exactly how I feel today.

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268 – Augment

In the very early hours, I woke and could not get back to sleep. I popped open the laptop and in the dim light with just the qwerty keys as an input device I played a simple piano riff that had some noisy elements attached to the samples. I then attempted to augment by layering warped versions of the original passage together with some added effects. It’s very different to my usual pieces.

It needs headphones, a quiet space and your ears.

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267 – Borough

The first piece made using some of the samples Niall and I collected on Saturday on our little jaunt into London. This one is inspired by one particular food stall holder whose cry rang out and therefore stood out.

Niall has a thing about the capital right now, so hopefully, with more trips and using the Zoom H4n also, this will be the first of many to come over the next few months.

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