362 – Unfinished

Things have slowed down creatively in the past year. So this is to be my final piece for a while. Thank you for listening. x

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Old hard drives

Whilst rummaging through old hard drives, cd and dvd disks, I stumbled across something that was probably my first ‘proper’ attempt to create a piece of meaningful music by myself. It’s from 2003, not long after I had lost my Mother and was living in Spain feeling that my life at the time was playing itself out, without me having any sense of control.

Hearing it for the first time in years, it’s thrown me straight back to the moment I made it. I know I used an early version of Reason, with a few samples and, oddly for me, my dodgy vocal via a dodgy mic.

I won’t treat it as a finished work… it’s very muffled and missing something… so not bothering with a 96kbps version, but thought I would share it because its heart was (and still is) in the right place.

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334 – Yclept

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted something new. I have been sidetracked by a combination of work and homelife issues. I have been struggling to make anything, other than my contributions to the Disquiet Junto project.

Here’s a piece made in the early hours of the last two nights. It evolved through playing with the randomisation function of Absynth to created a rich layer of sounds all playing the same, simple riff. A few other samples have been included to give it a little momentum and richness.

It goes by the name of Yclept. ;)

I hope you like it?

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311 – The Night is Over

Something born out of a late night burst of energy and a wish that dawn would hold back for a little while yet…

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300 – The End Is Just The Beginning

Three hundred pieces. Eight hundred and forty one days. Fearful of repeating myself. That said, I probably will. ;)

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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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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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242 – As the Sun sets

This is my second piece created using some of the ambient sounds captured at the 2010 Solstice at Stonehenge.

The overall sound, aside from the piano, comes from a few distant crowd shouts/cheers and some acoustic guitar captures that have been heavily stretched, layered and effected.

This, for me, represents the atmosphere that only a few people seemed to take in, that the setting of the sun, that evening, was as important as its rise on the 21st.

I hope you like it?

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214 – Immersion

I have one last push this weekend to finish an important work project, the immersion in which has made me feel creatively suffocated. I hope the addition of new software will help inspire me a little, so I have bought Omnisphere. It sounds beautiful and to show this, here is a simple piece I made with it this afternoon.

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203 – Arpege

Work is swallowing up must of my time at the moment so I haven’t had as much time to create and share. I hope this fills the gap for a couple of days.

This is the result of playing around in Live 8, with Simpler, Reaktor and a Max for Live midi plug-in call the Schwarzonator, which is brilliant fun for someone like me, who knows what he wants things to sound like, but can’t play more than grade 2 piano! ;)

This little piece is dedicated to Imogen Heap, having to ‘Wait it out’ on her throat for tonight. I’m desperate to see her, but know she has to protect her voice. Get well soon Immi!

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