Monthly Archives: December 2012

Time for a Christmas song……

Christmas eve, been rapping all morning (along to the Executioners course), and done a bit of wrapping as well.  I thought it appropriate to upload a bit of a Christmas song,  but of course Bucket of Tentacles style.  You’re welcome to sing along for the first half and then MC along for the second!!

Christmas-Tree-WP

(Christmas tree decorations undertaken by VT)

Happy Christmas!

The tech specs:  Despite me promising never to buy any more gear, this track was recorded on a new Zoom R16.  Its looking like my old cymbals are going up for sale though to fund…….  The Zoom is a 16 track portable recorder, which can do 8 tracks simultaneously.  All tracks can be “mixed on the box” which is fantastic, or you can dump the audio direct into a DAW.  In this case, Cubase LE6 (light version of Cubase) that came with the Zoom.  So its all been a bit of a new experiment really to get me used to the new gear and software.  Just a note on the drums, I tried to find a “junglist” pattern in 3/4 but unsurprisingly haven’t got one, so banged this one out (on the keyboard) at half speed and sped it up – the wonders of modern technology eh?!  The main use of the Zoom will be to record the acoustic band i’m in (Lowdown) simply and quickly live.  But then have the audio on separate tracks just to get a better mix, so hopefully we’ll record an EP soon!

Tentacle 5 (Trecena)

Basillica

The tentacle octology slithers on as Part 5 rears its ugly head.  Partly dedicated to the potential end-of-the-world “predicted” by the Mayan calendar the track is my audio depiction of before, during and after.

Tentacle 5 (Trecena) 

Geek Area:

Original drums recorded on vdrums, but I really didn’t like the way they sounded (i’ve been having problems getting a good recording from them and trying not to blame my playing), so I used a loop from the kaossilator and hacked it up to be in 5/4 time.  All remaining recording from the Korg Microstation excluding the final piano section.

Octo-Reel

Whilst in Bournemouth Aquarium, I found this rather magnificent octopus hiding in a cup (or bucket!) which seemed like a perfect moment for this site.  As I approached his tank he writhed his way out of the cup and settled in front of me. I managed to capture a few shots on camera as per the sequence.  Truly captivating.  The second shot shows where science fiction got the inspiration for a typical alien from!

To try and understand photoshop a bit better, I self created the film-reel and then twisted it all up for the second pic, which probably took me far longer than it should have done!

Octo Film Large

Octo Film Bend

Perseus

Medusa

Perseus

Unbelievably its now been a year since I started playing piano so whilst I should be trying to demonstrate my new found skills, instead I recorded this track.  A few simple chords, but I like the vibe to it.  It’s a “Korg-fest” as everything here is done on the Kaossilator and Microstation.  It actually started of from a bit of a mess around on the Kaossilater, so as usual, there was no plan and the track just sort of evolved.  I really should try and write before starting to record!

Here is another very short 1 bar loop done on the Kaossilator.  Its so quick and easy to create short parts on it in an almost random fashion, and i quite like the intensity of this one.