Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tentillum 6

I had two short ideas for Tentacle 6 based on the same chord progression.  I did intend to develop them into a full piece (and may still do that), but thought i may as well toss them, still wriggling, into The Bucket.  I’m using these pieces to practice soloing, the one in 7/4 is interesting to stay in sync with, so the lead lines (as you can tell!) are off the cuff.  Such care and attention to detail also led me to mix them in approximately 10 minutes.  Perfectionist me…

Jellyfish edit1

Tentillum:

I’ve actually uploaded a far few musical snippets now, so I’ve also re-arranged The Bucket into some very broad categories.  I really just wanted to separate what are intended as full songs from those which are just quick rough and ready ideas.

 

www.bucketoftentacles.co.uk

I’m now the proud owner of www.bucketoftentacles.co.uk

None of your worldwide “.com” stuff here! Mainly because the “.co.uk” was cheaper……

It was quite unbelievable that no-one else owned it (i need to point out the sarcasm there)!  I snatched it up quickly and as I have zero web development skills I just linked it direct to this WordPress site.

One thing about having a unique (or perhaps just rubbish) project name is that the domains are actually available and it dominates a Google search if anyone happens to type in “Bucket of Tentacles” ! Even the original Tsukiji fish market picture is the first one in Google images.  World domination next.

A few piano lesson songs to come up shortly and i’ve also recorded the basslines and cajon for Tentacle 6 which I’m hoping to have a very natural, earthy vibe.  That may all change if i sneak some synth onto it…. we shall see…..

Welcome to 2013!

Bridge

2013 rolls around, and looking at my blog I couldn’t leave a Christmas tree picture as the last post as it’s the last thing anyone wants to see during the bleakness of January! So I needed a new year post!!  Having time off work has been good to spend some time practising, messing around with a few new gadgets (gear page updated soon!), and generally eating and drinking too much.  To help me get used to the user interface of the Zoom R16, I quickly recorded these two short pieces.  Test 2 is me practicing “soloing” over a few chords, so is a bit sloppy, but it’s being uploaded anyway! Victoria also bought me some headphones for Christmas (Shure HD215) so it’s been good to play piano and listen to mixes through some better quality phones!

Test 1

Test 2

Listening back to the pieces I’ve uploaded since I started this blog in June last year, I can hear a definite quality difference in the recording and composition, often because some pieces i’ve uploaded i’ve spent far more time on as they have several instruments or sections, whereas others have been just a quick idea without too much behind them.  For the New Year, I’m going to pull out the pieces i believe are “more complete” to hopefully pull together a selection of songs, and dare i say the word solo EP!

On new ideas, I have the beginnings of Tentacle 6 whirring around and I’d also like to record a few more piano lesson pieces sometime soon.

Resolutions? None…. Just keep practicing, playing, recording, messing about and inevitably buy different gear!

Here’s to a good year to everyone!

Studio2