Category Archives: Drawings
How this site (and me) have changed since its inception in 2012. Loads of music has been uploaded, culminating in three short “releases”; Bucket of Tentacles (2013), Analogue (2014) and The Illicium Lure (2015). I’m very proud of what I managed to pull together as a “solo artist” since starting to learn the piano and its more than I ever really expected, but I developed a new passion, running, which I’ve gradually started sneaking into this blog. Like many things I’ve tried in life its become an all-consuming activity to the extent that there is no time for music and I unfortunately seem to have currently lost the desire. I go running, in the mud, instead and haven’t touched my piano since around April 2016.
I’ve really enjoyed blogging to this site, so I’ve been contemplating how to continue with a running theme, and have now set up an alternative blog at www.allhailthetrail.co.uk
For anyone interested in my running exploits then please have a visit and follow. Otherwise, thanks for following this blog and any comments along the way. I expect to continue uploading Bucket of Tentacles style photographs now and again and who knows, maybe some more squelchy synth noises and horror beats will re-appear.
Bucket of Tentacles is descending to the depths from where it emerged. For the moment…..
It feels like I haven’t used my camera in a while, but I have been occasionally wandering the streets so here are a few pics. The last image is my watercolour painting debut! I’m new to painting and have followed a guide from a book – this was my first effort at “going it alone” and using the techniques I’ve learnt. I’ve set up a new drawing/painting area on the blog and you can see it HERE.
Marketing genius, this multi-coloured band wandered the streets gathering the drunken masses liked the pied piper and led them straight to the door of Matt and Phreds where they were playing that night.
Their other bike was a Harley I’m sure.
A great shop window display.
The urban jungle looming.
Back Turner Street
Watercolour of Derwent Water
I decided to see what I could write, play, record, mix and post in an afternoon, and here it is. Most of my recent pieces have been veering along a dance/electronic path, so I tried to stick with more traditional instruments here. The name? The main rhythm is something I used for the song “Wetwork” in the metal band “…and fate was foolish”. The song was about… er…. murder, so this is the soundtrack before those horrific events occurred.
Wetwork (a prelude)
As the malfunction spreads, the struggle intensifies to bring control back to where it truly belongs……
Link to Part 1
I’ve finally moved into the modern age so am diving headfirst into “the internet” and have set up a Twitter account associated with this blog. I had a Twitter account a couple of years ago but ended up barely looking at it. If I’m honest I didn’t quite “get it” as I didn’t particularly want to tweet anything, and there seemed to be an endless stream of stuff I either wasn’t interested or didn’t understand. Here is a second attempt, slanted towards music, music tech and anything I upload to this blog. So…. add me / friend me or whatever it is you need to do!
New track and some piano lesson pieces coming soon!
Emerging from the depths…….
Geekery – This was my first ever dive into the world of MIDI. Last week i knew that MIDI was “that plug on the back of some of my devices that i’ve never used”. So I hooked up my Yamaha piano and after much head scratching got it working with my software. How fantastic to be able to change the sounds after recording them. This started from some basic piano data which i just messed up with some VST synth – so its just a simple loop but i liked the “messed up” sound of it. This opens up a whole world of possibilities for me!
Not at all a music post, but very tentacle related. I had an idea of modyfing one of my favourite piece of art – a woodblock print – The Great Wave off Kanagawa part of the “36 views of Mount Fuji” by Katsushika Hokusai
I think what i love so much about the original is how it captures a split-second – the wave was a moment in time never to be repeated. For me it also perfectly depicts the power of nature. As the wave surges and destroys anything in its path, there is no sense of guilt or remourse.
So I did the unthinkable – i re-drew it without Mount Fuji and added some sprawling Tentacles. So as a bow down to the original, here is my version.
I also put it through the mangle that is photoshop and came up with this “negative” version: