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I was rooting around some of my files today and I came across a couple of songs in production from earlier in 2016 which never got finished.¬† One of them because I just didn’t get round to it, but the other because I was eternally awaiting a bassline from Mat ūüėČ so it kind of got shelved.¬† Anyway I¬†thought I’d post them here so they¬†aren’t forever hidden on my hard drive.

First up, the tentatively titled, Muhgli, inspired by a visit to the curry house of the same name along the curry mile in¬†Manchester.¬† As I emerged from their WCs there was a traditional song playing so when I got home I got out all my hand percussion and recorded a similar beat.¬† Of course it then goes all drum’n’bass after.¬† There would have been quite a bit of work to be done with this, and I really wanted to get an “evolution” theme out hence the stealing of¬†some vocals from an online preacher.¬† Oh the irony of his statements!

Next up, is the working title of “chilled”.¬† Basic structure only, I wanted to get a bassline from Mat and ideally some vocals/guitar from Al but sometimes these things just never come to fruition.¬† Probably one of my most developed pieces in relation to chord progressions, I remember getting some good tips from my piano teacher.¬† I really liked the bridge towards the end which changes to a nice flowing 7/8 time.

Also, my only other finished piece that never made it onto one of the EPs so I’ll re-post.¬† Ectopic Beats.¬† A style of song I’d wanted to do for ages, big doomy riffs and chaotic beats.¬† Really enjoyed this one.

…and that’s the lot…… for the moment……

Ectopic Beats

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I’ve had an idea in my head for years about doing some kind of big doom metal track with crunching guitars and blast beats. I’ve finally got round to extracting the idea from brain to airwaves. Not content with keeping it straight “doom”, I’ve snuck in some 80s synth pop/rock, dark metal screaming, middle eastern twangs and some other synth warblings.

Not for the faint hearted or anyone with sensitive eardrums, here is ……. Ectopic Beats.

Techy stuff: All drums manually programmed on EZDrummer using the Drumkit from Hell kits, but I also managed to include a short section using the classic TR8 drum machine. For the first time I’ve also programmed all of the guitar lines (played through a Korg Kross) and most of the lead lines as well, using the in-built Cubase synth Halion Sonic. Its a totally different way of working and its been great to try something different and be able to change sounds after you’ve laid a part down, but then I don’t think you quite get the same vibe as “normal” recording. ¬†Great to give it a try though, and that’s what the music is about on the site, trying out different stuff! The Arturia Microbrute also features here, leaving programming at the door, that’s just big dirty analogue sounds and live tweaking.

On other subjects, running is becoming all time-consuming now with the next few weeks dedicated to building up my fitness to achieve a 50km run at the end of March. Followed by the Manchester Marathon two weeks later. It may be my legs that end up in a bucket rather than the tentacles after that. I’m doing the run for sponsorship, so if any kind souls out there want to sponsor me, please visit my JustGiving page HERE