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Nightlife

Back to how it used to be, just throwing up a couple of quick snippets and pictures!  These were recorded a while ago whilst trying to learn how to use the audio recorder on my Korg Kross and I’d forgotten I’d even recorded anything.  Just messing around, one take, one track after the other.

Nightlife1

Nightlife2

I’ve been following a blog by SliceofLondonLife who’s photos I really enjoy taken on the streets of London.  Most of his/her (? the beauty of the internet!) shots are capturing a moment never to be repeated.  I find that very appealing so I wandered round the local streets and took a few quick pics.  I found myself a bit self conscious though pointing cameras at random strangers, so most of the shots ended up blurred or didn’t quite capture what I was after because I was rushing – lesson learnt for future trips! But here are a couple of them:

NQ1 for WP

The Northern Quarter warming up early Saturday evening

NQ2 for WP

Beermoth, quality beers, and a nice silhouette….

Heaton Skyline for WP

City View from Heaton Park

I’ve also joined Soundcloud, which seems to actually generate a few random hits! Check it out HERE

 

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Ode to Birmingham

BHAM

No where near as dramatic as it sounds…… With preparing for moving, I don’t have a huge amount of time to do any “proper” writing and recording, so here is a short moody piano improvisation (which yes, I know is not an ode!).  I had an idea with the left hand and just went for it, so excuse dodgy timing and notes! I recorded this on video camera so you get an ’email received’ bling bling somewhere towards the end, and a creaky piano chair!

Bonus Noise! After i got my new job, instead of cautiously saving money for the move, i instantly went out and bought a Novation Mininova. It has lots of buttons and switches for editing rather than pages of indecipherable menus, so is great fun to play with. Really nice bit of kit.  I can even justify the spend as I’ve just sold my Roland V-Drums which i owned for ten years.  I’m very sad to see them go, but we must move on.  So here’s a couple of messy video camera recordings of electronic type noises just to get me used to the buttons.  I’m looking forward to using it properly in some pieces.

A bit of junglist drums and low pitch rumblings (i may try and develop this into a full piece)

Just messing with the arpeggiator

For the record, its been unusually hot in the UK this week – 30 degrees.  Even playing piano has been hard work.

My only fan:

FAN