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Prelude (Piano Lesson)

Here are a couple of pieces from my piano lessons as its been a while since I’ve recorded any.  These have taken a while to learn as they’re classical which keeps both hands busy (and twists my brain).  Anyway, they both happen to be called “Prelude”.  The first one “Prelude in C” is noted as attributed to Bach and edited by Richard Jones, so here it is.

The second one has no noted credits on it, but the way I play it here its probably best they don’t know.  This needs a lot more work to get the hands working together, but as a record of progress, here it is warts and all.

I’m working on a new “proper” track using a great new hybrid analogue/digital synth, the Roland JD-Xi.  I’ve only had it a week, but am getting on very well with it.  The track (inc. drums) will all be created using that synth and its vocoder (!!) and is warming up to be a bit of a dark drum’n’bass / hip-hop type track.  In fact I’m going to record a few bits for it now…..

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Tweeting is Cheating

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!

Twitter

@BucketTentacles

New track and some piano lesson pieces coming soon!

Moving up Norf

Six months ago if you’d told me I was moving to Manchester and becoming a landlord then I’d have asked you what you’re talking about.  If you asked me now, then I just reply “well duh, that’s exactly what I’m doing”.  Because that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Out of nowhere, I’ve found a new job, we’ll be renting a city centre flat and my house in the Black Country will be up for rent!

Manchester

Big and exciting changes ahead.  Music wise, this mean I lose out big in a couple of areas (family and friends aside).

Firstly I can’t play in the really cool acoustic group, Lowdown, with Matt and Al.  I’ve been playing music in some form or other with these guys since…er….. the late nineties.  They haven’t even laughed much about me trying to learn piano.  We recently did a day recording session at my house so at least we have a snapshot of the songs we’ve been playing (if I ever get round to mixing it), but I’m gutted not to be able to carry on with it!  As its so hot we played out in the garden the other night with Pete who’s recently joined and had a really chilled out jam through a few songs.  Matt’s double bass was booming down the street, and it sounded ace! Happy days.

Secondly, I wont be able to have piano lessons with Kata anymore.  She’s been forced through my (often painful) playing for a year which probably deserves some kind of medal.  The lessons have been great – I was incredibly lucky to find such a skilled player and teacher (even if she does tell me all the time that English people are weird), and she has been a good inspiration, so I’ll definitely be missing that too.

I took the image above in an abandoned building in the Ancoats area of Manchester City Centre.  It used to be a school, or some kind of art college and has all sorts of remnants of times gone by strewn around, including scribblings on the walls, sinister looking plastic figures and posters from the kids who used to stop there.  In fact, its quite creepy – the big tough contractors I was working with actually said they didn’t like working there or walking round there alone.  “Wimps!” I thought, as I quickly scuttled out in the safe, bright sunshine…..

Here’s a couple of picture of our garden rehearsal the other day (sorry neighbours).

band-1

band-2

Cajon

(A cajon without a pilot)

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.

My band CV…

I haven’t had chance to record much recently, so instead have pulled together my “band CV”.  This isn’t so i can try and get a drumming job, but just to refresh the memory.  Its good to look back at all the bands you’ve played with!

Check it out: Outside the bucket (band history)

The Oak

This is dedicated to all the Oak trees out there. A new piece recorded during a very relaxing day off on the Jubilee weekend…..

Sheet music: The Oak