Time off work means being able to throw some noise into the internet, so here it is.
My last “batch” of recordings were predominantly electronic-sounding so I’m trying to explore fusing some more natural parts with dirty synth. This has been slow going and only has a couple of sections, but with very limited time its been a track of bass one week, followed by the drums the next etc. I will certainly have to pull my finger out if I’m going to get a third EP out sometime in 2015….. For the music theory dorks, I’ve been messing around with ‘passing’ chords which is a technique to move from chord to chord by adding a bit of smokey jazz into the equation. As an example, rather than jumping straight from Gm to Cm, the in-between chord is Baug with a Db bass note. I use this technique a few times on this piece.
The pic? A warped photo of northern Fuerteventura with Lobos in the background……
Also here is a basic version of Clair De Lune I have been playing in my lessons. Whilst much “easier” than the full version, getting it to sound smooth and ‘romantic’ is another matter (especially when you’re a “metal” drummer at heart) and I’m not there yet but here it is anyway.
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)
Here is the new beginning of the Bucket. Now the tentacles rule, only the mighty waves holding back their slithering wrath.
What all that means of course is a new piece! Similar in style to my last post, this is a development of the theme… the bionic-tentacle world. A push on the drum programming (especially the death metal fills towards the end) and still exploring the synth world – its so different to the natural vibe I’ve tried to use before. More to come…… Other news, I have found a new piano teacher in Manchester – very talented classical player from Ukraine – I’m looking forward to getting back into regular lessons again – and of course some pieces I learn will be posted here.
Also – check out a friend of mines book – Twitch Rises – fantastic descriptive horror writing!
I posted the sheet music for this a week or so ago, so thought i had best record it. I’ve tried all sorts of “backing instruments”, drum beat, cajon, bass, sax, shakers but i finally decided i preferred it pure piano!
Sheet Music – Batoidia
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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: