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Wave

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.

 

….Emerging from the Sea…..

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.

Tentacles-for-WP

I also put it through the mangle that is photoshop and came up with this “negative” version:

Tentacles-Graphics-Pen-for-