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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.

 

Bucket of Tenatcles EP

It wouldn’t be right to have a musical blog without an official release, so here it is, the very first Bucket of Tentacles EP.  The anticipation is all my own, but this is a collection of my favourite pieces over the last year, along with a very limited edition CD cover (limited in that there is only one).

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Bucket of Tentacles (17.5 hot minutes)

“My short collection of sounds inspired by, and dedicated to, the underwater world.  Like animals and habitats around the world, constantly under threat of destruction.  The majesty of the ocean and all that is within it should be preserved.  Let the tentacles rule.

All music taken from the Bucket of Tentacles blog, which has, and continues to be, a gradual progression of musical learning and exploration.”

Next steps are …… more piano practice, more composition practice, more mixing practice, and hopefully another EP…..

The Life Side

1. Tentaculus 

2. Batoidea

3. Perseus

4. Interlude

The Death Side

5. Big Mouth No Voice

6. Trecena

7. Last Chance to See

Tentacle 7 (Big Mouth)

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Tentacle 7 (Big Mouth)

Start with moody piano line whilst leaning on the sustain pedal, add a little bit of upbeat oddtime mush, stir in a happy hardcore ending and sprinkle with a tiny bit of MC’ing and what do you get? Tentacle 7 of course!  Inspired mainly by tapping on my desk when i’m meant to be working, the recent Fish Fight TV shows, and the great work of the Marine Conservation Society …….. Big Mouth…. No Voice…..

I’ve finally made better use of the v-drums and recorded multi-track parts to hopefully get a better mix, and i actually sort-of planned this one before recording, so i could actually just play the parts rather than trying to stitch ideas together.  There are loads of different sounds and tracks so its actually became quite a nightmare to keep track of it all and mix – I’ve actually had another go, and uploaded again on 3rd March with a few changes 🙂

This of course means the octology is drawing to a close so i’ll have to actually start thinking of a name for future projects!  Its been a mixed bag with 3, 5 and 7 being by far the most involved – I always have preferred odd numbers though!  So it only leaves Tentacle 8 ……. which will likely be a horrifically noisy metal track…..

(Credit to Bradley the Betta Splendins for posing for the photograph)