Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Where your treasure lies

This Demo was recorded on a Tascam Porta 2, a VERY primitive 4 track tape recorder... I've recorded to tape because I need to stop myself getting bored with the same old routines. I'm only into music for myself, and as part of that I need to mix it up as it can get tedious. Plus I hate digital, I hate computers even though I have to use them, I hate the bad parts of the internet, this is my sad little rebellion. Yes it sounds hissyer than a bag of snakes, (i'll prob try recording on my Tascam 424 next as the tape speed's higher and it's got noise DBX reduction)... but it has more soul and life than digital even though its as Lo-Fi as you can get. We've been sold the digital lie, it's one of the biggest cons ever. I'm not buying it anymore. I stopped buying it when I started comparing vinyl to CDs about 5 years ago. I'd love a Reel to Reel to record on, but I don't have the £££'s or any reason to do that as no one is really going to appreciate it to make it worthwhile. So i'll get my tape fix via good 'ole hissy cassettes!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Octopus Sound

I'm in the process of digitizing a old album I recorded on a 4 track Tascam Portastudio about 10 years ago, it's called "The Octopus Sound". I've Only found half of it so far, so I imagine I'll soon be rummaging though my box of tapes trying to find it. I'm posting it on Bandcamp as I find it.

Here is a YouTube clip of the mix of Easy Engine, I was going to do this for the whole album, but It's probably not going to be that interesting, so will be just putting up the audio.

Monday, 7 November 2016

All The Words

Here's a year old YouTube clip I recorded on my posh camera and with my proper posh mikes. The latest videos are of a lower quality (Just recorded on my smartphone in the loo for acoustics). Why is this you ask?, well... I get quite depressed sometimes putting out music after spending lots of time and care on it, and not really getting it heard.

I used to spend hours and hours writing and recording, now I kind of want to chill after work and not put myself through the ups and mostly downs of the reality of trying to get heard. So I thought, recording on a smartphone was a nice compromise, i.e spend less time on it, but still get it out there.

But, I think i'm doing the music a disservice, so even though about two people only ever get to hear my music, I know it's quite good and I want to put it out there at the highest quality I can. So there you go, hope you two people appreciate the effort!.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

All in the game

Here is a YouTube clip of the latest song I've written "All in the game". It just came out of nowhere last month, it's always nice when songs do that. It's on YouTube, and all the usual places. It's got a bit of Nick Drake in there, minus his dark magic maybe, but hey.

Here is the song on soundcloud recorded with as few mistakes as I could muster in my studio:

Here it is on Bandcamp for free download at the moment:

Monday, 26 September 2016

Blues On The Lav

I'm going to be doing a series of live songs in the lav (lavatory), entitled "Blues In The Lav", or maybe "Blues On The Lav"... I don't know yet. The songs will not all be blues, they will all be origional, and who knows maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Roland SPD-6

 I'm really not a drummer, but I got a used Roland SPD-6 off Ebay a few months ago to add a bit of live drums to my tracks. I used to program all the drums, but it's more fun to make up loops with this thing by playing them rather than putting dots on a grid in a sequencer:

It's got a few nice kits, loads of useless stuff like guns going off, explosions etc. 

I recorded the drum parts to this track with them.

Old School

I grew up in the Analogue world, as a musician that meant using 4 track porta studios to record half assed songs, and this frequently involved banging my head against a wall more often than not. Using ye olde drum machines was a lot more hassle than putting dots in a grid on a computer. 

 Then the digital age dawned, at first it was great, Myspace was really good. People genuinely found your music, I made some great contacts and found people who supported my music. Plus about 9 years ago I actually put together my first album using Cubase, I called it "TuLK", wich can be downloaded here. TULK
 Move 10 years on I realize the digital dream, is a digital nightmare in some ways. Myspace died, and the sharks came in... people stopped buying music, NME and Melody Maker died, and one or two great bands who we'll never hear off never achieved the success the would have had they not disapeared in a digital swamp. To a certain extent that is all down to the digital world.

 So why am I moaning?, we'll I know it's not all bad... there's still some good music out there, and I don't miss paying £15 in 1995 for "First Rays of the Rising Sun" by Jimi Hendrix thank you very much!... But, i'm REALLY sick of looking at computer screens when I record my music... if I wanted to do that then i'd have gone into IT.

 So over the last few months I've been rummaging around in the attic, and through draws and am putting my old Analogue studio together, because I live in a ANALOGUE world, and I want to make music the way I used to... So here are some pics of what I'm putting together:

My trusty drum machine the Yamaha RX8, not particularly great but has a nice metallic sound which works great for industrial type music ... hence Marilyn Manson had one when he started out. I brought it from Live Music on Lincoln Road in Peterborough in the early 90's. 

Here's my Tascam Portastudio 424 mk3. Used by John Frusciante who recorded his first two solo albums on one, guessing he was making a statement using one of these, but nevertheless it shows what can be done. I did record a track called "Day By Day" on this, which got played about a hundred times on various radio stations across the UK around 2003, so there you go.