1 October 2013

Band With No Name


During the month of October 2013 I met with the members of a band from Hamburg in Germany and was excited to be invited to one of their rehearsals. As was fairly typical for Hamburg, the evening of the rehearsal we had heavy snowfall and getting to the rehearsal needed quite a spirit of adventure.

Band members are currently Stephie who is the band vocalist, Stefan on bass and lead guitar, Lazlo on lead guitar and Dirk on drums.

The band produce a tight sound in the classic rock genre with many of the pieces being written by the lead guitarist, Lazlo. The sound they produce is well balanced although there is sometimes a tendency to push Stephie’s vocals to the limit when she is placed in competition with the lead guitar; however, we were in a rehearsal situation with no final microphone placement or balancing being done.

The whole group work very hard and I look forward to hearing the progress at some future date.








15 September 2013

Pantomime Mega Mix


I thought this might interest some of you guys. A Mega Mix I did of Songs, Dances, Incidental Music and Sound Effects. Everything you hear is taken from the last 8 years of pantomime productions by our own Secret Panto Society – can you spot them?

There are many ways to present the light, shade and emotion that music brings to a pantomime – this is my way




7 July 2013

Time Becomes

As a long time admirer of both Steve Reich and Orbital I suppose it was inevitable that I would attempt this piece. It was mainly the technical challenge that attracted me … and the wonderful voice of Michael Dorn – Son of Mogh

6 July 2013

2 July 2013

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

A remix test to get practice with remix and using effects on the mastering buss

23 June 2013

Magnetic Research Centre 2201

Magnetic Research Centre 2201 – a test piece by myself and David Lynch from way, way back.

18 June 2013

Neither Rhyme nor Reason

This piece uses more tracks and automation than I have ever done before. I hope all the attention to detail was worthwhile. Neither Rhyme nor Reason is a piece that I am quite proud of – so there. Thanks to Konstantin for his helpful suggestions about mastering.

16 June 2013

28 April 2013

Unblinking


Hands in the air solid trance with some interesting moments. Pizz strings are made with Spitfire Loegria and the vocals are extracted from the lovely Carly Rae Jepson – Good Time from the Kiss album.

Here is the meter view in Ozone during the mastering session of Unblinking.


27 April 2013

Elemental

Elemental – produced in Ableton Live 9 and Mastered in Adobe Audition using Izotope Ozone 5

Avicii – Hide and Seek


‘Hide and Seek’ is a 2005 song written, produced, and performed by Imogen Heap. The song is performed with the sole accompaniment of a keyboard synth transformed by a vocoder, creating an altered a cappella sound. The challenge for me was to correctly warp the vocals to fit the Avicii based backing. The objective was education. Here is my interpretation of this great piece.

Crazy English Halcyon


My mashup of Faithless (Crazy English Summer) vs. Orbital (Halcyon) featuring the beautiful vocals of  Zoe Johnston. The bass gave me grief, DX came good, 127Bpm in AMaj

Getting the vocals warped correctly took me hours and hours – great learning experience. Struggled to get a good bass sound that was good on all notes. Some gave a sort of hollow phased sound. Doubled the bass and offset by 5ms (Haas effect) to try to thicken the sound – partially successful. I now know that bass should never be treated in this way – keep it mono – always.

25 April 2013