Short bit of music – the first for a while – inspired in part by the dark weather we’re living under this August and in part by the sporadic and fickle nature of the people I follow on Twitter. Also was playing a lot of guitar this week and wanted to have a break from that.
A few weeks now since I uploaded any tunes and even longer since I made any. Enjoy this bit of fun from the Minnellium audio vaults – a mash up of Eminem and the Black Crowes’ version of ‘Hard to Handle’. They go handsomely together, eh? Watch out for those lyrics, if you’re swearword-averse.
My Name Is
A few years ago when I produced music a bit more prolifically than my current one-track-every-18-months rate, I enjoyed a bit of a following on AcidPlanet – a showcase for people making music using Sony’d Acid software.
I just found out that one of my tracks, Scientific American, is part of one of their podcasts, which has had more than 8,000 downloads during the last couple of weeks. I’ve installed security guards at the door just in case everything takes off in the rock world now. So long suckers.
It’s a while since I uploaded a tune and even longer since I made one!
Just listening through some old stuff today and this came up… I really like it now, five years on. LAH is an acronym; someone who is currently singing her way through her favourite sound of music tracks whilst I type this… how appropriate.
‘Full of Energy, Full of Vitality, Very Happy in your Life’
Flippin hippy shit. Enjoy.
I made this absolutely AGES ago (it seems) as a remix of the beautiful and tender ‘Rabbit County’, by Oddfellows Casino. I LOVE the whole album ‘Winter Creatures’ and heartily recommend it (CD can be purchased here for only a tenner)
The very same Oddfellows Casino just brought it to my attention that I never got round to playing it to them, so here it is. It’s the only tune I think I’ve ever made that features the voice my daughter (but you’ll need to listen all the way through and listen hard!!).
Find out more about this wonderful and relatively unsung band here:
A tune I had hanging about in the ‘unfinished’ folder for ages; so much so that I decided enough was enough… It’s quite a nice mix of the upbeat and the pessimistic.. but it’s really a glass half full tune…
In a final installment of moaning about this year’s cancellation of the Three Peaks Cyclocross, I’ve made a little tune based upon some very appropriate words from a certain M. Loaf.
It’s a familiar story… Boy meets computer, boy loves computer, boy meets girl, computer becomes neglected, computer gets jealous.
A slightly different feel to some of my recent podcasts….
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… is a new song which started life about 16 years ago in a rehearsal room in Lancaster, rehearsing with Phil and James in Inspekta Spencer. The song never came to anything, but the riff lived on in my head!
It’s very rocky. I like it, but I’m frustrated with the vocals; I think I could have done with starting it in a key that I could comfortably sing. Instead, I pressed on with recording the tracks and then it was sort of too late. So decided to record two vocals; one on a low octave and one on a high one, as a sort of can’t-win compromise. I’m very happy with the guitar sounds though. And the general arrangements. I just wish I could have done the vocals a bit better – but it’s time to move on, and anyway, it’s okay for them to be wrong.
My first tune from my first album. Lots of samples that I really have got round to getting permission for, but it’s all part of life’s rich pageant.
If you’re interested in the samples and don’t recognise them, the ones I remember are from:
- ZZ Top: Fool for your Stockings (descending guitar lick)
- Elvis Presley (unknown, dialogue intro from early stuff)
- ZZ Top: I Thank You (main guitar riff)
I can’t source the other samples but I remember playing the main guitar riffs, sequencing the bass and drums, and sweating over it a bit!
Credit is due to the providers of these lovely originals sounds we pilfer ….
Another of my favourites. The strings in this track were a bit of a breakthrough for me. The operatic singing was just a spur of the moment sample direct from Radio 3 ! No idea who it is. I like the abrasive lead synth line in the chorus bit.
Potato Glow is the first track on the 2000 album ‘Comfy’. It’s a very upbeat instrumental built up on layers of samples and a synth arpeggio I played almost by mistake. I still love it.