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.
Plasticene is a love song. An obsessive lovesong, from the kind of lover that someone could really get the creeps from. But me means well.
Leave Me I’ll Get By is a song written in 1990 and I finally got enough skills together as Minnellium to record it in 2004. Now there’s a learning curve for you.
“More than you ask for” was written by me in 1986, and recorded by the Doofers in December 1987 (see separate article). It’s always had a special place in my heart because it represented such an exciting time – starting to create music. I still like it, and had a modern re-take on it, which I thought I’d share with you.
My first podcast… a tune from the past.
Feature is quite a heavy instrumental, with a hefty chorus. Hammond organ and some organic drums.
I was so intrigued by a video that I saw on Youtube that it got my mind thinking about sampling… I’ve never given “video sampling” a go and put this together very quickly as an experiment. That’s all….
A bit of soundtrack work I’ve done for my old school friend Hamish. I like this piece – doing things to a spec (albeit a not very tight one) sometimes makes you do things differently than you may. It’s not as indulgent as I’m used to and that in itself is good discipline.
Heard this track by Cherry Ghost a few times on XFM Manchester and it just sends a shiver down my spine every time I hear it. Ignore the crass video – it’s just such an amazing tune. I’m not sure why, but I just love it. They’ve recently got a recording deal (this is just the demo) so expect a polished version to come out later in the spring.
Some people are just born to sing…. and others just enjoy it anyway.
Lily’s rendition of Jingle Bells
Listen here >> Jingle Bells
James Spitznagel enjoyed my latest experimental track ‘HB01’ so much that they remixed it!
It’s a pretty experimental bit of music to begin with but James has taken it to another level. Now it ebbs and flows, and drifts in and out like some tidal whalesong. I’m truly flattered and it whips the pants off the rushed original.
Listen to it here.
… that Mr Kirkup told the band to play.
December 6th, 1987 could well have been one of the big defining moments for the UK music industry, but it turned out to be just the day when The Doofers, undoubtedly the biggest thing in the Sedbergh School music scene that year, travelled to the Lindens studio in Rosgill, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
We were so green, but just full of youthful confidence, and recorded two songs (pretty much live, with singing over-dubbed after). The recording sounds very dated now, as does most stuff from 1987, but I’m just so glad we did it. What a day to remember. We were glowing when we got back witht the tape to play our friends.
More Than You Ask For (MP3, 3.3mb) was my favourite of the time because it was a bit more up my rocky street, but Happiness (MP3 2.2mb) stands the test of time as the stronger song.