Turbines to speed was an aventure in my more abstract
& experimental style, enjoying sounds & noises for their own sake. Mostly done
on the Keys with some sound effects from the Sample.
Brownfoot was the first time I'd managed to record
a stereo input (the drums & basslines) but the toms are way too loud - The mix in my cans
is usually way off from the speakers and I haven't found a way to route Garageband to them
yet. Technical gremlins meant the whole thing took way too long so the playing, especially
the 'lead' line is particularly wobbly. Still, not a bad result.
Company review is a playful look back at
Company Man by DAN, one of those fabulous bands that never
quite made it.
Parade of the feckless started with a sort of brass
section sound and developed into a slow, lumbering march. Decided it was for the feckless
when it stopped so suddenly.
A quick lunch came about when I was having a play on the
Keys and came up with a nice tumbling sequence using delay and filtering. Added some
texture and a sort of melody line and that was that.
Tuning the warp drive started off as a drifting, almost
ambient piece - little more than a group of textures really. Then suddenly I was inspired
to add sci-fi sound effects on top. It probably would have gone in a more mellow direction
given time but for now I'm trying to not linger on pieces for too long.
Halfstomp came after spending a week away from home, during
which time I had a proper listen to some of my earlier tracks. The objective, apart from
simply getting back to music making, was to try to use simpler rhythm patterns and to have
a bassline that used more than one chord. The drums are still a bit plodding but all in all
I quite liked the result.
Medium Groove was thrown together after a night out
drinking - which might explain my inability to come up with a melody. Still, it chugs
along quite nicely. All 3 Volcas used on the sequences, the overdubs were done with the
Unlucky Sevens was something I forced myself to do,
having left the equipment idle for several days. My first attempt at running all three
units together, it soon became obvious that there was too much to control at once without
some serious forward planning - maybe something to work on. Particularly wobbly playing
as I was determined to come up with something before it got too late. Still, I said I'd
put my efforts on show so here it is.