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It hadn't occurred to me that other people don't care. I'd not given a single thought to the fact that, outside the circular wall of my robot-addled brain, additional human beings inhabiting this planet may not give two (or even three) hoots about an impending album release. If you've spent any longer than one minute … Continue reading Random access excitement
For about twenty years, I have been playing with myself in the spare bedroom. That's the inevitable, masturbatory-reference-strewn intro over, and one few bedroom producers can escape from. But that's what I have always been, and will continue to be probably for the rest of my life - a knob-twiddling, noise-making producer of music made, … Continue reading Default Rock Star
I lost my organ last night. It had been there a few days before but, last night, it inexplicably turned into a sitar. This wasn't convenient. Partly because a sitar doesn't sound anything like a Hammond organ but mainly because it chose to morph into the twangy ethnic instrument during the two bar count-in to … Continue reading Where’s my organ?
Then, you stand up and walk away from the piano. For an hour. A day, even. During that period, something magical happens...
On Wednesday night, for the first time ever, I played keys alongside my dad. Granted, it was in the living room and we were simply doing a dry run of Crocodile Rock; me playing the Farfisa organ part which supplies that iconic intro, him playing the piano... but it was something I didn't realise quite … Continue reading The road to live performance starts here
Two tips in one post today. Why? Because they're short and sharp and I need something to fill the looming postaweek deadline! Drumsticks I'm not a drummer, however, a couple of weeks ago I took delivery of a £2.99 pair of drumsticks from eBay. Having recently invested in an Alesis Palmtrack, I've developed the 'found … Continue reading Production tip – drumsticks and the perils of patch browsing
Ableton allows you to build grooves in a way no other DAW will.
2007: Returned Kit list: Apple Mac G5, Garageband, Reason 4, Logic Pro, Korg Triton Eagle-eyed readers of the previous part of this series will have spotted a somewhat seismic gap in the noted period. Eleven years to be exact, for those too lazy to check. If truth be told, I continued to make music between … Continue reading A history of bedroom production – Part 3
I had finally mastered the art of sampling and had successfully captured a beautifully played Gilmour solo from Pink Floyd's live album, Pulse. Then I found the reverse button.