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
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.
As I trundled back towards the park entrance, the wind dropped to a whisper and it was then I realised I'd forgotten something essential.
It occurred to me the other day that I've been making music for over fifteen years. That's quite a long time for what has (typically) been a solitary and (always) non-profitable affair. I have therefore decided to document a brief history of my bedroom studio, foccusing both on its contents and my creative journey (ouch, … Continue reading A history of bedroom production – Part 1