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Back here after a very long spell away…  Lots of ideas and plans for this blog but time will tell.

Been playing around with Ableton Live recently and liked this video by Robert Koch showing how he messes around with sounds and micro-edits beats.

Reflective Landscapes of Nowhere

Reflective Landscapes of Nowhere

I came across this band on ReverbNation and followed their link to download a whole album.

The album has actually been produced as part of a side project they have named Light Under Water.  The music reminds me of elements of the movie Stalker or of being in a dripping, misty forest.

If you like slow, beautiful, ethereal guitar ambient then go get it.

I have just finished uploading some of the samples that I created over the last few months for my songs in Garageband to Freesound.

My user name there is humphreyswill in case you would like to check any of my jaw-droppingly amazing creations or perhaps use them yourself in your own superlative compositions.

It looks like they have to be screened or approved or something so they may take a while to appear.  They’re not up yet…

Cruising YouTube again. Haven’t felt like blogging lately for various reasons so here’s something great for the meantime.

Check out the music of Vivi Pedraglio from Argentina.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get the music-player widget to work properly on WordPress, but the link works if you click it.

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The artist at work

The artist at work

Cliff Martinez has had a pretty stellar musical career (drummer for The Magic Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lydia Lunch, among others).  Not only that, but he created one of the finest movie scores in recent years, for Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris.

Incidentally, the score by Artemiev for the original Tarkovsky take on Lem’s novel (and my next favourite film after Stalker) was no slouch either.

Anyway, I was browsing a new music site I’ve been enjoying, namely Soundflavor, and I looked him up.  There wasn’t much of anything there so I checked to see if he had an official site.  He does and it has a download page here, where you can get a big chunk of his back catalogue for free.

It is absolutely gorgeous stuff and extremely generous of Mr Martinez to share it with the world.

Been off blog for a while.  Doing music, looking after our new kitten and getting a job at the local college.

Anyhow, after lots of false starts with what to do with my music on the web, I seem to have found a good home for it: ReverbNation.

I found it via FaceBook and I think it is a very, very good site – well-designed with a lot of neat tools and functionality.

I have posted a lot of the FDL stuff here.  Also, it lets you set playlists for other artists that you know or discover as well.  Here’s my first one.

I hatched a plan today to create a series of songs for my friends, most of whom are in England.  I made a start today by finishing a track I began yesterday and dedicated it to Jamie, a friend of ours in London.  Not sure why, but the piano melody reminded me of him and then that gave me the whole idea.  Having a person in mind when crafting a tune really seems to give the sounds a shape and purpose.

I think that I created a particularly nice bass instrument on Garageband for the song and wanted to share the technical details here.  Unfortunately I can’t work out how to use Grab to capture images of the Garageband instruments so I can’t show the settings – the EQ and synth boxes disappear whenever Grab is clicked on.

Anyhow nearly all the samples were created by Nu:Tone, available at Loopmasters.  I have only used the free demo samples at this stage and I was amazed by the quality.  I will definitely consider buying the complete set.

It could do with some more work in the mixing, but I’m pretty happy with it, especially as I knocked it together in about four or five hours from auditioning sounds to mastering.

Listen to it here.

Next up: Suzanne.

A little while back I was moaning about WordPress not hosting video and mp3 files unless you cough up.  Admittedly it’s not very expensive and I do love WordPress, but I have NO money at present.

Accordingly, I’ve set up a website on Freewebs to host my photos, music and video.  I’ll be using it alongside this blog, at least until I upgrade my WordPress account.

Find it here.

Freesound is a website offering user-made samples, ‘focusing on sound not songs’, all free to use by anyone and licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.

It is a fantastic resource.

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