Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Wreath of Stars

A track started in 2012, finished off in 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Galactic Blue

This one has been a long time coming. I started it back in July 2012 and then went off onto other projects and then completed it in 2013. Following the upgrade to the new PC I've completed the final mixing and at last it's published. Hooray!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Into the Zone

Into the Zone was inspired by the Russian sci-fi book "Roadside Picnic" and the subsequent film "Stalker". The core premise is that aliens land on earth and after a few days take off again. No one sees them or has any contact. But they leave behind in the "zones" mysterious artifacts that appear "magic". As the book says it's as if ants discover the remains of a roadside picnic.

The track is almost entirely Wiard 300 and 1200 series. There are some processed nature recordings at the start and some unprocessed ones at the end and one of the multitracked lines within the lead is from an Oberheim Matrix 1000 but it's in with another 4 or five layers of that lead line from the Wiard. There is a fair amount of phasing going on, mainly using a Moogerfooger. One of the things in the book is that stalkers need to watch out for "mosquito mange" - invisible pockets of very high gravity - I used an old MXR Pitch Transposer with a high regeneration level to add various unpredictably warped sounds. The track ends with the sound of a stream, birds and the wind blowing through leaves. Nature always wins out. Over man or even super advanced aliens.

Listen to Into the Zone here  

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Released this on Soundclound a while back.
Beyond was built out of a Wiard 300 series patch which uses tail chasing to set off 4 independent voices. That was recorded and a second run through slightly tweaked was added. Apart from the Wiard 300 I think one voice got routed through a MOTM Ladder filter.
There are a few staccato sounds which came from a vocoder (using the Wiard 300 as the carrier) but the sustained groans and vocal sweeps are from the Waveform City - using the piano and mellotron banks rather than Bank 8.

I then added various noises and embellishments like the cosmic sea. Enjoy!

Listen via the link below


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Galactic Running Wave

I was going for a particular sound for this slice of hazy "Kosmiche musik" and I think I more or less got it. Aparently there are huge clouds of stellar dust just waiting for some galactic shock wave to start the ignition process. Above are the "three pillars of creation".

Created with GForces Mtron Pro plus I think mainly Blacet modules from "dirty Knobby" ak the musical black fridge.

So anyway the music is on my usual page

Monday, March 25, 2013

What I did on my holidays and a brief meditation on mortality

"Please exit via the gift shop" was a frequently signed request on our trips round various tourist destinations last year.

It soon became my personal mantra, particularly as I realised don't we all at one time exit through the gift shop?

It became the obvious title for this hotch potch piece, partly because of the environmental recordings I made at the beach at Bournmouth, from a minature train at Bleinheim and so on that meant for me it captured the spirit of that holiday. 

The other connection was that I used it to try out various little gifts, new bits of equipment or older things I had but had never quite found a place for. All of these were added in, over doing it until I ended up with a sticky sweet mess that you then find stuck down the side of the car seat when the holiday is over.

Many things are not what they seem, the sort of distorted braying laughter that follows the girl's came from Permut8 which I think was being fed a simple synth line, the lady singings and slightly missing a note was from the Korg DVP-1 onboard vocal sounds, the frogs and grasshoppers were synthesised on the Wiard 300 series modular.  The final "sample" of the beach with the child that echoes the beach girl, is from an old BBC sound effect tape for the BBC mellotron. (My wife took the pictures)

Listen to Please Exit through the Gift Shop

Monday, December 31, 2012

Gliese 581d

Nearly a year since the last post! Actually quite a lot musically has been going on - I have about 5-6 tracks on the go, about as many other sketches but haven't been that great at finishing them.

Gliese 581d is a long open work - in the vein of "Through the Gates" but denser and with the balance more on conventional structures and harmonies. Mostly Wiard 300 series, there is an alternative all Wiard version which is on an all Wiard compilation

The rough idea of the piece is a probe flying through the Gliese system and passing various worlds and finally leaving the system altogether.