Firstly, I hope you have had a wonderful Festive Season.
‘Not All Grey’
I spent the latter part of 2014 looking for a singer. As yet this has not yielded success, so while waiting for the ‘voice’ I continued to practice and learn more about my new mastering software. To do anything properly, I believe you need a project and so this is how ‘Not All Grey’ came to be.
I have already shared with you the thinking behind the two latest pieces of work, ‘Anna’ and ‘Back to summer’ in my post “What’s happening now?“, but here’s a little bit more:
Anna features the sound of a Hang Drum. Not an ancient instrument but it sounds like something that wouldn’t be out of place as a piece of tuned percussion in a Tibetan Monastery. While chatting at my local music shop, the owners son was searching for one of these. They were astounded at the cost of these instruments. As this was to be used as part of a drum kit in live performance, I suggested an alternative would be to purchase samples of the instrument and trigger these using a midi controller. They didn’t think this is what they wanted, but I decided that it would be a nice challenge for myself: find the samples, load the samples and then write a song around the instrument. Anna was ‘born’. The technical challenge was to mix the delicate Hang Drum and control the deep Rickenbacker Bass.
Back to Summer was a different challenge; yes, I had to deliver a piece that gelled from an acoustic perspective but I also had to re-record something written around 30 years ago, make it a polished product and be true to my original ideas. It was also a track with lyrics, so I had to choose a solo instrument that would do the emotions in this song justice.
The other tracks were all previously available on SoundCloud as ‘singles’ and are products of jam sessions where I wanted to capture some laid-back grooves , that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nile Rodgers / Bernard Edwards album – funky bass and guitar. I am pleased with the results.
So let me now point you to the link where I hope you will enjoy around 26 minutes of my music recorded for your entertainment.
Finally, I wish you all the best for the new year.