Over the years I have produced several 'albums' of music for my own amusement and a few of my more discerning friends. I present details and samples for the first time on the interweb on this very page. Enjoy!
Recorded 2009 / 2010
I've always wanted to do an album containing one long sequenced track and so this was it. Although the parts were written as separate songs, they were reworked and mixed to form one final track. One part contains a sample of part of a storm with the music written around the various thunder claps. I also thought it would be good to leave out any track names, credits and even album title from the cover to keep a clean look.
Still using Project5 even though Cakewalk have now dropped it. The front cover is a picture of my best friend Adele.
The Kazoo Factory
There is a bit of a concept associated with this album in that each and every one of the tracks will be exactly two minutes long. Although there is a certain novelty about this, it has focused my mind into developing the main idea for each track and not allowing it to wander for too long. Two minutes is the perfect length for a pop song anyway!
I'm still using Cakewalk's Project5 along with a few select virtual instruments. I've also reverted back to using my own photographs for the front and back cover.
Track Listing1.First Place
2.Ghost Town Blonde
5.ABC Auto-Industry (OMD Cover)
6.Hit The Ground Running
8.Hymn (Ultravox Cover)
10.My Name Is Joe
11.Factory Fifty Five
12.Panic Attack Two
14.Moonsky Live (First of 3 Bonus Tracks)
15.Ghost Town V Life Is Sweet
16.Hit The Ground Running (Midnight Mix)
Patterns and Rescued Friends
An almost brand new set of songs featuring many new tracks as well as several tracks written over the years that have been re-worked and re-recorded.
Recorded again using Cakewalk's Project5 which is becoming a firm favourite of mine.
11.So Much More
Long Haul EP
A collection of songs written or in the case of Carolgee, reworked in 2006. I didn't want to wait until I had enough songs for a full album so this EP was born
Recorded this time using another tool from Cakewalk called Project5. I think I have finally found a sequencer that I am happy with (until I find a better one).
Track Listing1.Ghost Town
The original idea was to have a whole CD of tracks at 140BPM but I relaxed that after a while and split the album into four 'stages' of 120BPM, 130BPM, 140BPM and 150/200BPM.
Recorded using a new software tool to me called Kinetic by Cakewalk. First complete computer based album after using Cubase and external equipment all these years. The front cover was taken at Marlbourough and then digitally modified to include the album title (can't really see that on the photo at that size).
3.Far Too Busy
4.All The Way Through
5.Hopelessly In Love
6.The Crazy Poet
10.Law And Order
It was becoming clear that after writing a load of tracks and producing rough demos over a number of years, I wasn't organised enough to re-record them properly so I thought I would collect them all together and produce this collection. Maybe one day I will record them properly!
Recording using various versions of Cubase on a PC using numerous pieces of outboard equipment such as an Alesis QS8, Kawai K1, Korg M3R, Roland JV880, Roland R5, Yamaha RM50, Simmons SDE and various effects units. It was finally mastered and tweaked using Adobe Audition.
3.Ghost in the Machine
11.Secret Hidden Track
Recorded shortly after Anne's Story, this contains a couple of songs left over from the first album along with many new songs written and recorded over a fairly short time period.
I used the same basic recording setup and the same instruments as the first album plus a Kawai R50. The covers are once again taken from a re-mastered CD I produced in 2005 from the original four track tapes.
2.It's only Murder
5.It Never Rains (in October)
7.From Day To Day
14.Long Ago (Dub Version)
15.It Never Rains (October Mix)
My first album containing songs specifically written for it (not just a load of tracks I had lying around waiting to be used). Written at University with a lot of help from friends lending me instruments (Thanks one more time Sean and Judith).
Recorded using a Fostex X15 four track recorder along with my own Roland MC202 and a borrowed Roland JX8P, Casio CZ101 and Yamaha RX21. The covers are taken from a re-mastered CD I produced in 2005 from the original four track tapes.
Track Listing1.Her Vacant Heart (preview)
2.Anne (Part I: Anne's Theme)
3.Anne (Part II: Anne's Dream)
4.Today of all Days
5.A Different Girl
6.Her Vacant Heart
8.Anne (Part III: Anne's Own Words
9.Nuxvomica (Bonus Track)
10.Five Four Five (Bonus Track)