July 9, 2006

I’ve only posted my own music thus far, not really my original intent (although I see I’ve had quite a few downloads so that’s not too bad!). The problem is that out of all the bands and musicians I know, through my time in the local scene and running the music at the Gander, not a single one has as yet agreed for me to post their tracks.

Maybe I’m being a little over-cautious in trying to get approval, but honestly I only want to do the right thing by the bands – so be patient and I’m sure that soon I’ll get some replies!



July 8, 2006

Mike at ProgSfest 2004
Much more of a live favourite this time – although this is the original demo I put together. This is part of a much longer prog piece, unfortunately I couldn’t find the other parts on disk… time to hunt down the backups I guess…

Download Meltdown (6.4Mb)

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Why make music?

July 7, 2006

It’s a sad fact of life that if I want to get anyone to listen to any of my music, I’m going to have to do a bit more than just posting the files up here! Whether I like it or not, I guess everyone is a marketer in the blogging world, and self promotion is a necessary evil to raise the blog above the background noise.

So, in doing this, I got to thinking why do people make music (or I suppose more accurately why do I make music)?

Well, aside from the astronomically tiny chance that I’ll make a ton of cash, I (and most other people like me) claim to make music for their own enjoyment. I try and capture ideas and sounds that I would like to hear. In reality, that is only part of the reason. Whether or not anyone will admit it, there is a natural human desire to connect with other people and music is a pretty good medium to do that. The thought that someone else gets pleasure from, or experiences on an emotional lever the feeling of a piece is a strong motivator – it gives meaning and purpose to the otherwise seemingly non-productive task of producing noise.

Anyone who has experienced the awesome buzz of performing in front of an appreciative audience will understand the emotion. A great gig is a two-way conversation between the band and the audience – each side can move the other to greater heights on an emotional wave.

Although in a recording you lose that direct link with the audience, I still think that conversation is somewhere in the back of most performers minds. A little thought that is imagining what it would be like to hear the track for the first time as part of the symbiotic performer/audience collective.

I don’t really know how many of my tracks work on that level. Most of the ones I have gigged have gone through a period of organic change in response to audience reaction and now sound very different to the form they are presented here – in particular, the songs that start life as a solo studio project tend to evolve further as real musicians play them and impart their own character and viewpoint to the conversation.

So although I originally started this blog as somewhere to publish my tracks, the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that I have to try and start up that great conversation again. Allow the feedback of the audience to influence the performance. In time I will be re-working some tracks, dropping others and sharing ideas with other lone performers to create a collective work that is greater than the original idea.

What you see here therefore is the embrionic idea – the feedback isn’t as immediate as with a gig, but this Great Gig in the Web has the potential to offer just as much enjoyment.

For both performer, and audience.

Todays track: Download “Troubadours and Fairytales”

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July 5, 2006

I’ve just had a conversation that went a bit like this.

“you know those speakers in your room?”


“were they expensive?”

“umm… were?”

“well, I was in there earlier clearing up your beercans and emptying the ashtrays…”


“…and I had a terrible accident

I’m scared to go upstairs.

Back to work.

July 5, 2006


Bleah. Went back to work today, and am completely knackered now. It’s never worth being ill – you just have more work piling up when you go back.

Whilst trawling my archives I found all the gig recordings I made when I was engineering at The Gander (a local rock venue, which alas is no more). It’s really funny, most of these recordings have more energy than I remember – despite the mistakes and slightly off levels (it is *really* tricky to get a good bass sound off a desk submix when you are less than 20 foot away from the front of house), these gigs deserve a listen so I’m currently converting them and splitting them into maneagable chunks.

I’ll post these in bits I think – I’m finding it tricky to think of anything to write. I obviously haven’t been exercising the creative writing centre of my brain recently.

Still off sick

July 4, 2006

I’m going back to work tomorrow, but I was listening to a load more old tunes today (TV is still complete rubbish) and I came across the stuff I did when I first got into electronica.

In general, I’m a bit of a genre chameleon – there’s not a lot of styles of music I don’t like and these aren’t particularly representative of most of my stuff. These tracks are a couple of synth/sample based tunes I wrote for an abortive video project a friend of mine was working on. Gathering dust now, but available for your listening pleasure!

Download Headrush (MP3 – 6.4Mb)

Download Minority Report (MP3 – 6.6Mb)

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Forever Innocent

July 4, 2006

I wrote this song to perform at the funeral of our 9 year old nephew who died earlier this year in a tragic accident – for some reason, the whole thing came together in an afternoon, with none of the issues that I normally encounter when writing/recording. It just goes to show that sometimes simplicity is best.

It was one of the hardest performances I have ever had to do – I was unable to look at anyone in the room whilst singing, and to be honest I haven’t been able to listen to it since.

Forever Innocent (MP3, 6.7Mb)

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