Back to work.

July 5, 2006

Me.

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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Trawling the past

July 3, 2006

Me in Galahad at ProgSfestAs the TV was so utterly shite today, I’ve spent a couple of hours wandering through my old music. It’s unbelievable how many tracks I’ve got – although to be completely honest I never really considered any of them “finished”.

Anyway, rather than letting these songs and ideas rot, I’ve decided to post them here over the next few weeks. Hopefully someone will like them, if you do, then please link back here as I’ve no idea how else I’ll get people to listen!

Enjoy…

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20 Years

July 3, 2006

me and scrapI wrote and recorded this track quite a while ago now, but just listened to it again for the first time in ages. I’m still pretty pleased with it, particularly the solo.

Have a listen.

Download 20 years.mp3 (6.1Mb)

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Off sick

July 3, 2006

I’ve been off work sick today. Unfortunately, it’s got to be the hottest day of the year and I am soaking – not to say feeling utterly miserable.

I haven’t switched the computer on all day, so to pass the time I’ve been flicking through the various channels that claim to offer “entertainment” on the TV. What the hell? I’m not a great fan of TV at the best of times, but this brain dead drivel is driving me nuts! What happened to decent telly?

I hate being ill.

why blog?

June 30, 2006

I started by putting my site up many years ago. I’ve never had much traffic, not even when the band I was in was doing pretty well.

Did I care? No, not really. My server on the Web was for me, a place to dump files so I could get them remotely. A place for me to try new code and designs out and a central point for my family and friends to get photos or music I had made.

Someone linked to my homepage once, and I’ve seen my site crawled by various spiders and bots but that’s about it for my online life until now.

Anyway, I signed up for a blog because I wanted to see what blogging services were like. How do the rest of the world do it? People who don’t really want to mess around with running a server, or writing code. So here we are; my WordPress blog.

I’ve read quite a few blogs, but never really got into the whole “blogging” culture. I’ve never really seen the point and have tended to think that most personal sites (to be fair, including my own) suck. What’s the point if you don’t have anything to say? I started thinking about why people blog, and how most blogs are pretty dull.

That led me to thinking of a more interesting question. Why do people read blogs? In looking at a few of these “online conversations” (which incidentally I have read and have been told that joining in on them is the best way of getting your voice out there into the blogsphere), I am constantly amazed that anyone bothers at all.