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Something for the weekend…

I’m always interested in discovering the new sounds I can produce with Oscilab, the sequencer and loop making app, so with variety in mind, my latest audio creation is a far heavier affair. 

Starting off with a grimy, distorted throb, it fades into a thundering bass line, backed by a thumping back beat and a frenetic staccato rhythm of synths, which I have christened Thudd.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say it’s my favourite attempt at “music” yet, I’d be intrigued to know what you think.

Click the beautiful artwork below, to listen and download for free.

Turn up the volume and feel that bass.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Music

 

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Weekend bleep-a-thon…

Yes, I’ve been mucking about with Oscilab again, the looping and sequencer app on my trusty smartphone. 
This track was actually created a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve not got around to inflicting it on you showcasing it yet.

It’s an extended mix with a minimal electro vibe, beginning with a rather tasty pokapow-pokapow-pokapow-pokapow-pokapow noise, which took me quite a while to perfect. I’ve compressed the note envelope on most of the loops, to give it a more synthetic, punchy sound but it still manages to achieve a nicely trancelike, rhythmic melody.

See what you think of FRAKTAL. Click on the image below to listen and (should you be so inclined) download for free.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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The theory of Oscilution (or Survival of the Phattest)…

Last week I spent a day mucking around with my loop and sequencing app, Oscilab; one of the few ways a non-melodic numpty such as myself can achieve anything even approaching a sound that could be loosely described as “music”.

This time, I was attempting to create something a little more soothing than many of my sonic experiments, something more than ambient, but without the clattering, frenetic rhythms which are often the result of me inexpertly twiddling knobs and pressing interesting buttons.

What eventually came out of this particular simultaneous playing and recording session, (after a couple of hours of studious programming and spurious guesswork) was a tune that I christened Sphear and you can experience it, in all its multi-layered loveliness, by clicking the artwork below:

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just as inordinately proud of this entry in my peculiar oeuvre as any other, but there was something that nagged at me when I heard it back for the first time; namely, the slightly discordant tone of the ring modulator in the background.

This twin synth harmonizing thingy (I know, I know, I’m baffling you with technical terms) seemed to detract from the main theme of the piece, (although it has since grown on me) so I recorded a second version, which I called Inner Sphear and you can hear that by clicking picture number two:

I think you’ll agree that this reimagined aural soundscape is an altogether smoother affair, (it is Rhonda’s favourite version, so that’s one reason to be pleased with it) but to me, it felt as though there was now missing something.

Well I doubt it’ll be much of a surprise to you, but I couldn’t just leave it at that, so I decided to go for one final attempt, this one at the opposite end of the spectrum; a full-on psychedelic wig out, complete with frenzied wah wah guitar solos, (no, honestly) which I naturally chose to entitle Outer Sphear and you can immerse yourself in that one by clicking the final image of glossy artwork, below:

And please feel FREE to download any or all of the above tunes from Bandcamp, gratis, complimentary and totally FREE of charge, should any of them tickle your audio fancy.

Thank you for listening.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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#atozchallenge: Z is for Zebra…

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So here we are at the end of my first ever A-Z challenge and I must say, I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Not only have I been able to indulge my tendency to talk rubbish, every day for a month, I’ve also had a chance to meet some great new bloggers, promote the skills of a talented local face painter and inflict some of my new sonic experiments on you.

Well today, I’m featuring artwork from two of my occasional contributors; Audrey and Ho.

Audrey suggested that I picked “Zebra” for my final post, but I don’t have a lot to say about those, so I asked her to draw me a picture instead;

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Meanwhile, resident blogtoonist, Ho was commissioned to create an illustration for a little puzzle to finish this alphabetical odyssey.

Having tested this pictorial conundrum on Rhonda and elicited only a blank look, I’m not convinced the Americans among my readership will get it (maybe it’s not a thing over there) but I’m sure someone out there will feel a metaphorical lightbulb pop into existence above their head when they see it.

There is no prize, other than knowing you have similar random thought processes to myself, but that’s an achievement in itself, so;

What is the relevance of this fabulous toon to the A-Z challenge?

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Answers in the comments please.

Thank you for sticking with me for this month of nonsense and blathering, I’ve just got one more thing for you before normal(ish) service resumes next week; another new tune, and this one is a corker, even if I do say so myself.

OSCIL8 – LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Blogging, Ho.

 

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#atozchallenge: Y is for Yello…

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I’ve spent today off work with my revolting cold, so the penultimate A-Z post is a bit of a cop out, I’m afraid.

Having reached the catarrh stage of my illness, the colour yellow has featured quite heavily in my day, so (tenuous link ahoy) I thought I’d post some tracks by one of my favourite bands, the uniquely odd and willfully retro Swiss electro wizards, Yello

I already have a post planned for tomorrow, so I’ll see you then for the final leg of the challenge.

AHHHTCHHHHOOOOO!

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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Music, Video

 

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#atozchallenge: X is for Xylophone…

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For today’s A-Z challenge I could have gone with all sorts of fancy words, like Xenophobia or Xenomorph, but I thought I’d go for the only X word that ever appeared on an A-Z list when I was at school;
Xylophone.

The way I am choosing to fulfill this obligation is to turn back to my Oscilab app and compose a little ditty using, you guessed it, Xylophones…

{An hour and a half later}

And here it is; the world premier of Zxylo which, I admit, doesn’t even start with an X, but I prefer it this way.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO PLAY AND/OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Music

 

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#atozchallenge: O is for Oscilab…

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So, the second half of the A-Z challenge begins today and after my nonsense post on Saturday, I was chatting to my old friend Ho about my idea for today.
The conversation was slightly peculiar, given that we were communicating via text, in language that was inspired by the aforementioned nonsense, resulting in him asking me, for instance, whether my post was “smerdling like a snonk scollog” and congratulating me on it being “froodacious”.

But enough of that nonsense, let’s get to O.

Oscilab is the synthesizer/sequencer/drum machine app that I use to create the one-off, improvised soundscapes that I have recently been uploading to my lovely new Bandcamp page (see link below) and today’s theme of the singular circular sigil was the perfect opportunity to play around with some more sonic noodling, which I did yesterday.

But what to call it?
What unique musical moniker could I saddle my marvellous melodic masterpiece with?

Well, having spent a couple of hours programming, then simultaneously composing, playing and recording my latest tune, I e-mailed a copy to Ho, (my regular guinea pig and quality controller) texting him to let him know it was on the way and he inadvertently gave me the title I needed when he replied:

“Cool, will look forward to stronking throbberati..”

See? I couldn’t pass that up, could I?

So, despite the conspicuous lack of actual throbbing (although there may well be some stronking, who knows?) I have great pleasure in presenting another slice of twinkly, swirling loveliness, which may well be popular with those of you who downloaded my previous tune and remarked on its suitability for accompanying everything from writing to Tai Chi.

Ladies and gentlemen…

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Ho., Music

 

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