Music

Songwriting, experimental music, etc.

  • Culture Novels
    Influences,  Music,  Solo

    A Lament for The Culture

    I’m currently coming towards the end of the month’s challenge to create short musical pieces and accompanying photographs based on prompts from FMSPhotoADay. The results so far can be found on my previous post on the subject, but I thought…

  • Oddities
    Music,  Solo

    Sounds like a Picture

    I thoroughly enjoyed June’s Photo-a-day challenge, coming up with something musically-related for each of the diverse prompts. This month I’m making it a little more complicated and challenging by attempting to accompany each photo with a short piece of music:…

  • Influences,  Music

    Two Lords of Looping

    It has been a while since I recommended any music here, but there are two musicians I have been listening to a lot recently who both have new albums out and are well worth investigating if you like instrumental music…

  • Obscurities Cover
    Every Photo Tells...,  Featured,  Music,  Podcast,  Solo

    Obscurities

    After some fine-tuning of the music from the ‘10 Weeks : 10 Sounds‘ project, I have compiled it into an album that is now ready to download from Bandcamp. The music is embedded on the right-hand side of this site,…

  • Everything together
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Some Loose Ends

    The challenges may be over, but the music keeps coming! The weekly deadline to the challenges meant that some pieces that I started were left incomplete, so that I ended up at the end with 8 or 9 tracks in…

  • Rührtrommel and SoundBrush
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Sound Brush and Rührtrommel

    I thought this last challenge was going to be more fun and less challenging than it turned out to be. A quick glance at SoundBrush gives the impression that it could be quite a usable application, a more visual take…

  • Piano, Ocarina & Rainstick
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Piano, Ocarina and Rainstick

    The piano is certainly the least unusual of all the instruments used in this set of challenges. We have a digital piano (a Yamaha Arius), which can technically also produce string, organ and choir sounds, but I wanted to try…

  • Launchpad and Thai Gong
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Launchkey and Thai Gong

    We’re back in iOS land this week, with a fairly new instrument application from Novation (who normally specialise in hardware synths and MIDI controllers) called Launchkey. Unlike the other apps I’ve used in this challenge, this is not a music…

  • Busilacchio Organ and Meeblip
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    MeeBlip and Busilacchio Organ

    In late 2011 I received and built a Meeblip synthesiser. This is an open source synth that you build yourself (though a pre-built version is now available). It only costs $50 (for the kit version) and is very well supported…

  • Garageband and Egg Shaker
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    GarageBand and Egg Shaker

    Garageband for the iPad is a ridiculously specified application. I can’t compare it with the regular version of Garageband, as I have never used that, but it certainly seems to possess the hands-on ease of use that I have heard…