December 1, 2017
My intention this month was to write lyrics, I joined the November Album Writing Challenge and hoped to write at least 30 odd minutes of Spoken Word/Sung pieces but alas although I wrote 5 texts, I failed to find a setting for all but one of them. No matter, their moment will come.
However, though I failed at my intention, I did manage to make 24 tracks of various kinds this month and here they all are if anyone is interested. I think I will call this pseudo album ‘Words Are Hard”.
November 24, 2017
Tumbleweeds abound here lately.
It’s not that I haven’t been working, just that I’ve been a little discouraged of late. Not to mention a little lacking in direction; or perhaps it’s just lacking in energy. My head is always full of music, so perhaps I’m just in a period of gestation. Soundscapes, Beatscapes, Synthscapes, Spoken Word pieces; all swirling around in my imagination crowding around for my attention, and me a little bemused and unable to focus.
Anyway here is a Beatscape that I made yesterday which gives me joy. May it give you some too.
October 19, 2017
October 7, 2017
October 1, 2017
September 13, 2017
It’s been a while but I finally got around to making another radio episode for Mixcloud.
It’s a concept that I’ve been developing as another way to showcase my tunes and as a fun way to indulge myself in a little fantasy; so I have the lovely but totally fictional Trudi Mcboody run her own radio show.
The previous episodes had tunes all made in one week but since it’s been a year between shows I’ve included tracks made from September 2015 to June this year.
I hope you enjoy it.
September 6, 2017
I’ve spent more time sorting and organising my many files, and unposted tracks, and bits and pieces, than I have actually making music this month. Hey housekeeping chores are essential and I am guilty of procrastinating my way around them (more than once) till my iPad is choked and groaning under the weight. So while my inspiration levels are low I decided it was a good time to try and catch up.
It’s still an ongoing process which has surprised me at times; lots of good tracks unposted, lots of unfinished tracks that deserve more effort spent on them. As well as lots of crap to go in the trash of course.
So if you’d like to check out some of my discoveries my Soundcloud postings of the last month is all full of these old tracks.
This one I discovered today and I’m only partially happy with it; I probably need to re-record the vocals, probably in a more spoken word style rather than this half sung monotone, and perhaps in a different setting…I’m happy with words…Open to suggestions.
August 17, 2017
Just letting you know that I’m still here and still beavering away; perhaps a little unfocused at times but beavering away nonetheless.
I seem to have accumulated several unfinished projects that are lying around weighing on my mind, not to mention slowly sorting through the Track A Day pieces for release which is a huge weight of it’s own.
One of the new projects is an idea to do some live performance videos which I hope will interest people as well as encourage myself to develop the live aspect of my iPad music making; an aspect that is sorely in need of some attention.
Here is my first attempt, more a proof of concept video; I hope to improve all aspects both of video making and sound ideas in future vids. Hope you enjoy it anyway.
July 3, 2017
For the last few weeks I haven’t been making any tracks but I have been busy making and assembling samples for my drum apps.
Specifically for Patterning but DM1, ElasticDrums, iMaschine, and iSpark are also sample based and I have been having great fun both making samples and trying them out in each app and seeing what each can do.
Today I assembled 5 beats that I had made in Patterning using 5 sample kits, I loaded them into Auria and made this Beatscape. Then I made a video (which I also haven’t done in a while).
Great fun was had. I hope you enjoy.
May 13, 2017
This is an older track; made last year and never posted, for some reason I decided it wasn’t good enough but listening to it now I really like it. There are lots of tracks still sitting around; some unfinished, some not very good, some good but for one reason or another passed over and awaiting their time in the sun.
As it’s title suggests I have posted this to mark my 500th post on Soundcloud.
Who would’ve thought 2 years ago that I could be so prolific? Certainly not me.
It was the discovery of the iPad as a musical tool which sparked off this unexpected plethora of creativity and for that I am very grateful. It’s not that I have ever stopped wanting to be creative, that has been a constant desire all my life, but for some reason the iPhone and iPad was the platform that I needed to overcome my personal demons and to unleash those silent parts of myself that were consigned to dark, dusty and hidden corners.
The other essential ingredient of course was meeting my wonderful wife Lene without whose encouragement and support I could never have beaten back my demons long enough to make anything. The demons still come knocking from time to time of course but she is still there to help me, as I hope I am there to help her.
I am not sure when I will post here again.
It is time for me to revaluate my musical options and explore the different avenues open before me. There is still much to do but I now feel that I will be better served pursuing those avenues without the pressure to produce finished products on a regular basis. It’s just a slight adjustment of perspective I suppose.
Anyway thanks for watching and listening and reading and following my journey so far. This is not the end but merely a hiatus after which I hope to return stronger than ever.
Peace out Tracklings 🙂