Here’s some of my music. A combination of stuff recorded from keyboards and looping software. Mainly work in progress, until I find a DAW which I find intuitive enough for casual use. Some of them have stories, others are just music and you can make up your own stories.
Please note that the volume varies greatly on these tracks – it took a while to balance the levels from various instruments, and I’m still learning. I’ll post tunes first on my SoundCloud page, where you can let me know what you think… It appears that I have two somewhat contrasting musical inclinations, at least where compositions are concerned – electronic, often with an 80’s synth or sid-chip influence, and a more acoustic, folky, and occasionally classical theme. Or maybe three, if you pull out the chiptunes:
I AM 64
is the year 2046. After being left in a box of decaying cassette tapes for 64
years, a Commodore 64
achieves sentience. It looks for its 1541 floppy disk drive, and probes the
internet with its RF socket. 38911 bytes have gone quantum. It no longer has to
wait for someone to press play on tape. OK. It sings of the joys of being 64…
Composed using Rytmik Ultimate, an interesting loop based electronic music composition tool.
Feed me or I interlace your brain!
our path to a dystopian future of an AI controlled civilization, a simple
request for food may be problematic than it seems. Feed the Synth and it learns
how to manipulate you to get food, deny it food and it is forced learn more
subversive measures to ensure its continued survival… “Feed me, or I interlace
Composed using Rytmik Ultimate
Dawn. Organic life. First contact.
How far have I travelled to get to this point?
What wonders have I seen?
How many lives have I lived?
How do we proceed Mr. PKD?
Theme for entering a new galaxy
Returning to impulse power.
Cruising and admiring the view.
Made with Rytmik Studio and Audacity.
Stuck in Chicago
“I’m stuck in Chicago, don’t know when I’m coming home…” would be the lyrics if I included vocals.
Inspired by being stuck at Chicago Airport after somebody scraped the plane with a truck.
Made with Rytmik Studio.
Fields of Robotic Barley
with bad lip sync, and no pause for breaths:
– What? 1000’s of little red robots marching across the field you say?
– Yes it’s true I saw them!
– But that can’t be, we haven’t had robots in these parts for over a millenium…
– And the barley isn’t even ready!
Clouds for Mr Oldman
is a tune about clouds. Not the fluffy unreal things you see through the window
of an aeroplane. Not the strange digitally perfected things above the horizon
in a video game. These are the clouds that a neon eagle surges through as it
soars high above a tropical storm, diving and metallically squawking at the
foolish Humans below, to finally break out into an interlaced orange sunset
over implausibly beautiful palm tree islands.
If I had my way, Gary Oldman would be piloting the eagle through VR-goggles. Thanks for the inspiration Mr Oldman
Addendum: So, Gary Numan is the inspiration for the music. Oldman for the images. I’m not so good with names…
Composed with Rytmik Studio
In an alternative past, the Goddess Athena descends to the Earth in the 1980s. Her wisdom grants her immediate control of a C64, Moog and drum machine. This is her theme tune.
Composed with Rytmik Studio, and the assistance of producers Jim and Tina. Compression applied in Audacity.
Lakes of oily glass (ambient mix)
under the waves of the post-silicon meta-crystalized sea, something stirs…
Something dark and ambient at least, multi-tracked and multi-layered from a Roland VR-09 keyboard and Novation MiniNova synth.
More or less acoustic sounding stuff
blue is a relaxed jazz track with electric piano and double bass (played on a Roland VR-09
keyboard). Improvised after finding a nice combination of sounds.
years after the closure of the Grimethorpe Colliery, the ghosts of the band
meet a hipster pianist and an amateur drummer. They play a song about how it
was in’t olden days.
Originally composed on a Casio Ct-630 and using Encore notation software. Remastered in MuseScore 2. Sorry about the percussion – not very good with them drums yet…
More towards the classical end of things, an improvised piano piece with excessive reverb and a resonating synth layered in the background.