My style combines lo-fi video game sounds with dance, big sweeping orchestral lines, and piano performances.
first started writing music electronically using a tracker —
originally ModEdit, but I found my way to ModPlug Tracker (now OpenMPT).
I’ve since moved onto Reaper, but many of my pieces retain elements of
the demoscene and video game music sound. Combined with my classical
music and jazz piano background, many of my tracks don’t fit neatly into
any one genre.
This track really hearkens back to music I was writing a decade or so ago. In fact, some of the sounds are from that era, including the “boomwhackers” (which give the “tag” at the end). I’m really glad to have rediscovered these. They’re essentially lengths of PVC pipe which the sampler whacked against her/his head and recorded. I love how they can cut through the mix without being overbearing.
It’s been a while since I managed to write some music, what with moving house and two small children and the allure of games, but hopefully this track is just the first of many this year. 😉
Once again, it’s been a long interval between tracks. But here’s one at last! It’s quite fun to write in this style, with a half-time feel — the feel popularised by dubstep. I’m a particular fan when used in conjunction with rapid arps, as it bumps up the contrast. 🙂
Production: It’s about 90% NI Massive, with a little bit of Polyplex, Battery, and Kontakt thrown in.
With Christmas now not too far away, it’s time to start remixing and reworking carols again! We Three Kings is one of my favourite carols (musically speaking), and sharpening the 7th in the chorus always makes me happy. I’ve “done” it a few times; this is my take for 2016.
The melody for this one came to me waiting for a lift one day after work. I tried doing an orchestral thing with it, but that just didn’t seem to want to work — but this dance version fits it quite well, I think!