[Music] Autumn

This piece was a lot of fun to write. It’s in 7/8, with the bar broken into 2/3/2 rather than the more traditional 3/2/2. There’s a severely tortured Irish flute in the mix, sounding somewhat foghorn-like (from around 0’55), as well as washing machines being bashed and kitchen sink strainers being bowed. All this adds up to a very cinematic sound.


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[Music] Fundament

I wrote this track back around July 2012 for inclusion in the 2012 Songs for the Cure album, but as it looks as though that’s not going to happen (no word on it from Josh Whelchel since April), I’m putting it up here for your aural pleasure. If you like it, donate some money to your local cancer council!

This is a retro video-game inspired piece; chiptune sounds and brass collide to provide an epic (but still playful) feel.


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[Music] Starlit

I’ve been listening to Armin van Buuren a lot recently, and the result is this track: arguably my first “straight” trance track. There are, however, strong orchestral and rock influences in it, plus a few chiptune elements thrown in for good measure.

This was the first track I wrote with my new headphones (courtesy of my lovely wife) — Sennheiser HD 598s.

Listening to this track does make me realise that I’ll need to spend some time (when I get the chance!) learning how to master my tracks properly. The overall volume on this track is way too low (it’s been amped to the point of not-quite-clipping), but I’m loathe to compress it until I’m confident that I can do so without producing sausage music. So if anyone has any tips on audio compression, I’m all ears! 🙂


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[Music] When you’re asleep

This track is a fusion of orchestral and electronic sounds — a technique which seems to become more and more a part of my idiom. A slowish lead-up to a strong middle section, which then moves through to a floating solo viola line (I love the slightly “rougher”, less refined sound of violas as compared to violins), then back to the fuller electronic/orchestral sound — a straightforward ternary form, which so often works well.

Note: play this one loudly. 🙂


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When you’re asleep by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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