[Music] Insoluble

It feels good to be writing music again; it’s been a while! It’s also fun to write a trance piece again.

I’ve tried a new compressor in this track; the Reaktor ensemble “Flat Blaster”. I’m pretty pleased with the results — it’s not too “sausagey”, but still nice and tight.

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[Music] Plateau

A great track to put on repeat while you’re working — it’s got enough interest to keep from getting boring, whilst being sufficiently repetitive to help you focus.

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[Music] Improvisations

A set of improvised piano pieces. Some of these are in the style of a Satie Gnossienne or Gymnopedie; others, more free-form.

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[Music] Fall for you

Another new track — and in 6/8! I love this time signature; it’s really well-suited to this genre and offers a little bit of interest in a world of 4/4, whilst still being “normal”.

With this track, I think I’m starting to properly find my feet with Reaper. My workflow is coming together, and I’ve nutted out how to organise plugins and tracks for automation better. There’s still a way to go, but I’m now well into “just make music” territory.

This is the first track on which I’ve used a multi-band compressor; I think I’ve found an OK balance between average volume and nice tight transients. If you have any tips, let me know!

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[Music] Diffuse

After a long hiatus, another (short) track. This one came about as a result of playing with some of the presets in NI Rounds — and was greatly facilitated by today being a public holiday. 😛

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[Music] Waltz in C Minor

This piece was written purely as a way to help me get to grips with a completely new music production workflow. With a new Komplete Kontrol S61 (which is fantastic) comes the need for a more MIDI-aware DAW; I’m trialling Cockos Reaper as it seems to be feature rich and reasonably priced. I don’t imagine I’ll leave OpenMPT entirely — I’ve been using it for over a decade now, and it’s ingrained in my muscle memory.

I’m still struggling with getting routing working the way I want in Reaper. It’s really easy to create 16 MIDI channels for a VSTi like Kontakt, and easy to map plugin outputs to separate outputs, but I can’t for the life of me work out how to have a MIDI input track also function as one of the outputs. I want to do this so that I can set up an output for each instrument in Kontakt, allowing me to use a single Kontakt instance to save on RAM and CPU cycles, and not have a thousand-and-three tracks to manage. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

This piece is performed “live” — the MIDI events for the drums, guitar, piano, bass, and strings are all recorded directly from the Kontrol (and tweaked slightly); I’m trying to find the best way of rapidly getting music down. It’s made a little more complex by the fact that I don’t have the world’s largest desk, so using the keyboard and mouse is now somewhat uncomfortable.

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below.


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[Music] Reflections

Probably the last track I’ll write before 2015, this one is about looking back at life and everything that’s happened.

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below.


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[Music] Nocturne

I’ve been rather remiss in updating my blog — so this track appeared on Soundcloud a while ago, but is only now appearing here. An orchestral piece, Nocturne focuses on an oboe/bassoon interplay, with strings and piano along as well.

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below.


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[Music] Old gum tree

Nursery rhymes have recently become a much more prominent part of my day-to-day life: a not unexpected development when you have a four-month-old son. 🙂 I don’t, however, see why they should always be quite so staid and boring — or, for that matter, distressingly cheerful. Out of these thoughts, then, came this piece — an electronic rendition of Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, put into a minor key for fun and profit.

I should, of course, also note that Ben, Ariel, and I have our own special version of the lyrics:

Benedict sits on his daddy’s knee,
counting all the monkeys he can see.
“None! Daddy, there are none!
Daddy there are no monkeys here but me!”

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below.


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