Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Open Source music part 2 - A tale of two mixes.

Some time ago I bemoaned how solo production lacked the creative frisson of having a band-mate to bounce ideas off and to tell you that the synth line you just spent 3 hours fiddling with is actually crap.

So last night I finally resurrected one of my old (like 15 years!) arpeggios - the tale of how I completely forgot how it went even though I have heard it in my head for years is another post entirely - and because he was online fired it over to a work colleague who just happens to be a talented (and published) producer as well as a PHP developer.

The completely raw arp+variation+4x4 sounded like this.

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While I continued down my comfortable rabbit hole of layered bleeps and freq/res tweaks fed into long tail delays Ryan got all Euro on my ass. He popped the BPM up a couple of notches, added a nice - if aggressive - pad/lead thing, a second melody and a bassline change.

Rick's morning trance noodler...

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Ryan's Euro mankini...

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I think this could be a winner. Think the 36 minute ambient version of "Kincajou" versus the bass and lead heavy upbeat live version. Or perhaps the 3 different mixes of "Song for Life" mixed back to back by Sasha at the start of the very first Renaissance mix.

Oh and I have 5 days off work from tomorrow to noodle and I have received news that my Lemur is shipping this week too. Happy days!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Headlong into thunderstorm.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Arkham Asylum might not suck.

Not too sure how this game snuck up on me but it looks like we might finally have a Batman game that doesn't suck balls. Don't want to get too excited just yet but this gameplay video looks interesting. Not too sure what's going on with the camera changes in the combat however. I guess we wait and see.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sushi lunch feast

Monday, April 20, 2009

Westminster still blocked

So you still can't get through parlement square two weeks on. How come
this "illegal" protest is left to run for two weeks no kettle and
disperse and the G20 gets crushed right away? Which one had more
strings pulled and better political reasons for the action or lack of

Friday, April 17, 2009


Friday, April 10, 2009

Job's a good'un

Re-arranged everything to my satisfaction, almost. Still need to get
something to lift either the laptops or the mixer out of the way and
there is a question mark over where the lemur will sit. Still it's
better than it was before.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Diversion pleasurable

A forced diversion due to the Tamil protest offered a different view
of my twice daily river crossing.