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Music

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business is a collaboration with singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Holmes. Ben is originally from West Yorkshire, and now a resident of Donegal, and somebody I’ve known and made lots of music with, for over 30 years.

Unfinished Business pulls together a few loose ends, a few unreleased tracks, and a couple of new tracks recorded in my Bedford studio. I hope you enjoy listening, and hopefully, it won’t take as long to put together another release…

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Music

Railwave

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Music

Gas Mask Replicant

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photography

First Roll with a Holga 120 CFN

I was really grateful to receive from Darren Rose Photography a Holga 120 CFN camera. For those that don’t know, this is a quirky, plastic, almost toy camera made in Hong Kong and now discontinued. Due to its plastic lens, minimal controls and not very well sealed enclosure, it can generate some interesting results. It allows you to overlay shots, and partly move on the film to generate some interesting effects. It’s a lot of fun to play with!

The camera uses medium format film, allowing a higher resolution than 35mm photography, although with a lo-fi approach to taking pictures, an interesting paradox…

Here are pictures from my first reel, taken using black & white film and featuring Bedford Embankment, Priory Marina, and our old man Border Terrier, Solo…

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Music

Bits, Bobs & Beats #3

I’m delighted to announce the release of Bits, Bobs & Beats #3, the third in a series of EP’s released over the coming months.

Bits, Bobs & Beats features two of my newest tracks, one of my oldest tracks, and one from the middle, it’s a little like Countdown…

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Music

Bits, Bobs & Beats #2

Bits, Bobs & Beats #2, the second in a series of EP’s featuring unreleased track and demos.

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Music

Bits, Bobs & Beats #1

Bits, Bobs & Beats #1, the first in a series of EP’s to be released over the coming months…

Bits, Bobs & Beats brings together a eclectic collection of tracks spanning electronic genres from techno and drum & bass to ambient and post-loungecore. There’s some demos, old tracks, a few new tracks, soundtracks, experimental work and more…

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Programming

Wobbly RGB

Here’s an experimental script created in p5.js – Three squares represent three elements of the audio track and move randomly around the screen. The location of the square determines the playback speed (and pitch) and volume of the audio element.

The script was developed from Daniel Shiffman’s ‘Walker’ script from The Nature Of Code. I’ll be uploading a browser version when I get around to it…

I can recommend p5.js for anyone who’s interested in creative coding. Here’s a few links…

https://p5js.org/
https://natureofcode.com/

 

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studio

New Toys!

For a long time I’ve been wanting to get some proper analog synths to add to my studio, and I’ve now managed to add two! The Minimoog has always been on the wishlist, but they cost a lot of money. Behringer have come to the rescue with the launch of their Model D. It’s an accurate clone of the Minimoog, sounds fantastic and a fraction of the price of the real thing! It’s Eurorack compatible so can be incorporated into a modular system, if I wanted…

This brings me on to toy number two! Also on my wishlist is to get a basic Eurorack system to begin experimenting with modular synthesis. If you ask anybody who’s into modular they’ll tell you it’s an expensive hobby. I figured something semi-modular would be a good entry point, and would be something that could be added to later, so again here’s Behringer to the rescue. The Neutron is their brand new synth, it’s paraphonic, it’s got two oscillators, two envelopes, sample & hold, and a patch bay to re-route and create your own sounds, and is Eurorack compatible. Looking forward to experimentation with this one…

So now I’m off to make some music, you’ll be hearing these two beauties very soon!

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video

Dungeness

Dungeness is a surreal landscape on the south coast of England. Part nature reserve, part fishing community, and home to a steam railway and a nuclear power station. Ever since discovering it through a BBC documentary I have been wanting to visit, and to use footage of the area within a film.

So fast forward to a blustery, snowy and freezing cold April and I find myself there with a camera. It was so windy, all of the sound was totally unusable, everything you hear was created in post production, edited together using Logic Pro.

What you have here is the result. I hope I have captured the mood of this barren, isolated, and intriguing landscape…