My new single Face Your Demons is now on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby amongst others so if you like modern blues, rock that swings and great guitar playing follow the link and support an independent artist.
New track - Bebop and Rocksteady, slightly different approach on this one.
At approximately 11:15pm last night I was finally able to spot Saturn low down in the south-east. I had been eagerly waiting for the opportunity to spot a second planet after many nights observing the moons of Jupiter since Christmas. With my Travelscope, I was able to pick out the distortion in shape of the planet due to its rings which seemed to twinkle as much as the planet itself. It was of a slightly lesser magnitude than Arcturus which is high in the east at present and its position to this star allowed me to navigate the skies more easily. Although I believe I have seen Venus with my naked eye low in the early morning sky, I am looking forward to observing a third planet in as much detail as possible soon.
Drums now recorded for 3 new tracks. Time to start tweaking and mixing before I upload to my cloudysound page. There is no time at present to record new material so it may be a while before I upload further tracks after this batch. The second E.P track listing should look something like this:-
Face Your Demons
Bebop & Rocksteady
How You Doin?
Nigel Time (2011)
The idea for this was to create a track that builds up combining organic sounds and resonator slide based licks. I had Gomez’ “Get Miles” in my head when I was starting to record the introduction. The resonator was recorded through a Shure SM57 into an Mbox2 whilst I was in stopping at my girlfriends house. A month or so later, I went down to Abbey Road studios for a mastering session and took a pre-master of “Nigel Time” with me. Christian Wright mastered this version of the track in one of the mastering suites at Abbey Road that day.
Almost Human (2008)
Post-Against The Grain, I started looking into mixing less organic sound sources in tracks and the intro to Almost Human shows this. The track was recorded with a cubed blue Ibanez RG2620 tuned down a full step (D G C F A D) that I sold a few years later and subsequently regretted it until I purchased a RG2550Z-GW. It was recorded in Pro Tools with some sound sources from Reason. The solo at the end is completely improvised and I was aiming for a gritty blues attack that didn’t sound too ridiculous over quite a slow track. The feel in the solo is ironic considering the title of the track.
The first few minutes of a lengthy progressive suite I was composing. I am still actually working on the section after this. It was created in Logic and the resonator was recorded using only a built Macbook microphone as it was most convenient at the time.
10 Slayer Riffs…..
I have been encouraged by a good friend to upload more videos on YouTube for some time now. I finally decided to record an idea and I enjoyed making it - taking me back to the days when I played Slayer, Megadeth and Alice in Chains songs in my bedroom :-)
The next videos will be of higher quality and have been toying with the idea of re-recording this one but we shall see……..
New music on the way to Soundcloud soon - I currently have 3 tracks, written over the Christmas period, some or all of which will be uploaded when polished to an appropriate standard.
The approach to these recordings is slightly different to my previous work in 2012 as I am relying on a drummer to create the drum parts instead of creating them my self which should result in some more natural sounding drum performances.