Greetings adventurers! As promised, I would like to share some new music I’ve been dreaming up. I’m not quite sure where the direction of these songs are heading, but it will be fun to find out as I go! I’ve named the current project “Dreamtime Bric-a-Brac” as a working title, and once again I am experimenting with a new effects pedal. These two songs also feature a few new instruments as well as some I haven’t used before in my experiments. I’m also really excited to show off some of my new toys (as pictured below!)
“Here There Be Tygers” – This tune (named after the Ray Bradbury short story) features my new LINE 6 M5 STOMPBOX MODELER (thanks, Chi!) hooked up to my KORG X5D keyboard synthesizer to create some funky low-end lead lines. In a lot of my songs, I never really know where it’s going to go (the true definition of experimental music,) I just mess around a bit until I’m having fun with a sound. After this, I’m able to imagine what instruments I want for a certain feel or concept. This song also spotlights my new Stagg EDB-3/4 Electric Double Bass (more on this in a future blog!) I finished this song off with a chromatic harmonica, more keyboard sounds and a drum track. The solo at the end is a fun touch, and gave me much needed practice on the new double bass!
“Lady Of The Lift/Room 318” – Once again, this song is a dreamtime bric-a-brac, lost in some dimension with no real back story yet. This song starts off with yet another new toy of mine (it was a plentiful holiday,) the small and eerie Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth. This little synth is so cool and almost too much fun! I will give a full blog’s worth of attention at a later date. The electric double bass is prominent with a ruddy and tipsy drum track. I then added a piano part with outro using my KORG SP-250 Digital Piano. This one was a lot of fun to record, especially getting to mess around writing Stylophone harmonies.
I’m looking forward to getting back to work on this project as soon as I can. I’d like to add some video of the recording process as well. I also will be adding details on the M5 Stompbox, double bass and Stylophone in their own separate blogs. Until then, check out these two tracks with the Soundcloud Player below! Thanks for dropping by!