Friday, December 30, 2005

Improv session

No better way to relax than creating a layout in Plogue Bidule and improvising for 20 minutes or so. Sometimes the results can be amazing. Decent output depends on the source files too, of course, and it helps to have some good loopable sounds available...I suppose this is the laptop musician's equivalent of a jam session :-)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Stack

Over the last week or so I've been burning cdrs of almost all of my releases and scanning the covers of past 12" singles and cds. Some people may also have noticed that my tracks have been disappearing from various mp3 sites around the web. The reason is that a new deal is in the offing which will make all of my back catalogue available in digital formats (including iTunes) - something I'm very excited about as it means that future releases will have the possibility of being available as digital-only. While many, including myself, enjoy the physical nature of records and cds, there is no doubt that we are entering the networked entertainment era at full speed.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Hell & back

After such a great gig in Wroclaw, everything computer-related went downhill very fast. My laptop had been exhibiting strange behaviour before I went to Poland, so I was backing up data every time I changed a track in Reason. The day after I returned from Poland the internal hard drive went bye-bye. I lost a lot of my programs and data but luckily had all of my Refills and tracks backed up, along with music work. Had to pay a large wedge for a new drive and spent a few hours last night installing it. Thanks to the wonderful Pbfixit, and Superspares on Tooting High Street (!) who sold me a Torx 6 driver, I'm now typing this from my revitalised machine.

The bad was tempered somewhat by a nice surprise from Kurt Kurasaki. Namely, my copy of Power Tools for Reason 3, which he wrote. The cd within includes a track in Reason format by yours truly called 'Mocean Beats'. You'll need the most up-to-date version of Reason (currently 3.0.4) to play it back.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wroclaw report

Thanks to Maciek & friends for excellent organisation and energy. I should also point you in the direction of the other great bands who performed on the 3rd Dec.

Job Karma

More pictures here
and here