Category: music

Your Designer Music

I was reading Lloydi’s post about people’s secret pasts and musical backgrounds, where he posted some of his own stuff up. I’ve been thinking about writing a little about my music – and I’ve promised some people I would – so here goes.

I really started getting more into music when I was about 16. I took up playing the guitar – probably a result of Michael J. Fox’s playing in the Back to the Future trilogy. I’ve been in a few bands, and I’ve always found music to be a great release, but if you listen to some of these tracks, you might notice that I don’t particularly have a fixed style.

Before uni, I was in a pop-rock band called Flyby Karma with a few friends. We gigged around North Devon and got a few good reviews in the local papers. The band split when we all headed off to do degrees. Anyway, here’s a song Guy (bassist) and I wrote and pieced together in an inspired rehearsal one weekend: Satan’s Girlfriend (mp3, 4.12 MB).

I went to uni to do an engineering degree, but I really wanted to get into doing Music Technology, so I pushed to get on a combined course. I actually ended up doing better in Music than I ever did in Electronics which I was really chuffed with – I really enjoyed the music assignments we got to do. One studio recording assignment I did with my friend Nick based on some riffs that he’d come up with, which we recorded and mixed down in Cubase. The result: Dakshina (mp3, 3.57 MB) (the name means “gift given to one’s Guru” because the track was inspired by a favourite of ours – Ozric Tentacles). Check out Nick’s excellent solo towards the end!

After buying my long-awaited first acoustic guitar while I was at uni, I spent an afternoon adding new bits to an old track I’d once disgarded because I didn’t like it. That evening, Nick and I recorded it to 4-track MiniDisc using his MD4 – me playing my new acoustic in his cubicle of a bathroom as a make-shift live room. That summer, Nick wrote a solo to go over the middle section of the track. Complete with the Shadows meets Dave Gilmour, here it is: d’eau, think pink demo (mp3, 4.59 MB).

I’ve got some more dancey remixes too that we knocked together for uni assignments, but I can’t find clips to put up right now.

One more left for now. At uni I entered the Battle of the Bands with a 70s rock-infused power-trio that was minus a singer and songs. Of course, I ended up filling the gap. Too embarrassed to put up a track of us powered up, here’s an acoustic version of one of our very first songs: Curing Day (mp3, 4.44 MB).


Or laugh! Cry! Whatever! But check out some of these too (I’ll add to the list if I find more):

Musical Baton

I've been passed a musical baton by Tommy, and I've been meaning to post about music for ages, so here goes nothing.

Total volume of music files on my computer is…

14.5 Gb, if you don't include my own raw recordings (17Gb if you do).

The last CD I bought was…

“Hypertension” by Jon Gomm.

Song playing right now…

“Please” by Nine Inch Nails (good job I'm not writing this in a couple of minutes time).

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me…

  1. “Disolution (The Clouds Disperse)” by Ozric Tentacles
  2. “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry
  3. “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin
  4. “Karmageddon” by Nick Harper
  5. “Disarm” by Smashing Pumpkins

Five people to whom I'm passing the baton…

  1. FairyJo
  2. Patrick H. Lauke
  3. Pixeldiva
  4. Meryl
  5. mogplayer

My apologies if you've already been “batoned”.

John Peel 1939-2004

I just read the breaking news on BBC News that the legendary John Peel has died of a heart attack while on holiday in Peru.

I never really listened to his show on Radio 1 as much as I would liked to have. I admired him for playing band demos, and often found myself liking the stuff he put on.

He was a great mover and shaker for music. He will be missed.

Update, 15.11.2004

There is now an obituary for John Peel on the BBC News website.

It's also cool to note that Michael Eavis is renaming the new band stage at Glastonbury as “the John Peel stage”.