New Album Update
Work is going well on my new (as yet untitled) album.
This album is something of a departure for me, in that it is almost solely a guitar (and bass) ambient work. It is beatless and features all manner of guitar styles – predominantly ebow, fretless bass, nylon string guitar, electric guitars, etc.
Expect something different !
I hope to have it finished in a month or so. More updates will be posted here.
Guitar Videos Update
I’ve recently uploaded four new videos up on to my Youtube ‘guitar channel’. They are there just to show some techniques that I hadn’t done anything with before, regarding the video stuff. The playing itself is just ‘noodling’ really, but it’s becoming more fluent ‘noodling’, as I’ve been playing for a while almost every day for a few months now.
Currently I play the guitar for fun really, it’s a world away from my ambient work, but I enjoy playing a ‘real’ instrument. It’s quite ‘grounding’ after all the computer music work I do. I think it’s good for the mind as well – engaging with the ‘abstract’ (if that’s what it is), nature of improvisation.
Using Pitcher with tremolo arm.
Using the ‘Pitcher’ pitch correction plugin, in FLStudio. Shades of the infamous ‘T-pain’ sound, but hopefully in a more unusual manner. Pitcher’s tuning is a bit ropey in places, but I guess that’s because I’m using it in a way that it wasn’t intended:
Pitcher and Slide Guitar:
Something a bit more restrained. Pitcher ‘fills in’ the notes when the slide is used and my less-than-pristine slide technique (regarding intonation) is covered up pretty nicely too !
ADT type effect using the ‘GSnap’ pitch correction plugin.
http://www.gvst.co.uk/gsnap.htm Has an interesting effect particularly with vibrato. You have to set the dry / effect level to roughly 50% for this to work. Note ‘wrong note’ (note outside the pre-defined scale) at 0:57 !
Fake Speed Guitar:
Lastly, here’s some ‘fake-speed-guitar’ with Pitcher and the Slide.
Just for a bit of fun…
‘IRIS’ new 2012 Igneous Flame Album:
I have a new album in the pipeline, it’s working title is ‘IRIS’ and I’m planning to have it finished and released by the end of this year. In terms of format and duration it could go any number of ways at the moment. A lot of time has gone into the work-in-progress as it stands and there’s still a lot of work that needs doing yet ! I’m striving for something with a wider tonal sound ‘palette’ and some different (to me) processes and ways of working with this album. More information will be posted nearer the release time.
Independent Artist Musings:
I’ve been giving a bit of thought as to how independent most (ambient) musicians are these days and how this is accepted as the norm, contrasting this with how things were up until relatively recently shows how fast things are changing. We have so much more control over the whole creative process than ever before. In particular, the general demise of the CD has some interesting implications for what is considered to be ‘normal’ album length and the means to get an artists music up on all the download sites for a relatively small outlay is nothing short of revolutionary, when this is compared to the ‘exclusive club’ of artists who were able to release pressed CDs in the past.
These musings may make it into a separate blog post if I can make my ramblings a tad more coherent !
Mini review (Korg microKEY25):
I’d been using a Korg nanoKEY2 as a rough and ready keyboard controller for some time now and some of it’s keys have started to ‘stick’, so I bought the new Korg microKEY25 to replace it with. I’ve already got the original 37 Key microKEY and I like it’s keys and general build quality. The micro25 uses the same nifty mini-keys as the original and has a dual function pitch wheel/modulation wheel, a simple (but useful) arppegiator and a sustain button ! (which the original version lacked). Overall, it’s loads better than the nanoKEY with it’s pretty horrid keys and less than optimal velocity sensitivity. The best thing in it’s favour was that it was compact, but the micro25 isn’t much bigger and is a whole lot better. Much recommended for use with a laptop/I-thingys.
I’ve been upgrading my main guitar recently (again !) and have rewired it a few times to try some things out. I play pretty much every day and I can see some improvements in my playing over time. I’ve done some new videos as a result of this, I sometimes wonder if this is something of a waste of time. Each video is usually the result of lots of takes and if nothing else, it’s good practice for improvising without making too many mistakes ! Anyway, here’s one of the most recent:
Recent Studio Images:
All taken from the studio with my Sony R1 (heavily processed on the whole).