** 2002-2015 - Wishing I'd never started doing this in the first place, and had a proper life instead... **

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shock horror. Various things I've been doing recently alert...

Hello.  Remember me?

Right, well I thought I should really post up some of the things I've been up to on here since the last time I made an entry in this blog.  I've been making the mistake of just putting everything up on my f@cebook 'artist' page, but it would seem that very few people are actually noticing anything.  This could be general disinterest, or it could be due to f@cebook trying to make money out of people... whatever, I'll try and put stuff up here as well as a result.

So, first up my Soundcloud page got very full and I ran out of things to delete from it.  Therefore I've made a new one, specifically for older tracks and whatnot.  I'm being fairly selective about what goes up there, but there are a few nice things so far.  The page is here:

Soundhog Archive

One of the things on there is old but previously 'unreleased'.  It's a re-edit of a track by a fairly obscure UK post-psych outfit called 'Second Hand'.  There's more info about it on the Soundcloud page, but here's the track itself - looped up and extended by a couple of minutes or so.  Could prove popular at discos, assuming they're odd discos.

What else?  Well, I've been fiddling about with my small arsenal of 1970s monophonic analogue synthesizers (Roland SH2, Korg M500 and a borrowed Micromoog), finally managing to get them under control of my audio software, thus removing my dodgy keyboard skills from the equation.  The first results of this are a remix I've done (for a competition, never thought I'd do that but still...) of a Pepe Deluxe track.  My Flaming Thirst is an epic pseudo-Bond theme from their recent album 'Queen Of The Wave'.  I've turned it into something which starts off somewhere between 'Oxygene' and 'Wish You Were Here Part 1', and ends up into more motorik territory.  I think the drums came out pretty well, here.  It's not downloadable just yet, but I'll enable that feature once the judging is over.  I won't win, I'm sure, but I tried my best... 

*edit*  Well, contrary to my expectations, I did actually come first.  I won loads of nice PD stuff, and I believe the mix (possibly along with an instrumental version) will be going up on that iTunes thing at some point soon, so I'm afraid to say the 'download' button's going to remain disabled for once!  I'll post more news on further developments when I know what they are.

I've also been dabbling with twisted surf music, putting my limited guitar playing abilities to the fore.  I'm hoping to do more of this stuff later in the year, once I get my strings changed.  Spreading myself too thinly?  Yeah, probably...

I think that's about it for now.  More before the end of the year, possibly including a new Mix90.  Or possibly not.  Thanks for listening, if indeed you still are.