Archive for February, 2005

New Tune – Ghosts in the Machine

Just mastered this one – it’s the dnb track I’ve been working on for a while now, a little similar to the last one in terms of style – very electronic, but with a slightly off-beat that I’m feeling – let us know what you think!

Click here to listen to ‘Ghosts in the Machine’

I’ve had a real lazy Sunday today; Tom from The Collectors came round last night with his hotly-mastered version of their mini-album Galapagos – It was a bit of a late one, but we listened to the whole thing over a bottle of wine, and I was really impressed. I’ve heard all the tracks before, so I knew I’d like it, but mastering takes things to a whole other level if it’s done right, and yes, they’ve done it right!

Can’t wait to be able to give you the release date for the album – but I’m assured the first single, Maya II, will be release within a few weeks.

Talking of which, I restarted my Maya II remix again over the weekend – I realised I’d taken it a little too up-tempo, with a hip hop beat etc, when actually what the tune was begging for was a darker, more edgy downtempo remix, so that’s what I’ve been working on.

In fact, that’s what I’m gonna do now, so catch you later, and enjoy the tune!

February 27, 2005 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

GoMeme – Help Make Blogs More Visible!

There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few "A-List" blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The reason is that the smaller blogs don’t have enough links pointing to them. But this posting could solve that. Let’s help the smaller blogs get more visibility!

This posting is GoMeme 4.0. It is part of an experiment to see if we can create a blog posting that helps 1000’s of blogs get higher rankings in Google. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.

Why are we doing this? We want to help thousands of blogs get more visibility in Google and other search engines. How does it work? Just follow the instructions below to re-post this meme in your blog and add your URL to the end of the Path List below. As the meme spreads onwards from your blog, so will your URL. Later, when your blog is indexed by search engines, they will see the links pointing to your blog from all the downstream blogs that got this via you, which will cause them to rank your blog higher in search results. Everyone in the Path List below benefits in a similar way as this meme spreads. Try it!

Instructions:
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If you decide to follow the instructions it might worth sending a trackback to the sites in the list.

February 15, 2005 at 9:01 pm

Countdown

It’s my birthday on Saturday. Another year zooms by in the blink of an eye. At least I get to choose my own present (Jeannie never even to pretended to undertand my music gear) so I’ve been checking out acoustics – my studio rings and flutters so much it’s hard to tell whether I’m getting it right or not!

I reckon auralex are the best bet for me – Good performing tiles, cool colours so you get a bit of art on your walls and your music sounds better too – what more could you want?

February 13, 2005 at 10:05 pm 2 comments

In the Zone

Yeah, right in it mate. Getting a few sessions in a row in the studio, and it’s making a real difference; Almost finished a new dnb tune – hard and deep, just how I like it; I’ll post it up when it’s done.

I’ve also got a couple of new Hip Hop instrumentals in the making; I’ll be sending them down to Sowzuh and Virus when they’re done; we’re passing files back and forth by email at the moment; they’ve put a few lyrics on my last couple of instrumentals, so I’m planning on mixing them down this week – The last set of vocals they sent up were rock solid – So they should suit the beats to the maximum.

Oh yes, and I’m working on remix for The Collectors – Their mini-album got a good review on the big chill website, and their live debut at the Big Chill bar also went down a storm. I’m reworking their EP Maya II, out soon on Mantis.

Letting go of my self-pigeonholing (i’m a dnb producer, I’m a Hip Hop producer etc) has had the unexpected result of my just switching between different genres as my will dictates; I thought I’d end up making really quiet downtempo stuff, but no matter how I start, the solid beats and dub-bass just slowly bubbles up to the surface – It’s my style, it’s me, and now I’ve taken the pressure off, I can really see it – I was wondering “what do I sound like?” and now I know.

I could, of course, have just as easily have listened back to my last 10 or so tunes, but that would have been too easy.

I’ve been working on getting a rougher edge – I spent 10 years on crap equipment trying to sound clear as crystal, but that production just isnt relevant anymore – I’m not trying to make an old bashed-up 8-track sound like a studio – my Logic’s kitted up with more racks than any studio would have had when I started out. So I’m downgrading – bringing down the bitrate and chucking the output through overdrive and valve emulators, and there’s a warmth and dirtiness coming back to the sound that I’m really feeling, bringing a dimension that I thought I wouldn’t be able to pull off.

Ah, I’ll stop talking about it and go finish that tune, then you’ll hear for yourself.

February 8, 2005 at 10:27 pm


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