Music is perhaps the most powerful conveyor of emotional content. Without suitable music, much of what we watch on film or TV (including advertising) would fail to impact, despite the best efforts of the greatest actors, directors and cinematographers. Ennio Morricone, who died today aged 91, was a true master of the craft.
A slideshow of photographs taken on Hound Tor, Dartmoor in 2020. The music, “Internet Radio”, is an extended version of an ambient, solo piece recorded in about 2000 using a guitar with MIDI output sent to a synthesiser.
A short piece of ambient, guitar music recorded in about 2000 at my flat in Highgate (London). “Internet Radio” was played using a guitar with MIDI output. The MIDI output was sent to a synthesiser and the standard guitar jack output sent to a multi-effects unit so that both sounds were produced simultaneously when the guitar was played.
Brixham based Musician, EDM DJ and YouTuber, Glen is a local friend of some 18 years now. His well-subscribed YouTube channel is called EnglishChannel, a platform from which Glen presents, “The Sound Of The Underground! Progressive House, Techno, Breakbeat, House, Oldskool, Hardcore, Jungle, Acid, Rave Tracks, DJ Mixes & Tunes” and the very best of Progressive House (update of a 2017 post) ….
This ambient improvisation was recorded in 1998 when my good friend and musical collaborator Asha Dub joined me for one of our regular jam sessions at my flat in Highgate (London). Shortly before this session, Asha had asked me to fit one of his Steinberger (GM model) guitars with a hex pick up for MIDI output –
This improvisation was recorded at my flat in Highgate, London, in the Spring if 2002 shortly before I moved to Devon.It was a period when I frequently jammed with friends and on this occasion I was joined by my friend Patricio for a session to mark my imminent departure –
It is hard to escape the fact that Covid-19, aka Novel Coronavirus, is back in the news today. I remember that when news of the virus in Hubei province first broke, I was surprised that there was talk of testing and quarantining those travelling in and out of China when there should have been a total ban on all such travel and especially by plane as soon as they were aware of the outbreak.
On this day 50 years ago, one of the greatest, live, rock albums was recorded.
The Who’s live performances had always been more about extended versions of RnB covers and their own tracks (with improvisations included) than about simply reproducing 3-minute pop singles. Their 1969/70 tours had involved performances of the “Tommy” (at opera houses as well as rock venues) as well as favourite live tracks such as “Summertime Blues”, “Shakin’ All Over” and “My Generation” (at Woodstock, for example).
The song was written for John Farnham by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham. From listening to instrumental versions, it is evident that it is the powerful vocal that makes the track and this has encouraged many cover versions and the use of the song in TV and movie soundtracks. Listening to Farnham’s original recording more than 3 decades on ….
I am very sad to hear of the death of Ginger Baker today at the age of 80. Ginger was Rock’s first superstar drummer and became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008 and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.
A 25 year old recording where I am practising lead guitar at home with an exercise based on the major pentatonic scale that had been set by my guitar teacher. The article includes a description of pentatonic scales and their use in guitar solos and improvisations.
As a result of a DNA test conducted in Australia, I have recently been contacted by previously unknown cousins from whom I acquired copies of two photographs of my young father. Coincidentally, these arrived at about the time that would have been his birthday and also in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was therefore bound to be thinking of my father and in particular his involvement in WW2.