Topic: Music

End of the Day

“End of the Day”, Faeland’s first single from their 2nd album “When I Close My Eyes” is due for worldwide release on 25th September. The song also features in the soundtrack of a new movie, “23 Walks” being released in UK cinemas on the same day. An official video for the single along with an acoustic version and the trailer for the movie can all be found here …

Autumn Leaves

With the onset of autumn I am reminded of another recording “from my vault” and one that is reminiscent of less troubled times. “Autumn Leaves” is an improvised guitar duet based on a melody from Joseph Kosma’s 1945 jazz standard of that name.

A Tribute to Ennio Morricone, 1928-2020

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.

Hound Tor

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.

Internet Radio

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.

Glen Hemmings

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) ….

Savannah Twilight

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 –

Nowhere Blues

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 –

Live at Leeds

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).

“You’re the Voice” – playlist

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 ….

A Tribute to Ginger Baker

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.

The Major Pentatonic Scale

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.

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