/ TRIP HOP
Massive Attack-inspired track with an incredibly simple progressive
structure and very clean sound - only taking an afternoon to
write and record. Provides an atmospheric ambience, but I
think its main virtues are also its failing. Too simple and
too clean? Needs something more, if you ask me.
/ TRIP HOP
remember thinking this was the best track I had ever written
at the time. In hindsight, I think the best of this period
Through the Haze. As a friend from New Zealand said,
the strings are too thick in places - and there's perhaps a
few to many musical ideas in general...
this one, the title and music hint towards a theme of
deforestation - the first time a title spawned a piece of my
music, as opposed to a music going unnamed for weeks.
Drum-'n'-bass with beats and ambience. By this point, my
fondness for soulful cello parts begins to emerge...
/ TRIP HOP / CHILL-OUT
suppose this would be my most 'successful' track at the time.
When I sent this album off to some music magazines, this
liked. Both Computer Music and Sound on Sound liked
the music, but felt the final mixing was a bit on
the dodgy side. At the time, my computer was barely fast enough
time, which shows in places, but I think a little more mixing
would make this a fresh-sounding chillout tune (see ). Album
/ TRIP HOP / CHILL-OUT
people have said this was their favourite track, with a very
professional sound. Essentially it is a light trip hop piece
with ethnic overtones (helped by the 'prayer' sounds)
obligatory sinister string solo. The sampled vocals also help
add a silkiness to the final mix. If only I liked hip-hop...
patterns used in this piece have been floating around my head
for months. A more dancey piece, the drum is clean and
refined, but still lacks something. I like the ethnic guitar
'riff' and the crescendo in the middle, aspects that were
album's Mute track.
road (remix II)
AMBIENT / POST-INDUSTRIAL
is yet another remix of the The Road track from the first
album. There is a wonderful industrial, fire-and-brimstone
drum beat at the start, which fills into a
generic (viz. dull) dance beat. A higher quality, cleaner mix
which adds to the original versions, but perhaps in places
something of the original's body. Perhaps the lo-fi quality
of the original actually helped...?
this one, imagine yourself floating over the City London
watching the early dormant streets, stations and buildings
become inundated with briefcase wielding commuters and
business persons. The mix is muddled, the drums are poor
quality, but the idea's there. Some remixing and
re-engineering would improve this.
/ AMBIENT / TRIP HOP
begins a pleasant and inoffensive enough track, with good 'moving'
drums and piano, then slowly builds to a climax, which
has a catchy chord pattern, but unfulfilled potential.
are too thick again, and the end lacks
a focal (vocal?) element...
/ AMBIENT / CHILL-OUT
a patch on the poem I'm afraid. The title refers to the
structure - as the track before, the piece starts innocent
and then turns a bit satanic - distorted guitars and rock
Holds the same gripes as the previous two tracks, but could
pass a listener's time.
HOUSE / CLUB / BIG BEAT
a challenge from a friend to write some cheesy club music...
I did - complete with dreamy female voice. I think
the track is
proficient, but the music fails to inspire me. It's got structure,
and a decent homemade synth pad. But he loved it, and it found
its way to the local club scene (see entry "Horsham", Crap
Towns), so what do I know...!
TRANCE / BIG BEAT
the precedent set by A New Generation, this is the
second of my commercial-by-design attempts. I prefer it. The
friend didn't. Starts with heavy breaks then morphs into a
Chicane-esque club tune (~3:00). Definitely lacks structure,
but some potential.
IRISH / ROCK
the festive mood, this almost-Irish folk tune was started on
the morning of St.Patrick's Day and finished the same day.
Clearly, the synthesized instruments don't
quite fit with the folk tradition (unless you like Enya), but
if you can see past that, it ain't too bad - some cite
it as their
'Tour de France', a new slightly more
pretentious (viz. 'arty') name was found. Regardless, imagining
a load of cyclists pedling down hill, through towns, etc.
captures the feel of the piece. This was completed with only
IT2 and my CS1x, but still makes passable