is commonplace these days, especially on mixed 'dreamy' albums
to have minute long introductory tracks (an overture, so to
speak). I thought I'd toy with the idea. Does it work? Not
quite. I was also thinking of getting a computer-generated/vocoded
voice to speak
the track list, but Jarre beat me to it.
upon a time, I despised jazz, but recently, as this track
demonstrates, it is beginning to have a small influence. The
chilled and groovy ambience provided by the bass and sax in
this track make it one of my favourites - an opinion echoed be
many of my 'listeners'.
AMBIENT / ELECTRONICA
from being the main theme for the album, Traffic is
a progressive fill-in which develops over time. A recurring
pattern exists throughout, changing in each carnation as
drums, strings and piano weave in and out of each other. Note:
for some reason parts of this track reacted badly to MP3
theme from London to Paris (on the first album) is given a
new lease of life in a far more atmospheric ambient / drum
incarnation. I like this track quite a bit, but that piano
sound is just not lush enough...
seeing the film Gladiator and hearing its music, I was
inspired to right a some almost-symphonic incidental music.
This track sees me journey back to the days when I wrote the
classical suite (see first
I'd like to hear it with less 'synthesized' instruments, so
perhaps this track needs revisiting.
Note: the track reacts badly to
MP3 compression, so only an excerpt is given.
/ TRIP HOP
genre of this track is... I don't know actually. One might
say it's hip hop without the rapping (a marked improvement).
starts with a drum beat that sounds a bit lo-fi (such is the
fashion, these days) which sometimes feels a bit tacky...
it isn't lo-fi enough, but the
soft bass crescendos and crisp piano chords soon take over
to form a good contrast for the rest of piece.
started this a while ago, then after hearing the 'throbbing'
techno soundtrack of the German film 'Lola Rennt', felt
inspired to finish it. It's 'intelligent', melodic techno (or
is that a contradiction in terms?) and like the previous
crescendo provides for some hopefully-not-anti-climatical
build-ups in the piece.
Note: there are number of compression artefacts in the
/ TRIP HOP / WORLD
was another of my favourites. A decent
mix with good bass vibes, breaks and a nice acoustic guitar
riff. The only major gripe I have is, maybe, the length
- it could
stand to lose a minute or two, such as the Bay of Bengal reprise,
maybe (see second