This page lists orchestration sessions for
VPO tracks, from shortly before work on Mustn't grumble started, up to and
including That's odd. It does
not explain how to orchestrate. For that, try principles
of orchestration or artistic
orchestration. I may post some
thoughts on this eventually.
For now I'll simply say very briefly that it usually goes something
Details of later orchestration sessions
were added directly to the master files. Some information taken from
this will be included on the pages about the respective CDs.
- Pick a key (it doesn't matter which one, though start with majors)
- Write down which notes you're allowed and which the typical
chords are that are normally used in that key (I have posted all this
on this site)
- Write about 8 bars of chord sequence, starting with the same
chord as the key (e.g. C for C major).
- Either add audio loops (which should automatically adjust to the
chords) or orchestrate directly using the notes from the chord you
picked for that particular bar
- When you have either the whole backing or a section of it, add a
page lists orchestration-only
sessions for VPO recordings, latest first. You'll find recording and
editing sessions listed separately. Any of those sessions that also
included orchestration won't be listed here.
The following sessions were for the CD That's odd.
Meditating (now renamed Pondering). Used part of a section
of it as an outro. Added fade. Done. And that should be all the
material for That's odd.
Meditating. This is nearing
completion. There are lots of electric
guitars and it sounds quite unlike me, but I like it.
Meditating. I've added some
beefed up guitar to this and it's sounding much harder-edged.
Meditating. Started this but
didn't get very far with it - some chord sequence and some tremelo
16/9/12 - Trellis. That's it
- I think. Later parts of it sound better than the earlier ones, which
is a little odd as they are actually simpler but made to sound more
complicated than they actually are. Bounced.
Trellis. Having return from
Croatia I resumed work on this. It is gradually getting there but
my instinct is not to push it too much further.
3/9/12 - Trellis. I now have
choirs as far out as I've got, but it still needs something else,
probably a couple of sections in minor chords would help.
Trellis. Still working on
improving the three existing parts. Two of them are now sounding much
better. I have about 1 minute 16 of this so far.
Trellis. I wasn't happy with
what I had as I felt it sounded to regimented and orderly. I wanted it
to sound more like a stream of notes tumbling over each other so I
started reworking it.
- Trellis. This is coming
slowly, sometimes fluently, sometimes less so.
Trellis. Started adding third
part. This will end up being three choirs.
Trellis. One female part
and one male. I intend adding a third part later.
Trellis. Extended the
one female part. This is slowly coming. There will of course be more
parts to it later.
19/8/12 - Trellis. Started
with one female (synthesised) vocal. Not a lot of it yet.
One over. Completed violin
part, though am pondering whether to add to parts of it. This is either
finished or very close.
One over. Added violin part
though haven't finished it. Straightened out cello which had got
corupted due to not being marked no transpose.
9/8/12 - One over. Added more
cello out to
what seems to be the end of the piece at around four minutes.
8/8/12 - One over - after
with guitars I've started adding a cello part to this.
6/8/12 - One over - now have
about 64 bars
with a reverse-engineered chord sequence. I deliberately haven't done
any backing at all yet, just a solo piano.
4/8/12 - One over - so called
as it's five
beat bars. I have about a minute of piano for this and am still trying
to sort out the chord sequence which I'm doing by reverse engineering a
3/8/12 - Sleepy. Changed
choir for a South
African. Altered mix. Apparently finished, plus or minus further mix
alterations such as automation.
2/8/12 - Sleepy. This is
much more like it. There are still mix issues, especially with the
choir. It will be close to five minutes.
1/8/12 - Sleepy. I now
have about four
minutes of this but not quite sure at the moment how to end it.
Sleepy. Back into a reprise of
the 'verse' but with variations.
29/7/12 - Sleepy. Extended
into what is effectively a middle 8.
Sleepy. Added dobro. To
be honest I wouldn't know a dobro if I fell over one; I gather it's
some sort of guitary thing. There are also some quiet srings and two
patterns of 8 bar chord sequence. It's sounding quite nice at the
27/7/12 - Sleepy. This
started as a chord sequence and some acoustic guitar notes. It was
getting quite late and I was half asleep so I called it sleepy.
23/7/12 - Cinematic transitions
Cinematic transitions - this
is slowly starting to take some sort of half way convincing shape. It
will come out a little over four minutes. A lot of work on piano and
Cinematic transitions - short
session adding a wee bit to the end of this.
Cinematic transitions - I had
to repair parts of this due to having forgotten to mark them no
transposition resulting in them getting eaten by the chord sequence.
After this I extended it to about two and a quarter minutes.
Cinematic transitions - this
is proving tricky to write because in a sense I've gone beyond this
sort of writing. I have some orchestral plus strings and violins. It
will be a while. No rush of course.
Walking the frog. I wasn't
entirely happy with this. I tightened the piano part and corrected some
of it. I've also added sections at the end so it's now around four and
a half minutes. I've bounced this - it appears to be done.
My gut feeling is not to expand it any further than this.
9/7/12 - Walking the frog. I
now have around
three and a half minutes of piano and violins sounding really quite
nice, dreamy and haunting. I may need to tweak the violin.
7/7/12 - Walking the frog.
Shakespeare (Henry IV part I before you don't ask) added strings and
more sections. Now have this out to around 2 minutes 48 and it sounds
6/7/12 - Walking the frog. 32
(3 beat) bars
of chord sequence and piano.
5/7/12 - Interlude. Plus or
minus the odd
remix, this is now done.
4/7/12 - Interlude. Now have
length of it which is around 2 minutes 50, but still needs the outro
3/7/12 - Read the manual.
hacked around some more which I guess is two and a half versions. Ready
Read the manual. Added bass,
strings, trumpets. I now have about 47 seconds of this. (Later) added
middle 8, now have about a minute and 19 seconds. I had to write some
more lyric as it was missing a middle 8 lyric. It may also be two lines
short at the end of the verses which would be a real nuisance to write.
(Later still) Completed, apart from adding the lyrics to it. It took a
while to understand why the verse didn't quite sound right. Once the
penny dropped and I realised what I had to do suddenly it just sounded
Read the manual. Banjo and
guitar. Some vocal guide. Unfortunately it does look as though I
will need to write a middle 8 lyric for this one.
Interlude. Remixed by changing
velocities. Some edits. I now have 40 bars of this plus chord sequence
for another 16 bars. It sounds very nice.
Interlude. Gradually working
through this. It now includes violins. This will take a while.
Interlude. I now have 24 bars
(around 47 seconds at the current tempo - I may speed it up a bit) with
cellos, trumpets, tubas and a piano. It's sounding classical, and quite
Interlude. This is an
instrumental being orchestrated from scratch from a five note chord
sequence. I haven't got far with it yet. One day you'll understand. Very
slight mix alteration.
One day you'll understand.
Added percussion and strings and (though I say it myself) a glorious
string finish. Later added french horns and a piano, including a
shortish intro. Sounds quite orchestral apart from the guitar. Ready to
One day you'll understand. Two
of three verses - vocal guide, chord sequence, two guitar parts based
The Englebert Humperdinckness of it
all. Added strings. Sorted out percussion EQ glitch. Ready
The Englebert Humperdinckness of it
all. I how have guitar, vocal guide and drums all the way
through, and it's sounding very good.
The Englebert Humperdinckness of it
all. Yes, this is a quite separate song, that in fact I had
forgotten about. I had to work backwards as I already had a lot of the
tune in my head, so I had to work out the key and chord sequence from
that. It's coming, slowly.
Englebert Humperdinck (or not).
Added lyric and bass. Ready to record.
Englebert Humperdinck (or not).
This is now virtually complete except for the lyric not being added yet.
9/6/12 - Englebert Humperdinck (or
have one verse of this. It sounds quite good, pleasant, singalong.
7/6/12 - The elephant.
Amended cello. This needs the lyric adding, otherwise it's pretty much
6/6/12 - The elephant.
clarinet. This still has a very classical feel - like chamber music.
4/6/12 - The elephant. The
orchestration of this is getting quite close to completion. It's a
piano based piece with a strong classical flavour. The lyric is being
hacked around quite a lot to sort out the stressing. It's likely to be
quite short, possibly around two and a half minutes. (Later) added
3/6/12 - The elephant. This
slowly, just with a piano at the moment, but I have had problems with
the lyric, especially the irregular structure and the long lines.
2/6/12 - Contemplating the void.
trumpet part. Changed parts of the percussion line. Added sound effect
at the end. This is sounded very close and could be recorded now.
(Later) spend quite a lot time mixing this. Now it sounds right. Ready
1/6/12 - Contemplating the void.
something all the way through. Have added lyric. This is nearing
Contemplating the void. A lot
of work on this including scrapping the sand rabab and adding a lot
more Greek stuff means it's creeping fairly close to the end, but it's
been quite hard to get it all right.
Contemplating the void. Now
have just over a minute of this plus another 8 bars of chord sequence
beyond that. It's sounding interesting.
Contemplating the void.
Finally some progress, though only a few lines' worth.
Contemplating the void. Didn't
get further than ten bars of chord sequence as I spent a lot of time
going through audio loops and bookmarking promising ones.
The $15m duck. Added four bars
of guitar and harmonica in the middle. This caused a certain amount of
grief, but I got it straight.
The $15m duck. Done, ready to
The $15m duck. I finally feel
I'm getting to grips with this. I have most of it bar the outro, and
the stressing now sounds right. The mix is also a lot better.
The $15m duck. Added
percussion, sorted out stressing and spent some while pondering on one
of the guitars only to leave it more or less where it was.
20/5/12 - The $15m duck. This
started off as a smaller amount of money but got promoted due to
stressing reasons. Would you believe there is lots of hard edged guitar
in this, quite unlike me. In the first session I got an intro and one
verse, but there were stressing issues.
Answers on a postcard.
Completed adding the lyric although it got hacked around in places to
improve the stressing. Ready to record.
Answers on a postcard. A lot
of work on this including adding a cello part means it's nearly ready
Answers on a postcard. It took
a bit of doing, but I now have a good idea of how this goes. It
shouldn't take all that much longer to be ready to record it.
Answers on a postcard. I
about 37 seconds of this and it sounds very nice so far.
Every minute. Completed, ready
to record, including the vocal though I had to tweak it a bit to weed
out some stressing issues. I might slow it down a touch when I record
Every minute. Added
counterpoint i.e. Erhu and eastern (synthesised) vocal. This is close
9/5/12 - Every minute.
Preliminary work on
this done very quickly with two mandolins and a vocal guide.
8/5/12 - All I ever wanted.
This is ready to
record. Admittedly the gospel choir may be a bit over the top. Not 100%
sure about the guitar in the middle 8 so it may get changed later.
7(?)/5/12 - All I ever wanted.
It took a bit of
doing as I've had to sort of work backwards from the tune in my head to
figure out the right chord sequence, but I now have the chorus as well.
This basically just leaves the middle 8.
All I ever wanted. This has
been going round and round in my head for
four years. What I have for verse 1 is close to what I have been
hearing, though I can't get it exact as my vocal range isn't wide
3/5/12 - Stick insect blues.
Alterations to violin part. Minor mix alterations. Ready to record.
2/5/12 - Stick insect blues.
Now ready to
have the lyric added. Sounds nice, but odd.
1/5/12 - Stick insect blues.
One verse to
go. Am pondering on whether to change tack in the last verse.
Stick insect blues. I now have
something all the way through but still need to work on the piano part
and details of the later orchestration.
Stick insect blues. Added part
of verse three which is minor chords. That is, I have the chord
sequence and two guitars, but not other instruments or a vocal guide.
Stick insect blues. Two verses
out of five. Have added a piano and a violin. The piano was a guitar ,
then a piano, then a harpsichord, then back to a piano again. The
middle verse has to be minor chords I think, then back to majors for
the last two.
Stick insect blues. I now have
one verse of this (out of 5). Sounds quiet and quite pretty.
Er. I wasn't happy with this,
though it sounded complete - so I saved it as version one and then
proceeded to scrap or rewrite much of the first 23 bars. I also
amended the outro. It now sounds better, more like I intended.
Er. Completed orchestration,
though I may change some of it later. It's an odd mix, starting
orchestral and suddenly switching to electric guitars.
Er. A lot of work on guitars
and vocals mean that this section and the
initial orchestral one both sound good. However the snag is that the
vocal parts aren't consistent - they're slightly different even though
the chord sequence is technically the same.
Er. An abrupt change of tack
at the end of chorus 1 - enter electric guitars and a drum kit. Blame
Elvis - that's the way it is, which I had watched on TV very shortly
Er. I now have a verse
and a chorus, with a cello, clarinet, trombone and a vocal guide.
Er. Short section of cello.
Funny. Minor alterations on
drum and guitar parts. Er. Part
of chord sequence.
Funny. Added cello. Tweaked
vocal guide slightly.
9/4/12 - Funny. I have
the whole lot
though may need more instruments. It sounds quite pretty. The lyric has
been added, it's ready to record.
8/4/12 - Funny. Now have one
verse and one
chorus. I had one or two niggly problems with chord transpositions, but
nothing major. (Later:) I now have most of this
though bits of it sound as if they need tweaking. Some of it sounds
7/4/12 - Funny. I have one
verse of this. I
started orchestrating the same day I wrote it.
6/4/12 - Yoghurt as meditation.
will be around two minutes including the fade.
5/4/12 - Yoghurt as meditation.
I have just
over a minute of this. It's going to be short, but it's a real cracker,
an absolute corker.
4/4/12 - What it feels like.
didn't change any of the orchestration, I did hack some of the lyrics
around to get the stressing right. This is a rhythm thing - the pacing
of the thing has to feel write, and as I originally wrote it, it didn't.
3/4/12 - What it feels like.
electric guitar part. After trying a lot of things instead of a trumpet
for now have settled for a choir with a reworked part. This is missing
the lyric on the vocal guide, other than that it's ready to record.
2/4/12 - What it feels like.
Extended this out to the end of chorus 3; also amended the vocal guide
as bits of it didn't quite sound right. It's still missing an outro,
and the trumpet doesn't quite sound right, but it's close to being
ready to record.
1/4/12 - What it feels like.
I now have
around two minutes of this, out to the end of chorus 2. It is sounding,
erm, odd, but then that is the general idea. The trumpet part may need
reworking in places.
What it feels like. This is
steadily getting better. I have a good feeling about it. Worked on
verse 1 and chorus 1 and started on verse 2.
What it feels like. I have
over a minute, out to the end of chorus 1. The chorus sounds absolutely
fabulous, really fantastic. Not as sure about the verse.
Arabian circles. I'd had the
nagging feeling that this didn't quite sound right, but it took a while
before I realised that it was because the first and third sections
weren't resolving on B flat which they should have. I fixed this, and
also did some remixing and added an erhu. This is now ready to record.
Arabian circles. I now have
the whole lot right through. It appears to be ready to record although
it could probably stand a remix.
Arabian circles. Completed
vocal guide for section 2; started section 3.
Arabian circles. Some of the
vocal guide. Some of the second section.
Arabian circles. Preliminary
work on this, although it's sounding more like Indian circles at the
moment.... quite nice though.
Voices. A lot of work on
section 2 has got me a rough cut which I have uploaded... though it
still needs a lot of editing.
Voices. I now have something
all the way through this but one section of it doesn't sound right, and
it also needs a lot of remixing.
Voices. Long struggle with
this one until I realised I had forgotten to extend and apply the chord
sequence, and then it all fell into place. Now have somewhere over two
minutes of it. It seems to be close to completion.
Voices. Added more vocals,
percussion and a sand rabab. I have around a minute of this, and it
sounds good so far, albeit odd.
Voices. I started with the
odd key of F Prometheus and started tinkering to see what chords I
could make. After a time I made 16 bars of a chord sequence and started
adding vocal loops.
The following sessions were for the CD Mortality.
29/10/11 - The hell of it.
Took the strings out, extended the end of it, added a very short intro,
it sounds done. And that should be that for Mortality.... editing next.
28/10/11 - The hell of it.
More grappling with this including the string part.
26/10/11 - The hell of it.
Still working on this including what looks like being the outro.
25/10/11 - The hell of it.
This is sounding a lot better. Still not entirely convinced about the
24/10/11 - The hell of it.
Adding exotic section to follow the banjos (yes, I know.... weird).
23/10/11 - The hell of it.
Not sure what will come of this, but, well, I'm doing it for the hell
22/10/11 - Time out. Altered
piano part including adding tremelo. Bar later edits I believe this is
20/10/11 - Time out. Added
cello. Altered other parts. This is now sounding finished.
19/10/11 - Time out. I now
have this all the way through but it needs more instruments at the
11/10/11 - Time out. Adding
more piano plus some Koto. It's sounding good. I'm out to somewhere
around three minutes.
9/10/11 - Time out. Working
on synthesised vocals. Still a long way to go.
7/10/11 - Time out. Added
more piano and synthesised vocals. Still a long way to go but coming on
6/10/11 - Time out. This was
sort of by request, as Steam seems to have gone down well. It's coming
on nicely - though at the moment only a piano and a sound recording
5/10/11 - Death. Completed
(for now)... finally. Mastered; uploaded to N.O.M.
3/10/11 - Death. This
is somewhere around two and a half to three minutes and has ascended
into the hereafter which sounds suitably strange. Coming along nicely.
1/10/11 - Death. Added to
current last section. I now have about two minutes of this but with
parts of it missing.
29/9/11 - Death. This is
coming very slowly. Trumpets, French horns, quite a bit of guitar. One
minute 23 seconds.
28/9/11 - Death. I now have
around a minute of something but there is obviously lots more to go on
26/9/11 - Death. This is the
last one that has to go on. I have about 36 seconds of something or
other, a chord sequence and electric piano.
24/9/11 - Follow the crowd.
Well, I have something, apparently all the way to the end, but I'm not
sure if it's finished yet.
20/9/11 - Follow the crowd.
Added a somewhat distorted trumpet. Now have two verses and choruses
and a chord sequence for a middle 8. (Later) completed expanded middle
19/9/11 - Follow the crowd.
Initial experiments with two distortion guitars and a piano. I got
about 30 seconds of it.
18/9/11 - Life. Finally
finished this; it's just over three and a half minutes. It's odd, but
that's me for you.
17/9/11 - Life. Have this
apparently all the way out to the end but it's still missing one or two
bits like some more bassoon. The heavily distorted electric guitar
16/9/11 - Life. Now have this
out to around three minutes and though I say it myself it is starting
to sound seriously good. There's probably going to be something like
another two minutes of it.
13/9/11 - Life. Added more of
it including distortion guitar which makes this a very unorthodox of
strongly orchestral elements and a more pop orientated contemporary
type sound. Now at around 2 minutes 37 seconds.
12/9/11 - Life. After a long
struggle with the middle section it now sounds right. I now have about
two and a quarter minutes plus or minus a bit of mixing.
11/9/11 - Life. Reworked
guitar part again, changed effects. Now sounds quite interesting,
although there's a section now in the middle of what I had that I'm not
10/9/11 - Life. Adding
instruments. Reworking guitar part. Now have a lot of this out to
close to two minutes.
6/9/11 - Life. This is
sounding very grand and orchestral, timpani, bassoon, clarinet, quite
unlike anything else I've written. I have just over a minute of it.
31/8/11 - Life. Working on
first part of this, adding more instruments.
30/8/11 - Life. Adding
instruments but still an awfully long way to go.
29/8/11 - Life. Very quick
start to this.
26/8/11 - Steam. Added oboe.
23/8/11 - Steam. Added piano.
22/8/11 - Steam. Completed
strings and guitar. Have whole length of it (around four minutes) but
needs more instruments.
21/8/11 - Steam. Initial edit
of location sound recording (made at the Bluebell Line on 20th August),
effects on sound recording, strings on first two minutes or so. This is
a similar sort of approach to Beach Sounds, although the more
industrial and less natural setting makes it feel more radical.
18/8/11 - Angel. Added
trumpet, changed effects. Completed.
17/8/11 - Angel.
Mandolin part sounds complete, although it doesn't include the
16/8/11 - Angel. Slowly &
painfully adding chord global track and mandolin.
13/8/11 - Angel. Adapting
what would have been a commercial project (Angel in the sky) as an
instrumental. Changed vocal to a guitar. Started adding strings.
12/8/11 - Now. Added second
piano and fade-out. It's ready, but will probably get more added to it
10/8/11 - Now. Have the whole
lot all the way to the end including the lyric. It can be recorded now
but probably needs more backing.
9/8/11 - Now. Added mandolin,
worked on effects, extended to end of middle eight.
1/8/11 - Now. Initial
sketches - I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do with this.
29/7/11 - Baldalay.
Completed, apart from lyric which needs adding to the vocal guide part.
26/7/11 - Baldalay. Added
25/7/11 - Baldalay. Completed
guitar up to
but not including middle 8; added rabab.
23/7/11 - Baldalay. Adding
guitar and drums.
22/7/11 - Baldalay. Part of
Part of vocal guide.
19/7/11 - Farewell.
Added piano. This
looks read to record plus or minus the odd tweak on the vocal guide.
18/7/11 - Farewell. Added
viola and choir.
Added lyric to vocal guide.
17/7/11 - Farewell. Added
16/7/11 - Farewell. Now have
and vocal guide all the way through up to but not including the outro.
Also added guitar and it sounds really gorgeous.
15/7/11 - Farewell. Initial
sketches - the
start of the chord sequence, and the start of the vocal guide.
12/7/11 - Lifetime. This is
now more or less
ready give or take the odd tweak. The middle 8 turned out to be in the
key of C Mixolydian, which I'd never even heard of.
11/7/11 - Lifetime. Adding
(incomplete at the moment).
10/7/11 - Lifetime. Added
bongo/conga parts, have some of a sitar bassline.
9/7/11 - Lifetime. Now have
and vocal guide all the way through except the outro, but having
problems finding something suitable to back it with.
8/7/11 - Lifetime. Chorus.
Still only vocal
guide and chord sequence.
7/7/11 - Lifetime. First
verse - chord
sequence and vocal guide.
5/7/11 - Time passing backwards.
Another wrestle and it was mostly straight except for bits of
and the outro. Later I finished it. It's ready to record.
4/7/11 - Time passing backwards.
Difficult session due to issues with transpositions, in which the chord
sequence track, erm, ate itself. Nearly got it straight by the time I
went to bed.
3/7/11 - Time passing backwards.
guitar and bassy organ to first verse. Sounding better, more organised
and meant, less haphazard. Still needs more chords for the chorus
2/7/11 - Time passing backwards.
- that is, just under a quarter of the running time. This is the
first song explicitly based on a chord sequence which I sat down and
wrote as a sequence of chords. Not sure what I make of it, though so
far I do like the chord sequence.
1/7/11 - Ghosts. Completed
viola part. Ready
30/6/11 - Ghosts. Working on
Still has a chamber music feel to it - it's a trio with a vocal in fact.
28/6/11 - Ghosts. Completed
started on cello part. Sounds intricate with a very classical, chamber
music type feel to it.
27/6/11 - Ghosts. Vocal and
piano part. Have
most of this, although annoyingly I had to change one part for some
reason that wasn't obvious.
26/6/11 - Killing time.
Frantic last minute
session just before recording. Ghosts.
Very early piano sketches.
25/6/11 - Killing time. Added
although it may not stay a harp. This can now be recorded.
24/6/11 - Killing time.
started adding a piano.
21/6/11 - Killing time.
Slowly adding what's
turned out to be a cello part.
20/6/11 - Killing time. Now
all the way through, though still only a clavichord backing.
18/6/11 - Killing time.
Making slow progress
with the middle 8.
17/6/11 - Killing time. After
a lot of pondering I went for a Clavichord for this and got to the end
of the first verse.
16/6/11 - Say goodbye.
Completed, ready to
record, though will be difficult in the middle section and I may well
have to double track it.
12/6/11 - Angel in the sky.
Completed, ready to record.
11/6/11 - Angel in the sky.
half the middle 8. When I've done the other half I've basically got it
apart from the outro.
10/6/11 - Say goodbye. Added
exotic middle 8
and hybrid final sections. Now have most of this. Angel in the sky. This isn't my
lyric - it will be a commercial project if it happens. Have intro and
9/6/11 - Say goodbye. Now
have this up to
but not including the middle 8.
7/6/11 - Say goodbye. Added
things to backing. I am now pretty sure of the structure, and most of
the writing of the actual tune is therefore done, except for the middle
6/6/11 - Say goodbye. Making
on this, although there may be an issue either with the sequence or the
5/6/11 - Say goodbye. An
intro and four
lines, but it does sound very pretty.
3/6/11 - Intimations of mortality.
wasn't happy with the rhythm of the vocal, so I edited some of the
lyric and some of the melodic line, and it now sounds much better.
2/6/11 - Intimations of mortality.
Changed part of the backing to the first section, which now sounds a
1/6/11 - Intimations of mortality.
more to the earlier section.
31/5/11 - Intimations of mortality.
guide alterations. Close to being ready to record, although earlier
section needs alterations.
30/5/11 - Intimations of mortality.
now close to completion. Lyric still needs adding.
28/5/11 - Intimations of mortality.
Very prelimnary searches for sounds, haven't got very far yet....
later added a lot more.
26/5/11 - I guess I changed my mind.
Removed drums, added piano. This is likely to be ready to record.
25/5/11 - I guess I changed my mind.
have this all the way through but something is missing.
24/5/11 - I guess I changed my mind.
guitar, French Horn (after trying a few other things), choir, strings.
I have this to about the beginning of the middle 8. It sounds unusual
but quite pretty.
23/5/11 - I guess I changed my mind.
Very preliminary, a few bars only.
22/5/11 - The sailor. Added
sounded so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes listening to it. Later
added flute and guitar. Ready to record.
21/5/11 - The sailor. I have
the way through, except the outro. Needs more instruments, possibly
cello and violin.
20/5/11 - Sin at speed. Added
changed guitars in the last verse, added claps in the last verse,
analysed keys. Ready to record.
16/5/11 - Sin at speed. Added
15/5/11 - Catholic shame.
This was in the morning; I recorded it the same afternoon. Sin at speed. Got quite a long way
with this. It's still an experiment in chord changes, this time using
12/5/11 - Catholic shame. I
now appear to
have the whole lot, though I suspect there will end up being more
instrument tracks on it. It's yet another oddity, switching tack as it
does part way through. Apparently ready to record.
11/5/11 - Catholic shame. I
have a very short
intro, verse 1, chorus 1, middle 8. Lots of hard electric guitar and
10/5/11 - Catholic shame. Now
up as far as the middle 8. Very aggressive, lots of hard drums and
9/5/11 - Catholic shame.
Started off on this
one with some aggressive electric guitar. This does feel like an angry
lyric to me. At the moment it's missing an intro.
2/5/11 (May Day) - Old -
Piano. Completed, anything
else would be superfluous.
1/5/11 - Old - Added another
guitar, spent a
while on this even though it will be practically inaudible. This is
ready to record although I still have a feeling I should add more to it.
30/4/11 - Old - I spent a
long time wrestling
with this to get the chord changes right. After a lot of work it is now
sounding a lot better although it still needs some stressing sorted and
more instruments adding.
29/4/11 (Royal Wedding
day) - Memories are gold -
added piano and flute. Old -
got most of this though it's really an experiment in transposition
28/4/11 - Memories are gold -
added lute and drums.
27/4/11 - Memories are gold -
part, although with pauses. Not now sure if all voices will be viable.
26/4/11 - Memories are gold -
something all the way through, backed at the moment only by backing
vocals. Sounds odd by my standards; not unpleasant, just odd.
25/4/11 (Easter Monday)
- Memories are gold - started
on this including backing vocals, a verse and half a chorus.
(yes, Good Friday) - Dig those crazy
climate change email blues - stressing changes, minor melody
changes, added trumpet, changed percussion in a short section of it.
This sound really beautiful.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - added lyric and short break in the middle. Some
tweaking still seems to be needed to the vocal rhythm.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - now seem to have the whole lot bar the odd tweak.
Needs lyric adding, otherwise seems ready to record.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - added what passes for a middle 8, worked on the
choir part. Later added the second half, so I have something all the
way through except for the outro. Still sounds very nice.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - this is coming along famously. It needs a
variation in the vocal in the third verse, but other than that a lot of
the writing is actually done. It's possible that this will be recorded
on Good Friday.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - I now have 12 bars. Two thirds of it is F# major,
the other (middle) third (of each three bar group) is Bb minor.
I'll need to use the 12 bar loop for the verses.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - I now have an eight bar section that seems to have
come out in two keys, one for the first four and one for the second,
though I'm not quite sure which key one of them is yet as I don't have
enough notes to know. It sounds very pretty.
- Dig those crazy climate change
email blues - preliminary twiddling.
The following sessions were for the CD Abstracts.
- Farewell words. Added choir
(yes, really); spent some time setting up suitable effects for it. That
should be it for abstracts, unless I write replacement tracks for any
I'm not happy with (like Trying, for instance).
- Farewell words. Added more
guitar and some bass, plus the lyric. Bits of lyric still look as if
they could stand being tweaked, other than that, I think it is done.
- Farewell words. This is
very close to being done. It is very hard edged with heavy electric
guitars. I've never done anything like it before.
- Farewell words. This was
going to be a soft focus tear jerker, but when it came to adding other
parts to it, I just basically didn't want to do that. This may be
because I feel differently than I did when I wrote the lyric. Suffice
to say what there is so far, maybe a bit over a third of it, now has a
harder edge to the sound.
- Farewell words. Still
collecting elements for this. Have some piano that sounds quite pretty,
and an intro of sorts.
- Don't blame me. I
wasn't sure it was quite finished, so I added to one of the guitar
parts, then added an organ and some strings, although I tried to be
selective and restrained about how I used the strings. I also hopefully
fixed mixing issues. It appears to be ready to record.
- Don't blame me. This can be
recorded now, the whole length is there... but I'm not sure if I'm
happy with it.
- Don't blame me. Well, this
turned out a bit differently than I expected.... because I decided that
it was fundamentally a cheery song, at least for the character singing
it, and that I should orchestrate it in a cheery way. I now have most
of it, nearly all of it in fact.
- Your own way. Spend over
three hours working on this, then the laptop locked up and I lost the
lot. I was up until one in the morning, but I did finish it ready to
record the next day.
- Your own way. I still had
some of this in my head from when I wrote the lyric in September. I
started with the vocal, but had to move it to get it into the right
range, after which it turned out to be in C major. Spent some
while pondering on instruments. As this is 3/4 time I used a walz
bassline but it ended up on a classical guitar. I added a piano on the
offbeat later. It also has strings which I am less sure about. It's
about 65 beats a minute which makes it the slowest music I've written.
- Eastern mist. This
now has some flutes but otherwise is purely loops and effects.
Completed apart from more harmonic vocals - the vocals on this already
are also loops.
12/11/10 - Eastern mist. Long
session putting loops together and playing with effects.
- Eastern mist. Collecting
loops and sounds. This really started just as experimenting with loops.
- Do you? More piano. Further
changes to lute effects. Some strings changes. Completed, ready to
- Do you? Some remixing.
Alteration to piano part to stop vocal sounding out of step.
5/11/10 - Do you? Added lyric
to vocal guide.
- Do you? Changed bassline
yet again. Added second guitar. Getting there.
- Do you? Changed bassline
again, filled out piano part to the end. Two problems - bassline sound,
and parts of the guitar sound too busy.
31/10/10 - Do you? Added
piano. Now have something all the way through but something doesn't
quite feel right.
- Do you? I'm now happy with
most of the acoustic guitar but have been experimenting with different
basslines. This is now starting to approach completion. Strong
possibility for last track on the CD.
- Do you? The acoustic guitar
is the main issue on this one. It's still very busy and I have to
decide at some point if that is right for the song. I'm sticking with
it at the moment.
24/10/10 - Do you? A very
brief go at this, concentrating on the guitar.
- Do you? Still working on
sounds, though now have something like a fifth of it.
- Do you? Collecting sounds,
working on intro and first verse. Gradually making progress.
- Buzz me. I've redone the
drums, and it sounds much better.
- Buzz me. Done, except that
I'm not entirely happy with the drums.
- Buzz me. This is now
- Buzz me. I've finally
managed to put a full stop at the end of this. I'm adding a piano.
- Buzz me. Have nearly
four minutes of it. It sounds great, but I need to move it to a close,
and at the moment not quite sure how I'll do that.
- Buzz me. Now have just over
three minutes. It sounds like it needs a few rough edges smoothing off
it here and there. I'm not quite sure where it's ultimately going but
I'll find out.
- Buzz me. A little more. I'm
cautiously doing bits of this now and then. I have perhaps two and a
quarter minutes of it.
- Buzz me. After a long
hiatus for personal reasons, went back to this. Added strings as well
as extending it. Now have much it to around two minutes.
- Buzz me. Getting there
slowly. Have a minute and a half to two minutes.
- Buzz me. Working with
sounds and effects. This is now sounding much better.
- Buzz me. Added another
instrument part for this. I'm still getting the hang of the vocoder
synth. That is, used purely as a synth. Goodness knows what
vocoding is when it's at home.
- Buzz me. Effects.
Orchestration. I now have something out to nearly a minute. It's
sounding better than it was but still needs more instruments.
- Bittersweet. Remixed
backing. It now has an oboe as well as a flute and is ready to record. Buzz me. Collecting sounds and
- Bittersweet. I have been
ill during this time. I nibbled at this track as and when I felt well
enough, ditching the intro from the old version and adding a new one,
as well as a flute part. This is now ready to record, although I may
still add more orchestration to it. I think I'll postpone recording the
vocal until I feel better though.
- Bittersweet. Drastic
rewrite in progress, and the rewritten bits are sounding much better,
which is nice because this song particularly deserves it. [Later] now
have guitar, strings, piano and vocal guide out to about a minute.
- Bittersweet. Have got quite
a long way with this, and it will obviously work the way I'm doing it,
but I'm somehow not entirely convinced.
8/8/10 - Just noodling.
- Just noodling.
Experimenting with loops. This is a gentle guitary pianoy sort of
thing. I've actually got most of it from loops and added strings,
and effects of course. Will probably add more later.
- Synthetic lines. This is
now getting quite close. The sound is quite untypical of me, but
the way it's written isn't. [later] Completed. For now.
5/8/10 - Synthetic lines.
Effects, a little orchestration.
- Synthetic lines. Now have
this out to about a minute and to me it sounds really good.
- Synthetic lines. Collecting
- Sweeping up. Added another
instrument from a prerecorded loop. It does now sound finished except
for some reverb needing fading out at the end.
- Sweeping up. Adding extra
instrument part - a sort of fake synthy guitar.
- Sweeping up. Now have the
full length of it but still doing one of the instrument parts. It will
be around two minutes long. It's hard and fast with sweeping stringlike
- Sweeping up. This is coming
slowly. I now have about a minute of partial backing.
- Sweeping up. This time a
poly synth using pre-recorded drum loops. Collecting sounds and rhythms.
19/7/10 - The tune.
Went through the vocal amending the stressing, including altering
the syllables so that short notes got short syllables etc. It will
still be tricky to get the breath control right, and it is a strange
sort of song, but there we are.
- The tune. Went through all
the parts sorting out the rhythm and stressing. Now sounds much better,
very orchestral, with the oboe lending it an almost classical flavour
in places. Still needs lyric adding to vocal guide, then it will be
ready to record. Some suggestion there may be an issue with the
compression on the output, but that can be sorted out later.
- The tune. Added guitar and
- The tune. Still working on
the piano part.
- The tune. Did a lot
of work on the piano part. This is gradually taking shape but the
earlier parts of it may now need to be redone.
11/7/10 - The tune. Slowly
piecing this together based on piano loops. This is not going to be
- The tune. Very slowly
coming together. Not quite how I imagined, it's brisker, but there you
go. What isn't going on. Long
go at sorting out the stressing. This now appears to be ready to record.
- The tune. This is really a
dig at my mum who will probably never hear it. It will have lyrics.
Collecting sounds and loops.
- What isn't going on. This
is nearing completion. Still needs the lyrics adding in to the score
view. Current running time just over three minutes.
- What isn't going on.
This is sounding oriental with western percussion, exotic. It's
sounding really fantastic in fact. I have somewhere around half the
lyric in it, it'll probably finish up somewhere around two and a half
- What isn't going on. This
will have a vocal (shock, horror). Collecting sounds.
- The bass place.
Completed, uploaded to MySpace. Just under four minutes.
Certainly unusual, but that's fine.
- The bass place. This is now
up to around 3 minutes 15 and sounds fascinating. It's in the last
section so possibly looking at around four minutes.
- The bass place. Short
session while quarter watching Japan play Denmark in the world cup.
This is moving towards being finished, though it still needs a last
section to wind it up.
- The bass place. This is
sounding better and better. I now have around two minutes of it.
- The bass place. After a lot
of fiddling including some drum edits, this is finally starting to
sound right. Have about a minute and a half of it.
- The bass place. Another wee
Not sure if I should add strings to this.
- The bass place. Back to
this after a holiday break. It's coming on famously, although possibly
in danger of sounding a wee bit bland.
- The bass place. Now have
enough sounds at least for now, and around 40 seconds of something.
- The bass place. Still
collecting sounds. I have a kind of weird organ here that sounds like
something out of Dr Who.
- The bass place. Still
collecting sounds. This is gradually coming together.
26/5/10 - The bass place.
Another experiment, this time with a mono synth that seems to do a lot
of bassy sounds, so it'll be erm bassy. Collecting sounds.
- Getting together. Minor
tinkering, minor mixing, bounced the first version of it though some of
it near the end appears to need changing. This makes 8 tracks 28
- Getting together.
Have the whole thing, have straightened out the end, may now be
complete in draft form.
- Getting together.
Getting there slowly.
- Getting together. I have
what appears to be the whole length but plenty of orchestration still
to be done on the last section.
- Getting together. Now have
around two and a half minutes including some reverby trumpet.
- Getting together.
Adding another synth track which started out brassy but doesn't
sound that now. Now have this out to about a minute and a half.
- Getting together. Have it
out to a little over a minute, it's sounding good. Still collecting
- Getting together. Still
- Getting together. An
experiment with the ensemble synth, hence the name. Sorting sounds,
working out basic blocks, haven't got very far yet.
- Get down (to the doctor).
Long session in the morning and a tweak later. Have added the seemingly
compulsory strings as well as a guitar, plus put a compressor on stereo
out. Now sounding much better, very hard edged, not my usual style at
all. Ready to record.
- Get down (to the doctor). I
now have something all the way through, and it is sounding better. I
could record now, but I'm not entirely happy with it and there isn't
any rush so I'll probably tinker with it some more and record in a
couple of weeks or so.
- Get down (to the doctor).
Inserted missing lyric sections and corrected some sections of the
melodic line of the lyric which were a semitone out. Now sounding much
22/4/10 - Get down (to the doctor).
Longish noodle while watching the political debate on telly. Something
about it didn't quite sound right though.
- Get down (to the doctor).
I hadn't actually intended using this one in this collection, but
the sort of feel it has is right.
21/4/10 - Trying. Changed
piano to electric piano and it finally sounded something like right.
- Trying. This is done, for
now. Something tells me it may need careful
editing. I don't feel as comfortable with it as I did with some of the
- Trying. Adding trumpets.
- Trying. Now have this
up to about two and a half minutes.
- Trying. Still adding synthy
twangs. It seems to be taking an awful lot of writing to fill this one
- Trying. This song is living
up to its name. Technical problems, so back to a piano. Still adding
- Trying. Long session. Have
changed the piano to a tango accordion and started adding a synthy
twang. Still coming, slowly.
- Trying. A wee noodle. It is
coming, slowly. Not entirely sure about the (presently effects laden)
- Trying. Now have piano and
some strings out to around two minutes. May not have quite the right
plaintive tone yet.
7/4/10 - Trying. This started
as a piano piece loosely derived from an earlier song. I didn't
get very far with it on the first session.
- I was just thinking. Finished.
For now. Bits of it still need fine tuning. May still change the guitar
- I was just thinking. This
is now close to completion, but bits of guitar don't sound quite right.
- I was just thinking. I now
have this out to around 4 minutes which seems to be the full length of
it, but there is a lot of tidying up to do by the sounds of it.
- I was just thinking. I have
this out to around 1 minute 45. Starting to sound quite good.
- I was just thinking. This
is a quiet slow dreamy sort of piece. Still in it's early stages.
- Cedric... shut up. After a
lot of work including a bit of a nightmare mixing it, I now have a
working version of this one. Total of eight instruments including a
- Cedric... shut up. Now have
this with up to 7 instruments at any one time, out to two minutes
- Cedric... shut up. This has
now acquired a tabla and a sitar following my investing in the world
music jam pack.
15-16/3/10 - Cedric... shut up.
This has been taking shape with various instruments some of which don't
actually exist - a beeble for instance. Although I have a concept for
it I'm still not sure how I'll implement it.
- Cedric... shut up. Early
stages of this, finding the right sounds and so forth.
- The colour red. Completed
working version of this, uploaded to MySpace.
- The colour red. Early
attempts to collect instruments and sounds. I have even used a
pre-recorded loop which is the first time I've ever done that.
- Asia. Had a long go at this
and now have a version of the whole
thing. The flutes sound really glorious. May need to ponder the last
section, at the moment the drums are stopping completely there.
- Asia. Now have this to
nearly four minutes. I have to report the guitar score looks really
weird, lines with numbers on, it isn't easy to see what key you're
supposed to be in writing it. I suspect this isn't actually in any key
but it still sounds fine.
- Asia. Bumped up string
volume, extended notes and added slidey/echoey
acoustic guitar while I was supposed to be finishing breakfast.
This is now starting to sound good. [later] Added second section,
still incomplete; now have it to somewhere over two minutes. It now
includes a piano, though this seems to involve a fearfully large number
- Asia. Well, it's coming,
slowly. The koto is starting to sound tuneful. Possibly some strings
required? [added later]
- Asia. Strange concoction,
deliberately being written oddly to test
the capabilities of Logic Express as well as to try and be original.
Still in it's very early stages.
2/3/10 - Tune 1. Adjusted
note lengths and effects.
31/1/10 - Tune 1. Remastered
to remove the pause.
30/1/10 - Tune 1. I
have a version of this all the way through. The mastered version has a
long pause at the end for some reason. The piano could stand a bit of
polishing. Sounds very pretty though.
27/1/10 - Tune 1. Added a bit
more piano and a string track but no notes on it yet.
24/1/10 - Tune 1. Further
work on this, still only a piano, out to about 43 seconds.
23/1/10 - Tune 1 [later
renamed Idly wonder]. This is an
initial experiment with Logic Express 9 and the new Macbook Pro.
I'm still learning to use this setup, which is replacing Music Creator
2 on the Advent. The tune itself is a pretty sounding Piano piece, with
the odd accidental. I only got a few bars of it in the first session.
The following sessions were for the CD Beach sounds.
9/1/10 - Peaceful surf and people.
Completed, mastered. I resisted the tempation to wallpaper strings all
7/1/10 - Peaceful surf and people. Briefly
started sketching in the last section.
6/1/10 - Peaceful surf and people.
Still in 3 beat bars, still just two guitars, have possibly
around three quarters of a minute of orchestration still to do.
28/12//09 - Peaceful surf and people.
Now have a nice tick-tocky section lasting until about 7 minutes 24.
About two and half minutes to go.
27/12/09 - Peaceful surf and people.
Switched to three beat bars, still only using two guitars. This
section may take a bit of getting right.
23/12/09 - Peaceful surf and people.
Still working on two guitars, added another section out to
around 6 minutes. Some of it may still need more work.
21/12/09 - Peaceful surf and people.
key change and over a minute of very pretty sounding guitar loops,
though some of the effects will now need changing. Still a long way to
go, over 4 minutes.
19/12/09 - Peaceful surf and people.
have both accoustic and jazz guitar to somewhere over three minutes.
Beethoven could work with a single idea for eight minutes or more. It
isn't as easy as it sounds(!). This piece when done will be nearly ten
minutes and the longest I've done to date.
19/12/09 - Peaceful surf and people.
Got to somewhere over three minutes of this. Also started adding
accoustic guitar as well as the jazz guitar.
18/12/09 - People seagulls. Completed
and mastered. Peaceful surf and
people. Started adding a guitar to this as I wasn't entirely
happy with it as purely location sound recordings.
17/12/09 - People seagulls
(again briefly). More or less finished. Koto has been changed into a
16/12/09 - People seagulls
(briefly). About 9 bars to go
but may have to change the koto as it sounds a bit close in tone to the
13/12/09 - People seagulls. Got
quite a long way with this. The accordion with the effect on it just
10/12/09 - People seagulls.
Spent a long time editing the location sound recording and then started
on the orchestration.
8/12/09 - Small waves faint people. Completed.
6/12/09 - Small waves faint people. Now
scored for trumpet, fiddle and bagpipe. Have it to two minutes 43 of 3
minutes 9. 11 bars or less to go.
5/12/09 - Small waves faint people. Added
two more instruments. This is very slowly coming together but will be a
4/12/09 - Small waves faint people.
Started on this, eventually settled on bagpipes
22/11/09 - Waves on shingle. Done.
Later parts of it are more free-flowing than usual as I was trying to
trust my instincts rather than write to a regular pattern. Not mastered
19/11/09 - Waves on shingle. Now
have it to 2 minutes 35.
18/11/09 - Waves on shingle. Currently
scored for clarinet, harp, strings and seashore. Have it to 1 minute 15
of a total 5 minutes 51 or so.
15/11/09 - Waves on shingle.
Started on this, haven't got very far yet.
14/11/09 - People wind quiet
to the end, but adjustments still to be done. Close to completion.
[Later completed, however the master file was later accidentally
over-written. Fortunately I still have the wave file made from it which
13/11/09 - People wind quiet
seashore. Sitar. Strings. Now have this to about bar 50,
perhaps 30-45 seconds remaining.
11/11/09 - People wind quiet
10/11/09 - People wind quiet
seashore. Piano, flute.
9/11/09 - People wind quiet
seashore. Piano, effects, recording.
7/11/09 - Waves splashing
steadily. Completed, not mastered yet.
5/11/09 - Waves splashing steadily. A
lot of work on this and it is getting there. Something like half way
and a bit through it.
4/11/09 - Waves splashing steadily.
Imported location recording, started tinkering, haven't got very far
with it yet.
2/11/09 - Waves motor boats. Completed,
1/11/09 - Waves motor boats. Harpsichord,
cello, sitar, effects. Orchestrated up to 3:04 out of 4:42.
21/10/09 - Peaceful waves. Completed
orchestration. Not mastered yet. [It was later.]
20/10/09 - Peaceful waves. Altered
effects again. Added more sections to just over 6 minutes. Getting
close to finishing orchestration.
19/10/09 - Peaceful waves. Altered
effects. Added sections up to B3/B4 (around 2 minutes 30).
18/10/09 - Peaceful waves. Started
with location recording. Added piano, guitar and strings. Whole thing
will be nearly 7 minutes, although at present the orchestration only
goes to about 2 minutes.
The following sessions were 'after' A sense
of place and 'before' Beach
- Exhibition. This
was written as backing music for a sequence of pictures taken at an
exhibition which at the time was at Kelvingrove, Glasgow. Am I allowed
to say that it was a Dr Who exhibition?? I tried to mix alien type
sounds with more terrestrial elements to match the mix of the show.
Like a lot of my more recent material it has an ambient-type feel to it.
6/9/09 - Never in the black. Completed,
ready for recording. Uploaded to Senior Sounds.
5/9/09 - Never in the black. This
is a collaborative project for Senior Sounds (it isn't my lyric). Intro.
The following sessions were for
the CD A sense
2/7/09 - A day at the seaside. Completed.
30/6/09 - A day at the seaside. People
leaving seems to be completed although it all still needs remixing.
29/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Arcade
sounds finished although the mix will need changing. This leaves the
last section, People leaving.
28/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Arcade.
Still writing this section. This instrumental which will finish the CD
is going to sound very different to the slightly longer one that
finished the last one.
27/6/09 - A day at the seaside. People,
now sounds done. Two more sections.
26/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Boats
now sounds more or less done. This leaves People, Arcade and People
25/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Started
on the next section, Boats.
24/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Setting
up sections including keys and tempo, started writing first section
4/6/09 - A day at the seaside. Importing
and setting up background sounds.
21/6/09 - Cool clear water. Not
sure now many instruments to add to this though it could stay as it is
9/6/09 - Cool clear water. Instrumental,
sounds finished-ish though strings possibly a bit heavy handed in
30/5/09 - Some other rainbow. A
lot of work on the stressing. Inserted missing chorus. Added chorus 3
and outro. Ready to record.
28/5/09 - Some other rainbow. Now
have this to the end of verse 3, one chorus and outro to go. Stressing
of vocal guide needs looking at again.
27/5/09 - Some other rainbow. Verse
25/6/09 - Some other rainbow. Vocal
guide, sitar, piano, effects, to end of verse 1
23/5/09 - Gasworks Terrace. Ready
to record although Marimba could probably stand work on effects and
possibly even a patch change.
18/5/09 - Gasworks Terrace. After
a long stint I now have most of it.
17/5/09 - Gasworks Terrace. Sketching
out pert of the intro and the beginning of the vocal.
16/5/09 - Fort William. Completed,
ready to record.
15/5/09 - Fort William. Guitar
parts in last verse.
11/5/09 - Fort William. A
lot of hard work got this as far as the end of Chorus 1.
10/5/09 - Fort William. Started
on this but didn't get very far beyond some sketched out intro.
9/5/09 - The theme theme. Got
enough to record. Intend adding recorded sounds later.
8/5/09 - The theme theme. Now
have nearly all of it, though still more to do on closing vocal and
7/5/09 - The theme theme. Worked
like stink on this for just over an hour. Now have about half of it.
It's coming out very fast and hard hitting.
27/4/09 - The theme theme. Intro,
26/4/09 - The theme theme. Briefly
started on introduction to this.
26/4/09 - Gatwick airport. Added
piano (later changed to nylon string guitar), spend some time adjusting
effects. Finally sounded ready to reord. Outro may not be quite right,
may need to be a fade out.
25/4/09 - Gatwick airport. Now
have something all the way through except the outro.
24/4/09 - Gatwick airport. Reworked
verse 1 as rhythm of vocal wasn't right, started on chorus.
23/4/09 - Gatwick airport. Have
something to the end of verse 1, but its all taking a while.
19/4/09 - Gatwick airport. Working
on the rhythm of the bassline.
18/4/09 - One more drink. Completed
guitar part, sounds ready to record.
17/4/09 - One more drink. Appear
to have all of it. Added strings.
7/4/09 - One more drink. Verse
3, started on verse 4.
6/4/09 - One more drink. Now
have vocal guide and piano for about three quarters of it.
5/4/09 - One more drink. Working
on verse 2.
2/4/09 - One more drink. Now
have about a quarter of it for vocal and piano. It's slowly developing
into something quite different from the original.
1/4/09 - One more drink.
and part of first verse. Not at the moment sounding like the original
that it's a sequel to, however I do have a different concept for the
31/3/09 - Noddledirk (oh yeah wow
far out). Added trumpet and polysynth, extended middle 8, added
outro. Sounds ready to record though it is very fast (170).
30/3/09 - Noddledirk (oh yeah wow
far out). Vocal guide, bass, percussion, have something all the
way except the outro.
29/3/09 - Noddledirk (oh yeah wow
far out). Vocal guide, bass, percussion, up to near the end of
verse 2, that is nearly half of it.
22/3/09 - Rocking chair blues.
More adjustment of guitar part. This was immediately before recording.
Percussion may not entirely sound right and may be removed later.
21/3/09 - Rocking chair blues. Tidying
up guitar and percussion.
19/3/09 - Rocking chair
At Oona's urging I made the lyrics less comic and more dreamy,
completed guitar and vocal guide, added accoustic bass and percussion.
Apparently complete, ready to record.
16/3/09 - Rocking chair
blues. Have the basic rhythm of it and a nice sounding
15/3/09 - Rocking chair
blues. Started on intro and part of the verse.
12/3/09(?) - A guide to
the city. Completed, ready to record.
11/3/09 - A guide to
the city. Verse 2, chorus 2. Coming on nicely.
9/3/09 - A guide to the
city. Verse 1, chorus 1, vocal guide, piano &
strings. Strongly Gilbert & Sullivan influenced, although also
8/3/09 - A guide to the
city. Very brief sketching of the introduction.
6/3/09 - Arctic wind (briefly).
Pretty much done, not sure about part of it shortly after bar 39.
3/3/09 - Arctic wind. Sounds
to be approaching completion, assuming it is to be purely synthesised.
25/2/09 - Saltcoats in
my mind. Completed, ready to record. This is Oona's song.
Sounds dreamy and hypnotically haunting. Arctic wind. Beginning,
haven't got much of it yet, still experimenting.
23/2/09 - Saltcoats in
my mind. Chorus 1, verse 2, chorus 2.
22/2/09 - Saltcoats in
my mind. Intro, verse 1. Piano, trumpet, bongos, vocal
21/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. Added
flute part. Now sounds ready to record although some parts of guitar
might get changed later. (Later) added middle 8, trumpet and effects.
Ready to record.
20/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. I
was still unhappy with the key change so I took it out and rewrote the
offending parts, also slightly altered part of the lyric. Now sounds
close to finished.
18/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. Stressing sounds much better. Not
sure about the key change in 1C/2C though, may take it out and redo all
in the same key.
17/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. Slowly
and methodically piecing together verse 1C (later) now have something
almost all the way through but the usual stressing issues remaining in
the second half
15/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. Verse 1B.
14/2/09 - The easy to
assemble furniture flatpack blues. Intro, verse 1A.
12/2/09 - Hallelujah,
praise the Lord. Ready to record.
8/2/09 - Hallelujah,
praise the Lord. Now have something all the way through
except the outro. Still working on trumpet part.
7/2/09 - Hallelujah,
praise the Lord. Exotic sounding track. Intro, started on
6/2/09 - The shoes
blues. Sorted out stressing. Completed, ready to record.
5/2/09 - The shoes
blues. Effects, 2nd iteration, middle 8, 3rd iteration.
Some of it sounds very pretty although it may have some stressing
2/2/09 - The shoes
blues. Strict classic blues format song, though I now
intend doing it as tragic in spite of the lyric. First of the four
25/1/09 - Reasonable. Ready
to record, although I'm not wild about some of the stressing.
22/1/09 - Reasonable. Verse
1 sounds complete, started on middle 8.
21/1/09 - Reasonable. Two
sessions, well into verse 1.
19/1/09 - Reasonable. Intro,
started on verse 1.
18/1/09 - Fine. Complete,
ready to record.
16/1/09 - Fine. Verse
2. Started trying to fix a rhythm problem.
15/1/09 - Fine. Verse
1, chorus 1, verse 2 trailer.
13/1/09 - Fine. Verse
1. Sounds classical and elaborate.
12/1/09 - Fine. Ambitious
concept, by my standards experimental. Heavily classically influenced.
Working on intro.
10/1/09 - A little
chat. Completed, ready for recording. Sounds much better.
(later) minor edits (note lengths).
8/1/09 - A little chat.
Reworked beginning of chorus, started adding guitar.
Starting to sound convincing.
7/1/09 - A little chat.
Added bass part to verse. Still not convinced about
beginning of chorus.
6/1/09 - A little chat.
something of a struggle with the chorus but now sounding a lot better.
Still very spartan, needs more instrument tracks added.
5/1/09 - A little chat.
Verse 1 completed (vocal guide, piano and drum).
28/12/08 - A little
chat. Verse 1. Sounds very pretty, albeit rather
The following sessions were
'after' Introspection but 'before' A sense of place.
- Meditation No.2 in G
for harpsichord and flute. Adding flute part.
21/12/08 - Meditation
No.2 in G for solo harpsichord. Completed as it was
originally conceived, as a solo piece.
19/12/08 - Meditation
No.2 in G for solo harpsichord. Approaching the end of
this, it'll be about two and a half minutes.
14/8/08 - Meditation
No.2 in G for solo harpsichord. Now have about 1 minute
12 of this though it is very highly structured.
11/8//08 - Meditation
No.2 in G for solo harpsichord. Much better.
10/8/08 - Meditation in
B flat for solo harpsichord. Inspired
by the Finchcocks musical museum. Not sure if I'll use it, looks like a
good candidate for the miscellaneous page at the moment.
The following sessions were for
the CD Introspection.
9/8/08 - The end of
creation. Quantum physics, the final calm. Completed,
around 9 minutes.
8/8/08 - The end of
creation. The dark era.
7/8/08 - The end of
creation. Black holes.
4/8/08 - The end of
creation. The last starlight. This section sounds really
beautiful and takes the piece to about 5 minutes.
3/8/08 - The end of
creation. Galaxies collide, the sun explodes. Now have it
to 3 minutes 30. (Later) Degeneracy.
2/8/08 - The end of
creation. Strings, effects.
1/8/08 - The end of
creation. Added strings
30/7/08 - The end of
creation. Lament of lost souls, life dwindles.
24/7/08 - The end of
creation. Lament of lost souls.
22/7/08 - The end of
creation. The final crisis.
21/7/08 - The end of
creation. Civilisation, doom approaches.
20/7/08 - The end of
19/7/08 - Creation. Clockwork,
into the future. Nearing completion. Parts of the vocal guide may need
twiddling. (Later) Dust to dust, outro. Complete, though parts of vocal
still don't quite sound right.
17/7/08 - Creation. Order
from chaos, shrinking gases, birth of stars. Now have it to 1 minute 30
which is around 60% of the lyric. (Later) Clockwork.
15/7/08 - Creation. Order
14/7/08 - Creation. Intro,
big bang, order from chaos. This is a fascinating one to write due to
the subject matter.
13/7/08 - Creation. Very
early work on intro.
12/7/08 - Table
polishing for dogs. Some additional work especially on
10/7/08 - Table
polishing for dogs. Probably ready to record.
8/7/08 - Table
polishing for dogs. Chorus 1, verse 2. Effects. Now have
it to about 1 minute 34.
7/7/08 - Table
polishing for dogs. Intro, verse 1.
6/708 - Table polishing
for dogs. chorus 1.
5/7/08 - Too late. Chorus
3, improving rhythm. Ready to record.
2/7/08 - Too late. Middle
8, verse 3. Needs a click track to get the rhythm right, I'll do that
1/7/08 - Too late. Chorus
30/6/08 - Too late. Chorus
1, verse 2. Still sounds fantastic.
29/6/08 - Too late. Intro,
verse 1. Though I say it myself it sounds really beautiful.
28/6/08 - Think of
something else. Middle 8 to end. Ready to record though
highly likely to have orchestration changes during editing.
27/6/08 - Think of
something else. Brief session working on middle 8.
26/6/08 - Think of
something else. Chorus 1 (which I wasn't entirely happy
with), verse 2. Middle 8. Still being careful and methodical.
25/6/08 - Think of
something else. Chorus 1.
24/6/08 - Think of
something else. Chorus 1. Still sounds fine.
17/6/08 - Think of
something else. Verse 1. All seems to be falling into
place quite smoothly.
16/6/08 - Think of
something else. Very briefly worked on intro and
beginning of verse. Very jazzy sounding thing.
14/6/08 - JFDI. Verse
4, outro. Ready for recording.
12/6/08 - JFDI. Verse
3, new middle 8.
10/6/08 - JFDI.
Verses 1&2. Had a problem with the rhythm of the vocal but I
9/6/08 - JFDI. Intro,
verse 1. Sounds more disco than march at the moment.
24/5/08 - Me and you. Another
wrestle with it mainly to improve the melodic line of the vocal. Sounds
better. Added outro. Ready to record.
23/5/08 - Me and you. Now
it all the way to the end of verse 2 i.e. all except the outro, but
feel vaguely dissatisfied with it... maybe its just me.
22/5/08 - Me and you. Middle
20/5/08 - Me and you. Verse
1, middle 8.
19/5/08 - Me and you. Verse
17/5/08 - Me and you. Intro/verse
1, vocal and piano. A long way to go.
16/5/08 - God (did you
do it right). Have
enough to record including outro featuring Hell. Not entirely sold on
orchestration which is a little sketchy in places. Will need
experimenting with during recording to find the best delivery.
15/5/08 - God (did you
do it right). Now have nearly all of it.
14/5/08 - God (did you
do it right). Brief work on chorus.
13/5/08 - God (did you
do it right). Have it to about the end of verse 1 at about
11/5/08 - God (did you
do it right). Working on intro, having been inspired by
fragments of distant music heard while sitting out in the garden.
10/5/08 - I wish. There
awful lot of work still to do and Sunday was looming rather large, so I
worked like stink for about 90 minutes and got it ready to record. The
orchestration is still a bit sketchy and I can see this changing before
it reaches the final version.
8/5/08 - I wish. Now
to the end of chorus 1. However it's heading for around 3 minutes 45 so
I may speed it up a bit, or even cut a verse entirely, though that
would spoil the flow of the lyrics.
6/5/08 - I wish. Working
on verse 1. Made harder by the fact that I had preconceived ideas about
5/5/08 - I wish. Short
session working on the intro and starting on verse 1.
1/5/08 - Tragic. Chorus,
verse 2. Very nearly ready to record, could stand some strings
in the outro.
29(?)/4/08 - Tragic. Nearly
got it to the end of Chorus 1.
23/4/08 - Tragic. This
is going quite quickly. Got it to the end of chorus 1 except for some
22/4/08 - Tragic. Started
on this one, got some of the backing and some of the verse.
19(?)/4/08 - Going. Completed.
16/4/08 - Going. Now
to the end of chorus 1, after a false start with part of it until I
suddenly realised what I ought to be doing with it.
15/4/08 - Going. Still
working on chorus 1.
14/4/08 - Going. Started
on chorus 1.
13/4/08 - Going.
Just starting on this. Got the basis for the first verse.
12/4/08 - Toleration. Sorting
out the rhythm and the drums. Ready to record.
11/4/08 - Toleration. Long
session, now have most of it.
10/4/08 - Toleration. Working
on (long) middle 8. Have something like a third of it. Total at present
about 1 minute 18.
7/4/08 - Toleration. Got
most of the first verse. Just drums and various sorts of guitar so far,
plus a vocal guide.
6/4/08 - Toleration. Started
on this and got the basis for it. Essentially much simpler than a lot
of recent songs I've done.
5/4/08 - You thought, I
thought. Two long sessions. Lots of effects. Ready to
3/4/08 - You thought, I
thought. Chorus including sorting out rhythm and starting
to add backin.
2/4/08 - You thought, I
thought. Short session working on vocal guide for Chorus.
31/3/08 - You thought,
I thought. Have most of first verse.
30/3/08 - You thought,
I thought. Piano, vocal guide, guitar (which quickly
changed into bowed glass). Intro and vocal guide for one verse.
29/3/08 - Cough up. Should
be done though could probably stand another instrument. Ready to
record. Still vaguely uneasy about the middle 8.
28/3/08 - Cough up.
Long session. More or less have it though still missing an outro.
27/3/08 - Cough up. Have
vocal guide, drums and piano as far as the end of chorus 1.
26/3/08 - Cough up. Piano,
trumpet, drums, vocal guide. Now have what I think is verse 1 which
ends around 33 seconds. I appear to have 3 verses and choruses, but the
lyric will need tidying up so it's hard to be categoric.
17/3/08 - Cough up. Working
on verse 1. Far too much lyric, lots of it will have to be ditched.
Will be difficult to record.
16/3/08 - Cough up.
Very preliminary session, small amount of intro done.
15/3/08 - Basic BASIC. Long
session. Song completed. Various parts added including
part in places. Speeded up outro section, undoubtedly Beatle influenced
but there you go... ready for recording.
14/3/08 - Basic BASIC. Chorus
13/3/08 - Basic BASIC. Had
long tinker with version 2 of this as I still wasn't happy. Replace
Sitar with Fantasia. Added Piano. Changed effects. Now sounds much
12/3/08 - Basic BASIC. Wasn't
really happy with it so have redone sitar and changed santur into synth
10/3/08 - Basic BASIC. Intro,
verse 1. Drums, sitar, vocal guide.
8/3/08 - Only me. (AM)
added flute. Have something all the way through apart from the outro
but still some way to go. (PM)
replaced bass guitar with pizzicato strings. Added trumpet. Filled out
2nd half. Added outro. Ready to record though will be difficult to do,
7/3/08 - Only me. Added
bassoon. Now have about half of it minus some orchestration. Have
avoided strings up to now. but they may be unavoidable in the
3rd sections of each half.
6/3/08 - Only me.
percussion and two vocals for the first half but bass for only part of
it. A lot more orchestration still required. Whole thing looks like
being around four minutes.
5/3/08 - Only me. Short
session. The lyric is divided into two halves, each in four blocks.
Working on 2nd block of first half.
3/3/08 - Only me. Now
to the end of verse 1 but not necessarily complete orchestration.
Having said that, the structure is somewhat irregular.
1/3/08 - Only me.
Bucket loads of lyrics to this one, so even at 120bpm will be some
trick to get through them all.
1/3/08 - Organic Jack. Lots
work on strings. A little piano. Outro. Ready to record though appears
highly likely to be changed again later. Sounds very pretty and wistful.
28/2/08 - Organic Jack.
basic orchestration of this is nearing completion, and close to ready
for a vocal recording. It still needs some strings adding to part of
it, and the finished orchestration is likely to contain more
24/2/08 - Organic Jack.
This appears to be heading for verse-chorus-middle 8-verse-chorus. Done
verse 1, working on chorus 1. Sounds very nice.
21/2/08 - Organic Jack.
Started again as I wasn't happy with the previous version.
This sounds a lot more convincing but still working on verse 1.
22/12/07 - Organic
Jack. Added drums and trumpet. This track is still in its
10/12/07 - Organic
Jack. Now have about a verse of it, but hard to say as
original lyric is unstructured.
6/12/07 - Organic Jack.
Intro and part of verse 1, but very early beginnings.
The following sessions were
7/2/08 - Christmas
Spirit. Reworked Gallop 2 so it follows on more logically
and fits better.
25/11/07-6/2/08 - Christmas
only, written to accompany a family video. Just under 8 minutes long.
Some of it sounds glorious, but the pictures are what will hold it
together, it may sound odd without them. I may include it as a bonus
track on a future CD. It took weeks of work to get the basic piece but
that still leaves a lot of tweaking and polishing to do. The later
parts are better than the earlier ones so some of it may need reworking.
11/9/07 - Let's do
(Early evening) Working on chorus 2. Chorus now sounds glorious but not
really convinced about the verse. (Late evening) modified buzz bass
including first use of MjRotoDelay. Sounds finished, ready for vocal.
Likely to be recorded 16/9/07.
10/9/07 - Let's do
Working on orchestration. Used Glaceverb piano/ensemble setiting to add
a 'fake' backing - the first time I've done that. Now have it more or
less up to the end of verse 2, though more orchestration needed in
- Let's do something now.
Short session working on Chorus 1 and starting on verse 2.
6/9/07 - Let's do
something now. Have some of it up to the end of Chorus 1
but some orchestration missing including some drums.
5/9/07 - Let's do
something now. This is for a competition. Working on intro
and verse 1, long long way to go. Not due till some time in October.
following sessions were original orchestration sessions for Mustn't
1/9/07 - The end.
More or less finished, probably missing some drums in the last verse.
May get more orchestration later but there should be enough to record a
31/8/07 - The end.
Added choir on verse 2. Changed reverb on choir, added offset. Now have
it up to end of verse 2 (2 minutes 19). One more verse of original
lyric to go but have now written more lyric that seems to want to go on
the end. I can see this one running to five minutes or more when
30/8/07 - The end
(short session early evening) added choir part to verse 1. Now have it
up to end of verse 1 though backing still doesn't sound complete. (Long
session late evening) working on verse 2 have most of that though
20/8/07 - The end.
Working on first verse. Backing still very spartan.
18/8/07 - The end.
Intro done, though probably not complete.
17/8//07 - The end.
Working on intro.
16/8/07 - Doom is nigh.
Completed. Good outro. Ready to record. Duration just over 3 minutes.
15/8/07 - Doom is nigh.
Approaching completion. Last Trump audible increasingly insistently as
it goes on.
13/8/07 - Doom is nigh
(two sessions). Have it to the end of chorus two, and though I say it
myself it sounds absolutely amazing.
9/8/07 - (I hate) that
(two sessions). Have it up to the end of verse 3, May need speeding up.
May sound a bit too samey. Heading for a round four minutes long as it
6/8/07 - (I hate) that
Reworked as it just didn't sound right. Changed instruments. Junked
intro and re-did it. Sounded a lot better. Started on chorus.
5/8/07 - (I hate) that
bloody tree. Intro, verse 1, clarinet, strings, vocal
guide. Sounds very orchestral.
4/8/07 - Fifteen
hundred quid. Done, albeit not with many instruments.
Ready for a vocal. Likely to have more backing added at a later date.
30/7/07 - Fifteen
hundred quid. Now have most of this though flute and vocal
still sound to be clashing a bit. Apart from that, sounds very pretty.
29/7/07 - Fifteen
Long session produced most of the orchestration of a verse and a chorus
trailer. Very orchestral. Deliberately more intricate than a lot of the
28/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't). Long session. Apparently
completed, ready for vocal.
26/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't).
Changed guitar to I think choir (tried several things). Put in verse 2
and chorus 2. Lots of strings in verse 2. Now sounding a lot better.
One verse and chorus to go.
25/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't). Short session. Adjusted
vocal guide at end of first verse. Sketched out chorus.
24/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't). Adjusted bandoneon and
guitar rhythms. Completed verse 1 though could do with more backing.
23/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't).
Long go at finding right instruments and effects for the basis of the
backing. Section of vocal guide. Have most of the song to part way
through the first verse.
22/7/07 - We've got
lots of money (and you haven't). Preliminary go at intro
with a couple of instruments.
21/7/07 - Let's all
have a party. Completed, including outro. Sounds done,
ready for vocal.
20/7/07 - Let's all
have a party. More work on the chorus which now sounds
done. Have it up to the end of chorus 1 (53 seconds).
19/7/07 - Let's all
have a party. Altered effects which were using a lot of
processor power. Added modified sine wave to verse. Added chorus with
- Let's all have a party.
Tune in verse still didn't sound right, rewrote it.
10/7/07 - Let's all
have a party. Up to end of first verse though melodic line
of vocal may need altering and probably more backing needs to go in.
7/7/07 - Now and zen.
I'm tempted to say the usual Saturday finishing off session - it's
ready to record a vocal.
5/7/07 - Now and zen.
Worked on chorus. Added sitar. Have most of it out to about 56 seconds.
3/7/07 - Now and zen.
Very long session on this including altering the syth settings on
Triangle II. Starting to come but it's very slow.
1/7/07 - Now and zen.
Tentative early attempt at part of this.
30/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Got the whole lot including a very nice middle 8, but may need more
29/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Short session working on chorus 2.
28/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Improved chorus. Added reverb envelopes. (Later) added second verse.
27/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Up to the end of chorus 1 though may add more instruments.
26/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Have intro, verse and part of chorus 1.
25/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Part of percussion. Part of vocal rhythm.
23/6/07 - Cheerful news.
Started on an intro, a newsy sounding thng. Very long way to go with
23/6/07 - Gas board
19/6/07 - Gas board
lament. Added horn and piano, changed rhythm of vocal to
make it flow more smoothly.
18/6/07 - Gas board
lament. Getting close to completion.
17/6/07 - Gas board
Slow, sounds like a haunting piece of film soundtrack. Unfortunately
I'll have to cut bucketloads of lyric to avoid it being too long.
16/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Long session, then a shorter one. Now sounds
about ready for a vocal.
15/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Still working on chorus. It's getting there
slowly, but I can't see the whole thing being ready for a vocal by
14/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Started on chorus. Got a lot of it but still
more to do.
13/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Added some strings. It finally seems to be
12/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Slow going. Appear to have most of it to the
end of the first verse.
10/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Short session. Partway through first verse.
9/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Short session. Amended electric piano. Started
on vocal guide.
6/6/07 - Goodbye
tomorrow. Started an intro for this. Not sure it will come
out anything like this.
5/6/07 - Not a sales
call. Added jazz guitar. Amended and extended trumpet
part. Completed orchestration all the way through, sounds ready for a
22/5/07 - Not a sales
Now have this up to the end of chorus 2, 1 verse & chorus to
Some alterations to vocal guide to improve the rhythm of it.
17/5/07 - Not a sales
call (which was going to be called Double glazing).
First use of JX10 synth. Intro, verse and vocal guide for chorus.
Sounds very synthy.
15/5/07 - My absent mind.
Short session. Now have an outro. Sounds ready for a vocal. May need
14/5/07 - My absent mind.
Worked on the chorus which now sounds quite a bit better.
13/5/07 - My absent mind.
Now structured as two long verses with one 'chorus' between them,
however I doubt I'll put a second chorus in, it will probably go
straight to an outro. Sounds somewhat 21st century and starting to
sound very pretty.
12/5/07 - My absent mind.
Another short session working on the chorus.
11/5/07 - My absent mind.
Short session starting on chorus.
9/5/07 - My absent mind.
Partial orchestration as far as the end of verse 1. First track to use
Superwave P8 synthesiser.
8/5/07 - 120 bricks.
chorus vocal guide. Added about 11 seconds (later changed to 18
seconds) of a recording made at
Hampton Court. Should now be ready to record vocal. First track to use
Triangle II synthesiser.
5/5/07 - 120 bricks.
Altered synth settings for bass. Minor lyric alteration. Outro now
complete, although will include spoken backing vocal when complete.
28/4/07 - 120 bricks.
Now appear to have all of it apart from the outro.
26/4/07 - 120 bricks.
Working on the chorus. Also added a couple of quiet bars to break it up
25/4/07 - 120 bricks. Short
session . Some of the chorus done. Parts of it may need remixing or
24/4/07 - 120 bricks.
Approaching the end of verse 1. Sounds very snappy and modernistic,
like the art work it describes, which of course was the intention.
23/4/07 - 120 bricks.
Intro plus two lines of 1st verse.
21/4/07 - Footsteps in
the hall. Now
have what sounds like the complete backing, up to but not including the
outro. The intention is to incorporate sound recordings into this
outro. (Later) completed outro, using 33 seconds of the about 38
minutes of sound recordings made at Druscillas. Parts of the backing
could probably stand reworking. Might need to think about tempo.
20/4/07 - Footsteps in
the hall. Started on middle 8. Will be 3 minutes up to
end of middle 8 at present tempo.
19/4/07 - Footsteps in
the hall. Second verse now looks complete.
18/4/07 - Footsteps in
the hall. Completed first chorus. Started on second verse.
17/4/07 - Footsteps in
the hall. Have one verse and some of one chorus.
Apparently nearly complete as far as there. Sounds very pretty.
23/4/07 - Be nice to
spiders. Finally added a short outro. Had forgotten how
pretty this song sounded. This is now ready for recording the vocal.
12/4/07 - Be nice to
spiders. Added middle 8 after second verse. Total length
now 2:38 plus (unwritten) outro.
9/4/07 - Be nice to
(Lunchtime) 3/4 time i.e. waltz. Up to end of verse 1A, some of it up
to end of verse 1B. Sounds very pretty. (Mid-evening) now have
something all the way to the end except for the outro, though still
needs more work. Still sounds pretty.
6/4/07 - Let's
stop whinging. (Mid
to end of chorus 1 ie 55 seconds, completed strings, added trumpet and
electric (jazz) guitar. Apart from not having a vocal, and possibly
some minor mixing issues, now sounds complete up to there. (Lunchtime)
vocal guide, bass guitar and jazz guitar for middle 8.
verse 2 added (early evening) chorus 2 added, whole thing
complete and ready for voca recordingl. 1 minute 55.
5/4/07 - Let's stop
out bass guitar part up to the end of the first chorus. Strings still
on mute. Was pondering trying to work an electric guitar in, very
unusual for me to use that but there you are. --- Later that night, put
the strings back in and did some work on them, when I really should
have been in bed :-/
3/4/07 (late evening) - Let's
Finally getting somewhere with this. Rhythm vastly better since most
lines set to start half a beat before the bars end. Now have vocal
guide and drums to the end of chorus 1.
3/4/07 (early evening)- Let's
This is slow going. The drum rhythm sounds good, the vocal rhythm is
fairly good though still not 100% sold on it. Have sidelined bass and
strings for now, will come back to them. Have vocal guide and drum to
the end of verse 1.
2/4/07 - Let's stop
whinging. Didn't get very far with it, huge amount of work
still to do.
following sessions were before work on Mustn't
30/3/07 - Christmas now
and then. Altered effect and velocity settings for drums.
29/3/07 - Christmas now
and then. Added clarinet, piccolo and drums plus altered
28/3/07 - Christmas
now and then. Backing now sounds complete, ready for vocal