Hi. Welcome to my new blog.
I thought I’d talk about my new album “Transient” (due late 2014).
The process of recording a new album is a daunting but rewarding
process. In this case it also means returning to guitar (after many
years) as opposed to my last few releases which have been completely
synth/plug-in based. So instead of hitting keys for effects and sounds
and then tweaking and manipulating them, this time around I’m creating
tracks based around guitar chord structures.
As I’m dealing with ambient music I have found using long delays or
changing the tempo of a recording useful tools. The technique of
reversing a track is a common amongst ambient music so I’m looking to
use it in a minimal and effective way. Often simply changing the
particular sound and speed of track based on what I’m using or
experirmenting with results in quite dramatic changes or ideas for new
tracks. In addition to this there have been a variety of influential
videos on youtube that have inspired new ideas and techniques. I can’t
understate the value of learning from others.
The other thing is being open to happy accidents. Sometimes I’ve been
playing a song and then I go to a different chord or note by mistake
and that will also trigger a new idea for the song (or a new idea for
The biggest change I’ve found is using guitar effects pedals, a
recent addition to my lot. While I have a variety of software plug-ins
that I can use to mould, shape and manipulate a variety of guitar
sounds, to actually use pedals allows me to concentrate more on actually
playing instead of editing music software.
The other thing is I can actually just play without being hooked up
to any software. It sounds obvious but often I talk to musicians and
more time is spent dealing with software than creating music. I’ve had
time where I may have been playing the same song over and over for 45
minutes and yet it only seems like a few moments, so often it allows me
to get into quite a zen place with the music just enjoying the sounds
and tones and just being in the moment.