Music & Field Recordings
Hey folks, on this page you’ll find links to music I have made in the distant past (up to 2007) or may have made in more recent times. You’ll also find links to the field recordings that I’ve made since 2005. I have hundreds of hours of field recordings of birds, creeks, the ocean, frogs, crickets, cicadas, barbed wire fences and cities; that I will try to upload in the not too distant future.
My music is not for everyone and in fact, very few of you will probably like it. It is however music I enjoy making. I first began making electronic music in 1998-1999 and mostly it consisted of me doodling around for an hour here and there, in between writing, working and being a dad. I never had the time to take music seriously.
My first experiments in music began in 1989, when I was inspired by the William Burroughs cut up method to begin playing around with cut up tapes and sampling from the 60’s-80’s, to begin collecting sounds and mixing them together. After the release of U2’s The Joshua Tree in 1997, I began experimenting with song writing and have been writing songs ever since. Ironically I have never recorded myself singing. I had a brief period of wanting to become a guitar god in the early 90’s, under the influence of my then friend Snakebyte Smith and guitarists such as The Edge, Kirk Hammett, Robert Fripp and the music of Slayer. But I abandoned that in 1994, when I realized that I was too lazy and undisciplined ! I am trying to teach myself how to sing and would like to start a choir dedicated to choral music based on heavy metal, in the not too distant future.
I listen to almost every genre (except maybe house/techno which bores the crap out of me) and have been particularly interested in soundscapes, noise, metal and classical music. The only music I make is electronic or sample based music. The music I most wish to explore in the future is minimalist style classical electronic music, similar in style to Terry Riley’s music. You’ll find 2 tracks in particular on my first CD, Fire Tree Symphony – 1st Movement and Flaming Shore Symphony, have the kind of feel and rhythm that I am keen to explore. I am also keen to explore blending soundscapes such as the singing of frogs with the singing barbed wire fences.
These days I mostly prefer silence but will occasionally listen to new music or old music. On any given day I will enjoy Debussy, Ravel, Vivaldi, Bach, Slayer, U2, Fear Factory, Ornette Coleman, African Tribal Music, Aboriginal Funereal Music, Terry Riley or Bird Song. Whatever !
My first CD is A Tale of Two Geckos which was put together between 1999-2005.
For those who maybe wondering – I have 4 Electric Guitars (including an Ibanez), an Acoustic Guitar, a Jacob Stainer Violin, Jaw Harps, Harmonicas and various smaller instruments. In the past I have used the following music software – Tuna, Ableton Live, Sound Recorder and Fruity Loops. These days the only music software I have and use are – Ableton Live, Fruity Studio and Audacity. I also use my old Apple iPod and a Zoom H2 Recorder for field recording and monologues.
Here’s a couple of FB groups I have recently set up for others to share sound, field recordings and music related to my own interests. You are welcome to join, if that’s your cup of tea.
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