Took some photos of some birds outside my house today. Mainly for the intent of getting good photos to use as artwork for the next album. I have already chosen some good candidates out of the ones i chose, however here are the best photos i took anyway.
Here is a cool playlist of songs i put together featuring bassists and bass lines that are just awesome. Some of the song ideas came from the youtube channel Scott’s Bass Lessons with his videos “The Bass 1935-1969” and “The Bass 1970-1979” (seen below).
Both videos are a great watch for bass players or just people with an interest in bass
Predominantly i play guitar, however i picked up a bass because of one bassist, The legendary Chris Squire from Yes. His tight and almost lead guitar style bass playing really inspired me to try my hand properly at the Guitars big brother.
I think if i had to pick my five favorite bass players it would be (in no order)
- Chris Squire (obviously)
- Greg Lake (mainly for his work with Emerson Lake and Palmer)
- Geezer Butler (love a bit of Black Sabbath)
- Geddy Lee
- and Paul McCartney (cliche i know… shut up)
Who are your favorite bassists?
A big update for me right now, as i prepare for some big releases coming out next year!
First thing to not is some tidying up of the blog. I have made a new Music section which acts as a discography with all my albums and EPs listed on there, check it out!
I have retired the Nebulae Music Bandcamp and added all the releases on there to my main bandcamp to make browsing my catalog easier for you guys 🙂
You may also notice a new Nebulae Music release on there. This is just a small compilation EP of a few odds and sods from the catalog. The entire discography is available at 50% the price. “Nebulae Music” will be available in the next few weeks from online distributors and streaming services…
I am starting to upload solo acoustic renditions of originals and covers to my youtube channel now as well, the most recent being a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, check out the playlist below:
I aim to upload a new video each week so make sure you subscribe to stay updated 🙂
Finally, i am working with mix/master engineer Jeffro Lacksheide on a compilation EP which will include 6 songs (two new) from my rock catalog, also in conjunction with this i will be releasing a sister EP of a similar nature, showcasing 6 electronic tracks with a new mix to them. The EP’s are set to release early next year as two separate releases and also a double EP so stay tuned for that !!!
“The Second Station EP” is now live across multiple platforms!
The EP is the second in a trilogy that began with the “Back to School” EP and will conclude with a third ep later on this year , so stay tuned!
Composed*, Produced and Performed by Joseph Bagwell with
James Bracey – Drums (2,6)
Gus Best – Hand Claps (6)
Callum Connah – Hand Claps, “Arriba” and Additional Percussion (6)
* Except “Jerome” composed by Jim Sullivan, arr. Joseph Bagwell
The preceding single from my upcoming EP “The Second Station” is available now. Across the day “The Joker” along with it’s b-side, a solo acoustic rendition, will pop up across online music stores and streaming services, keep an eye out for the song on your chosen platform!
The Second Station EP will be going live from 15th May, stay tuned !
The preceding single for my EP “Back To School” is now live on sound cloud. Spawning a trilogy of EP’s i plan to release the first on 08/04/2018 followed by a second later in the year.
Like my Facebook page to stay tuned to all the upcoming insanity.
Analysing the Original
“The Fuzz” by Callum Connah is an interesting chilled instrumental Hip Hop piece based around a nice piano riff. I also get hints of Jazz in the mix. Here is an exmapleof instrumental jazz hip hop from Youtuber “TheOfficialTone”
After listening to some sections of the album i can hear clear influences, first being the classic sub bass sound found in fair amount of hip hop orientated genres, also the mix of synthesised and organic sounds, especially with samples of real instruments chopped up in the background of a song.
To remix the piece i have a few ideas. First i can drastically stray from the hip hop/jazz elements of the original and craft a completely different tune using the stems provided. If i do so the remix would be influenced mainly by The Orb. This piece would probably end up quite ambient.
Secondly, (and the likely avenue i will take) is to create a remix with hip hop elements sticking close to the original but choping it up, creating an alternate version of sorts. Keeping the original vibe of the piece is my goal.
The remix i have created coincided with my second idea of sticking close to the orginal. I sampled the original drums to create and instrument to do the intro drums with. Bass guitar was also recorded over one section as chopping up the bass i had prooved to be somewhat tricky, plus i feel the clean bass sound still fits in with the original tone.
After creating the main remix i used that as a basis to create library versions of my mix. Copying the whole song in Abletons arrangement window along and then trimming, chopping and rearraning the piece to create a few lirbrary versions of varying size and also a Sting version, all of which can be heard above.
After meeting again with Callum to showcase the remix and library versions he said that he loved the remix and like how i was able to create something new that refelcted his original creation well, keeping the correct elements in and adding new ones where nessacary . The only thing he pointed out to me was that it needed slight mastering as the overall level of the track was low, something i subsequentaly went on to do as a final stage of creation.