Writing 20 Minutes of Audio | Weekly Log 2 |25th SEPT 17 – 1st OCT 17

This second week i’d like to introduce you to the music i will be making over this project.

The Influence

For my 20 minute ep i am making exactly that, a 20 minute (approx.) medley of electronic music. The suite will consist of 6 parts each flowing from one to the other until the end.  Ladies and Gentlemen… here is an introduction to “For the Sake of Patience”

 

I got inspiration for this piece from three sources here. The first being Force Majeure by Tangerine Dream.

This piece combines elements of rock music and electronic music. With flowing rhythms and great musician ship, you are drawn into the action. Tangerine Dream are certainly an influence on me and have been for a while. There was a long 30 minute ambient piece i recorded inspired by their album “Zeit” from 1972.

The second artist who has been a big influence on this work is Jean Michel Jarre. His most recent album “Oxygene 3” and some tracks from his album “Electronica 2”.

Part 5 of the suite is highly inspired by Mike Oldfield and is even based around a sample from his “Incantations Part 2” from 10:40. I used a loop of the African percussion as a backing then build the part around that. The sampled loop will be replaced with my own drum loop which i will write based on the pattern shown here:

I did also drawn influences from Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Pink Floyd and the Orb for this one aswell. Check out this playlist of all the inspiration tracks.

 

The Details

For the Sake of Patience (medley) (22:47)

  1. The Marsh
  2. For the Sake of Patience
  3. The Crane
  4. Tsunami
  5. Fire Dance
  6. Only as Patient as i Like to Be

Band: Klvoool                                                                                                                                  Band breakdown: Caleb Morganfield (Drums, Backing Vocal), Joseph Bagwell (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Vocal)

Produced by Joseph Bagwell with help from Caleb Morganfield and Callum Connah             Genre: Techno, Trance, Progressive Rock, Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, New Age.

Now For some Progress…

Over last week i managed to track vocals and re amp one of the lead guitars.

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setting up

I achieved this by setting up an amp and mikes in the voice over booth and over the dante rednet systems i recorded the re amping from Prog A. Microphones that were used were the AKG C414 condenser and Sennheiser MD441-U dynamic. Both possessing a 20hz-20khz pick up range i knew there would be no problem in getting a nice sound.

The microphones were placed together in front of the speaker cone on the guitar amp i was using, with the MD441 placed above the C414.

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Ready to record !

Sing it Loud!

Next thing i have completed is the vocals for Part 3. These were co-engineered by Callum Connah. We used the MD441 again but this time paired up with the Neumann TLM103 condenser, i chose this microphone because i knew it was very good for getting crisp clear vocal recordings.

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TLM103 and MD441 paired together in the same setup as was used for the amp microphones.

The MD441 i ran through my Presonus TubePre pre amp unit and gave a slight amount of drive and plenty of Gain. I did this to give the dynamic microphone a slight warm distortion to it.

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Presonus TubePRE pre-amp

After setting this up i decided to run the TLM103 through the Neve 8801 pre-amp / strip in the TLA control room. This was done to create a unique contrasting audio file that will be compatible with the 441 recording.

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Neve 8801

After nice vocal takes were done we decided to send the vocal tracks to a reverb to allow the vocals to have a trail rather than dead air in between lines.

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Lexicon effects unit used on vocals. 

The reverb effect will be added subtlety to the final mix.

Where from here?

Next week i hope to mix in the new vocals and guitar re amping. I also want to start just getting a basic mix overall for the piece and look into any guitar parts that may need redoing.

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But Maybe i’m Ready for a new Single?

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Second single from my upcoming album is here along with it’s B-Side “Lapse”, another piece from my Nebulae Music project.

The album will hopefully be up in a few months on Spotify, iTunes and all the rest…

FIRST SINGLE IS HERE!!!

As I am not far from finishing my first album “Recluses Handbook” I decided to release a single from the album. “Weightless” is a sad song and a happy song at the same time. The Band and I all enjoy playing this one live and hope you enjoy listening to it.

The B-Side “Recluses Lament” is an ambient piece recorded under Nebulae Music. I decided to release this with “Weightless” as i felt it had a similar contrasting mix of feelings.

Hope you enjoy both the single and b-side, links down below and more to come in the future…

Download/Purchase Links

Volume III is here!!!

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Nebulae Music Volume iii is finally here folks!!!

It’s Taken me a while to complete this album, had tracks added, tracks removed and ultimately i am happy with what i have produced. Artwork this time around has been designed by Leanne Cushnie Photography.

The album will see it’s Zenapolae release by early May.

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Links

and now the continuation of Nebulae Music…

i have just finished and released a new EP as part of the drone ambient series “Nebulae Music”. This is my 3rd release as part of the series with 2015 seeing “Nebulae Music Vol.1” and this year “Nebulae Music Vol.2: Background Radiation” both released through the ambient electronic net label Zenapolae.


 

I now introduce to you “mind EP” including two outtakes from vol.2 and a new track “I Am Eye” which i literally recorded and produced last night.

 you can purchase the new EP on bandcamp along with the entire back catalog with 50% off!!!

[5] Minds EP BACK


Now for the weather…

got a couple more gigs coming up at Bar 42 thanks to a new partnership i have entered with Mark Knowles the owner so expect many 42 gigs. The next coming gig is on 20th July and will headline New Tropics supported by Dialysis (TBC) , Etcetera and Hot Air Music’s Luke Amor. you can check out the facebook event page here.

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Nebulae music is shifting out from the shadows!!!

My fourth album is released! Nebulae Music Vol. 2: Background Radiation has crawled it’s way out of the shadowy depths of my computer and into your audio receptor holes.

I started recording the album last year when the first piece “The Impossible Mirror [Part 1]” was recorded at Northbrook college. all the other tracks were recorded over time and fell into place with each other as one dark, droning experimental mess. You can purchase the album via bandcamp or download it for free from soundcloud

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