Category Archives: Music

Touched 3 Coming Soon

The third instalment of the popular ‘Touched’ series of mammoth charity compilations will be released later this month, on the 29th July 2016. It’ll no doubt be another huge collection of tracks spanning various genres (but, like the previous two, it will probably centre heavily on the more electronic side of things). Once again, I’m pleased to be involved, and have contributed the track ‘Anaphora’. Here’s a little preview vid:

Isolette Remix Stems Available

After recently receiving an excellent remix of Paper Unicorn by Marc Melia, I thought I’d make stems for the rest of the EP publicly available.

Some of the parts I use are typically bathed in convolution or delay effects, in which case I’ve also included some dry versions for added flexibility. Most have an intro bar of silence, except Glassmaker, which starts instead with a single beat of silence (as I’d prepared that a while ago on a separate occasion). Should all be 24-bit wavs. Let me know if I’ve messed anything up.

01 Paper Unicorn (98bpm)
02 Ark of Comfort (115bpm)
03 Hivernal (122.6bpm)
04 Infinite Bookends (81bpm)
05 Glassmaker (127bpm)

Have at it!

I’d put stems from earlier tracks online, but thanks to the general impermanence and incompatibilities of music software, plus my relaxed attitude to track freezing, many tracks fail to load or play correctly. Lesson learned: freeze and archive! Should be easier from this point onwards, now I’m over the 64-bit hump.

Anaphora

Here’s a new track I’ve been working on while trying to get to grips with Ableton Live as a production tool, rather than performance tool. Being so used to Cubase, it’s been quite a workflow departure for me (though largely a positive one, I’m happy to say). What Live lacks in comprehensive MIDI and automation editing, it gains in immediacy and ease of audio editing (which has always been a weakness for Cubase, betraying its roots as a MIDI sequencer). Plus some Max for Live tweaks help patch the holes in core functionality, and also help make setting up some MIDI control panels for my hardware synths a breeze (especially handy, as much of my hardware requires loads of menu diving, and is pretty laborious to program).

New Print Bundles on Bandcamp

I’ve just added some gorgeous new heavyweight print bundles to Bandcamp for Isolette, National Ignition and Early Learning — a complete set of nkurence-designed album art.

Each print is just under twelve inches square in size (fitting nicely in a vinyl sleeve), has been digitally printed on thick 300gsm matte stock, and comes with an instant Bandcamp download in the format of your choice.

For those who don’t want vinyl, it’s still a great way to enjoy an element of physicality with your music, not to mention they’ll also look stunning framed on the wall.

All the physical items I have for sale can be seen my Bandcamp merch page.

‘Dresslocked’ Scoring and Sound Design

A few weeks ago I completed scoring this charming animated short called ‘Dresslocked’. It was the final year project for talented Teesside animation student Domareen Fox, and allowed me to break in a few new sound libraries, as well as record plenty of sound effects and foley work. I’m always up for more of this kind of work, so please get in touch if you’d like me to score your film/game project.

‘Isolette’ EP Coming Soon

I’m excited to announce that I’ll soon be releasing a new EP, called Isolette, through the Netherlands-based Shipwrec imprint. Due on the 13th of January 2015, it will arrive on 12″ vinyl plus download (UPDATE: the vinyl will be a week late, arriving on the 20th instead), featuring six tracks (including a remix by Roel Funcken), plus a bonus download track. All vinyl purchases will come with a download code.

The artwork was expertly designed by nkurence, and features some extra special ink finishes for the vinyl sleeve. It’s been a while since I’ve had my music pressed on vinyl, so I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

Listen to clips from Isolette here: