Sunday, September 11, 2005

Its a long way home

A strange week really. Lots of stuff going on and stuff, plus the added bonus of seeing my brother Paul who is currently cycling the length of the UK from John O' Groats to Lands End (something like 900 miles).

He started his journey last weekend and aims to get into Cornwall today and to Lands End tomorrow morning.

You can check his online diary on (or donate money to Shelterbox)

(Link now dead)John O' Groats to Lands End Journal

Music wise, not done too much during the week, but have been busy this weekend. Firstly I reordered and rewired my pedalboard. (Now that Rob at work kindly fixed my Line 6 DL4 for me.. Still waiting for Line 6 to give me details of how to send back and track my pedal... Not happy with them)..

I've mostly written a new song this weekend. At the moment it is called "Assimilation" but that may change to something else, I don't know yet. Very much a work in progress, it needs a bit more work on the verses and some extra instrumentation, but I'm pretty happy with it so far. Lyrically I've had most of it for about 2 years, musically I wrote it yesterday. Pretty simple and I think an interesting concept. I did re-record a version of it today, slightly more sped up, since a) now I can play it faster (ha ha) and b) else it was sounding like a slight dirge.

I'm going to leave this for a week or so now before revisiting it. More details to follow as I flesh it out.

I'm hoping this will kick start a writing flurry over the next week, as I attempt to get back on track with where I hoped to be with writing stuff.



Monday, September 5, 2005

Momentary Clarity of Reason

Yesterday I had a mad 5 minutes where I thought sod it I need to tidy up the website.

So today the hack occurred. Gone is the chat room. I haven't done an online chat for many months now and can't see me doing one in the near future.

Gone is the guestbook. Fed up with third party guestbooks with pops ups, so I may write one instead.

Gone is the forum for the same reason above. I may re-instate this since I have the code for one.

Gone are all the recording and effect tips. I may but these on another site, I'm currently designing. But they are in desperate need of updating and I haven't got time to do it at the moment. Plus I have some good ideas for them if I ever get around to it.

Musically, things are progressing, after a weekend near re-build of my PC in an attempt to get a stable recording platform. I think I'm there now.

Emma is working on another (more tuneful) song.

I've been recording with a couple of people recently. The first we wrote and recorded a rough song in 3 hours. Now comes the process re-recording it properly, which should be fun, since we are 300 miles apart using totally different recording systems.

The 2nd is a bit more secret..... More details to follow soon. The first tune is almost ready for mixing.... Maybe a week or two.

te he he...