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I've disappeared into a total rabbit hole with these 70s/80s synths. This one features the ARP2600 (in several guises), the Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and the Fairlight (what a machine that was back in the day!) This started in my head as another…
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The second one born from my first week of quarantine. I dusted off my 5 string Sandberg bass guitar and wanted to evoke a Motown-ish vibe on this one and really got into the snare and bass guitar following the same rhythm rather than the usual…
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Only 1 week ago I was luxuriating at a beautiful hotel in Dubai, floating blissfully in a lagoon pool... Forward wind one week and I'm here in the cold, wet, windy UK having to quarantine... Now, at the aforementioned pool, they played a chill…
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Well... this took a left turn at Odd Street. The main melody started off as riff written and played on bass guitar and the early version had guitars, and real drums etc.... Then I got introduced to a suite of 80s synth plugins and it all went…
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This was all written on the bass - I wanted to get an earthy 70s Rickenbacker bass vibe on this so naturally there's liberal splashes of Moog and Hammond Organ to accompany it. It's kind of 'prog-lite' and again needs vocals. It's a working…
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This is only the second song I've ever written on the guitar - I'm playing acoustic and rhythm... and you can tell I'm a beginner 😆 Happily the rest of the instrumentation is a little more polished. No sugar coating this... It's a very melancholy…
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A bit of a 'kitchen sink' one... It's another one I play beginner's guitar on tentatively (the lead break & rhythm) The are no vocals (I'm amassing a large amount of songs needing vocals!) but it does feature some more epic 80s synths…
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I acquired some amazing 80s synth plug-ins for this one - the Prophet 5, ARP2600 and Yamaha DX-7 are all over this track. It started life as a 90 second instrumental for a video I'd produced to promote my business; my wife hated it so I wrote…
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Another tune exhumed from the past... 1984 to be precise. A 15 year-old angst-ridden vocalist wrote some words that went something like "Late at night... the shadows... creep across my wall". Happily, the song is musically much stronger than the…
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I genuinely have no idea where this bright, breezy & happy little 3 minute tune came from - it's in stark contrast to the world around us right now... The song started with just the bass riff, as heard in the verse - it came to me while…
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Another voyage out into the unknown with my newly acquired guitar that I'm learning to play... The first part reminds me a bit of 'Will You' by Hazel O'Connor... Lyrically it starts quite bleakly but goes on a bit of journey, ending on a positive…
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This didn't go as planned... I wrote this song for my wife Nicola while I was away in the UK working in March 2020... I excitedly played it to her from 3,500 miles away over the ether and.... I think she was expecting a ballad rather than a rather…
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So my lovely wife bought me a guitar this week... I started by learning some basic and easy chord shapes and this song came together. It's the first one I've done where everything is played by me. It also features my voice on lead and backing…
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My latest composition - It was the first song I worked on in Dubai after curfew was imposed in April but it started life in January in the UK and was called 'Abundance Of Time' and has taken me until now to finish. It's a bit unusual as it has…
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And now for something completely different... Right now it's hot.. and I mean 50 degree hot. So I had in my mind's eye a summery, trippy 'under a palm tree' kind of vibe. And I got that... but I got more... much more...
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Millions of years ago... Before the dawn of history... I was a in a school band. I couldn't play an instrument then so I was the vocalist. This tune was one of the band's originals. Now, bear in mind this was the 'Ay-deees' so it was mullets…
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This started life as a vey simple 'disco' bass riff over which I then brought in the chords. Its got a sort of 80s pop/prog thing going on - not surprising as I'd been listening to a lot of Nik Kershaw when I recorded it!
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It started off as a shimmery, summery canvas in my head but morphed into something very different from the middle 8 onwards. It was originally done at 100BPM but sounded a bit 'ploddy' and pedestrian so I beefed it up
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A bit of a Deep Purple feel to some of this with some groovy SFX weaved in
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I was in the kitchen listening to an 80s Playlist; Nik Kershaw, Cutting Crew, Level 42, Duran Duran, Howard Jones etc... Some stuff has aged better than others but some of the melodies, synth and bass lines are just great... So this is my homage…
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