Multi-Genre Presentation

So I’m supposed to do a presentation on multi-genre, this is when a track switches it’s whole original motif whether it be a funk track that switches into polka or a pop track that changes into an Indian raga. The execution of this was the hardest to find, at first I relied on film composition (Alexandre Desplat – ‘The Fantastic Mr.Fox / The Grand Budapest Hotel) but they all relied on slight changes to their motifs. I was in a rut, we were shown Frank Zappa’s album ‘Apostrophe’ which set the bar with what we had to find, so after talking to the level 4 students, someone suggested John Zorn in which the outcome was rather positive. Here’s what I found;

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0:00 – 0:09 is rock riff A

0:09 – 0:11 is a super quick motif otherwise known as riff B

Then heads back to riff A until 0:19 seconds in where riff B come back with alterations, then it hits you at 0:23 where it’s a country barnyard idea then at 0:28 where the bass is doing a polka rhythm an everything else in riff B then back to riff A, have you got the stimulus yet?

0:39 has riff B once again and once again at 0:50

at 0:52 is a nice ‘loungey’ feel almost like a western bar then we come to the end 30 seconds whereb it crosses over from riff A to riff B.

Now for the stimulus, I like to think of this track as someone flicking through radio stations or T.V channels, a satirical take on how we can’t make our mind on what to watch.

The instrumentation is;

x1 electric guitar

x1 electric bass

x1 drums

Then I’m sure I can pick out a bit of brass, maybe a saxophone on riff B

On the 0:23 motif they’ve changed the guitar for a steel guitar maybe, it’s definitely got a whole different sound in comparison to the other electric guitar.

Piano is played on the 0:52 motif with a reprisal of the earlier steel guitar

The drums mainly conduct the sound, going from a rock groove straight feel, to riff B which is almost a heavy blast beat feel, at the 0:23 motif it has a slower more leaned back feel on the 4/4 which is played again at the 0:52 motif.



A Bit Of Ol’ Practice For Moving Imagery

Another piano piece trying to capture a documentary I was watching, maybe in the future I’ll play the original documentary video and then my alternative version (same video, different sound track)

I hope you enjoy the piece!

I also want to write with other people in the same way, (stimulus -> small piece of music -> scoring) so if anybody would like to start exchanging ideas then I’d be more than happy to start a new project.

Plinky: Starsky’s Stolen Candyfloss

Another Plinky video?

After a train ride of talking about Scott Pilgrim and ‘We Are Scientists’  me an Mr.Parker thought we’d make a lovely tune for our blogs, so the material was a result of 5 -10 rehearsal space minutes of combined ideas…

Ashley Field was our session player today (Thanks again!), he an George play far superiorly than me in the recording so atleast I can look back an see what I need to improve on I.e; My timing, tone etc

Big thanks to Alex Nash for the use of his Ibanez guitar

What Do I Need?

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A very big question but instead of throwing it all at you I will take it in steps, the first step is combining my Cubase software with an interface an why not but to trust the same company that made the software to choose the Steinberg UR 22.

So after looking at different reviews and speaking to friends (which actually helped this time after trying it out for myself) I’ve decided to go an purchase this. The stage after will definitely be to gain microphones… but that’s another blog!!!

Taking baby steps is my ‘sort of’ “Coping mechanism,” with objectives, I know it’s not as resourceful or productive but it helps me refine whatever needs to be fixed and also is just my way of doing things. I wonder, what is everyone’s else’s “Coping mechanism?”

“Have You Got What It Takes?”

Errrrrmmmmm…… not really.

On a lighter note, instead of asking about my self belief of the future, what will carry me is reminding myself what I do have,  which will aid my journey and conquest of a career in music.

The post after will be a lot about targets and what I need to obtain to reach the next step of my life but for now here’s the list that I have:

– Access to a Recording studio and rehearsal space.

– Access to Silbelius 7 & musescore

– Access to Cubase

– A network of musicians & engineers + photographers

– Musicians:- Guitarists, Bassists, Drummers, Singers, Writers, Violinsts, Saxophonist, Pianist,

– Photographers, videographers, artwork designer.

– Studio Engineers, live sound engineers, lighting engineers, stage managers, musical director, producer.

– x2 Amps (different pre – sets, different sizes)

– x4 electric guitars (different sounds, feel)

– x1 acoustic guitar

– x1 violin

– x1 keyboard (yamaha, it’s cheap though)

– Can play different styles on guitar

– Portfolio of written work on Sibelius 7 & musescore (notation)

– Smaller portfolio of recorded material

Sibelius 7 & Cubase are vital to the distribution process and that’s where pretty much all my work is produced from. So I’m actually quite pleased with the network I’m in, the swell of musicians that are enthusiastic and willing is a great ally to have.

Next is “What Do I Need To Get!!!”

Social Media Photos

So I’ve been given the task of assorting the right sort of photography for social media sites such as Twitter & Facebook, luckily Jamie Croft was on the scene as well as Mr.Chatfield ( man I talk about that guy too much, well without further or do, here are the pics along with their corresponding social media platform.

Mike guitar pic #1

This one I use for Facebook, good picture of the guitar, smiles all round and it’s based in a studio (professionalism)


This one I use as a cover photo and also for twitter, I like the focus (because it’s all on me *cough* pretentious)

Pic of me with pedal #1

I have used this on facebook to talk about my pedal (and other goodies) not the best of pictures but it’s got a black backdrop and I look a tad like a homeless Ollie Murs so it’s a 3/10 from Len…

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Also I have used this on Myspace (yes, it is still a thing) because it actually shows me playing live. I never play live, so this is pure gold for me, oh god I wish I could play live more!

Mike Guitar pic #2

An finally my back up from the Facebook picture, I still thought this was relevant but I’m not smiling… an people want to see smiles (employment purposes) although my beard looks like a lining of golden wonder I thought this one would be kept secret from the masses.

How To Make A Gig Without The Use Of Internet!!

In my recent lecture I was given the task of finding how to set up a gig without the use of internet ie. leaflets/ advertisement through word of mouth. Some of the steps that I’m about to go through are very easy and simple but when done right and shown with confidence and conviction your gig(s) without internet can still come to fruition. They will be in steps so without further or do I’ll introduce with step 1:-

Step 1 : -Talk to bands and organizers at local gigs and stay in contact with them.
– Offer to help on gigs that they are organizing i.e. offer to be a roadie and help set up equipment, or put up the posters or sell tickets. Be sure to do it for free; it will get you free access to the gig anyway and they will owe you a favour.
– Once you have been to a couple of gigs you should have met at least 5 bands or artists. Make sure you keep a good relationship with them.

Step 2 : – Find a venue for your gig. Local theatres, cinemas, schools and function rooms are open to be rented. However, once you find it talk to the manager to make sure it’s within their rules to hold a live event. Your best bet is to use a theatre, as many theatres have the option of holding a seated or standing gig and already have a PA system and stage installed; this cuts costs. There are also an increasing number of pubs dedicated to live music, these are generally around 100-300 capacity and should also have sound engineers on their books and an in house PA. This last point is vital, if this is your first time putting on a gig, having an in house PA not only cuts costs but means that A)this is a venue where people come often enough to warrant an in house PA B)the system should be set up to work with the room making your sound engineers job easier and C) this will greatly reduce the amount of time and hassle before/after the gig as there is one less thing for you to sort out and there will only be a minimal amount of gear going in/ coming out of the venue.

– Get insurance. Public Liability Insurance (PLI) may be included with the venue but always check. Around £150 for insurance for the night is better than a million pound lawsuit. All insurance companies have an option for PLI. With each gig you organize, as long as there are no accidents, the cost of your insurance will go down because you have proved you’re responsible and there is less risk.

Step 3 : – Make posters. The ‘budget’ but classy way to do this is, to make one simple poster with white writing and a black background and get someone who works in an office to photocopy it as much as possible. Otherwise, you will have an extra cost for printing. Put the following on the poster:-
– Headlining Band
– Band on before them
– Band on before them etc.
– Opening band
– Location
– Date
– Cost

Step 4 : – Ring your local newspaper/radio-station/etc. and tell them that the gig is on. Give them all the information you have on the poster, or even post them a copy of the poster. Write a Press Release, and send it to newspapers in your area, and the area of the gig, a few weeks before the gig. Try to get the newspaper to send a photographer if they have an ‘Out& About’ section or similar.

Step 5 : – Gig NIGHT!!!
– You need determination and commitment; things will go wrong, just plough on through. You’ll learn as you go.
– Be strict on security for your first few gigs until you get a natural feel for running them.
– Try to be as nice as possible no matter what someone does.
– Be prompt with payments to keep a good reputation.
Thanks for listening and if you felt inspired in some way then we can talk about setting up a gig.
Thank you.