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.

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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 (bassistchatfield.wordpress.com) man I talk about that guy too much, well without further or do, here are the pics along with their corresponding social media platform.

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

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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!

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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.

My Randy Newman Track

So I’ve been talking a load of cod wallop lately about film music etc, I had no evidence of this.

Yes I have put on weight, yes it makes me sad, an no this video doesn’t really improve my chances of those pesky distinctions but it makes me happy to know it’s on a platform.

So here it is, inspired by Randy of course and it’s kind of about Star Wars but you probably wouldn’t get that from the feel, anyway if you want to rip into then that’s fine, I’m not very good at piano so criticism is always needed, I’m aware of the mistakes but if you want to watch then thank you very much.

What was nice was I came home and shown my folks (not really supportive – off tangent) and they said “I didn’t know you could play piano,” that made me smile, so close your eyes and welcome to the world I’ve created which is alive for 2:50 a piece 🙂

Plinky. – Captain Quirk

Yes!!! finally I got some gems to share, problem is there’s a million mistakes and you can’t really hear me but for your entertainment I present Plinky. So who are Plinky? well it’s a project where you make music that draws elements from musicals that we’ve all sessioned for as well as our own blends of creativity.

So… the plan!!! I kind of want a lot of people to know how to play the tracks of Plinky, I want to see what people do to augment and improvise over existing material, a bit like when people play over jazz and put their own personal flavour onto it.

Run down – Okay people I hope you enjoy the video, what’s that? you want to play it? oh geez well here you go:

Main Riff Chords – C# – 9 / G# – 7 / Amaj7 / Cmaj7

C# – 9/ G# – 7 / Amaj7 / F# – 9

C# – 9/ G# – 7 / Amaj7 / D – 9

C# – 9/ G# – 7/ Gmaj7 / Gmaj7

Jackson Five Riff – G# – 7/ C# – 7/ B octave

G# – 7/ C# – 7/ Gmaj7/ B octave

I believe in collaboration and augmentation, if you feel my version of this isn’t as good as one you can create then please share, I love hearing other musicians styles as long as it’s organic and unique, so when it comes to playing live I have a selection to choose from and so everyone and anyone could get up and play these catchy brain child’s of mine.

Have a nice weekend whatever it is you choose to do, if you did want to learn more or even session then please just ask.