I hit 200 followers on my Soundcloud tonight, and it’s been a wonderful round off to a day full of good news (been commissioned to do some work on a film!) I wanted to do something to mark the occasion so I’ve put together a playlist of songs that I’ve uploaded on my account over the past four years, with a little story behind each (with links of course):
1. Breeze Block Solidarity
The first loop song I wrote and recorded. It was inspired by the white breeze blocks that made up my first year halls (which have sadly now been demolished) It started out as me trying to transcribe a Janek Gwizdala song and sort of took on a life of it’s own. I stopped playing it live around the time I got my RC-30 as I felt it didn’t have a lot of room for development.
2. If I Told You (feat Molly Broadley)
This is only song with lyrics that I’ve written that’s ever actually been properly recorded. I wrote it after my first proper break up when I was 16. Myself and Molly who sang on the track recorded a few versions of it over a period of about three or four years. I can’t remember if we recorded this version before uni or when I came back for the holidays. It was one of the first songs I made with recording software.
I’m still very proud of it. That’s something I don’t tend to say often about the things I do.
3. Teardrop (Massive Attack) 1st Version
I still play this cover when I busk, although it’s considerably changed since I recorded this. It was the first thing I put on Soundcloud that really got any attention. It was a suggestion from someone I was living with in first year. It meant a lot to me that people were listening and suggesting things that might work.
4. Painting Faces
This was the first piece of music I made for a film. It was a film made by my biggest fan and repeated collaborator Sarah Grant, and it can still be watched here. It was entered into a media society competition and got shown on a big cinema screen, it was bizarre. It made me see the potential my music had for working as part of something else. I mentioned doing sound work for a film at the beginning of the post, it’s also being made my Miss Grant.
I’m good to my clients :)
5. The Legend of Zelda - Epona’s Song
I did a few Zelda arrangements, and they proved to be quite popular, this one is my favourite, both of the arrangements I did and of the game’s soundtrack generally. I like the chromatic chord figure at the end, that was my own :)
6. Baba O’Riley (The Who)
Man this one went big. It became a staple of my live shows and it became of the most popular covers I’ve done. It’s a great opener and a perfect way to demonstrate live looping to those unfamiliar to it. I had been playing in my room at about 2am and my flatmate came through as she couldn’t sleep, she just sat and listened to me play for a bit, and she suggested I cover Baba O’Riley. That night remains pretty special to me.
7. The River
I got a cello for Christmas about two years ago. It took me ages to get the hang of it, and this is a nice marker of my progress. The lead line’s a little squeaky, but it didn’t stop people liking it. I keep meaning to do a solo set with my cello, but I’m still not that confident at it just yet!
8. Nymphomaniac Nights and Swedish Au Pairs
I still get asked by people what the whole deal is with this song’s title. The uni drama society were doing a production of Blood Brothers, and one scene took place inside a late night adult cinema, and they needed…well porn music. Apparently I was the first person they thought of. It’s become surprisingly popular, it’s been used as the theme tune to a couple of radio shows and even beat poetry!
9. The Nostalgia Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog Tribute)
I was really really pleased with this, and it never really took off, which I was a little disappointed at. The early Genesis/Mega Drive games are some of my favourite games and they have truly awesome soundtracks. I found some samples from the games and had a play around with them and added some bass tracks. I recorded it while I was back home in Aberdeen from uni at a point where I was spending entire days making music, mainly because there wasn’t much else to do at that point.
10. Live Improvisation at The Cave of Wonders
I love this recording so much, it perfectly encapsulates how mad that gig was. It was completely made up and I was just going with the feeling in the room. I later reworked it into a song that’ll be on the new E.P. Which is a nice way to round this off!
NEW E.P SEPTEMBER!