Casiomtb and william gerard share pedals. and bodies. but one won’t touch a guitar and one won’t touch a piece of 80s keyboard junk. togther they are casiomtb and william gerard. and they began making music togther in 2012.
So, here is why i have been fairly silent for the past 6 weeks – been making this damn video! Learned a lot about maths for a strat – its weel worth working out that at 2mb a day rendering a film will take 7 years unless you change some things.
Still linux held out and only actually froze (and needing a forced reboot) once. All the other times it chugged along.
The idea still is to try and do a vdeo and music for each of the 12 stories – we will see if i manage to keep to that.
In the mean time the winner of whcih mix of Help is on the way is:
ok so sorry about that. actually just nipping to the kitchen.
ok. so. sorry for disappearing there. turns out january really is a time for corporate new years’ resolutions.
so. here are 3 tunes. yes the same, yes sound exactly the same. no difference. but there is. there’s gentle. gentle with bass boost and both together.
Help in on the way - The Carp pond - Both (183)
and right now i don’t know. commercial or honest. thats what it always boils down to. and maybe thats the answer.
it does actually help to put it in writing.
which takes my breath away.
so smoothly into mentioning my (sorry i had to stop typing there it got so … ) first story. called The Carp Pond . by
the thing is that this is old. 2004. i momentarily thought i was rich and bought 2 moogerfooger pedals. part of the problem was that i was living in Prestonpans at the time and i really needed to pretend that i didn’t or at least drown out the noise of the neighbours who only had one volume – scream. all conversations were screamed. and they weren’t really very nice conversations to listen to. so there was even more headphones than normal. so this – 8 minute moggerfooger 1 note ebow noodle which i found a couple of days ago and rather liked.
so it was actually recorded during the last few months of work on tantrum’s second album advice to users (of life: work less, earn less, spend less and do more), to give it the wordy title. and therefore pre-casioMTB. but what the hell.
Sadly i realised that having £500 tied up iin two pedals just wasn’t really possible. so i had to sell them, and bought myself a EH micro synthesiser to make up.
If only it were true (196)
now, its been pretty bad of late. had to do a computer update which totally went wrong. The whole lot went chinese for a bit – a common problem with Unity upgrades it seems.
Lost passwords, couldn’t and actually still cant upload to the floppy site.
and most upsetting of all a comment – and its always spam, took time out from their busy schedule of spamming to complain about my careless spelling!
it would be great if i actually read over what i wrote and corrected it but actually. what the hell, yes i should, sorry.
this is 1 of 4 i did last night. its a 15 minute monotonous drone really. but quite nice. background music perhaps. i like it.
so, i have music to go up! casiomtb test runs i guess you could call them, more blab and more gasgiant.
What? Reguritating the same old crap?! Its an outrage.
And yes i didn’t have time to mention Stumbling in the Dark Looking for the Light Switch earlier. I’ve had it since last summer and sometimes i love it and sometimes i think – oh it goes on a bit. But these are not about final mixes. Its about what is happening now. (and 6 months ago is still now to me and my recording speed).
Which leads me on to Its nice to have you home again at last V2. Hang on, its the same iwth a blepp blep bleep at the beginning!. Well its not. The middle section has grown and devopled a bit – hopefully for the better - with lots more vocally things going on.
Is this the final version. I don’t know
Are these albums? The first was ‘Homemade prog for the down at heart punk’ and now this is ‘Of No Merit or Consequence’? I don’t know.
I hope to see gasgiant very son – and will try to chivvy up some new material from them.
plugin and start with the guitar, then miks drums (sliced and diced) bass, casio mt46, sadly my vocals with some aahs which i am ok with, and lead stylophone, a bit of (legitimate – it happened, not added after) that noise and an extra chord. bit more whatever it is, and the stylophone drum kit with some i-just-like-reverse-vocals. guitar continues on. Casio solo1. My vocal, with the tc helicon (so much more to follow with that beast) Casio solo2. bit more stylophone drum machn.ine..don’t come round here no more i am not as damned as it may seem, to me.
i’ve worried over the mix for so long, the balance between noisy bass, guitar and bass drum. i just dont know. may yet have to record it all again. i hope not.
So, its a bit delayed. Finished mixing this on monday but didn’t get a chance to listen to the mix properly until last night, so, here it is, the next unfinished (or not necessarily finished anyway) mix of a new tune by CasioMTB and William Gerard:
Scared of Empty Threats is a live, one take, unedited jam i guess, on a CASIO MT46 going through various effects pedals. No other instruments were hurt during the recording of this.
I dont know what style of music this: lo-techno, no-techno, electronic?
i did normalise it and compress it a bit.
It starts as you would expect, crappily, and then picks itself up and goes for it.
as to the video, well, its an 8 minute video captured from linux’s media player (which i think i now know how to get it in better quality, sorry) and i like watching it. its very dated and i think thats quite cool.
But the plan was always to put up tunes knowing that they were not necessarily the final mix, so: THIS IS NOT A FINAL MIX!
What it is is my grandfather-in-law’s acoustic guitar, whose bridge is slowly tearing away from the body through the Helicon (of course). But double tracked with the clean acoutic as well (just so i know where i am, as it got a bit muddling). Clean vocals, helicon vocals, and then the casio mt46, through the works.
so, you are not expecting this. The best thought would be to reboot and it’ll be gone. But it is, so…
one take. Watching or listening to the idea of going and playing live and winging it, just playing and hoping you’ll get through, is very scary. this is live casiomt46 and helicon vocals, and claps, got to have claps, followed by a wig out, again to be expected. oh my dear god she doesnt want me to come.sorry.
no.not about sex.
and it goes on so please stop at any point. its only lofihardcore, if there is such a thing.
There is a radio mix in there. But should i edit it when its currently one honest piece? ok i just chopped the first minute off – its a hard enough start as it is.
And, should mention: C, all the way. not point messing around thinking ‘ooh what about …that’, just this.
I am just going to listen to it one last time, this time the mp3. Had the headphones on, no sound, forgot arthur has the mixer. ok, this time.
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