Shooting Stars - (68) Days and Dates, Felix Tales, CasioMTB & William Gerard, 02/07/2014
Falling Star - (53) CasioMTB & William Gerard, Days and Dates, 14/07/2014
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.
i had this idea for a tuba? euphonium? part that was hummed by me a few years ago. and it all built up from there really. a neighbour lent me an autoharp a year or two ago and i began fiddling with it a few weeks ago.
i think this is about as far as i can face going with it though.
there is a second autoharp tune, which i probably wont come back to for years but its quite nice.
also – some new (and really old) boris stuff on the way. i was thinking f cleaning it up but i don’t thin k i shall now; it is as boris said ‘how it was’.
so i was staring at my desk wondering what to sing when i saw this postcard from my mum, and sung that. to be exact its :’sky that was black with aircraft, all flying in formation, due south, towards france. i will never see or hear anything like that again’ (or something like that, i think i got the words muddled) . it seemed to go on for hours. ‘
its my mum describing the night before D-Day in london.
and i am missing out the bit about slowly turning into scott walker. which i rather enjoyed. i hate my voice, and always want to hide it. this is hidden.
129 Sustain a heavy blow to the head again. not exactly, perhaps. but the program on the casio1000p was 129, or rather i programed it to 129.
so , this is a one night stand. what happens when the wife goes out and i play with volca beats – having understood how to program now and fiddle with recording stutter and stuff. though to be honest i recorded the first half on the wrong track.
then 2 tracks of the casio 1000p, a guitar, and 2 basses/
and some volume editing to get rid of the les dawsons
so kind of live. whihc is why the chord changes are hardly anything- blacvk 5ths?
and another thing, ye si haven’t put up the 3 rd version of the Stupid is my Default Setting. i will. but ( or i might) what i hope i will do is upload is the instrumental of PCP Christmas is over which i have been worjkking on for many months it seems and almos thave 1/2 a vocal of (not recorded). and i am thinking about doing a kickstarter 7 inch single thing. maybe, actually i know 2 artists from whom i might maybe be able to do a cool cover for the single. though i have not asked them and doubt i could afford them but still its a thought.
there shoudl be a pause before the ‘again’
++++++ Some days later ++++++++++++++++++++
listening to it now.i’m quite surprised: i still like it. Its Volca beats live with 2 patterns, 2 bass lines with the les dawsons removed, a guitar, 2 casio 1000 P. i am guessing the P stands for programmable as it is, just. one of the sounds is 129 on sound 4 (i think) and changed to sound 3 and back to 4 (i think, something like that). AND in a surpise move – no pedals. at all. clean into my recently purchase second attempt with usb soundcards – a usb dual tube. hate it, its not the scarlett 4, whcih sits there beautiful but currently crap.
heres the next one – similar but different. orange is the new black had a funny ending - just when i was thinking it was going to be all ctesy and hollywood it got mean and nasty, which was a surprise. a bit loke logging into google and being unable to find Analytics or webmaster tools anywhere.
Whoops – thats about 4 months without an upload. sorry. all got hectic. not musically obviously though i have been working on a new tune for a very long time – and not getting bored of it which is a good sign. just got to man up and sing it now.
in the mean time i finally gave back the Roland Drumatix i borrowed back in 1993/4? for the Maisie’s Friend album. I was using it on the song that i am currently working on but thought that is was time for it to go.
Mainly as i wanted a Korg Volca Beats – which i got/co-bought for christmas. It is very nice, Small it must be said, but great fun.
There is a problem with it, perhaps and its with the instructions. I have had it for 3 days now and have to yet understand how to
Make a new pattern
put patterens together.
it certainly is not as obvious as the Drumatix. So i have had to reset back to Default 3 times. but on the other hand i have got really into the default pattern – whcih i have now done 3 recordings of – and here they are. the first first.
Rgos sunshy insytrumental (287)
yes i too am slightly shocked that this is going up. talk about rough. but i’ve just been recording some additional and reached the point of stop now its hell. so i am forcing myself to put this here. as with a bit of luck in a few weeks time i will remember why i like this so much and come back to it.
oh and and i want independence for scotland as i want a constitution.
something i heard on friday or possible saturday evening on radio 6 around 10pm was brilliant sort of 50s yet disco/dance.
i would love to do that.
Rgos really i doubt it dub (319)so, i was working on this a lot last year. 2 or 3 months trying to work out the fingering. But by the end i just couldn’t do any more to it.
so i left it and came back to it last week and found this drum track that i did with it at some point.
anyway. this is what came out of that, its 3 different versions of the same thing mixed together. i did a lot of different recordings (each one was live and my playing steadily got better as the the actual versions got simpler but sort missed something?).
the not end result is this version, but i have at last started to get my head round a vocal line. This is the music that made me look up what Torch song meant exactly. hmm.
a few months ago i bought a Casio 1000pc on ebay for £34. But it lived in england and they wouldn’t post it – understadable as it weighs a lot! so my sister picked it up for me and i finally got it up to here a couple of weeks ago.
i bought it because it said it had a programmable arpegiator. It does! well it might do . i haven’t actually got round to working out how to do that as its such fun (such fun – omg i’ve turned into a Miranda sitcom) just to fiddle with.
i thik i may evern be able to progran the sounds a bit. its a proper synth – i think again i downloaded the manual but haven’t read it yet.
so here is the first 1000pc tune. all sounds are 1000pc. it has no drum kit so that bass drum sound is just a c# bassoon i think. and there’s no midi so timing wise its waaaaay out. i love the idea of making an arpegiator without midi - it makes it almost useless. excepting it doesn’t it makes it great.
anyway, more playing to be done. Thats 3 casios and 1 bontempi. my boxroom is starting to fill up and its getting noticed…
so, removed the casio sk5 and added a guitar track and end up here.
may or may not be a bad thing but its going up. its stops me getting cross about the NSA and GCHQ and wodnering whther as an independent scotland we would actually be able to do anything about that – have a constitution maybe, restrain IP law, stop the surveillance. I wonder if anyone else views scottish independence in that light or is it all just nationalist socialism? Just read ‘And the Land Lay Still’ by James Robertson. It was OK. improved as it went along, or i improved with it who knows.
so, i see i put this up last night before i could regret it. i like it though, my rotten acoustic guitar plus a bit of casio sk5. i am sort of thinking it needs (well obviously it needs) something else, vocals? i suspect it would be quite a feat to get vocals in there. a feat for me anyway.
so, i have to get this up now before i cant face it tomorrow. Its a long time coming early mix of a tune i have been working on oh for many weeks. an a right pain it is getting the balance right between crapfi and crap. anyway, hopefully tomorrow morning i wont feel too embarrassed about this.
but then you shouldn’t send an email after 8pm either.
its a problem. speaking for myself, i work on a tune of an evening until i feel its gone wrong so i stop. then the next time i get a chance i have worked out whats wrong and continue working until i hit a problem.
So, though i keep thinking: ‘must put this up, a great early version’ something goes wrong and i realise that i only have an hour left to myself and stop and watch a series (thrones, dead, skins, killing, bridge…)
and the following monring you think: seem to remember there being a problem.
so heres another from the Bon Tempi times sequence.
a bit of crap-fi disco. on the plus side it is short.
i suppose like to view these as doodles while the real stuff gets worked on – the real stuff being the next Felix Tales tune and video. Of which the Bon Tempi sequence of stuff has come up trumps – and produced what i think may be ‘currently the best thing i have ever done’. inverted commas as i fairly regularly think this. or at least it happens once or twice every year or two. ah the dream worls, what a happy place to live.
so, i bought a bon tempi for £9.99 from ‘Edinburgh’s Oldest Charity shop’ at the end of the Meadows a few months ago and have not stopped playing it. Its hellish but briilaint and fits well into my current crap-fi music.
the drums seem to gain and lose speed, but the bass drum is a wonderful live thud.
so here’s an early recording of it. i made a video last night for it which i will put up soon.
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 (545)
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 (583)
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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