Gadget and Claire


This week’s WeeklyBeats creation – I had no idea what I’d be doing this week. Then Korg went and released the cool Gadget app for the iPad and I knew I’d be using it.

A few hours later, some futzing around in GarageBand for the drumkit, guitars and mix, and it’s done. Thanks to my drummer ‘Ian’ — though I think he kinda steals the show in a couple of places.

Now, I have to learn how to make something longer than a minute and a bit…

Experiment in Atmospherice

Week Three
Well, I was disappointed that I didn’t have more time for my third (weekly) submission to WeeklyBeats — but it’s my own fault that I let my time get away from me this week.

In the time I had, I managed to stitch together a few tracks and make a salvageable attempt at an atmospheric bit. Perhaps something that would work as a background track to movie credits or a video game mood setter.

Anyway, give it a listen and I’d appreciate your feedback.

And you can review all my tracks here — at my WeeklyBeats page.

Flightline

The latest image for an upcoming composition exercise with WeeklyBeats. It’s fun to make the music AND envision an album cover for the tune. Image captured with my iPhone and edited with my iPad.

Flightline should be is live on the WeeklyBeats.com site January 12th around 5pm MST now.

WeeklyBeats – a year long project

Over the last few years I’ve been trying to learn more about music production. This has been an on/off interest of mine with real motivation driving me toward any learning structure. Last week that changed.

I found WeeklyBeats.com — a website that encourages you to produce — any type of music — one cut per week, and upload it. That’s it. No competition, just the knowledge that you’ve managed to turn out one piece of music for that week. Which in my case, is more than I’ve done in the past 6 months :D. Also there’s the potential for some encouraging feedback.

Yes it’s an artificial deadline, but it’s a deadline, and a commitment. Somehow those two manage to drive me to results. And with that segue, here’s my first composition of the year; In the Garage.

The goal of this one is to start a foundation for a production workflow. I used GarageBand on the MacBook Pro to record/edit and sounds came from my iPad — Propellerhead’s Thor synth, and Novation’s LaunchPad app.

This one’s pretty simple, but yes, your thoughts and feedback are welcome.