(TYPE A OR B) WeeklyBeats9

Weekly­Beats sub­mis­sion for week 9. I may have gone over the top on this one. Intro is very heavy handed. Exper­i­mented with the new Z3TA+ synth for iPad, as well as the cur­rent stable; Thor, Sun­r­izer­XS, Nave, and a little Magel­lan. Lots of pans. Some com­pres­sion. A big exper­i­ment in many ways.… I hope you enjoy!

Album Art a shot from Artwick’s ori­gin­al Flight Sim­u­lat­or for the Apple ][.

Update: Love the com­ment I received on it over at Weekly­Beats:

Nice! Soundtrack for the birth of a new galaxy! Sounds great in my ATH-M50s!

WeeklyBeats7 — Cold Night

Cov­er for my latest sub­mis­sion to Weekly­Beats 2014. Wanted to go for an atmo­spher­ic sound again, some­thing more ambi­ent. Maybe this worked. Maybe not, but it came out as a com­plete unit. Also tried stick­ing to a small ‘band’. In this case used instru­ments from SampleTank: Blue Phaser elec­tric piano, Xpander Phat synth pad, Cos­mic Pad synth pad, and Min­im­oog echo 2 synth lead.

Also brought in some Abstract Atmo­sphere 50 from Gar­age­band — which I used as my DAW.

Image is from some­thing I took out the win­dow a bunch of years ago. Loved the light pil­lars in the minus 40 weath­er.

WeeklyBeats5 — The Conversation

My latest sub­mis­sion to Weekly­Beats 2014. Had a lot of tech­nic­al chal­lenges with this one. Slower beat required more con­sid­er­a­tion of instru­ment selec­tion and place­ment. Also had to get vari­ous samples to sound ‘good’ at this beat and dis­covered the mud­di­ness that can be intro­duced by tweak­ing the sample fre­quency. Not a great tune, but a great learn­ing exper­i­ence.

Nova­tion Launch­pad, Thor, Gar­age­Band provided the tech and zing. Café.mp3 sample cour­tesy of moson on FreeSound.org

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.


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.