Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The New Loutonians - Said Hello!

The New Loutonians debut album is out now on Band Camp!

Have a listen...

It all began when they won the Parkwood High School Talent Quest.
It wasn't until 10 years later that they began playing music again.  
This albums represents their debut appearance to the world.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Empty Sea Disco

Listen to Empty Sea Disco...
or download Empty Sea Disco.mp3 (11mb)

You're my isotope
My last hope
My love dope
My dreamgirl
No joke.

I went up to Ruffy for a few days with dear and inspiring friends Jim Batt and Kim Boekbinder, between Christmas and New Years.  We ate amazing food, picked raspberries, relaxed, drank a bit, and I made some tunes.  Here's one of them!

I started with the Roland 606 drum machine, running through my Watkins Copicat tape echo, then through an overdrive, delay and reverb...

Then I played my Fender Precision Bass through my Ibanez SB7 Bass Synth pedal to get the main part of the song.  I also used the Behringer Reverb Machine (RV600) for the Space Echo, which always makes me think of some sort of strange angel choir, and the Line 6 Echo Park for it's nice Sweep Filter Delay.  I also used the Reverse Delay setting.

Then I used my Rocktron Talkbox with my Phantom Guitar to do some sort of vocals, that also stood as a guitar lead.  

Then I added some glockenspiel, and some normal bass, and slap bass parts, and edited it all into something more manageable once I got home!

Listen with your stereo set to phat.  
Good walking music.

The Book of Ships: ...Aagh (Thneed Remix)

I'm playing bass with The Book of Ships, a band lead by David McCarthy.  Hailing from Newcastle, David also produces records for the likes of Mojo Juju and the Snake Oil Merchants, and Kira Puru, among many others.

We've recently been touring up the coast to Sydney, Newcastle and beyond.  It was also my pleasure to do a remix of the album single, "...Aagh".  Here it is!

Listen to ...Aagh (Thneed Remix)
or download ...Aagh (Thneed Remix).mp3 (6mb)

I dubbed it the Thneed Remix, because it's what everyone needs!  I loved The Lorax story, by Dr Seuss, when I was growing up.  I recently bought copies of the book for my good friends' kids for Christmas!  Spread the message of the Lorax!

Here's some other links about The Book of Ships...

The Book of Ships on Facebook

The Book of Ships on MySpace

The official ...Aagh music video

...Aagh (Fishing Remote Tropixxx Remix)