Vodka and Ammonia is a track that evolved over many
months of dedicated procrastination. One man's tale decent into
uncertainty due to poor beverage choice.
From an idea I had in the shower (this
happens a lot) to months of having no idea what the
song was going to be or even if it actually was a song at all to a
fully fledged...... something. Experimental is probably being too kind
with over thirty layers of sounds jostling for your attention.
Korg R3, Korg EMX-1, 'mouth noises', TC-Helicon Voicelive2, a Suzuki QChord and
various household items all went into whatever this is.
Listen on-line (DO NOT drink
Accomplished cartoonist David (Dutch) Koppenhaver
created this great piece of fan-art for the song!
To see more of
Dutch's work check out his long running comic 'Misty
the Mouse' and if you get keen he can be contacted for very reasonable
commission work at
Loch Ness Pickle is my first rock hard rock song... be very
Planned, written and recorded
on and off over eighteen hours it's a cautionary tale warning folks
about the dreaded Loch Ness Pickle. What was I thinking? There may
have been some intoxication at the time. Still, there it is. :)
Korg R3 synth, Korg EMX drum machine,
Korg KP3, VoiceLive 2
vocal harmony and effects pedal and the little bit of electric guitar
I learnt in a couple of hours.
Obviously I can't sing for peanuts but eh, sometimes
you just have to sing a song about a pickle.
Listen on-line with lyrics.
Time Stops is something a bit different from me and
another first attempt. I'm going
to call it ambient, old school electronica and hope that explains it
best. This was a 'live' recording where all sounds were recorded as
played with little post mixing.
It took about four hours to plan and
choose sounds, set the mixer and get ready before hitting record.
For a better sound I could have
recorded all the parts separately and combined them with a nice mix
but I enjoy the freedom and uniqueness of a 'live' performance too
much so it is how it is. :)
Korg R3 synth, Korg ER-1 drum machine, VoiceLive 2
vocal harmony and effects pedal and my Knob Box; see 'Other Projects'
A bit more of a serious offering this time, My Goodbye comes
firmly under the title of 'gave it a go'.
I should stress that it's not actually about me. Obviously you can't
help but write from what you know here and there but it's certainly not
autobiographical in any way.
I play all the music on it and so on which is fairly evident. I'm pretty
much learning to play the instruments, record and mix as I go so it's
all early stage sounds in every way.
It was going to be sung and I did try but these pipes just can't do
it...yet. so it's a more spoken word affair.
It was made over four days but I'd probably cut that in half with the
things I've learnt from doing this one.
The next track will be more ridiculous, like the others! I promise!
Oh man, where do I start with this one? It's called
Between Stations Chook Pook... I just dunno.
I was in the shower (I know that doesn't sound
promising) and started singing this little tune. I walked out, half
washed, recorded the vocals and then got back into the shower, satisfied
that a masterpiece was on the way.
I'd just bought a new mixing desk and a new audio
compositing application and wanted to play with some samples. I play the
guitar bits in this one and make some of the sound effects with it and
the rest is all samples and electro-jiggery-pokery.
I thought that 'Chook Pook' was something that my
brother and I used to say when we were little kids but he has no memory
of it at all so.... I have no excuses.
Apparently 'Chook Pook' was what I wanted.
This was my very first song attempt and was simply
recorded with the movie function of my digital camera.
I should stress that Walking With Kransky is intentionally horrible. :)
At the time I couldn't play the guitar at all or
obviously sing and pretty much made up most of the words on the spot. Do
be warned that many people have reported getting it stuck in their
There are more details about the animated clip are
in the Film and Media section).
View the Film Clip!
2 Cowboys is neither musical or a song but it is horrible!
It was an experiment to make a spoken word story that
repeatedly builds on itself in a frustrating and almost uncomfortable
I had some ideas but they weren't all grabbing me so I
asked my partner for a list of things that she thought a couple of
cowboys might get up to and it went from there.
Who knew that cowboys lived such rich and full lives?!