when you really want to have a bit of a go at something but you
have absolutely no experience whatsoever
that's what this is
I've staunchly avoided learning to play an instrument properly,
call singing up-down-speak and this is the result
Vodka and Ammonia - 2014 - Style: ... experimental
Vodka and Ammonia evolved over many months of dedicated
It's the tale of one man's 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
Experimental is probably being too kind
with over thirty layers of sounds jostling for your attention.
Production: Synthesizer, drum machine, 'mouth noises', various effects
gear, a Suzuki QChord and various household items
Stream it here (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 - 2011 - Style: heavy rock
Loch Ness Pickle is my first rock hard rock song... be very afraid!
Planned, written and recorded on and off over eighteen hours,
this cautionary tale warns folks about the dreaded Loch Ness Pickle.
What was I thinking? Still, there it is.
Synthesizer, drum machine, various effects gear and a a couple of
hours of learnt electric guitar.
Obviously I can't sing for peanuts but eh, sometimes you just have to
make a song about a pickle.
Stream it here with lyrics
Time Stops - 2010 - Style: ambient electronic..ish
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 prep before hitting
Not as tidy as something more produced, however the
live, record it all in one go process was a hoot.
Synthesizer, drum machine, various effects gear and my Knob Box; see
'Other Projects' section for details.
Stream it here
Walking with Kransky - 2008 - Style: alternative
This was my very first song attempt and the audio was simply
recorded with the movie function of my old digital camera.
should stress that Walking With Kransky is unashamedly horrible.
I can't play the guitar at all or obviously sing and pretty much
made up most of the words on the spot.
Stream it here
My Goodbye - 2010 - Style: sombre folk
more of a serious offering, My Goodbye comes firmly under the title of
'gave it a go'. It's not untended to be autobiographical, but I
guess everyone gets a little down at times.
at least the amount I learnt in fifteen minutes and mouth words.
Stream it here
Between Stations Chook Pook - 2010 - Style: beyond
Where do I start with this one? I really
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 then returned to cleansing satisfied a
masterpiece was on the way.
Production: guitar I can't play,
mouth noises and a few samples.
History: 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....