Coming in 2013

Eh, I’ve been neglecting this blog (and indeed music in general) recently. No excuses, just been busy with real work etc etc. However I do have a new project to announce here: I am currently working with Jamie Wakefield to produce his first solo album, Hit & Mist, which will be released in 2013.

For those who don’t know Jamie personally, you might remember him from the two tracks he penned for Visions Of A Dragon, widely regarded as two of the highlights of the project. I’ve already been listening to rough demos to the material and there’s some really great writing in there. All we have to do now is deliver a great sound!

In order to help us make this album, you can pre-order a special edition of the album, with an accompanying book of lyrics and artwork, from Jamie here.

I hope this will not be the only project I can announce soon, but for now, that’s all folks. ūüôā

Ring Of Fire

I’ve had this idea for a cover kicking around in my head for weeks now, and it’s been really bugging me. I was supposed to be doing other things tonight but for some reason I had to get this down instead. This afternoon someone said to me “what music would you rather be doing?” after a couple of folk projects on the trot. This is much closer to what I’d rather be doing!

The drums were built in Native Instruments Studio Drummer using the Garage kit. I’ve never used the Garage kit before on anything because I find it the worst of the Studio Drummer kits. It has a rough quality, which to be fair is what they designed it for, and that was exactly what I was after for once.

Ever since I worked on Blood & Honour for Br√≠a McAllister I’ve been using Line 6’s Pod Farm 2 for a lot of virtual guitar amplification, so that’s what I went straight to for the bass and rhythm guitar tracks. Some classic 60s bass amp action, along with a variation on The Ramones guitar sound for the wide-panned rhythm guitars. I used the Brit J-800 amp head A LOT on this track.

The vocals went on next, with some overdriven distortion from the preamp and a touch of slappy reverb. Finally, messing around with lead riffs. It’s actually quite a long time since I recorded any electric guitar, and my Fender Strat had some quite nasty old strings on it. Pretty pleased with the results anyway though! More judicious use of Pod Farm here for distortion and amp modelling.

A bit of volume automation, and jobs a good ‘un. Short, nasty little recording but I kinda like it.

So what’s it all about?

Well for those who don’t already know me (and I hope that this blog will attract some new friends over time), I’m Phil. I’ve been obsessed with music ever since I can remember, listening to practically every genre I could get my hands on. Over the years this fascination led to learning to play various instruments and eventually mucking around with some home recording equipment with friends.

Since those¬†crazy days¬†with a little tape deck¬†I’ve been gigging and performing here and there, as well as branching out into recording and producing demos for other artists. A few years ago I made the move from tape to digital audio, and I’ve been recording exclusively¬†using Pro Tools ever since. In 2010 I put together a group of like-minded and talented associates¬†and produced my first full album, Visions Of A Dragon. This turned out to be pretty popular among those who like that sort of thing, and led eventually¬†to my producing a¬†second full album,¬†Blood & Honour, for a talented lady called Br√≠a McAllister in 2012.

Examples of my audio work can be heard online hosted at: http://soundcloud.com/musoholic

¬† Currently I’m working to develop my sound portfolio and I’m always looking for talented people to work with, whether for fun or profit. Sadly I have to maintain a day job to pay the bills, so I can’t be available for tours and far away live opportunities. However, I am definitely interested in hearing about:

  • Recording music for other artists for fun or professional release
  • Playing and singing on other people’s compositions
  • Collaborating on musical projects
  • Live or theatre sound design opportunities, including spoken word and radio work

Please get in touch using the form below to discuss availability, rates or just shoot the breeze.

(Oh, and the hats thing? Yeah. I like hats.)

 

 

Testing… testing…

One… One TWO…

Yeah, it’s a crappy roadie joke but it seemed somehow appropriate.

So… Hi, I guess. Welcome to the world of musoholic. This will be my new repository for all things musical and semi-interesting in my life.

More to follow, I’m off to play with the fonts and margins…