Category: Digi Music Maker

An Artist’s “Success”

This might sound suspiciously like the rantings of a person who is justifying his own place in the world, but it’s not the intention. I just heard today that Justin Beiber was arrested and charged for a bunch of crimes related to drugs, alcohol and driving., and it prompted me to post something on this…
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Being Diverse

A producer at a major Advertising firm once taught me a lesson about composing for ads. I had dropped by to give her a demo tape of my music, in the hope I might get some jingles from her. Trying to be clever, I provided a smorgasbord of different styles and genres on the tape,…
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Why don’t you get “Lost In Thought”!?

In 2010, I spent 2 months in America composing and producing a collection of instrumental music. It has proven to be a very popular background music in spas and restaurants. Despite being a difficult time in my life, the music is ambient and calming. If you’re looking for a warm musical blanket on a cold…
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Creative Freedom

Technology has enabled me to produce music now for over 17 years. I’ve seen the industry transform over and over again. Each new development has meant greater possibilities and more flexibility. We are so lucky to live in an age where such resources are available. A part of my business is re-producing songs as backing…
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A new start, a new learning curve

Well it’s been a long time between posts. It’s been a busy year for me on all fronts. Amongst other upheavals, I have relocated to a beautiful, full blown, pre-existing studio in Balaclava. This studio was custom built by the guys who built Woodstock Studios, and it is an extremely well designed and thought out…
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Don’t Give Up

When I graduated from the VCA back in the early (early) nineties I didn’t have a very clear game plan. I had originally been groomed at the College as a trumpet player destined for a life in one of the orchestras. This didn’t appeal to me at all. I was so uninterested in fact, that…
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Keeping Up

I wonder if there were comparable pressures in the days when music was composed by quill and candlelight, to stay on top of the wave of progress. There are the obvious trends that happen in music itself that we producers need to try and stay abreast of, but there is also the matter of keeping…
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Drowning in digits

Maybe it’s me just getting older, but my attitude towards technology is slowly changing. I grew up watching the birth and development of digital music technology and relished the new possibilities. I continue to marvel at the power now available to anybody. The thing that has changed with me is my view of the technology’s…
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Mixing too hot!

As a musician, I can’t really claim any official academic creditability as a sound engineer. I guess I’ve done it long enough now to have honed my skill, and work out a few things for myself. That said, I sometimes still feel like a novice. It would seem that many rules that governed the ‘old…
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The Creative Habit

I’ve borrowed this title from a fantastic book I read while in the States. It’s a book by Twyla Tharpe. If you are experiencing writers block, or just generally find it difficult to get the creative juices following, her book is what you need. It talks a lot about ritual. It is something that we…
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