Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Bashment Ball

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I just finished my Android application which is  Pong variant. It’s been uploaded it onto Google Play (formally the Android App Market). I started this project in February 2012 and have  gotten it to a publishable state. It was good to learn something new and see it through to completion. The game  is based on the Solo-Pong HTML5 canvas game that I created a while ago. There are a few differences like bonus items and the way it is played with a touch screen. The theme for the game is based around Jamaican dancehall rhythms(riddims) and the accompanying sci-fi sound effects . In Jamaican patios this is also known as bashment. Over time, I had created a few dancehall rhythms and this game provided a good outlet for this music to be heard.  Seven of my rhythms are featured in the game and it seems to work out well with many of the familiar bashment sound effects. There are two versions available (free and paid). The free version is supported by ads and the paid version has no ads but costs $NZ 2.00.

Bashment Ball - Android Game

Bashment Ball - Android Game


Pyro Stunts – The Ripper – The Horror Mix

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I had a big box set of old horror DVDs that hadn’t got round to watching yet. And on the computer, I had a few dark dubstep and dancehall rhythms. So I indiscriminately ripped some audio samples from a handful of the films and surgically spliced smashed them into some beats with a blunt instrument. The result was an unholy abomination of a mix that will take you on a wicked ride through a few horror subgenres. More info is at

Music for Short Films

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The V 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking contest is creeping up on us again. It’s 16-18 of May to be precise. I’ve been involved in this for three years now and I’m always amazed at how much the films improve over the previous years. The part I play in our team (Fractured Radius) is to produce the music. 48 hours is a pretty tight deadline to try to write, shoot and edit a film and to then provide appropriate music for. So while the writing and shooting is going on, I’m on my PC composing music, stings or other sounds that will be added into the film during the editing.

What I like most about the contest is that you never know which genre your team will have to make a film for. Personally I would really like to get Horror or Sci-fi. As I have a the Arturia Minimoog V plug-in that will be ideal for this type of film. If you’ve heard the music on Planet Terror then you’ll know what I’ m on about. The genre that I would like to get the least would probably be musical. Only because I would have loads more responsibility in making the film work. You will never know how it may turn out. It could be a masterpiece.

Anyways if your interested in checking out the films that I’ve been involved in previous years, check out the links below.

The Big Job 2007, Genre: Crime
Fruits Of passion 2005, Genre: Romance
Sceptre of MacGuffin 2004, Genre: Action/Adventure

Recording a Demo DIY Style – FREE ebook

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Way back in 2005 I started writing a beginners guide to recording a demo using a PC. This was to be my first big foray into the info-publishing business. Basically the book was pretty much finished and resided on the computer until now. I just opened the Doc about an hour ago and made some minor changes. It’s probably still full of typos but the content is pretty good.

I was planning on selling it but the information is nothing new and is easily found elsewhere. So if you looking for a step-by-step guide for recording vocals and instruments into your computer through to mixing, then download Recording a Demo DIY Style. The ebook is licensed under creative commons so you can share it as you wish. I’ll probably convert it to HTML and run some adds on it to make some money that way. So this will probably be done in 2010. In the meantime here’s the pdf.

An Alternating Speed Metronome

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

The metronome is an essential tool for musicians wanting to improve their playing speed. All metronomes have a variable speed control which allows you to select a tempo between about 30 and 260 BPM (beats per minute). I have developed a special metronome that can speed up or slow down over a period of time. This is useful for musicians as it allows you to start playing at a comfortable speed and gradually go faster. This metronome allows you to set the start tempo, end tempo and the time in seconds that you want the tempo to gradually change from start tempo to end tempo.

I developed this Java applet because I remember some of the difficulty I had when learning the guitar. I wanted to improve my speed and for some reason I found playing the faster tempos took a long time to master. When I was learning to play guitar, I found it easy to practice a drill in time at 110 bpm but to go to 120 bpm was very difficult. By starting slow and gradually getting faster, my guitar playing speed vastly improved. The best part is that if you set the time to change to something over two minutes, you do not even notice the tempo speeding up.

The applet should be running directly above this paragraph. If it is not then you probably do not have the Java Runtime Environment enabled or installed on your browser. You can download it from the above link.

The applet is very easy to use. Simply set the tempo that you want to start at with the first scrollbar. Next set the tempo that you want to finish on with the second scrollbar. Lastly set the time in seconds that the tempo will take to change from the start tempo to the end tempo with the third scrollbar. Once you are all set, click the Play button.

The In Sound From Way Out

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

As I write I’m eagerly awaiting getting hold of the new Beastie Boys album “The Mix-Up”. This album is instrumental only. I really enjoyed the compilation they put out in 1996 called “The In Sound From Way Out”. This excellent release contained instrumental cuts mainly from their “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication” albums. Anyways this is still one of my favourite Beastie Boys releases so I’m sure their new album will not disappoint.

Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out

Now this gets me going off on a Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley tangent. Sometime after a bought the Beasties “In Sound From Way Out”, I came across an LP in an op-shop with the same name and similar cover art. I’d never heard of Perrey-Kingsley before. The notes on the back of the album mentioned that Perrey-Kingsley were pioneers of electronic music. All the tracks on the album were painstakingly constructed with spliced analogue tape.

Perrey-Kingsley “The In Sound from Way Out!”

I was hoping this album would sound something like the Beastie’s version however it was quite the opposite. This first time I listened to the album I wanted to throw it away as it reeked of seven varieties of bad cheese. I’ve had a few listens in the last few years. Each time I play it, I have more appreciation. After all, it is pretty ground breaking for an album released in 1966.

And now for another tangent, The Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists (RIAA) has released “Sounds For The Space-Set!!”. It’s free mp3 mash-up business featuring pioneers of electronic music with more contemporary artists. My favourites are Jean Jacques Perrey and Harry Breuer’s “Re-Entry To The Moon” with Rihanna’s “’Pon De Replay” and Timerlake’s “Sexy Back” with Three Suns “Caravan,”. There are 20 more tracks on there. Some are good and some are to be avoided.