About This Blog

I am a musician living in Cape Town, South Africa and this blog is intended to document various musical projects I'm working on ... mostly after the fact, when I remember.

Unless otherwise stated the bass line (and quite often the mix) is my work.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

One new and one oldish tune

Two more collaboration tunes for you.

The first is an oldish one Arryth
This is a rock song that unfortunately (In My Opinion) seems to have been forgotten about, or dropped, or something, but anyways I really enjoyed playing on it and am quite proud of the bass line I came up with (hence the reason it's up here) and I also really like the vocal performance - all in all I actually dig this tune a lot.

Next up is something completely different to the above,
No Name Bossa is a smooth as silk latin jazz thing.
This tune really needs an upright (double) bass to do it justice, which I don't unfortunately have, so I did the best I could on my fretless, the other collaborators seem to like it anyways so here it is.

I'm not as familiar as I'd like to be regarding latin rhythms, but hearing the above I couldn't resist. This I find is the beauty about collaborating you can try stuff out and get knowledgeable feedback and crits pretty quickly, that is apart from the fun of making music, being able to change genre at will and "meeting" other musicians online.

I should mention this on all the posts I guess, but most of the tunes I post here are work in progress and not yet considered finished - unless stated otherwise

Friday, March 1, 2013

Passing Passion - another collaboration

Hmm, I seem to be getting a bit more busy on this blog - guess it's all well and good.
Anyways, I got myself involved in another collaboration on Kompoz called Passing Passion.

This is a bit of a pop/funk/jazz tune a la Incognito
Anyways here's how the tune stands ATM

Hope you enjoy

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Two more Collaboration tunes.

I've been a little active on kompoz.com lately and laid down two "audition" tracks.

The first is with the fretless on a tune called
Zachary (You're Coming Home)
It had acoustic guitar and vocals to start with so here's my take

The second is called
My Way Back To You
and is described as "80's style synth rock, ala Duran Duran, Missing Persons, Kajagoogoo." so as a complete change of style I dug out the fretted ... here's my take.

Both of these are work in progress I'll try to remember to post updates if anything significant happens to them

Monday, January 14, 2013

Keep Me Away From You (two versions)

First update for the year and it's only January :)
Sometimes when I have the time I join in a jam on the internet, known as a collaboration.
Anyways, every now and then as song gets "published" which basically means that that tune is now declared finished.
This recently happened with Keep Me Away From You (solo vocal version) which is a fork of Keep Me Away From You by Danny Milligan and was originally conceived as a duet.

The original tune

was published last year but dazzle fly, the female vocalist, liked it so much she decided to do her own solo version, so here it is.

Anyways, both versions have the same music, tho' I think I prefer the solo version.
I was kinda hoping for a re-mix as a bit of a timing issue crept in somewhere as the bass isn't quite as tight as I played it, especially near the beginning, and this (timing issue) was carried over into this project .... oh well, 'tis a small thing, tho' it irks me ... but on the whole I'm pretty proud it, and I guess most won't hear what I am, so excuses aside here it is.

Here are the links once again.
Keep Me Away From You (solo vocal version)
Keep Me Away From You (original version).

Any comments are welcome :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dodgy Diagonal D-flat Ditty

Dodgy Diagonal D-flat Ditty

Ok, this post follows on from the last I'm just seeing how SoundCloud shares things directly.... 2 posts in one day ..... amazing :)

Anyways, this is just a fretless workout, should be technically called a C# Locrian thingy but that doesn't illiterate as well.... anyways enjoy. Hmmm, the preview doesn't seem to include the player, so here you are ... the fancy one :)

A few more tunes

Here are a few more tunes I've been playing with. as well as just getting something up on SoundCloud. Firstly a couple more with Mood Indigo both of which are guitar and piano tho' we are working at more bass and piano pieces ... stay tuned :)

Summer Song by Mood indigo

Low C Boogie by Mood indigo

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mood Indigo

Yep, I've been a little busy lately ... unlike this blog :) but anyways Muriel (my wife) and I have been working at getting a jazzy duo together, we should have done this looong ago, but hey we're doing it now.

It's pretty interesting as she is from a classical background and reads really well while learning to improvise and I'm from a blues/funk background, can jam 'till the cows come home, but have to work hard at getting my reading up to scratch.
Anyways between us we are getting a rather a unique sound together, and it is evolving quickly which is very nice - no backing tracks, drum machine etc. just electric piano & guitar or fretless bass.

So if you'd like to hear what we sound like, book us for a gig in Cape Town (South Africa) or whatever, you'll find all our info on our new website Mood Indigo.