My new year’s resolution is to be more consistent with my music making, to really focus on getting things made. I’ve got this crazy idea that I can make, or at least lay down the foundations, of a track for every day between now and the end of 2017. I’ll keep you posted how I get on. As a starter though, here’s something I made this evening to get things started…
Choke vs. Drillin’ is an interactive way to explore sounds from the first TdJ release. By simply moving around the x/y axis, the pitch and playback speed can be manipulated, as well as cross-fading between the two tracks to create a mix of the two tracks.
Fieldwork is a album of ambient, atmospheric, experimental music. Sometimes reminiscent of leftfield ambient electronica, broken beats and dubby grooves, sometimes taking influences from Synthwave sounds and 80’s electronic soundtracks.
All of the tracks on Fieldwork have a different starting point, some coming from field recordings, some developed from analog synth jams, some have their groundings in atmospheric sound-beds created for theatre productions. Although created in different ways, on different software platforms and with a distance of 10-years between starting the oldest track and completing the newest, they unite as a whole to create an immersive sonic experience.
I thought I’d create an alias for this release. Mustapha Bière sounds a little more exotic than Matthew Greasley, and is also a cheeky reference to one of my hobbies! Artwork for Fieldwork is by long-term musical collaborator and artist Ben Holmes, who resides in Donegal, Ireland. More of Ben’s work is available from http://www.benholmesart.com/
I’ve created a small label as an outlet to release some music. I wanted to produce something physical that the listener can hold in their hand, something tangible. I have chosen as the primary medium the humble cassette. Cassettes are inexpensive, easy to produce and allow regular releases to be possible in a way that is less possible with vinyl.
The label is called Tape du Jour. I’m hoping to release something new around 6 times a year. The first release is called Fieldwork. There’ll be more to follow soon but here’s the first release on Bandcamp:
Incidentally, there’s a recent documentary on the growing popularity on cassette labels here:
Meow-Meow is a rhythm creator which uses cat sounds as its source.
5 sample can be toggled using the 16-step grid at the bottom of the device. Once triggered the filter and pitch of these sounds can be manipulated by dragging on the cat images at the top of the device.
Meow-Meow is an experiment created using Processing and does not function well on a mobile browser. I’m hoping to re-write this using p5.js in the future, with extra functionality and a more mobile-friendly structure.