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Storm Eunoch/Eunice....whatever

Posted 18/2/2022

Today has been a funny old day. The wind was so bad that it was better to be indoors than out braving the weather. Lots of positives coming from messages regarding the MKII Mellotron Plugins.

 

I have had another think about what I'd like to do with an electronic project, and I think I'd like to start by doing some Nils Frahm style Piano improvisations to see where it leads me. I improvise daily, but rarely record anything. Maybe it's time to start putting ideas down. Hopefully everyone has remained safe during this crazy storm.

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G Force Software Mellotron MKII

Posted 6/2/2022

The one thing about plugins is that you can often find emulation of the most expensive instruments in the world, for a fraction of the price. The Mellotron MKII was introduced in 1964 and aimed at the home market. It was two manual and featured rhythm sets and accompaniment tapes on the left hand...coupled with lead sounds on the right. Used notably by King Crimson, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Tony Banks and Genesis, The Move and many more...it was a machine aimed at the home market to compete with the organs that featured rhythms.

 

I have been lucky enough to be involved with Dave and Chris at G Force Software in the latter stages of the testing of the MKII and have done some demos for it. Keep an eye out for them on the G Force software website www.gforcesoftware.com and on their Facebook Page.

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A Website Crash demands new content

Posted 4/2/2022

The weird thing is....I only hovered over the icon and BOOOOOF, it was all gone. Thankfully a snapshot back to 2016....but most of it has gone, so maybe it's time to rebuild

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"Noodle Away" my son

Posted 16/2/2016

Prog Rock has started to see a resurgence in the recent years. Old progress are resurfacing to their adoring fans, and new music is in abundance. More often than not Prog is regarded as the plague when it comes to the music industry and sadly as sales dwindle on CD's, the leather trousered/caped crusaders are left scrambling to fund their love of a good noodle ( solo/improvise) with tickets sales at gigs/concerts. If noodling was a crime, the 70's progress would be locked up with the keys thrown away. These days, noodling is confined to a verse or a chorus, maybe an outro. Some may find the time to noodle on the extended mix version, but I do feel the general public and listeners have become accustomed to the Verse and Chorus style of song writing. "Bring back noodling" I say. Without solos, songs on the radio today are a constant barrage of vocals and beats.

 

One other thing I find strange is that the prog world are fond of a good concept album. You take a theme and you write 40-70 minutes worth of material around it. How do you actually decide on iTunes to download individual songs you like and leave the rest of the others behind?     That way, surely you are only getting part of the story and concept. Imagine what Rick Wakeman's 'The Myths and legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table' would sound like if you just downloaded 'Guinevere'? or you just downloaded 'Karn Evil 9 part 1 2nd impression' from ELP's 'Brain Salad Surgery'?

or even one track from 'The Snow Goose' by Camel? a totally insane thought!

You'd be missing out on all that other glory, but in particular....'The Concept', of which Prog Rock is the master of. 

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