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Today was a productive day. A musical day. My brother, Joe came round and we composed and recorded music for his new film ‘A Tale from the Endless Stair’, a bizarre and incredibly violent animation. Here’s a little trailer:

And here’s the music we recorded:

Download Opening Theme

Download Main Theme

Download Demon Appears

Download Demon in Heavy Metal

Download Moody background loop.

Download Demon Fighting.

The sharp eared amongst you might spot elements of our song ‘Demon’ in some of this. Joe has also used Demon over the end credits of the film, the finished version of which should surface soon.

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Hello you!

Just over a week ago, Pete and I played a gig at our old haunt The White Hart, in Whitechapel, London.

We played well, to an intimate but lovely crowd. I thought things sounded great, Pete complained about the sound afterwards.

We handed round a mailing list sign-up sheet, as we usually do, this time asking for emails and ‘your favourite time machine’. Responses included a delorean with a flux capacitor, the phone booth from the Bill and Ted films, an obscene suggestion that I won’t repeat publically, and two answers that would only make sense if the writer were caught in a time loop.

We got to hear the wonderful Chris Magerl, who is by far one of the best singer-songwriters we’ve seen on our travels through the London acoustic circuit. Here’s a video:

Also on the bill was Paul O’Kane, a very talented fingerstyle guitarist with a great sense of melody. His music reminded me of James Taylor, if James Taylor had more blues in his soul.

In other news

I’ve mixed a version of Vapour Trails, which can be heard if you log in to the Fans’ Area.

You’ll need to sign up to the mailing list to be able to do that.

And finally

Our next London gig is:

Thursday August 20th
The Fiddler’s Elbow
1 Malden Road
London NW5 3HS

Here’s a Map

Nearest tube Chalk Farm Road

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I actually wrote a song this week, which hardly ever happens. It’s inspired by (ie lifts ideas from) Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban, which is a book about post-apocalyptic Kent. I really enjoyed it, and it put ideas in my head, so here we are.

Veeery rough version, then. A few chords are the wrong way ’round and the ending is a bit all over the place, but the meat and bones are there. It is called Follow Man.

Follow Man (rough demo)

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The 5090 songwriting challenge begins this Saturday. The idea is simple, write 50 songs in 90 days.

Here is a little pre-challenge song that I wrote and recorded in 15 minutes:

Worms and Cold Bones

Time with a mouth of pitch and black earth
And ash where the book of love lay
collapsed me down here with worms and cold bones
and I’ll wait while years become days

Made a promise
But hearts never keep their course.

Dressed all the wounds with linen and runes
and laid me down inside my box
spatter of earth and the ringing of spades
And I’ll wait while years become days

Made a promise
But hearts never keep their course

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My composition tutor said you should always give a piece of music a title. Who am I to argue?

Here’s some more improv. It is called ‘Hooks’.

Download Hooks (an improvisation)

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It is Sunday. I have been improvising.

Everything one take, guitar and synth and a drum loop:

Download Sunday Improv

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Unbeknownst to Pete, I’ve recorded loads of backing vocals for the Dance at the End of the World.

Not all of them will be used in the final song.

Here are some of them:

Download Dance and Sing, the World is Ending.

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It ain’t so bad, it ain’t so bad.

Download Dance, dance, dance.

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Today I took delivery of the Sonuus G2M midi converter.  I was inspired to purchase one by the wonderfully talented Matt Stevens.

It allows me to play synth parts with my guitar. This pleases me:

Download It Never Seems To Rain (Improv)

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It’s been a week of tweaks at Following on from my to-do list, I have completed the following:

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