The Dub Techno Blog has featured one of my tracks:
I'm pretty pleased as this was my first attempt at producing a dub techno track.
This mix was recorded in May 2000 in Leeds, on my trusty Technics 1210s. This is 5 years on from the last one posted so the mixing is pretty respectable by this stage.
We start off with some electro tracks from Simulant, Anthony Rother, and UR, then shift into 4-4 techno via Dave Angel's gorgeous remix of Model 500's 'I Wanna Be There'. On the B-side it's more melodic with tracks from (Weatherall side project) Deanne Day and Plaid among others.
Restored from cassette March 2017
I've recently started dabbling with music again in my spare time. This is the first "finished" track with the new setup, that I'm reasonably happy with. Practice makes perfect, so more better stuff is on the way.
You can download a high quality MP3 version here on SoundCloud.
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This I ascribe to the constant background stress caused by the building work on the house. “8-10 weeks”, they said, but this Sunday will mark the end of week 14. Progress has tailed off due to various delays and interdependencies, plus the builders have started on another project. Niggling problems still need fixing.
We're all pretty much fed up now of living on a building site: Huddled together in a couple of rooms upstairs, crammed with furniture and belongings we want to protect from the worst of the dust; Having the odd tired and pointless argument about something we don't actually disagree on; Working till midnight to make up for hours lost coordinating things with tradesmen; Eating out, unhealthily, because we don't have a kitchen to speak of.
Very much looking forward to looking back on these few months. It is going to be a great house. I’m sure it'll feel worth it once we forget how grinding the process was.
Here's a new track that I have produced. It started out in 2010 as a remix of Another Visitor (sticking with the Impossible Mission theme), but then it sat on a hard drive as an unfinished loop for four years. I finally grabbed a day recently to turn it into a more finished tune. I think this is better than the original; I'm much happier with the production but I definitely need some monitor speakers to get more control over the mixdown.
It was all going so well, last time I wrote one of these. That is, I'd got my life under control enough to find time to write a blog post. It’s a measure of organisational state, a bit like having a tidy desk.
June. I was into a nice routine: Busy, but rarely working late and never at weekends. I'd lost nearly a stone in weight since Christmas, going on two or three runs a week, walking more and eating and drinking less. Not rocket science but it takes a concerted effort to consistently consume less than your appetite wants you to.
After that I got busy again. Time has flown by. My son turned two on July 5th, and my Nana (my Dad’s mother) sadly passed away on August 4th. Bowel cancer. Awful. The funeral, up in Stockport, was two weeks later; hopefully not the last time I'll see my aunt, uncle and cousins although we're rarely in touch.
Somehow it’s nearly November. Most but not all of the weight is back on. My skin is pale and blemished. My desk is a mess.
The trouble with me is that when I get into a big project I become sort of absorbed by it. And being self-employed I don't switch off at 6pm. I somehow need to keep the project’s complex wiring diagram in my head while the work is in progress. So it's always there like a big program hogging most of the memory on a slightly underpowered computer. Everything else still works but it's sluggish. Switching apps is unresponsive.
Everything was fine up till about the end of June but in an effort not to burn bridges with existing clients I've had to double-up, managing and developing on the startup business and fitting other projects around it too. The result: late nights, going in on Saturdays to "catch up" and "rewarding" myself with "well deserved" beer and takeaway food.
This works in the short term when you need to get over a hump, but try to sustain it and it quickly becomes a false economy. A late night of intense work is mirrored by a morning of staring blankly at the laptop, trying to kick start your brain chemistry with coffee. Then not sleeping properly the next night. Being a zombie-like husband.
Anyway, today was good. Literally a long day, as the clocks went back this morning. Did no work except for some satisfying physical work in the garden. Went out with the family. We saw some owls, which made Henry happy as he's been a bit obsessed with them since being introduced to them on YouTube.
Back to work tomorrow. Let’s see if I can wrest control of this thing. Twitter and Facebook off, idiot.
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