Monthly Archives: May 2024

The Obstacle.

I can work on commad. I can work when I really don’t feel like it at all. Although music is mostly about feelings, producing it is – just like any other job – mostly just grinding, getting sh… stuff done.

I get stuff done. I get it done when tired and sleepy, hungry, thirsty, back’s aching & heart is breaking. I get it done when I need to, and on given time. I get it done, got it done and I also will.

Some time ago I made music all thursday, until the only condition that prevents me from working occurred. The all-crippling thing is when I lose the ability to tell the difference between good and sh… bad.

You know, like:

Should the chord here be C-major or F#mM9? Guitar, panpipe or Terrortron2000 to join tuba in melody here? Does A-part must be followed by B-part, as usual? Is this obbligato any good? Bonzo or Chad Smith on drums? 4/4 or 2/4? Shall I go with the trust ol’ brzzz-zrz or should the sound in the last chorus be more like nrzzz-nrz-nrz?

If the answer to all of those hypothetical questions is “I don’t know”, then bugger. You need to have a break, man.

The following morning I listened, what I’ve managed to scrape together yesterday. To my amazement – I actually started laughing – the music was really good. I just was temporarily unable to tell it. I finished the tune in record time, and here it is: LAS DALLAS. It’s sort of Las Vegas entertainment beat-music with a stetson.

Yet Another Morning Mood.

Ok, so this one is called JUST A LITTLE MORE and it’s fragile, quiet and pretty classical composition, mostly played by strings.

It’s working title was “Donald Sleeps”, referencing Donald Duck, not the other Donald guy… You know, the bald fella from TV, ex-president, highly associated with New York City.

But enough about Donald Pleasence. There’s a great scene in “Mickey’s Trailer”, a D1sney short from 1938, in which Don’s slumber is rudely disturbed by a violent attack by an alarm clock. That wonderful scene was my starting point for the music.

Warning: The tune features dynamics. No loudness today.

Not Spoonerism.

Synth-wavish music really has become a sort of comfort music for me. And I mean producing it, not so much listening… ‘cos you know, I lived through the 80’s, I’ve heard that music when it was young & fresh. No need for re-runs.

What’s the state of synth-wave these days? Is it still, probably not cool but at least reasonable ok? Or has it become embarrassingly passé? Again.

Has the nineties techno & black shades thing has it’s revival yet? The ultra-cool Matrix-thing? I just might sit that one out.

Anyway, some synth-wave, action-style: LIGHT GLIDER.