8Bit Playtime

I’m working on a school project to facilitate the transformation of a school waiting room into a retro computer gamed inspired space. Today’s challenge was to play with 8 Bit sounds (think Mario Kart/Pacman) and produce a simple loop in 30 minutes. Really enjoyed the process.

The young people chose the theme as they want it to become a fun space but inclusive of adults. They chose games ‘old people’ grew up with, yet play themselves. Students associated the room with being in trouble or where parents went to discuss important matters with school. Here’s my playtime results:

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Music tech geekery

Thanks to Create Digital Music for the heads up. I’d love to deliver a music project which had young people using the MIDI grids! I like the energy of the performance, if you push the buttons does it effect the velocity?

dromama from Altitude Sickness on Vimeo.

The Guitarmaton (by Ian Hattwick) looks like good fun, but goodness it would take someone like me ages to make!

Last one is Jordan’s Rudess’ iPad music application released a few days ago called MorphWiz, what a melancholy sound! I’m sure, no certain there are other synth sounds available, but again think the possibilities of using an application with live instruments would be wicked!

MorphWiz first experiment – Tiridum from Geert Bevin on Vimeo.

Happy Work Pit

The pic above sums it up, I’ve been in a dark room, staring at and playing synths for the last few days, yup, I asked for it and it’s happened, snowed under with work, I’ve even turned down a few projects!! I know!?! The other day I was bemoaning the hustle!

Loads of established freelancers advised me that 3 years is what it takes, and they were right! I do hope I won’t be eating humble pie next term, what with this new government, I saw little on the Tory manifesto about arts and culture funding, gulp!

Anyroad, I’ve been workshopping loads, composing and playing synth for an experimental music project, a fusion of dubstep, asian sounds and percussion. The biggest challenge has been learning the MIDI parts, being in time with machine, you can’t make eye contact with Ableton Live, but you can with the person triggering it I suppose.

I also had loads of fun writing songs and creating pieces for Birmingham Jazz’s Creative Jam sessions, my favourite piece was in a 5/4 time signature, nice and funky. You can check iPhone footage here:

Here is the 5/4 piece.

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