Pulled back to Post

December saw me swing away from music and back into audio post production for film in a big way. I took on Sound Design for a feature length drama called Candiland with a deadline in mid January. The film is a dark drama based on an Elizabeth Engstrom novel and features powerful performances from Gary Busey, James Clayton, and Chelah Horsdal. It was a long term passion project for the director Rusty Nixon, so it was really exciting to be involved with something where everyone was so enthusiastic and supportive. The release date has not been announced yet, but if you get a chance I’d really recommend checking it out. Continue reading “Pulled back to Post”

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My first Reaktor instruments

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I spent a lot of time as a kid playing video games, and although it drove my parents crazy, I really loved the music and sound effects on some of those old games on the Nintendo. In particular I really enjoyed the music of the Mega Man games, Cobra Triangle, Bionic Commando, The Guardian Legend, and of course the Mario and Zelda games. This music has a strong nostalgic appeal for me and I really love a lot of those chiptune tones.

A while back I stumbled onto Adventure Kid’s single cycle waveform libraries. Continue reading “My first Reaktor instruments”

The Original Sonidos

I recently posted a sound collage featuring the original field recordings I captured with my H4n in Cuba. These are the sounds that eventually became the foundation for Sonidos de Cuba. I’ve also gone through my sound collages and commented to label the various sounds they feature. I should be posting two more soon. One will feature recordings I gathered on Galiano Island here in BC. The other will feature some recordings I did with a few mics from Cold Gold Microphones. They were kind enough to lend me a few to test and I really enjoyed using them. I actually brought the simple contact mic with me to Japan and Thailand. It was a lot of fun to use on mechanical devices.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music from astrangelyisolatedplace lately and I’d really recommend checking it out. There’s some beautiful ambient soundscapes there that you can listen to free of charge by some talented artists.

Free EP on Bandcamp!

I’ve released a free EP of some of my older work on my Bandcamp store. I discovered and developed my unique style of working with field recordings in these four songs. Sonidos de Cuba was born from these early acoustic explorations. I like to think of them as musical larvae or protozoa, which is why I’ve called the EP Proto-Sonos.

The first song is Rain Down. It rains a lot in Vancouver. Therefore it was a natural choice to use a bed of rain recordings as a foundation for a song. Continue reading “Free EP on Bandcamp!”

The Stories behind the Sonidos

Sonidos de Cuba (Sounds of Cuba)

In March of 2010, I travelled with my fiance to Cuba for ten days. Despite the short amount of time I spent there, I was overwhelmed by the complexity, culture, rhythm and pulse of the country. I brought with me a Zoom H4N portable recorder and gathered various snippets of the rich acoustic landscape. After returning home, I began using these recordings as a foundation for my own music. I spent many hours editing, warping, looping, filtering, sampling, and mangling the sounds to distil them into songs. Over the next three years, I created an album of electronic music that attempts to tell the story of this visit. I made this music in an effort to relive and restructure not merely the recordings, but the memories of my time there in order to share this journey with others. Hopefully you’ll feel transported as you listen and enjoy these Sonidos de Cuba. Continue reading “The Stories behind the Sonidos”