“Exit to Street Only” – A new album for a new year

On New Year’s Eve 2014, another childhood ambition got ticked off the list; Namely to publish an album for public sale – Huzzah! So I’ve taken the liberty of embedding it here and adding some details below:

This album is an electronica set made on and inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of London’s public transport systems.

I’ve been dabbling with music as a hobby for many years, and I’ve long been frustrated by the commute taking time away from home-life that I’d prefer to use for other things, music included. And then along came Nanostudio on the iPhone, and I quickly found myself able to use the commute time to actually *make* music.

I’m immensely proud to have gotten “Exit to street only” this far from my train seat – well actually, about two and a half years of commutes, some seated but many not.  Composing and sometimes recording on my iPhone and then my iPad has been an incredible learning and growing experience.  Yes, some recording and mixing of some vocal lines was done at home, as was the mixing and mastering, and during that latter process some sounds were replaced using Sunrizer on my iPad.

Like what you hear? It’s only £5 on Bandcamp, following the “Buy” link in the embed link above, or going to the album page here.

New music: Innocence 2010

I spent much of this weekend re-writing an old tune of mine from some ten years ago – perhaps more.  Yes, the song was originally written for a girl (I thought I was *so* romantic!), and that relationship never came to anything.  While I was working on this new version, I was thinking about what I would tell my ten-years-younger self, given the opportunity?  Would I actively help him make sense of everything he’s seeing, thinking and feeling?  Would I just listen?  Or would I perhaps just say the simple words “it gets better”?

Innocence 2010 by Abstractnoise (MP3)

Innocence 2010 by Abstractnoise (HQ AIFF)

In taking on the re-write, my main aim was to attempt to get to know a combination of music software on my mac,  so the whole thing was produced in Reaper (a nice MIDI/Audio sequencer), FreeAlpha (making most of the sounds heard in the track) and SampleTank 2.5 (which provides the 808-a-like snare and hats, and the mellotron which I absolutely adore!).

For those who remember it, I hope I’ve added to the story without losing too much of the slightly childish, simplistic feel  of the original.  Ten years is a lot of life and musical experience…