Hi. DIY culture is alive and kicking. Long time no see… I’ve been busy.
I have accumulated a good collection of musical instruments. I have been practising, learning, playing, recording, experimenting. I hope to expand the collection on an ongoing basis.
And I still write.
And I still do it myself.
My writing can be found here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ndpworld
My music can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/nigeldpaul
Enough promoting, so what am I doing?
I have been recording a lot, getting used to the equipment, re-learning the processes, practising, experimenting, trying out ideas. I used to play a lot many years ago. I have been coaxed out of retirement.
I record instrumental pieces. Always trying something new. Today I have been working on a guitar motif attached to a rhythm pattern that came from listening to a recent addition to my CD collection. I have a constant stream of CDs arriving, from modern classical to old school punk, from Kraftwerk to FKA Twigs. All interesting, all educational.
Back to the rhythm, angular, expressive. A simple guitar motif, in B Minor. I listen again, searching for ways to make it work. Percussion. It needs a percussive track. I tap one out on the drum machine. Retro I know, yet real enough to keep the music organic. It’s not enough. I walk, I consider, I listen again and again. More rhythm. Take away the angle, add a snare, anchor the pattern. Yet still not enough. I sleep, I eat, I talk and I listen. I always listen. Syncopation, I need syncopation. I add another rhythm, another layer. I know I have four parts, four rhythms, four patterns and a melody. The pace changes, the feel changes, the mood turns positive. This is going to be interesting… I need structure…