Music

EP Preview

My upcoming EP ‘Life is an Art’ can be previewed here

https://soundcloud.com/distanceleft/sets/album-songs

It will be out in full in August 2014.

I’ve also finished the material for my album, and settled on a title.

 

Yours,

Distance Left

 

 

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How Guitar Tone Works

There are four basic causes for a particular guitar sound.

 

1) The guitar itself, the wood it’s made of, it’s pick ups, strings all play a part in the sound it outputs

2) The signal chain, the effects, how the signal is sent, further colour the signal

3) The amp and speakers through which a guitar is played adds enormously to the sonic colour

4) You, the player, how you inflect a notes, your style, rhythm and feel are the single largest component to individual tone.

News & Updates

I’ve got a few pieces of news to share with y’all…

 

1) I’ve finished the writing for my EP, this leaves only one track to record, two to edit and the block of tracks to have mastered.

2) I’ve been asked to setup and run a recording studio with a friend in London

3) I’ve gotten an unconditional place at music college

 

These are all bits of news that are great, and considering they’ve come right after a family funeral are massively welcome.

 

Yours,

 

Distance Left…

Upcoming – EP ‘Life is an Art’ – Tracklist & Pricing

I have been working on songs for my EP for some 6 months now and have finally settled upon a tracklist, mastering studio and artwork collaborations, as well as a pricing structure.

 

Tracklist – Life is an Art – EP

1) Introductory Atmospheres

2) Guitar & Bass

3) Warming

4) Rainy Day Blues

5) Night on the Beach

6) Sealoution

7) I Blame Sean

8) Dancefloor Brakes

 

The artwork will be supplied via a variety of my own photos, graphics, as well as the artwork of two friends and colleagues.

I will have it mastered by http://www.audioanimals.co.uk

 

Pricing

Digital Download, itunes/Bandcamp £8

CD £10

Vinyl £15

There will also be T-shirts for £13, the £1 profit will go to charity,  they’re will be available in Purple or Black.

 

Yours,

Distance Left…

 

Make your own home Disco

This is a silly post.

You will need:

 

One Stereo

A selection of Dance/Club music

A darkened room

at least two sets of bike lights

a box of glowsticks

your drugs of choice

 

1) Darken the room

2) crack some glowsticks

3) put all the bike lights onto flash mode

4) begin the music

5) imbibe your drugs of choice

6) dance like a motherf*cker

 

That is all..

How to cope with housework…

Let’s face it, we probably all hate housework, I consider anytime not spent with my music, mates or making love, or eating a waste of my life.

 

Thus I have a few handy tips for housework…

 

1) Do a little everyday, an hour at the most

1.1) Hoover and tidy one room a day for an hour, don’t aim to finish, just to improve, this means a weeks housework is easy

 

2) Bathrooms; are a pain.

2.1) Every week or fortnight use your now dying sponge to clean your bath/shower, sink and toilet in that order, after you shower, easy peasy

2.2) Always keep your toilet clean, as the addage goes, ‘you’re of no use to anyone unless you can clean a toilet’

 

3) Kitchens; my favourite room in a house, I love cooking but it’s a process, not a ‘task’, food shoud be fun, nutritious and delicious

3.1) NEVER leave the washing up for the morning, this will always make your morning suck, even you wake up next to the love of your life

3.2) As you cook, wash up utensils as you finish with them and leave a bowl of washing water to soak pots and pans, so that as you eat you know your dishes are doing

 

4.2) Bedrooms; the most personal of rooms

4.1) Saving all else change your bedclothes once a week without fail, wash them with your towels that week, one load done, simples

4.2) Tidy before you sleep, it relaxes the mind and you can end the day on an achievement that means less to do the next day

 

To be continued….

Pricing & Merchandise

As I’m on a partial hiatus I’ve been able to work out a couple of things;

1) A new socio-economic model based on energy and resources, [I’m a nerd and it involves stats and research, humour me lol]. I will post up my framework for people to explore and adapt when I’m happy with it.

2) The pricing of my music and my policy on merchandise.

 

Pricing of my Music/Merch:

 

Physical CDs £10

Digital Downloads, with documents and artwork £7-8 Via Bandcamp/itunes et al.

Merchandise, the only merch I’m happy with is t-shirts, in purple or black, with Logos and Name, however I don’t want there to be millions of them, for environmental reasons there is enough mindless consumerism as it is and I’d rather people had music.

There’s also the added issue of boycotting, which will starve people in places like Bangladesh, I can’t condone that, even if sweatshops are a nightmare, t-shirts would be fair trade, it seems to be the best of both worlds, I have shirts from now defunct fair trade outlets, that achieved their goals of improving societies.

That said, if people want t-shirts, I have an account with a local printers, and they would be available initially to friends and family and on request from fans.

 

Yours,

Distance Left…

Copyrights/Sharing/Data/Websites/Social Media et al

Dear All,

I have had lots of spare paper work and protocol time, this is more one of those ‘nuts & bolts’ type posts, than a fun, creative, or personal thing, if you don’t like legal jargon, or technical language please view a more fun travel or music related post.

As someone who at least for some part of my income makes things, that is unique musical compositions, pieces, sound effects, recordings, radio programs, and so on, I have to read, sort, sign and deal with contracts, personal agreements, work with friends on legal things, whereby we don’t end up arguing over money.

This also means, I get and most musical/creative people are approached all the time, by some new start up, or net company, who offer a service, usually one artists can perform themselves (like a website, or promotion).

Most of this are rip-off middlemen who take your copyrights, like Facebook or Google do, do a little digging into their terms of service and you’ll see why I don’t use them.
This is one of the many reasons I support http://www.irepsectmusic.org, it’s tough making a living as a musician, without multi-billion companies making a system worse than the major label system, yes, worse, and pop’s got worse unless you hunt out indy music too, you may have heard how it all really sounds the same these days lol.

I also take photographs, by no means professionally, but they’re mine and I don’t want them advertising whatever it is that Facebook, google or whoever might want them for, and not give me anything for.

My Stance

I support Copyright, it’s complex and little Archaic at times, but it works, I can control how, and who can use what I make, they contact me, and I agree or disagree, permissions; the very basis of civil society, simple.

If people contact me, I have no issue at all, that’s the point, there are enough sharks, pirates, and such what in the seas anyway, I don’t want more stuff to worry about.

Patents, are a whole other thing altogether, and don’t apply to what I do, as are Trademarks, and these don’t yet apply to me.

What websites and online services I use and why…

Google – As little as I can, DuckDuckGo is safer.

Gmail – I recently deleted my gmail due how they behave as a company towards Musicians and other creative people.

iCloud – It doesn’t have to keep your data, and owns it’s rights, so I don’t use it.

Facebook – It’s basically an NSA/GCHQ side-project and I also hate it’s slow interface, not something I use, no rights over anything you put there.

Instagram – Owned by Facebook, so no rights, so I don’t use it.

YouTube – I browse it, but have no Channel, they treat their content makers badly.

Vimeo – I don’t mind and have begun making a channel that I will eventually share.

Vevo – Just bugs me utterly personal, no idea about their rights policy.

MySpace – Used it back in the day, never wanted to since, also Rights over content issues.

Soundcloud – I love soundcloud, I control my rights, and am accountable and supported, good all round.

Bandcamp – I have one on the wings for when my EP is complete, rights, sales it’s all under artist control, nicely done.

Flickr – Don’t steal my rights, so if I didn’t have a website of my own to post to, I’d use them, simple as.

WordPress – Much the same, what’s here is mine, and that’s fine.

Twitter – is the only rights stealing site I use regularly, I like the format, it’s handy, instant and worldwide, and fun.

Spotify/Pandora/LastFm et al – Pay Artists nothing and I can choose to stream via Soundcloud, a big no-no there.

Patreon – Seems like a decent bet and if I started to ask people for money I wouldn’t crowd-source anyway, in the future I will opt for this I think.

Anyone who wants to learn more about this, should look up http://www.thetrichordist.com, stallman,org, or just search privacy rights and get reading.

There will be more music and fun, but there is a serious side to what I do too.

Yours,

Distance Left…

Holidays in General, but particuarly today.

Today wherever it is celebrated, it’s Valentines Day.

I’m neither for it nor against it, it’s a holiday of romance built around the burning alive of a heretic, it’s as mad and arbitrary as almost any festival not based on the movements of the heavens, or based on religious ideas, but hey people like to celebrate, it’s psychologically important.

I will however say this, I’m not a fan of the expectations, when I’m not single today bugs me, I’m expected to conform, I don’t express love like that, if someone needs to tell me how to do it, it’s not coming from me, and it’s an empty gesture.

When I’m single, by choice, a mixture of mine and other peoples lol, it bugs me, as well yes it is nice to have people in your life in that way, it’s also sometimes irksome, and gets in the way of your plans, means you have to deal with people defending their right to hold hands in public.

Organised Fun, is a seriously awful thing, people are being blown away in Syria because well, people can’t decide which form of Islam is the right one (Answer: neither, both are wrong) and who needs to sit in the chair and wield the politcal power that grants.

The Olympics are making a mockery of the values of the way of life we’ve come to know here in ‘the west’ and of those of more humane Russians in ‘the east’. English people stopped playing cricket about apartheid, but the curling continues, so well done Putin, you’re PR campaign worked, score another historical point for Edward Bernays. 

However, being alive, is what I’m fortunate enough to do, and so are those I care about, well most of them, I have some particularly personal reasons for finding today awkward and anyone who has ever lost a significant other will understand and if it hasn’t happened to you, I hope it doesn’t, it’s not something I’d wish on Hitler or Pol Pot (sure they deserve to die, but not to suffer) there’s enough suffering, made worse by religion, war, politics, stupidity anyway, without adding to it.

I obviously wish people love, up to the point where they think they’ve got the right to cut kids, because a voice they believe in or book tells them so, at that point, you’ve fallen off the humanity bandwagon and are in the mad, sad, bad camp.

So if you like celebrating love by remembering death, join in, if you don’t don,t as Mussolini once said (apparently) “the history of saints, is mostly the history of mad people” I think this qualifies as the most sensible thing he ever said, which just goes to show, even mad, megalomanic killers, can be as useful as a stopped clock.

The music is going OK too, for those of you here for that, I’m not happy putting out part finished things, but most of another song is done unless it involves vocals being missing, as I’ve asked someone if they’ll lay them down for me if she has the time, hopefully she does, and if any of you haven’t heard of Abee Hague, you will, but I won’t fan the flames anymore than that, she is good enough without the hype machine, and can do what she does.

Also nuts to you people who have a go at musicians who went to college, like Jessie J , “`dylan and so on,  that’s training, lawyers do it, doctors do it, scientists do, it’s all a profession, why wouldn’t there be formal ways to learn it?

Still life can be improved, it just needs people to be honest about the causes of problems and how to solve them, like the floods, here in Somerset, sorry people have lost their homes, but living in a flood plain is stupid from the off.

Anyway,

It’s like George Carlin noticed, ‘think how stupid you are, 50% of people are stupider than that’.

Yours,

Distance Left