New Song: The Fear

I started working on this one in December 1997. On the 27th December I made the following diary entry:

Darien thought the drums in my new song are too ‘electro-ey’, which worries me. However, it will be interesting to see how he re-interprets them.

This was followed up on the 30th as follows:

‘The Fear’ is the name of the new tune I am working on. It has fantastic drums (or so I like to imagine, in my modest way). Darien decided to make it ‘better’ by taking out all the great drums, and replacing them with a really dull, boring, obvious drum part.

He said that this would make it more ‘accessible’ to people, and therefore less risky. I can see his point, to a degree.

Nevertheless, I believe I will crush his interpretation underfoot in favour of my rather more stylish drum arrangement.

And that was the end of the story… until a couple of months ago, when I dug up what had remained of The Fear from all those years ago – a few looped bars of MIDI data for bass, drums and lead – and started working on it anew. The results, as ever, can be heard on the Dicepeople MySpace page.

Attempted studio expansion

So, my attempts to use eBay to expand my recording studio with some extra synthesizers have resulted in a lot of wasted time, energy and money, and a pile of broken junk sitting in the corner of the room. It’s all rather sad really, although I have been managing to see the funny side a bit.

For now, then, I’ll be continuing to stick with my trusty combination of Logic, Battery and the Supernova II. Not to worry; there’s still plenty of untapped potential in those. Today I intend to learn how to create arpeggiators and analogue-style sequencers in Logic’s Environment.

(Also, I’ve got another new song that might be finished later.)

SysAdmin joys

Sometimes I really love my job.

For quite a while now a recruitment company has been spamming us with emails, and they continued to do so after I asked them to stop. So, I created a rule on our mail server to automatically bounce all their emails back to them with the message ‘please do not keep sending unsolicited email after you have been asked not to’.

Immensely satisfying.

New Song: The World I See

Well, it’s not really a new song. I actually finished The World I See six years ago, but I decided to revisit it in order to bring its production more in line with the new songs I’ve finished over the last few months. If you haven’t heard it before, it’s a slightly eerie musical journey containing weird flutes and other instruments, and it features a couple of lectures from Tyler Durden.

I’ve also improved the bass and the song structure in Invader.

Listen to these here if you like listening to Brock’s experiments in dark electronica.

I really must sort out this broken userpic at some point.

New Song: Invader

This one’s a somewhat nasty, intense electro track. The inspiration for this arose from some fairly evil new sounds I programmed on my Supernova II (a powerful virtual analogue synthesizer made by Novation) and in ES2 (a fantastic software synthesizer that comes with Logic). I played with the new sounds and the results grew into this track. Most of the sounds are programmed from scratch, and the ones that aren’t were heavily modified from the originals.

The sample near the start is from the splendid film Event Horizon, and the vocals in the middle are me being processed by a ring modulator with an oscillating modulation frequency.

Listen here if you dare/care.

Batman film comparison

After seeing The Dark Knight, I was keen to re-watch the original 1989 Batman film in order to compare Jokers and other aspects. Obligingly, Film Four has just shown Batman, so I didn’t have to wait too long to do a comparison.

I definitely think Batman is significantly better than The Dark Knight. It’s paced much better and doesn’t feel rushed and overlong; it has much more emotional impact; the atmosphere and the sets are more imaginative and epic, and they create a more effective feeling of darkness; it’s more blackly amusing; the Joker is more engaging and more disturbingly weirdly nasty; and Michael Keaton’s Batman is less annoyingly pumped and more complex, coherent and believable.

So that’s that sorted out then.