Music Monday: The Tibbs – Takin’ Over

A lot of my recent favourite tracks come from Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlist, or one of a few other Spotify playlists that I keep an eye on and plough through whenever I’m in the mood for something new. This is how I discovered The Tibbs; the entry point being the track “Lies”, which I’d strongly recommend checking out.

Such is the nature of Spotify, I added the track to one of my own playlists, listening to it whenever it came up. With hundreds of tracks across a handful of lists, I don’t always check out an artist’s other tracks. However, on this occasion, I found myself listening to “Lies” so many times, I felt I had to venture further into the Spotify rabbit hole. I soon came across the album “Takin’ Over”.

It’s fresh, with mostly upbeat, funky tracks that are a joy to listen to. Current favourites include “Dog Days”, “96 Tears”, “Washed My Hands”, and “Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On”, to name a few.

The whole album is sublime, and well worth listening through in its entirety (all 39 minutes of it).

As it turns out, I’m an idiot, because I could’ve discovered some of the band’s catalogue a couple of years sooner. I previously bought “Footprints in the Sand” following a recommendation from Juno Download – probably the “Recommends” section of the Funk genre. That’s worth a listen too, so I’ll leave you with that track too.

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New album now online: Singularity

Last month I posted about FAWM 2018, which I was hoping to use as the basis for a new album. It went well – I wrote 14 tracks.

Following a bit of editing and reordering, I’ve put these online as my 11th album: “Singularity“. The album name relates to the one-word titles I’ve chosen for every track.

Not much more to say – why not go and listen?

FAWM 2018: a good excuse to write new music

Last year, I wrote 16 tracks as part of FAWM, an annual songwriting challenge where the goal is to write 14 tracks in 28 days.

This year, I’m a couple of days late posting my first tracks (compared to last year, anyway), but I’ve made a start. Here’s my FAWM profile with links to the new tracks.

I was really pleased with the tracks I wrote last year, which I used for a new album – “Ten“. That album is exactly as it was once FAWM 2017 ended. I didn’t add or remove any tracks, reorder the sequence, or edit any of the music.

When I got started this year, I was a bit rusty. It took a few tries to come up with the first track (Synthrock), which I wasn’t completely happy with – but with a time-based challenge, there isn’t a lot of time to procrastinate. So I thought it best to finish the first track, and get on with the show. I’m happier with the second track (Psionetrics) and this should help keep my motivation up.

I find that FAWM is a great way to write new music – I only wish I hadn’t had ten years away (between 2007-2017).

Music updates, 24th Sept 2017: New playlist, All tracks page

I’ve been tidying up my personal site, updating the layout to work better on mobile devices, and adding a bit of new content.

Earlier in the year, I did a big update to the site to move away from static pages and put some of the content into a MySQL database. I didn’t blog about it at the time, as the visible changes to my site were virtually non-existent. However, those changes made it easier to work on the updates I’ve been working on today.

New playlist – Best of Symmetry

In March 2016, I released a pair of albums – Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2. Although I was happy with how these turned out, there are quite a few tracks I skip when listening to the albums now.

To solve this, I’ve selected 10 of my favourite tracks from the 22 on these albums, and created a new playlist: Best of Symmetry.

All tracks page

If you’ve ever wanted to see a complete list of all my tracks, well, look no further! I’ve added a new All tracks page that lists my tracks in alphabetical order.

I may improve this further by listing the album that each track appears on. For now it just shows the year of release. There’s quite a difference between the tracks I released from 2005-2009 and the tracks from 2016 onwards, so it might be a bit jarring to listen to the tracks in the order shown.

There are 172 tracks listed – I hadn’t realised there were so many. The list does include remixes, which will increase the overall total. I may do more in the future to highlight remixes or list them separately.

Future change: New tracks?

One other thing I’d like to is include new tracks that do not yet have an album.

In the past I’ve always followed the process of releasing tracks on albums, mainly because I don’t have a logical place to list the tracks that aren’t on an album. But that could be easily addressed with either a “New tracks” page or a “Non-album tracks” page.

There aren’t a lot of these tracks right now, other than “Top Brass“, which is on my Soundcloud page. I do have a few tracks in progress, and would prefer to share them as I complete them, instead of holding them back for an album.

For now, I need to get some of my current “in progress” tracks finished so I can share them. In the meantime, I might add one or two more playlists.

Music update: FAWM complete!

Tonight, I completed FAWM! (Here’s my original post, for context.)

Basically, I wrote 14 tracks in 18 days – I finished with 10 days to spare.

I might do a couple more, but for now, that’s the challenge done.

A couple of links to check out:

I’ve also refreshed my Music page. See below for a quick preview.

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Music update: 2016 albums and what’s coming up in 2017

I’m quite pleased with what I achieved in 2016. As my Music page shows, I released four new albums:

  • Symmetry 1
  • Symmetry 2
  • Revisited
  • Voyage into Space

I released Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2 simultaneously, under the name “GFD”. Towards the end of the year, I released Voyage into Space, also as “GFD”.

Meanwhile, the Revisited project was an opportunity for me to bring some of my oldest tracks up to date. Although a few have been remixed before, I felt that they were worth another look. I remixed 10 tracks from A World Beyond, and 10 tracks from Besidewalk Plight.

In 2017, I’ve decided to have another try at FAWM – a site that challenges you to write 14 tracks in 28 days. Way back in 2007, I successfully completed this challenge – the music I wrote ultimately became The Unravelling of Travelling. Ten years on, it feels like a good time to do it all over again. If all goes well, the music will form the basis for my tenth album, which I’ve ten-tatively called… Ten. (I’ll stop now.)

After that, I’d like to come back to the Revisited project. Instead of making the current 20-track album even longer, I’m expecting to kick off an altogether new album, called Revisited 2. The album will include remixes of tracks from Twice Midnight, and The Unravelling of Travelling.

I’m excited to get started!

Revisiting the Revisited album project

Last year, I remixed 20 tracks spanning my first two albums. This collection formed the first part of the “Revisited” album project.

I also put the original tracks back online, and added music players to every album I’ve released. These can be found via my Music page.

I’ve recently started working on the next phase of this project, which will be a remixed version of “Twice Midnight“. As with the previous “Revisited” tracks, I’m hoping to improve on the original material quite a bit. I remember finding the album quite boring to work on when I first put it together. I hope that by removing a couple of “filler” tracks and not trying to rush the process, the album as a whole will sound a lot better.

I’ll share tracks on the blog as soon as they’re ready. Until then, I’d like to recommend a few tracks to check out (note: these will autoplay when clicked):

Thanks for listening!