So by this point, I think most people would agree that movies offer great opportunities to discover new music. In this blog entry, I want to share my latest such discovery.
I was watching the movie “The Dish” (2000) with Sam Neil. It’s based on real events, and is about a small town in Australia that happens to have a large radio telescope. NASA asked to use it during the moon landing in 1969, to relay television footage of the actual moon walk. Great movie if you ask me.
The movie opens with a montage and a soundtrack that immediately caught my attention. It’s a track by Australian Artist: Russell Morris, called “The Real Thing”
This was a hit in Australia in 1969, it reached number one there. What immediately got me was the opening guitar riff. Its a simple little thing, going between two chords on a acoustic guitar, but it’s beautiful. Also, the way it was recorded makes it extra special. I can’t explain it. It just sounds vintage, crunchy. I think music bloggers would call this style “Psychedelic Rock” (I’m not a big fan of categorizing music, personally, but that’s a whole other blog post) in any case, there is a overwhelming sound effect throughout this song, called “Flanger” popular in those days.
I’m surprised I had never heard this song before, but it’s one of those. Those songs I like on the FIRST listen. In in this case, the first few bars. I’m listening to it as I type. The piano (comes in later) gives it a “boogie” vibe. I think the 60’s hippies would say “Groovy Man”
“Inspired” Not a copy, not a remake, just a driving love for the crunchy bass used in Acid trance songs like Josh Wink’s 1995 hit “Higher State of Consciousness” just slower and more “Hip Hop-ee”
I read somewhere , someone called it “Acid Funk” which is exactly what is going on in my Youtube video. It is a slower pace, has a Hip Hop beat but the Crunchy, repeating bass sound is there. It is made using a Volca Bass and sending that through the BOSS loop station (RC-202) adding for some funky wah wah distortion effect. In this performance, I’m trying to replicate the “drops” heard over and over in the dance hits that I love so much. (You’ll be able to hear one at 0:30 and a slightly less impressive one at 1:25)
Be sure to stay until 2:51 where you can hear me go crazy “staccato” style with the Boss Looper’s Repeat effect. That Part really brings this song over the top IMAO.
I’m adding songs with a little bit of singing to my Soundcloud profile these days, because I’ve got this idea in my head that people would rather listen to that than instrumental music.
This one’s pretty simple, the whole lyrics are: “Hey Brother, you’re doing it on your own” repeated, looped and cut.
At first, the lyrics came out different, it was “Hey Mother, I’m doing it on my own” but I changed it because I didn’t want people to think I had “Mommy Issues” (Which I do, but I’m working on that, don’t worry) Now I know what you are thinking, you’re thinking: “You shouldn’t be worried about what people think” and you’d be right, except, I am worried (I’m working on that also, don’t fret)
I have no idea what style of music this is. I want to say Trip Hop? I’m not sure. All I can tell you, is that it was made with an instrument called: The Korg Electribe Sampler. I made a video a while back, using the same song structure and lyrics and it got liked a lot, if ever you are interested to see:
This is a music video for my latest instrumental song “Time Opera”. It offers a glimpse into how music is made, using a computer. Only the base beat is an actual instrument (The OP-1 synthesizer, from the Swedish company, Teenage Engineering) everything else is virtual.
Hello! I’m Roxton Fone. Before I started making music full time, I worked in tech. I remember how helpful it was to have a good instrumental playlist (Or a stack of CDs) on hand to listen to while coding or doing work that requires a lot of concentration. And so I used that experience to make this Science themed music album, I called: “Background Radiation”. Its clearly Electronic music, but NOT dance music. It’s rooted in Rock, Blues and Progressive-Rock music.
All the songs in this playlist follow one simple rule: The song must start with drums, and drums only. I went a bit further in my selection though, rejecting songs that start with drum rolls, or snare intros and choosing the ones with at least one or two bars of the main beat.
I’m always looking for suggestions and ideas for this playlist, If you’d like new songs added, just leave a comment and I’ll have a listen.