As 2017 draws to a close i finish an EP of ambient music i have been working on last half of December.
Winter Also EP
Winter Also is a return to my early ambient improvisation style but includes some more abstract sound sources as appose to just vst instruments with lots of reverb on. The EP is my 6th in the Nebulae Music/HAMG Electronic series of releases, back tracking to my first album “Summit” as being the “First” HAMGEL release (obviously i made it before HAMGEL, but it fits with the catalogue).
a notable sound source used on the EP is on “December Sleet” where i decided to use wineglasses to get sustained drones, more on that in a later post.
I got the idea for the EP last day of semester when i recorded some improvised synth pad at the college. I began with the Nord Lead then added some Juno 106 along with a VST organ. Afterwards extra vst layers, guitar and the wine glasses were recorded at home.
Hope to work on another EP and album over next year, more of the rock stuff to come along with hopefully some gigs aswell 😉
My new album “Recluse’s Handbook” is now available for free on Soundcloud and Youtube, and is purchasable for £1 on my Bandcamp.
It’s taken a while to actually get this project finished and i am hoping that you all enjoy the music. Subsequently the album will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and various other online stores from 7th November, and CD copies of the album will eventually be available soon aswell from upcoming gigs.
My debut venture into the world of Rock music. This album is a good introduction to my musical style, drawn from influences including Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull to name a few.
So start the record, sit back and enjoy the ride that is “Recluses Handbook”
released October 31, 2017
Composed, Performed and Produced by Joseph Bagwell with
This second week i’d like to introduce you to the music i will be making over this project.
For my 20 minute ep i am making exactly that, a 20 minute (approx.) medley of electronic music. The suite will consist of 6 parts each flowing from one to the other until the end. Ladies and Gentlemen… here is an introduction to “For the Sake of Patience”
I got inspiration for this piece from three sources here. The first being Force Majeure by Tangerine Dream.
This piece combines elements of rock music and electronic music. With flowing rhythms and great musician ship, you are drawn into the action. Tangerine Dream are certainly an influence on me and have been for a while. There was a long 30 minute ambient piece i recorded inspired by their album “Zeit” from 1972.
The second artist who has been a big influence on this work is Jean Michel Jarre. His most recent album “Oxygene 3” and some tracks from his album “Electronica 2”.
Part 5 of the suite is highly inspired by Mike Oldfield and is even based around a sample from his “Incantations Part 2” from 10:40. I used a loop of the African percussion as a backing then build the part around that. The sampled loop will be replaced with my own drum loop which i will write based on the pattern shown here:
I did also drawn influences from Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Pink Floyd and the Orb for this one aswell. Check out this playlist of all the inspiration tracks.
For the Sake of Patience (medley) (22:47)
For the Sake of Patience
Only as Patient as i Like to Be
Band: Klvoool Band breakdown: Caleb Morganfield (Drums, Backing Vocal), Joseph Bagwell (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Vocal)
Produced by Joseph Bagwell with help from Caleb Morganfield and Callum Connah Genre: Techno, Trance, Progressive Rock, Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, New Age.
Now For some Progress…
Over last week i managed to track vocals and re amp one of the lead guitars.
I achieved this by setting up an amp and mikes in the voice over booth and over the dante rednet systems i recorded the re amping from Prog A. Microphones that were used were the AKG C414 condenser and Sennheiser MD441-U dynamic. Both possessing a 20hz-20khz pick up range i knew there would be no problem in getting a nice sound.
The microphones were placed together in front of the speaker cone on the guitar amp i was using, with the MD441 placed above the C414.
Sing it Loud!
Next thing i have completed is the vocals for Part 3. These were co-engineered by Callum Connah. We used the MD441 again but this time paired up with the Neumann TLM103 condenser, i chose this microphone because i knew it was very good for getting crisp clear vocal recordings.
The MD441 i ran through my Presonus TubePre pre amp unit and gave a slight amount of drive and plenty of Gain. I did this to give the dynamic microphone a slight warm distortion to it.
After setting this up i decided to run the TLM103 through the Neve 8801 pre-amp / strip in the TLA control room. This was done to create a unique contrasting audio file that will be compatible with the 441 recording.
After nice vocal takes were done we decided to send the vocal tracks to a reverb to allow the vocals to have a trail rather than dead air in between lines.
The reverb effect will be added subtlety to the final mix.
Where from here?
Next week i hope to mix in the new vocals and guitar re amping. I also want to start just getting a basic mix overall for the piece and look into any guitar parts that may need redoing.
Here is the first of a series of logs to document the production process of a 20 minute track. The piece entitled “For the Sake of Patience” is to be handed in as a degree assignment but will also be released along with a second track in an EP a the end of the project when the track is finalized.
At the early stages i wasn’t sure what i wanted the piece to be. I knew i wanted it to be Electronic, but i didn’t know what styles and genres i would incorporate into the project. I also wanted to incorporate some rock influences into the piece by having some live drums in places and also guitar and bass guitar.
After doing all this, i had a solid piece of music to work on. Next step will be recording live drums for the appropriate sections and also Vocals, the latter of which will be recorded next week.
As I am not far from finishing my first album “Recluses Handbook” I decided to release a single from the album. “Weightless” is a sad song and a happy song at the same time. The Band and I all enjoy playing this one live and hope you enjoy listening to it.
The B-Side “Recluses Lament” is an ambient piece recorded under Nebulae Music. I decided to release this with “Weightless” as i felt it had a similar contrasting mix of feelings.
Hope you enjoy both the single and b-side, links down below and more to come in the future…