Took some photos of some birds outside my house today. Mainly for the intent of getting good photos to use as artwork for the next album. I have already chosen some good candidates out of the ones i chose, however here are the best photos i took anyway.
A big update for me right now, as i prepare for some big releases coming out next year!
First thing to not is some tidying up of the blog. I have made a new Music section which acts as a discography with all my albums and EPs listed on there, check it out!
I have retired the Nebulae Music Bandcamp and added all the releases on there to my main bandcamp to make browsing my catalog easier for you guys 🙂
You may also notice a new Nebulae Music release on there. This is just a small compilation EP of a few odds and sods from the catalog. The entire discography is available at 50% the price. “Nebulae Music” will be available in the next few weeks from online distributors and streaming services…
I am starting to upload solo acoustic renditions of originals and covers to my youtube channel now as well, the most recent being a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, check out the playlist below:
I aim to upload a new video each week so make sure you subscribe to stay updated 🙂
Finally, i am working with mix/master engineer Jeffro Lacksheide on a compilation EP which will include 6 songs (two new) from my rock catalog, also in conjunction with this i will be releasing a sister EP of a similar nature, showcasing 6 electronic tracks with a new mix to them. The EP’s are set to release early next year as two separate releases and also a double EP so stay tuned for that !!!
“The Second Station EP” is now live across multiple platforms!
The EP is the second in a trilogy that began with the “Back to School” EP and will conclude with a third ep later on this year , so stay tuned!
Composed*, Produced and Performed by Joseph Bagwell with
James Bracey – Drums (2,6)
Gus Best – Hand Claps (6)
Callum Connah – Hand Claps, “Arriba” and Additional Percussion (6)
* Except “Jerome” composed by Jim Sullivan, arr. Joseph Bagwell
The preceding single from my upcoming EP “The Second Station” is available now. Across the day “The Joker” along with it’s b-side, a solo acoustic rendition, will pop up across online music stores and streaming services, keep an eye out for the song on your chosen platform!
The Second Station EP will be going live from 15th May, stay tuned !
Analysing the Original
“The Fuzz” by Callum Connah is an interesting chilled instrumental Hip Hop piece based around a nice piano riff. I also get hints of Jazz in the mix. Here is an exmapleof instrumental jazz hip hop from Youtuber “TheOfficialTone”
After listening to some sections of the album i can hear clear influences, first being the classic sub bass sound found in fair amount of hip hop orientated genres, also the mix of synthesised and organic sounds, especially with samples of real instruments chopped up in the background of a song.
To remix the piece i have a few ideas. First i can drastically stray from the hip hop/jazz elements of the original and craft a completely different tune using the stems provided. If i do so the remix would be influenced mainly by The Orb. This piece would probably end up quite ambient.
Secondly, (and the likely avenue i will take) is to create a remix with hip hop elements sticking close to the original but choping it up, creating an alternate version of sorts. Keeping the original vibe of the piece is my goal.
The remix i have created coincided with my second idea of sticking close to the orginal. I sampled the original drums to create and instrument to do the intro drums with. Bass guitar was also recorded over one section as chopping up the bass i had prooved to be somewhat tricky, plus i feel the clean bass sound still fits in with the original tone.
After creating the main remix i used that as a basis to create library versions of my mix. Copying the whole song in Abletons arrangement window along and then trimming, chopping and rearraning the piece to create a few lirbrary versions of varying size and also a Sting version, all of which can be heard above.
After meeting again with Callum to showcase the remix and library versions he said that he loved the remix and like how i was able to create something new that refelcted his original creation well, keeping the correct elements in and adding new ones where nessacary . The only thing he pointed out to me was that it needed slight mastering as the overall level of the track was low, something i subsequentaly went on to do as a final stage of creation.
As 2017 draws to a close i finish an EP of ambient music i have been working on last half of December.
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 😉
See you all in the new year!
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.
So start the record, sit back and enjoy the ride that is “Recluses Handbook”
Composed, Performed and Produced by Joseph Bagwell with
James Bracey – Drums (2,3,5,8-10), co-Production
Charlie Moss – Bass Guitar (2,3,5,8), Backing Vocals (2,10)
Christelle Lamb – Backing Vocals (2,10)
Molly Bernardin – Backing Vocals (2)
Callum Connah – Keyboards (8), co-Production (8)
With Thanks to Seth Markes, Grant Laurenson and Adam Midderigh
Back Photo by Leanne Cushnie
Artwork by Phoebe Ann Lewis
Recorded and Produced at Northbrook MET and my house.