Talking Glass


This is an ambient piece I almost made. It was automatically generated by tweaking preset states on Audio Damage’s new synth / sequencer Axon. I like how that synth can create almost structureless music based on thirds. There are 3 channels. I pushed the first percussive channel through Galbanum’s Aether reverb plugin, so it’s kind of an expensive track but with AU$1=US$1 I had to treat myself to Axon (US$59). Definitely my cup of tea.

Play this lightly in the background at your evening soiree or if you’re an insomniac, let it play quietly as you try to sleep. If you listen carefully, you will hear voices.

Babushka Elektrik


Another 5 or 6 hours on a Sunday arvo well spent. The joy of making these tracks is really something to experience. Just sitting at the computer, putting this together – was like holding hands with God. If as some think he does exist. Working out when to bring new sounds in and when there’s too much of others. It’s 40-something nerdy male heaven. And then to produce it and upload it right to an international competition such as the One Synth Challenge. What else is there? Here is a link to the electronic music competition page.

Read more about how this track was put together in the associated music tutorial.
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Sunflower


This is another piece made for KVR’s One Synth Challenge.

I originally wrote this piece about a dying sunflower, but it became more sci-fi as it progressed. Now it’s a piece about space cargo vessel, “Sunflower”.

Having issued a Mayday distress call 1 year ago and without fuel (but plenty of supplies) the crew are nervous. For the last 6 months, alien entities made from light are breaching the vessel’s armour and hissing unintelligibly on the deep space radio. But nobody understands what they want or why they are here. Help may never come. One crew member has found and is learning to play a wooden saxophone.

Prime Directive


This is my second piece made for the KVR One Synth Challenge. I came 6th out of 12 for Waiting Room which I’m quite pleased about. KVR Audio is basically an unsigned musician’s forum and each month, members run a competition. We’re allowed to use one free synth to create a whole tune. The synth used here is Ugo’s Texture.

The tune was inspired by reading websites about alien abductions. The music is meant to be very synthetic and my aim was to emulate a small troupe of alien drones searching and scanning for humans. Once in a while they do horrific experiments and then keep moving on without compassion. When all humans of breeding age have been examined and semen extracted, their objective is complete and they can return to the mothership. It’s taken days to inject the horror and pain into this.

This track can be bought individually for US$1.50 or as part of the Mary Street Abduction EP (US$2.50).