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A Tuesday

Update: 16-Apr-2016 – added video on Youtube:

Gear List:

  • Moog Slim Phatty
  • Novation Bass Station II
  • Korg M3
  • Korg EA-1
  • Yamaha AN-200
  • Roland System-1
  • Roland TR-8
  • GForce Vintage Strings – Eminent 310

Strumpa [edit]

Adventures in acoustic guitar and a delay. Also features my new Fender guitar. This edit has reduced the beat to 1/8 from 1/16 (in original take).

Gear/instruments used:

  • Ovation Acoustic Guitar
  • Fender strat
  • Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer
  • Arturia Microbrute
  • Korg M3 (Piano and percussion sounds)
  • Roland TR-8 (main drums)
  • Waldorf Streichfett
  • Some VSTs (Synthix and CS-80V)

The NBN void

This is my federal electorate – Stirling – where the elected member is a Liberal, where is NBN, when is it planned?



I find it bizarre, considering this is probably one of the most populated areas of Perth …

Screenshot taken off the NBNco’s website today – the map shows planned, active and to-be done rollouts – you’ll see little pins with letter A’s and B’s on them. There is absolutely nothing in our area – zilcho.


Oxygene Part I

Trying out my new Waldorf Streichfett, I wanted to see what it sounded like through my Small Stone phaser pedal – this is the result.

A quick funny story: When I purchased this, I walked into the music store and asked the guy at the counter for some Sloppy Fat – he looked at me strangely and responded – do you want fries with that! (Streichfett literally translates to sloppy fat in German)

Gear List:

  • Waldorf Streichfett
  • Arturia Minibrute for the blips and squeaks
  • Small Stone phase pedal (EHX)
  • Roland System-1 (SH-2 Plugout) for Bass
  • Korg M3 for the sequenced strings (wish the Streichfett had some more tools like envelopes etc).
  • Oh and I almost forgot – Novation Bass Station II for that metallic/brass lead sound (so similar to an Arp it isn’t funny)

Air on a G String

So I wanted to re-create the breathy flute sound in War of the Worlds, whilst I was at it, I remembered Air on a G String is a nice fluty song …

Gear List:

  • Novation Bass Station II
  • Korg M3
  • (ITB) Arturia CS-80V

Breathy flute sound from War of The Worlds (Jeff Wayne)

I’m trying to make that breathy flute sound from War of The Worlds by Jeff Wayne.

So far I’ve played around with a Bass Station 2 to get the sound:

Osc 1: Sine Wave 4′
Osc 2: Sine Wave 8′
Noise: about 1/4 on
No Sub Osc

Filter about 60%

LFO Triangle about 3
Set Aftertouch to LFO Pitch about 3
Set Mod wheel to nearly bottom (off)

Set glide as required

use Mod wheel to get that vibrato when you hold the note

The problem I’m getting is the breathy sound isn’t good at all (Noise side) and I can’t seem to get the 2 Oscillators set to the right pitch. I’ve tried using a second synth via MIDI (Arturia Minibrute) with just Noise and playing with the envelopes on the filter and amp to get more of a reaction – but the noise sound is crap.


I’ve managed to get it sounding a bit closer by using the second Analog synth (Minibrute) and playing with the BP filter on the BS2. Here’s a sample:

The Apology

About “The Apology”:

This song is about the Stolen Generation, and the generation of children who were forced into adoption by the society of the 1960’s in Australia.

This phenomena touched my life too. For years I have lived my life knowing that I have a sister. This sister wasn’t a half-sister or a step sister, she was made from the same mother and father as me.

The Apology represents those who are the adopted and those who’s lives are affected.  A single instrument was used to represent the sole life that had no choices. The individual who became the victim. The voice that can be heard through the pain numbed by time.

For the gear heads:

Novation Bass Station 2 was the only instrument used

New Room

So I made this track when I moved all my gear downstairs (after getting the baby’s room ready upstairs). Never got round to finishing it … here’s what it sounds like so …


Gear List:

  • Korg M3
  • Novation Bass Station II
  • Moog Slim Phatty
  • Arturia SparkLE
  • Arturia CS80V