The creative process and tools used in the making of 6 albums

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CD Designs

A selection of CD label designs, showing 4 albums in the top row, with collaborations and 3 demos below.

Extracted Passions Album 2013

This album features 6 new and 8 ‘best of’ tracks from albums such as Raison D’etre, Reasons 2B, & Interwoven.

Original 2006 ‘Rhapsodyze ‘Cyberbabe’ version also lyrics from track ‘Breathe’, a combination of both song lyrics around Power chords played & written on my electric guitar,

A reworked version of ‘Cyberbabe breathe’ captured on production with stutter FX, Vocoders beats & basslines.

‘Phantasy’ reworked reconstruced & revamped with original song lyrics from ‘Solitaire, Hi-fi From R2B 06 currently being performed live over strummed guitar.

Whilst working on gathering tracks for the ‘Extracted Passions album collection, my Latest song ‘Go Steady’ was recorded in the lust4luv studios & has since been perfomed live acoustically remixed & had radio airplay..

Extracted Passions Album 2013

Interwoven Album 2009

Again using the above equipment plus a Zoom Fx electric guitar pedal. A Fender Squier Strat Electric guitar & Vocals. This album was created in Nottingham/Cornwall.

All Sound, styles parts of some tracks were recycled ideas throughout every album are interwoven & captured on this one.
‘Satiate’ being our first studio produced cover version remix of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie

I also experimented with my Fx pedals preset beats & played Electric guitar around them, which was then recorded into Cubase.
The keyboard with delay fx played in the time signature of 4/4 beats, I thought gave Lowkey an overall R&B rhythm sound.
Chilled sophisticated music that mixes acoustic instruments like guitar, piano and cello with electronic dance beats, basslines, synths and strings.

This album is distributed internationally through Cd Baby and is available to buy via iTunes, Amazon & Google Play.
The track ‘LRC’ & my vocals were remixed off this album
The track ‘Favourite Star’ & my vocals were remixed off this album
‘Keep singing’ off this album is performed live acoustically
The Wave Metaphor ‘Ocean Calls’ lyrics are incorporated into wishing from this album and performed live Acoustically.
‘Low Key’ off this album is being rehearsed and performed acoustically.

Containing a combination of song structure Melodies/ songwriting lyrics, arpeggiators
beats & basslines interwoven.

Interwoven Album 2009

Collaborations & Remixes Compilation 2006-2013

I was contacted by various music Producers & Dj’s whilst promoting producing my music through online social networks such as MySpace & facebook & The Lust4Luv website.
My Vocals & songs were remixed or i sing & wrote lyrics for their productions. I emailed my song & vocal files. Which are then promoted through their pages profiles, social networks & my website. Also whilst performing my Demo tracks live at Open mic nights I did live jam recordings & open mic with collaborations around my Demo tracks.
A collection of various remixes and cyber collaborations done locally or internationally via MySpace & other online social networking 2006-2013.

Collaborations & Remixes Compilation 2006-2013

Future Music Magazine Review (October 2006 edition 180)
of my Vocal/Lyrics collaboration on the Psyclonic track ‘Curvature’.
Future Music Magazine review October 2006 edition 180

EZPZ E.P. 2007

Was a branch off the Reasons 2B album, containing a collection of tracks that were experimental ideas & reworks.

EZPZ E.P. 2007

Reasons 2B Album 2006

Again working on a PC using virtual studio software Reason rewired with Cubase, Daves Synths refills, BT beats, and Z3ta synths, Multi FX plugins.

I also used Sound Forge to edit & process my vocals which were then keygrouped as a sample & triggered on the keyboard, as well as inputting notation into the matrix sequencer with added reverb. The name of this album signifies both the english equivalent of Raison D’etre and the use of Propellerheads Reason software.

I then created a textured electronic lush soundscape of layered synthesis & vocoders. Inspired by the online music generation MySpace, various tracks were promoted with great feedback with ‘Find me’ being popular, as well as other music collaborations online (see Pink Logik).

This album is distributed internationally through Cd Baby and is available to buy via iTunes, Amazon & Google Play.
Numbers, Faster, Input, Go –
Edit, Translate, Beat Too Slow
The track Cyber Babe off this album is performed live acoustically.

Reasons 2B Album 2006

Raison D’etre Album 2006

Another album created in Cornwall, with use of cubase send fx.

Containing a combination of song structure, chord progression arpeggiator Melodies, enabled my songwriting & lyrics. Reversed guitar timed to beat matching & basslines which captures a unique fusion of edgy electronic rhythms, acoustic vibes and meaningful lyrics continues to provide the soundtrack of a journey through life & Cyberspace into the new millennium.

Various tracks were promoted with great feedback, as well as other music collaborations online.

This album is distributed internationally through Cd Baby and is available to buy via iTunes, Amazon & Google Play.
A crossover genre of beats & guitar.

The track Fad & vocals were remixed off this album (See Unleaded Logic)
‘Drama’ from this album was performed live at my Penzance Arts Club 2005 exhibition alongside Audio Visuals Projected.
Cause an Effect from this album is performed live Acoustically.

Raison D’etre Album 2006

Wave Metaphor Album 2004

This album was made in Cornwall using a Medion Pentium 4 PC, m-audio interface, soundforge a Shure PG57 dynamic mic, Electro – Acoustic Fender DG-5CEBLK guitar, Cubase 4 & Reason 3 software, Laptop Projection screen & a Yamaha CS1X Keyboard.

The name for this album symbolises the metaphor of sound waves & ocean waves.

Being inspired by the ocean, african drumming workshops, I began to learn the guitar incorporating it around my singing as played sample snippets of my guitar which was recorded, with added synths beats & basslines, staying true to our Nottingham city roots. Using a digimax camera & experimenting recording ideas & picking up background conversations, vocals were recorded as samples throughout on various tracks & time-stretched & backwards reversed. Vocals were also used from Bill Withers Ain’t no Sunshine & the film Hulk on the track ‘When She’s Gone’.

Also I arranged my Digital Artwork images through Arkaos VJ software which was then played/triggered recorded in time to the music, it was saved onto a DVD & played using a laptop, creating projected images for an juxtaposition of both music & audio visual experience.The tracks ‘Voice’ & ‘Tryangle’ were performed at The Visionary Art of Sound community centre with fantastic feedback.
A symphonic journey organically blending the beauty of nature and the power of technology.

Wave Metaphor Album 2004

First Luv Album 1999

This album was made using Logic Audio 5 on upgraded PC a Yamaha CS1X keyboard, mach 5 & sound fonts sampler, with first time ever recording of my spoken words & poetry around composed beats & basslines hear track ‘TFOL’

The track ‘Tongue me’ was entered in the NME discs jury competition in Nottingham with great feedback.

‘First Luv’ was one of the first albums by an unsigned artist to sell via the internet after being accepted onto the PeopleSound label, who gave us a £100 advance. Sadly this label no longer exists after being taken over by Vitaminic.
See this Sound On Sound article for more information.

This album was also performed at The Solar Eclipse music festival in Cornwall 1999.

First Luv Album 1999

On Impulse E.P. 1996

This EP was created in Nottingham using an Olivetti 486 PC sample & sequencer Impulse tracker channels working with blocks creating beats & basslines.

A headset mic, a video to sample & record in Soundforge from tv such as Star Trek an episode where she says “I think you’re confusing Lust with Love”, he says “but it was the best times of our lives & you know it”. That was where the inspiration for our duo name ‘Lust4luv’ came from.

Also speech sampled from the film ‘flatliners’ composed around our basslines & beats which was performed as part of a clarendon college (NCN) / square center studios project.

On Impulse E.P. 1996

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