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Books

What I Learned From My Dear Friend

What I Learned From My Dear Friend

Free book about a friendship I’ve learned a lot from. A good friend is more enriching than we realise. A good friend challenges, stretches and encourages us. A good friend lifts us up from the dirt, and says, “come on, you, let’s go together, you and I, and face it”.

Using Build Tools

Using Build Tools

I was contacted by the folks at 5 Simple Steps and they asked me to write a “Fast Read” guide to build tools such as Gulp, Broccoli and Grunt…

Music

Monkey Snowball Fighter

Monkey Snowball Fighter

An alias I used whilst making music in my uni years. Some of these ‘songs’ fed into Vibration White Finger.

Winter

Winter

A name for my music projects in my college years. Mostly MIDI synth, a few samples, and quite dark.

Nux Vomica

Nux Vomica

A name for my music projects in my last school year. Mostly MIDI.

Music Sketches

Cry of the Wretched

Cry of the Wretched

Written, performed, recorded in 1 hour. My 2 year old broke the family electric guitar, and about 9 months later I finally got it fixed, so I am writing some of the kind of music that’s in my blood - punk, metal, thrash, hardcore. Laid down guitar in Garageband, and used Garageband’s virtual drummer, then “sang”

Sprite Packs

Sprite Packs

Beats on RD-6. Snare’s going through a Behringer reverb pedal, gated setting. Keys on (damaged, volume pot’s bust) Monologue. FX loop via Church Reverb setting of a TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb, which arrived yesterday and sounds great I still can’t play keyboards with any degree of skill, so I’m mostly just banging notes in and hoping they settle into the reverb!

Frustratio Pulp

Frustratio Pulp

Elektron Model:Cycles sketch, recorded and performed inside 1 hour. Tried for a hard, dirty, aggressive, atmospheric gabber style track. Not sure it quite came off but I proper enjoyed making some aggressive music. I think the hats are lacking but I like the bell sound I got out of tuning the chord machine to 5ths.

Gloom Safe

Gloom Safe

Sonic sketch on the Elektron Model:Cycles, recorded whilst my wife was watching dreadful smugfest “Have I Got News For You” in the same room

Emperor's New Spike

Emperor's New Spike

More polymetric rhythms from the Elektron Model:Cycles. I just love playing with this sequencer! It’s only a 1 bar pattern but through differing track lengths, probability-based sequencing and conditional triggers, I got a much more lively sounding song.

Metric Mice

Metric Mice

some polymetric rhythms. My 4 year old took control of some of the knobs during recording of this sketch.

Room To Breathe

Room To Breathe

FM synthesis jam. I plugged the Keystep Pro into the Model:Cycles for a bit more control, definitely easier than rubber pads but I still suck at keys so not much better!

Grubby Acid

Grubby Acid

Beats and deep bass Elektron Model:Cycles, lead line Behringer TD-3

Duffy Bears

Duffy Bears

Experimenting with the sequencer on the Elektron Model Cycles, seeing how much mileage I could get out of a single track, before adding some sparse instrumentation from the other tracks

On Yer Bike

On Yer Bike

Trying out the Elektron Cycles. Only spent an hour or so with it so far but I think there’s great potential in this little box of tricks…

My Teddy Called Mittens

My Teddy Called Mittens

My 4 year old daughter recorded a story about her cat teddy, “Mittens”, which I then re-amped through a vocoder, which I played using a Korg Monologue as a controller. I set it to a beat on an RD-6.

303 Clouds

303 Clouds

trying to make the TD-3 sound pretty, rather than acid. Pushing it against type!

Sky Mice

Sky Mice

My 2 year old triggering the TD-6 drum machine, my 4 year old on Volca Keys and me bashing away on a Korg Monologue. All day the little one has been saying “I’m Sky Mice!” and no idea what she means but now it’s our band name :-)

Your House Again

Your House Again

3 layers of Korg Volca Keys played live, with beats from a TD6. I’m starting to play chords, my timing isn’t great but I’m starting to feel more at home on a keyboard. Long way to go though!

Prepare to Engage

Prepare to Engage

rd-6 with a Korg Monologue playing a guitar-style noise and a sample from a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator.

Blind Chamber

Blind Chamber

Layering Korg Monologue synth sounds on a 4 track, and only hearing the track I am recording. I thought it might be interesting to see what came out, and I notice that I often time things the same, even though I couldn’t hear the other tracks. In my view, the end result isn’t as good as the similar track “Quartet”, but it was worth an experiment!

Quartet

Quartet

4 tracks of Korg Monologue, swelling and moving

He Got Jumbled

He Got Jumbled

All sounds from the Korg Monologue! Layered up one by one. It’s not perfectly in time - it’s all free played sound-by-sound, just a bit of fun :-)

Swamp Shriek

Swamp Shriek

Multitracked a Monologue over an RD-6 beat to create a soundscape. Recorded and mixed on a Fostex VF160 multitracker.

Backwoods

Backwoods

First electronic track I’ve put out that I haven’t performed and mixed live. That’s not to say I put much time into it - just over an hour I think! Recorded on a Fostex VD160. I don’t want to mix on a computer, I am in front of computers all day, so I’m trying out hard disk recording :-)

Sorrow Weighs

Sorrow Weighs

Dark synth pop moody jam. I don’t often listen to music these days but the last couple of days I’ve listened to a lot of synth stuff and really enjoyed it, this is something of an attempt at a synthesis of that input! I deliberately tried to make the bass filter fuzzy and drifty, enough PWM and discordant blend to get that classic vintage vibe. I wish I had a few more modulation sources but that’s part of the fun sometimes - improvising!

Curate's Egg

Curate's Egg

This was better whilst I was composing it, but then the kids wanted to play and it kind of lost momentum and they reprogrammed the TR6! Snare pattern got a bit annoying on listening back to this but there are some nice sounds in there at times, hence the track title! I’m enjoying having arps from the Keystep, it’s a fun way to work.

Inevitable Pariah

Inevitable Pariah

Jamming on the Arturia Keystep through the NW-1 oscillator. Beats are from the TR-6, I compressed the snare. Keystep works well for me, although I’m extremely clumsy on keyboards, arpeggiators are quite forgiving!

I Just...

I Just...

Jamming with the TR-6 and Keystep. I can’t play keyboard very well but I can hold down a bunch of white notes and hope for good arps!

Be Safe Dear One

Be Safe Dear One

Sequenced on the Oberkorn and tweaked live. Thanks to “I Don’t Like Ducks”, I got my reverb to clean up (I just needed some attenuation - Eurorack signals are hot!) and I’m really pleased with how this turned out. My wife and kids are away and this track is my approximation of how that feels.

It's Coming From Next Door

It's Coming From Next Door

Influenced a bit by Gas here, the “party next door muffled techno” sound… I like the second passage much better than the first, where I’m just riding the spectrum on the NW-1, some pretty moments in there. Sequenced on the Oberkorn. Used a sequential switch to get an extended 48 node sequence.

Peopled Out

Peopled Out

Jam using the Oberkorn sequencer. I used the Pico Logic XOR and AND for some of the percussion, getting effectively 2 gates from 4.

Lunar Torrents

Lunar Torrents

My 4 year old daughter programmed the drums on this and directed me to patch them through the compressor! The LFO on the filter was her idea also. The rest of the track is ambient effects, largely arising from the NW-1 cycling slowly through a wavetable, and the oscillators through a fold processor into an angry band pass filter, with a bit of noise passed through a high pass filter for a classic wind sound.

iPad Papa_

iPad Papa_

I was on holiday this week, and took my Pocket Operator. I sampled my brother and my lil nephew along with the classic Amen Brother break and cut it all up into a little junglist sonic collage.

For All Those I Miss Like Crazy

For All Those I Miss Like Crazy

Used the wav folder to make a lead sound, and got a “breathy” bass from the NW-1. I love that aspect of the NW-1 - the noise is so organic - and modulating it with an AR envelope gives it a real human feeling. Ran all the sequences from the Beatstep Pro with a tiny bit of randomness to keep it interesting.

Clumsily Intact

Clumsily Intact

Jam based around a single oscillator, where I manipulate the filter with a looping AR generator. Computer is only there for recording.

Air Hunger

Air Hunger

What I love most is playing with filters as a track is running, and that’s what this is! Tinkering with all the knobs on the NW-1 for the strange “breathing” sound as well as adjusting the Wasp filter for the bassline

Knocking On

Knocking On

sequence from the Oberkorn, played the lead line live on the NW1 via the Beatstep, percussion samples from the Pocket Operator My 2 year old tinkered with some parts of this so technically a collaboration!

Nihilistic Cultural Decay

Nihilistic Cultural Decay

First jam in months… Contains a sample of Carter from the Unsafe Space podcast. We’re in a very nihilistic era. There is hope, though. There is Truth and He’s knowable!

Sickly Beat

Sickly Beat

Sampled both my TR-6 and a cheap Yamaha keyboard into the Pocket Operator and made a simple track out of it. After making this beat, I quickly sickened with Covid-19 and spent nearly 36 hours straight in bed sweating and shivering!

Sonic Tub

Sonic Tub

5 minute jam on a Pocket Operator PO-33 - recorded a few seconds of my kids playing in the bath then sliced it up and sequenced it. Played a little melody based on a sample of me making a noise, pitched up.

Bear One Another's Burdens

Bear One Another's Burdens

Overwhelmed with sadness today as mask block faces, rules separate families, communities fear even breathing one another’s air, and the world sinks ever deeper into despair. But there’s one, and only one, hope. There’s an innocent man who once carried a cross. He bids us carry our crosses with Him, and to bear one another’s burdens and in doing so fulfil the law of love.

Like A Beaten Dog

Like A Beaten Dog

Feeding channel 1 into the clock speed to get swing on the Oberkorn. I sync’d out to the TR-6 and got it to do swing by setting the resolution to 1PPS.

OK Let's Go

OK Let's Go

Waldorf NW1 vocal sample sync’d up with a bit of help from my mate Jon - the secret was controlling the wavetable position with an envelope with just the right amount of offset.

Tommo Space Boy

Tommo Space Boy

First jam with the RD-6 and I bought another TD-3 to replace the old I sold and then regretted selling! I used the NW-1 for the “vocals”

A Theme For Tommo's Baby

A Theme For Tommo's Baby

A little theme for Tommo’s soon-to-be-born baby. (Tommo is a top boy, he wears a top boy’s hat). My own 1 year old “helped” me with the melody and sequencing.

Pressure Is On

Pressure Is On

A bit of an iteration on my last track, went for a pentatonic so it was less spooky and attenuated the delay to reduce the clipping, then I added some beats.

Pirate Daddy Krell

Pirate Daddy Krell

An automated patch - the burst generator paired with sample and hold and white noise and a quantiser to trigger random melodies whilst a throaty bass moves in and out like the tide.

Rumbled Dat

Rumbled Dat

Sequencing the pitch of the snare gives me a nice tom tom kinda vibe, good fun

Cling On When The World Goes Mad

Cling On When The World Goes Mad

Using the Oberkorn for the sequence into the Dreadbox Hysteria with the quantise mode on, and tapped the pulse out into the White Lines oscillator and played with pitch for oscillator sync effects.

Jaunty

Jaunty

Electronic ditty - now I’ve got the Beatstep Pro in easy reach of my now child “proofed” setup, I found some old sequences on there and messed about with them to get a jaunty little bouncy swingy thing. I really like chorus on synth lines, fattens them up like a detuned oscillator…

Please Stop Raging

Please Stop Raging

My youngest daughter had a toddler ragefit this evening and this song was my calm down time afterwards! Simplest patch I’ve ever recorded - just a slightly off sinewave, with a bit of LFO modulation, into a low pass gate, into a crossfader with a delay, into the mixer with a reverb.

Martian Beachfront

Martian Beachfront

First time in ages I’ve had enough energy for a jam. My youngest kept coming in and pressing buttons on the sequencer so had to fend her off!

Get In The Cupboard

Get In The Cupboard

Inspired by a guy on the Internet (who did it much better than me!) I’ve built all my synths into a cupboard to keep them away from the kids! Using the Oberkorn to ping a LPG to generate percussion, then using envelopes to modular the filter, I got a shuffling squelchy groove going. I used the Oberkorn’s third CV line to modulate its timing which gave me a shuffle, which I enjoyed

Smash Stacks

Smash Stacks

Trying to sync up Circles and Oberkorn - didn’t come out how I planned it but that’s always the fun! Heavily compressed the snare and hats for part of the track using the Waldorf compressor module Getting some nice sounds out of the Dreadbox Hysterial by finding sweet spots on the PWM. Maybe the wasp filter was a bit full on for this jam, but it was fun!

Squeezed Through

Squeezed Through

Had a bit of a false start with this one - track kicks in around 20 seconds in! I don’t know why I always default to acid techno on equipment! I banged out a quick acidy number and then tried this downtempo moody jam

Going On Road

Going On Road

Ratcheting the hats with a Ladik burst generator and getting nice stuff out of Chipz!

Cone of Chipz

Cone of Chipz

Little jam using a Chipz oscillator for lo-fi crunch - it’s great for percussion!

Throaty

Throaty

Ducking the bass by sidechaining the compressor Experimenting with new-to-me wavetable module

Mysteries Of Summer

Mysteries Of Summer

Some polymetrics stereo rhythms with fold processed oscillators laid on top. Blended two LFOs with a voltage offset to get the arpeggiation

Summer Squelch

Summer Squelch

Made some of my own percussion using an attenuverting mixer, an LFO, an AR envelope, a trigger delay and coloured noise, and mixed it with the rest of the ‘rack

Spinning Discs

Spinning Discs

Some polymetric riddims from the ‘rack. Realised I can send different levels of volume into low pass gates to get more human-sounding melodies, rather than everything being at a uniform level

Circling Euclid

Circling Euclid

Polymetric euclidean rhythms from the Euclidean Circles v2 - LOVE this module!

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Vocals by Lil Nephew. Sequenced on the Beatstep Pro, bassline is going through the Wasp filter - absolutely LOVe this filter. It does incredible sub-bass but I had to edit that bit out because the waveform went all square on screen! Used an oscillator and S+H module as a bandulu bitcrusher

Monster Infighting

Monster Infighting

One quantised melody pushed through 3 oscillators tuned to an A minor chord - or, at least, they were until the baby kicked off and I had to go upstairs and try to settle her!

Emerging From The Gloom

Emerging From The Gloom

Mixing noise and atonal melody through the A-Logic, then randomising the filter, and putting one quantised and one unquantised lead line in the stereo channels. Delay for everybody!

Indoor Weather

Indoor Weather

Got a new FX insert module today, tried it out with a delay pedal. The audio divider plays very nice with quantised sequences!

Everyone In the backBase

Everyone In the backBase

What’s a road man to do when he’s working from home and Google LDAP is down? Not edit the vocals, that’s for sure! One take :D

Booders

Booders

Used a sequential switch to get a 16 step pattern out of two 8 step sequencers

Some Of The Oil

Some Of The Oil

Using the 3 outputs of the Sequence 8 to mutate multiple parameters, including the hi hat controls and the filter cutoff.

Careless Acid Dons

Careless Acid Dons

Jamming some acid on the Drumbrute Impact and the Behringer TD-3! Randomised man of the TD-3 patterns rather than programmed them.

Avec La Beanford

Avec La Beanford

My two year old helped out with this track - she did her first Eurorack patching here! Some of the volume spikes are her “modulating” the audio interface :-)

Start Out Pretty

Start Out Pretty

In terms of sheer value for money, the Doepfer dual trigger delay is right up there - combined with a pair of cheap low pass gates from Takaab, you have a great “sort-of-delay” effect for bouncy callbacks

Riff Rafa

Riff Rafa

A thirty minute jam - I haven’t jammed in months, good to get the modular out and of course the TD3!

Christmas Llama

Christmas Llama

A (nearly!) all-behringer, all-red funk jam! I used the TD-3 for the bassline, through a Behringer octaver pedal for more body. The “lead” bit is through the Neutron. I didn’t realise it was all-Behringer until I had recorded it! The drums are from the Arturia Drumbrute Impact.

Human Sacrifice

Human Sacrifice

An acid jam on the TD3 and Drumbrute. My first experience programming patterns into the TD3, it’s quite fun actually, bit of a weird interface but that’s the appeal IMO.

Obedient Unto Death

Obedient Unto Death

I used the TD3 as a “master” here - I hooked the CV and gate into Eurorack and built a voice, and what do you know, the tracking is fantastic - well done Behringer!

Yeezy TD3

Yeezy TD3

Took delivery of a Behringer TD3 today and I LOVE IT! Had to sell some modules to buy it, worth it though! Beats from the Drumbrute. Performed live, no overdubs. Samples Kanye West’s interview with Zane Lowe - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOCvKvrwI8 . TD3 is a bit hummy here, I used too much gain on the desk and too little on the TD3, so next time I use it it’ll sound cleaner.

Listen To Harry

Listen To Harry

D-day veteran Harry Billinge gave an incredible interview on BBC News recently, speaking movingly of his love for his brothers in arms and his saviour Jesus Christ. Harry’s urgent message of love is as timely now as ever.

Handsome Boony

Handsome Boony

Boony is a handsome, clever computerman that I know. Produced on miRack on the iPad, then layered a vocal over in Garageband.

Shemraya

Shemraya

Another one from miRack on the iPad rather than the Eurorack gear. I love the Euclidean sequencer, wish I could afford one in Eurorack!

What's The Bunce

What's The Bunce

My first experience of a low pass gate - has a nice, almost spooky tone to it, I really like it!

Top Boy Tommo

Top Boy Tommo

Tommo is a top boy, so I wrote a song about him. Unlike my other stuff, this is all virtual analog - banged out the track on my iPad using miRack whilst the kids were playing, and recorded it live with an SM58 for my vocals when they were in bed. You can hear crackling from the slightly duff XLR cable, oh well…

Tight Spaces

Tight Spaces

I’m using the sequential switch all the time now, on this new track I used it to cycle through 4 different levels of voltage going into the filter, and blended that with an inverted envelope to get quite a tubby bass sound.

Don't Shudder

Don't Shudder

Lead from the Neutron. Bass comes from cycling through the waveforms of the White Lines oscillator using a sequential switch with every 4th bar left empty. Stabs from the other white lines through the audio divider.

I Love How This Switch Feels

I Love How This Switch Feels

More experiments with the Synthrotek sequencer, plus using the Doepfer slew limiter to get more interesting articulation - nice that you can put slew on, say, ascending tones (voltages) only, creates cool effects.

Open It Up

Open It Up

Used a pure analog sequencer here - and what fun it was! The random function is great fun, it seems to jam on random steps for a few beats before moving on. No quantising, just random knob positioning!

Goblin Funk

Goblin Funk

Some good sounds in here through the Doepfer audio divider but my kids kicked off just before I was about to record so I couldn’t really get in the flow of it properly… Oh well.

Dunes

Dunes

I used a Pico A-Logic to get more interesting modulations from two LFOs. I routed this into two in sequence attenuators so I could get some minimal pitch modulation and it made this swelling didgeridoo like bass sound. I blended this through the filter on the Neutron and ran a sequencer at audio rate to generate the bleepy computery sounds and hand-modulated the rate at which I was clocking the sequencer to get weird variations.

Markov Chain Modular

Markov Chain Modular

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of stories about a fictionalised version of my mate “Robbo”. These stories became increasingly silly and forumulaic, until I had the idea of feeding them through a Markov chain to generate a new story.

Flesh Availeth Nothing

Flesh Availeth Nothing

I wanted to make some trap/drill style beats but that’s not quite how it panned out in this 30 minute jam!

Blog

If It's The End

If It's The End

On the times we’re living in. The “great reset”. Possible election fraud. Churches who have abandoned the clear testimony of Scripture. Cultural suicide. Industrial scale abortion. Fake man-centred righteousness. Hubristic utopianism. Sounds pretty familiar to Bible readers… How then should I respond?

Why God the Father?

Why God the Father?

Last night at Bible study an excellent question was asked - why do Christians refer to God as Father?

I Wish Tech Books Had Shorter Chapters

I Wish Tech Books Had Shorter Chapters

I like reading. I like getting better at things. The two are, in my view, intrinsically related. This shouldn’t be a revelation to anybody! However, one weird thing stops me from reading as much as I’d like to…

Modular Markov Music

Modular Markov Music

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of stories about a fictionalised version of my mate “Robbo”. These stories became increasingly silly and forumulaic, until I had the idea of feeding them through a Markov chain to generate a new story. I then routed this as audio through my Eurorack modular gear to make bizarre “not really music”.

Slaying the KuberPiDragon

Slaying the KuberPiDragon

An anti tutorial about me, a novice, building a Kubernetes cluster on Raspberry Pi by essentially catapulting myself headlong into a solid wall of incomprehension until the wall broke. Then I wondered why I did it.

The Importance of Context

The Importance of Context

Understanding things is hard. Explaining things is harder. This article intends to help you communicate and reason with clarity using simple questions to contextualise your work. It’s written with software in mind but is more broadly applicable.

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

The Open Door is a weekly breakfast and community primarily for the homeless and vulnerably housed in the Cardiff area. I gave a brief talk on Mark 9:17-26 on how to deal with doubts and struggles.

Who do you say I am?

Who do you say I am?

The Open Door is a weekly breakfast and community primarily for the homeless and vulnerably housed in the Cardiff area. I gave a brief talk on Matthew 16:13-16. It’s not intended to be a watertight apologetic argument, more a way to start people thinking about who Jesus is.

Love and the Imago Dei

Love and the Imago Dei

At Church I saw a young father holding his baby, and in that moment something moved in me. Here’s my attempt at unpacking it

Getting into Game Development

Getting into Game Development

I was recently introduced to a young person who was looking to make her own games. I had a brief conversation with her sharing my experience of making indie games in the first decade of the 2000s, and I thought I would write down what I see as the key points.

About persuasion

About persuasion

Thing about the times that somebody has persuaded you of something – when you’ve changed your views……

My wedding speech

My wedding speech

On the 21st February 2015, I got married to a truly wonderful woman and on the day I made a speech, as is convention…

Thoughts on prototyping

Thoughts on prototyping

Expanding upon my SW Mobile talk on prototyping – how can we best use these techniques in software development…

On The Importance of Being Earnest

On The Importance of Being Earnest

After reading “The Importance Of Being Earnest” on the train back from Birmingham, I feel moved to reassure you all that my girl’s surname is NOT “Bunbury”…

A cathedral

A cathedral

Sat on a second hand sofa I ponder on who He is And wonder surges in my heartFrom an ever-deepening well of gratitude I look up towards the light And my curtains seem to me as stained glassAnd my home feels like a cathedral Echoing my whispered word of thanks …

The tongue as a rudder

The tongue as a rudder

In the Bible, this guy James writes about the tongue, saying “a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong…

Choose life

Choose life

is there any way to stop Blogger switching to preview when I hit CTRL+SHIFT? It’s making me want to punch a goose!

Swing swords, cut clowns

Swing swords, cut clowns

Shaolin Sword I’ll have it raining ice drops the size of automobiles, Kill all the government microchips in my body” – ODB

GSP/B.J. Penn

GSP/B.J. Penn

MMA may be the oldest sport in the world (it’s pretty much Greek pancration), but it remains exciting, dramatic, and highly technical…

World coming down…

World coming down…

I recently won a charity raffle at work and got to choose the charity the money went to. I opted for no2id, which prompted discussion in the office.

No justice?

No justice?

This morning in church was harvest festival and instead of having some fossilised bread and a soup tin mountain the pastor brought us some alarming statistics…

You are what you eat…

You are what you eat…

No update-me-do for a while, I’ve been busy working, doing geek things, and my lady has just relocated to my ‘hood so I’m a busy boymonkey…

God is kind

God is kind

God is kind. Three words, so simple, yet seldom have I known it like I do right now.

Where are my eyes?

Where are my eyes?

I don’t mean literally, obviously, I mean figuratively. I mean, if my eyes weren’t in my head, then bees could get in, and that really would be terrifying. Bzz.

Games

Sonic Genn v5

Sonic Genn v5

Browser-based ‘synthquencer` - step sequencer with a synth parameters all being step based. Pure HTML5/JavaScript

M. Mode

M. Mode

A highly fashionable shoot ‘em up, where Thomas the rotating horse takes on hordes of creatures to avoid turning into a running shoe. Maybe in May!

Amoeba Amoeba

Amoeba Amoeba

The most realistic simulation of Amoeboid combat ever devised! Old ladies battle men holding sausage dogs! Animation by the amazingly talented Jonathan Reynolds

Rotting Onslaught

Rotting Onslaught

“They’re coming… they’re… everywhere…” Squad based RTS where you battle zombie hordes. Sprites by Andrew Canham. Music by Davey J and myself.

End of Nightmares

End of Nightmares

A classic Streets Of Rage style beat ’em up where a young boy has to face his own nightmares. Beautifully animated by Mark Bankhead.

Beat Quest

Beat Quest

For all at HumanBeatbox.com, a simple retro platformer with ZX81 inspired visuals.

Unfinished Games

Cry of the Wretched

Cry of the Wretched

Written, performed, recorded in 1 hour. My 2 year old broke the family electric guitar, and about 9 months later I finally got it fixed, so I am writing some of the kind of music that’s in my blood - punk, metal, thrash, hardcore. Laid down guitar in Garageband, and used Garageband’s virtual drummer, then “sang”

Sprite Packs

Sprite Packs

Beats on RD-6. Snare’s going through a Behringer reverb pedal, gated setting. Keys on (damaged, volume pot’s bust) Monologue. FX loop via Church Reverb setting of a TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb, which arrived yesterday and sounds great I still can’t play keyboards with any degree of skill, so I’m mostly just banging notes in and hoping they settle into the reverb!

Frustratio Pulp

Frustratio Pulp

Elektron Model:Cycles sketch, recorded and performed inside 1 hour. Tried for a hard, dirty, aggressive, atmospheric gabber style track. Not sure it quite came off but I proper enjoyed making some aggressive music. I think the hats are lacking but I like the bell sound I got out of tuning the chord machine to 5ths.

Gloom Safe

Gloom Safe

Sonic sketch on the Elektron Model:Cycles, recorded whilst my wife was watching dreadful smugfest “Have I Got News For You” in the same room

Emperor's New Spike

Emperor's New Spike

More polymetric rhythms from the Elektron Model:Cycles. I just love playing with this sequencer! It’s only a 1 bar pattern but through differing track lengths, probability-based sequencing and conditional triggers, I got a much more lively sounding song.

Metric Mice

Metric Mice

some polymetric rhythms. My 4 year old took control of some of the knobs during recording of this sketch.

Room To Breathe

Room To Breathe

FM synthesis jam. I plugged the Keystep Pro into the Model:Cycles for a bit more control, definitely easier than rubber pads but I still suck at keys so not much better!

Grubby Acid

Grubby Acid

Beats and deep bass Elektron Model:Cycles, lead line Behringer TD-3

Sonic Genn v5

Sonic Genn v5

Browser-based ‘synthquencer` - step sequencer with a synth parameters all being step based. Pure HTML5/JavaScript

Duffy Bears

Duffy Bears

Experimenting with the sequencer on the Elektron Model Cycles, seeing how much mileage I could get out of a single track, before adding some sparse instrumentation from the other tracks

On Yer Bike

On Yer Bike

Trying out the Elektron Cycles. Only spent an hour or so with it so far but I think there’s great potential in this little box of tricks…

My Teddy Called Mittens

My Teddy Called Mittens

My 4 year old daughter recorded a story about her cat teddy, “Mittens”, which I then re-amped through a vocoder, which I played using a Korg Monologue as a controller. I set it to a beat on an RD-6.

303 Clouds

303 Clouds

trying to make the TD-3 sound pretty, rather than acid. Pushing it against type!

Sky Mice

Sky Mice

My 2 year old triggering the TD-6 drum machine, my 4 year old on Volca Keys and me bashing away on a Korg Monologue. All day the little one has been saying “I’m Sky Mice!” and no idea what she means but now it’s our band name :-)

What I Learned From My Dear Friend

What I Learned From My Dear Friend

Free book about a friendship I’ve learned a lot from. A good friend is more enriching than we realise. A good friend challenges, stretches and encourages us. A good friend lifts us up from the dirt, and says, “come on, you, let’s go together, you and I, and face it”.

Your House Again

Your House Again

3 layers of Korg Volca Keys played live, with beats from a TD6. I’m starting to play chords, my timing isn’t great but I’m starting to feel more at home on a keyboard. Long way to go though!

Padded Unit of Moog

Padded Unit of Moog

iPad Moog Model D controlled over Midi. Experimenting with using chords in my music.

Prepare to Engage

Prepare to Engage

rd-6 with a Korg Monologue playing a guitar-style noise and a sample from a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator.

Blind Chamber

Blind Chamber

Layering Korg Monologue synth sounds on a 4 track, and only hearing the track I am recording. I thought it might be interesting to see what came out, and I notice that I often time things the same, even though I couldn’t hear the other tracks. In my view, the end result isn’t as good as the similar track “Quartet”, but it was worth an experiment!

Quartet

Quartet

4 tracks of Korg Monologue, swelling and moving

He Got Jumbled

He Got Jumbled

All sounds from the Korg Monologue! Layered up one by one. It’s not perfectly in time - it’s all free played sound-by-sound, just a bit of fun :-)

Swamp Shriek

Swamp Shriek

Multitracked a Monologue over an RD-6 beat to create a soundscape. Recorded and mixed on a Fostex VF160 multitracker.

Backwoods

Backwoods

First electronic track I’ve put out that I haven’t performed and mixed live. That’s not to say I put much time into it - just over an hour I think! Recorded on a Fostex VD160. I don’t want to mix on a computer, I am in front of computers all day, so I’m trying out hard disk recording :-)

The Ashes of Civilisation

The Ashes of Civilisation

Possibly the biggest, nastiest bass sound I’ve made so far, with some clumsily played shimmering leads over the top

Sorrow Weighs

Sorrow Weighs

Dark synth pop moody jam. I don’t often listen to music these days but the last couple of days I’ve listened to a lot of synth stuff and really enjoyed it, this is something of an attempt at a synthesis of that input! I deliberately tried to make the bass filter fuzzy and drifty, enough PWM and discordant blend to get that classic vintage vibe. I wish I had a few more modulation sources but that’s part of the fun sometimes - improvising!

Curate's Egg

Curate's Egg

This was better whilst I was composing it, but then the kids wanted to play and it kind of lost momentum and they reprogrammed the TR6! Snare pattern got a bit annoying on listening back to this but there are some nice sounds in there at times, hence the track title! I’m enjoying having arps from the Keystep, it’s a fun way to work.

Inevitable Pariah

Inevitable Pariah

Jamming on the Arturia Keystep through the NW-1 oscillator. Beats are from the TR-6, I compressed the snare. Keystep works well for me, although I’m extremely clumsy on keyboards, arpeggiators are quite forgiving!

I Just...

I Just...

Jamming with the TR-6 and Keystep. I can’t play keyboard very well but I can hold down a bunch of white notes and hope for good arps!

Be Safe Dear One

Be Safe Dear One

Sequenced on the Oberkorn and tweaked live. Thanks to “I Don’t Like Ducks”, I got my reverb to clean up (I just needed some attenuation - Eurorack signals are hot!) and I’m really pleased with how this turned out. My wife and kids are away and this track is my approximation of how that feels.

It's Coming From Next Door

It's Coming From Next Door

Influenced a bit by Gas here, the “party next door muffled techno” sound… I like the second passage much better than the first, where I’m just riding the spectrum on the NW-1, some pretty moments in there. Sequenced on the Oberkorn. Used a sequential switch to get an extended 48 node sequence.

Peopled Out

Peopled Out

Jam using the Oberkorn sequencer. I used the Pico Logic XOR and AND for some of the percussion, getting effectively 2 gates from 4.

Lunar Torrents

Lunar Torrents

My 4 year old daughter programmed the drums on this and directed me to patch them through the compressor! The LFO on the filter was her idea also. The rest of the track is ambient effects, largely arising from the NW-1 cycling slowly through a wavetable, and the oscillators through a fold processor into an angry band pass filter, with a bit of noise passed through a high pass filter for a classic wind sound.

iPad Papa_

iPad Papa_

I was on holiday this week, and took my Pocket Operator. I sampled my brother and my lil nephew along with the classic Amen Brother break and cut it all up into a little junglist sonic collage.

For All Those I Miss Like Crazy

For All Those I Miss Like Crazy

Used the wav folder to make a lead sound, and got a “breathy” bass from the NW-1. I love that aspect of the NW-1 - the noise is so organic - and modulating it with an AR envelope gives it a real human feeling. Ran all the sequences from the Beatstep Pro with a tiny bit of randomness to keep it interesting.

Clumsily Intact

Clumsily Intact

Jam based around a single oscillator, where I manipulate the filter with a looping AR generator. Computer is only there for recording.

Air Hunger

Air Hunger

What I love most is playing with filters as a track is running, and that’s what this is! Tinkering with all the knobs on the NW-1 for the strange “breathing” sound as well as adjusting the Wasp filter for the bassline

Knocking On

Knocking On

sequence from the Oberkorn, played the lead line live on the NW1 via the Beatstep, percussion samples from the Pocket Operator My 2 year old tinkered with some parts of this so technically a collaboration!

Hadouken

Hadouken

Lunchtime acid jam on the TD-3, TR-6 and Hadouken

Nihilistic Cultural Decay

Nihilistic Cultural Decay

First jam in months… Contains a sample of Carter from the Unsafe Space podcast. We’re in a very nihilistic era. There is hope, though. There is Truth and He’s knowable!

Sickly Beat

Sickly Beat

Sampled both my TR-6 and a cheap Yamaha keyboard into the Pocket Operator and made a simple track out of it. After making this beat, I quickly sickened with Covid-19 and spent nearly 36 hours straight in bed sweating and shivering!

Sonic Tub

Sonic Tub

5 minute jam on a Pocket Operator PO-33 - recorded a few seconds of my kids playing in the bath then sliced it up and sequenced it. Played a little melody based on a sample of me making a noise, pitched up.

Bear One Another's Burdens

Bear One Another's Burdens

Overwhelmed with sadness today as mask block faces, rules separate families, communities fear even breathing one another’s air, and the world sinks ever deeper into despair. But there’s one, and only one, hope. There’s an innocent man who once carried a cross. He bids us carry our crosses with Him, and to bear one another’s burdens and in doing so fulfil the law of love.

Like A Beaten Dog

Like A Beaten Dog

Feeding channel 1 into the clock speed to get swing on the Oberkorn. I sync’d out to the TR-6 and got it to do swing by setting the resolution to 1PPS.

OK Let's Go

OK Let's Go

Waldorf NW1 vocal sample sync’d up with a bit of help from my mate Jon - the secret was controlling the wavetable position with an envelope with just the right amount of offset.

Tommo Space Boy

Tommo Space Boy

First jam with the RD-6 and I bought another TD-3 to replace the old I sold and then regretted selling! I used the NW-1 for the “vocals”

A Theme For Tommo's Baby

A Theme For Tommo's Baby

A little theme for Tommo’s soon-to-be-born baby. (Tommo is a top boy, he wears a top boy’s hat). My own 1 year old “helped” me with the melody and sequencing.

Pressure Is On

Pressure Is On

A bit of an iteration on my last track, went for a pentatonic so it was less spooky and attenuated the delay to reduce the clipping, then I added some beats.

Pirate Daddy Krell

Pirate Daddy Krell

An automated patch - the burst generator paired with sample and hold and white noise and a quantiser to trigger random melodies whilst a throaty bass moves in and out like the tide.

Rumbled Dat

Rumbled Dat

Sequencing the pitch of the snare gives me a nice tom tom kinda vibe, good fun

If It's The End

If It's The End

On the times we’re living in. The “great reset”. Possible election fraud. Churches who have abandoned the clear testimony of Scripture. Cultural suicide. Industrial scale abortion. Fake man-centred righteousness. Hubristic utopianism. Sounds pretty familiar to Bible readers… How then should I respond?

Cling On When The World Goes Mad

Cling On When The World Goes Mad

Using the Oberkorn for the sequence into the Dreadbox Hysteria with the quantise mode on, and tapped the pulse out into the White Lines oscillator and played with pitch for oscillator sync effects.

Jaunty

Jaunty

Electronic ditty - now I’ve got the Beatstep Pro in easy reach of my now child “proofed” setup, I found some old sequences on there and messed about with them to get a jaunty little bouncy swingy thing. I really like chorus on synth lines, fattens them up like a detuned oscillator…

Please Stop Raging

Please Stop Raging

My youngest daughter had a toddler ragefit this evening and this song was my calm down time afterwards! Simplest patch I’ve ever recorded - just a slightly off sinewave, with a bit of LFO modulation, into a low pass gate, into a crossfader with a delay, into the mixer with a reverb.

Martian Beachfront

Martian Beachfront

First time in ages I’ve had enough energy for a jam. My youngest kept coming in and pressing buttons on the sequencer so had to fend her off!

Get In The Cupboard

Get In The Cupboard

Inspired by a guy on the Internet (who did it much better than me!) I’ve built all my synths into a cupboard to keep them away from the kids! Using the Oberkorn to ping a LPG to generate percussion, then using envelopes to modular the filter, I got a shuffling squelchy groove going. I used the Oberkorn’s third CV line to modulate its timing which gave me a shuffle, which I enjoyed

Smash Stacks

Smash Stacks

Trying to sync up Circles and Oberkorn - didn’t come out how I planned it but that’s always the fun! Heavily compressed the snare and hats for part of the track using the Waldorf compressor module Getting some nice sounds out of the Dreadbox Hysterial by finding sweet spots on the PWM. Maybe the wasp filter was a bit full on for this jam, but it was fun!

Squeezed Through

Squeezed Through

Had a bit of a false start with this one - track kicks in around 20 seconds in! I don’t know why I always default to acid techno on equipment! I banged out a quick acidy number and then tried this downtempo moody jam

Going On Road

Going On Road

Ratcheting the hats with a Ladik burst generator and getting nice stuff out of Chipz!

Man Like Dave

Man Like Dave

Man like Dave left the company I work for recently. Tribute song

Cone of Chipz

Cone of Chipz

Little jam using a Chipz oscillator for lo-fi crunch - it’s great for percussion!

Throaty

Throaty

Ducking the bass by sidechaining the compressor Experimenting with new-to-me wavetable module

Mysteries Of Summer

Mysteries Of Summer

Some polymetrics stereo rhythms with fold processed oscillators laid on top. Blended two LFOs with a voltage offset to get the arpeggiation

Summer Squelch

Summer Squelch

Made some of my own percussion using an attenuverting mixer, an LFO, an AR envelope, a trigger delay and coloured noise, and mixed it with the rest of the ‘rack

Spinning Discs

Spinning Discs

Some polymetric riddims from the ‘rack. Realised I can send different levels of volume into low pass gates to get more human-sounding melodies, rather than everything being at a uniform level

Circling Euclid

Circling Euclid

Polymetric euclidean rhythms from the Euclidean Circles v2 - LOVE this module!

Not Now Blueberry

Not Now Blueberry

Quantising an LFO to get arpeggios, and randomising the LFO waveform once per bar

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Vocals by Lil Nephew. Sequenced on the Beatstep Pro, bassline is going through the Wasp filter - absolutely LOVe this filter. It does incredible sub-bass but I had to edit that bit out because the waveform went all square on screen! Used an oscillator and S+H module as a bandulu bitcrusher

Monster Infighting

Monster Infighting

One quantised melody pushed through 3 oscillators tuned to an A minor chord - or, at least, they were until the baby kicked off and I had to go upstairs and try to settle her!

Emerging From The Gloom

Emerging From The Gloom

Mixing noise and atonal melody through the A-Logic, then randomising the filter, and putting one quantised and one unquantised lead line in the stereo channels. Delay for everybody!

Indoor Weather

Indoor Weather

Got a new FX insert module today, tried it out with a delay pedal. The audio divider plays very nice with quantised sequences!

Everyone In the backBase

Everyone In the backBase

What’s a road man to do when he’s working from home and Google LDAP is down? Not edit the vocals, that’s for sure! One take :D

Philippians 4 in a COVID 19 world

Philippians 4 in a COVID 19 world

Due to the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) lockdown, our regular small group was unable to meet. Our leadership asked me to prepare a short message.

Booders

Booders

Used a sequential switch to get a 16 step pattern out of two 8 step sequencers

Some Of The Oil

Some Of The Oil

Using the 3 outputs of the Sequence 8 to mutate multiple parameters, including the hi hat controls and the filter cutoff.

Careless Acid Dons

Careless Acid Dons

Jamming some acid on the Drumbrute Impact and the Behringer TD-3! Randomised man of the TD-3 patterns rather than programmed them.

Man Like Richard

Man Like Richard

Richard wrote a song using an AI Generator. A fragment of the lyrics survive…

Avec La Beanford

Avec La Beanford

My two year old helped out with this track - she did her first Eurorack patching here! Some of the volume spikes are her “modulating” the audio interface :-)

Start Out Pretty

Start Out Pretty

In terms of sheer value for money, the Doepfer dual trigger delay is right up there - combined with a pair of cheap low pass gates from Takaab, you have a great “sort-of-delay” effect for bouncy callbacks

Riff Rafa

Riff Rafa

A thirty minute jam - I haven’t jammed in months, good to get the modular out and of course the TD3!

Why God the Father?

Why God the Father?

Last night at Bible study an excellent question was asked - why do Christians refer to God as Father?

Christmas Llama

Christmas Llama

A (nearly!) all-behringer, all-red funk jam! I used the TD-3 for the bassline, through a Behringer octaver pedal for more body. The “lead” bit is through the Neutron. I didn’t realise it was all-Behringer until I had recorded it! The drums are from the Arturia Drumbrute Impact.

Human Sacrifice

Human Sacrifice

An acid jam on the TD3 and Drumbrute. My first experience programming patterns into the TD3, it’s quite fun actually, bit of a weird interface but that’s the appeal IMO.

Obedient Unto Death

Obedient Unto Death

I used the TD3 as a “master” here - I hooked the CV and gate into Eurorack and built a voice, and what do you know, the tracking is fantastic - well done Behringer!

Yeezy TD3

Yeezy TD3

Took delivery of a Behringer TD3 today and I LOVE IT! Had to sell some modules to buy it, worth it though! Beats from the Drumbrute. Performed live, no overdubs. Samples Kanye West’s interview with Zane Lowe - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOCvKvrwI8 . TD3 is a bit hummy here, I used too much gain on the desk and too little on the TD3, so next time I use it it’ll sound cleaner.

Listen To Harry

Listen To Harry

D-day veteran Harry Billinge gave an incredible interview on BBC News recently, speaking movingly of his love for his brothers in arms and his saviour Jesus Christ. Harry’s urgent message of love is as timely now as ever.

Handsome Boony

Handsome Boony

Boony is a handsome, clever computerman that I know. Produced on miRack on the iPad, then layered a vocal over in Garageband.

Shemraya

Shemraya

Another one from miRack on the iPad rather than the Eurorack gear. I love the Euclidean sequencer, wish I could afford one in Eurorack!

What's The Bunce

What's The Bunce

My first experience of a low pass gate - has a nice, almost spooky tone to it, I really like it!

Top Boy Tommo

Top Boy Tommo

Tommo is a top boy, so I wrote a song about him. Unlike my other stuff, this is all virtual analog - banged out the track on my iPad using miRack whilst the kids were playing, and recorded it live with an SM58 for my vocals when they were in bed. You can hear crackling from the slightly duff XLR cable, oh well…

Tight Spaces

Tight Spaces

I’m using the sequential switch all the time now, on this new track I used it to cycle through 4 different levels of voltage going into the filter, and blended that with an inverted envelope to get quite a tubby bass sound.

I Wish Tech Books Had Shorter Chapters

I Wish Tech Books Had Shorter Chapters

I like reading. I like getting better at things. The two are, in my view, intrinsically related. This shouldn’t be a revelation to anybody! However, one weird thing stops me from reading as much as I’d like to…

Don't Shudder

Don't Shudder

Lead from the Neutron. Bass comes from cycling through the waveforms of the White Lines oscillator using a sequential switch with every 4th bar left empty. Stabs from the other white lines through the audio divider.

I Love How This Switch Feels

I Love How This Switch Feels

More experiments with the Synthrotek sequencer, plus using the Doepfer slew limiter to get more interesting articulation - nice that you can put slew on, say, ascending tones (voltages) only, creates cool effects.

Open It Up

Open It Up

Used a pure analog sequencer here - and what fun it was! The random function is great fun, it seems to jam on random steps for a few beats before moving on. No quantising, just random knob positioning!

Goblin Funk

Goblin Funk

Some good sounds in here through the Doepfer audio divider but my kids kicked off just before I was about to record so I couldn’t really get in the flow of it properly… Oh well.

Dunes

Dunes

I used a Pico A-Logic to get more interesting modulations from two LFOs. I routed this into two in sequence attenuators so I could get some minimal pitch modulation and it made this swelling didgeridoo like bass sound. I blended this through the filter on the Neutron and ran a sequencer at audio rate to generate the bleepy computery sounds and hand-modulated the rate at which I was clocking the sequencer to get weird variations.

Modular Markov Music

Modular Markov Music

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of stories about a fictionalised version of my mate “Robbo”. These stories became increasingly silly and forumulaic, until I had the idea of feeding them through a Markov chain to generate a new story. I then routed this as audio through my Eurorack modular gear to make bizarre “not really music”.

Markov Chain Modular

Markov Chain Modular

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of stories about a fictionalised version of my mate “Robbo”. These stories became increasingly silly and forumulaic, until I had the idea of feeding them through a Markov chain to generate a new story.

Flesh Availeth Nothing

Flesh Availeth Nothing

I wanted to make some trap/drill style beats but that’s not quite how it panned out in this 30 minute jam!

Slaying the KuberPiDragon

Slaying the KuberPiDragon

An anti tutorial about me, a novice, building a Kubernetes cluster on Raspberry Pi by essentially catapulting myself headlong into a solid wall of incomprehension until the wall broke. Then I wondered why I did it.

The Importance of Context

The Importance of Context

Understanding things is hard. Explaining things is harder. This article intends to help you communicate and reason with clarity using simple questions to contextualise your work. It’s written with software in mind but is more broadly applicable.

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

The Open Door is a weekly breakfast and community primarily for the homeless and vulnerably housed in the Cardiff area. I gave a brief talk on Mark 9:17-26 on how to deal with doubts and struggles.

Who do you say I am?

Who do you say I am?

The Open Door is a weekly breakfast and community primarily for the homeless and vulnerably housed in the Cardiff area. I gave a brief talk on Matthew 16:13-16. It’s not intended to be a watertight apologetic argument, more a way to start people thinking about who Jesus is.

Love and the Imago Dei

Love and the Imago Dei

At Church I saw a young father holding his baby, and in that moment something moved in me. Here’s my attempt at unpacking it

Getting into Game Development

Getting into Game Development

I was recently introduced to a young person who was looking to make her own games. I had a brief conversation with her sharing my experience of making indie games in the first decade of the 2000s, and I thought I would write down what I see as the key points.

Sermon at the Open Door, January 2018

Sermon at the Open Door, January 2018

I was asked to speak at a church service in Cardiff. Here is the message I gave. I’m not a trained preacher but did my best to speak the truth as I understand it.

Using Build Tools

Using Build Tools

I was contacted by the folks at 5 Simple Steps and they asked me to write a “Fast Read” guide to build tools such as Gulp, Broccoli and Grunt…

About persuasion

About persuasion

Thing about the times that somebody has persuaded you of something – when you’ve changed your views……

My wedding speech

My wedding speech

On the 21st February 2015, I got married to a truly wonderful woman and on the day I made a speech, as is convention…

Thoughts on prototyping

Thoughts on prototyping

Expanding upon my SW Mobile talk on prototyping – how can we best use these techniques in software development…

On The Importance of Being Earnest

On The Importance of Being Earnest

After reading “The Importance Of Being Earnest” on the train back from Birmingham, I feel moved to reassure you all that my girl’s surname is NOT “Bunbury”…

A cathedral

A cathedral

Sat on a second hand sofa I ponder on who He is And wonder surges in my heartFrom an ever-deepening well of gratitude I look up towards the light And my curtains seem to me as stained glassAnd my home feels like a cathedral Echoing my whispered word of thanks …

The tongue as a rudder

The tongue as a rudder

In the Bible, this guy James writes about the tongue, saying “a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong…

M. Mode

M. Mode

A highly fashionable shoot ‘em up, where Thomas the rotating horse takes on hordes of creatures to avoid turning into a running shoe. Maybe in May!

Atak-A-Chik

Atak-A-Chik

What would YOU do if an upset giant was crying chickens…

Footy

Footy

Unfinished table football (“fussball”) game

Choose life

Choose life

is there any way to stop Blogger switching to preview when I hit CTRL+SHIFT? It’s making me want to punch a goose!

Swing swords, cut clowns

Swing swords, cut clowns

Shaolin Sword I’ll have it raining ice drops the size of automobiles, Kill all the government microchips in my body” – ODB

GSP/B.J. Penn

GSP/B.J. Penn

MMA may be the oldest sport in the world (it’s pretty much Greek pancration), but it remains exciting, dramatic, and highly technical…

anonymous/scientology

anonymous/scientology

I happened across a video today of an ex-scientologist talking about Anonymous and Scientology…

World coming down…

World coming down…

I recently won a charity raffle at work and got to choose the charity the money went to. I opted for no2id, which prompted discussion in the office.

No justice?

No justice?

This morning in church was harvest festival and instead of having some fossilised bread and a soup tin mountain the pastor brought us some alarming statistics…

You are what you eat…

You are what you eat…

No update-me-do for a while, I’ve been busy working, doing geek things, and my lady has just relocated to my ‘hood so I’m a busy boymonkey…

God is kind

God is kind

God is kind. Three words, so simple, yet seldom have I known it like I do right now.

Where are my eyes?

Where are my eyes?

I don’t mean literally, obviously, I mean figuratively. I mean, if my eyes weren’t in my head, then bees could get in, and that really would be terrifying. Bzz.

Amoeba Amoeba

Amoeba Amoeba

The most realistic simulation of Amoeboid combat ever devised! Old ladies battle men holding sausage dogs! Animation by the amazingly talented Jonathan Reynolds

Rotting Onslaught

Rotting Onslaught

“They’re coming… they’re… everywhere…” Squad based RTS where you battle zombie hordes. Sprites by Andrew Canham. Music by Davey J and myself.

End of Nightmares

End of Nightmares

A classic Streets Of Rage style beat ’em up where a young boy has to face his own nightmares. Beautifully animated by Mark Bankhead.

Pixelville Pensioners

Pixelville Pensioners

In Pixelville Pensioners, you play as an 8-bit sprite trying to build a home for your friends…

Beat Quest

Beat Quest

For all at HumanBeatbox.com, a simple retro platformer with ZX81 inspired visuals.

Adventure

Adventure

Test game whilst building the Pixelville engine

7 Seas of Rage

7 Seas of Rage

Weebl and Bob fan game where Chris the Ninja Pirate must rescue Wee Bull!

Weeblix

Weeblix

Fake operating system based on Weebl and Bob!

Piehunt

Piehunt

First attempt at a Weebl and Bob fan game

Monkey Snowball Fighter

Monkey Snowball Fighter

An alias I used whilst making music in my uni years. Some of these ‘songs’ fed into Vibration White Finger.

Winter

Winter

A name for my music projects in my college years. Mostly MIDI synth, a few samples, and quite dark.

Nux Vomica

Nux Vomica

A name for my music projects in my last school year. Mostly MIDI.