Richard and the Wolf

Inspired by “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev. I really love this classical piece and also recently watched a short animated film of the same name, which was delightful.  The original composition from Prokofiev is timeless and perfect obviously so I tried my own very short and somewhat abstract version to see how that might work.  Not an original composition per-se but imitation is allowed and my attempt is unique enough to make it my own.

This track was written and produced by Richard Lawson in 2010

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Loves Farewell

Kent was in a slightly melancholy mood when he sat down to compose this track and this comes across in the general mood and flow of the music which is slightly darker than usual but works really well.  The lead track was written using his Yamaha CS80 which has finally been resurrected from the dust of the workshop, and about time too.

This track was written and produced by Kent Spong in January 2010

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Balinese Trek

Inspired by the deep blue seas and vivid green landscapes of the Indonesian coast this oriental themed track is instrumental bliss for the happy traveller off to their exotic destinations.

This track was written and produced by Kent Spong in August 2009

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The KSR80 Demo

This track was written and performed by Mr. CS80 himself in March 2005.

The piece was especially written by Kent to show-off the capabilities of the CS80 in isolation, and provide the community of fans for this amazing synthesizer, a feel for what it sounds like and is capable of.

It’s a unique composition that works exclusively around the Yamaha CS80 as the main instrument pulling in synth sounds only ever found on this machine. The rhythm supplied from an Korg i30 all this make the track a one-off for certain.

If every you doubted the value of a dry old 1970’s synthesizer then listen to this track and be amazed.  However, this is only a small part of the CS80 experience.  If you need more then be patient as there will be more to come from Kent and Richard in the future.

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Kent’s rebuilt studio (bussmans holiday for Christmas 2009)

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Richard’s studio – all being rebuilt this winter (2010) as I can’t move anymore

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Looking Back

Written by Richard in October 2006, this strange track was a reaction to listening to the “telephone music” you get when you’re on hold to the bank waiting for an operative.

I hate that music as it always starts me thinking that I could have done that much better, and why didn’t I and have my track playing there – if only I had made one?

Silly I know but there you are.  So, this piece has a little piano riff in it that reminded me of that telehone experience.  Probably to your ears it sounds nothing like anything I have described, but writing your own music is a funny thing & your head goes to strange places, and to you, it all makes sense.

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I Just Doo Eyes

Another unusual and experimental track written by Richard using the recently purchased (at the time) studio keyboard, the Korg PA1X-Pro.

The use of a sampled voice from a certain “cult film” was me just playing around with idea from a project I had done some 10 years previously.

I liked the guitar work on the keyboard using the Korg and I recall, after I had finished the track,  I felt it reminded me of that old detective series on the TV “Shoestring” – what do you think?

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Alma

Written and produced by Kent in 2004, this was a larger music project than usual and has overtones or potential for being the next James Bond theme we think.

A really welll thought out, complex and big film type track which is a direction Kent certainly aspires to.

As this was produced a few years back now and not meant at the time for broadcast.  Alma contains some mastering issues, but the basic structure of the track is good and might even be marked for a make-over by Kent, using current equipment, tools and techniques…if you like the track then ask him!

Also, this piece of music demonstrates an area that Kent is particularly strong in; melodic orchestral/synth pad type harmonies that keep the music moving and easy to engage for the listener.  Again, that almost trade-mark “cross-mod” Kurzweil synth lead comes in again at the end of the track providing a great contrast to the strings, and we think, works perfectly although this version finishes a tad abruptly (sorry).

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In Today’s News

A two minute-ish, punchy and somewhat abstract track from Richard in July 2009 – inspired (even to this day) by Paul Hardcastle’s Vietnam…man I loved that track!

I have always liked the clever use of samples in certain music and remember clearly the early days of sampling,  and how the music charts ended up getting flooded with bands employing (cough..borrowed) slices of tracks from everyone else.  The Music Industry in the 80’s was continually worried about being sued for copyright infringements and there label artists fuming about precious work being sliced up, and used in this new and radical way.

These days artists will see this as a opportunity to sell there work under license – how things have changed, for the better I think.

Well, this track has a few seconds of news commentary to underpin the subject matter, without which it would not work.  This is not a commercial track but a personal reflection on the news of the day, these days.  It’s a bit raw and unsophisticated but that’s what I wanted.

Btw – all the synth work in this track was done using a vintage Korg MS20 so these little machines still rock!

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