The problem with recording hours of drums and assorted music means it can take hours to listen back to things,so in recent months I pick one take of lead guitar, or one piano or cello at random and use that for the mix of the new songs. Sometimes its not the best performance, but it got to the stage where something like Cybergirl. I started reworking it in 2017 and it was version 1896.6 recently and eventually I sat down for two nights and mixed it and mastered it. I came across this instrumental in one of the folders so I decided to mix it. I began to suffer quite badly from chronic pain during 2017 so it seemed best to do my music studies over two years which meant I had more time to work on my own music. There was quite a lot involved in the Masters course 12 subjects, a research thesis and 20minutes of electronic music to be composed but I liked music and it seemed a good opportunity. A lot of people in Ireland were afflicted with beings they call nicely smallies (small children) which I don't have ,so it meant I could playback the IPOD in relative peace at home and in this type of work you need to be alone often. Certainly the second year found me often with the four track in an empty studio for hours finally being able to do what I wanted. My early recordings from the Prague basement studio in 02 were recorded on two four tracks plugged together and I prefer the brighter sound that I get from this technology. I got a similar sound with Flame(to these early songs) and when I recorded directly into the computer it didn't seem to do justice to the recordings when the sound was converted into one and zeros of the digital era. Some called those early recordings a Nevermind which was bootlegged from the get go; but really the major positive of those recordings was the vocals and it was recorded live possibly the boy who is watching his father dying ends up 15 years later with such a work of art I think the acapella at the end of the album was just a few lines scribbled on paper the night before but was quite a dramatic ending. There is probably a better version of Nosedive from an earlier recording session and Loaded Gun is not something I could write now; i'd say a lot of people have a copy of those recordings. Something like CyberGirl has possibly its antecedents in Temple Bar Annie and if I had been formally schooled in music like many of the musicians on the new songs, I possibly wouldn't break with convention so much. I didn't think traditional Irish music had influenced me much but when I researched sean nos(acapella) singing I seemed to allow the vocals in my music dictate the timing and used the voice as an instrument,and maybe I was singing sean nos without realising it. The violin passage played by Pax O' Faolain in Her Blue day I distinctly asked for a traditional sound and it seems to brighten the song. I was fairly mature by this time I had to attend lectures on business and marketing, acoustics so imagine me showing up to sit beside you in the lecture hall! I began to use the internet as an educational tool for music production and I enjoyed a documentary on Tom Dowd who produced Layla and i experimented with multiple guitar tracks on Rising Up accordingly. I would often mix in the studio control room or maybe spend half a day mixing and half a day recording. At the end of the day I was happy to go home; I had been around the block and I knew all the dodges and knacks by this time in relation to music, I wasn't in Las Vegas it was a small Irish city; sometimes I wondered as I walked along through the quieting streets, if I had stayed in Ireland in 01 and had smallies would I wish I had played music and travelled and would I be driving around frustrated or maybe it was one of the great accidents of destiny that would start my music residency in the Czech Republic.
This instrumental is called USA which everyone knows stands for you should amend your gun laws and save American lives. Feel free to download it,wherever you are in the world I wish you the very best