A musical-documenting of a horrific event in World War 2 contrasting an almost smug American announcement of the bombing of Hiroshima with the more factual and solemn descriptions by a radio announcer later. Set to my original music which is suitably dark in feel and tone. I play all guitars, bass and keyboards plus all drums painstakingly created in BFD3.
Instrumental with Vocal samples
This is the longest I’ve ever worked on a piece of music, on and off for about 10 years. It was one of the first tunes I ever started and it was inspired by playing about with several stock sounds and drum loops from Reason and Rebirth. It was always a progressive track moving on all the time but it never quite worked and never got finished.
Over the years I kept having another go, moving it on a bit but then giving up because it got too messy and too complicated. There’s was so much going off it was a nightmare to mix and it probably still needs someone with greater experience than me to mix it as well as it could be. It’s taken until now before I had enough experience and knowledge to (hopefully) do a decent job, getting a finished product which still moves on and has a few surprises but has some coherence and repeating themes.
I’ve created 50 tracks in all and play lots of synths and bass sounds by hand and deliberately not quantised them, keeping many moving around the beat and behind the beat to hopefully create a better groove. The emphasis swaps at times between being on the beat and then in the off beat and hopefully is not too predictable but not too messy.
This is a reworking and remix of the quirky OK Cafe track by Mick Briers and me with lots of new bits and a complete remix. We removed all vocals apart from the “Here we go now” sections and created an almost “ballroom” remix that they could dance to on Strictly Come Dancing.
We thought an instrumental version of OK Cafe could be useful to be used for a voice over, advert or film so embarked on the project but ended up spending adding a lot more tracks. It’s fully orchestrated with a few weird instruments like sitar, and Jew’s Harp. Its got the following flavours mixed in – Ball room, Tango, Reggae, James Last, Ennio Morricone, Austin Powers, Beatles, 60s …
Hear the original
This is the original with lyrics and different instruments, OK Cafe was originally done by Me Mick and Bri Littlehales.
Rock instrumental. A mini film where you provide the images. An epic musical journey in which the listener can hopefully be the main protagonist battling an alien force and flying back to earth to feel to the relief and tranquillity of flying past a beautiful beach on the way home.
All instruments by Snowdune except guitars by Bri Littlehales. Produced by Snowdune / Bri Littlehales. Written by Snowdune, guitar parts developed with Bri Littlehales.
Mankind… is depending on you.
This is another work in progress. It’s a bit unusual so I don’t quite know what to do with it yet. It’s currently an instrumental featuring an audio clip from an old 50s film but if I can find a singer or rapper to put something on it I can drop the sample if it no longer fits.
It starts off dark and menacing but gets funky and even has a little carnival bit. I need to work on it more but won’t until I get someone to sing or rap on it. It just occasionally has a slightly rushed feel and needs the groove getting back in line but not much.
I’ve got loads of things in this one, synths, funky guitar, xylophone, brass section, wah wah guitar, funky bass, slap bass… I’ve used 5 bass tracks and mixed acoustic drums with all sorts of electronic kits and sounds.
I play everything except the wah wah guitar (Mick Briers) and funky & lead guitar (Bri Littlehales)
I think some rap would really suit this track – any one?
Could you rap to this track?
Contact me if you would like to collaborate. Check out more Snowdune songs needing vocalist