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  • Foundation Slab (In By Christmas)

    Foundation Slab (In By Christmas)

    A couple of months ago, on the drive back from Kaka Point, a cyclic melody came into my head. This happens sometimes, when my mind is free-wheeling, in the groove of driving. Although I claim to be a dedicated hobby musician, the amount of “music” (melodic material) that I “write” is pretty small these days. […]

  • Playing live with Traktor Stems

    Playing live with Traktor Stems

    I have a gig coming up! I’m playing a little festival at New New New, with proceeds going to various mental health and support charities. It’s an eclectic line up of folk, indie, punk, blues, dub and of course electronica. So I’m planning on playing a live set of my original music (as opposed to […]

  • From the Place livestream DJ set

    From the Place livestream DJ set

    Had an extremely fun time throwing down a minimix DJ set for From the Place. Thanks to Personn Wil for wrangling this splendid Space Concert (in stereo) – I have definitely never seen a livestream like this! Here’s the tracklist. I wanted to play a bunch of my original stuff (some from the unreleased vault) […]

  • How to add animated visuals to your Spotify tracks with Vuo

    How to add animated visuals to your Spotify tracks with Vuo

    Spotify has a nifty feature called Canvas that allows you to add a short visual loop to your music. When someone listens to your song on mobile, they’ll see your animated video full screen in the mobile app.

  • Playlists are not spreadsheets

    Playlists are not spreadsheets

    I love discovering new music, even though it can be tiring. When streaming services have such deep catalogues, everything is within reach. You don’t need to track down albums and buy it all – you’re free to explore! Consequently I love Spotify, which even has cool features like Discover Weekly that are designed to help […]

  • How to get custom ringtones & text alerts on your iPhone

    This page has a musical soundtrack – click the Play button to hear it as you scroll. I like default settings .. but I also like to customise things. Especially my sound world. It’s quite possible to get a custom ringtone on an iPhone, though it’s a bit of a hidden feature. I’m not sure […]

  • Daniel Crooks – time & space from a different angle

    In 2019 I gave a talk at my first ever WordCamp (in Brisbane). Looking back I’m feeling lucky to have travelled and attended in person. Like so many other communities, WordCamps are now pretty much 100% online & distributed. Whenever I find myself in a new place there are a couple of things that I’ll […]

  • Darryl Baser “Second Selfie” launch party

    Darryl Baser “Second Selfie” launch party

    I played a little gig on the weekend – had a great time. The show was the release party for Dunedin songwriter and local media personality Darryl Baser‘s Second Selfie album. An assortment of local songwriters played. A particular favourite for me was the Dragonfly Rustlers. Tight folk-blues harmonies, and a unique ability to trade […]

  • Eggs for Tea

    I’ve just released some new music! This one has been percolating for a while. The story begins with a remix contest and a piece of left-field “indie” audio workstation software known as EnergyXT. I’m constantly looking for different tools and techniques to help me make music. To produce music more fluidly and expressively, and to […]

  • How to sync the Web Audio API with Web MIDI

    How to sync the Web Audio API with Web MIDI

    The Web Audio API is an incredibly fun audio playground, widely supported in most browsers. You can quite easily do things like build synthesisers and sound effects, or slice up audio samples – in JavaScript code, in your web browser. There’s also a companion API for sending and receiving MIDI events. This allows you to […]