Merry Melancholy sent for mastering

In the last 7 years, I have recorded and produced 2 albums, 1 EP and various individual songs - all for other artists. Now finally, nearly 2 decades after I wrote my first song, I finished my own album. I feel SO GOOD right now! The songs were uploaded for mastering (to Chris Graham Mastering -... more...

Website relaunch

Over the Christmas period I finally made some time to review my website. I had originally created a Drupal 8 website with the intention of keeping it up to date and eventually theming it myself, but as time goes by, I have less and less free time for such things. I've been aware of Grav CMS for a... more...

Stoner Rock Jam Collective: Now on Bandcamp!

Slightly edited version of a post I made on facebook earlier today: Last November I started a project: the Stoner Rock Jam Collective. The idea was to get some rock loving musicians in a room and hit ‘record’ for 4-5 hours - each session is entirely improvised. Every month I book a room at a r... more...

Stoner Rock Jam Collective move to Bandcamp.com

So much has happened in the last weeks, I feel the need to write an update. Jam Collective move to bandcamp Sound cloud is all well and good, but It costs me money. While I'm happy to spend money on the project, I'm not interested in spending more than is necessary. This means looking for an alt... more...

Introducing the Katana60 - a more ergonomic layout for 60% boards.

I started working on the original Katana nearly a year and a half ago. Back then the main goal was to make a mechanical version of the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, with various improvements. While work on a splittable version, and even a tentable version continues, the project took a... more...

Jam Collective and the need of a better process

The 4th Jam Collective session is coming up this Sunday and I'm barely half way through mixing the last session. That's partly my fault - I haven't really made time for it until now - but there are other factors. The big one is that we had a 5 hour session last time. That's over 4 hours of audio t... more...

First attempt at cushioned leather wrist pads

I made a start with my new cushioned leather wrist pads this weekend. I only wanted to trial the technique of shaping moist leather around the edges and it works rather well - it gives a really nice, smooth looking finish. In doing so I realised that I didn't want to finish the leather around th... more...

End of a stressful week...

What a week I've had. Went live with a tricky Drupal 8 based website at work - I ran into more than the usual hiccups during development and going live. I'll spend the weekend reflecting on the causes and measures that can prevent them in the future. A certain amount of the issues arose from an un... more...

Music .plan published

Birth of the jam collective Clancy and I have been to my studio in Turkey a number of times now, and last summer we acquired a drum kit. I learned a lot about mic'ing and mixing drums. But as always, the holiday was over too soon. I wanted more, so I decided to start a monthly jamming session, w... more...

Katana keyboard update

Had a long conversation with Troy about the hinge keyboard design today. Having used the Katana for a while now, I've been thinking of more ways to improve the design. We're still doing some research in the run up to an interest check/group buy. The most important developments are related to a PC... more...