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Current mood: amused
Hi, hope you're all well!
Im still busy in the studio recording the last couple of
tunes for the 2nd full length Ribbon Device album.
Like anything worth doing its worth doing right and I dont
believe in doing a rush job, so thank you all for your patience!
Late last year The Ribbon Device scored & recorded the soundtrack for the
short film "Trinkets". Written and filmed by our good friend and very talented
You can check out this dark quirky master piece on you tube in two parts:
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kll84f4m7Sw
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXtN1g4YO94
Robbie also produced the amazing "Something Inside"
film clip which you can check out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4TSzyorhnw
We will releasing a couple of new tunes in the next month
and we will be playing at the Surrey Hills Music Festival
on the 24th of July. Will let you know the details closer
to the date, but if your keen to find out more about it you
can visit this facebook page.
Well that's all for now, take care & see you later down the track.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Im teaching guitar, bass, piano, drums, songwriting and
recording skills to a bunch of young & inspired musicians.
During lessons I like to, not only teach my students how
to master their instrument, but also how to write and
record their own material.
So let me introduce to you three very talented students
and give you a chance to listen to their material.
Firstly there is Tom Whelan. Tom is a guitarist/
songwriter his style is a cross between the Pixies, AC DC
and Sci fi. The amazing thing about Tom is that he is only
10 years old! We can only wonder what he will be writing
when he is 20! Click here to check out Tom Whelan's
work, look to the right of the page under Mat Creedons
Next is Rory Alexander. Rory has been has been
studying with me for about 5 years and his skill as a
guitarist is amazing! Rory's songwriting style is melodic
rock and it certainly shows in this piece titled "Hostility
Prevailing" Like Tom, Rory is only 14 years old, amazing
stuff! Click here to check out Rory Alexander's work.
Lastly is Imogen. Imogen is one of my mature students
who is now working as a music thearpist. I had the great
pleasure of helping her produce her first album. Imogen
has a beautiful intimacy to her sound that really shines
on her track "The Lizard". Click here to check out Imogen's work.
seedlings growing during the winter months. Being a
green friendly and frugal kind of a guy Istarted to look
around the house to see what I could reuse or recycle.
Months earlier my wife and I condensed our CD music
library by up loadingit onto our computers and then
taking them out of their plastic cases. Of course we have
a large collection so naturally we had a lot of useless
plastic cases now lying around.
It then dawned on me that the plastic CD cases where
perfect for the job. The clear plastic allowed plenty of
light and the space in between cases would trap the
The only problem to solve was how to connect them.
Obviously sticky tape or glue would be fine for the job
but having played with plenty of lego as a child I knew
there was a better way.
The CD cases are easily connectable using their simple
door hinge design. All you do is take out the CD tray
(where the CD sits) and... Hang on just the watch the
youtube and you can see for yourself.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Well yeah I guess that might be true and with that thought traveling
around in my head I walked straight into deal full of half truths
and people saying things that were to good to be true.
Being naive I fell for that old trick "don't worry just write it off
on tax". What they don't tell you is that if you business isn't making
any money then you wont see a cent until it does.
Then as you buy one thing they just keep coming back a telling you
that what you paid for was not their whole service just the membership
and now you need to fork a couple of thousand more for the book keeping
And when you tell them there is nothing, they ignore it and keep
sendingin other business looking for more meat to pick from the
So now Im in debt up to my neck and I cant believe my stupidity.
Im now wondering what I can do if anything to regain some of that
For the time being Im working as a pizza cook and delivery to keep
the wolves from the door.
I still have plans to get back out there this year and play some
Ribbon Device shows and finish the second full length album. Yet
for the time being I think its nose down and make money.
Im still looking to make a living from my craft but its not like
there are jobs for songwriters & composer's. Well maybe there are
and Im not looking in the right place's.
So in conclusion I apologies for the distance between Ribbon Device
tracks and I wish I was back in the throws of writing and recording.
But for the moment Im happy to keep busy and not think to hard about
time being wasted.
If anyone knows of any paid composing jobs please let me know!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well for me work stops and so does the weekly paycheques.
And this summer I had really got myself into a bad position.
Just before christmas I maxed out my credit card opening
a new online store, hoping to get some pre christmas sales.
I should have known, there is no such thing as fast money.
So with hungry mouths to feed I hit the streets busking with the sitar
(strange looking Indian version of the guitar) and a 15watt
pignose amp. The sitar attracted lots of attention as I had hoped,
lots of people wanted to know about this exotic looking instrument
yet gave little in return.
I soon realised buskers have come along way since I was a
14 year old playing christmas songs at the local supermarket.
Most professional buskers work with a car battery powered PA
system, a lot more powerful than a 15 watt amp I can tell you.
And they have a money making repertoire honed over years of
trial and error. These buskers know what they are doing!
So with no money to spend on a bigger sound system I set to work
honing a repertoire and by luck I found a gardening job to feed us.
Sadly by the time I had memorised a handful of songs I was back at
work. Determined not to let the repertoire go to waste I recorded a
youtube version of Imagine by John Lennon on the sitar.
So here it is and please tip generously!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
store "Buffalo Bug". Woohoo! We have added more inspired books
on music, instruments and studio gear than you can poke a stick at!
And because we dont have to pay rent on a shop front everything is
cheap, Cheap, CHEAP! Sorry did not say that loud enough, CHEAP!!!
Check it out by clicking on: Buffalobug.com
While you are there checking out all the cool stuff you might as well
check out the new Ribbon Device song (cough, jingle) "Buffalo Bug".
Inspired by our last trip Geelong, where all we had to listen to was
a jammed tape in the cassette player. One side Led Zeppelin the other
side Ravi Shankar.
1. Check it out by clicking on "Buffalo Bug"
2. Scroll down to find the The Ribbon Device widget
3. And click on the song tab.
Also for those of you who will be in the city of Melbourne over the summer holidays,
I will be sitar busking around South Bank and Swanston St. So dont be a stranger
be sure to tip generously! Haha