This is a new EP “Hotel” lovingly recorded and mastered at Highgate. I hope you enjoy the music.
You can listen to the tracks and name your own price at Bandcamp.
It’s a little rockier than earlier William Goode / Calum MacDonald recordings it was time to bring out the electric guitar and add a few notes.
There is however another Calum MacDonald folk EP in the pipeworks which will be out later this year, before that though the next William Goode And The Crime Poets EP “Alien In My Boot” will be released on Outer Blue Records.
It’s been a productive few weeks.
All the best.
Once again Goode / Moth have pulled together quite a few electronic sounds this time in EP form. If you like electronic/techno avant garde this may appeal. I had a lot of enjoyment writing, recording and putting these tracks together as i usually do.
The EP is available only as a download from Bandcamp. You can name your own price.
I hope you enjoy this latest WG and Big Moth release.
You can find more of my releases at Outer Blue Records And Publishing.
Have a great and safe New Year folks.
All the best.
I was put onto this site by a friend of mine. It is seriously worth a look and at the same time a lot of fun and may just bring a few memories back. Brendan Chilcutt is collecting sounds that are now almost extinct. Have a listen, you will remember most of them. Nice graphics too, this is a site I’ll be visiting regularily. Oh and i love the fact that you can play them all at the same time should you wish, seriously interesting.
This is text from Brendan Chilcutts site:
The Museum Of Endangered Sounds is owned and operated by me, Brendan Chilcutt (handle: firstname.lastname@example.org).
I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. As you probably know, it’s a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it’s likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products come to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.
Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads? Tell me that. And tell me: Who will play my GameBoy when I’m gone?
These questions and more led me to the undertaking that is The Museum Of Endangered Sounds.
My ten-year plan is to complete the data collection phase by the year 2015, and spend the next seven years developing the proper markup language to reinterpret the sounds as a binary composition.
If you don’t understand my passion and the significance of my work, you probably never will. But if you do, then you’ve come to the right place.
And please, please email me if you enjoy the museum or have any questions! I love to hear from people and need to know what gadget sounds I am missing.
This blog is changing focus, there will still be posts on recording and music technology, however there’s been a great deal happening economically, socially and politically over the last two or three years and much to write about. The emphasis will now be on on politics, art and music.
The Outer Blue Records and Publishing releases include music, poetry, pinhole photography and art, drawings and painting. This is the current bio.
Outer Blue is an independent record and publishing label founded by William Goode.
William Goode is an Australian poet, electronic and folk musician, pinhole camera photographer and painter. He has released and recorded music under the aliases Big Moth, Calum MacDonald,The Crime Poets, The Political Cellos and of course William Goode.
His recording output has included electronic/ambient techno, folk, avant garde/experimental, electric guitar driven songs and spoken word.
William Goode poetry crosses from the avant-garde L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E (language poetry) to “Dark”, “Haiku” and “Prose”.
Electronic art is considered a result of conceptual art and is connected closely to digital art, video art and electronic music.
Examples of William Goodes electronic art can be found at the William Goode website along with his paintings. William Goode generally uses his own photography for his album and EP releases.
William Goode is a supporter of amateurism and uninhibited responsive artistic communication considering this as leading to more spontaneous and authentic art.
Amateurism is not just considered in monetery terms or as a measure of professionalism but as a way of thinking, of how art is undertaken, the act of the performance, the doing and the making being more or at least equally as important as the actual finished work.
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Clip from The Kinks “State Of Confusion” which shows the Neve room at Konk Studios.
Apart from The Kinks artists who have recorded there include The Kooks, Blur, Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Teardrop Explodes, The Bee Gees and many more.
Ray Davies thought about selling the studio in 2010 but in 2011 he said he had another album to do. We’ll find out I guess after the album is completed if the studio will be demolished or not.
Photos courtesy of the Konk Studio’s web site.
Where do you start? - Well where do you finish? That could be a better question. Do I have song writing tips? Not really, I know we all find our own way eventually but there are techniques that you find useful and these are worth passing on which I will do from time to time.
Is it easier to start with the lyrics or the music? Would you be better writing on your own or with someone else? If you are attempting to make a million writing the latest hit what style do you write in? Are you making it all so complicated that the enjoyment can disappear and you actually dry up?
Well as is with a lot of artistic endeavours in life there is the old, by now cliché, no rules.
I personally don’t write to sell a hit (although I have had my share of this type of writing, hitless though). For me it is an artistic endeavour that is quite a selfish act and if other people enjoy what I do then that is fine, I’m glad and humble. I do this because I have a need to write songs, I like to experiment with lyrics and music but not particularly following a set pattern.
I have had my share of writing -Verse-Chorus-Verse-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus type songs and a good majority of smash hits follow this formula if not close to it, there may be a key change towards the end to add more interest. Now when I’m writing I do not even consider the format of the song, I can’t remember when I last wrote a bridge, the chorus just comes and sometimes it doesn’t, that’s the way I enjoy it.
The interest for me is in the flow of what comes and a lot of what I do now would never fit into standard radio formats but they do fit into an album format, just no real singles (although I could pick the odd one out of my tunes if radio came a calling and it is quite easy these days to have your songs played at an online radio music station).
Now I’m not knocking top 40 hit songs because there is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from listening to that perfect little pop song and I love them, always have but writing them is not for me anymore, but never say never (another clichéd line, but true).
There are a lot of cheap books online that may give you a few pointers and I may review one or two of these at some stage. You may find a dictionary thesaurus online which can prompt you for a direction, but it’s something I rarely use. I found a thesaurus hindered my natural flow of words and made what I wrote seem stilted, but everyone to their own method.
There are two things I would recommend if you wish to become a songwriter:
1.Write about what you know.
A songs lyric should mean something even if it is a 3 minute pop tune. I am however partial to progressive rock bands and who knows what those lyrics mean at times, but they have a feel and intention that goes with the music and because of this they are an important style of writing.
Read a lot of books, talk to a lot of people and as you go through life the stories will come, they will almost jump out at you at times. Find a relaxing spot, or write about your teen/middle aged angst but it has to mean something to you. You can’t expect someone else to connect with your lyric if you don’t find your own connection within what you are writing, write genuinely with purpose.
2.Give yourself time.
My best lyrics come at all times of the day, when I’m tired, when I’m wide awake, when I least feel like writing a song. I guess what I’m saying is if you sit down to write a song and nothing comes then the time is possibly not right. Don’t lose sleep, hey even in the middle of the night, things can come (keep that writing pad and pen by the side of the bed)
Learn guitar chords,as many new ones as possible, tune your guitar differently, there are endless ways to stimulate the brain, try them all.
I very rarely sit down to especially write a song anymore but I still write many songs. When the words present themselves the music quite often follows close behind, or it may be the other way around however I write when it comes, unforced.
Try writing poetry, write in a different way, make the mind twist a little and you’ll be surprised at the results.
These photos are from the Real World Studio site. http://realworldstudios.com/