Category: House and Garden

‘The Parting Glass’ collaboration

Earlier this year, Mark Bennett posted an a capella vocal on SoundCloud and invited anyone and everyone to make a backing track for it, and post the results. And many results came in – some of them a bit iffy but a lot of them were absolutely stunning renditions of the traditional folk song (called ‘The Parting Glass’).

I discovered this a little late, but got to it and here’s my version. As might be expected, I went for the synthesizer angle bigtime 🙂

Other versions abound, for example by Matham Wilsoned, Folderol, Drew, and MLucas. This one by Alexia Fredsteres I found particularly inventive.

All great stuff!

 

Finally a decent studio again…

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I tidied up my studio … partly because the new Prophet 6 and Moog Mother-32 synths were deserving of better surroundings and partly because, as I said before in a recent post, I want to get some music done. To that end, I’m currently working on a nice groove which lends itself to a bit of synth demo-ing and a youtube video.

Stay tuned…

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New Year’s Eve 2015

Well, we’re all a bit zombiefied today, but it was certainly worth it. We christened Ju’s Studio with a party with good friends, drinks and lots of pizza. Turns out the studio is a great place to party! There are a few bits and pieces to finish off inside, as can be seen in the pics (Ju is in the process of varnishing woodwork, and there are a couple of decorative wood structs and ceiling insulation bits to add in), but we’re down to the details now, finally.

Shortly after midnight we blasted out The Ace of Spaces at maximum volume on the PA just to give a nod to Lemmy as well… hehe.

Happy New Year to all 🙂


 

2016 – Time for some MUSIC!

For the last couple of years, I’ve not been very productive on the music front, and I think it’s a bit of a shame. There are a number of reasons why this might be, I’m not entirely sure which apply to be honest, but in recent months the pressure has been building within me and I’m about to kick it all off again.

Certainly, I have been busy with work, and for the last year especially, I’ve put a phenomenal amount of time and effort into the landscaping and construction projects in our gardens. If I’m honest, I’ve also let my studio get very messy and cluttered and this is not a good environment within to get creative.

A big spring clean int he studio is about to commence, and as part of that I have also mixed things up a bit by ordering a couple of new devices which I think will inspire me greatly. The first of these is an analogue synthesizer in the form of a Prophet 6 …

.. and the second is a Moog Mother-32, which is also analogue and I am intending for it to be the start of a semi-modular system…

I’ve also decided to sell some of my digital synths. Certainly I’ll sell the Kurzweil K2500 as I never use it, and I’m pondering selling my Yamaha ES7, as although I do like it a great deal, I think it’s redundant as I have it’s bigger cousin, the XS8, which can do everything the ES does and more. Finally, I think I’ll sell my Korg Triton, as I have the Trinity, and I prefer the sound of the Trinity (even though the Triton is a later model).

Anyway, here’s to a musical 2016, a revamped studio and some thumping good output in the short term!

Front garden

Just a note to the effect that I’ve gathered the pics of the front garden into their own permanent album. There will be more to add as I add cut sandstone to the build in order to cover the block walls, but I suspect this may not happen for a while as my priority is not shifted back to finishing Ju’s studio.

The album can be found here: Front garden.

Front garden – slate chippings done!

On Tuesday, 4 large backs of slate chippings arrived and we laid the landscaping fabric and started putting the chippings on it. There are now 3.4 tons of slate in the garden. Thanks to Ciara for coming over and helping, she was distributing the slate as I was barrowing it down.

Took a day out today as I wasn’t feeling that great, but this weekend I’m going to start working on splitting the sandstone rocks (the ones in a big pile by the bike in the below pics) and using them to face the block walls with a natural stone covering to complete the project.


Front garden continues: getting there …

Today marks a week of working on the garden, albeit only in short bursts during the week due to having a full time job in addition! Anyway, today I built the last retaining wall, did some serious grading on the top area and added some blocks down the side to prevent spillage when we finish the grading and get the crushed slate in on Tuesday.


Front garden progress update

Saturday, finally a day where I could get more than an hour of daylight while working on the landscaping! After a lovely family fire in the gazebo last night, I had a bit of a lie-in today then got to it out front.

Took a few photos of the garden at the start of the day, then dug out some additional foundation trenches for mini-retaining walls that will go down the side of the garden, to prevent spillage due to differences in height between our newly terraced garden and the neighbour’s.

Mixed up a couple of loads of ballast-based concrete (it’s sharp sand with little stones in it) for the foundations then filled the aforementioned trenches. Then I mixed a smooth-sand mortar and filled the gaps between the blocks on the walls that I’ve built so far, and also extended the smaller, second wall right to the far side of the garden.

Finally, Willow and I started to grade the top area  so that it’s flatter in preparation for landscape fabric and slate cover on Tuesday. There is more work to do there, but it’s a good start and things are now beginning to look tidier.


Another day, another trench.

Spent a productive few hours in the front before it got dark today. Having nearly completed 2 walls, there is a third to do nearest the house but before I can do that I needed to remove the sandstone rock that was part of the original garden installation and dig the foundation trench where the rock was.

Willow helped by starting to empty a big bag of soil thats been on the drive for over a year now. She made a good start on it, and I was able to finish it after she’d gone to bed, so the drive is significantly clearer than it has been for ages. All good progress!

There was a lot of rock, but the the trench is now done. Spent all evening doing that, and also moving the rocks to storage for later. Tomorrow, I’ll pour the foundation and grade the top area of the garden such that it’s ready for landscaping fabric, though I won’t install that until Tuesday as the crushed slate is arriving then.

Pics will follow tomorrow.