Welcome to Stoob's music page!
Click here for my music.
It's my nickname from looong ago...
I think one huge aspect is that anyone can get people listening. In the past, other than paying for studio time or buying expensive 4/8/16 track recorders and being extremely lucky with the Radio 1 John Peel Show, generally only performing musicians and signed acts could be heard. Nowadays, anyone can download some free software, record through any old microphone, tidy it up with a bit more software and upload it to a site such as this. Then the promotion is pretty much free too, you just have to put the effort in. Sending virtual flyers for example of new music, done in a few clicks. Good results for little technical knowledge. As to whether people are being paid for their efforts, professionally or otherwise, i.e. illegal downloads, theft is theft in my opinion. Should this be enforced? A tricky one. Was making 'illegal' cassettes before the advent of the interent so vehemently enforced? Nope. For me, the jury is out on this one...
It's just me, my guitar and a PC. I've played guitar sporadically for over 20 years now, and only really in the last few years have I really paid attention to actually learning theory/technique and spending time practicing properly. I am a 'rock' guitarist at heart, which I think comes out in my music, but I do enjoy a bit of proggy fusiony indulgent nonsense; the type of music that makes non-musicians' eyes roll hahahaha (see 'Yes' for details).
Basically my musical interests went (chronologically from infancy): Orchestrations for children (Peter and the Wolf, Sorcerer's Apprentice, etc), the music of Star Wars, religious choral anthems (I was in a church choir for nearly 10 years, though I never believed... lol, but those songs have some serious power), Rock'n'Roll, Nutty/Ska, Psychobilly/Punk, Prog/Psychedelia, Hardcore/Acid/Trance Techno, Rock/Metal, Jazz/Fusion, ANYTHING!
As my music page shows, at the moment I'm mainly just contributing to the Monthly Coconut Blues Club Challenge. Each month our wonderful hostess Jude sets a musical challenge: write an original piece in around 10 days, in the style/country/concept of her choice. Fantastic! Not a competition, just some great music from the numerous and diverse contributers. I highly recommend having a look over there!
I play a hell of a lot of games (gamer for life!), and often use this as inspiration for my tunes. There's a goldmine of ideas and audio to appropriate (hehe) in video games.
- Ibanez RG320FM
- Marshall AVT 2000 50w Combo Amp
- Boss ME-6
- Digitech RPx400
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
- Shure SM57 Mic
- m-audio Keyboard
- PC for recording: Intel i7, 8GB mem, Win 7 64 bit, m-audio Delta 44
- Cakewalk Sonar LE
I hope that something that comes across in my music is my integrity. I'm not trying to change the world or anything, I just like to make music. At times it may be generic, at times it may be derivitive, at times it may be just a load of nonsense, but it's what I want to write and I like what I write, hehe. If you don't like what you write, then there's something very wrong I think. Anyway, that was "Anything else?" :)