Category Archives: Demo

Song 10 – Strange Death

I’ve not posted any music in quite a while so here’s the 10th song/demo that I was working late last year (the others can be heard here). I never got round to recording the vocals to it and had a bit of free time a few weekends ago so I thought I might as well do it while I had the time.

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From Demo to Final Versions

I’ve been posting demos of songs I’ve been working on with the intention of recording them into an album. I’ve been waiting to get my new electro-acoustic guitar before I started. Well, it’s finally arrived and once it’s adjustment/set-up at the guitar shop (hopefully today, maybe tomorrow) I can start recording with it.

So that means I have to start looking at the nine demos I’ve recorded (and the one or two other songs I’ve finished but not fully demo’d) and see how I can make them fit together as a cohesive whole.

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Demo 9 – Time to Go

So this is the penultimate demo I’ll be posting. Then I’ll be taking a bit of time to evaluate, re-work and re-arrange them so that they all seem like they fit together. It’ll give a me a bit more time to work on my Ambisonics VSTs as well now that I’m not so much in songwriting mode.

This song originally was originally inspired when I was thinking back to last year’s BBC documentary “Choosing to Die” in which Sir Terry Pratchett explores the issue of assisted dying. It also happened that long time campaign Tony Nicklinson died just as I was finishing the lyrics and I almost completely scrapped the song because it just didn’t feel like it was possible to do the issue justice with my limited lyrical talent. In the end I decided to keep it and just keep trying to work on it to improve it between now and recording the final version.

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Demo 8 – Across the Sea

So it’s been more than a month since I posted a song so I thought I should get back to it since it was the original aim of this blog…

Anyway, this song was written and recorded a few months ago and of the songs I’ve posted so far is the only one that’s not a political/social comment one. It was nice to write something a bit more personal after doing a lot of songs looking out at what else was going on in the world (even if they’re all written as if they’re somewhat personal songs). I’d say that the tone fits with the other ones since there’s a tinge of sadness but, unlike most of the others, there’s also a shade of hope in the chorus that gives it a bit of a lift.

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Demo 7 – Les Merles

This is brand new one. Most of the other songs I’ve posted so far were written sometime over the last year or more but this one was written more or less entirely today. I’d had something like the opening guitar lick for a while that I’d tend to play when I’m not really concentrating and decided to try and make something out of it. It starts out a little bit Folk with a tinge of Country before turning into a mass of guitars in the second half.

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Demo 6 – Times

‘Times’ is the most “rock” of the songs I’ve demo’d so far. Unusually for me this song actually started out with the bassline instead of the guitar, leading to something a bit more driving than the other songs.

I’m not really 100% sure how this song will fit alongside the others without some rejigging but at least the acoustic guitars in the chorus tie it in slightly. Maybe adding a bit more electric guitar to the other songs would help. There’s also the possibility of adding a few more predominantly electric songs down the line. On previous albums I’ve had much more electric guitar than on this album and I like the variety that gives so I don’t see why this one shouldn’t have a couple of rockers as well.

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Demo 5 – Not My World

This song was written at the same time as Fought the Things but couldn’t really be more different. This one is, more than anything else I’ll probably end up posting here, not much more than a sketch of a song. There isn’t really much in the way of a song structure and it sounds very 80s. I think it’s just one drum and synth loop used the whole way through the entire song! Not exactly inspired but I like the melody so I don’t want to scrap the whole thing.

I contemplated not putting this up because it really is so rough and quite silly but I thought I might as well. The whole point in this blog is document the evolution of these songs from their initial stages through to something more complete and well thought out. Occasionally that will mean posting something that’s maybe not ideal but captures the main ideas of the song.

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