Guitarscapes for Reason 5.0 released today

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Geekery, General, Nucleus Soundlab, Patch design, Reason

Today sees the release of Nucleus Soundlab‘s latest Reason refill Guitarscapes, featuring 64 patches lovingly crafted & documented by yours truly, as well as a fully explorable original track serving as a demo for the refill itself (provided in RNS format).

I’m incredibly happy with how both the refill and demo song turned out, thanks largely in part to both the strict quality control standards of Nucleus Soundlab and the plethora of incredibly talented sound designers involved in the creation of the refill. If you own Reason, it’s certainly worth checking out.


Technical anomalies?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Distinctive, General, Music, Site

Turns out I’ve been having some issues with getting this site to send me notification e-mails and e-mails sent using the contact form on the site – unfortunately it’s been like that for about a month now, so if you’ve attempted to contact me through the site in the past month then I’d like to apologise for not getting back to you. I’d hate anyone to think that I’m intentionally ignoring them as that’s absolutely not the case – in the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch then you can still do so via my Facebook page, or drop me a line via Twitter.

On a more positive note, I recently headed down to London to discuss album #3 and another project with John at Distinctive Records and I’m excited to see how things go on that front. I’m still messing around with ideas and am in a sound design/planning stage at the moment, though I have a few song ideas that I’ve been fleshing out as well. I’ve just finished up another Reason-based patch design project as well so I should have some news regarding that in the not too distant future as well.

I’ll be sure to update this post when I hear anything new about the lack of notifications issue – I’ll just make more of an effort to check the site, so don’t be afraid to leave comments if you want to… I’m sure I’ll pick them up eventually.

A general update

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Distant Activity, Distinctive, General, Licensing, Lightfields, Music
Adam Fielding & Tom Pritchard - photo by Tom Pritchard

Apologies for the relatively slow update – I figured now would be a good time as any to answer the question of whether or not album #3 is on the cards. So…

The good news is that there will definitely be an album #3. Lightfields came out not too long ago, and I’m hoping to share some good news regarding both Distant Activity and Lightfields with you in the not-too-distant future. Right now I’m still figuring out what sort of direction I want the next album to go in, so I guess you could say I’m still in the planning stages. That’s not to say I’m not working on new material at the moment, but it does mean that it’s incredibly early days yet. I’d love to give you more information right now, but – to be honest – I don’t know which direction it’s going to go in yet.

Right now I’m splitting the vast majority of my time between my own artistic output, publishing/licensing and sound design. All I can say is that a bit of a gap between updates isn’t necessarily a bad thing… it normally means I’m busy working on something.

In the meantime, I think you should check this out. Anyone familiar with Tom (pictured right alongside yours truly)’s musical output should already know that his work is utterly fantastic, and this Nintendo DS-based project is no exception.


Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Distinctive, General, Music

I am now officially signed to Distinctive Records!

I’ve been a huge fan of a fair few artists on Distinctive for many, many years now (I fondly recall being introduced to both Hybrid and Way Out West during my early years at university), so – naturally – I’m incredibly thrilled to be a part of the Distinctive family. Naturally, a huge thanks are in order both to the kind folks over at Distinctive for bringing me on board and, of course, to you the listeners. I imagine that this marks the start of bigger and brighter things, and I sincerely hope you’ll be joining me for the ride. Watch this space, and…



Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Geekery, General, Music

Hello. I’ve had a fairly busy past couple of weeks, and I spent a fair amount of time struggling to write something dramatic and upbeat… then decided to take an entirely different approach and spent some more time writing something more downtempo yet equally dramatic. And this is what happened.

(update: track removed – sorry! -ad)

As always, I’d love to know what you think of it!

In further music-related news, things are going very nicely – I’m still working away on various remix/collaborative projects, and… well… I’m still looking forward to sharing my previously hinted-at-but-never-properly-announced good news. But… if there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing music it’s that it’s best not to announce anything until everything’s absolutely set in stone. Hang in there, the good news is coming!

On a totally unrelated topic – I’ve been playing a little bit with the latest Ubuntu release – it’s rather good. Alas, the only things which didn’t work out-of-the-box (so to speak) were my audio interface and MIDI keyboard… which is actually pretty impressive. But, alas, those are quite key to my audio setup. Having said that, it looks like there are drivers in-the-works for my audio interface which I’m sure will be stable before too long.

I like to tinker.

Remixes and collaborations

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Things are getting quite exciting here – but first, the most exciting news! I’ve been in talks with a certain label rep with regards to writing music for a label that I’m a huge, huge fan of – I don’t want to say too much more until things have progressed a little, but needless to say I am hugely excited at the prospect of working with them.

Secondly, I’ve been working on a collaboration with Refracture which I cannot wait to share with you – it’s sounding absolutely fantastic, and has already been gaining some pretty fantastic support. If you decide to check out Refracture, be sure to also check out his first album – it’s bloody brilliant, particularly if you’re a fan of early-noughties breaks updated with a more contemporary, glitchy twist. That kind of thing is right up my street.

Other than that, I’ve got another vocal collaboration in the works (which is a secret for now) as well as a Pendulum remix on the go – the latter of which is for their competition which you can check out here. I’ve been through several ideas so far and right now I’m working on a progressive breaks-meets-filmscore remix that sounds quite, quite different to the original version.

I’m also trying to figure out how to perform Lightfields (and other non-album tracks) in a solo-live capacity…

Song lyrics and some other news

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Civil Protection, Distant Activity, General, Lightfields, Lyrics, Magnatune, Music

I figured it was about time I added some song lyrics to this website, which you can now check out via the “lyrics” tab above. So far I’ve included lyrics from Distant Activity and From Out Of Nowhere, though if anyone’s after something a bit more specific then I’m sure I could add to that list. Naturally, Lightfields lyrics will make an appearance once the album is released.

I recently had a bit of good news regarding some song licensing which has got me pretty excited – I don’t want to say too much until everything’s 100% finalised, but if it all comes through it could be a big deal. Interestingly, the song in question is currently being used by my band Civil Protection – it’s an instrumental version of “Anticitizen” – so feel free to give it a listen and, while you’re there, say hello to the rest of the band!

Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy of Lightfields so far – as well as being released through iTunes, Amazon et al, it will also be released via Magnatune on the 11th September. Magnatune really came through for me with the release of Distant Activity, so I’m thrilled that they’re going to be releasing Lightfields as well. Good news for Magnatune subscribers!

You might have noticed a few changes.

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in General, Site

Hello there.

You might have noticed that I’ve gone and made some… “changes”… to the site. Why would I do such a thing, and what was wrong with the old site? Well… you might be pleased to know that this wasn’t done on a whim, and that there are more than a few good reasons for my deciding to switch to a more blog-esque site.

  1. Updating the old Flash site was a massive pain. Not only do I not have ready access to Flash since finishing university, but having to fire it up just to stick a new post on the site was massively inconvenient.
  2. Flash is not compatible with more than a few devices these days. Rather than exclude those users and continue using a Flash-based site, I decided to switch to this alternative. Yes, I am fully aware that the embedded Bandcamp players here use Flash – unfortunately, I really like the Bandcamp widgets and, until they release an HTML5 alternative, there’s not a huge amount I can do about that.
  3. The one-sidedness of my old site is something I had grown tired of. I want to hear from anyone who visits this site, and this allows everyone to get involved. Plus, because it’s a lot easier to update, I’ll be checking back a lot more often.
  4. I’ve got a new album coming up (no doubt I’ll be mentioning this a lot in the near future) so I figured now would be a great time to change things up a bit.

I’m sure I’ll be tinkering with the site some more as time goes by, but I’d love to know what you think. Anything missing that you’d like to see? Let me know!