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30th October 2013

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…It may just be this Halloween painting (by my daughter) that’s hanging over my studio desk, but I seem to be very much (musically) in a Halloween mood these days.

In this track (Ancient Suburban Burial Mound), Native American drumming and flute, haunting spectral voices, sound design, and electronics combine to make a suitable soundscape for your ghost story…why do they always build those houses on ancient burial grounds anyway?

Tagged: Halloweenghostlyspirithauntedflutelonelyspiritualancestralancientpoltergeistdrum circle

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27th October 2013

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Some Halloween fun…a suspenseful track combining atmospheric electronics with dark orchestral colours…Tis the season :-)

Tagged: halloweenDarkmenacingSound DesignorchestralmusicDaniel Ottiniatmospericsinisterhorrorfear

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15th October 2013


I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.
— Fred Rogers (AKA “Mister Rogers”)

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15th October 2013

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One thing that Modulars are great for…is producing “Chaotic” (that is to say “Non-periodic”) drones. Musical uses of such drones remain for consideration in future projects… :-)

Tagged: modular synthesizersSound DesigndronedoepferSnazzy FXDaniel Ottini Musiceurorackelectronic music

3rd September 2013


Name Drop…

Video game composer Olivier Deriviere (http://www.olivierderiviere.com/) liked “Hinterland”; so should you!

Tagged: olivier derivieresoundcloudlikename droppingmedia musicshameless self-promotionDaniel Ottini Music

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30th August 2013

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The Muse Moves you in Mysterious Ways (2 of 2)…

Funny thing is that this piece started as a test of the “Focusrite iTrack Solo” which I recently picked up to translate some of my guitar ramblings into something that can be worked on further. Checking for functionality and levels, I improvised this little recording:

Which I liked fine…but I wondered what it would sound like with the “Chapman Trumpet” - not to bore you with further technicalities, but much tweaking later in the DAW (this one Ableton, though I have been working in DP8 as well), we have this final version.

A reminder, that sometimes you have to catch what flows and build structure around it, rather than starting with a clear idea/concept…  

Tagged: creativityOriginal compositionDaniel Ottini Musicguitar sketch

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30th August 2013

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The Muse Moves you in Mysterious Ways (1 of 2)…

…Where did the Summer go! Despite my promise to myself to stop working on music during the summer, I did manage to start a number of things (some which will now have to be finished in the Fall/Winter!) - like this one:

Tagged: creativityOriginal compositionDaniel Ottini Musicorchestral

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21st August 2013


Video Kills

Lots of reaction over at Synthtopia regarding this study (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/08/16/1221454110) in which it was noted that how a performer looks is of much greater importance than the quality of a musical performance.

I am really surprised at the “gee whiz” responses, given the state of decay that the business of music now finds itself in  - especially given the propensity of audiences to follow artists who are known for being “seen” (where do these guys/girls find the time…I am stretched to the limit keeping current on my instrument/composing music/learning how to use new techniques-Hardware-Software/TCB???).

A bit depressing, but to be expected given the McGurk Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGurk_effect) - Video did truly kill the radio star all those years ago, and anyone who can’t admit to this is in serious denial.

However, this is nothing more than a reality to be “worked around” rather than a death sentence for music…we can’t put the genie back in the bottle, so we may as well learn to live with it; with expectations lowered, great music will still be written by “ordinary people” (and new “Milli Vanillis” will be born everyday.)

What did you expect? Van Gogh was never interviewed by “Entertainment Tonight”, so why should you be…?

As the band on the Titanic said/did: “play on”.

…all you “ugly” people :-) 

Tagged: opinionMusic businessjustin bieberjustin timberlakejustintimemcgurk effectBusiness of Music

Source: synthtopia.com

21st August 2013


To Dream…


After a very long gestation, the Synth Documentary “I Dream of Wires” seems to have been born (given that I received my “Blu-Ray Hardcore Edition” the other day).

To clarify, this is the “IDOW Hardcore edition” - which the film-makers have requested it be referred to as (instead of “I Dream of Wires” - this has something to do with them attempting to arrange for a theatrical release…though I don’t quite understand why this makes a difference).

In any case, I have still not found the 4 hours to view the “Masterwork”, but from what I saw by testing that the DVD worked on my system, it looks great (to me anyway). I really doubt there is interest in this release beyond the Synth community, but I’m sure I will enjoy it immensely.

Tagged: I dream of wiresIDOW Hardcore EditionBlu-raysynthesizersmodular synthesizersdocumentaryeurorackmodcan

12th July 2013

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Six Guitars

I admit, I’m a Mark Knopfler fan - maybe not the coolest thing going, but I think no one else quite does what he does these days with his unique songwriting/guitar/singing style (note here that I am talking his post Dire Straits career - I think Dire Straits started out strong with the first two albums, but kind of collapsed under their own weight).

So it comes as no surprise that I greatly enjoyed this recent UK documentary “Guitar Stories” in which Knopfler talks about six guitars that have influenced his life and music. Some of the guitar choices are no surprise, but others are.

This sounds like a boring premise, but the British generally do a great job eschewing celebrity worship (well except for Simon Cowell, the Spice Girls…) and really give a sense of the passion that drives Knopfler (who is still recording) and his love of guitar. At the end of it I have no idea how many ex-wives Mark has (by all accounts many), how many rooms his country estate has, how many cars he owns, etc., but I do sense why he still makes music.

It’s nice to see a “Music Documentary” about music…watch it while you can (I have no idea how long it will take before the YouTube copyright police catch up with the poster)

Tagged: mark knopflerdire straitsGuitarGuitaristMonteleoneGuitar Makingdocumentary