Over the years I’ve bought and sold more musical equipment than I care to remember. And what do I have to show for it? Not a lot. Which is why I thought I’d change that by uploading the two tracks I did manage to finish.
Whenever I sat down and got to making music it always came out as electro. No matter what I did, as soon as I started making drum patterns it was all 808 boom baps, some cow bells, then came the sci-fi sounds and a large dose of cavernous reverb on everything.
So it should come as no surprise then that the two tracks that make up my first release, what I’m calling the Oranje EP, are most certainly electro. I guess it’s in my blood.
Why call it the Oranje EP and what’s with those funny track names? Well Oranje is Dutch for - you guessed it - Orange (the colour has no relevance here) and the track names are places in Holland. Ok! Why? Well, the Dutch have made some of my favourite electro records over the years so these tracks are a kind of homage to them: think Dexter, I-F, Speedy J and the whole Clone family to name a few.
Now, before we get to the tracks please understand that I’m no musical genius, far from it, in fact I really don’t know what I’m doing a lot of the time. I know what I want to do but getting the machines and software to follow my commands, well, that’s the hard part, isn’t it.
Onto the music and starting with Den Haag, this was made entirely on hardware - mostly an Akai MPC 500, a Korg synth module and two Korg FX units. All instruments/samples were played by my fair hands and sequenced on the MPC.
Landsmeer, on the other hand, was produced using the Fruity Loops music production suite. I doubt I used any of my own samples, probably just the stuff that came bundled with the software.
Sadly a distinct lack of skill, patience and the spare time needed to dedicate to a serious musical career has been in short supply over the last few years and explains why I no longer own a single piece of musical equipment. Not one.
All I have these days is a copy of FL Studio Mobile on my tablet and I’m still trying to master that, everything else got sold to friends with more musical talent than me or to Joe Public via eBay. All that remains as a reminder of what could’ve been an incredible career in the international music business are these two dodgy MP3s.