This is a page where I will post various content that displays my skills, interests and content that I feel will be relevent to the sort of industry that I want to work in after my studies.
I wish to work with music, sounds and nightlife. It’s a field which I’ve had a big interest in since College but only really started to explore creatively during my 1st year of university.
I Initially made the transition from listenting to music to working with it when I got some DJ equipment. Since then DJ’ing has grown from a hobby to a passion for me and I fill a lot of my spare time working on my mixes and technique.
This is one of the 1st mixes I felt was good enough to share publicly.
Listening to music so frequently has given me an ever growing understanding of how music is produced & sequenced by artists. I started to dabble in some production myself right at the start of my 1st year of uni, However I was not confident enough in the work I produced to share it for the public to listen to.
A real step forward for me personally was when we were given our 1st unit on my course which explored ‘Sustainability’ in the form of a triptych. I realised that the majority of people on my course would explore this theme through film and photography. This avenue has never really grasped me so I took the plunge and decided to make my unit audio based. The Triptych part of my music would be made of three seperate track of ambient music that I would produce. You can listen to them on their own but when they are mixed together they create the whole final piece of music.
I worked the idea of sustainability into this unit by sampling other pieces of music and manipulating them into something new and by using sounds that I’d recorded around my house such as windchimes, tapping glasses and drumming on tables.
So this is the piece which made me realise that I could produce music.
After this unit my I decided to really focus on sound, persue my passion and develop my skills. For my 2nd unit me and some of my friends made a music video in which I created all the music and sound effects. This was something totally new for me as I hadn’t ever created a track built for vocals over the top of it. Below is the beat I made for this unit.
I g0t some more really good feedback from this unit and passed with good marks.
After this I took a break from producing my own sounds and focussed more on my DJ’ing.
for two units of work me and two colleagues of mine managed to succesfully create, perform at and run two succesfull club nights. Our first was a free event, which we had help funding and our most recent event was for our professional project unit in which we charged entry and profited from.
Below are videos to all content that was to do with these units and the final videos of the nights themselves.
Dancehall TV 29.01.14</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/shomaj”>Shomaj</a>
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Dancehall 16.04.14</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/shomaj”>Shomaj</a>
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These events were a highly valuable experience for me, not only was I able to perform live in front of the public, but I aslo learnt skills in setting up equpiment, handling money, budgeting and booking artists and venues.
Recently I have been asked by a lecturer to produce some music for a video game that he is developing. I jumped at the chance to do this, as it was a great opportunity for me to jump back into producing music. For me this has been a great learning experience as I have learnt completely new techniques for producing music.
Above is an ealry track that I sent my lecturer for him to use, he was happy with the sound of it but asked me to adapt certain elements to fit the tone and atmosphere of his game. Although it’s a ling process it’s a nice challenge. This is the 1st time I’ve actually made music for a client.
Producing these ambient sounds for this game has also bought me to producing tunes that relate more to the sort of music I DJ. I wish to incorporate these into my mixes in time, and I feel like with everty track I am producing I am getting better and better and learning new ways of sequencing and editing sounds.
Here are some examples.
The track above is my most recent and the one I am most proud of.
I’m finding it really consuming at the moment and a lot of fun to make music. I’m going to continue exploring production and sequencing.