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restless

restless

essentially a deep house disco hybrid with a hynotic (some may say repetitive) beat and featuring a random assortment of the noises I seem to favour. Once in a while it’s ok to listen to loud music. This track will work best best loud and through headphones.

10 past funk o’clock

10 past funk o’clock

a mish-mash of funk and disco with some jazz and other nonsense thrown in for good measure. Featuring solid bass and drums with Hammond, guitars, horns and the odd strings.

the relentless march of nothingness

the relentless march of nothingness

a relentless onslaught of the usual nonsensical noises, marching one after the other in a seemingly never ending aural assault with a reggae style half-time beat. Why?

didn’t anybody tell you?

didn’t anybody tell you?

a rather retro mix of funk, disco, Turkish makams and the usual nonsense featuring some stirling bass work by Boa Dubless and strong beats by Ed Thrums in this dare I say it, prog funk disco track.

on angels’ shoulders

on angels’ shoulders

a slow 2-step track with dubstep, orchestral and industrial elements make for a strange and heavy piece full of glitches and ethereal noises.

blissential

blissential

a laid back hybrid tune with a reggae feel under Mexican-like horn lines and other surreal moments.

here we go

here we go

a cheesy jazz-funk tune à la JTQ to get things started. The first offering from audioscapist.

funklife

funklife

… another jazz-funk tune with a rocky ending for good measure, with guitars, hammonds, horn lines, moog melodies and some funky bass and drums.

sulla strada per Barga

sulla strada per Barga

… another road trip for the Bam, Boa, Ed and Art. This one long and torturous and they haven’t even got there yet. Anyroad, they will eventually. This tune was written for a good friend who lives in Barga, Italy who plays in a soul band. Therein lies a problem, because this track is a jazz-funk hybrid with some scarily muzak-like nonsense thrown in. Featuring Hammond, bass, drums and guitar.

pour mon Papa

pour mon Papa

a piece of piano music I wrote for my father to play and given to him on his 80th birthday. A very enjoyable process which involved some heavy editing … so I can’t play it all the way through and the recording here is how I imagine it could be played. Click here for a rough score. (A new recording on a new piano with some little changes uploaded 9/03/14).

put this behind us

put this behind us

Bam, Boa, Ed, Ruth and la Faune muck about with a jazz tune and I’m using the last two terms pretty loosely.

just one more

just one more

some rock (and a little reggae) submitted for the following project ” …. a new tv series called 3beers that will be broadcast nationally. We can’t tell you too much more about it, but we’re currently seeking some music for our title sequence/intro. We’re looking for something to brand the show, to bring it to life and to make it memorable. We’re looking for a 2 minute track, we don’t want any vocals. We believe we’d like it guitar driven, with a recognizable theme …. ” 60+ other tunes also submitted so unlikely to be the one, but still fun to try for.

betrayal

betrayal

a piece for orchestra with solo piano, violin and oboe with strings and horns. The title came before the piece and I’m not sure whether it played any part in the direction the composition took.

it’s obvious

it’s obvious

… a little jazz jam with new horn swoggler Stephe Hooxan on tenor saxophone with Bam on piano, Ed on drums and Boa on bass.

you know when

you know when

a funk soul jam featuring soul sisters Terrie Odabi, Ruth & Stephe on wails, and soul brothers Bam on rhodes, Art on guitar, Ed on drums & Boa on bass.

two

two

… a euphoric chilled out house tune with lush strings, envelope shifting, trance gating and meaningless key changes. Best description I can come up with.

sizzle

sizzle

imagine if you will, a sextet with piano, double bass, drums, trumpet, vibes and synths playing this jazz tune plus the usual nonsense (an element of the circus maybe??) in a small club near you.

november

november

more jazz-funk with a hybrid ending – an up-tempo number heavily influenced by JTQ to the point where I think I may have subconsciously nicked some riffs – I hope not.

the Nile

the Nile

some jazz-funk. The title has nothing to do with a river. There is a tenuous link to Nile Rodgers who is one of my favourite musicians and producers. Featuring alto and tenor saxophones played over a strong rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and keys.

the road to Finn’s Acre

the road to Finn’s Acre

a slow funked up jazz tune by the Bam Boozle Quintet, a right BBQ of a jam with Bam on the piano, Boa Dubless on bass, Ed Thrums keeping the beat, Ruth Tempet on trumpet and Stephe Hooxan on the sax.

Midway-Sunset

Midway-Sunset

slow, hypnotic and weighty piece inspired by the fields of “nodding donkeys” of the Midway-Sunset oil fields in California. I watched these oblivious behemoths feeding off the land each side of State Highway 33 for mile after mile.

Whole herd of noddin' donkeys

a great shot of the Midway-Sunset oil fields by Uncle Bumpy

snowscape

snowscape

a fairly extensive rewrite of a piece I wrote at the end of 2009 (edited early 2011) – here is a short orchestral interlude with lush strings, solo violins, piano and French horn possibly inspired by all the snow around (but maybe not) when I worked on it and dedicated to my parents.

a brief time of history

a brief time of history

an orchestral piece featuring solo cello with the usual mish-mash of noises. A mix of darker, practically funereal moments with loud bits thrown in to wake you up. I’ve undoubtedly “quoted” (nicked) ideas from the composers I listen to but with any luck I’ve disguised them well.

threnody for a friend

threnody for a friend

for piano and violin. Click here for a rough score.

gravity

gravity

heavy and moody tune with lighter more melodic moments. The raw distorted guitars, weighty drums and bass make this the closest to some kind of rock that I’ve done (closer followers of the genre would have to sub-classify it for me).

more tea Mrs Armitage?

more tea Mrs Armitage?

a funking jam featuring Terrie from Tonehammer on vocals joining Bam Boozle & the horn swogglers plus friends with hammond, bass, guitar, clavinet, drums, moog and a sax section.

G minor blues

G minor blues

Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers play a slow laid-back minor blues in the jazz style for those summer evenings. Bam on piano, Ruth Tempet on trumpet, Boa Dubless on double bass, Art Guthie on guitar and Ed Thrums on drums (Bam & Ruth made a few changes 3/7/2011).

duet for piano and violin

duet for piano and violin

… played here by Bam and Ruth. A slow piece, sometimes plaintive, sometimes less so, inspired in part by distant memories of hearing Charlie Chaplin’s soundtracks.

blues from beyond the closed door

blues from beyond the closed door

a blues shuffle in D minor with Art Guthie on guitar, Boa Dubless on bass, Ed Thrums on drums and Bam Boozle on the rhodes. Messy jamming in the studio while the other horn swogglers went out for doughnuts.

picture of Art Guthie, guitarist with Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers

Art Guthie

le Salève

le Salève

a piece with a darkish heavy mood resolved by soaring lighter sections. Inspired by my memories of le Salève, a mountain with wondrous views of Geneva and surroundings.

monsters…

monsters

… big, medium and small rattling around in your head, all friendly but very noisy.

a mumblin’ an’ a bumblin’

a mumblin’ an’ a bumblin’

A fairly hypnotic (i.e. repetitive) and laid back groove in a jazz style with rhodes, double bass, drums, flute and synths.

uno

uno

a first offering from Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers. A quirky little number, one might say, with piano, accordion, trombone, violin, double bass, glockenspiel and percussion.

if yesterday were tomorrow

if yesterday were tomorrow
Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers play a simple repeating theme with variations for two pianos, violin and 3 cellos. Bam and Ed on the pianos, Ruth on violin and Boa, Patrick and Art on the cellos.

reverie

reverie

a very short piece submitted for the following request (not accepted I hasten to add).
Project Name: TV Commercial
Project type: Advertisement
Description: A large advertising agency is looking for a dreamy, soft track that will be used with an ad for cosmetics. The melody should be very engaging, soft and inspirational for women.

the crossing

the crossing

yet another attempt at a piece for orchestra, this time for a fairly large ensemble with full strings, trumpets, French horns, solo flute and oboe and some percussion. A bit melodramatic in parts with lighter quirkier sections. Will no doubt have to be edited further at a later date. (NB. two years to the day when I posted my first track.)

same as it ever is

same as it ever is

a piece for two pianos, trumpet, violin, cello, double bass and small violin section. Played here by Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers in a big echoey hall. Bam is playing a basic theme again and again while Ruth, Boa, Art, Patrick and Ed muck about on other instruments (made a small change to the cello part, never liked the original – 23/12/10).

playing on Mars

playing on Mars
a piece driven by an aggressive beat and buzzy bass with a surfeit of lushness, eerie noises, obligatory quirkiness to lighten the mood and some glitches for good m-m-mea-su-sure. Best with headphones and written for the fictitious game “playing on Mars” (imagine buzzing around in a fast hovercraft and stopping every now and then to …..)

mufflewuffle

mufflewuffle

a laid back hybrid number with jazz and classical themes played on trumpet and vibes over a strong rhythm, underplayed by French horns, pads and other strange noises (added a new trumpet part 20/05/09).

rondoletto for January

rondoletto for January

a light-hearted piece for piano to welcome in the New Year (maybe a little late). Click here for a rough score.

Valkaama

My first feature-length film score. Valkaama, directed by Tim Baumann is a collaborative open source movie project. Click here to find out more.

Valkaama poster

bounce

bounce

a quirky little house/deep house tune (who knows?) with a solid beat, a driving buzz bass and little middle-eastern sounding riffs.

happy new weird

a strange quirky piece with elements of dubstep and other strangeness. Slow and quite hypnotic in a heavy industrial way. Might break your speakers.

happy new weird