New TuneLeak! – Last Chance To Hear Part 1

Unleashing… the opening track from my new album-in-progress, Last Chance To Hear!

Appropriately titled, “Last Chance To Hear Part 1”.

(Yes, there is a Part 2 and it will most likely close the album.)

This is perhaps a little more over-the-top for me than usual – one part demented chat show theme and one part acerbic call to arms. Then everything goes to heck.

You can listen to it (and purchase) right here.

As always, the new track is available for download from the TuneLeak website. If you purchase it, you’ll receive an equal discount off the album once it becomes available. Everybody wins!

Variax MIDI breakout cable

Got a Line 6 Variax you want to hook up to use the Workbench software, but don’t own a POD device you can use as an interface to a PC?

Nope? Well it’s my blog. And I’ll probably forget how I did this if I don’t post it here.

With a network cable, a couple of 5-pin DIN sockets, and just the right amount of electrical tape, I achieved the classy result you see below:

Variax Midi Cable

Variax Midi Cable

I borrowed this hard-to-find diagram from the internet and added pin numbers for MIDI sockets. I used sockets so I could connect it to one of those USB-MIDI cables on the run. You could just as easily use plugs. Just pay attention to the orientation of pins 4 and 5. I accidentally had them reversed at first and the result was not immediately spectacular. (Ignore the AES and 7V stuff.)

Variax Midi Wiring

Variax Midi Wiring

Voila! Line 6 Monkey and Variax Workbench now happily recognise my Variax 600 via MIDI cables.

Revenge Of Dr Komodo (New TuneLeak!)

Hi and welcome to the first TuneLeak for 2015!

Revenge Of Dr Komodo – available for purchase here!

In this new track, Progressive Rock and Rockabilly ignore the advice of their friends and spend an unforgettable night together in an unbridled fit of forbidden passion. The result speaks for itself.

Revenge Of Dr Komodo is most likely the third part of a new mini-suite for my new album, Last Chance To Hear. But all those part numbers get confusing after a while, so this time I gave the track a proper name. The villainous Dr Komodo bears no relation to the otherwise similarly-manic bass player in the accompanying video.

The usual TuneLeak rules still apply! If you’re kind enough to purchase Revenge Of Dr Komodo, you’ll receive the same amount as a discount off the album when it’s released.

And for the eagle-eared amongst you, Revenge Of Dr Komodo also marks the triumphant return of the duck from Diabolique

Merry Holidays and New TuneLeak!

“The scourge of the city I spy in the sky…”

And so, the centrepiece of the new album (so far) begins. Or continues. Or concludes. Whatever.

Merry holidays everyone!

Hope you have a wonderful break, if you’re lucky enough to get one. I’ll be thinking of you all here as I enjoy a cold rum on a hot Christmas morning.

Now, as a self-indulgent present to myself and anyone else who might be interested, I finally “finished” the Spy In The Sky suite. (At this time of year we prefer not to use the term “abandoned”.)

Spy In The Sky Part 3 is an 8-minute sonic immersion of dense production, whispered lyrics and dueling solos. It’s now streaming at TuneLeak, and also available there for download. You probably know the deal by now. If you purchase the song from TuneLeak, you’ll get an equal discount off the album when it comes out, and earn my everlasting gratitude:

Thank you for your support through 2014! Next year should bring the new album Last Chance To Hear, some live work, and more TuneLeaks from other projects…

best wishes

New TuneLeak – Spy In The Sky Part 2

Spy In The Sky Part 2 is the latest track sort-of-completed from my album-in-progress, Last Chance To Hear.

Part 1 has already been leaked. Part 3, the extended finale, is wrecking my head as you read this. Part 2 is the big transition. Prepare to be shocked by my first-ever use of drum machine samples and hints of electronica!

As always, the usual TuneLeak deal applies. If you’re kind enough to purchase the download, you’ll receive the amount you spend as a discount off the album when it’s finished.

You can take a listen here.

New TuneLeak – Spy In The Sky Part 1

My new “TuneLeak” is up now – an instrumental called “Spy In The Sky Part 1”.

It’s the first part of a three-piece suite I’m tinkering with. This was the easy part. It started out as an introduction to the song proper, but grew from there in a fit of procrastination as I realised how challenging the next part would be.

Anyway, it’s now streaming and for sale at TuneLeak. Which means, if you’re kind enough to purchase it, you’ll get a discount of the same amount on the album when it comes out.

Everybody wins!