Season’s Greetings!

Hi everyone!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Lively Life Day and Sparkling Solstice.

Thank you for your support during the year, and special thanks to my amazing Patreon subscribers.

So here’s a quick list of what you might have missed from Camp Craven over the last few weeks:

From the ProgAustralis show earlier this year, Tim Bennetts and I unleash the latest version of Spy In The Sky (featuring William Shatner), now with more Star Trek!

We also tease with a bit of Sorrow. Next time we’ll learn the whole song.

The lost second episode of the FrankenOpenDiscussion podcast, confusingly masquerading as the third episode. Opening enthusiasm for Rick Beato and the recent Tool album swiftly transforms into a rousing debate about how artists can get paid for their work in the age of streaming.

Behind the music! The making of “Turn Out The Light” and how the ‘Fido collaborated to record one of the most significant* songs in the history of music itself.

*Your definition of “significant” may differ from that of Frankenfido, its subsidiaries and shareholders.

Have a wonderful break and remember – kids, don’t do drugs.

Binaural Surround Test

I’ve been experimenting with binaural surround sound.

We only have two ears, yet we can still determine if a sound is coming from behind us, above us, below us, and so on.

What this means is we should be able to experience full surround sound using a normal pair of headphones and a standard stereo music file. 

For this test, I’ve taken an excerpt of the 5.1 surround mix of Frankenfido’s “Turn Out The Light”, virtually placing the speakers around the sound field using Ambisonics, and converted the output to a stereo file for headphone listening.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares exactly the same ear canal and ear shape, so our individual brains all process sounds slightly differently.

This is where you come in!

Please take a listen – using headphones – and let me know if the surround effect works for you.

For instance, the solo guitar at the beginning of clip pans all around the listener. And the voices in the next section appear from behind the listener. (Possibly!)

 

New music & video (Frankenfido & ProgAustralis)

Just a quick update to let you know I have new music out there!

Recently released with Frankenfido is our new song “Watcher On The Wall”. It’s a melancholy acoustic track that builds up to a huge chorus and an inevitable guitar solo. (Can you believe it?)

Available now from Bandcamp!

And, from my recent ProgAustralis show with Tim Bennetts, here’s our first performance from the evening, Echoes, in all its twenty minute glory:

More videos soon – I’ll be uploading them as I finish mixing down the audio!