Mellow version of the beautiful old standard “Without A Song” by Victor Youmans – written in 1929! Just a pretty short vid of the theme, in duet with myself on guitar.
This was written back in January 2019, when the whole thing of kids protesting about climate change was kicking off. It has a kind of protest song vibe to it. I wrote the song and did a pretty quick demo, here it is. Soon I should do a YouTube version.
A month later I performed it live for the first time at a house concert at Very Fine Solutions, that version is on the CD of that name.
I get numb watching the news right now Rich old white guys do their thing They don't speak for me anyhow Wouldn't that be a thing I don't hold with the things they say Madness of the king Hoping change is on the way Wouldn't that be a thing And I'm wondering about you right now All tied up in your own string I don't get through to you anyhow Wouldn't that be a thing It's yesterday's connection now With a sell by date on the tin I can't lose myself in that anyhow Wouldn't that be a thing I get numb waiting for you right now Hurting from your own sting Got my own wounds to clean anyhow Wouldn't that be a thing The kids are smarter than the grown ups now They show the whole damn world something Maybe change comes along some day now Wouldn't that be a thing Wouldn't that be a thing
Somehow a copy of the new live CD “So Far From My Home” found it’s way to Knopskaya (otherwise known as Veerle Deknopper) who works for Flemish cultural centre “Cultuurpakt”. She has been kind enough to give the CD an excellent (Dutch language) review, which you can find here (link to cultuurpakt.be).Read more
This is one of my oldest songs. It’s a kind of whimsical jazz-blues thing about an imaginary bar where everyone is welcome. Uncle Belly’s Leaning Shed (in my imagination) isn’t the smartest joint in the world, but it sure is welcoming and it does make you feel happy and loved.Read more
A pretty, romantic song about one of those special summer love affairs that burns brief and bright, and then burns itself right out.Read more
Back in 2017, I designed “The Mighty Flea” – a 20W guitar amplifier aimed mostly at acoustic jazz guitarists, and built a couple of prototypes. I used to go to gypsy jazz festivals a lot, and I thought it would be great to make a portable amp aimed primarily at acoustic jazz guitarists – something that looked stylish, and sounded similar to the vintage Stimer amps that those Dhango Reinhardt made famous, but could run off batteries and be played around a campfire.
The boxes for the prototype amplifiers were made by my friend Peter Lewis, and as you can see he did a fantastic job – they really look the part.Read more
The MASSCOT (Massive Analogue Sound Shaper – Compressor, Overdrive, Tone) is an effects pedal for guitar and bass players that creates a full, warm sound that is the hallmark of top quality analogue circuitry.
At the heart of the MASSCOT is a unique optical compressor – a compressor that always sounds smooth but never pumps, due to the custom-designed control circuitry which uses the characteristics of the optical element to shape the sound. The circuit was designed in the spirit of the great circuit designs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, without being a direct “clone” of any of them. rather, a lengthy process of trying design ideas, and then both measuring and listening to the results has given this circuit its unique sound.Read more
This lovely Soundtracs PC-MIDI 24 track Inline Mixing Console was fully restored, and purchased by a well known Electronic Dance Music producer based in Amsterdam.Read more
To work on audio electronics, you need some test equipment. In this article I discuss what you need and how much you need to spend on it.
Old electronic test equipment can now be bought at a very sharp price. Gear which would have cost thousands 15 years ago, is now available for often less than 100€. This is a real bargain – the quality of equipment made by companies like Hewlett Packard and Tektronix back in the 70s and 80s was very high indeed, and it can be more robust than almost anything made today. When you buy it in good condition, it often works as well as it did when new.Read more
A friend asked me to fix his ART MPA Gold Dual Preamp. It’s really nice ti be able to dish out a fat spoonful of audio-praise to ART, who were ultra-helpful in helping me get this repair done.
The ART MPA Gold dual preamp is a hybrid valve/transistor affair with very good specs and some nice extra features such as variable input impedance and a tunable low cut filter.Read more