How To Edit Music Videos

A simple guide to editing music videos for YouTube. I’m using Vegas Movie Studio, but the theory here can be applied to any editing software.

The original music video:

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Addition & Subtraction

A new composition technique for you. Addition & Subtraction are commonly found in minimalism but has uses in contemporary cinematic music or even pop and rock.

How To Write A Christmas Song

Want to write your own Christmas Single? This is the post for you!

In this first part we’re looking at the most festive instruments, pick a key and find some chords.

In part 2, we look at lyrics, rhythm and song structure.

And to finish, here is my finished Christmas Single: Button Bashing Christmas

The Unimportance of Genre

Creating a mini-feature on the Cambridge Jazz Festival got me thinking about genres and how we categorise music – does the name of the genre of music you make really matter? Or is it just a short-hand people use to know whether or not they might like listening to something?

Here’s some links to the bands mentioned:

Lastly, links to the Cambridge Jazz Festival:

Release Day!

IHA Cover.JPGYep, that’s it. Release day. Today I release Irradiated Hamster Alert as Blue Alatar. The album represents about 8 years of work on-and-off, much of which took place this last year. The album is available on most music apps, (incl Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer), as well as ones that I manage: ReverbNation and BandCamp. You can pay-what-you-like for the BandCamp download, including nothing. Seriously, have it for free if you want. But, also, if you want to send £700 that would be just fine.

Earlier today I hosted a live, online launch party where I talk-through some of the track details, as well as the album’s over-arching narrative. We go into detail with some of the production and instruments, thank everyone who was involved behind-the-scenes, all of which took about 3 hours. Oh, boy.

Not yet satisfied? Fine, more links:

Now, go download the album from BandCamp. That’s your call to action, I’m making it very clear.