Couch Boy Music

ipod shuffle

by on Mar.23, 2010, under mixes

Posted this note on Facebook but I thought I should also put it on here:

Here’s a nice Sunday afternoon activity for you.
Put on your slippers, it’s time to have a snoop round your mp3 player


  1. Turn on your MP3 player.
  2. Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.
  3. Write down the first 15 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating!

Here’s what came out of mine:

1. Shy FX & DJ Ash – One in the jungle mix (1995)
2. The Walls – With or without you (U2 cover)
3. Bob Mould – Lost Zoloft
4. Alex Harvey – Silhouette and Shadow
5. Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Floral Dance
6. The Meters – The Handclapping Song
7. Lionel Richie – All Night Long
8. Beastie Boys – Sure Shot
9. The Beach Boys – I Know there’s an answer
10. Optimo Exotica Mix
11. Zero 7 – Warm Sound
12. Husker Du – Up in the Air
13. King Tubby – Sound Boy Massacre
14. Psychic TV – BB
15. Flying Matchstick Men – If you want to

Try it.  What came out of your ipod?

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FBI – Dub Version

by on Sep.28, 2009, under covers, tracks

I promised this a while ago.  It’s a dub version of The Shadows’ 1961 hit, FBI.  I was reminded of this after seeing Cliff Richard on the telly the other night talking about his forthcoming reunion tour with his famous backing band.  Despite being influenced quite heavily by Hank & co, I won’t be rushing out to buy a ticket (however my mother might 🙂

Here’s some tv footage of the original

Incidently, this was also one of the first tunes I learned to play on the guitar.

Couch Boy – FBI (dub version)

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Telekom – Pitcher

by on Aug.31, 2009, under tracks

My friend Mark (aka Telekom) had one of his tracks included on a recent electronic music compilation, released on Twoism records. It’s rather good, imho. Follow this link to buy/download:

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Suspicion 2007

by on Jun.23, 2009, under tracks

An old song updated with beafed up beats in 2007.  This was one of my first ever electronic compositions, if my memory serves me right.  Originally, I used the software Fruityloops (must have been circa 2001) and Ableton Live was used for the update.

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Train Tech

by on Apr.30, 2009, under tracks

Started this track when I was travelling to London a few years ago.  Didn’t really start to make any sense until I added the static sound in the background.  This was produced in Linux using the command cat /dev/mem | oggenc -rq 1 – -o computerthink.ogg

Now you’re thrilled to bits, you can listen to the track, as it were:

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Message to You

by on Apr.14, 2009, under tracks, video

Time for some more original music.  Been working on this tune for a loooong time. Started this is Reason way back and finally got it together in Ableton recently (i.e. this year). BTW, my work-rate is only going to slow down…

Anyway, this is a scratchy techno track, influenced by the sound of morse code (no, seriously).  And you should download it before I ruin it with this description:

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Alter me

by on Mar.03, 2009, under acoustic, tracks, video

A recent performance of a very old song indeed. I think I have old recordings to go with this song… somewhere.

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We Dub, Wee Groove

by on Feb.24, 2009, under tracks

Back to music production after a break. I’ve been manipulating some of the recordings from the We Dance, Wee Groove performance at the Scottish Youth Theatre in November. At the start of the show – whilst people were arriving, I would improvise on the guitar (with lots of delay) over a reggae drum loop. At the close of the show we’d use of same loop and I would do some scratching over it, using some samples of a certain person (who shall remain nameless – he gets too much publicity)!  I used the Ms Pinky system to make this happen.  Dave Boyd provided some additional live percussion.

Anyway, I pulled some of the highlights together in Ableton with some additional sounds to make a complete track.  Here is the result:

Couch Boy – We Dub, Wee Groove

Hope you like.  If you download the track, please leave a comment.


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DreamHost Apps

by on Feb.11, 2009, under geek

I’ve just moved my WordPress hosting for this blog over to Dreamhost apps.  Early days so far, but seems to be pretty cool (not to mention FREE)!  I’ve been messing about with some of the other apps (Mediawiki, Zenphoto) but having WordPress is the way forward for me at the moment.  I might even move my work site over as well when the hosting comes up for renewal.

Check it out:

Free Application Web Hosting: DreamHost Apps

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Ableton Live 8

by on Feb.05, 2009, under software

I’m getting quite excited about the latest release of Ableton (such is my sad existence).

I use Ableton Live to DJ, play live sets and when I’m writing and producing music.  I decided some time ago to focus on just one package, rather than learning a wee bit about lots of different music production software.  In the past I’ve used Acid, Cubase, Fruityloops and Reason but Live does it all for me (for the moment anyway).

This latest version promises to feature a looper, which is something that looks very useful from a performance point of view.  It also looks like great fun as well – which is always a good thing in music software (what’s the point otherwise?).

Anyway, rather than me describe all the new features, you can check them out on the Ableton website:

Ableton Live 8 announcement

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