Music & pictures since 2003, Free range & heavy on the fat


Illustrative design, customized WordPress based websites, alternative orchestral scores, electro and Ballycallan folk music*

* For want of knowing what else to call it.

MISSION STATEMENT

To work consistently*, progressively** and mindfully†.
To run an efficient project studio capable of competing at a high standard within the music and design industries.
To have complete creative control all stages of production, namely:

  • Composition > production/orchestration > performance > recording > mixing > mastering
  • Video pre-production > video production > video post-production
  • Illustration > design > management > marketing

* The concentration and self-discipline required to work over long periods of time on my own.
** By continually building the skill sets required to cover all aspects of independent production.
† CBT and mindfullness – more process than goal orientated and more focused on community and charity related projects in the long run.

AUDIO

ACOUSTIC MUSIC

Currently:

Writing the last two songs of the ten song set begun in 2011 and continually refining those already written.

General goals:

  • Songs that work on guitar with voice
  • Varying song structures
  • Less grating voice tones
  • Varied full (amplified) guitar sounds
  • Consistent pacing and tempo
  • Consistent pitch and vibrato
  • Consistent and varying dynamics
  • Full use of vocal ranges and timbres
  • Full use of mute, rests and harmonic notes throughout

Targets for each song:

  • Demo (guitar and voice) recording
  • Arranged (ensemble) recording
  • Illustrated A3 shortscore notation e.g.
  • A4 Lino/woodcut poster e.g.
  • A4 Cut-out character*
  • Demo music video e.g.
  • (Ensemble) music video

Milestone goals:

  • Sell poster prints**
  • License (ensemble) recordings
  • Raise money for charity
  • Raise awareness for mental health issues

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Currently:

Mixing down the third version of the third track (of the planned ten) begun in 2012 (the first two versions did’nt cut the mustard).

General goals:

  • Both vocal and Instrumental tracks
  • Focus on rhythm and sound design
  • Source material for orchestral music

Targets for each song:

  • Recording
  • Stem-mix tracks
  • A3 Digitally illustrated poster e.g.
  • A4 Cut-out character* e.g.
  • Music video

Milestone goals:

  • Sell poster prints**
  • License recordings
  • Raise money for charity

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

Currently:

Composing and arranging songs seven through fourteen (of the planned 46 songs based on stories by the Brothers Grimm begun in 2014).

General goals:

  • Compose with pen and paper
  • Use of counterpoint throughout
  • Source material for electronic music
  • Focus on sound design

Targets for each song:

  • Recording e.g.
  • A3 shortscore
  • A3 Digitally illustrated poster
  • Illustrated A5 black & white zine*†

Milestone goals:

  • Sell poster prints**
  • License recordings
  • Raise money for charity
  • Compose and orchestrate one minute of music per eight hours

* Digital downloads sold for charity
** Ideally to cover the time spent working on each song
Printable children’s short stories complete with soundtrack

VISUAL

ILLUSTRATION

Currently:

Continuing daily anatomical studies and thumbnail paintings (quick half hour mockups based on film screengrabs). Weekly: working on random 10-15 hour painting concepts (see Instagram link below), cartoon techniques and watercolor still life.

General goals:

  • Faster digital painting
  • Improved perspective
  • Improved figure gestures
  • Improved pen drawing technique
  • Human muscle and bone structure by memory

Targeted styles:

  • Concept art (digital)
  • Cartoon modern
  • Classic pen and ink

Milestone goals:

  • Continued freelance work
  • Illustrations for music projects (above)
  • Sell both pen and watercolor illustrations (still life & landscape)

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Currently:

Commission work.

General goals:

  • Continue building skillsets:
    • CSS & HTML
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Content strategy
    • Color theory
    • Typography

Targeted CMS:

  • WordPress

Milestone goals:

  • Continued freelance work

VIDEO

Currently:

Studying the fundamentals of cinematography, lighting and color grading. Production work on the current music video project.

General goals:

  • Continue building skillsets:
    • Cinematography
    • Lighting
    • Color grading
    • Da Vinci Resolve
    • Moho (Anime Studio)

    Targeted styles:

    • Live action music videos
    • Animated music videos

    Milestone goals:

    • Videos for music projects (above)

COMMUNITY

Over the last fifteen years I’ve been fortunate enough to receive funding from local enterprise boards both while studying and when setting up the business. I always intended, when the business became more established, that I would have the time and money to put something back into the community. Below are three such non-profit concepts. All going well I’ll hopefully get the chance to bring one of them to fruition…

KDMC

A series of free tutorial videos on the basics of audio production – website link.

TOWNLAND COMMONS

A community exchange program to help artists and musicians promote their work nationwide.

CREATURELY

A children’s boardgame that promotes emotional intelligence.