Category Archives: Band Stuff

Pedalboard2 released

Get it here (Windows-only, for now).

It does pretty much everything I need from the basic app, though I haven’t added in any of the visual output stuff I’d like it to have ultimately (i.e. visuals which are manipulated by the audio signal, and triggered at particular points along the timeline; I think I’ll probably give the pedalboard an OSC output and have the visuals running as a separate, hard-coded app, specific to a particular live show).

As far as the band is concerned, me finishing the pedalboard software has sadly coincided with Craig having to attend a bunch of conferences and stuff for work, so after all that effort, we are now on hiatus for the next few months. I’ll try to keep the blog updated at least; I’ve got an idea for a post about books and writers, and I’ve got a holiday coming up in July when I plan on doing some Giant Bears stuff, some of which I might share here.

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Feeling guilty about not posting

Oops. It’s been rather a long time since my last post, so I thought I’d post a wee update about what we’re currently up to.

Firstly, we’ve been (fairly leisurely) putting together a proper band website. It’s going to be running on google app engine (like my own site) and will have various cool things like a recipes database, gig listings, etc. It’s mostly done, but there’s some niggly things still to tidy up (which obviously wind up taking longer than everything else…), and we’ve both been pretty lazy about finishing it off.

Secondly, the plan is to start thinking about getting some gigs once the website’s done, so we’ll be booking a practice room and hopefully looking for other people to help out. Given that everything we’ve recorded relies so heavily on non-realtime laptop editing, I’m still not sure how to get it working in a live situation without sounding like boring pub rock, but on the extremely unlikely chance you’ve been reading since the blog started, you might remember this (embarrassingly boastful) post. Shortly after that post I ran into trouble getting my usb soundcard to work with the netbook, and the software got shelved.

Since then, however, I’ve replaced my main laptop, and I figure it’ll be up to the task of some realtime audio manipulation, so I’ve restarted work on the pedalboard2 software. There’s various bits and pieces still to do, but it’s actually at the state where I could feasibly use it live. Here’s a screenshot:

To begin with, the plan is to use the File Player there to play a backing track taken from whichever song we’re playing, with my guitar going through various effects beside it in a textural role, and Craig’s guitar separately playing the more straightforward parts. Then as we add more people, the backing track can get reduced until we’re not using it at all.

Anyway, once I’ve smoothed some of the rough edges off, you’ll be able to download it from my website.


EP Elaboration: Suzumiya

Last one! I didn’t mean to spend so long on these. Anyway, Suzumiya…

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EP Elaboration: After the War

Right, I should really try and finish this series of blog posts. Today: After the War.

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EP Elaboration: RGB

And now some words about RGB. This post may be a bit shorter than the others since I didn’t have any hand in the words barring the end bit.

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EP Elaboration: The Accident

Continuing my elaboration of the ideas behind the songs on our EP, here’s The Accident, which is hopefully as emo a song as we’ll ever write.

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EP Elaboration: Swings

Now that the intial stuff about the format of the EP’s out of the way, we can get onto the songs. Part of the reason that Swings is the first song on the EP is that – lyrically at least – it’s the song that comes closest to what I imagined the band to be when I first suggested it to Craig.

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