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EP Update

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on our actual band-related workings, so I thought I’d post some of the initial artwork. Bear in mind the whole package will look something like my Giant Bears album.

Here’s the beginning of one of the inside pages (I distorted the text so you’ve got something to look forward to):
And here’s my first take on the front cover:
Craig seems to think it looks too much like this, which I really don’t see myself, but it may mean this isn’t the final lettering.

In other news, I did another Ludum Dare last weekend. You can see my entry here.

The Real Santa Claus Eats Children For Money

So this Christmas we got together to tidy up Swings a bit. Here’s the result:


We mostly just re-recorded a couple of Craig’s guitar parts, and I softened the attack on the toms and turned the bass up a bit.

Since this was our last meet up before Christmas we made a Nut Roast (which promptly fell apart and became a Nut Mess). Other than its inability to pull itself together, this was easily the best nut roast I’ve ever had. It was really good.

Tumbling Nut Mess with Spiced Parsnip and Apple puree

Nut Mess:

  • 1 carrot – peeled and ribboned using a potato peeler
  • half a white onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 125g mixed chopped nuts
  • Some parsley and garlic – chopped
  • Seasoning
  • half a tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 granny smith (tart) apple, peeled and chopped
  • ~100ml veg stock
  • half a tsp each of ground cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp runny honey
  • seasoning
  1. Sweat onion and garlic in oil for a few minutes, add the carrot, cook for a further few minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, give it a good stir and place in a greased loaf tin and put in a 180C oven for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Gently sweat parsnip in oil for a few minutes, then add the apple, cook for a few minutes more, then add the rest of the ingredients apart from the honey. Cooked for ~15 minutes till everything is soft, puree in a blender then return to the pan, place on a low heat and stir in the honey.
  3. To serve, divide the puree between 2 plates, then pile the nut roast on top. Serve with roast tatties and green veg (brussel’s sprouts!)

Finally I’ll follow up my previous post with a picture of the game I made for Ludum Dare:
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, the visuals especially. You can get it here.

(also, despite this being our last meeting of the year(?), there will be some more posts (from both of us!) shortly)

Pizza Pizza

this week’s musical accompaniment: Micachu and the Shapes: Jewellery

I’m a bit late posting this, but I’ve been distracted by Ludum Dare 15 (more on that later). This week we made a couple of pizzas and tried to finish the music we’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

The pizzas:
Guess who did the toppings for which pizza…

Here’s what we came up with musically:


…but I’m not particularly happy with it. I wanted a big explosive release towards the end, but instead it’s just dreary and dull. If I get some time, I’m going to redo most of it.

Anyway, along the lines of things I’ve done lately that I’m actually really proud of… Last weekend was Ludum Dare 15, and I took part with this entry. I got a lot done over the 2 days, and I think it turned out really well (even if most people complained it was too hard – those people are wimps). Here’s a video, but don’t watch it if you plan on playing the game – there’s only one level, and, well obviously, the video’s all spoilers:

Other than a basic code framework (to save me having to write tedious setup code), all of that was done over the course of 2 days 🙂