The Firemaker (Version 1) 2007
The first piece I wrote for my unfinished Monophonic Empire project, principally inspired by Gorillaz and Doctor Who. I never considered this finished - made two other versions and always meant to blend the three together. But this’ll do for now.
One of the more successful experiments from the Monophonic Empire sessions, this was constructed as a matter of random chance while exploring various percussion loops. The title comes from a drum loop (presumably named after the region in Nigeria).
An accident that happened while playing with classical MIDI files. I wondered what this Bach tune would sound like if all the parts were played on all the wrong instruments. And yet somehow it sounds like it was always meant to be this way.
Another live improvisation made entirely with Spectrasonics' Omnisphere and Stylus RMX, concentrating on expansive water-based sounds and bubble effects. Adapted it four years later for an episode of Crackanory (see 'In Space...' here).
From the dark days of yore
Gary Le Strange
The Byronic Lord of Pop
For TV, radio & stage
Experimental & Personal
For my own pleasure
Music to laugh at
A Musical CV
Roof of the World 2007
Another Doctor Who-related title, the Roof of the World is another name for the Himalayas. The Eastern-sounding riff I pilfered and mangled (from a royalty-free source) reminded me of the Who story's epic journey across 13th century Cathay.
Tarmac Genetics 2014
A very early demo from my first week of ideas for The Ghoul, this is a very Stranglers-like extrapolation from an Omnisphere improvisation. Quickly dropped from the soundtrack's shortlist but I've always retained a special fondness for it.
Yet Another Morning 2014
Another piece I wrote for The Ghoul, while I was foolishly fighting for the soundtrack to contain a few more folky elements. In the end we agreed not to include it but the track still makes me feel as inspired as the morning I wrote it.
Freeways on the Sun 2007
Mostly made with instrumental loops on Stylus RMX with carefully-chosen sound effects laid on top of it, this is a piece of sound design rather than a piece of music, with the aim of sounding like it had been taped at a live gig by a bootlegger.