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The Unknown

Our age of disruption continues.

Try new things even if they dont work!

So there is a fine line in life, what stops us from attempting things that are new, that which is beyond what we already know?
Most people know the answer to this. Countless horror films play on the very primal part of us that sees a threat and either runs, fights, or sits and does nothing.

The Blob, a slow moving pile of gunge that on the surface does not appear at all harmful.  The Blob does cause a lot of havoc but the solution is more simple than first appears......

The Blob 1958 - Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. (uncredited)

Starring: Steve Mcqueen and a cast of 'exciting young people'. Only in a 1950s trailer!

 

 

Rogue Dawn - Trailer Work

Again, a bit of a neglected website here it seems to me! So here is just a small update with other things coming along soon.

Covid19! what a thing it is and such a very strange, disruptive and difficult year it has been for many of us. The great team at Twisted Jukebox have published an industry album I created earlier in the year. A work set in a dystopian future where the rich/poor divide has never been more in plain site.  There are elements of real hope and optimism alongside despair and chaos. There are many stories to be told around this theme.

It started off as a minimal underscore collection of tracks under the working title of 'Alpha Construct' but as it neared completion a new title of 'Rogue Dawn' was chosen. Artwork taken care of by Sam Hayles at Dose-Productions. A lot of experimentation shaped into an upfront set of trailer pieces, rough with the smooth.

Rogue Dawn by Austin Noble [Austin Philip Noble]

Excerpts here with complete works on Apple Music / Amazon:

If you would like to you can subscribe to the new Youtube Channel: Youtube Subscribe: Austin Noble - Composer and Sound Designer

 

 

The Fender Rhodes - it's staying put for now.

Fender Rhodes Mk1 Stage 73 action work.


One thing that I would never part with has been my Mk1 Fender Rhodes. This has been in my posession for quite some time now and took a twelve hour round trip to pick up when I first aquired it. I played it over the years in many gigs at many great venues in London.
Here is some of the TLC it has seen by me, the action has been improved from the original factory fitting by doing these mods.

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Felt removal from hammer undersides (lighter fluid essential for this), and new wool felt placed directly on Key pedestals on top of the Key Bumps (fitted these years ago, commonly know as the 'Miracle mod')

The advantage of this is that wood does not rub against felt, but rather felt rubs against smooth plastic, a far nicer action is the result.
Also, I replaced all the Hammer tips with brand new Angled fixed height tips kit from 'VintageVibe' in the USA (bottom left pic').    If I had glued all the tips in place as they appear in the photograph then this would have been a bit of a screw up as all the densities would have been the wrong way round*.....luckily I spotted my  error of doing it the wrong way round before gluing them down!
 
*each colour is a different hardness with black being the hardest (highest notes) and red the softest (lowest notes).
 
After customs import tax I can safely say this became an eyebrow-raising expensive rubber purchase.......but totally worth it.

 

Analogue Return

2016 has been a year of playful rediscovery for me and with this has come shelling out for some new things, these being a really needed antidote to using a computer (DAW) so much over the last few years.
As a side note someone mentioned to me recently the whole idea of a blog is to write on it regularly, so here it is - hey.....once in a year isn't too bad!
 
Workspace2016
 
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