Influences: Just about any type of music under the sun... that can somehow be played WITH BAGPIPES!!
Welcome to the world of
Supersonic Tartan Death Machine (STDM) = Bagpipe-Driven Electro-Celtic Fusion. I call it "électrocelte". Recorded @ BearCave Studios Montreal using an iPad + iPhone + a host of awesome iOS apps.
Instruments used include: Great Highland Bagpipe, Border Pipes, John Walsh Shuttle Pipes, Practice Chanter, Irish Whistles, Bombarde, Voice.
Tech Tools used include: iPad, iPhone, Zoom H6, iRig HD, Propellerhead Balance, Sennheiser HD6 Mix headphones.
Apps used include (amongst others) Animoog, Audacity, Audiobus, AUFX Series, Beatmaker 2, BeatTime, Cyclop, Elastic Drums, Figure, Glitchbreaks, Guitarism, Impaktor, KORG Gadget, Model 15, Patterning, Samplr, SunVox, THOR ThumbJam, Turnado and of course GarageBand for iOS. In the iOS space there are just way too many apps to list, really. And so many good ones.
Music: the music and stylings are widely varied. From traditional tunes to self-composed original bagpipe compositions, to covers of popular Scottish songs, or even rock songs. There really are no limits... new ideas are churning through my mind almost weekly. Some tunes start off with a bagpipe tune. Others start off with a few beatz worked out on an iOS device. I often sing new tunes to myself, record them on my iOS device and then write them down... and the creative process continues...
2016 marked my 10th official album release and 5th anniversary of STDM. I have also released a number of individual tracks for the net label Apptronica.
This is my 4th FAWM in 4 years, and once again, it will be a concept album. 2014's as you may recall was a fantastical tale about Sheep taking over the world. "And The Sheep Inherited The Earth... By Force". 2015 brought the story of "Doppelgänger" to the world, and 2016 was the massive epic concept album, "Everdawn"
They are all available on iTunes & Bandcamp. THANKS for your support.
Lastly I will say I truly appreciate all of your comments, in advance. Yes it might be a huge leap of faith, based on some of the comments I received last year. But to set you all in the right frame of mind as to what you are subjecting yourself to as you listen to my tunes is that you are listening to music created by someone who is first and foremost a Highland Piper. I am a huge fan of music overall and so in 2011 embarked on this unholy quest to open people's minds to the sound of bagpipes and to make them realize that this sound has POWER, but that it can also be used in a variety of settings. I personally have composed over 90 tunes for the pipes, many of which now are finding their way into my recorded works. Many of my tunes that I use for recordings are in irregular meters or modes... why? Well because I like to. And because I can. This sums up the reason for why I do most of what I do, musically.
I am taking my sweet time this year, with my 4th FAWM effort. It is basically another concept album whose title will be revealed soon. It is a return to and expansion of some concepts which I brought forth last year, in fact a continuation of the story of our heroes in the Realms of Everdawn. Ideally I would like to once again compose 5-6 new pipe tunes and get them up to speed to play for you in these tracks.
Once again, no one else is really incorporating bagpipes into their music in any real way, so keep your ears right here folks.
Lastly here is a review of my very last album and what I do, in The Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/entertainm...
Slainte, and Happy FAWMING... Jeff
Aye, condiments & garnish be too much, lad. Pass me the haggis!
See You In The Shadows…
Bonjour! You're back, I'm back, life is beautiful!
Go on..............you know you want to.
Your vocals reminded me of the way Hamish Imlach used to sing. More angry songs is the perfect way to truly embrace the bagpipes.
Looking forward to your latest creations.
See You In The Shadows…
A Highland Piper, eh? You're a brave man then. 😉
And I absolutely LOVE the bagpipes. 😀