Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Endless Drum Loop's...

Excellent news everyone, Plasticine has gone up to number 4 on the Alternative chart of IAC. Thankyou everyone playing the song's, I'm not getting caught up I promise, I'm just happy.
I've been helping brother Shaun with his greenhouse, and can say, that the construction has been a complete success and it looks great.

Today, I started on the drum track for my new song. It's not my favourite part of the song making process, only because I have to wade through endless drum fill's trying to find the few that work. But I've mapped out the song now, and the drum's are sounding cool, I'm going to leave it for tonight, just thought I'd blog about it. Back to work tomorrow, I'm sure I'll get the drum's done, and then I can put a guitar down, cool.

I've posted up a drawing that was in an old song book, I spent the other day scanning in more artwork of mine, and thought you'd like to see it. Let me know what you think.
Hope everyone's good, I'm really glad that I got started recording the new song. Really looking forward to IN THE ATTIC 2, take care everyone, and as usual, GMaS.



Blogger ginab said...

And there are some real neato sketches from the Indonesia trek. I love the business man in the City and the two nudes. I would buy that one.

Nice cross hatching here...in orange and red, pencil and ink?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
Blogger greekzoe said...

I love the colors of this drawing. What kind of media did you use? That one would look good up in my living room.

I am anxious to hear your new song. So many paople making new music. I love it all!

Glad you are doing well. I will see you on ITA 2 next week. 8 more days...

Take care,


Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

I love it Mikey, the colours are fantastic!! The man looks like Alan Rickman a little bit..:)
He's got a sad face looking at the sky...

Can't wait to hear your new song..good luck with the drum track..



Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Haha...it does look like Alan Rickman a smidge, how odd. But yes, lovely picture! I never would have guessed you were such a talented artist.

Congrats on moving up the IAC charts! ♥

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

My favourite colour is orange, so naturally I love this one.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Is that Old Mikey???
I see so many things in this.
It's really, really interesting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Bblayla said...

A big Hello from Texas
Just wanted to stop and say Howdy-I check your blog all the time but don't leave comments very often--but I hope you know I am here.

I am so happy for you that Plasticine is climbing up the charts--this is just the beginning.

How large is the greenhouse? The floweres in the UK are incredible I am so jealous- I know you take don't them for granted.

Can't wait to see you March 1st!

Take care

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...


Just keep in mind that a drum fill can be as lyrical as a melody. Think of drums to guitar as what Mondrian is to landscape.

...Alright, keeping the drum comments short. Hee hee.

Congrats on #4! You are so close! I've finally got around to adding Plasticine and Feel My Heat to my station. I like Feel My Heat best, to be honest... It has a nice bounce.

(Still would like to see one of your charcoal's as an album cover!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

That is a cool looking drawing Mikey, the lower portion looks like it is growing onto the page like grass or something. The plain shapes in upper portion contrasted with the more ornate sketchwork from down the page. Very cool.

I loaded Ableton Live onto my laptop and have a USB drive with all my loops, since I've been eating lunch at my desk at work, I spend my lunch hour compiling loops. I too find the process of finding just the right clip agonizing. I recently discovered that I can export loops from Ableton for future use though, so, this will hopefully save some time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

again, very cool art.

forget the electronic drum loops...REAL DRUMMER'S RULE...(but I'm kind of biased)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger AndyW said...

I really like the drawing!
That could make a real cool CD cover.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Michael said...

Great news Mikey!!!! Yippie!!! It should be number 1 its such a great song.....Ive been out of the Blog loop just nothing exciting going on lately. Sitting here listening to Ten Years After live. Its good to be able to pull out some great cds, MC5, Motorhead. Just some great "Where are they now stuff".....michael ;)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

wicked, im glad youre happy and all of you are well. im counting down the days to ina 2.i have ditched the revision books as that night is my night and school can wait for another day, as i rather watch you guys than learn about the ph scale. congrats on plastacine, it is a amazing song, when you get even more famous it would be popular to everybody.
all is well here and regards to everybody.
lots of love
Lucy (tammy girl)xxxxx
p.s. my mates dad so looks like you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Elaine said...

Keeping busy building and recording. I can't wait to hear all about it when In The Attic starts up again. You are going to have some stories like last time aren't you? Those were a riot.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Hi Sweet Mikey! Just making the rounds for a very quick hello. LOVE the artwork!!

I will be hosting a chat the first show of ITA Season 2 so hope to see all your fan there and enjoy the show that way!

Hope this finds you well!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

Another interesting drawing!
I like the colours & the Piccaso-ish feel to it...
You do portraits very well, too.

Like Justin, I tend to like the real drums, too, but I can understand how the loops come in handy.



Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

Hi Mikey,

Well, I don't have a very popular station on IAC, but I've kept "Come On Ryan" playing all the while. So, I hope I did my tiny part to help, because I dig your songs.

Okay---This picture. I'll go out on a limb and just tell you what I see even if I'm making a fool of myself:

I see it as a self portrait. Something has got you feeling weary. Your eyes are tired. They've seen too much of....something...perhaps some kind of cloying structure. The building in the background with its utilitarian squares. The faceless crowd. The robotic expressionless face looking forward with a kind of disturbing relentlessness. Why do those things make you weary? You have nowhere to look but skyward. Was there something in your songwriting experience back then that was draining you? Were you feeling disenchanted with the music industry?

The one thing I can't figure out is what you're holding, or...the bifurcated egg-shaped round object in front of you. Are you clutching something for comfort? I just can't tell what it is.

Could you tell us more about what your life was like when you drew this piece?

The color alone is alarming...much like that expression in what appears to be your face.

I'm going to hit "login and publish" now before I lose mi nerve!


Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

P.S. - Walk on coals? Pfft, I thought you were going to suggest something difficult! ;-)

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...


What?!?! Electronic wha---?


I'm with Justin on this one, REAL DRUMS. (That's probably why you get sick of doing the drum tracks... mechanical, lacking in musicality and virtuousity... *goes off stewing*)

(Also biased.)

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

Hey Mikey. Congrats on Plasticine! I hope you found some groovy drumm tracks for your song. Love that picture.
- claire -

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hey thanks everyone, originally this drawing was pencil, but after scanning, I took it through Picassa and saturated it to achieve what I think is an ever better image than the original. The faces are both my own, although the picture is mostly a doodle, but I love it when you guy's analize my drawing's. Thanks very much for commenting here, take care.

Thursday, February 23, 2006  

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