Eclektic Value - Ted's Personal Notes

Eclektic Value.
New Beginnings.
Several years ago I switched recording my music from a D.A.W. to a computer.
Paul White, editor of Sound on Sound magazine recommended that I should try
using Logic, the music program offered on Apple. He felt the control, the precision,
one has over the music (also the loops library within this system) was the best way to work for a songwriter, musician. I tend to agree.
This track started being recorded within Garage Band.This music was my first attempt with the computer. Learning how it all works, working with loops, etc. Hence the title.
Time Will Call.
A sentiment that is simple in its plea for all of us to get along. We do not control the Universe we are only a very small part of it. If we continue to ignore, lose sight of the big picture, abuse our world primarily through selfishness and greed there may be
a price to pay. The same message as “Why Don’t We” It seems to me very little changes.
I really like the acoustic 12 string guitar passage in the middle of the song.
Slippin And Slidin.
An interesting blend of various musical influences and sounds, the southern states vibe,
Sonic chaos, acoustic guitar and piano. The combination of playing instruments and the use of loops within Logic allow you to do anything you can imagine very powerful. In creating this music it is my intent to take the listener on a journey.
Vital Asset.
A recent addition to the repertoire, the spirit of the Beatles lives on. I wanted to write a song that was accessible, a simple love song like in the early days.
The lead guitar puts my stamp on it.
Navasat.
I live in Arizona. Land of the Navajo Tribe.The name came from a combination of this word and satellite. The ancient and new.The body of the guitar used for this music
is made of particle board.The pickups are called “lipstick tube” Silvertone was a cheap and nasty although affordable guitar sold in the U.S. through Sears, one of the larger stores in the fifties. It even came with its own amp in the guitar case.The guitar parts were recorded with a baritone guitar.
Between You and Me.
Another journey. Strap your seat belt’s on and let me take you for a ride. A song with
deep meaning, with spiritual connection either one on one or a message of hope and harmony for all. Much percussion drive this music.
These Pillows.
A Chinese influence amongst others. Sometimes we all visit dark places. This music is a result of one such mood. I locked myself away in a room for a couple of days and came out with this. It helped me through a bad time.
State Of Mind
A Tale about the failure of my third marriage.
This was the first song I recorded on the computer. Unfortunately the original of this song was inadvertently erased, I could have re-recorded the whole thing again ( probably will at another time) However we felt this copy was worthy to share, although unfinished, certain performances really shine.
Coffee Being.
Extensive use of midi guitar through my Karma Synth provides much of the sounds for this one. Almost everything you hear is played on guitar.
Look Into Me.
Always at least two sides to a story right? Affairs of the heart can be difficult. Love can take you to “Heaven and Hell” all in one day. The music reflects such moments, the ominous intro to the angelic counterpoint start the proceedings. The lyrics offer the best and the worst encountered in a relationship. Nice bass on this one.
Arab Valentine.
East meets west, I enjoy mixing different cultures of music together. When I started this project my direction was to reveal the songs I have written over the years to the world.
This year I am 60. Time now has an important meaning. There is time for reflection
of my life past, and what I wish to achieve in the future. I am passionate about creating music. Working with a computer allows me to go anywhere I choose in my mind. As an artist it is liberating to delve into sonic structures unencumbered by restraints. The instrumental music I have achieved has been a surprise. I am looking into the possibilities for movie soundtracks. I recorded this on Valentine’s Day 2008.
This Girl.
A song inspired by and dedicated to my daughter Sloane.
This song was written some time ago. It was the last recording and is important for me to include this on my first solo album. To express my love, and for her to have a song she can call her own forever. I like the way the album finishes with me blazing away on guitar.
“Eclektic Value” was a big workload. I received a little help toward the end (mainly with mastering) but I did this by myself. How times have changed!  One sixty year old man sitting in a room by himself with a laptop computer and a guitar. Starting with a blank screen and producing a complete album ready for sale. This is how technology can enable the artist. A future that eliminates the middleman allowing the artist to have control over one’s own work.
All recordings were done “inside the box” This is to say no additional software or production equipment was used to improve the sound, only what is in the “Logic” program. An example of how much can be done with so little. A real important message
to get across and demonstrate. This was a consideration from the start.
The artwork for the cover is a technique called “Encaustic Art” This form of art goes back to Egyptian times. I discovered this pushing my mother around in a wheelchair at the Gloucester Docks. A small art fair was on display. After witnessing a man apply this craft, I was immediately attracted to the vibrant colours. Coloured wax, is melted onto a small Iron and then applied to photographic paper, that also can be in different colours with various pressures and techniques to dramatic effect.
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Ted shares with his fans his personal synopsis of his work "Eclektic Value"









New Beginnings

Several years ago I switched recording my music from a D.A.W. to a computer. Paul White, editor of Sound on Sound magazine recommended that I should try using Logic, the music program offered on Apple. He felt the control, the precision, one has over the music (also the loops library within this system) was the best way to work for a songwriter, musician. I tend to agree.
This track started being recorded within Garage Band.This music was my first attempt with the computer. Learning how it all works, working with loops, etc. Hence the title.


Time Will Call

A sentiment that is simple in its plea for all of us to get along. We do not control the Universe we are only a very small part of it. If we continue to ignore, lose sight of the big picture, abuse our world primarily through selfishness and greed there may be a price to pay. The same message as “Why Don’t We” It seems to me very little changes.

I really like the acoustic 12 string guitar passage in the middle of the song.


Slippin And Slidin'

An interesting blend of various musical influences and sounds, the southern states vibe, Sonic chaos, acoustic guitar and piano. The combination of playing instruments and the use of loops within Logic allow you to do anything you can imagine very powerful. In creating this music it is my intent to take the listener on a journey.


Vital Asset

A recent addition to the repertoire, the spirit of the Beatles lives on. I wanted to write a song that was accessible, a simple love song like in the early days. The lead guitar puts my stamp on it.


Navasat

I live in Arizona. Land of the Navajo Tribe.The name came from a combination of this word and satellite. The ancient and new.The body of the guitar used for this music is made of particle board.The pickups are called “lipstick tube” Silvertone was a cheap and nasty although affordable guitar sold in the U.S. through Sears, one of the larger stores in the fifties. It even came with its own amp in the guitar case.The guitar parts were recorded with a baritone guitar.


Between You and Me

Another journey. Strap your seat belt’s on and let me take you for a ride. A song with deep meaning, with spiritual connection either one on one or a message of hope and harmony for all. Much percussion drive this music.


These Pillows

A Chinese influence amongst others. Sometimes we all visit dark places. This music is a result of one such mood. I locked myself away in a room for a couple of days and came out with this. It helped me through a bad time. 


State Of Mind

A Tale about the failure of my third marriage.  This was the first song I recorded on the computer. Unfortunately the original of this song was inadvertently erased, I could have re-recorded the whole thing again ( probably will at another time) However we felt this copy was worthy to share, although unfinished, certain performances really shine. 


Coffee Being

Extensive use of midi guitar through my Karma Synth provides much of the sounds for this one. Almost everything you hear is played on guitar.


Look Into Me

Always at least two sides to a story right? Affairs of the heart can be difficult. Love can take you to “Heaven and Hell” all in one day. The music reflects such moments, the ominous intro to the angelic counterpoint start the proceedings. The lyrics offer the best and the worst encountered in a relationship. Nice bass on this one.


Arab Valentine

East meets west, I enjoy mixing different cultures of music together. When I started this project my direction was to reveal the songs I have written over the years to the world. This year I am 60. Time now has an important meaning. There is time for reflection of my life past, and what I wish to achieve in the future. I am passionate about creating music. Working with a computer allows me to go anywhere I choose in my mind. As an artist it is liberating to delve into sonic structures unencumbered by restraints. The instrumental music I have achieved has been a surprise. I am looking into the possibilities for movie soundtracks. I recorded this on Valentine’s Day 2008.


This Girl

A song inspired by and dedicated to my daughter Sloane.

This song was written some time ago. It was the last recording and is important for me to include this on my first solo album. To express my love, and for her to have a song she can call her own forever. I like the way the album finishes with me blazing away on guitar.


“Eclektic Value” was a big workload. I received a little help toward the end (mainly with mastering) but I did this by myself. How times have changed!  One sixty year old man sitting in a room by himself with a laptop computer and a guitar. Starting with a blank screen and producing a complete album ready for sale. This is how technology can enable the artist. A future that eliminates the middleman allowing the artist to have control over one’s own work.

All recordings were done “inside the box” This is to say no additional software or production equipment was used to improve the sound, only what is in the “Logic” program. An example of how much can be done with so little. A real important message to get across and demonstrate. This was a consideration from the start.

The artwork for the cover is a technique called “Encaustic Art” This form of art goes back to Egyptian times. I discovered this pushing my mother around in a wheelchair at the Gloucester Docks. A small art fair was on display. After witnessing a man apply this craft, I was immediately attracted to the vibrant colours. Coloured wax, is melted onto a small Iron and then applied to photographic paper, that also can be in different colours with various pressures and techniques to dramatic effect.