Embedded Music Player: If you can't see a list of tracks above, try SoundCloud directly. The set is called Experiments in Syncopation and is by drajmarsh.

I write pieces like these mainly to run as backing tracks for some of the educational videos I have been creating. As such, they are not meant to be hugely melodic but serve to establish an up-beat rhythm to kick the visuals along. My particular interest in this set was to experiment with a whole bunch of different repeating patterns that then come together to form a coherent flow. Some more successful than others, but you will have to be the judge.

Some Background

I still find it pretty amazing how music software has now pretty well entirely replaced all the gear you used to need in a home recording studio. As you can see in the images below, I had a fair bit of stuff to lug around way back when I was a student just getting into electronic music. Now, of course, you can have all that capability on a laptop computer. Moreover, you can line up any number of virtual modules and effects units on a track without being limited by the single rack-mounted reverb you have to route everything through.

My Workstation in 1992: This was my MIDI synthesiser and sampler setup circa 1992 when I was a Uni student.

My Workstation in 2011: My Reason 4.0 workstation in 2011. The microphone is there solely for training video voiceovers - I harbour absolutely no singing ambitions.

Reason is the perfect tool for someone like me who started off by physically plugging stuff together. It’s interface is a near perfect simulacrum of that rack-mounted workflow. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it can do, but the fact that I can work on stuff just as easily when I’m travelling as when I’m at home on the iMac is just great.


Jimmy 2 July, 2012 - 07:41

Hello Andrew,

Nice lean and clean setup. Never got my hands on Reason as I am a long time Cubase user (I also started in the late 80ies, and got the Midiverb from Alesis too ;-) and now more on Ableton Live. But will certainly have a look at it. I went into VSTs and virtuals synths, though to be honest I am recently going back to hardware modules and synths. Perhaps a kind of vintage feeling rising ;-)

BTW: have you drop all your hardware stuffs ?


Guest 14 April, 2012 - 16:33

Pity about the spam.

Gone are my days of tinkering with Reason.

Great setup Andrew. And very nice tunes.

Dr. Andrew Marsh 17 April, 2012 - 16:36

Yeah, my site has been a bit targeted lately and am having real problems with comment spam. I have been relying on an image-based CAPTCHA with good success for a while, but a lot is getting through now. Looks like an exploit for this particular module has been found.

I might have to switch to moderated comments :( …


Tom 23 June, 2012 - 15:13

I remember you making new bits for those MDF cabinets.

The new setup is much better looking.


Dr. Andrew Marsh 23 July, 2012 - 19:04

Hi Tom - Great to hear from you…

In my defense, I’d just say that I was way ahead of my time in their design - it took at least 20 years for curvy rounded corners to become popular (at least in web and UI design :).

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