Adding suitable design or illustration to music – a single piece or a mix – makes a big difference. Mood and emotive qualities are part of the heartbeat of any music.
There are particular emotional qualities to a sunset, sometimes hesitant, sometimes warm, somehow comforting even though it signals an ending – the end of the day. It does signal the start of evening or night and the gentle winding down of effort.
Having an urban skyline and occasional foliage also adds an extra quality.
Download if you wish. Stock photos are always useful.
Here is some music to accompany …
Not all of life is manicured and tidy. Shells of the old, ruins and the derelict have a testimony to bear, reminders to bring, in effect, lessons to deliver.
I have a love of old and derelict buildings. The distressed graphically and architecturally has an appeal for me. The buildings shown here are local to me, in Pitsmoor, Sheffield. I cannot give a true history – upholsterers and car parts occupied them at some point.
via Hospital Records.
Here I present a series of variations – trees and textured backgrounds. The addition of colour, textures, patterns to the mix brings a new feel to each. I hope you enjoy the progression from one set of emotional references to the next.
I have written previously on the subject of small venues. In a different blog – f4mmedia – I looked particularly at the Redhouse, a Sheffield venue typified as providing the widest range of music in South Yorkshire. I love small venues – so much friendlier, warmer, more personal. I have worked at quite a number and DJed at many. These have included:
The East House was the venue where futurhood was first established leading to the creation of futurhood av. Its origins lie in the phrase ‘in the neighbourhood of the future – that’s where we are’, a phrase coined by a close friend. This was the venue where I re-engaged with djing putting on nights based around northern soul, ska, classic soul, liquid dnb, 2 step garage, funk, deep house and all sorts of other material.
The Earl was the venue giving rise to an event which made some personal history for me and the group of friends with whom I co-promoted – Spannered. we use to say it did what it says on the tin. Based around breaks, techno and other electronica, it made DJ mags top ten nights in the land and forged brief links with other DJ mags. it was the venue which saw the birth of Aromatiq.
The Redhouse was a major step in my own history of involvement with small venues. Aside from dealing with security I put on events and djed for others. The range of music included ska – all 3 waves and most languages, house, techno, trance, mashups, funk, jazz funk, deep house, balkan, african, latin of all varieties, dubstep, dnb, garage, broken beat, nujazz, nusoul and probably a load I have forgotten.
Soon after I returned to djing, nearly two decades ago, I latched onto deep house. It became something I loved. Admittedly the producers I loved were not necessarilly the original producers of the genre. My tastes ranged through Ludovic Navarre – St Germain, Kevin Yost, artists using Robert Owens, Mateo and Matos – people such. Gently seductive beats, an occasional hint of jazz, developed instrumentation, subtle vocals well executed – my tastes gripped each of these qualities.
via Deep House Page.
via What is DEEP House.
In the whole of the house genre it seemed to be the most thoughtful and developed. Wherever I was – be it bright bar, dimly lit club or somewhere vintage – I could drift into closed eyes picturing a particular beach and friends dancing. Given my love of Ludovic Navarre, it is hardly surprising that I had come from a past littered with Dave Brubeck and other early modern jazz greats courtesy of an uncle with such tastes.
Featuring in the above mixes – Andreya Triana, one of the new wave of trip hop – ish performers. Quite a voice!
The mixes above have all sorts of classic trip hop artists and tunes included:
Portishead, Lamb, Hooverphonic, Morcheeba, Nightmares on Wax,
as well as related artists such as Gotye, Moloko, Groove Armada.
via London Grammar.
London Grammar new stars of the revitalised trip hop scene.
I have been many things in all sorts of places. I have lived and worked in Africa as well as a number of places in the UK. In London I worked for Burberry, helping with the opening of their factory shop, the discount sales network and also did the hands on running of the HQ warehouse. Thus, I can say I helped with the birth of chav haute couture. In Sheffield I currently run 'f4mmedia' and 'futurhood av', both involved in marketing and content creation. A core element of work is video. You will find a couple of youtube channels of mine. I still DJ, VJ and create audio-visual art. I worked for a long while in various areas of entertainment, running club nights, helping small venues, adding visuals and music to the mix of what was going on. as futurhood av I help artists, venues, and more with their marketing and promotion. I make music videos and film performances. As f4mmedia I give the same help and content creation to small businesses. This can invlove social media campaigns, blog articles, video and design content and a whole lot more.