Songwriting Tips from 3 Influential New Wave Tracks

These three New Wave/New Romantic tracks from the 1980s influenced me and inspired me to create electronic music. While there are many more obvious choices I could have included (Depeche Mode, New Order, and Tears for Fears), these songs embody everything about electronica that appeals to me, even if the tracks themselves aren't electronic. This… Continue reading Songwriting Tips from 3 Influential New Wave Tracks


2 Creative Tips: Capture All, Delete Nothing

There are two maxims I live by in creating music and ensuring there is a constant flow of ideas in my creative process: Capture All and Delete Nothing.


Free Tools for Posting Music on Your Blog

Here's a common question I get from musicians running their own websites: How do I post my music onto my blog? What free tools are available to me? And what cool embeddable music players are there out there? Well, here's my simple list of free solutions.


How to Start and Run a Netlabel

So here you go, below is the most up-to-date edit of the wikihow article after I got through with it. Hope this helps anyone thinking about joining the netlabel world.


3 Lessons That Orbital Taught Me

The British dance music duo of Phil and Paul Hartnoll, who came to be known as Orbital, were critically and commercially successful in the dance music movement of the 1990s -- and famed for their live improvisation during their gigs. But listening to their studio tracks taught me some important lessons. One track in particular "The Box" encapsulates these lessons in a single tune.


How to use Propellerheads Reason for live gigs

In 2005, I wrote a rough guide on how I use Propellerheads Reason software for live gigs, in response to a growing number of questions from fellow members of Electronica Manila. The rough guide was a PDF document outlining 3 major ways to view the software and included practical tips on setup and personalization for… Continue reading How to use Propellerheads Reason for live gigs


Using Reason for Live Performance

A few years back, I wrote a PDF tutorial on how to use the software Reason for live performance. I never got to update it, so it's circa Reason version 2.5, but it still has some interesting tips on how I personally use Reason in a performance set-up. Download link below.


Become a PC Musician

Subhead: UNLOCKING THE MUSIC-MAKING MACHINE IN YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER by Lionel Valdellon. Published in Fast Forward Magazine, Philippines. 2004 You like music, you have a PC, and you’ve heard that people use these contraptions nowadays to make music. People are writing and printing sheet music using software. Some put together songs from scratch using only… Continue reading Become a PC Musician