Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
|Here are a few TV shows that my music has been used on recently...
|Shell International Petroleum|
|Craving The (Soft)|
|Fifty Fifty Iii|
|Atlantis The Evidence|
|Gmtv With Lorraine (Gmtv)|
|Pharaohs Who Built Egypt|
|Intrepid Journeys NEW ZEALAND TV1|
|Malcolm In The Middle 3E TV GENERAL|
|Lonesome George And The Battle For The Galapagos|
|How Stuffs Made|
|Kings Of Crash|
|My Cat From Hell|
|Game One (Mtv)|
|Mother Of All Professions|
|Lui Na Talun|
|Hale And Pace Serie Ii|
|New Home Diy|
|A To Z Of TV Gardening|
|Observe And Report|
|Biography: Kevin Costner|
|My Super Sweet World Class|
|Come Dine With Me South Africa|
|The Lost World Of Communism|
|Pit Bulls And Parolees|
|Sommer In Sunny Beach|
|My Greek Kitchen|
|Better Homes And Gardens|
|Helicopter Heroes Down Under|
|How Its Made|
|Meat & Potatoes|
|Four Weddings Us|
|Isle Of Mtv|
|Living Land V|
|Play Your Part|
|Real Emergency Calls|
|Suite Life On Deck|
|Sun Sea And A&E: South Africa|
|Emergency Animal Rescue|
|Four Weddings Us S01|
|Four Weddings Australia|
Thursday, November 28, 2013
We're hoping to be self-sufficient in logs this winter at Tumbledown, so we recently took delivery of a chainsaw, a saw bench, a log-splitting maul and all the relevant safety equipment. We've got plenty of raw material stored up due to a couple of tree fellings and the damage caused by the storm a few weeks ago.
While I'm on the subject of the storm, we also got hold of some kit which will help if ever we're out of power for a few days. We got a portable gas ring and a generator which is powerful enough to run the studio and domestic electrics as well as providing power for the septic tank air and water pump should we need it again.
Anyway, we had a logging session last weekend and managed to get a good stock of wood prepared. Splitting logs with the maul is very satisfying!!! :-) A fair bit is ready for use now, but we'll have a lot for seasoning which should be ready for next winter. Lovely!!!
I'm editing my next album for Artful, Smooth Minimals 2 and have just completed something I thought I'd never get to do...Arrange a piece for male voice choir. It's been a fantastic experience and a great brush up exercise on my four part harmony skills.
My albums, The Age Of Steam and The Book Of Knowledge as well as the I Am Forecasting Sun EP by The Essence (me!!!) are queued up for release in the iTunes store...More news soon.
Airline USA is all over the Sky Living schedule at the moment.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Here's a list of some of the recently broadcast TV shows my music has been used on, plus a few of the broadcasters...
|Tomb Of 1000 Roman Skeletons|
|Pharaohs Who Built Egypt|
|Mutual Of Omaha S Wild Kingdom|
|Airline USA LIFETIME REAL W|
|Trinny And Susannah Undress LIFESTYLE YOU (|
|Manhunters Fugitive Task Force|
|Things We Do For Love LIFETIME REAL W|
|Playschool (Abc) ABC2|
|Real Emergency Calls|
|How Not To Die NZ SKY TV - BBC|
|Pharaohs Who Built Egypt DR K DENMARK|
|Biography CABLE TV|
|Decoding The Past|
|Heritage & Enigmas Of The Marine World TV PUBLIC|
|Grands Mythes Pirates 1c|
|Lonesome George And Battle Galapagos|
|Maschinen Des Todes - Erfindungen Fuer D|
|Machines Of Malice|
|Manhunters Fugitive Task Force TV2 ZEBRA NORWA|
|Manhunters Fugitive Task Force XPLORA|
|Strangers In Danger|
|Tajemstvi Olympijskych Vitezu TV COMMERCIAL|
|How Stuffs Made|
|Ray Mears Country Tracks|
|Four Weddings USA NEW ZEALAND TV1|
|True Hollywood Stories YES SATELLITE|
|Akvariet TV2 NORWAY|
|Don T Tell The Bride RTE PLAYER|
|Don T Tell The Bride RTE2 TV GENERAL|
|Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force|
|Money Programme:The World According To Google|
|Call 911 DISCOVERY HOME|
|Call 911 NEW ZEALAND TV1|
|New Home Diy|
|True Crime With Aphrodite Jone|
|Clean House STYLE. NETWORK|
|It's Good To Be YES SATELLITE|
|Ricardo And Friends|
|Ricardo And Friends 2 TV COMMERCIAL|
|Jesus: The Missing Years|
|Ben Cao Yao Wang SH09-TVBXH|
|Superhuman - World's Tallest Children TV COMMERCIAL|
|It S Me Or The Dog|
|Its Me Or The Dog TV2 NATIONAL DE|
|Lost Jfk Tapes: The Assassination|
|Emergency Animal Rescue|
|Lost Jfk Tapes The Assassinati|
|Mountain With Griff Rhys Jones|
|So You Think You Can Dance Sca|
|Heli Loggers NRK3 NORWAY|
|U.C.O. Unidad Central Operativa DR2 DENMARK|
|Better Homes And Gardens (Local) LIFESTYLE (FOXT|
|The One Show|
|Sun Sex And Suspicious Parents|
|On The Fly TV3 TV GENERAL|
|On The Fly|
|Rocket City Rednecks|
|Dara O'Briain's Science Club|
|Call 911 (Season 2)|
|True Crime With Aphrodite Jones|
|How Its Made|
|How Stuff's Made|
|Flystyrt I Ishavet TV2 NORWAY|
|Location Location Location|
|Comeback Iii TV COMMERCIAL|
|Michaela Mo Dheirfiur TG4 TV GENERAL|
|Hottest Place On Earth NZ SKY TV - BBC|
|Hottest Place On Earth The VELOCITY|
|Helicopter Heroes Down Under|
|My Greek Kitchen CANAL-33|
|Totally Australia ACTV - NETWORK|
|Hale And Pace 7TWO (NETWORK 7|
|Dalziel And Pascoe|
|Chong Shang Yun Xiao SH09-TVBJ|
|Royally Astounding: 30 Days That Rocked The Monarc|
|Royally Astounding 30 Defining|
|Four Weddings USA LIFESTYLE YOU (|
|Four Weddings Us|
|Four Weddings Clip Show Wt|
|Kingdom Of The Forest|
|Mythos Wald DR2 DENMARK|
|Kingdom Of The Forest FRANCE 5|
|Marry Me In Nyc|
|Jonathan Ross Show ABC TV PROGS|
|Live 'n' Deadly|
|Manhunters Fugitive Task Force FUENTE HOTEL M|
|Fyi 3E TV GENERAL|
|Man Vs Wild|
|Man Vs. Wild TV COMMERCIAL|
|Doctors To Be|
|A Wang Xin Chuan SH09-TVBXH|
|Mon Premier Emploi|
|My Cypriot Kitchen CANAL-33|
|My Greek Kitchen|
|Anderne Vender Tilbage|
|Octopus Volcano DR HD DENMARK|
|Four Weddings Wt|
|Going Green - Business Of Green|
|Tough Love 3|
|Confessions Of A Teen Idol|
|True Hollywood Story|
|Four Weddings Holiday Showdown|
|Mossy Oaks S Hunting The Count|
|Nbc Today ACTV - NETWORK|
|Robbie Coltrane: B-Road Britain|
|Minute To Win It|
|Minute To Win It TCS-05|
|Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations|
|Hotel Caesar TV2 NORWAY|
|Search For The Giant Octopus|
|Wild Croatia TV12-OKTO|
|Chaser Cnnnn 7MATE (NETWORK|
|Zeit.Geschichte Tage Die Die Welt Bewegten: Die Hindenburg|
|Days That Shook The World|
|Comeback TV COMMERCIAL|
|Miao Shou Ren Xin SH09-TVBXH|
|Secretos Nucleares TE|
|Nuclear Secrets ETB 1|
|Australian Story BIOGRAPHY CHANN|
|Et Lite Stykke Thailand (Thaifjord) TV NORGE NORWAY|
|Trinny And Susannah Undress The Nation LIFESTYLE YOU (|
|When Blood Runs Cold|
|Heli Loggers A&E HD (AKA H2)|
|Natural World BBC KNOWLEDGE (|
|3sat Trailer 2008-02|
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The papier maché 'logs' we made have been a great success and we'll be doing more next year...Just need to think of a less messy way of doing them.
We've got two new kittens...Hat and Erik. They were found under different bushes on the same day. Hat is about a month older than Erik, but they were put together at the rescue place and became great pals. They're shooting around the house causing havoc as I write this!!!
I'm working on a new album for Artful and will soon be starting on a series of short films.
Signs Of Life - http://www.bbc.co.uk/signsoflife/
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Funnily enough I was thinking of Wilf recently when passing through Witney in Oxfordshire, where he had a cottage which he would retire to when writing.
I also found some of my earliest digital recordings which I've restored and added to...They'll be on iTunes soon together with The Essence: I Am Forecasting Sun EP.
In the garden, the veg plot has been cropping well, especially considering that it was planted so late. There are also lots of apples coming, but only one pear. There are some blackberries ripening in the field over the back and we've got the ingredients ready for blackcurrent vodka. This was the best fruit liqueur we made last year, so we're hoping to do as well this year. I might have another go at marrow wine, but definitely will try elderberry again. We've got plenty of fruit coming along in the garden, so I might try a couple of gallons.
There is some sort of bird of prey nesting nearby...It's been spotted taking a moorhen chick and its cries can be heard all the time. We've not been able to spot it yet, but we're keeping an eye out!!!
TX Dates...Airline USA is continuing a monster run on Sky 1.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Lovely warm (actually HOT) weather here at Tumbledown. The veg garden has been cropping very well (pic above)...Potatoes, courgettes, garlic, lettuce, radish and broad beans have made an appearance and the herb garden has made them even tastier with marjoram, basil, rosemary, mint, chervil, sage and chives. Tomatoes, chili, spinach, cabbage, cucumber and runner beans to come. We've also got some green peppers which are getting visibly bigger every day...Not had much luck with those in the past, but the lovely weather must have helped them along.
We've also been taking advantage of the hot weather by using it to dry out newspaper 'logs' which are made by pressing newspaper pulp into a gadget which forms the pulp into bricks. It's a pretty messy job, but each 'log' is meant to burn for an hour...I'll report back on how they do and if they're worth the bother when we have to have the fire on next!!!
The weather has been fantastic...We've had about a week of beautiful Sun. As often happens, it's ended (hopefully, just punctuated) with massive thunderstorms and torrential rain which have tested the new drainage system. It's held up very well, with all the water being taken away from the house and collected by an Aco drain and then piped into the severely depleted pond.
There has been a lot of haymaking going on in the area because the sun swiftly dried the mown grass. The farmer who has the meadow behind Tumbledown played the weather perfectly...No sooner had the bails (about 500) been taken away, the heavens opened!!!
I've now started on a new project for Artful and have also been doing some new tracks for other publishers. I also contributed some tracks for the new Toolboxx album, Dreamcruiser which can be found on iTunes via the following link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dreamcruiser-songs-for-travel/id664945938 .
The Izotope RX2 noise reducing software has well and truly paid for its keep now. I recently finished removing unwanted noises from a couple of our new releases which were recorded live and was very pleased with that. However, yesterday my French publisher emailed to say that he had a client who wanted to use one of my pieces urgently, but there was something that they didn't want in the final production. I listened to the piece and realised that the sound they meant was a quiet vinyl crackle that was part of a sample I used in the music. Rather than going back into the mix and removing the sound that way, I fired up the RX2 and within a few seconds, 22,000 crackles had been automatically erased from the piece. This made my friends in Paris very happy and the music is now in place!!!
TX dates...Highland Emergency is now on Channel 5 and Channel 5 HD at 7.30pm on Tuesdays and on +1.
Airline USA continues a massive run on Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky1 HD, most days.
Monday, July 01, 2013
I've been composing some scary music for TV this week. It's always good to do something with out and out extreme emotions now and again!!! Book two of Multiple Field Sketches is coming along nicely too. I still have the last piece of book one to finish...This was the one that I recorded for the village show but haven't finished the written version. Bit of a strange way to go about it...I just need to put down the version for small orchestra and it'll be finished. Here's a link to the recorded version of the last piece (named The Beer Festival (P.O.W.P.H) in Multiple Field Sketches, named Bumblebees for the standalone (village show))...
I occasionally post experiments and work in progress to Soundcloud...My account is at https://soundcloud.com/garry-judd .
Other than making scary music, I've been preparing for the big secret Artful event (news soon) and meeting with an independent production company about an interesting project which should be starting soon.
We took delivery of the gert big pot above this week...It makes a lovely range of sounds when tapped. The garden is really taking shape now with the new piece of land now really looking like it belongs to the rest of the garden. There's a fair bit of grass sowing to do...Standard lawn for most of it, but we have some special clay soil meadow grass for the projected wildflower meadow. We're now eating our own potatoes, lettuce and radishes...Not bad considering what a late start we had with the weather and getting the beds in place.
TX Dates...Airline USA is showing on Sky1, Sky1+1, Sky Living and Sky Living HD.
Highland Emergency is showing on Channel 5, Channel 5+1 and Channel 5 HD.
Friday, June 14, 2013
What an amazingly busy few weeks...
Workwise, some Arabian music and an Italian piece for broadcast and news of some of my tracks going on another compilation, finishing the editing and de-noising of a classical piano album I produced as well as releasing two whole albums of my music.
I'm currently in Dublin for music meetings and also went to Taste of Dublin yesterday...Fantastic evening!!! It's also good to hear that I've had a lot of music used here on RTÉ and TV3 and TG4 shows including Fair City, Nationwide and Siar Ó Thuaidh.
Good to see a lot of repeats with my music now showing in the UK, particularly Giant Octopus which was on Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Wild HD last week.
Also, there will be some interesting Artful news in the next few weeks!!!
I've been using Izotope RX2 for the de-noising...What an amazing piece of software!!! I've been using it in stand alone mode and soon got to recognise wisps of shadows in the spectra as birds tweeting, chairs squeaking or mechanical taps. I was particularly impressed with the Spectral Repair tool to smooth these artifacts away...The Noise Reduction tool was good for spot noises like pedal thumps which could have an effect on the lower end of the piano notes that you don't want to interfere with. I can't wait to play with it as a creative tool...More news soon.
We had a nestful of moorhen eggs on the pond, but sadly they were sniffed out by a magpie. They seem to be trying again but we can't find where the nest is...Hopefully, the magpie won't either. Also on the pond, we spotted a pair of mandarin ducks on a shord visit a few weeks ago. They were a very feisty pair and terrorised the local mallards, although a regular visitor male pheasant wasn't impressed and refused to be bossed about!!!
The veg area is taking shape. The new shed is up and the greenhouse is full of lovely veg and other stuff for the garden. The rabbits have discovered the plants and we've had to put up some temporary chicken wire protection around the beds. When the fence around the veg plot is completed, the idea is to put the chicken wire around it and bury it so that the little critters can't get in to the entire area and eat the whole lot!!!
TX dates...Highland Emergency is on C5 today at 12.10pm and next Tuesday at 7.30pm (also C5HD and C5+1 an hour later)
Airline USA has begun a run from 4.20pm to 5.45 on Sky Living, Sky Living HD and Sky Living +1.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Here's a list of some of theTV shows I've either written for or have had music on over the past few months...
Pharaohs Who Built Egypt
1800 Secondes D Extase
Mutual Of Omaha S Wild Kingdom
Bergkvist Harliga Hem
Manhunters Fugitive Task Force
Playschool (Abc) ABC2
Real Emergency Calls
Young Sexy And....
How Not To Die
Machines Of Malice
How Stuffs Made
Mountain With Griff Rhys Jones
Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force
Britain Then And Now
Pharaohs Who Built Egypt
Engineering Ancient Egypt (Parts 1 & 2)
Child Of Our Time
Child Of Our Time NZ SKY TV - BBC
Four Weddings (USA) NEW ZEALAND TV1
Croisee Des Chemins
At The Doctors
True Hollywood Stories
Rollin With Zach
Strangers In Danger
True Crime With Aphrodite Jone
Money Programme:The World According To Google
Change The Day You Die
New Home Diy
E! Entertainment: E! Investigates
My Cypriot Kitchen
Ricardo And Friends
Wanna Come In : Ep 109
Jesus: The Missing Years
World S Tallest Children
It's Me Or The Dog
Lost Jfk Tapes: The Assassination
Lost Jfk Tapes CANVAS
Emergency Animal Rescue
Escape From Scorpion Island
The One Show
Body And Brain
Plane Crash In The Arctic Sea
Better Homes And Gardens
Machines Of Malice
Ren Jian Zheng Fa
Freemasons On Trial
Dan Patrick Show
Four Weddings - USA
Fifth Gear DISCOVERY TURBO
Location Location Location
Matched In Manhattan
Paradise Or Bust
Hottest Place On Earth
Hell On Earth
Show Me The Funny
Dalziel And Pascoe
Royally Astounding: 30 Days That Rocked The Monarc
When Aliens Attack
Cops With Cameras
Knut And His Friends
Kingdom Of The Forest
Lost Tribe Of Palau
The Jonathan Ross Show
A Wang Xin Chuan
Wild About Prince Harry
From The Ground Up Get Rich
My Greek Kitchen
Mossy Oaks S Hunting The Count
Tuine En Tossels
Confessions Of A Teen Idol
Escape Form Scorpion Island
I Believe In Ghost: Joe Swash
How Do I Look
Minute To Win It
Anthony Bourdain No Reservation
Jaakko Ja Maailmanvalloittajat
Search For The Giant Octopus
So You Think You're Royal
Days That Shook The World
Shi Nai Bing Tuan
Et Lite Stykke Thailand
Born Survivor : Bear Grylls
I Know My Kid's A Star
I Know My Kid S A Star TV JOJ
Here's Looking At You
TX datesAirline Emergency still showing on 5*.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Had a fantastic trip to the US to attend NAB in Las Vegas. We met many of our publishers from all
over the world...Great to catch up and renew some old friendships.
We then went to San Diego and Los Angeles for more music meetings...Here's the view from our room overlooking San Diego bay. It's a lovely city which has a lush park (Balboa) with plentiful museums and attractions and beautiful beaches within a mile or two of each other.
TXdates...Highland Emergency is showing weekdays on 5* at 2pm. Two back to back episodes which are repeated on 5*+1 an hour later.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I've been very quiet on here and Facebook etc... recently as I've been very busy. Apart from musical work (editing and polishing a piano album, writing two albums for Artful, an EP for Chillville, tracks for Gold Leaf and two TV shows), there have been a few things in 'real' life that have taken up a lot of time.
The Charlie Kunz clip above is a tribute to my Father-In-Law who died in February after a long illness. He introduced me to Charlie Kunz's music many years ago and I've loved his playing ever since. Charlie was so popular during World War 2, that it was suspected that the order of the songs he played on the radio during his medleys were some sort of secret code for spies operating behind enemy lines!!!
We are going to NAB in Las Vegas at the beginning of April. This is an audio/visual show/convention and we will be meeting many of our sub-publishers who promote my music overseas. Then it's on to Los Angeles via San Diego for more music meetings.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I've had a bit of time to experiment with Cubase 7 and I have to say that I'm very pleased with it.
I mentioned before that I had some problems directly after the installation, but solved these by starting Cubase in 'safe mode' and resetting my preferences.
After that little hiccup, I got stuck in to the program itself. The soundcard loaded up with no problem and my stereo and 5.1 output mapping remained intact, as did the inputs. The only thing I had to reinstall was the Mackie MCU midi controller, and this happened without incident. Projects made with Cubase 5 and 6 load without problem and work as intended...Nice!!!
The 5.1 outs worked without any tweaking and the new interface is clear and intuitive. Video handling works nicely, with the (very slight) niggle that Quicktime is the only supported format. As I mentioned before, I've not been given anything other than a QT to work on for ages anyway.
The new channel strip seems to be the big news in this version and it's a vast improvement on the previous version. Limiting/Gate etc... appear in line, complete with controls, just as in a physical mixer and inserts can be seen in line too.
Now, the Chord Channel. I've got quite robust feelings about this...Many years ago, I suggested that Cubase could be made to recognise chords in order to make parts out with chord symbols quickly and easily. The Chord Channel now seems to be tailored to tell people what chords they are playing and will even suggest what chord would be nice to go to next. In my mind, it's no business of any computer to tell a composer what to write. It's the very opposite of creativity and the Chord Channel will not be turned on, even out of curiosity, on my machine. Maybe it could be used as a teaching tool, but only with the accompaniment of a music theory book and study, which, if fuelled by a true fascination and love of music, will happen naturally.
The only problem I've found with Cubase 7 is that Omnisphere and Kontakt don't like being in a project together. This has been a problem in previous versions for me...If anyone knows of what to do about this, I'd be very grateful.
In Tumbledown news, I think I've mentioned that we recently removed some boxing around some hot water pipes in the dining room and found some skirting board and a quarry tile floor. Well, we completely removed the boxing and the wooden laminate floor to reveal them and have restored the floor using the traditional method of polishing it with a half and half mixture of boiled linseed oil and white spirit. The tiles now have a lovely warm red glow which really suits the room.
Finally, we've had to say a very sad goodbye to Buz The Cat. We'll miss him.
TX dates...Highland Emergency is playing on C5 quite regularly in the UK.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
2012 had its good points...Some interesting projects to work on including a feature and a couple of short films amongst the TV and radio work...Some good progress with the house and gardens, including some big earthworks which have solved our drainage and septic tank problems and the adding on of the new piece of land. However, the illness of a family member and the resultant stresses and strains made for a bit of an annus horribilis, as Her Majesty would say...So we are thrusting ourselves into 2013 with a new sense of blind optimism!!!
The new vegetable patch area is coming along nicely. Two slightly raised beds have been constructed and a picket fence will surround them soon (if the snow allows). Then the greenhouse can be put up along with another large shed and compost bins. We had a successful bonfire yesterday because the wind direction was perfect and took the smoke away from our nearest neighbours and the fellow thatched cottage across the field. The embers glowed and gave out a nice heat until sunset. I went out to check it was safe and watched the stars come out by the warmth of the fire and the internal warmth provided by some 12 year old Bowmore from my hip flask. Lovely!!!
Another thing to make life easier is a system for checking the level of heating oil in the tank from indoors via a radio sensor which communicates with a meter indoors. This saves going out in all weathers and peering into the tank armed with a stick. We're still testing it, but it does seem to be working reliably.
I've installed Cubase 7 on my music computer. I had a problem with crashes when trying to connect up a soft synth, but solved it by starting Cubase in safe mode (press control+shift+alt just after launching the program) and resetting preferences in the pop-up that appears. I reckon that this is a good thing to do anyway, especially if you've been through a few different versions with the same preferences.
I then managed to solve a video problem I was having with Cubase 6.5. It was telling me to update my graphics card or driver. Video handling was fine in Cubase 5 and the computer was telling me that I had the newest driver installed. However, a visit to GeForce (the maker of my Nvidea graphics card) and running their online driver detect feature found that I did need to upgrade the drivers. So, now I have a fully functioning Cubase 7.
One disappointment is that Omnisphere doesn't like working in the same set up as Kontakt 5. I've always had problems with this, but I found out a setting change which might make a difference...Will report back soon.
Another niggle is that the only video files that can be played are Quicktimes. This is only a minor point though because video conversion can be done very quickly these days and also I don't think I've been sent anything other than a Quicktime for quite a while.
I'll post more detals in general as I get to grips with it, but it seems to be very stable and I like the look of the new mixer with the inline gate and limiters.