Beatnik

Beatnik

  • From : Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Joined : Sun 30th May 2010, 9 years ago

About Me

Performance - twenty years experience of live gigging in pubs, clubs and venues through out the U.K.
Guitarist – thirty years experience, proficient in many styles.
Keyboards – Played since I was seven years old although not my first instrument.
Programming – fifteen years with all major software applications.
Theory - able to read music, tablature and other forms of annotation.
Wide variety of composition, lyric & song writing skills.

Instruments I play

Guitar is my main instrument, I play a wide variety of styles from rock lead to American/English folk acoustic finger picking. Bert Jansch & Jorma Kaukonen being two of my favorites. I have been playing keys since I was seven, although never to any great level, I can find my way around a keyboard.

Software I Use

Cubase 4
Reason 4
DSP-Quattro X - i3s.r.l Software
Line 6 Edit
Variax Workbench
Minimoog - Arturia
Moog Modular - Arturia
ARP 2600 - Arturia
CS-80 - Arturia
B4 II - Native Instruments
Absynth 5 - Native Instruments
MS20 - Korg
Polysix - Korg
Wavestation - Korg
M1 - Korg
Ivory - Synthogy
Lounge Lizard - Applied Acoustic Systems
Trilogy - Spectrasonics
BFD - FXpansion
Groove Agent - Steinberg
UAD - many plug-ins
Liquidmix - all emulations
Powercore - element plugs
Metasynth Pro - UI Software

Hardware I Use

Macintosh G5 Computer
Mackie Onyx 1620 mixing desk & soundcard
Line6 PODxt
Universal Audio UAD1 dsp card x 4
TC Electronic PowerCore Element dsp card
Magma 7 slot expansion chasis
Focusrite LiquidMix
1978 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
Gordon Smith Gypsy II electric guitar
PRS SE Soapbar II Mapletop electric guitar
Line6 Variax 700
Yamaha FG-410 acoustic guitar
Ibanez Artcore bass guitar
Evolution MK-361C midi keyboard
Sony MDR-7500 headphones
Dynaudio BM4 monitors
Alesis RA150 power amp

Listening To Right Now

10 Favourite Albums

I would find this impossible if I really tried, so here's the first 10 that came to me, they are good!

1. Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
2. LA Woman (The Doors)
3. Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin)
4. Pink Moon (Nick Drake)
5. Solid Air (John Martyn)
6. Mirage (Klaus Schulze)
7. Burgers (Hot Tuna)
8. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
9. Machine Head (Deep Purple)
10. The Yes Album (Yes)

My Influences / Fav Artists

The Doors / Jimmi Hendrix / John Martyn / Led Zeppelin / Pink Floyd / Julian Cope / Echo and the Bunnymen / Todd Rundgren / Black Sabbath / Deep Purple / T.Rex / David Bowie / Spirit / Can / Klaus Shulze / The Blues (all of it) / Hot Tuna / Frank Zappa / The Smiths / That Petrol Emotion / Joni Mitchel / Ash Ra / The Who / The Velvet Underground / Lou Reed / Iggy Pop / The Beatles / The Rolling Stones / Yes / Steve Hillage / Roxy Music / Brian Eno / U2 / Canned Heat / Focus / The Sensational Alex Harvey Band / Budgie / The Barry Gray Orchestra / Underworld / Timo Maas / Nick Drake / Amon Duul 2 / Soft Machine / Jethro Tull / Captain Beefheart / Freak Nasty / Plump DJ's / Stanton Warriors / Lee Scratch Perry / Prince Fa-I / Bob Marley / Scientist / Carlos Santana / Little Feat / The Colourfield / The Grateful Dead / Cream / Pentangle / Bert Janche / Jefferson Airplane / AC..DC / Tangerine Dream / Leo Kottke / Alice Cooper / Genesis / Bill Withers / Gil Scot Heron / George Clinton (I touched the funk) / Schicke, Furs & Frohling. The James Taylor Quartet / Be Bop Deluxe / Lalo Schiffrin / Davis Axelrod / Roy Budd / Caravan / Renaissance / Jo Jo Gunne / Emerson, Lake & Palmer / The Firesign Theatre / Joy Division / Neu! / The Grateful Dead / ---AND MANY MORE.

My Music Sounds Like

I have two projects, Beatnik Pharmacy & Dynamo Snackbar. Beatnik Pharmacy is song powered, with influences from many genres. Dynamo Snackbar is all electronica, from breakbeat to old school ambient rock.

In My Other Life I ...

I have been teaching Music Technology/Sound Engineering at HND level for the past ten years.