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Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Shimky's Songs (7)
Date Title Rating Hits Genre Last Comment Status
06.25.13 "The Sound Of The Crowd" Loop 0.00 (0) 1428 (2) Electropop 07.04.13 Active
03.22.07 Funeral 8.82 (17) 7040 (72) Downtempo 08.02.09 Active
02.13.07 Butterflies 8.63 (10) 3958 (23) Jazz (instrumental) 03.26.10 Active
01.31.07 Pondlife 8.67 (6) 3408 (22) Downtempo 03.29.07 Active
01.30.07 Shark 8.50 (9) 3562 (20) Experimental 03.31.07 Active
08.25.05 Crossing The Stars 7.91 (19) 4408 (40) Ambient 07.09.07 Active
05.25.05 The Head Of The Kev 7.55 (21) 3542 (20) Experimental 03.29.07 Active
Favorite Songs (112)
Title Artist Date Genre
You Haunt Me thetiler 07.31.07 Fingerstyle Guitar
Go_Down_Moses Feter 07.29.07 Blues (traditional)
Green perceptualvortex 07.28.07 Ethnic-International
The Evening News guitapick 07.28.07 Folk (contemporary)
The Gentle Maiden/Planxty Fanny Powers Brian Weiland 06.12.07 Celtic
Celeste Dharma Logos 06.11.07 Acoustic
Manhattan Hangs echoroom 06.09.07 Indie Rock
Carnivores paddler 06.02.07 Acoustic
The Awakening ***itiswotitis*** 05.31.07 Rock
years from now RacerX 05.31.07 Acoustic
Long way home (w/Allen Dean) apb 05.31.07 Hard Rock
Sweet Jesus Make me beautiful (collab with Willywagga) echoroom 05.28.07 Pop (Alternative)
The Return Of The Prodigal Son (featuring Holistik) Leon 05.04.07 Hip Hop-Rap
Mitochondrion LightTronics 04.08.07 Techno
The lights across the lake (w/vox) Mystified 04.08.07 New Age
SNOW IN THE DESERT mariusdj 04.07.07 Drum n Bass
Hold On Peter Greenstone 04.07.07 Acoustic Rock
Whatday Gav 04.02.07 Acoustic Rock
One With You stacey 04.02.07 Ballad
Dusty Rode apb 03.31.07 Pop (Alternative)
I tried everything and she still doesn't like me DOS 03.30.07 Ambient
Stars dajama 03.30.07 Pop (mainstream)
Dance With Me rtcooper 03.29.07 Blues (contemporary)
All Lifestyles (w Beastie Boys) perceptualvortex 03.28.07 Hip Hop-Rap
Pretty Girl(Instrumental) DOS 03.28.07 Heavy Metal
un paseo de belleza eanbardsley 03.28.07 Acoustic
hipshake rayfieldstorm 03.27.07 Blues (contemporary)
This Song mikkinylund 03.27.07 Pop (Alternative)
The Waves of Uncertainty Reinholt56 03.27.07 Experimental
With You Only In My Dreams [Instrumental] EZamor 03.27.07 New Age
NJB (Ktb&Hectorious) Hectorious 03.26.07 NUjazz
PERFECT ***itiswotitis*** 03.26.07 Drum n Bass
Yonder Comes the Blues ziti 03.26.07 Blues (traditional)
Glamorous Occupation [Instrumental] EZamor 03.26.07 Electropop
Pre-Med Murder spitlogic 03.26.07 Drum n Bass
miss denial/mr vile JOAN 03.26.07 Alternative Rock
They Come with Smiles (collab w/t Pengui) echoroom 03.25.07 Indie Rock
Salem (Original Re-Edit) SEAC99 03.25.07 Trance
ALL FALL DOWN jiguma 03.24.07 Acoustic Rock
Nothing Will Die (w Vac) perceptualvortex 03.22.07 Rock (instrumental)
Leva-me (Take me away from here) feat. Jo Thorpe craft 03.22.07 Trip Hop
Inside Out Pixelfrog 03.22.07 Downtempo
Neck Romantic Boris the Bull 03.22.07 Other
Ordinary day tommarie 03.22.07 Pop (Alternative)
X-Cape (Hectorious w/N.Goodman,ktb) ktb 03.20.07 Ambient
Mar-19-2007 Instrumental CogniPhonics 03.19.07 Hip Hop-Rap
My Soul Alannah + thomasa Alannah 03.18.07 Blues (contemporary)
ToBe Dandee 03.17.07 Acoustic Rock
Do you file the fire? mariusdj 03.17.07 Electropop
Deepfunk 4 abstractreality 03.17.07 NUjazz
Olives and Honey Magritte 03.17.07 Showtunes
LOOPAFLY alfalpha 03.16.07 Funk
What do You Mean musichead 03.16.07 Acoustic
Open Collab WiFiWalrus 03.16.07 Dance-Club
Time....time to change time woodguy32 03.11.07 Other
Being Soiled (a tribute to The Human League) alexweiler 03.08.07 Electropop
Where there's a will (w/Estellie) apb 03.03.07 Folk-Rock
Get Up On Me Armatron 03.01.07 Hard Rock
Outlaw Girl (You're Super Bad) Armatron 02.23.07 Rock
IDIOT CHILD (W/rcandrews) Sil-VER 02.20.07 Alternative Rock
Funkwerk datafunk 02.19.07 Film Scoring
Take My Hand ***itiswotitis*** 02.18.07 Ambient
Poison (Miss Chaos + Regina Zernay) Random 02.18.07 Electropop
Can't Handle It onesweetworld 02.18.07 Jazz (vocal)
Blue Eyes (Alannah/Valleypastor) Random 02.17.07 Blues (contemporary)
Watch It Go (tribute to Dimebag Darrell Armatron 02.21.07 Rock
Famile (New ver) haribo 02.15.07 Experimental
Pulse Pixelfrog 02.14.07 Dance-Club
Toutatis .1 ginz111 02.13.07 Dance-Club
It's A Dooby WiFiWalrus 02.12.07 Techno
Moorlandt's 'Somehow' alfalpha 02.12.07 Downtempo
Trapped haribo 02.11.07 Cinematic Soundtrack
Deus Ex Machina Einarus 02.11.07 Dance-Club
YourTwin w/Allanah musichead 02.09.07 Pop (mainstream)
Valentine illuminati 02.07.07 Twentieth Century
Dance of the Technoids drakonis 02.03.07 Game Soundtrack
YOU ARE MY SONG j2morrow 02.02.07 Pop (Alternative)
The Psycho Killer In My Head Tells Me To Go Ahead And Do It! DeputyDoofy 01.31.07 Ambient
You're Moving five_extra_arms 01.31.07 Alternative Rock
Karma 4 Brecker(futzpucker/karmatoburn/edhara/tadashi/ricky s./mcboy) Mcboy 01.29.07 Jazz Fusion
Mother Earth (WFW remix) WiFiWalrus 01.28.07 Dance-Club
Ghost of Romance soulmonk 01.25.07 Downtempo
Transcending Love and Sex soulmonk 01.25.07 Downtempo
Sonhador feat. Ana Sofia craft 01.24.07 Hip Hop-Rap
Gulaga Dreaming jiguma 01.18.07 Acoustic Rock
Gentle Machine echoroom 12.28.06 Downtempo
12 Days for my new car to get to Nashville? thetiler 12.26.06 Holiday
Talking About Goa Electric Lobster 12.19.06 Trip Hop
Enamored feat. Ben Green soulmonk 10.24.06 NUjazz
Kin Kamlyn WiFiWalrus 07.20.06 Techno
Hello? stacey 06.12.06 Ballad
System Failure v3 [TENSE] packosmokes 02.04.06 Industrial
All About You Gav 01.22.06 Acoustic Rock
My Head (by sbloodsworth) kevmikwa 01.14.06 Soft Rock-Adult Contemporary
Experimenting with Terror (w/ Magullo) Einarus 10.24.05 Progressive Rock
Canon in D (for Guitar) ronnielong 10.11.05 Classical
Madness from the Pipe Reinholt56 08.30.05 Experimental
18 Games (A Lament) Tom Atwood 08.29.05 Folk (contemporary)
born free country john 08.25.05 Folk (contemporary)
Shingles(redux) weitermitfahrer 08.09.05 Punk-Grunge
Dub Shack iRiE Mix btransue 08.04.05 Reggae
Shaheed grid stalker 07.26.05 Other
Blue Sun ziti 06.17.05 Blues (traditional)
An Error Thinly Tom Atwood 06.17.05 New Age
Backwards breezer 05.20.05 Experimental
Moment Through indigoblu 05.16.05 Other
Love In a Petri Dish Joanna 05.15.05 Jazz (vocal)
Grand Central Remix btransue 05.08.05 Open Collaborations
Smooth as Silk (iGStudio remix) Joanna 04.28.05 Jazz (vocal)
snow fallin' down JOAN 04.25.05 Alternative Rock
Can't Wait public_buildings 01.14.05 Rock & Roll
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Music Background Here follows a long-winded musical background that is more for my benefit: to commit my memory "to paper" while it is still (somewhat) intact. I was forced to have classical piano lessons from the age of six. I hated them and never practised. These continued until I was fourteen when I used the excuse of having to revise for my 'O' levels to stop having lessons. I'd just failed my Grade 5 (although I blame it on the terrible flu I had at the time). During this period, I was also forced to take violin lessons for a year. I think this gave me an appreciation for the piano, I hated the violin so much. When I was thirteen I bought my first album: The Pleasure Principle by Gary Numan. It turned out to be a massive influence. Soon after this I discovered the genius of Jean-Michel Jarre. Having stopped piano lessons, I didn't touch the piano for a long time. But one day I wiped the dust off the ivory and tried to work out Cars by Gary Numan. This led on to more tinkering and I began to discover lots of cool things. I fell in love with writing music and lyrics. To the detriment of my expansion, I never took up lessons again and didn't got round to learning anybody elses tracks properly except for excerpts from Jarre and Numan, and two tracks which stand out in my memory: The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and The Morning Fog by Kate Bush. Inspired by Numan, my dream was to own a synth, and my wonderful dad bought me a CASIO CZ-1000 keyboard for my fifteenth or sixteenth birthday. I was hooked. I joined my first band when I was sixteen - Max Slam - and together we recorded 4 tracks at Blue Strike Studios in Harrogate, England. The first track's music was written by me in a fit of inspiration. I wish I still had a copy - it was pretty good. We also took part in a benefit concert with other bands at our school; one of only two times that I've played live. When I was eighteen my dad momentously upgraded me to a ROLAND D-50 keyboard. That was in 1987 and I still use it - although only as a dummy keyboard (shock/horror!). If someone can tell me how to set myself up so that I can switch between the sounds on the XV-5080 and D-50, I would be most grateful. At nineteen I started strumming E, G and D chords on my mum's very old and crappy Spanish classical guitar. It had the worst action in the world - it was more like a violin! Around this time I met Mark Wharton, who at that time (I think) was drumming with metal band Acid Reign. He went on to play with Cathedral and Cronos. Mark and I recorded on his 4-track one song that I wrote, Sunset in Parador, with me doing keyboard/vocals and him on guitar and 2nd vocals. This time, I've managed to keep a copy. I just a 4-track to transfer it. I had a complete hiatus from playing and composing for about four years and then I joined a school in Wetherby teaching nine to eleven year olds basic keyboarding on Saturday mornings. I also started giving private lessons in Harrogate. The whole thing was a farce: although very good with children, I didn't have the musical background to be teaching. I dreaded the moment that a parent would ask me to go ahead and play something! I was roped into helping with a school musical and I can't exactly remember what happened - I was either sacked when they discovered I couldn't actually play the piano or I quit before they found out. I think it might have been the former. Anyway, straight after I stopped giving any more private lessons for fear of more embarrassment. Around the same time I started practising with a dear young lady with the idea of playing jazz in pubs and functions around North Yorkshire. She was extremely enthusiastic and was prepared to teach me a lot about jazz and music in general. To my disgust I squandered this golden opportunity, was lazy, didn't practise and messed her around. I can't remember this woman's name. She was Kev Peachman's girlfriend at the time, I think. It was she would got me the opening at the school in Wetherby. Soon after all this fiasco (or during) I joined my second band: This Is It. I was twenty-five. This was a group of excellent musicians, way out of my league, headed by Adrian Payne. I kept telling them I wasn't up for the job but, luckily, they woudn't take no for an answer. We took part in a Battle of the Bands at Harrogate Theatre (the second and last time I have played live) and Radio York (I think it was) played one of our tracks on air. Ade kept travelling down to London for talks with the husband of Eddi Reader (former lead vocalist of Fairground Attraction) and he almost decided to become our manager (I can't remember his name). Just when I was starting to grow as a musician, I left the band to go to university. After I told Ade, I sat in the toilet of Harrogate Theatre's small downstairs bar and cried harder than I have ever done in my life. I knew I was letting Adrian and myself down in a big way. In the first year of university I carried on for a while tinkering and recording tracks on my own. I was living with my dad for a while and was able to make use of his baby grand (wow!). However, I somehow just stopped playing during this year and didn't play again for about eight years. When I was thirty-two, I suddenly had a pang, dug out my D-50 and started playing again. Later the same year, in 2001, I bought myself a ROLAND XV-5080 sound module. I "got hold of" a version of Cubase and finally started sequencing - something I had wanted to do for almost two decades. The following year I bought a black Takamine electric acoustic Bruce Springsteen Special and start teaching myself to play (a very slow process). I took guitar lessons in Zurich with a great Argentian but soon dropped out as those childhood feelings related to forced piano lessons resurfaced; basically, I was a lazy bastard and couldn't face having homework. In 2002 I also bought a bona fide copy of Cubase VST for PC. In 2003 I joined my third band: Porno Pete & The C.I.A., with work colleague and friend Ian "Boz" Borrowdale (formerly of 1960s English band, Universe). They wanted me to play keyboards but, continuing my life-long insistence that I was crap, I insisted on playing guitar. I wanted to learn and thought that putting myself into a sink-or-swim situation would propel me towards regular practising. But some things never change and I left the band soon after joining rather than buckling down and "facing the music". Considering I was teaching myself, progress on the electric acoustic was not bad at all. The same year, aged thirty-five, I bought a Duesenberg Starplayer Special electric guitar in "Trans Orange". I went the whole hog and also buy a Line 6 Pod XT effects kidney. It is a gorgeous set-up but I soon realised that I shouldn't have moved on to electric until I had mastered acoustic - it seemed like a whole new ball-game to me. At the beginning of 2005 I bought a 12" PowerBook, discovered Garage Band and wrote "The Head Of The Kev" in a fit of excitement - all in one evening (well, I remember going to bed at 7am). I came across MacJams and posted the track, which lead me to meet lots of very nice, encouraging people online. I went crazy a few months later and bought a mike, a mixing desk and a Korg MS2000B keyboard. January 2007, and I'm done with trying to create the perfect track before posting on MacJams. This is supposed to be FUN! So I've posted "Shark" and hope to do a lot more this year...
Music Skills I can play the piano a bit. A can strum an acoustic guitar a bit. I can use Cubase and Garage Band. I like to write music and lyrics. I also like to sing although it sounds really awful. But who cares! I'm not planning on being a star.
Music Hardware Keyboards & Modules: - Roland D-50 - Korg MS2000B - Roland XV-5080 Guitars & Effects: - Takamine EF341SC Bruce Springsteen Special - Duesenberg Starplayer Special - Line 6 Pod XT Mike: - AKG C 3000 B MIDI: - M-Audio USB MIDISPORT 4x4 Audio Input: - M-Audio FireWire Solo Mixer: - Yamaha MG12/4FX
Music Software GarageBand 2