Nocturnal Emissions

by Ian Emmerson

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I'm an insomniac, and I while away the long, quiet hours at night writing music. There could only be one title.

Astonished at the large budgets required just to make music, particularly when 'crowdsourcing' for funds, the original idea behind this album was to create an album for as little money as I could, with instruments and equipment I already had lying about. I even considered just doing an album with one ukulele and no other instrumentation, which would have essentially cost nothing to make, but I thought that would be cheating.

It didn't quite work out as I planned. Instead of an album, I ended up with two albums with very different vibes. This is 'The Jazzy one', written on soprano ukulele - the other being 'The Folky one', predominantly written on baritone ukulele, which is still being recorded.

I find that songs I write on the soprano tend towards the jazzy end of the spectrum, with straightforward lyrics, complex chords and chugging rhythms, whereas songs I write on the baritone tend to be folkier, with more air and more impressionistic lyrics. That's not a cast-iron rule though. Either way, if you've come here looking for Motorhead or Britney, you've come to the wrong place.

Although the plan was to throw all sorts of instruments into the mix, it quickly settled into an optimum setup of Soprano ukulele, baritone ukulele, vox, double bass and percussion, which remains fairly consistent throughout; I began to see that arrangement like a band.

So, how much did it cost to make? Not telling, though break-even point isn't ludicrously far down the road. Still, though, if you do choose to pay more than the minimum, rest assured any extra money will be ploughed back into allowing more music to be made. Or maybe spent on pies. Put it this way - if it doesn't pay for the double bass, I'm selling it; those things take up a lot of room.

I intend to record the songs on this album again, as just solo uke & vox arrangements (even track 7, which is already solo vox & uke). That version will be made available free. But won't sound as good. Unless you're listening on crappy computer speakers (please don't), and then it won't make a blind bit of difference.


released 19 August 2012

Ian Emmerson dun writted all the tunes, and played all the things.



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