Archive for February, 2008

Mr Phong

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

There just aren’t enough songs about computer graphics pioneers. Here’s one about Bui Tuong Phong, of phong shading and phong illumination fame. I decided to record this one entirely without keyboards, so brace yourselves for a gloriously shoddy guitar solo and a gloriously glorious bottle solo. (Forgetting to take out the recycling can be a good thing, you know.)

Download matt_westcott_-_mr_phong.mp3


Are Great Things Born

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

It had to be done. After my album cover generator came up with Glencoe Horse’s seminal Are Great Things Born, I was compelled to write a song with that title, in the style of Glencoe Horse, whoever they may be. The result is some not-very-profound Forrest Gump philosophy (actually there’s shades of Doctor Seuss about it too), but performed in the Britpop tones of everyone’s favourite non-existent Scottish indie band.

Download matt_westcott_-_are_great_things_born.mp3


Sunday, February 17th, 2008

My very fast (written in something like 2 hours) music entry for raww.orgy, which ended up in 4th place. In a cunning kill-two-birds-with-one-stone move, it’s also one of my FAWM songs.

Download gasman_-_triptik.mp3

Triptik on FAWM

Across Wales

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Not in fact a continuation of the Through Poland series, despite what you might expect. This is not so much a song, more an experiment with backwards recording, to test the theory that the Welsh language is actually just a bunch of people talking backwards for a laugh, and to create a completely palindromic piece of music. (There can’t be many of those around, surely…)

Apologies to any actual Welsh speakers reading this. Please don’t kill me.

Download matt_westcott_-_across_wales.mp3

Across Wales on FAWM

Diminishing Returns

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Another backlog of FAWM entries to post here, starting with a twisty little instrumental.

Download matt_westcott_-_diminishing_returns.mp3

Diminishing Returns on FAWM

I Am Tyr (the God of Tuesday)

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Last one for the moment… this one’s a stab at the week one challenge, “write a song with a day of the week in the title”. Towards the end I got frustrated that the song was going nowhere, hence the throw-in-all-the-unused-lyrics-and-get-shut-of-it ending, which actually turned out quite well. This is the sort of occasion where FAWM excels… the cattle-prod-up-the-backside-to-get-a-song-finished treatment pays off sometimes.

Download matt_westcott_-_i_am_tyr.mp3


Pimp My Chips

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

[Screenshot: Pimp My Chips]

This week saw the release of the long awaited Ate Bit musicdisk, Pimp My Chips – featuring a selection of Spectrum covers of classic pop songs. Musical contributions came from Mofobaru, Simon, Nik-O and myself, and the full pack is well worth a download if you’re suitably Windows-executable-equipped. If you don’t, or you’re more of an instant-gratification-click-and-listen type (or a stick-it-on-your-mp3-player type), here are my tracks as friendly bandwidth-hogging MP3s.

Dancing Queen (Abba)

Download gasman_-_dancing_queen.mp3

Disco 2000 (Pulp)

Download gasman_-_disco_2000.mp3

Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)

Download gasman_-_video_killed_the_radio_star.mp3

Paranoid Android (Radiohead)

Download gasman_-_paranoid_android.mp3

The Internet Is Broken

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

This was an attempt to write an entire song in the time it took to upload the previous one. I managed one verse.

Download matt_westcott_-_the_internet_is_broken.mp3



Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I’ve been slacking in posting my FAWM songs up here so far this month, so time to fix that. Here’s the first one, an epic (7 minutes, don’t ask me how that happened) everyday tale of bitchiness and quiz shows.

Download matt_westcott_-_millionaire.mp3