Aug 9 2017

Ethereal Beats Sample Pack Out Now & Blend.io Contest News

So by now you all know that I’m producing electronic music under the name Monochrome Echo. So far I’ve put out two EPs and most recently my first full-length album, I Remember My Dreams.

Incidentally, the awesome Wizard of Loneliness in the US has just put out a very limited cassette run of my album. There are only 50 copies of this so if you want one you’d better head over to his Bandcamp page and snap one up before they all go.

Just after the album came out I was approached by Touch Loops, a London-based company that produces boutique loop and sample packs. They’d heard the record and asked me to produce my own sample pack referencing both my own music and similar artists like Shigeto and Tycho. I was a big fan of their sample collections so it was a no brainer to get involved. I headed back into studio corner for a few weeks…

My Touch Loops pack Ethereal Beats was released a few weeks ago. You can check out the demo below. I’m really pleased with how it came out.

Here’s the blurb from Touch Loops:

Ethereal Beats is an exploration into the stunning, enchanting world of organic electronica & Hip-Hop.  With references as far and wide as Flying Lotus, Shigeto & Tycho this eclectic sample collection will instantly become your new go-to for stunning sounds, endless inspiration and incredible musicianship.  

Performed and designed by the incredibly talented artist Monochrome Echo, this beautiful collection of processed acoustic loops & samples showcases perfectly the work of a musician who has mastered his craft.  From glistening guitar loops to processed analogue bass lines, evolving arpeggios to manipulated live drums and pianos this truly inspiring collection is just asking to be twisted, manipulated and embraced.  Sounds wonder and stray from usual providing an off kilter palette that’ll form the perfect foundation for your next stunning composition.  

As well as the usual drum one shots we’ve also included a collection of instrument hits that are perfect for dropping into your sampler of choice ensuring the most flexibility from this bespoke sample pack.  Whether you produce Hip-Hop, beats, electronica or are looking for something that little bit different this collection guarantees to offer everything your sample collection has been crying out for. 

Included: 

Size: 969.7Mb
Loops: 215
Ones: 104
Midi:15

It is available direct from Touch Loops, plus many of the big sample pack retailers online, priced at a very reasonable £24.00.

Since it’s release Touch Loops have teamed up with Blend.io in the states (who released my first EP 64 Souls) to host a remix contest featuring Ethereal Beats. You can win a copy of the pack, plus all of Touch Loops’ June releases and Geist 2 by Expansion. It’s open to producers worldwide so head over to Blend.io the enter. Apparently I get to be one of the judges. Excellent.

 


Jun 23 2017

Debut Monochrome Echo Album Out Today!

Hello folks

Just a quick post to let you know that my first full-length album as Monochrome Echo I Remember My Dreams is officially released today! Having put out two EPs so far (64 Souls and Analog Artifacts), this will be my first proper album.

It’s exclusively available on Bandcamp this week as of today and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music etc next Friday 30th. But obviously buy it from Bandcamp. It’s way better.

Featuring some gorgeous artwork by the incredibly talented Argentinian artist Shørsh, the album features eleven brand new tracks and I think you’ll really like it.

Here’s a handy little Bandcamp player so you can have a listen right here.

Really hope you like it and don’t forget to follow Monochrome Echo on Twitter and Facebook!

Until next time…


Dec 5 2013

Solo Albums Now All Pay What You Want

Hello folks

I thought this would be a good time to drop a quick post to let you all know that I have recently made all my solo recordings “pay what you want” on Bandcamp. This means that you can pay whatever you think the music is worth to you. If you want to grab an album for free you can. If you want to make a contribution you can pay whatever you like. A good guide would be around 50p per track but it is entirely up to you.

Mandala

I currently have three solo records out there and one EP. Many of you will be familiar with my first record Mandala which I put out in 2010. This was the result of my early experiments with live-looping and the culmination of a good few years tinkering with the technology. There are still CDs of Mandala available via Bandcamp for the bargain price of five pounds. If you want one signed, just let me know when you buy the record!

The Rejectamenta EP followed in 2011 as a teaser for the next album. That was always available as PWYW, so I’m guessing if you’ve been following my music you’ll have that one already! This was followed by The Knowledge Of Things To Come later in the year. This record was a lot more glitchy and in your face than Mandala and was a bit more progressive in the use of live looping as a compositional device. No CDs of that one I’m afraid…

The Knowledge of Things To Come

And finally we have the ‘acoustic’ album [un]plugged, recorded on that rare breed of instruments; the acoustic bass guitar. I really like this record and whatever shape the next record takes I can imagine it will be along these lines. I went for a far purer sound his time with fewer bells and whistles sonically to let the sound of the instrument shine through. It was pretty well-received when it came out in 2012.

[un]plugged Artwork Final

So there you have it. A whole bunch of music for whatever you want to pay for it. About three and a half hours of bassy goodness to rattle your speakers. If you do feel like making a contribution for the records you can rest assured that it all goes back into making more music. Although it doesn’t cost me much financially to put an album together the way I work, the gear is frankly bloody expensive!

So why have I decided to switch to PWYW on Bandcamp at this stage? you may ask. Well a number of artists that I have a lot of respect for have been using this payment model for a number of years now and it’s something I’ve been meaning to try out. It gives  listeners the opportunity to consider the value of the music they listen to and take a punt on something new. All these records are on Spotify too.

So tell your friends that this music is out there. Bandcamp has a plethora of sharing options for you to shout about the music you love so it’s all very easy. And if you do pay something for the music you’ll appear in the ‘supported by’ section directly under the album artwork. If you add a review that’ll pop up too. Bandcamp has become such a fantastic site for artists and fans alike over the last couple of years. In fact I wrote a blog post about the new Fan Pages a little while ago which is worth a quick read if you’re unfamiliar with all the new features. I’m rather proud of how my fan page is coming along!

So go forth people! If you really want to support this music why not buy a CD of Mandala? Christmas will be upon us before you know it! I shall start thinking about the next record. If you have any requests or suggestions, let me know.

Until then…

Simon Little DLM Grunge