Red Dead redemption 2 by Rockstar Games is out soon – I am certainly not alone in being crazy excited to pull on my cowboy boots and get back into my stetson hat.
The sound design and soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption were pitch perfect. The drums, trumpets, whistles, grunts, lingering guitars and rattles…. pefectly emulate the ‘spaghetti western’ sound that Ennio Morricone composed in clasics of the 1960’s
One of my all time musical moments in gaming is in Red Dead Redemption, when the main protagonist, John Marston, makes his way into Mexico.
As you set off on your horse, the stunning track by José González, fades in. The song is Far Away. Trecking south, with a bright orange sunset and this song playing just blew me away. It was unexpected and in 35 years of gaming, I don’t think I have ever been caught so much ‘in the moment’.
Jose Gonzales is a fantastic musician… A Swedish/Argentinian folk singer. His songs are usually just him and his guitar, but his sound is like no other. I would definitely reccomend checking him out, if you haven’t already.
The cover art from Jose Gonzales first studio album, Veneer, is my inspiration for this Sound Wave Art. I have searched to no avail, to find the artist who creates his covers, so I have to assume that he sketches them himself.
If someone out there knows for sure, let me know.
Personalised Sound Wave art can be commissioned at my art site monowaveart.co.uk
Veneer style will be available to purchase soon.
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Recently re-watched the movie ‘Drive’ I love this movie on so many levels.
The sound track is also one of the best ever in my opinion. One of my favourite scenes is the drive down the aquaduct with Carey Mulligan falling in love with Ryan Gosling. It’s a sweet scene and the music fits perfectly.
The song playing is College & Electric Youth – real Human Being.
The majority of the soundtrack (Mostly by Cliff Martinez) is heavy electric synths and atmospheric beats. His music is always evocative, and perfectly fitted to each scene.
This has however, led me to delve head first into more synthwave music.
The retro-futuristic sound of synthwave has really hit home with me. It takes me back to the 80’s… a time when the future was exciting… something to look forward to… a place with fast cars, neon lights and mirrored shades.
Okay, so the 80’s had a weird view of the future, but through movies, cartoons, music and games it instilled wonder and excitement in me as a child.
Sadly, the real future hasn’t quite lived up to the promise.
In my retro-future inspired state, I have created Synthwave inspired Soundwave art of ‘Real Human Being’. Hope you all like it.
Synthwave Art on wall
Synthwave Art close up 1
Synthwave Art Real Human Being
Synthwave Close Up 2
Synthwave Art in frame
Synthwave Art Raw Soundwave
Personalised Sound Wave art can be commissioned at my art site monowaveart.co.uk
Synthwave style is an option for any song you like. Just ask for this style when you order
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More photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in San Francisco.
Due to our tight schedule… and a bit of a nightmare with the hire car at the airport , we only had 24 hours in this amazing city. For a city with so much to see and do, this was nowhere near enough time to fully appreciate it.
A few years ago, I was encouraged to try my hand at a bit of surfing. The idea of getting into the icy waters of the North Sea, made my more than hesitant. Tynemouth was the venue.
After struggling to get into a misfitting borrowed wet-suit, I tentatively entered the water with a battered, old board.
It was a beautiful summer evening but the water was far from warm. After my paddle out, I rapidly warmed up. Surprisingly, wet-suits keep you really warm – Phew!
I spent the next couple of hours surfing in on waves after they had broken… It was awesome…. The surf seed had been sown.
Not long after, I purchased a wet-suit and began scouring the web for my own surf board. I lucked out, and found someone selling an 8ft 6 mini mal, not far from me. I got in touch, negotiated a deal, and was soon the owner of a beautiful red and black custom made board.
As I drove my pride and joy home, I turned on the radio, only to be treated to Iggy Pop singing Passenger. My board was immediately named Iggy as a result… Perfect.
My Iggy Pop Sound Wave Art was inspired by this awesome track, and by his amazing album ‘Skull Ring’. Although Passenger is not on that album, it is still infinitely awesome.
The Stone Roses are one of the greatest bands out of Manchester ever. As a teenager I just loved the whole Indie, Madchester sound. My cassette of The Stone Roses was probably the music most played album shoved into my ‘off brand’ (phony) walkman.
Pretty much all of the tracks from their self titled first album, still stand the test of time. A modern masterpiece (If you can call 1989 modern). The combination of John Squire’s guitars, Mani’s bass, Reni’s drums and of course Ian Brown’s vocals were perfect.
The first time around, I was a little too young and naive to catch them when they played at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. I did however finally get to see them in one of their homecoming shows, at Heaton Park Manchester. 80,000 people in a field (in the rain), to see one of the greatest bands ever assembled was an experience I will never want to forget.
My Sound Wave Art based on Made of Stone, uses the iconic lemon as a main focus, with the waveform hugging the rind. Of course the original lemon is a little more grimey with it’s harsh black overlay. I wanted a more subtle cleaner, up to date look so kept the colour palette a little fresher.
Another set of photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in and around Oregon. I only feel I scratched the surface of this massive, beautiful State.
Personal Oregon highlights were definitely visiting Mount Hood ( and the hotel where they filmed the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in ‘The Shining’) and Cannon Beach (and the rocks from the end of The Goonies).
The evening we visited Canon Beach was slightly misty and a little overcast, but this just added to the atmosphere. Haystack rock and it’s other rock friends were breathtaking. I’d like to think that I will be back there some time.
Arriving at Multnomah
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Awesome Van Artwork
Muscle and Rock
Ice Ice? Maybe!
On the way to Mount Hood
Overlook Hotel Flags
Fall Guy Truck
Stand By Me
3 men in a boat
Steps to Goonies Rock
Canon Beack rocks
Reflection of Goonies Rock
Looking at the Haystack Rock
Misty hills from the air
Oregon from Above
Oregon Coast from a Helicopter
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I recently went to see the sequel to one of my all time favourite films, Trainspotting. Not as good as the original but it’s still worth a watch.
Trainspotting was based on the novel by the amazing Scottish author, Irvine Welsh. When I read Trainspotting way back in 1995 I was instantly a fan of his style. I honestly thought a movie could not do justice to the book. Fortunately it was directed by arguably the best director of recent years, Danny Boyle. The movie… and it’s sound track are still iconic over 20 years later (Damn, that makes me feel old).
I could have chosen so many amazing songs from the soundtrack as a tribute… but in the end it just had to be Born Slippy by Underworld. One of the greatest, booming dance tracks ever.
In July 2016 I had a bit of a whirlwind jaunt over to the U S of A.
Our trip started with a couple of day’s in Portland, Oregon… then to Las Vegas… another flight to San Francisco. From San Fran we took route 101 up the west coast back to Oregon.
During the trip I took wayyyy too many photos.
I have tried to split the photos into sets of 40 (XL in roman numerals) as I did have the joy of turning 40 while in Vegas. This set of photos were taken on day one of two in Vegas.
Las Vegas XL – Part 2, San Francisco XL, Portland XL and Route 101 XL sets will follow at some point. Enjoy 🙂
Gucci in Paris, LV
Paris, Las Vegas
Is that Bill Murray?
Olaf and Minion
Orange, White, Yellow
Need a lift
Blue and Yellow
Sticker Bomb Sign
Stars and Stripes
Who Wants Candy?
Which way to Las Vegas?
I Heart NY, Vegas
Gnarled Drummer Dude
Big Brother is Watching You
Heading to the MGM
Having a Moment
Bunny and Spidey
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