Downloaded the latest version of FL Studio last night. I was lucky enough to register this when it was a small and cheap application called Fruity Loops, and get lifetime free updates. It’s grown into a very impressive music studio product. The trouble is it takes a lot of learning. Plague can do incredible things with it, in seconds. I struggle and forget. The typical pattern is: he shows me something; I experiment with it and unlock more of its promise; I try to apply it to a particular purpose or a particular piece I’m working on; immediately I find I need to know something else and can’t get it working. By that time Plague’s unavailable or I feel bad about bothering him again. I have a good manual but it presupposes you know what you’re after. The other approach , of course, which works, is to forget about applying it to existing musical ideas and go where it leads. That way you can come up with something new. But I always wish I knew more about this beast.

Caught the tail end of a programme on 9/11 conspiracy theories. I missed the argument but the conclusion – that the real story is one of incompetence and human error – seems more plausible to me, always has, although I agree there’s something appealing and satisfying about the conspiracy theory: that it feels better to have your prejudices confirmed and an enemy to hate than to share in the messy world of cockup and buck-passing. Maybe that’s why I can’t completely reject the consipiracy notion, while remaining deeply suspicious of it.

Hi - would you like my most popular album FREE with exclusive bonuses?

What is this? Get the lowdown here!

(You'll join my mailing list for updates on my music and videos.  You can unsubscribe any time.)