This is my "pop" album. Yet, it's not pop. But it's the most "pop" I'll ever be.
It's electronic. Yet it's Indie. And it's eclectic. And electric.
It was created on a Toshiba laptop using virtual midi instruments within BandLab's Cakewalk DAW as well as a few samples from the freesource that is the internet. All music, again, was written, produced and mastered by me and me alone. (A theme!)
Half of this album was written Before Covid; half During Covid, (Which is kind of irrelevant considering this album's anger and energy is directed at a more controlling influence that has permeated both periods: a nation destroying, soul crushing British Government. There is no anger more worthy than that against an oppressive authority that historically kills people - usually it's own - and systematically crusades for their hunger and poverty. We must end this white supremacist oligarchy - that goes by the name of the Conservative Party - if we are to grow as a people, a nation and an inclusive, global society.)
Anyway, sit back, chill for a little, let me take you somewhere....
Released December 28, 2020
Composer / Songwriter: Paul Owen
Audio/Mixing Engineer: Paul Owen
Mastering Engineer: Paul Owen
Cover photo taken by Paul Owen
Cover Artwork, Typography and visual manipulation: Paul Owen
Published by Straight Red Music. (Owned solely by Paul Owen)
FackCheck UK vocal sample of John Doyle reading Wordsworths' Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey is used via creative commons licence at LibriVox.org
The Machine in the Ghost royalty-free female vocal sample taken from MusicRadar.com, modified in Hydrogen virtual drum machine.
War samples taken from all over the outraged internet in the aftermath of the public murder of George Floyd, RIP.
This album was created between March - June 2019 using a cheap Toshiba laptop loaded with open source software (Hydrogen and Audacity) using Hydrogen drum kits and various copyright-free soundfiles online.
Please spread the word if you like this music. You will not find me on F*book."
Straight Red, began in 2019 and is the happy place of musician, producer, art designer, web designer, photographer and composer Paul Owen. (Who?!)
Based in Nottingham, UK.
"There are good resources online, especially for royalty free sound files - not to mention the free softwares: Hydrogen and Audacity. This album cost nothing to make, apart from a little electricity, recycled audio and a lot of time. It's the most environmentally friendly album you could ever come across!!"