Category Archives: music

School Of Chinese Music

Branding for School of Chinese Music and Arts

I studied a 10 week course at School of Chinese Music and Arts on the Guzheng (Chinese harp). While there I made friends with the owner and asked if she needed help with some branding in exchange for some more lessons. I presented some ideas and she loved them, so I went ahead with the project, designing a brochure, business cards, a banner and letter heads. This was the result.

31 Days In China

31 Days In China, a sneak peek.

31 Days In China In November 2016 my wife and I went to China for a month. While there, I kept a daily sketch journal of all the peculiar things I saw, of which there were many! Over the past few months I’ve been scanning, editing and collating the illustrations into a series of 3 minicomics that are going to be released soon.

Check out some of the photos below of the project coming to life in the Parchbell studio.   

I’m making a podcast to accompany the minicomics, something I’ve never done before but have always been interested in. The past few days I’ve been working on a song that will play at the beginning of each podcast using my Guzheng (Chinese harp). I’m real excited to be trying something new and can’t wait to release this whole project.

Check out the volume covers for the podcasts coming out soon… 

I’m hoping it’ll all be ready to go next month…see you then!

Alnitak_Kid Colab

Alnitak_Kid Collaboration Project

Collaborative projects are always tough work and lead to some sort of conflict…this is what I’ve always thought until I collaborated with musician and long time friend, Alnitak_Kid. He wanted a cover design and sticker for his new release beat tape, Daymares&Nightdreams.

After weeks of throwing around many good and bad ideas we came up with this one, a collection of his instruments and equipment displayed on the cover with half the illustration laying on the inside of the tape which is designed to encourage people to play with and explore what’s inside.

The gallery above shows the finished product.

To find out more about Alnitak_Kid click here.

To Find out more about the illustration click here.

Fallen

Out of the studio with the final recording of a song I’ve been working on for a while called Fallen.

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I’ve had many questions for God over the years and he has given me answers in many different ways. As I wrote this song I reflected on those questions and opened up to him about my doubts. I felt the answers coming back to me as I wrote the questions and it formed into this song…Fallen.

 

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Scissors & Dreads

 Tony (pictured in the video below) has been growing his dreads for 7 years. 


One day he approached me and out of the blue told me he wanted to cut them off for charity. We came up with the idea to film the haircut for all the people who donated to the cause and to prompt others to donate. To find out more head to 2ReasonTrek  or to donate head to Our Home Community.

Letters

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It is hard to describe the feeling of receiving a handwritten letter. There is something so personal and intimate about it that you lose in the digital world. The texture of the paper, the stamps and the unique stylings of each word are only a few of the elements that attract me to the art of letters. It’s this art that I tried to capture in this song.

I used my homemade banjo to form the main riff and added the percussive element using a typewriter and bells. I then added my favourite instrument, the melodica and plugged my voice into a reverb pedal and sung the first thing that came into my mind.