Monday, October 10, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

'Underwater' and 'Hopeful'

I finally was able to finish off two (mainly) electronic tunes this past week. I had started them in May and July 2016 and they had been sitting on my computer unfinished up until now (October 2016).

The tune 'Hopeful' came out sort of accidentally as a by product of me uploading a a few guitar loops for others to use at the site . Because I have an uneasy sense of rhythm I depend on drum loops or drum machines heavily, so I have been extracting drum loops from this site for a number of years now. Though sometimes I do program my own beats, more often than not I use loops and layer them.

Anyway, I thought it was about time I paid pack the site with loops that others could use and so I uploaded a small number.

I had a thought that it might be cool then to use some of these guitar loops and make a song out of them.
As usual with me, whatever starts an idea for a tune often gets lost on the way and I ended up using about three loops and the rest was made up by my own playing and a few more audio loops from the fine people on  Somewhere along the way because I usually listen to dance music when I'm driving the car (mainly from I thought it might be fun to attempt a house-sort-of tune. The end result is 'Hopeful which is more a 1990's dance-ish style':

And here is a blurry video of how I put it together

The tune 'Underwater' really started with playing with an original 1980's Casio MT 70 keyboard that my dad bought brand new back when we were young-er.

It looked like this when it was new:

Somehow I eventually inherited it and it's sat in a few different sheds and houses along the way. I was playing with the very basic sequencer on it - I think it was after listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album with the use of a basic sequencer on the track 'On the Run'. I get easily inspired and so I programed in a basic pattern on the keyboard and that was beginning of the tune.

The next inspiration was a routine rental house inspection. I always load up my mp3 player with music to keep me going with the preparation. This time around I had collected a few Chemical Brothers albums from a second hand shop, also an earlier work from BT and The Prodigy's Fat of the Land.

I have no idea how they get such fat sounds but with my vintage computer and bits and pieces I tried to make a track with a little more muscle using mostly electronics. I did play live bass on the track because it needed more live grunt.

So here is 'Underwater':

And here is the 'making of' Underwater:

Monday, June 20, 2016


I have finally placed a lot of my instrumental music on the site 'Bandcamp': you can name your price or download it for free - here are the instructions:

(1) Go to



Search Tim Oestmann in the search box:


Click on the artist Tim Oestmann and you'll come up with the page "Seabird" if you choose to download all songs  (just know there are 57 tunes up there, so it might take a while) then click on"Buy Now" tab - this is for the all the tunes at once:

You still have the choice of donate or free download, it ain't over yet

  • to "name your price"put a price/donation of your choice in the box and follow the prompts until you get the download. If you have any problems please let me know.


  • To get all of it for free just write a zero (0) in the Name Your Price box and it should let you download all of it. (Please contact me if you have any trouble)


To download single tracks only (i.e.not all of it), click on the blue name of the track and it will take you to this page where you either "name a price" or put in a Zero (0) for free download:

Let me know if you need further instructions via the links or the "contact" page 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hipsters Day Off

"Hipsters Day Off" - well the title is because I couldn't think of a title and I was hanging around 'hipster bars' for my daughters birthday on a long weekend. It was a working title and I couldn't think of anything better and it seemed to fit. So there it is. I actually don't mind hipsters, they remind me of myself when I was a young 'un.

Anyways...if you go to my Yoooooo Tooooob channel, you'll see this.

I first made the song by playing acoustic guitar to a click track of 160 Beats per minute and I based the whole tune around that:

I worked on it on and off in between some very stressful weeks (as we all have in our lives from time to time).

I based it on these instruments:

Mandolin...actually it is a Bandolim...but that is another story...same tuning though...

 Geeeeetars...though the Bass guitar.... is the one that gets most of the limelight on this track - the others are very subtle and you can hardly hear the, as I wanted it to mainly acoustic.

Recorder - yes, I originally used a school quality recorder. It sounded as bad as those horrible school recorder concerts we were forced to sit through and be traumatized for life. My dreams of playing a recorder on track were simply dashed on playback. It sounded like a dog howling, a cat in a blender. wolves during mating season. It was horrible. I felt sad. Very sad. So I went back to one of my favourite VSTi's and gladly compromised my art to save your precious ears and used the Meltron flute VSTi instead:

I did however play a real live Harmonica - I wanted it to sound folky with a bit of the old Beatles echo on it, so I stacked on the reverb but harped on in real life, sticking only to the notes that wailed in key. I distorted it a little too to give it more muscle:

My original goal was to restrict myself to a totally acoustic song using acoustic instruments - kind of like the Irish-folksy stuff that was around a few years back. What I found was that:

(a) My sense of timing is still crappy
(b) My acoustic instruments at home are badly out of tune with each other

So I kept working on it until it sounded like a aural form of  hugging the ceramic throne after an excessive night out. It sounded horrible and so I left it for a while.

I tried to salvage it by hitting anything I could - including this practice drum pad which I actually kept on the recording in the second half.

If you listen carefully, you can also hear my hand claps - which are vaguely in time but not exactly - here is a picture of just one of my hands clapping in a non-Zen pose:

I also played our out-of-tune piano to try and give it some more 'acoustic' feel and you can hear it in the background.

Though the song sounds simple, I actually reworked it multiple times and here are the three DVD disks full of WAV files full of all the efforts and false starts. If you were one of the five people who listened to my first soundcloud upload of the song - thank you - I took it down again and reworked it until I thought I had better stop before going completely bonkers:

So here are the final tracks - the one called 'filler' is actually a combination of bounced down tracks from the previous efforts. The Drums were an on board loop from Sonar LE. Percussion was all live in my front room with natural reverb.

The clip itself is my usual patchwork style- again it looks quick but some parts took me a long time to layer. These are only just a few of the files:

So here's the clip:

and you can listen or download from here: 

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