Sunday, July 21, 2013

Website Launched(Finally)

I've been considering launching a website for a while now, initially I was going to just have this blog but it's becoming evident that some info and links need a page that's always right where you put it. So, now there is Dulcet Jones Official Website, where visitors can find more info if and when they need to.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Looking For Feedback

A follow up album to "Halloween, I'm Afraid" is in the works and should be ready by summer 2014, in time for halloween 2014. One of the best promotional tools a musician can have is feedback from people that have listened to the music and either posted short comments on a particular song or written a review of the album. I invite anyone to post comments on the blog about any of the music or posts, but what I would like to do is offer a free copy of "Halloween, I'm Afraid"(e-mailed mp3 files) to anyone that would agree to write a short, one paragraph review that I could use to promote it. I would credit each review to your first name(or if you have a favorite user name from forums etc...) and the province/state, or country you live in. If anyone that writes for a publication wants to publish their review I would attribute it to the reviewer and name the publication. Interested parties can contact me at jim9guitars@gmail.com . Listen to 3 of the songs here:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Some of My Favorite Tools

I love to experiment with different sounds and I'm constantly looking for new ways to explore and discover. Earlier this year I acquired an M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB synth controller, the little keyboard in the picture. It may look like a toy but it has so many capabilities it boggles the mind. I'm not really a keyboard player but with this and a strong background in music theory I can create atmospheres I never dreamed of. The amp in the photo is a Fender Mustang series "modeling amp", again, don't let it's small size fool you, they are called "modeling amps" because they feature sophisticated controls that allow you to make any guitar sound like it's plugged into any vintage amp you want, and add any effects you want. Years ago when I played guitar in live rock bands all we had was a big amp with a couple of effects like reverb and distortion and a few pedals on the floor that added chorus, digital delay, and more distortion. Back then a keyboard player had to have at least 3 different units, an electric piano, an organ(!) and a synthesizer just to play the latest hits, now they could do it with a larger version of the Oxygen controller. The guitar in the pic is an Epiphone Les Paul Special II, a budget guitar, but very useful, especially with the Mustang amp. Some of the tracks on "Halloween I'm Afraid" that sound like a synth are actually this guitar plugged into this amp, and then modified further with an audio editor on the computer. I'll get into the computer aspect in another post later. This is not an endorsement for these instrument makers, just my opinion as a fan of using them.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Halloween Radio Airplay

"Halloween, I'm Afraid" is in rotation at online radio site "Halloween Radio"! They are found here: Halloween Radio

Monday, July 1, 2013

Some of the Gear I Use to Make Music

This is actually most of what I use to create my music.
I have a couple of other guitars and one more synthesizer that are also part of my sound. I sometimes use found sounds, like the percussion in "Halloween, I'm Afraid". It's actually a glass jar I smashed with a hammer and then ran the recording through an audio editor in a computer. It came out sounding more like clinking chains than glass breaking but it works for the song. I made one short clip of it and set the space bar as a trigger and "played" it on the recording.