Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

EP 2 is on its way

Posted on 28 June 2010 7 comments

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Remember when I released EP 1 last April? At the time I’d promised a second EP later in the year, but of course it never materialised due to workload. Since then, people have often asked me, ‘when is EP 2 coming out?’ and I’m happy to say that my answer is now: ‘very soon.’

As of tomorrow, I’ll be back in the studio, writing and recording a whole bunch of new music that will become EP 2 in the not-too-distant future. Of course, ‘back in the studio’ simply means sitting at the same desk I always sit at, but working on a different Mac and with instruments strewn all over the place. It’ll be the first time I’ll really be able to try out version 8 of Live Suite (which I bought back in January — how optimistic of me) and I’m like a giddy schoolboy when it comes to new music-making toys. I’ve also just discovered the work of Dan and James from Soniccouture, who are sure to get a penny or two of mine over the next few weeks.

Last year I made a sort of ‘studio diary’ during EP 1’s creation process and I’ll probably do the same thing this time around, posting previews of works-in-progress and the like. Watch this space!

[Photo: Video screenshot from ableton.com/soniccouture]

7 comments

  1. Sam Hardacre

    Sam Hardacre

    28 June 2010 @ 01:24PM #

    Your first EP is great dude.

    Good luck with the recording, can’t wait to hear the new release!

  2. David

    David

    28 June 2010 @ 01:54PM #

    Agreed, Soniccouture make some great stuff, the Hang Drum sound library is particularly good.

    I picked up on a lot of Native Instruments-esque samples on EP 1, which are really nice but it will be interesting to hear some new sounds. I doubt most people would pick up on the sample libraries used though.

    I’m looking forward to it already.

    BTW do you like Ableton much? I used it once back at version 6 and never quite clicked with it, is it worth another look?

  3. Joseph

    Joseph

    28 June 2010 @ 02:01PM #

    Looking forward to EP 2. I really enjoyed the first edition. I’m a producer and musician in my free time too and I’m thinking about to put together some tunes too, but currently I’m too busy with design projects. Anyway, waiting for yours.

  4. damien

    damien

    28 June 2010 @ 02:01PM #

    Really liked the last EP Elliot

    Talking about giddy noise toys – we just got our hands on a korg microsampler. Lots of fun

    Keep on keeping on

    MATB

  5. TheFella

    TheFella

    28 June 2010 @ 02:43PM #

    Good luck mate!

    I’m really looking forward to hearing some new stuff. It’s been about 7 years since I did anything new :(

  6. Jack Bliss

    Jack Bliss

    28 June 2010 @ 05:24PM #

    I read that you’d put out an EP a while ago, but it’s only just occurred to me that I could listen to it! Downloading now.

  7. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    03 July 2010 @ 06:53PM #

    Thanks for the encouraging comments, guys!

    @ David: I agree. I’m making a very conscious effort to use new sounds with EP 2. And more ‘real’ sounds, too — I think I went a bit overboard with the NI synths on EP 1. By the way, I use Ableton Live exclusively. I absolutely adore it!

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