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ALAN MILES 

TUTOR & LECTURER | PLYMOUTH

 

What is a memorable musical memory from your childhood?

The most memorable thing for me was discovering Punk Rock and then later…Dub Reggae.

What was your most embarrassing music-related moment? 

Playing to only two paying punters on tour in Scotland and them asking for their money back and leaving after a couple of songs…We carried on playing to just the sound-man and roady until they stopped us and said 'Let's go down the pub yeah?'.

What three albums would you take to a desert island (and those you'd really take, not those that'll impress the readers!)? 

The Clash - Sandinista;
The Complete Anthology of Lee Scratch Perry;
The Complete Collection of Sly and the Family Stone.

What would your super power be? 

Mind reading.

What pop legend would you dress up as for a party? 

Sly Stone, Lee Scratch Perry or Sid Vicious.

Music software, what's your weapon of choice? 

Logic.

What's your fave piece of music tech hardware?

Neve 51 Series Desk and a Nuemann (a bit like 'Two Turntables and a Microphone'). 

What are you most proud of? 

Hearing my music being played on Radio 1 for the first time. Having my music awarded Gold and Platinum Record Sales.

What are your three favourite music tech techniques? 

  • Side-chaining a Sine Wave (approx. 57Hz) on a kick drum.
  • Side-chaining pumping.
  • Synthesis (of all type, but especially creating Wobbly Basslines and long developing abstract sounds using ADSR's, LfO's and Modulation Matrix's…plus 'Tape Delay' wildness!).

What is your favourite thing about dBs? 

Making positive and genuine music based connections with people at dBs.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 

To the '100 Club' and 'The Roxy' in 1976-77, Lee Scratch Perry's 'Black Ark Studio in Kingston, Woodstock (backstage with Sly and the Family Stone) and to North America about 100 years before the Europeans visited.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

Love, forgiveness and time-travel...