RPM Challenge – some more previews

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2012 by alunvaughan

Hi all. I’ve added a couple of new rough mixes to the Soundcloud set:



RPM Challenge sneak previews

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2012 by alunvaughan

Hi folks. I’ve just posted a couple of very rough mixes of short tracks that I’ve recorded for the RPM project. The first is a minute of punk noise, the second is a string quartet influenced by Frank Zappa:


RPM Challenge update Feb 11

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2012 by alunvaughan

Hi all. Just thought I’d post a quick update to prove I am doing something with creating my album in a month,  So far I have not recorded any audio but have all the programming done for 4 songs:

Caffeine – the drum and bass one

An 8 minute prog epic as yet untitled. There will also be an intro for that which I haven’t written yet

Outburst – punky noise thing

A string quartet piece which is slightly Zappa influenced


So, with the prog intro that hasn’t been written yet, I make that about 17-18 minutes so still got a way to go but I’m on the way! There are 3 other tracks in progress too so I’ll see how they go.


More news soon.


Take care



RPM Challenge 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2012 by alunvaughan

It’s that time of year again when I attempt to record an album ( defined by the RPM Challenge website as 10 songs or 35 minutes of music) during the month of February. So far this year I have written a pretty varied collection of bits, not all of which may make the final project. So far I have:

Caffeine – a Drum n Bass style tune with fast unison melodies and probably an OTT bass solo.

Outburst – just over a minute of 300bpm hardcore punk frenzy

Blue Feet – an odd little funk piece full of metric modulations and weird rhythms

A chord sequence and half a melody which may be a bossa or a smooth jazz funk thing.

An epic prog thing with many different sections and some fun thrash metal elements

Another funk groove.

None of the above are recorded and are in varying states of completion but I’m pretty pleased to have this much written 5 days in.


Stay tuned for updates!



January Sale – all Proceeds to MS Society

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 by alunvaughan

Hi all, Happy New Year!

As you probably now, in 2010 I released a solo album called “The Kindness Of Strangers” to raise money for the MS Society, to help people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Until Feb 1, 2012 the album is available as a Pay What You Want download instead of the usual set amount, so there’s no better time to grab a bargain and help raise funds for a fantastic cause:

Hope you all have a great 2012.

Take care


New music for Christmas (and some old music too!)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2011 by alunvaughan

Hi all, it’s that time of year again already! Hope you’re all well and least slightly prepared?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that every year I record a solo bass arrangement of a Christmas song and then transcribe it  for my mailing list. Well, this year is no exception. This year’s victim is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” in a slightly jazzy arrangement. You can download the track for whatever price you desire (including for free) here:

It’s played on my 4 string Squier Vintage Modified Jazz and ( for those who like to know such things) is one track of bass which is then split into 4 tracks of audio – the basic DI’d track, two tracks with reverb which are high pass filtered and panned hard left and right, and a fourth track with all the high end rolled off which was run through the Ampeg B15 simulation in IK Multimedia’s excellent Ampeg SVX plug in.

The  sheet music, complete with tab, will be sent out to my mailing list just before Christmas so if you fancy a copy and aren’t already on the list, feel free to sign up at http://www.alunvaughan.com/contact.htm

A little while after recording God Rest Ye, I decided to have a go at recording a second, and somewhat sillier, arrangement that I’d been messing about with and here it is:

I had far too much fun doing the artwork in Paint but it doesn’t show on the player, so here it is in all it’s glory:

This one is played on my Cort Curbow 6 string with a capo at the 7th fret and again features a single track which is split up and processed. On this one there are actually 5 tracks – the central DI and two panned reverb/high pass filter tracks as before, plus a fairly quiet track of slapback echo and a high reverb, and final track which is run through a Marshall guitar amp simulation in Amplitube’s Jimi Hendrix plug in.

So, that’s all the new music so what’s the old music I mentioned in the title? Well there are two things, firstly the last couple of year’s Christmas tunes are still available on Bandcamp:

And secondly, my original PDF collection of Christmas tunes arranged for solo bass is still proving popular over at Bassbook.co.uk . Ten Christmas classics arranged for solo bass with tab plus a second PDF of just the melodies and two mini lessons which cover harmonics and two handed tapping to help you play the arrangements for just £3 ! NB There may be a slight delay in emailing them to you when you order as I’m still doing it all manually so have to be home to send it, but they get sent ASAP.

Finally, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support.

Take care,


Limited edition album for Cancer Research UK

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2011 by alunvaughan

Hi all, just a quick blog to let you know that, for the next 10 days, I have a 6 track album of unreleased tracks, mixes and rarities available on Bandcamp with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.

Every year, Cancer Research UK run an event called “Busking Cancer”, where musicians busk or organise events to raise money for their work in helping people affected by cancer. In the past I have done gigs for the event but this year found myself short of time but wanted to do something so decided to release some music instead.
This album contains music recorded from 2009 to 2011, all polished and remastered ( well re-apprenticed maybe, I can’t really call my process mastering!)

The tracks are…

1. Sunrise – from my currently unavailable 2009 album “What I Did On My Holiday”
2. The Big Calm – from the Cafe Noodle Big Calm project
3. Burning Bandstands – my remix of a track by guitarist Matt Stevens
4. The Featherplucker’s Son – unreleased version from the 2010 Cafe Noodle festival
5. Resolution – from Moo(sic), remixed for this album
6. Lester – an improvised tribute to Les Paul from 2009

The album costs a meager £3 and all proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. Here it is:

The album will only be available for the nex 10 days so please grab it while you can, enjoy some music, and help a great cause.

Take care,