The Gamer's Nexus (5' 02") - Ref. 1401
Even my kids, who are big gamers, think this could be game music, which is the intent. There's an area in our local Souk in Salmiya which has banks of networked PCs where the kids can shoot the hell out of each other, but otherwise a true description of our household as our boys spend most of their free hours, with or without friends, playing PC & PlayStation games. A bass sequencer provides the heartbeat, with piano and orchestra on top plus a synth lead - 118 bpm, 4/4 time

Drive on Highway 5 - 2004

The album is named after a piece done in 5/4 time. The album covers contain pictures of the boys taking their first driving lesson on Boxing Day 2003, when a group of expats drove in convoy across the open northern desert of Kuwait to the Iraqi border for a picnic. It is flat terrain, so great for a 12 and 10 year old to get their first taste of driving a 4x4 while watching those American M1 tanks on manoeuvres! In Kuwait we lived at the eastern end of the 5th Ring Road, and along with the 40 Motorway (as musically depicted in CD12) was part of my daily commute. Click the description of each piece for the MP3.
Secret Gardens (3' 04") - Ref. 1406
ProX 'Secret Garden' ambience with solo electric guitar - 75 bpm 4/4 time
Drive on Highway 5 (5' 29") - Ref. 1407
More rush hour traffic, but at least it's flowing. Groove provided by piano and amplified acoustic bass (excluding bridge), accompanied by E Grand, voices and steel string guitar - 160 bpm 5/4 time
Vertices (3' 44") - Ref. 1405
The unofficial title track and the grid on the album cover. Solo piano on top of a 5 part background - 120 bpm, 4/4 time
Point Southwest (3' 44") - Ref. 1404
A C&W-style backing from 4 guitars, drums and synths, overlain by a chorused git - 115 bpm 4/4 time
Men In Black (ProX Dance Mix) (7' 07") - Ref. 1403
A neuralized version (and therefore entirely forgettable) of the film theme - Assorted drums, synths, voices and beeps with Phaser FX - 120 bpm, 4/4 time
Le Freak (ProX Dance Mix Chic) (7' 05") - Ref. 1409
Another extended disco mix. The ubiquitous funky git, with additional deep bass - 120 bpm 4/4 time
Pick Up The Pieces (ProX Dance Mix) (5' 03") - Ref. 1408
An extended mix of the disco classic with processed drums, additional mega bass, saxophones (of course) and distorted synthy strings with Flanger FX. This one has been kept as close the original as possible but with an upgraded beat - 112 bpm 4/4 time
Deutsche Elektro (6' 53") - Ref. 1410
I grew up with the German techno-rock of the 1970's, and this piece reflects the electronic influences of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and Klaus Schulze, as well as Vangelis and others. Everything laid on top of a main sequencer beat - 146 bpm, 4/4 time
Mission Impossible (ProX Mix) (3' 45") - Ref. 1413
The classic TV & film theme. This is my extended upbeat dance mix of Larry Mullen & Alan Clayton's film score version using the ProX voices - 95 bpm, 4/4 time
Futurama (ProX Dance Mix) (5' 45") - Ref. 1414
My attempt at an upbeat 'club dance' mix of the TV cartoon series theme - one of Alex's favourite shows. Possibly not 'good news' for anyone. Assorted processed drums, synth basses, synths and not forgetting the themes FM bells & Tubular vibes - 120 bpm, 4/4 time