Author: Kris Halpin

  • Tesla Wankers.

    There’s a curious attitude around early adopters of seemingly any technology, at least in the UK. It used to be iPhone Wankers. At the moment, it’s Tesla Wankers. This country loves to hate on early adopters. I know about being an early adopter. I was within the first 15 people ever to own a pair […]

  • iPads are NOT Musical Instruments.

    I find myself (again) debating the yawnsome “iPads aren’t musical instruments” narrative with a music service. But actually, they’re right. iPads aren’t (necessarily) musical instruments. And neither is anything else. Lots of pianos are just pieces of furniture to their owners. Vintage guitars make nice wall art for silicon valley CEOs. It’s what we do…

  • GGD + Logic Step Sequencer.

    I’m a big fan of GGD’s Modern & Massive. I use it both on stage and in the studio; it’s my go-to drum kit. My live show is powered by Ableton Live, but I often use Logic Pro X when recording. I do find programming drums in Logic’s Piano Roll to be fairly tedious. Thankfully,…

  • I have COVID.

    It finally got me. Like a lot of Disabled people, I’ve been very worried about getting COVID. I was on the Government’s vulnerable list, and isolated for a very long time. Double jabbed (not boosted, mind) – but I’ve finally caught it. It could be worse. It’s certainly not worse than the whole Tramadol withdrawal…

  • One Year Tramadol Free.

    Massive Trigger Warning: frank discussion of pain, medication and drug withdrawal. Today feels significant. It’s been one year exactly since I lost took Tramadol, which was given to me for pain relief some 5 years previous. It’s a lot to think about. I’m not even sure what I want to say. Most importantly, I don’t…

  • All Your Cartoon Pals.

    I debuted this song at the SAGE Gateshead Pay-Per-View in May. It’s a strange beast; like an REM song produced by Guy Sigsworth. That’s mostly what I do. Make the imaginary things real. These songs already exist, in a sense. I just have to be quiet enough to hear them. I recorded a vocal I’m…

  • The Future (was) Europe.

    4 years ago today I was in Brussels representing @mtflabs at the @europeancommission headquarters. Performing with the @mi.mu.gloves at the EU Headquarters outside the European Parliament Chamber felt really significant, and was a huge honour. It was also (inevitably) a really complex security detail to navigate – wearing all that cyborg clobber sure raises eyebrows.…

  • Drake Music: Planted Symphony

    I’m always working on something I can’t talk about, and I think it’s yawnfest when musicians post about stuff like “can’t say too much yet” so I don’t usually acknowledge anything – but here is one of those things, which I can now talk about! Phew.  So, this was complicated. While I was preparing for…

  • Vlog: Goodbye 2020

    Goodbye, 2020. 

  • Thoughts On Performing Live In Lockdown.

    I’ve torn off the Band-Aid. I was sceptical about performing live via webcams and such – is it real enough? Thanks to the Disability Rights Utah for the opportunity! Mission accomplished. So what was it like? Well… as most of you know, I’m primarily a live performer these days. I’ve played A LOT of shows,…

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