Seaboard RISE 2

After being away for quite a bit, I discovered the world of MIDI and keyboard. Before I know it, I got into the rabbit hole. It has become a bit of an obsession. Now I am ordering my first MIDI keyboard. I will post details here when I received it. It’s not one of those Arturia, M-Audio, Korg or Alesis but I reckon it will do the job for me as a beginner.

I got into thinking of composing my own tunes because I’ve been doing bicycle blogging and I am afraid, using other people’s tunes even though they are copyright -free might have future implications. So, that’s how I got into this hobby after learning a few tricks via Garage Band.

This one is called  Seaboard RISE 2 by a company called ROLI. It’s truly captivating at first glance. It looks so slick and the design in clean. The touch keys also remind me of the Buchla easel for its intuitive design. This is something I look forward to having in the future when I have the budget for it.

This looks like a good instrument for beginners and professionals. It also looks great on stage if you know what I mean.

Stephen Hurley’s Ambient Jazz

Stephen Hurley

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Style: Instrumental/ambient

The joy of jazz inspired tunes with notes that conjure gentle bulbs floating in the mind.The subtlety in Hurlmusic  by Stephen Hurley doesn’t hurl anything aggressive at you. In fact, what you get is pure aural bliss that calls to mind the freshness of waterfalls and organic blankets.

His melodies sometimes go into atonal realm but he knows how to get you back. He has no intention of letting you off the hook. And you squirm while he caresses your senses with bubbles of fascinating sounds.Tenderfoot is an example of something that’s quirky but also friendly. It has that sensual tension that goes into pulses of bliss but never really climax.

Just a Little is a tease of a track. Kind of makes you think about someone taking off layers of clothing but not really going all the way. The steady percussion attack is like desire pounding only to explode into ripples of silver waves.  Free Ride has that groovy and hypnotic whisper of a fervent desire waiting to be consummated. Better bite your lower lips when you listen to this and curl your toes. And told me, is a warm afterglow after an aural lovemaking. There are traces of warm, wet sounds trailing along the ambient samples. But yes Stephen Hurley knows how to seduce you and leave you satiated and smiling.

Take a listen via Jango.

You can also buy the tracks through Amazon UK  and Itunes.



Stephen Hurley, St Kilda Melbourne based pianist/keyboardist.

Began performing at an early age at classical recitals, performed all around Melbourne through the 70’s to the 90’s in various formats, bands and duo’s. Keyboards, acoustic piano, hammond organ. Occassional studio session, soundtracks (documentary). Been involved in many aspects of the music industry, performing live, video/tv appearance and behind the scenes. Proprietor of cafe’s in Melbourne St Kilda, popular haunt with many in the entertainment industry. Staircase fall in the 90’s resulted in spinal cord injury. Returning to music making in recent years after a long recovery.