Just something to tide your day(s) over

Something that didn’t quite make the cut.

A message from Anonymous
I am 20 years old and I have just started playing piano, I have a couple of questions for you: Q1: At what age did you start playing piano? Q2: Are you using a digital piano or is it a synthesizer? and lastly Q3. Is there a girl behind your musical journey?

Hello!

I started playing two years ago, actually. I’m using a MIDI keyboard, so the most I’m working with is velocity sensitive keys. I’d love to own an actual piano however. 

As for Q3, I’m not entirely sure how to answer that! There’s definitely a girl involved, even if she wasn’t around when the journey started. She’s part of the journey now though :)

A message from Anonymous
Stumbled upon "Elsewhere" on Bandcamp and like it a lot. Thank you very much.

I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

Please spread it around! 

onephotographatatime:

Sometimes you just want music, no words, no one singing - just the music. Elsewhere by Asfandyar Khan will give you just that and a whole lot more. If you’re wanting to check out for a bit and be transported even for a while to a place that you know exists but can’t seem to get to…. this album will take you there. 
Asfandyar contacted me a while ago asking if he could use this image as his album cover and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I’m so happy that I could be a part of this wonderful project. This was an instagram photo I took on my way to Beacon to photograph Sarah & Nigel’s wedding. The train ride up was so beautiful and the entire time I wished I had some amazing music to compliment the sights I was seeing, so as soon as Elsewhere was released I realized this is what was missing from that trip. I might just take the Metro-North up to Beacon again for the experience.
Buy this album. I promise you… you will not regret it - p.s the track Sept 29th is my absolute favorite off of the album and today happens to be Sept 29th so there you go!

onephotographatatime:

Sometimes you just want music, no words, no one singing - just the music. Elsewhere by Asfandyar Khan will give you just that and a whole lot more. If you’re wanting to check out for a bit and be transported even for a while to a place that you know exists but can’t seem to get to…. this album will take you there. 

Asfandyar contacted me a while ago asking if he could use this image as his album cover and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I’m so happy that I could be a part of this wonderful project. This was an instagram photo I took on my way to Beacon to photograph Sarah & Nigel’s wedding. The train ride up was so beautiful and the entire time I wished I had some amazing music to compliment the sights I was seeing, so as soon as Elsewhere was released I realized this is what was missing from that trip. I might just take the Metro-North up to Beacon again for the experience.

Buy this album. I promise you… you will not regret it - p.s the track Sept 29th is my absolute favorite off of the album and today happens to be Sept 29th so there you go!

I have a new album out, called ‘Elsewhere’. You can get it by clicking on the image.
You can stream it, or if you want you can download it for free (alternatively, if you’re in a frisky mood, you can pay any amount you want for it as well). If you’re fond of the album, please spread and share it around. As an indie musician I can’t ask for anything more than lots of people having the chance to hear and share my music.
I hope you guys like it.
(Cover art is by the wonderfully talented Natasha Jahangir - you can see her work at http://onephotographatatime.tumblr.com/)

I have a new album out, called ‘Elsewhere’. You can get it by clicking on the image.

You can stream it, or if you want you can download it for free (alternatively, if you’re in a frisky mood, you can pay any amount you want for it as well). If you’re fond of the album, please spread and share it around. As an indie musician I can’t ask for anything more than lots of people having the chance to hear and share my music.

I hope you guys like it.

(Cover art is by the wonderfully talented Natasha Jahangir - you can see her work at http://onephotographatatime.tumblr.com/)

A message from Anonymous
I want to start making ambient/postrock music too. But I wonder what gear you use. I just don't know what to buy. I have got guitars and basses and their amplifiers, and I could find a synth myself but How do you record and modify your sounds? Thank you so much for your beautiful music.

Thank you!

I essentially use Ableton Live 8 for recording/writing/processing. That’s where the majority of the work is done. Once you’ve got your guitar parts down, it’s essentially a case of working with varying effects to achieve the sound you want (mostly it’s delay and reverb, but don’t limit yourself to just these two).

Some musicians like Tim Hecker record guitars and then chop them up into samples (like you would if you were making electronic music) and then use a lot granular synthesis to get their sound. There’s no one way to make ambient music, so it depends a lot on what your sound is.

Good luck! 

Lots and lots of new music. (Taken with Instagram)

Lots and lots of new music. (Taken with Instagram)

My humble, ghetto-ish workspace. <3 forever. (Taken with Instagram)

My humble, ghetto-ish workspace. <3 forever. (Taken with Instagram)