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 Release Date 1st August 2019
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Has Automation Come to Music?

One of the first albums to feature mainly virtual musicians has just been released, and do you think you can tell a computer played the music?

For decades musicians have been using computers to sample sounds and play patterns of music. Up until recently it has been musicians telling the computer what notes to play, when and how. But in the last few years software has been coming to the market that lets the computer choose which note play when and how it “thinks” best.

Simon Mark Smith has just released a 17 track album, Dangerous Things, in which 12 of the tracks were created using such software. He has had a following of over 120,000 followers on Facebook for his music over the last 10 years, yet they have been unaware that not is he not musically trained but he can’t actually play any instruments because in part, he was born without any lower arms.

“My followers on Facebook wouldn’t know about my arms, I’ve hidden this from them for the last 10 years, but I don’t want to hide it anymore, nor do I want to make it the focus of what I do. It’s hard to find the right balance.”

“I am a singer songwriter but I don’t consider myself to be a musician, I write songs and sing, but when it comes to the music I either get other people to play the music on my songs or increasingly I get computers to do it.”

“What’s strange is, using computers is very similar to working with real musicians,” says Smith, “I tell the computer what keys, chords, tempo and style I want and it comes up with loads of ideas which I then edit to create a song. The difference between now and a few years ago is just how human the music sounds…”

Dangerous Things, crosses genres and styles from rock, to pop, to folk, whilst veering from sounding like The National, to Tom Waits to Chris Isaacs.

Simon Mark Smith is also a digital artist, writer, painter, and photographer. He’s a product of our times; harnessing the power of the Internet to distribute and promote his art. Over the last 30 years he has written hundreds of songs and recorded 4 albums. He already has another album recorded and ready for release later this year, as well as an autobiography in the editing stage. 2019 and 2020 look set to be a busy time for Smith. Prepare to hear more from this prolific artist.

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EPK: http://www.simonmarksmith.com/dangerous-things-epk/

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Artist Information

Label: Independent

Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk,

Sounds like: The National, James Arthur, The Drones, Iron and Wine, Ryan Adams, Robbie Robertson, Kings of Leon, Civil Twilight, Oren Lavie, Jade Everett, Everlast,  Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Chris Isaak, Mark Knopfler, JJ Cale.

Influences: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Chris Isaak, Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, JJ Cale, Antony and the Johnsons, The The, Bob Dylan, Malcolm McLaren, Pink Floyd, Yellow, INXS, Michael Jackson, Roxy Music, Japan, Tracey Chapman, Kate Bush. 

Dangerous Things

Simon Mark Smith’s latest album, Dangerous Things, includes 12 songs out of 17 which showcase some of the most sophisticated virtual musician software currently available. The rich emotional musicality of these songs will amaze you. This is the beginning of the automation era and this album will astound you with just how real current virtual musicians sound.

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Biography

Simon Mark Smith has a following of 123,000 followers on Facebook for his music, yet he can’t physically play any instruments and isn’t musically trained.

“Having no lower arms doesn’t help when it comes to being a musician” he says smiling, “but I want people to focus on my music not my arms. My followers on Facebook wouldn’t know about my arms, I’ve hidden this from them for the last 10 years, but I don’t want to hide it anymore, nor do I want to make it the focus of what I do. It’s hard to find the right balance.”

“I don’t actually consider myself to be a musician, I write songs and sing, but I either get other people to play the music on my songs or increasingly I get computers to do it. This last album has 17 songs on, 12 were made using computers only to come up with the music and play the solos. What’s strange is it’s very similar to working with musicians. I tell the computer what key, chords, tempo and style I want and it comes up with loads of ideas which I then choose and stitch them together to create a song. The difference between now and a few years ago is just how human the music sounds. We seem to have moved in to a new era. The computer takes a sample then twists and moulds it to fit with the song I’m creating or do I mean we’re creating.”

His latest album, Dangerous Things, crosses genres and styles from rock, to pop, to folk, whilst veering from sounding like The National, to Tom Waits to Chris Isaacs. In terms of the songs being immediately accessible, Smith points out in our current world of streaming, if a song doesn’t grab you immediately it’ll probably fall by the wayside, which is a shame because so many of the songs I learned to love were not immediately likable. Some music requires commitment from the listener to give it a chance. I have found that giving my music away for free allows listeners to make it a part of the listener’s music library where they can give it a chance. Even so, some songs on the album are immediately accessible.” He smiles “I’m not that brave” he says.

Simon Mark Smith is also a digital artist, writer, painter, and photographer, who was using computers in his art as far back as 1985 during his degree in Fine Art at the renowned Chelsea School of Art in London. Much of the artwork he does now is created on an iPad using paint type apps and can be seen in the video for the title track “Dangerous Things”.

Simon is a product of our times; he isn’t musically trained but has written hundreds of songs and recorded 4 albums. He already has another album recorded and ready for release later this year, as well as an autobiography in the editing stage, 2019 and 2020 look set to be a busy time for Smith. Prepare to hear more from this prolific artist.

M Rachailov 2019 CC UK

Dangerous things can be purchased from all the major digital download distributors, but for those of you who can download files with ease CDbaby.com are selling all his albums for just $1(£1) each. Just search for him on their website to find them or use the following link

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British artist delivers his most diverse, yet intimate, records.”
“As a mirror of wonderful life, “Dangerous Things” is almost perfect.”

From an Album Review in “Let It Rock” (See it in full by clicking here)
Original article: http://dmme.net/simon-mark-smith-dangerous-things/

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SimonMarkSmithAndSteveDumelo

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Hailsham Radio’s Martina Mercer
Interviews Simon Mark Smith 25/8/19

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