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Welcome to Martin Bailey Music!

As a successful photographer, I am way out of my comfort zone sharing my music online, but here it is, warts-and-all.

I have been creating music, like most people, since I was a kid. I love music, and I love making music, but without any formal training, I know that I’m still not that good at it.

Learn more about me under the About section and I’ll try to post updates under the Blog section as time allows. For now, here is a playlist of all of the tracks that I’ve been happy enough with to share, in a compilation that I’m calling PHOTOGRAPH, as this represents the reason that most of the tracks came to being, with the exception of my latest track Funky Falcon, which was inspired initially simply by the sound of a new preset in UVI’s Falcon 2, one of my favorite synths.

My Music History

I had a guitar as a kid, and I actually sang and played sax in a band in my late-teens, We had a two-hour set and played some local gigs, and I really enjoyed it, but as is often the case, the ego of the guitarist quickly brought the band to its knees, and I left.

Continuing to yearn to make music, I bought a didgeridoo around 2002, and got pretty good with it, but living in Tokyo, an instrument that cannot be played quietly puts you in an awkward position, so I gradually stopped playing.

In 2010 I ditched my day-job in IT to pursue my passion for photography as a full-time career, and I’ve been successful in that, now living a dream life traveling around the planet photographing it’s sheer beauty and sharing my knowledge and experience with my tour guests.

In my first year as a professional photographer, we found out that I had a brain tumor, which I had surgery to remove, and as part of my rehabilitation, I bought an 88 key electric piano from Yamaha. I still have it and love it. Trying to learn to play the piano and struggling but gradually learning to read music became another passion.

I found that once photography became my career, I needed another creative activity to pursue outside of my photography, and music quickly filled that space. The electric piano now sits behind me when I’m at my desk, and I often spin my chair around and play a few tunes during my work-day, which helps me to relax and refocus sometimes.

I’ve had a number of instruments (a few too many) over the last eight years or so, including an electronic MIDI wind instrument, and a plethora of MIDI keyboards. I feel most comfortable now with the keyboard and use an Arturia Keylab 61 MkII for most of my traditional keyboard work, although the presence of Aftertouch was an important part of my decision to buy the Keylab.

For the last year or so, I have fallen head over heels in love with the amazingly expressive ROLI Seaboard. I am now using two ROLI Seaboard Blocks with two Lightpads and a couple of controllers. As of September 2019 I’m now working with my dream keyboard, the ROLI Seaboard RISE 49.

ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 with other ROLI Controllers and Bitwig Studio as I worked on Funky Falcon
ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 with other ROLI Controllers and Bitwig Studio as I worked on Funky Falcon

These ROLI instruments are incredibly easy for me to play, and because every movement is musical, I easily get immersed in the playing experience, spending hours just enjoying various sound possibilities.

Anyway, that pretty much sums up who I am, with photography remaining my main creative pursuit, but music taking up the role of my release, my way of winding down. I feel that the two complement each other, and I look forward to the day that I can start to feel as confident and accomplished in my music as I do my photography, but I have a saying:

“Let’s not rush to arrive, it’s all about the journey”

Meaning that we don’t necessarily need to reach our goal, or “make it” in a particular field, rather we should relish the experiences that we have on the journey to our goal.

The journey continues…

Martin Bailey