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The Songwriting Podcast

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HMHS 216 - Not Famous Dave the Gear Head

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:09:00 +0000

Dave returns !!!!

Discussion of plugins and tools:

Songs from
  • The Actor - Les Cotton and Pete Rand Music
  • Won't Ever Run - David Cooper Music
  • Home - Dave Criddle Music
  • Home - Grandma Melonhead  Music
  • I Got the Sun Shining Down on Me - Dave King  Music

Some Links

Please note that all the songs played so far were sent prior to the recent request. If you've sent something in then please be patient.(image)

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HMHS 215 - The Return of the HMHS aka Home Recording Blankets

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:54:00 +0000

Click on the title above to play the show, right click to download.

We're back.  Tony was bullied into it by Zoetrope.  Dave will return next week.

Lots of chit/chat,, feel free to FF, and some great home recorded songs.

The forum to discuss the show can be found here Home Made Hit Show Forum

email your songs to

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HMHS 214 - The Lonely Podcaster

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:59:00 +0000

I'm all alone this week so it's time for an old-school songwriting and home recording show.   

There is a very little discussion this week, just music
  • You Are - David Cooper (and Ralph)
  • Samba - Stranger Than Fiction- Randall Hill and Lee Faith
  • Axis of Awesome - Four Chords
  • Without You - Daren Sirbough
  • Wait - James McDaniel - Extrapedestrian
You can download the Extrapedestrian album here

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HMHS 213 - Subject Deficit

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:10:00 +0000

Balance the budget by listening to this excellent songwriting and home recording podcast with your power broking hosts Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle.

This weeks discussions and "stuff"
  • Making home music videos
  • We need inspiration
  • Getting the Pro Sound
  • Tape Saturation
  • Does listening to commercial songs help or hinder ?
Visit  for a copy of Andrew's album. 

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HMHS 212 - 0 - 60 in 35 Minutes - RPM Show

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:33:00 +0000

This week Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle narcissistically play their own songs.  7 tunes out of last months 20 created for the RPM Challenge Even more confusingly this is one without them being in the same "studio" since they can no longer bare to be in each others presence.  Give it a list and you'll understand.

To find more.

The songs:

  • Dave - Rich
  • Tony - Dressed In Black
  • Dave - Punk
  • Tony - I'm Afraid
  • Dave - Let's Go
  • Tony - Never Let Me Go
  • Dave - NuWave

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HMHS 211 - Lyrically Speaking

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:41:00 +0000

Dave & Tony return to discuss many interesting home songwriting and recording subjects.This weeks topics include"Borrow" a chord progression from an existing songRecording with a click track drum then replacing with hand percussionPlaying drums is really hard or Desktops for recordingRon SexsmithWalk The Moon do pro recordings sound betterRychie Floyd's songwriting philosophy.Chordbot of Lyrics discussionThis weeks songsIan Holtaway - Colour WhiteMike Anderson - I'm Still Taller Than YouRychie Floyd - Everybody Wants To Drink Your WaterAndrew Richardson - Mary Cries (words by Alan Gentle)Edward Wainwright - If You Don't Want MeThere are a bunch of videos below related to the show this weekWalk The Moon allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="560">Ron Sexsmith - See It To Believe It allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="560">Justin Currie - No So Sentimental Now allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="425">Justin Currie - I Guess I Didn't Love You makes Chris Difford from Squeeze Cry allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="560">A search for the BBC Songwriters Circle stuff on youtube. Healy Buttercups (not Daffodils as I said on the show) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="560">[...]

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HMHS 210 - Stop Your Engines

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 02:56:00 +0000

More mysterious and deep discussion of songwriting and home recording from your master - Dave Criddle - and slave - Tony Butterworth.

This weeks discussions

  • A charity CD ??
  • Home Made Soundbooth (from John Poulton)
  • Covering your own songs in a different style
  • Revisiting Tunes
  • More structure helps Dave
  • Having a strong theme helps Dave
This weeks tunes.
  • Back To The Beginning - Ronnie Marler
  • Peoria - Frank Canonica
  • Windwalkers - Richie Floyd
  • Wave - The Experiments


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HMHS 209 - A Pile of Steaming Home Made Hits

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:57:00 +0000

Back for more home made songwriting and recording goodness it's your fantastic hosts Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle.This week we discussPro Sounding Home RecordingsOur RPM Challenge ExperiencesDave stole my song :)Dave at ChurchDave Murdered His AmpSimplifying Your EquipmentWhy no Pop Songs in home recordingMario's Site at Zoetrope's new Backstage area of the forums for songs in progress, ideas, lyrics and anything else that's musical but not a full song video for Bruno Mars doing a Nirvana/Michael Jackson mashup is at the end.Songs this weekMake Me Crawl - Mario Gozum aka PillThe New Risk of the Foot Soldier - The LionsRelative - Yesterday's AddictionRelatives song info is here:Lyrically, the song is about love- well, more to the point, breaking up.  A relationship has to be collaboration between two willing people, and some women don’t seem to be capable of seeing how good they really have it- “you find sorrow in your treasure”.  But, in the end you realize that you are better off moving on- “In the dark, I find the sun”.  It was inspired by a close friend of mine who was going through a divorce, in spite of the fact that he completely built his whole life around his wife.  So, the song was built around those ideas, and written on an acoustic guitar.  After the rough song was “sketched out”, Mike Mitchell, our lead guitarist, recorded some rough guitar takes which were uploaded to the “SendSpace” file sharing site.  Jim Tamburini (his real name, by the way) downloaded the .wav files and imported them into his DAW, and put together the drum tracks.  He sent back separate .wav files of the kick, snare/hi-hat, toms, and cymbals, which Mike and I re-imported, and then set about the task of recording all of the finished guitar and vocal tracks.Bruno Mars allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="640"> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" width="480">[...]

HMHS 208 - The Return of the Plugin

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:56:00 +0000

We're back for more of those hi quality distant vocal recordings from Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle, your self appointed ringmasters of the home songwriting circus.

This week discussions include:

  • Dave's Rondo Bass
  • Rewiring a guitar
  • Dave's attempts to record from a netbook
  • Dave's Shure Beta 52 mic
  • Reorganizing your plugins
This weeks, all important, songs
  • Randall Hill - In Between
  • Sugarspin (Jim Daly & KV( - There For You
  • Exactly What You Need - Hobey Kuhn

HMHS 207 - The Return of The Fantastic Two

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 22:06:00 +0000

Yes we're back.  Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle here to spin your tunes and harm your ears.  Apologies for my sound quality as I have forgotten how to use my PS-04.

This weeks discussions
  • Plans for the show
  • What we've been doing
  • Stuff we've "aquired"
  • RPM Challenge - SIGN UP NOW AT
  • Writing Music First
This weeks songs

Brother Luke - Everything To Me

Spots - Tegen De Wind (recorded by Jerome Fygee)

David Cooper - Sweet Lady Luna

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Dave's Top Albums of 2010

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 04:50:00 +0000

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
Devo - Something For Everybody
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer 
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Tony's Top 10 Albums of 2010

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:26:00 +0000

Here's a list of my top 10 albums released in 2010 (in the US).

I get so frustrated by so many people claiming there is no good music these days.  Truth is the system has become fractured and it's much more difficult to find music you might like, but please rest assured, it's definitely out there.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The National - High Violet
Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More (2010 release in US)
Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man
Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions (2010 release in US)
Sunshine Underground - Nobody's Coming to Save You
Jonsi - Go
Marina and the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
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HMHS 206 - A Bunch Of Fools

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 23:09:00 +0000

A slightly different show here.  This is a conversational and music show featuring Les Cotton, Ralph Tonge, Pete Rand and David Claridge.  They discuss writing and recording music. 

The songs and links are

Les Cotton - Photograph

Ralph Tonge - Give Your All This Xmas

Pete Rand with David Claridge - So Long Ago

David Claridge - The Garden

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HMHS 205 - Half a Surprise

Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:49:00 +0000

A spur of the moment one man home songwriting and recording podcast from your host Captain Tony Butterworth.

This week I briefly touch on
  • Why there has been no shows and what the future holds
  • Why I'm not doing much recording
  • More instruments makes us sound amateurish
  • Crap singers using their voices = Mark Knopfler
  • Jack White says we need deadlines & limitations to be creative
  • Memorable lyrics
  • Writing songs with a casio/yamaha keyboard
Remember to post your memorable lyrics at

This weeks tunes

  • Robert Hall - Ghostly Traces
  • Robert Weber - Every Day
  • The Tones - Clock Strikes 12
  • The Tones - The Station
  • David McConnell - You Knew It Then

HMHS 204 - Frauds

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 21:18:00 +0000

Welcome to one last summer show for David Criddle and Tony Butterworth your fraudulent home songwriting guru's.

This weeks discussions include
  • Giving away your best ideas
  • U2's songwriting approach
  • Doctor Horrible and Buffy Musical Episodes
  • Breaking a slump (write an easy, silly song)
Tony has been listening to: The Whigs, Drive By Truckers, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero's, The Submarines and Green Day.

Dave has been listening to U2

This weeks songs
  • Sahara - Lochinvar (
  • I've Given Up - Dave Chick
  • My Addiction - Marvin Kanarek
  • Which - The Rotary Dial
Marvin's video.
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HMHS 203 - Dave Likes Frank's Organ

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:50:00 +0000

Welcome to your source of home recording and songwriting entertainment.  Host by the songwriting fraud's Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle.

This weeks discussions include

  • Sing your lyrics when writing them
  • Rewriting songs
  • Inspiration and playing existing music
Tony has been listening to Lissie, Scissor Sisters, Roots and Wolf Parade.
Dave has been watching Phoenix live on MTV. for Sean's downloadable CD

10 Hallmarks of Amateur Recordings

This weeks tunes
  • Frank Canonica - Water For Tears
  • The Continentals - Working Man's Blues
  • Laurier Tiernan - Ransacked
  • Sean Fellowes - World Peace

HMHS 202 - Snazzy Jazzy

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:41:00 +0000

 Tony Butterworth and Dave "Jazzmaster" Criddle return for more home songwriting and recording goodness.  We need your songs so get them sent in to

This weeks topics include
  • Losers Street - The Legendary Ten Seconds
  • Make a Birthday Wish - Those Dreaded Gnats
  • I'm Still Taller Than You - Mike Anderson
  • Dan Brown in Town - The Pocket Gods

HMHS 201 - Content Free

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:43:00 +0000

Back again after my intensive training for the World Cup.

This week we discuss:
  • Rock Band: Green Day
  • Rock Band 3
  • Jack White's songwriting tip
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inspiration and obscure lyrics
  • Dave has been listening to Nada Surf, Hot Hot Heat, LCD Soundsystem
  • Tony has been listening to Hot Chip, Green Day and Teenage Fanclub
Some great tunes for you:
  • Barricades Rise - Gave Up The World 
  • Here Today – The Cracks (with Steve Nylander)
  • Frank Canonica – I’m Not Myself with intro
  • Mat Wilson (Widerenie) -  Debtors are Us


HMHS 200 - The Forgotten Anniversary

Fri, 28 May 2010 21:22:00 +0000

Home songwriting and recording talking heads Dave Criddle and Tony Butterworth return for more waffle.

This weeks topics include
  • Filling the gaps in your head
  • The contest winner (you have to listen to know if you won)
  • The demise of LaLa (I hate Apple)
  • Dave's Buzzcocks tune
  • Tony remixes John Poulton's Gravity
  • Keith calls in
  • Tony has not been listening to much (thanks Apple) but was underwhelmed by Band of Horses)
  • Dave has been listening to New Pornographers and Kraftwerk
This weeks song:
  • The Splinters - The Game Of Lying
  • Lucas - Hanging At The Forum
  • The Pocket Gods - Come On England
  • Jay Regain - Motherearth

Band Of Horses
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New Pornographers
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HMHS 199 - Heavy Breathing

Fri, 14 May 2010 20:51:00 +0000

Back for more heavy breathing and incessant home recording and songwriting babbling, it's Tony "Vader" Butterworth and Dave "Skywalker" Criddle.

Remember to send an email to with Contest in the subject if you want to win a Korg Nanopad (winners announced next time).

This weeks subject matter include
  • Check the mastering thread on the forums
  • No show next week
  •, make sure and visit to enter the songwriting contest
  • Dave's a street performer
  • Dave's bands plays Baby Doll
  • Polly on speed
  • Tony has been listening to The National
  • Dave has been listening to Super Furry Animals
This weeks songs
  • Randall Hill - More Than Friends
  • John Poulton - Gravity
  • Leisure - Baby Doll
  • James Bryson and Steve Nylander - The One Who Owns My Heart

The National
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Super Furry Animals
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HMHS 198 - Now with free Korg Nanopad

Fri, 07 May 2010 20:49:00 +0000

Yes you can win a Korg Nano Pad simply by sending an email to with CONTEST in the title line.  If you're in the US shipping will be covered, outside of the US we will review once I know the cost.  Read about the Nanopad here watch the video below.This week Dave Criddle and Tony Butterworth discussTony's inactivityBeing in a band is not always that greatBalanced CablesToneport presetsTony's EZMix review Read Kevin Selby's R16 site here Tony has been listening to - Marina and the Diamonds, Genesis, Kate NashDave has been listening to - Quasi Songs:Joe Holtaway - We Go Sailing Kevin Selby -  Wonderin' (R16 Demo Project) - Leigh Wright - For An Hour or TwoDavid Partrick - (I Unfriended You on) FacebookSonic State Nanopad Review and the Diamonds - Dancing with the Moonlight Knight - Peace and Love[...]

HMHS Video Special - 3 Home Made Home Recorded Videos

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:36:00 +0000

The week got away from us this week so there is no normal show.  Instead how about a show of videos I've been sent.

Also make sure and take a look at my review of the new Toontrack EZMix product

James Donn - All I Ever Got
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Michael Lyzenga - Coal River Blues
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Bryan Eddy - You Won't See Me Cry
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Toontrack's EZMix Review

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:29:00 +0000

EZMix Review What follows is a text based review of the new EZMix product released by Toontrack.  I would like to thank them for them sending me a copy for review.EZMix is a liberating and at the same time frustrating product.  It's a product that will be perfect for some and will drive others crazy with it's limitations.First I need to set the stage by describing my own personal background and use case.  I am a home hobby musician, who records music purely for the fun of it.  My operating mode is to find something that works (a sound, a product, FX Chain or technique) and stick with it, I really don't like to tinker that much so in principle EZMix should be perfect for me.   I do use Line6 products for modeling and hence a number of my tracks, most commonly guitar, are recorded with effects already applied.  I usually record bass, vocals and keyboards relatively clean.  I use mostly clean drum loops or VSTs for drums.So this is where the first issue arises.  I think the product name and the marketing are a little misleading.  Even though I now realize it was impossible, I imagined this as some kind of product that I could apply to my project and it would give me a great mix.  A magical mastering tool.  In reality it really isn't a mastering tool at all, though there are a few presets and it could be used that way.  Most of the time the intention is to apply the effects to clean, or in the case of guitars, post amp tracks and to control them by applying EQ, Compression and other relatively simple effects.  The result is that in a project like mine, with 40 different tracks I have to apply EZMix separately to every track and choose how to process it.Lets take a step back to summarize the product.  You can find lots of details at the Toontrack site. including the video shown below.  It costs $69 and is purchased via a download.  You buy the product, then download it and activate it on first use.  You can have it active on two computers at any time, and you can add and remove computers from your account up to five times.  The product installs easily and automatically is added to the folders necessary to make it work on your PC (providing you haven't gone all non standard on your VST folders).  I use Reaper and it showed up first time with no issues.  EZMix uses sixteen different effect types (listed towards the end of this article) that are combined in various combinations to create the presets provided by the product.  These effects are not really modeling based, there are no guitar amps etc, but are more post processing based.  Your ability to customize these presets is very limited.  There are three controls two of which behave differently depending on the preset you are working with, the third one sets the volume level.  The UI is presented very nicely and is easy to understand and follow, once you have selected a preset a window shows you what is included and what the control sliders are set to.  You can modify the sliders to get a sound you like then save the preset with your own name.  You can also click any preset and flag it as a favorite for easy access.EZMix seems very low CPU intensive.  I ran a project where it was running around fifteen times on different tracks, including two copies on a single track and Reaper reported minimal incr[...]

HMHS 197 - Keep It Short and Sweet

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:28:00 +0000

Welcome to more babbling discussion of our great home songwriting and recording subject from your hosts Tony Butterworth and Dave Criddle.

This weeks discussions include
This weeks music
  • Scott Walker - First Night
  • The Morrisons - John Ray
  • Basczax - Sexy Robot

    My short NanoPad Video
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    Videos from the what I've been listening to. Please make sure and check them out. Featuring. Kate Nash, Avett Bros, Nickel Creek, Trampled By Turtles, The Hollaways, Burning Hotels and Aqualung

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    EZMix Video
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