Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:03:24 -0800
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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:03:24 -0800A lovely little early fingerstyle composition for the banjo by Frank B. Converse, from his 1865 New and Complete Method for the Banjo With or Without a Master.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:55:27 -0800Work in progress, a classic fiddle rag with some new old time fun. Words and arrangement by Mr. Corwin Bolt, played by the Wingnuts. More about Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts including show dates and more music can be found at http://www.corwinbolt.com/. (crossposted on soundcloud)
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:45:13 -0800A song about alternative histories and intangible futures.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:15:28 -0800a lament about work got to take it from the beginning in a rotten mood today doesn't seem like the life i wanted how did it get this way? pushing a dead man too far it's the money that you wanted we'll put lots of it on your grave excuse me if i walk away now it's my life i'm trying to save
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:59:33 -0800For a storytelling project, I made six variations of a three note motif, to represent the personalities of six different characters. Each little theme is less than ten seconds long, so even when I put all six of them together it adds up to less than 60 seconds. I hope to post the whole project someday, but at least this version counts for the November Music Challenge!
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:19:01 -0800first song of new album birdie you never can tell what each day's going to bring wake up cursing and by night time learn to sing i've got a little birdie and she don't know what to do she doesn't know that much, but what she knows is true breathing is a burden and whiskey is a sin don't you tell my birdie about the shape i'm in
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:46:54 -0800For this month's 60-second-or-under challenge. A pretty hokey deal about being an awake person at certain late hours of the night and how that can feel different from night to night, depending on your perspective at the time.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:07:40 -0800A jazzy/funky/noisy/weird tune written for the 60 second challenge. Just sort of stops instead of ending. Pretty much just sax riffing on top of a janky rhythm section.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:31:04 -0800chord sesh II
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:44:52 -0800Fun with drones and LFOs. Could probably pass as an Enigma tribute, thus the name.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:17:40 -0800Anymore
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:29:33 -0800In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. This version is actually a smidgen faster than the tempo I usually play, in order to fit in all the measures I wanted into a minute. I'd already written the guitar part a long time ago, so I recorded basically the intro of the piece on guitar and was about to submit it by itself. Then a few days later, I worked up a separate melody and picked it out on a borrowed digital piano. (I'm not a pianist and it's been over 15 years since I practiced any tune on a piano, so I kept it simple.) I'm always wary of subconsciously channeling another song out there, so if this sounds like something else, I'd love to know.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:12:50 -0800My entry for the November Challenge. It is not new, but it has been waiting for this challenge to finally have an appropriate home. Lyrics: You can find everyone in a jar on the hill if you look for the jar full of people
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:33:03 -0800Who is more foolish, the fool who requests a honkcore version of "Sir Duke," or the fool who fills the request? ...don't answer that. MIDI found randomly on the Web, with everything except the lead and percussion replaced with the Car Horns soundfont.
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:24:54 -0800A wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. I've been having trouble finding song-writing direction in general lately, and have wanted pretty badly for the last week and change to find something musical to say about where I am mentally and emotionally. Afternoon cup of coffee kicked in today and this is what came out in a sort of gonzo blur of writing and recording. Everything may be fucked but it was a nice, needed spike of catharsis. Now to just keep on going.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 23:25:47 -0800Short acoustic number. Background light rail. Is it about a person? Is it about a city? I have no idea, but I wish I was better at acoustic guitar eq.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:12:20 -0800Be careful what you wish for. MIDI file found uncredited online; sax and brass sections replaced with Car Horns soundfont.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:56:00 -0800Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! There were a few requests left over after the Great Raffle Request Challenge ended back in 2013; I asked if I could take one of the remaining ones, and greenish assigned me this challenge from Secretariat. I liked the idea immediately and was also impressed by the helpful examples and flexibility in the additional request info:
Details: The main instrument of the song should be an instrument you don't play. You can take this as loosely or literally as you wish. If you want some examples to get you inspired: Example A: You play string instruments. You've never even touched a trumpet. You take your portable recording device to the music store and ask to take a trumpet to the trial/practice room and see what kind of noises you can get out of it. You then either post it to music in all its glory, or maybe you take the recording and add some snazzy backup tracks from instruments you do play or some vocals or something. Example B: You sing and play the saxophone and live in a house with a piano, but don't really play more than chopsticks regularly. Try to play something interesting on the piano and record it. Example C: You play pretty much every type of instrument, so this challenge is really hard for you. But what about less traditional instruments like pots and pans? Cats? Children? Car doors? Vegetables?I've done a mix-and-match combo from examples B and C, featuring chimes and one of my favorite breakfast foods that's also acoustically useful: oatmeal. Years ago, a friend of mine gave me a really nice set of desktop chimes (8 bars + mallet) and while I liked them a lot, I'd never learned how to play them as a real instrument. I spent some time figuring out a melody, practiced it a few times, and then recorded it. Later added some backing rhythm with a makeshift hand drum/shaker: a partially full oatmeal canister (thin cardboard with plastic lid). I'm not a percussionist, as this recording will very clearly demonstrate... This took forever because of multiple unexpected events coming up in real life along the way. I recorded this in January 2016, and had hoped to redo the recording after some more practice. Now that that's looking less likely, I didn't want to delay any further so I completed this mixdown yesterday. Thanks to greenish for the encouragement when I said it would take longer than I expected. Secretariat, I'm really sorry for the delay and I'm happy to present it here, at long last! Thanks for the creative idea; I had fun doing this challenge.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:08:14 -0800Please, shake your booty for 60 seconds
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:24:59 -0800sweeping drum loops and keyboard while a guitar synthesizer does something
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:16:50 -0800For Leonard.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:13:51 -0800This is for the 60 second Metafilter November Music Challenge. My software, the Platonic Music Engine, generates 6 glorious seconds of avant-garde electronic beeps and boops for your listening pleasure! Many, many, many more details inside. The Platonic Music Engine is a program I've been working on for a couple of years now that generates music in any style imaginable and based entirely on whatever unique information you supply (name, birth date of your favorite child, the text of The Tempest, etc). It does this by taking your initial input, doing math to it which converts it to a seed for the pseudo random number generator which is then guided toward creating a piece of music for you. For the works in this post the seed is "Metafilter November Music Challenge". The particular musical style used in this submission is known as the Platonic Score. The idea behind it is to use the full capabilities of the underlying technology (Csound, Lua, and whatever computer you're using) to create a piece of music that is not reliant on any particular cultural expectation of music, ie, something that transcends human aesthetic constraints. An Ideal music. Or in the words of John Cage, a music that is free from human ego, our likes and dislikes, our memories. We achieve all that using generic electronic music sounds (bleeps and bloops etc) and a massive range of audio frequencies. The piece works by you choosing how many sonic events you want. Basically how many notes but I like "sonic events" better. This can be from 1 to like twelvity bazillion. You also choose if you want the sonic events to be layered horizontally or vertically. If horizontally then they will occur one after the other. If vertically they will happen at roughly the same time, or, more accurately, during the same time period. You see, each sonic event has its own start time and duration and the whole piece is twice as long as the longest duration. So if you choose the vertical form then the sonic events will start and stop on their own within that set period of time. The audio technology, Csound, allows for a single sonic event to last around 3 billion years. Unfortunately my software can't handle this and so we are limited to a rather pedestrian 8000 years or so at a tempo of 1 beat per minute. I know, why even bother? Of course that all depends on your hardware being able to last that long. But hey, let's give it a shot. Here's the Platonic Score with 150 sonic events stacked vertically at 60 bpm (136 years or so). Oh, but don't worry, we're just going to listen to the first 20 seconds (we ain't got all the days!). The first 20 seconds of 272 years.mpg You probably noticed that you didn't hear anything. So here's the deal. Given that the music can start at any moment within 136 years what are the odds that any of the 150 sonic events will actually begin playing within the first 20 seconds that we recorded? I can't do that math but I'm going to say that the odds are against it. And sure enough there were no sounds to be heard. But do not despair! If you have Csound installed you can fire it up and listen to the following Csound score in it. It will last about 272 years and the first sound won't happen till sometime in the afternoon 283 days from now. But I'm sure it will be a heck of a sound! All 272 years.csd Assuming you don't have that much patience there are couple of different ways to make the listening experience more, I don't know, conventional? There is the Time Lord Style which r[...]
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:58:30 -0800Done on my arpeggiator of choice (Yamaha MO-X6)
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:38:14 -0800Delirious, teeth-gritted ballad about weapons of mass destruction and grass roots violence. Also, a breathless love song from one monster to another. Also, a way to distract myself while this horrifying evening plays out. Rough mix. Suggestions welcome. Lyrics past break. When you had your hay-day, I was barely kamikaze. You were brighter then than anything the world had ever seen. And the cameras drunk you in so that their eyes could lap you up around the globe. Your pretty thunderhead cast shadows on the century. And i was young an jealous. I was bested and in love with all the rest. My salad days played out beneath your looming threat. But as the the stockpiles grew ridiculous, I racked up my own numbers. You were Godzilla notorious, but i was on the street hip with the kids. We waited for your sophomore to drop, but it never did. I charted a few times throughout the 70s and 80s. As the 90s saw disarmament I slept in festering wounds. I was in bed with all the your victims and their ancient racist creeds. We dreamed of fingers on your button. You never came, girl what a tease Through the sanctions and the lobbying of power companies, I kept a candle burning for you (I was lighting IEDs). So while my work was getting serious, your influence grew obscure. You were apocalyptic infamous, but I was on the street hip with the kids. Still i hoped you'd heard my work and you liked what I did. Then in the beginning of this babe-faced new mellinium, I was ready for my close up. They were no ready for me. I could feel your eyes upon me, keener than the billion others. And the cameras drunk me in so that their eyes could lap me up around the globe. Christ these fuckers like to see some things explode. And the kids all go insane. They say my name and say your name like we're the same.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:54:59 -0800I needed this challenge to get away from the song I've been slowwwwly working on otherwise. I recorded some of it last year, but heavily edited and added onto it last night, and then trimmed it down to a slim fifty-seven seconds. Song 14 in my Unu Kanto Po Semajno series.