Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:00:07 -0800
Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:00:07 -0800
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:00:07 -0800I made a really janky demo of a dumb pop punk song I wrote years ago and then a friend of mine laid down drums for it I recorded guitar by plugging my garbage heap 15 watt Fender amp directly into my Tascam DR-100 via the amp's headphone jack. With guitar going into the left channel of the Tascam, in the right channel I had this ancient Yamaha keyboard playing its "Disco" beat because I still have not taken the time to learn how to program a drum machine in less that like a million hours. I dumped that over to Audition and then huddled in the backseat of my car with the Tascam, a shotgun mic strapped to the headrest, and my laptop for playback to record vocals (I live in a small house and my wife and kid were both asleep. Luckily, I live in a pretty quiet neighborhood). Two pairs of headphones wrapped around my head. Sent all that mess over to my friend Gus who's the singer in this really great band and he recorded the drums in his band room. Eventually I'm planning on re-recording everything but the drums. I'd really like to get a whole bunch of people in a room to record the gang vocals at the end. But for now, I'm pretty stoked about this silly song I think I recorded on my phone like three years ago.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:34:50 -0800Something fairly new. This is two of us playing live, me on bass and singing, and synth and drum machine from Magnus. This is something from a project we've been working on for a little more than a year. Various people have played with us. This recording is just the two of us, and recorded one take and live. We've since expanded again and included a guitar and keep on writing and playing. More to follow... Lyrics for this: Hard to stop the treble carrying, Over fences sounds insincere, Speaker cone that moved and flickered with high-hats and violins. Hard to stop the light from spilling, Projected image of filaments, Piezo mic moves the prism, Parquet dancefloor we'll forget. Hard to stop the unforgiving, Hard to ever leave this town, Second gear's acceleration, Engine's whine will do for now. Until we've all.... etc etc. Repeat to fade.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:02:49 -0800Uh, yeah, that way, float on the track like a Segway
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:52:01 -0800New track recorded today in Ableton. Solo, original, home recording. First attempt at playing with vocal delay (delay delay). Lyrics I love the things I never had almost as much as things I have no more cause too much of a good thing too much of a good thing can be a bore If you're never scared if you're never hurt what are you living for? Throw it down and see if it blows See if you learn something you don't already know Send it up · see if it flies See if you stay or you go or you hide Throw it up · see if it blows See if you learn something you don't already know Send it up · see if it flies See if you stay or you go or you hide The love of things I never had Almost gets stuck with things I've had before a ship in port is safe but that's not what ships are built for If you're always warm if you're always tucked in where you gonna go? where you gonna go? Throw it down and see if it blows see if you learn something you don't already know Send it up · see if it flies See if you stay or you go or you hide Throw it down and see if it blows see if you learn something you don't already know Send it up · see if it flies See if you stay or you go or you hide Falling is not like dancing the tango falling is not like dancing alone we don't fall together in lockstep sometimes we don't fall at all If you're never scared (If you're always safe) if you're never hurt what are you living for? what are you living for? Throw it down and see if it blows See if you learn something you don't already know Send it up · see if it flies See if you stay or you go or hide
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:15:13 -0800Better Than Ezra's "Good" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I felt like sitting down to record something this afternoon, and after some vocal warm-ups singing Michelle Branch's "Breathe," on the edge of my range, I figured it might be time to get back to my bread and butter. This would fall under the "Do The Thing That Scares You" challenge for January/February, because singing for people scares me to death. (Be kind!) I got out the ol' Telecaster Thinline, the Super Champ XD, and GarageBand and recorded a fast and dirty three-track version. I coulda done more with this (like adding the lead line, for instance), but eh. I'm happy with how it came out. Many, many thanks to dorian for listening to my recent piano-tuning nonsense, as well as to not_on_display and bondcliff for their inspiring comments here and on the gray.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:09:08 -0800What scares me? Playing music in front of other people, that's what! So here, for my MeFi music debut, is a slow jam to one of the greatest sitcom closing theme songs ever. Extra special thanks to not_on_display for his endless patience with my musical neurosis, his advice, production help, friendship, and just generally being a real chill dude. He even came over and recorded drums for me but I couldn't get my timing right so I ended up just doing guitar and vocals. I probably should have picked something easier for the first time I've ever recorded myself and let other people hear it, but here we are. I am scared. Hold me.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:27:09 -0800An incendiary surf punk instrumental written to accompany the everyday fight trans women endure. Written and Recorded on a Tascam 244 4-track on January 10th 2016.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:23:27 -0800Challenge: Do what scares you? I'm scared of death and the concept of eternity. While I'm NOT about to DO that, I could write a song distilling my fears about said subject matter, yes? Yes. OK, it's a deal, then.
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:32:11 -0800I sampled Morphine's classic 1992 number You Look Like Rain for this one. This is my Dec/Jan #MeFiMusicChallenge and #DoWhatScaresYou entry. For this challenge, I decided to try to "remix" a song - something I've never tried before but always wanted to do. I'm a musician from way back, but I've only started learning home recording and electronic music production in the last year or so. The scariest part is leaving it sort of warped and messy rather than trying to make it perfect. It's risky - not sure if it pays off. Interested in any feedback, as always!
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:27:59 -0800(voice of announcer from Star Wars Episode 1 Podracer for Nintendo 64) it's a new lap record This song is actually fairly old - I recorded the acoustic guitar part in Victoria about a year ago, and just got round to updating it with the rest of the parts now. I tried once more recording without a click track, and performing midi drums along to the acoustic track. Synths done using software this time, rather than the JX-8P, and used POD again for all electric gtr sounds
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:58:28 -0800I, for one, welcome our new 2017 overlords. Written and recorded on a Zoom H4, New Year's Day 2017.
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 17:49:54 -0800Instrumental w/guitar solo Feat. Sam Ferguson - drums
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:01:50 -0800I raced against the clock to finish this one before 2017: a song-journey on the Westbound Twin Cities Hiawatha train between Chicago and Minneapolis, operated by the Milwaukee Road from 1935-1971. Lyrics: Mid-America by steam line Union underneath the skylight Baltic engine heaves a hot sigh Minneapolis before night And with the signal, our wheels they roll away Open the throttle, the city recedes in the gray And the conductor will cry out her name, hooray: "O Hiawatha, the queen of Milwaukee way!" Picking up at Caledonia Laying back into Ixonia Every tower, every new town Silhouetted by the sundown Oh in the Tip Top, they're pouring out the laughs I'm high enough with my face against the glass I close my eyes when I hear the whistle blast Woo-ooo, woo-ooo. Okauchee, all aboard. West Salem, all aboard. Winona, all aboard. Lake City, all aboard. From the junction, it's a short ride City crossings in the moonlight Hear the clacking of the coach door Seven hours from the lake shore Out in the station, the winds are three below And the conductor is counting down to go Now in my heart there's a signal box that glows: "O Hiawatha!"
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:05:36 -0800An extremely brief goodbye to a year that deserves a screendoor to the ass and then some on its way out.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:49:41 -0800Triste! Onwards to 2017...
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:26:42 -0800What I did for 25.12.16, echoing Simon and Garfunkel.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:58:03 -0800I wrote & recorded this song on the day after Xmas, 2016. It's an electronic experimental groove with some serious rage behind it. Hope it's as cathartic to dance to as it was to make! I made this entirely in Ableton Live 9. I'm new to making electronic music, but I've been dancing and listening to it since the 80s. This is the first track I've ever posted here. I'm very interested in feedback - please feel free to offer constructive criticism!
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:17:51 -0800recklessness - the 13th and final song of birdie going down for a walk downtown, gonna find a miracle bar going down for a walk downtown, gonna find a miracle bar gonna meet somebody there, i don't care who they are things just happen at random, oh, you know they do things just happen at random, oh, you know they do i happened at random, pal, and you know you did too gonna have a miracle drunk at a miracle bar gonna have a miracle drunk at a miracle bar it's gonna be alright even if i go too far
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:46:02 -0800merry synthmas
Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:06:43 -0800a lament, i think i don't mean to be unfriendly, i'm just tired now later i'll have time to be your life on credit cow save your words, i've heard them all before save your words, don't want to hear no more i don't mean to be old business, but i guess i am i can't rassle steers no more so i rassle lambs save your words, i've heard them all before save your words, don't want to hear no more
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:45:31 -0800A thanksgiving experiment, which turned out quite nicely, I think. This is a piece I put together over the Thanksgiving long weekend. I started by trying to jam weird time signatures into the OP-1 (which is kinda inherently set up for 4/4), initially for the 1-minute song challenge. Because 100bpm is nicely divisible by 5, and I hadn't written anything in 5/4 before. This led to talking a bunch with my partner (a real classical musician) about how, in fact, nobody does 'five-on-the-floor' and that five is usually expressed as 2+3 beats or 3+2 beats. (And had a great time watching Brad Neely's video on 'polyrhythmic synth jazz.') I ended up just thinking about different ways to making small numbers add up to eight. And ended up with a suddenly much better understanding of how time in music works as a result. The piece ended up being about five minutes instead of one minute... As such, I think it probably qualifies for the 'do something that scares you' challenge, for the pushed boundaries at least.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 05:13:26 -0800And as the three wise men approached Betlehem, they heard the angelic choir, and they saw the star rain bright light on the stable.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:39:06 -0800Q: What scares you? A: Freddy Kruger I heard this recently on the Legacy Music Podcast and knew I needed to take a shot at it. One of the creepiest 8-bit songs out there.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:56:14 -0800it's like mr the toad - or mr the trump - or a mini me version of the child they would have i'm a master politician with a cemetary landslide watch me clap my hands, watch continents collide everything i do is to trade away my pain always making sure your loss will be my gain i'm a bitter little asshole and i'll show you how i'm a bitter little asshole, i'll eat your sacred cow i'll break your heart and break your mind break your money and break your spine don't ask what i do for you, it's what bitter little assholes do thanks for all the comments - i don't do well at replying to things like that, but i'm glad people like what i do - i've been very busy lately - 80 hour work week - oh, it's almost time to get my laundry ... some notes though - it's not a resonator guitar, it's a broke down early 40s gretsch "artist" hawaiian guitar (i think) - tuners don't really work well, so i can only play 3 strings - but it was still a deal for 19 bucks! the flute on crow was actually guitar synth - as is the trumpet here - i don't know why people don't play guitar synth more, it is so cool ... (of course, you have to think like a player of the instrument you're emulating and remember that flautists and trumpeters have to breathe ...) i'm feeling like the energy is coming back in my music - i was very sick earlier this year and it shows in the music i made
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:34:45 -0800Cover of the Beach Boys song. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody. Felt like doing something unashamedly, stupidly happy this year. Towards the end of recording it became so happy I kind of wanted to stick a dagger in it but I didn't.