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exemptfromgravity: Vignette - FREE EP DOWNLOAD

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:36:28 -0500

My first official record release in 7 years.

Free download at or


irok: I feel like singing

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:38:52 -0500

I feel like singing
I have been looking thru covers..

I haven't decided what i will do yet, it's a process, find the tune, learn it, record it and then do the vocals.. it takes time... but when i find the right "known" tune i prolly make my own version from scratch, thinking slow noisy rocking pop tune or whatever i come up with.. I have never outdone myself since Chris Isaak back in the days.. havent really felt like singing until i watch a 3 year old video where i short take on "everybody loves saturday night" on a good day i can somehow sing (image)

RMulholland: Thank You

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:45:12 -0500

Thank You

Broke 100,000 plays.

A very sincere thank you to all those who continue to listen.

I am truly moved by this & promise you more in the near future..


Mosaica: Cadences of Colombia

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:01:58 -0500

Cadences of Colombia Music travels in Colombia, South AmericaColombia - land of El Dorado, of coffee beans, the FARC, the Andes and fabulous music! Back in September 2016 I went to Colombia in South America, on a Songlines world music magazine holiday, the first tour the magazine has put on to this fascinating country now much more appealing for tourism as it gets to grips with transforming its violent past. This was, of course, a music tour in the same vein as the one to Senegal and taking in a variety of places, our travelling from the mountainous capital of Bogota north to Medellin lower down in a mountain valley to the tropical city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Being a lover of African and Latin American music this trip seemed to tick 2 boxes for me, and I didnt really know my Cumbia from my Champeta so felt I had a lot to explore and learn! Colombian music varies between its regions the Caribbean Coast has influences from Cuba and the Caribbean islands (notably salsa and reggae), the Pacific Coast has groups of people of African descent and where the local geography has kept them fairly isolated, both which is reflected in their music, and thirdly the Amazonian plains where the music has much influence from indigenous people. We started off in Bogota, the cool capital - both in terms of its temperature (as it is high up in the mountains) and its musical nightlife. To give us some much-needed context, we had a couple of introductions into Colombian music from Mario Galeano (a musician playing with Ondatropica and Cumbia Freinte) and from Lucas Silva (of Palenque Records). Sitting in the unpretentious, independent cultural space of Matik Matik, Mario talked us through the history of Colombian music through a slide show and audio samples from a large collection of vinyl discs from seminal artistes, explaining how the influx and movement of African slaves and the native geography has contributed to the different sounds throughout the country. One of the interesting points I remember is how the indigenous instruments like pipes are still used in many bands, but also historically how the pipes lines in tunes had often been appropriated by brass instruments when the latter were introduced to the continent. Kuisis pipes are interesting to see and hear - their being formed from a cactus stem and with an interesting tulip-shaped head and mouthpiece fashioned from wax, charcoal and feathers! Lucas is a film-maker as well as running Palenque Records, and in our hotels little cinema he played us snippets of one of his films, also on YouTube See 3:30 for the Afro-Colombian Sexteto Tabala playing Esta Tierra No Es Mia (This land is not mine) with notable Cuban son influence, and my favourite number of theirs. Coinciding with our visit, was the Bogot Music Market (BoMM), an expo for those in the music business, and at which we met the Editor of Songlines who was there in a business capacity. Our group just went for the evening Showcases, each of which featured 3 bands per night of up-and-coming or even established national talent. Sitting in a rather soulless concert hall, but proudly sporting our BoMM badges & lanyards and enjoying a complimentary welcome drink, we were all particularly taken with Curupira - a fusion of Cumbia and rock but also featuring a duo of Kuisis; Sango Groove - a jazzy Afrobeat & funk influenced outfit; and the Colombian Pacific sounds of Canaln de Timbiqu - a very African sound with balafon and djembes and predominantly female vocals. Our next stop was north to Medelln, beautifully situated nestling amongst the mountains, but at lower altitude than Bogota - at once easier to breathe but vastly hotter. And speaking of heat, Medelln of course was once the hotbed of narcotics baron Pablo Escobar who founded the Medelln cartel. After his assassination the passing decades saw increasing tensions between the government and the residents of the city, and there was a near-breakdown [...]

falconep: 2016 - Your Year In Music | 2017 - The Road Ahead

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:35:59 -0500

2016 - Your Year In Music | 2017 - The Road Ahead
Did you accomplish everything you set out to do in music this year?
What are your hopes for the New Year in Music?

In 2016
I kept learning the production end of Reaper DAW
I accumulated many midi-editing tricks
I discovered how to utilize Channel i/o for custom Surround-Sound & better panning
I pumped out over 100 compositions
I spent/wasted time & $$$ on Hit License trying to get TV-Movie-Commercial Placements. They don't give you ANY FEEDBACK on what your submission was missing. Learned that they only pick the same names repeatedly, who can churn out "formula cues" in a couple of hours
I stumbled on iCompositions, found a broader audience, and heard some great stuff

In 2017
I will continue improving engineering skills (maybe even side-chaining and compressors)
I will attempt to pump out another 100 compositions
I will waste even more time & $$$ on Taxi trying to get TV-Movie-Commercial Placements. At least Taxi gives every song a useful critique. (I am a sucker for punishment.)
I hope to hear more really great comps on iCompositions

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year - Phil

opensource: Highly Motivated To Rock You (Album Preview)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:07:49 -0500

Highly Motivated To Rock You (Album Preview)
Ladies and gentlemen, Open Source is.. Highly Motivated To Rock You!

The time has come to experience something new. An extraordinary production from an unexpected source.

To say that both the music and its maker will challenge your preconceptions about fine psytrance, would be simply an understatement. They will ROCK YOU TO YOUR CORE !

Ladies and gentlemen, Open Source is.. Highly Motivated To Rock You!

opensource: Psycho ***** Live Act

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:07:03 -0500

Psycho ***** Live Act
Free Download in full mp3 quality at:

The crazy ***** is here. Walking all alone, she's all dressed up and knocking at your door.
Better not touch her, she'll burst your bubble. Vital hormones on legs, she is ready to blow your life apart.
Unpredictable, independent, dangerous.. spicy-sweet temptation that you need to stay away from. And when she makes
herself comfortable, you know you are in trouble.
She presses play and you hear this crazy mix from your stereo speakers that sounds demented. A psychedelic blend of some classics remixed, all combined and perfectly suited to make you feel strained.
When her final act is all over, you're left standing here alone, changed, reborn.

01. Source Code & Enarxis - Five Spirits (Open Source rmx)
02. Open Source - Planet Blue (final edit)
03. Open Source - High Progressive (short edit)
04. Enarxis - Human Interface (Open Source rmx)
05. Michael Jackson - Bad (Open Source rmx)
06. The Prodigy - Voodoo People (Open Source rmx)
07. Open Source - Mousiki (extended edit)
08. The Prodigy - No Good (Open Source rmx)
09. Odyssee Of Noises - Firedance (Open Source rmx)
10. Open source - In Cyclones (short edit)

opensource: Open Source Live in Thailand

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:06:32 -0500

Open Source Live in Thailand
Ladies & gentlemen, 2016's hottest DJ.. Open Source.

Free Download in full mp3 quality at:

During his 2 month tour in Thailand, Open Source started building this mix which took 6 additional months in the studio to complete.
As a strong believer that PSYTRANCE is not for minority but for ALL THE PEOPLE, Open Source combines diverse musical influences in the most genuine live mix of the year.
Ladies & gentlemen, 2016's hottest DJ.. Open Source.

01. Open Source - Indian Calling
02. Open Source - A Thousand Joys (new edit)
03. Open Source - A Great Dream (radio edit)
04. Talamasca - Obsessive Dream (Open Source rmx)
05. Infected Mushroom - Bust A Move (Open Source rmx)
06. Open Source - Rapid Rabbit
07. Shakira - Loca (Open Source rmx)
08. Open Source - This Is Paradise (rmx)
09. Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (Open Source rmx)
10. Open Source - Blessed All Forms Of Intelligence

LunaBleu: Need help locating this music.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:38:40 -0500

Need help locating this music.
I have a song on my MP3 player that shows up only as "My Song 73 2".

I have the lyrics written for it, but need permission from the composer to use it. So if you have any information, I'd appreciate it. I haven't been around much but I haven't stopped writing. Will be posting lyrics and uploading songs soon. I've missed you that I know and I look forward to getting to know those of you I've never met.

falconep: Test: Are blogs on this site a waste of time?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:42:08 -0500

Test: Are blogs on this site a waste of time?
Inquiring minds want to know.

If you follow any blogs and you see this one, say Hi!

irok: New Guitar

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:12:29 -0500

New Guitar
So i saw this pretty cool "strat" guitar and it sort of asked me to get picked up..

i really really like the sound of this new guitar, it was hard to record the first tune cause the action was way to high for my play, to make it even more difficult i only had 013 strings + the high action and 013 is a serious set of wires. preferable for downtuning. i took the challenge... in standard tuning haha

But it's like when you get new toys you just wan't wait to play it right away....

This new old guitar may be from the mid 1980's, it's a Pacer (not Kramer) from the Cort or Samick factory which made the amazing JV & A series of Squier Strat models back then.. (image)
(when they did all them good licensed guitars, Fender asked them to make them worse otherwise they could not sell the original amercan guitars, that's the story i got told when i was a youngster)

There's no wear or tear on the frets or fretboard and it may be because the strings are so dang high nobody had wanted to play it ever,

So i oiled the fretboard and it feels as a new guitar, and it has a whammy bar which i have not had for years, i even got it in a case, with strap & cord, the tremelo works fine, tuning is good and when it's properly setup i am sure i'll be 100% happy.

All in all i'm overwhelmed by quality and price and it seems like i got such a great guitar for such small bucks.. (image)

My first attempt with the new guitar:

MurphyMusic: Im coming back

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:03:33 -0500

Im coming back

Just thought id write a little blog post as i intend to start using this site again. I had my daughter four years ago and I kinda stopped doing music for a bit, but now ive got a bit more time so i can finally get back to what i love doing. Music. It will be nice hearing new music from everyone here and see what people have been up to. I hope everyone is doing well, and i look forward to listening to your songs.

Dadanaut: Schatten - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:02:42 -0500

Schatten - Movie


Watch it here

I never finished this track. The music always reminded me of a popular soundtrack.

Until today I never knew which one ... do you too?

Video and Music by Dadanaut. |

Dadanaut: Phantomflimmern - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:34:48 -0500

Phantomflimmern - Movie
Dark forest...


Watch it here

Phantomflimmern - Dadanaut

Dadanaut: Teleautografie - Movie

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:29:08 -0500

Teleautografie - Movie
Overlays. Delays. Faces. Words.

Strange messages...


Watch it here

Teleautografie - Dadanaut

From the album "Dadanaut auf Reise" [Dadanaut on a trip]

solovey: Back on iCompositions and Alchemy

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:30:11 -0500

Back on iCompositions and Alchemy
Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here. - Announcing the release of Alchemy.


Its been quite a while since I have been back at iComp and is good to be here.

We have since released two new Crystalline Dream albums, Journeyman in 2014 and Alchemy released on September 6th, 2016 !

Threshold Studios and Crystalline Dream are very proud to announce the release of Alchemy which is continues with the musical tone poems from the preceding Crystalline Dream albums. Alchemy ventures into the musical realm of sonic spaciousness, percussive polyrhythms, and visionary dreamlike soundscapes.

Alchemy has charted with #1 ( Pb-Au ) and #3 ( Aelous ) tracks positions and #1 album for the month of September on the Our Place Radio Network and receiving great reviews.

I will be posting one of the tracks for you to hear soon.

Alchemy is available at CDbaby, iTunes, and Amazon and streaming world wide on most internet radio and streaming services.


Richard (AKA - Crystalline Dream)

Eidolonia: A new chapter?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:42:56 -0500

A new chapter?
An update for the small handful of people who might still remember me.

Almost four and a half years ago I posted a blog titled 'New music is coming...' -- and then no new music materialised.

So what happened? Was I eaten by bears? (Evidently not.) Living in a hole? In space?

The truth is a bit more mundane. I did spend quite a long time working on Dark Days, the album that I advertised in that blog. I got all ten tracks sequenced up in Logic Pro on my old, now-defunct MacBook. My good friend herrsolera made some magnificent, really killer drum tracks for me. I spent hours dialling in tones with my new Peavey JSX amp and Paul Reed Smith guitar. I even got some of the recording done -- all the bass and piano, clean and acoustic guitars for about half the tracks, and rhythms and leads for about a third. Then... I stopped.

The truth is that I just wasn't feeling it. Dark Days was written when I was at university and a much younger, angrier, angstier person than I am now. I started reading back over the lyrics and immediately knew I wouldn't be able to sing them as they were -- I just couldn't get behind those messages any more. Songs about grief, insanity, alienation, loss -- for various reasons those things are no longer significant drivers in my life, and there's no easy way for me to reconnect with them, nor do I really want to.

I found my interest in the guitar waning, and the piano pretty much took over. For the last three years I've barely touched a guitar, and have instead been slowly and laboriously learning to play the piano, which is a wonderful instrument but one I can't help feeling I should have started learning when I was 5.

So what I am doing back here? Am I ready to dazzle everyone with my pianistic virtuosity? Hell, no. I've reached a point where I'm ready to start playing around with making my own music again, but it's very much going to be a journey of exploration. Nothing is mapped out -- I have to try things out and see what works for me, what makes sense for the person I've become.

As part of the journey of the last few years I've gotten into electronic music, and the upload I posted ten minutes ago is a reflection of that. The very vague plan in my head is to get back into making music by exploring a variety of genres of electronica, partly to learn the software (I'm playing with MuLab at the moment) and partly to see what resonates with me now.

Let's see where it leads...

Schleppy: Thank This

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:56:13 -0500

Thank This
Schleppy Shows Update

Hey Gang, Big Show this coming weekend.
Morty got me the Dinner Set at Uncle Roberts Awa Bar and Kale Drying Warehouse.


See Morty about the Midnight Frog Fry and Smoked Kale Buffet

Directions: Route 130 South to the End of the Road. Can't miss it.

Happy Thanks

pharmakeus: Re: Blancfroid in chat

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:13:35 -0500

Re: Blancfroid in chat
13 Songs by Me and Others

For my friend @Blancfroid ~ 13 Pharmakeus (inc. Collabs) songs as chosen by Pharmakeus (in no particular order):

Radio Silence

Blue Kentucky Girl

O, Superman


Hillbilly Wedding

Secret Agents of Phrygia

Spanish Dancer

My Love Chromium

Black Car 2016

She Came from Texas

Song from MASH (Suicide is Painless)

Just a Friend of Mine

The Night Santo and Johnny Got Laid

p.s. I only included songs where I was responsible for a lot of instrumentation. There are a such a big big lot of collabs I really love where I am just doing vox, etc.

Paigan0: SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations)

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:08:44 -0500

SINKERR (SINK + KERR Collaborations) Two quirky multi-instrument Chapman Stick enthusiasts in 2 different countries rock out and make music together over the Internet.I play a bunch of different instruments but piano/keyboards is my main. I went to school for Music Composition (Kansas State University) and like to write songs. I play guitar and bass (badly) and then I discovered Chapman Stick, a two-handed tapping 10-string guitar. I also discovered another musician, Scott Kerr, known here as Tapicus Maximus and also Jayesskerr, who also went to school for music, writes songs and loves to do collaborations, and who also loves Chapman Stick (and also struggles with me on learning it). Our first project together was "Chromatic Jack," found here: Our latest, as of this morning, is "Spirit Chewality," found here: We've been sending each other MP3s with beats per minute and minimal instructions, and letting the other go to town with whatever instruments we can rock best at. Sometimes we'll add or delete some sections, or turn a bridge into a solo or whatever. Scott uses Logic Pro X and I use Pro Tools and we'll share source files back and forth through Google Drive. Here is Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr) and my latest SINKERR (SINK + KERR) prog rock INSTRU-METAL creation, called "Spirit Chewality." This is our second collaboration (that we've let you see anyway! ) I play Railboard bass, keyboards, drums, acoustic and some rhythm electric guitars; Scott plays most of the rhythm guitars, and all of the solo and lead 6-strings, as well as the entirety of the intro and the outro in Chapman Stick Grand 12-String (bass and melody). Whew! I wrote my parts; he wrote his parts. He gave me an initial rough version, and my producer credits include saying "More shredding here and kill that 13 seconds there with fire!" and then slapping some Engineer pixie love (hi/low pass filters) on the tracks he delivered to me--about 20 tracks in total. The basic song structure and chord progressions are mine, although Scott vastly opens up any song harmonically that he is on. Quote: Someone asked for "An exploration of Spirituality, Technical yet Expressive." And thus the prog rock tune "Spirit Chewality" was born, crafted by Chapman Stick enthusiasts Stephen Sink (Paigan0), and Scott Kerr (Jayesskerr/Tapicus Maximus). Together, we are the prog rock INSTRU-METAL band SINKERR. Instrumentation Steve Bass: Chapman Stick Railboard (Sapphire Blue, 10-string) Rhythm Guitar: Gladius 6-string Acoustic Guitar: Acoustic-Electric 6-string Piano: Pro Tools stock piano plugin. Bright piano patch Keys: Saw-tooth wave at bridge, and Deep Bass quarter notes throughout Drums: NI Machine + NI Studio Drummer + samples All of Steves guitars and Sticks were recorded direct into the board and then post-processed. Effects are a combo of Native Instrument Guitar Pro, and Pro Tools cabinet emulator called PSA, and a slew of Waves products. Scott Bass and Melody: Chapman Stick Grand 12-string. Boss GT100 direct in; some reverb Rhythm guitars, Solo and Lead guitars: The guitar was a Malmsteen Strat plugged into a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 401 combo. Scott mic'd it with a somewhat off-axis Sure 57 (what else?) and ran that through an all-tube EHX preamp. I look forward to many more awesome compositions with TapicusMaximus, Jayesskerr, Scott Kerr, "Master Strings Wrangler" and the K[...]

Schleppy: A Chilled Bottle of Whine

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:32:41 -0500

A Chilled Bottle of Whine
Schleppy Shows Update

Happy Weekend iCompers.
Just a note to tell you all that up here at Camp Runamuck we will have a party from DC and I'll be the Lounge Act, of course. They are having a Whine and Jeez Tasting. Almost all are welcome for an evening of spoof and falling down drunks.

Reservations: contact Morty at the back gate.

TapicusMaximus: Warming Up...

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:04:20 -0500

Warming Up...
Brrrrr... It's freezing in here! So cold...

Warming up. A mindless set of musical pushups, or an opportunity to further your skills and broaden one's knowledge in quick bursts... Watch the video, lemme know...

Komit: Appreciation Post

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:42:22 -0500

Appreciation Post
iCompositions has been by far the most constructive and genuinely human music-sharing site I've had the pleasure of using.

It feels refreshing knowing that the "favorites" and "downloads" numbers I receive aren't bots/fake accounts, and on almost every song upload I've checked, including my own, are comments that show respect, attention to detail, criticism without being out of line, and a passion for the improvement and continuation of all of our creative endeavors. On other, more popular music sites, almost every comment or "like" I receive is from a fake, anonymous account attempting to promote itself that couldn't care any less for the art and soul of music, and that always leaves me with an awfully empty feeling inside. We have an actual, caring community here and I'm so grateful for that. So far, in my experience, everyone here has been so civilized and intelligent, an extreme rarity for the internet, and there's also so much artistic integrity. Every piece I've heard on here, whether it was in my taste or not, was made for the love of music and not to sell out for followers, and I love that.

Just thought I'd share my honest thoughts about iComps.

Forever thankful,

TapicusMaximus: The Power Of Powerful Powerchords

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:17:55 -0400

The Power Of Powerful Powerchords
Power!!! wooooo yeeeeah!!!

So yeah, I think that anyone playing an instrument that has an independence aspect as well as a harmonic and melodic one, should mess around with some power-chords.

Nothing fancy, just down and dirty Root-5th-octave in the left hand, and then Root-5th-octave in the right as well.

Have some fun, mess around. Try it on guitar, bass. Whatever! I found it to be really helpful when it came to developing my hand independence as well as my repertoire.

And it doesn't have to be super polished, either!

TapicusMaximus: It's a Guitarist's world

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:37 -0400

It's a Guitarist's world
Boss... Line6.... Zoom... What to use, what to use...?

So when I first got my Chapman Stick, I thought it was going to be easy to deal with the "gear" aspect. I have a bass rig, and I have a guitar rig. Multiple ones of each, actually.

Just in case, I got both of my Sticks outfitted with a Roland GK3 hexaphonic (midi) pickup, that way I could really take advantage of a lot of different possibilities.

It's a guitarist's world when it comes to effects and amps and stuff, so luckily I have some experience with a bunch of products. Oh, and hey... I'm a guitarist too! Cool!

Well, I'll tell you one thing that sucks about a stereo instrument that you try to play in true stereo, and that is the "lugging of the gear" when it comes time to perform. Set up and tear down can be a bloody nightmare.

Now I tried a lot of different gear configurations and finally decided on using two Boss GT-100 FX processors, one for the bass side, and another for the melody side. I may pare it down further, but for now; this setup satisfies my requirements both tonally and physically.

Now I can plug into a computer interface, a pair of amplifiers or a PA, and get the same tones. Live, or Studio it's very consistent and I love that.

Here is a video I made where I run down the set-up a bit, and provide some playing clips.
Like and subscribe if you dig it, there will be more videos to come...

Aamp: Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:34:41 -0400

Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions
Winter Chill

I keep meaning to post new music on Tuesdays but next thing I know it's like 2 in the morning and I don't get around to it. The other day, I was attempting to make backups of my files, poorly as usual and I have this routine of looking for a song I downloaded from Shadowofnine which has eluded me through the years. I've tried searching for it online before and wondered what I ever did with the files from that long gone computer but finally came across it on a USB stick. I loaded it to my phone and was genuinely happy to hear it again. Pretty cool to have that sort of years in between and to think back, believing it was lost and now found (image)

digitalTRAFFIC: astronomii

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:16:34 -0400

new 2016 digitalTRAFFIC album release - astronomii

Release date: 01 07 16
Format: digital download.
Tracks: satellite, system, infinitii, nexus, hubble.
astronomii - the 8th net release from digitalTRAFFIC features five heavy electronica tracks based around an astronomical theme.

The five tracks are an incoherent assault on the senses with heavy sound dissonance and unnatural rhythmic patterns reflecting the sounds of the cosmos. Without doubt a digitalTRAFFIC album with trademark distortions, illogical track structures, sonic layers of sci-fi sounds and noise interference creating a mind jarring journey through time and space.

astronomy has progressed due to advances in technology which has allowed us to see more of and further into the universe.

satellite builds from the initial communication between a digital request / response conversation "start program" finishing with a heavy distorted noise finale. system is a disturbing, discordant atmospheric track with dark heavy ambient undertones. infinitii is a lighter and more challenging electronica soundscape with repeating distorted dissonant lead. nexus is a more dynamic soundscape with a change of mood and pace. hubble creates an atmosphere of distance and depth to reflect the universe we can observe today finishing on "end program".

The album artwork is an impression of mans first experience of simple changing shadows that may have sparked the first thoughts about movement of celestial bodies.

(no machines were harmed in the making of this album)

click here to play astronomii on soundcloud
play / buy astronomii from itunes here

TapicusMaximus: Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude - duh lurned it reeeel good....

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:44:15 -0400

Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude - duh lurned it reeeel good....
Say wha....? Huh? J.S. Bach is, like the best...

Some music is easy to learn. Some isn't.

Or is it really just a matter of perspective? Maybe the music that is unfathomably difficult to learn, is just what one needs to be working on.

Or maybe the music that presents such difficulty in being assimilated needs to be analyzed a bit more closely so that we can see exactly why it is that we are having.

A friend of mine posted a cover of Bach's Cello Suite #1 (Prelude) on Chapman Stick and it was brilliant. I think he posted the tune maybe a month or two after getting a Stick. It took me almost 9 hours to just learn the thing, another 9 or 10 hours to get it up to speed, and then about 3-4 months getting around to recording it. I practiced it daily in those 3-4months, and I learned something about "learning" during that time. I think I did... lol

Maybe every piece of music you learn is BETTER learned if you revisit how you learned said piece, and try to look at it a different way? And maybe one would reinforce the 'new' learning by leveraging the previous learning... just a thought.

My version (This time) of the Bach Cello Suite No 1 Prelude was on the bass side of the Stick only, and I used the left hand only to play it.

Let's see what happens in the next version...

Komit: Track Listing

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:45:55 -0400

Track Listing
You can now take a gander at the labels I tossed onto a handful of musical shards.

The last little fragmented album I put up on here did not include any "song" titles, but eventually I got to naming all of those shattered and scattered pieces if anyone was curious.

TapicusMaximus: Improvisation - Spontaneous composition.

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:01:28 -0400

Improvisation - Spontaneous composition.
Ugh. Errr gahhhhh. Ughwafff...

Improvisation, I have been told, is basically spontaneous composition. As I have written, it is my goal, my manifest destiny, my life's purpose... to be able to spontaneously improvise with both hands freely on the Chapman Stick.

Now, I try to "Improvise" something daily. Both as a sort of 'free jazz type thing' just to get the hands moving, and also 'with rules'. It is quite interesting how in both methods a startling lack of vocabulary presents itself.

Take this hideous thing on Oct 10;

A perfect example of my "Free jazz" type thing where I just play 'notes and whatever happens happens. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, usually, though I find myself wondering when the cycle of 'habits' and 'muscle memory' is going to end so that I can create some music. (VERY funny, as this got a lot of listens, but very, very few comments. That means that the icomp'ers are really just way too nice! hahaha) Trust me, I know what it sounds like, and I am sharing it anyways.

Patience. Gotta have patience. Rome wasn't built in a day, and one has to take stock of the victories.

Now how about this little monstrosity on Oct 13;

I thought I might try a 'Blues' in C, and see where I am at. Lo and behold, I am playing the same solo I always play. What to do, what to do

The solution is simple. WRITE a solo or two.

I know, it's not spontaneous, and the solos might not even be that good (This is not a competition, I'm just trying to learn this thing!)

So, here I go today, writing a 'solo' for these changes that is different, and attainable. It can't be impossible to play, and I'd like it to be a 'stepping stone' to help me take what I do to the next level. I would also like it to be NOT an exercise in memorization. I want it to be simple, and fun, and sound cool.

Okay, here we go... I'll post my solo later today, should be fun!