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Aamp: Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:34:41 -0400
Feeling Nostalgic for iCompositions
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)
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
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!
TapicusMaximus: Learning a New Instrument. Where to begin?
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:11:44 -0400
Learning a New Instrument. Where to begin?
gahhhhh! Brain... Feel... Yucky...!
So where to begin, where to begin. I have this unusual stringed instrument that is not unlike a guitar, but played via tapping somewhat piano-like. Independence is a huge issue, and this isn't the sort of thing you learn overnight, no matter HOW good you are at other instruments, or what your musical background is.
I feel like a pianist who has already developed some decent two hand independence would have a good starting advantage. Wanna get good at tapping? Learn piano I guess lol. I feel like a drums/percussion background would come in handy too.
So where to begin? I have this crazy 12 string instrument that's split in two, half of it tuned in 4ths, and the other half tuned in 5ths and played in reverse. Yes, it came with some books. And yes, I got some DVD's and even took some Skype lessons. While all of that is useful, none of it really answered the question;
How do you develop two hand independence?
Well. Let's start by me stating an opinion that I have kind of "arrived at" after two years of study. The two hands aren't independent. They can't be. They play different things, simultaneously to form one cohesive piece of music.
A good pianist friend of mine (Also happens to play Stick) and an all around awesome musician posted a comment once that you have two choices when playing. Notes together, or notes separate. Two approaches really, hands together, or hands separate. No matter what hand or finger is doing what, they have the choice of playing notes together, or separate.
A simplification perhaps, but if one thinks about it, it's true.
Before I really delve into the illusion of "two hand independence", and the glory of being able to self accompany I feel like there is some "preliminary work" that needs to be done.
1) Know the notes on the neck. Know 'em all. Know 'em.
2)Get used to doing separate movements with both hands on the instrument.
Okay. More later on this. In the meantime, here is a tune I created using only the Stick; but I treated it as if it were a guitar. Lots of this I played simultaneously, and in time. Some of it was done in chunks, 8 measures at a time. It is what it is. Enjoy!!
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:33:27 -0400
Click. Whiiiiiirrrrr. Crunch. Smash. Jong-jah-jong jiggedy-jiggedy -CLUNK-
Ok. So, I was formerly posting here as "Guitarius Maximus" doing all kinds of guitar music, and whatnot. It was cool. You can't beat this site as far as exposure to music goes, and you can't beat it when it comes to a sense of musical community. Cool. Well, I decided to "reboot" and redefine my online musical identity. So here it is...
I decided a couple of years ago to embark on an approach to music where I could sort of "cover all of the bases". Guitar was cool, but I really wanted to be able to play bass at the same time, and improvise with bass and lead lines, and provide a harmonic context while simultaneously singing. I don't ask for much of myself, eh?
I decided to pick up a "Chapman Stick" a couple of years ago and try to go down the same path as Stanley Jordan and Emmett Chapman. To me, having the ability to "self accompany" is the ultimate goal and really has kept me inspired to keep doing music. Honestly, I was pretty much ready to just quit playing I was so burned out and uninterested (That's on me, nobody else to blame!) so it's good I stumbled across the instrument on my late-night internet searches. It's been two years since I got my first 'Stick" and I finally feel like I have pieced together a method/approach that will help me learn two hand independence so that I can do the music I hear in my head. Of course, I am an absolute beginner with it, so it will be a fun challenge to tackle... Some submissions will be better than others I am certain...
So here I am, with this crazy new instrument and documenting my progress as I go. I'll be sharing tunes and videos of what I'm up to. Thanks for checking it out!
thebenteights: Is it just me or is this site super slow
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:25:09 -0400
Is it just me or is this site super slow
Seems like before I get started here I am doomed because of connection issues
I have been struggling with this site for a long time really. I live in China and my Internet is not that great but I can open other sites from the US so long as they are not outright blocked. And then I can open them with a VPN. But I just feel I am fighting an uphill battle here. It took forever just for em to open this blog page. I almost gave up. I can never listen to people's songs because the connection is just too slow. At best I get ten to thirteen seconds of s song before it stalls out. I like this site much better than MacJams or Alonetone but not if I cannot open it, listen to songs, edit anything or upload material. I am sure the problem is on my end with my f'ed up ISP and all, but I cannot help but feel a bit discouraged. I have about ten songs I am wrapping up. I do not get it. In the end it is best to just stop fighting these issues I find and move on (image)
I just wonder if other people have any similar issues?
pharmakeus: Typhoon in Taipei
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:51:03 -0400
Typhoon in Taipei
Typhoons cure insomnia?
Been seriously ill with insomnia and other issues. Awake at night and sleeping days. Sorry I have not been able to record ... Typhoon came through today and I feel energized. No danger where I am. Just lots of rain and wind. Biggest event? A huge gust lifted something that broke a neighbour's window and I heard a cat yelp! I hear it is much worse down by the coast. We are halfway up a mountain ...
Fingers crossed, hoping to record in a few hours time ... it's 7.00am now ... and the wife and daughter will be okay with some noise by 11
Top priority is some outstanding collabs ... sorry I have been slow ... but I have been seriously ill
LaFayette: 11 years on IC :)
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:37:40 -0400
11 years on IC :)
LaFayette on IC : 11 years birthday
2005, 26 september, is the date of the first musical apparition somewhere on Internet of LaFayette.
It was on iCompositions (image)
The beginning of a story with a lot of friendly relations with you, other musicians, all around the world. We have a a common language by music.
Many thanks to you all, administrators and composers, to exist and support me (image)
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:47:10 -0400
Summer hid to remind us that it won't be around here much longer. We had frost the other day. So cold! Some of my outdoor projects had to be tackled and some had to go. I scrapped the project cars idea and took a pretty hefty loss on both time and money but learned from it. It was soul crushing but doesn't mean I don't have cars that still need a lot of work just all that remains are register-able and won't get water in them when it rains (image) .
I cut loose other stuff that I'd blogged about here in the past also and have given them away to new homes. I had my fun with them. Anyway, I recently took time amid piling projects to play a game, one that reminded me of how I used to enjoy doing that but have grown in to seeing it as a waste of time. I really liked the game and one key thing I hone into is a good soundtrack. At first, I actually didn't really like the soundtrack but as I played and explored, I could see that the music worked very well and I came to really like it. Made me think of my music. How maybe someone wouldn't like it on first listen and sometimes that's the only listen you could ask for or get.
As much as I love taking on arduous tasks, my music typically falls into the category of obscurity so I tore apart the studio (image) . Well, just to reposition and simplify it. Time to try new things as I can't expect different results otherwise.
Ultimately, I'd like some of my music to find its way into a game but even with years of experience, I'm yet at another experimental stage (and am really liking the early results so far) so it'd have to be for an imaginary game or I'd have to make one myself..
I can make games, just don't due to lacking polish, effort, and time constraints but with a couple other projects off the plate, this might happen. I've set a very tight deadline into getting something happening, like a demo with enough content to make it worthwhile playing. I'm giving myself one month with a half month extension buffer to get it done. After working, that's only a small handful of hours a day which means reaching into the portfolio and outsourcing some content. Found some excellent public domain art and am looking into licensing others. Most will be made in-house, including music, so I'll be re-imagining tracks I've been working on for a different project. I've remixed or converted a couple of techno tracks into atmospheric soundtrack material and it's turning out to be enticing and indirectly catchy which is going to work great to create the environment while not being too attention grabbing.
Whew, I hadn't thought about how exhausting this kind of work can be. I've been tired doing physical labor all summer but creating stuff has worn me out already. I was deleting files by accident last night when I should have been sleeping. Gonna have to find a balance. In the meantime, there may be more to blog about and songs I've made over the years to be shared and uploaded (image)
KCsGROOVE: 9 years on Icompositions
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:41:41 -0400
9 years on Icompositions
tomorrow it's gonna be 9 years
9 years ago my collegues Eagle and Mr. Red told me about this site. They knew I was uploading my music on other sites at the time.
Well I came here and never left and I think I'll stay here for a while longer. As long as songs pop up in my head, I will upload them here. I have been on quite a few other music sites but there's only one icompositions..
I must admit that I miss the old days when there was a bit more sense of community here. But luckily some old friends are still here... and some new..
Thanks all for the wonderful feedback, it helped me in writing better songs.
trob101: i am back
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:14:55 -0400
i am back
back from a break
So i am back. I took a break drugs and alcohol took over my life. So i sold all my recording equipment. I can say happy after a 15 year battle with my addiction i have been 5 years sober. So i plan to start making new music and grow more as an artist.
irok: midi guitar
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:49:26 -0400
anyone knows something ?
if you some i like to know, there s the yourock, some rolands and a budget squier, i have seen the squier very cheap but how is latency/tracking ? anyone got the yourock and is it so good i shouldnt even think about squire... well roland ism ust too expensive for the fun of it
thebenteights: Introducing myself here at iComp
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:10:34 -0400
Introducing myself here at iComp
The professional slacker attempts to validate his inertia
My name is Bill and I currently have two accounts here at iCompositions. The other one is called Arctic Transmissions and focuses on my ambient/soundtrack experiments. This is my rock music site. Both sites employ the approach of a pseudo-imaginary band or outfit. All parts are performed and recorded by myself including future vocal performances. I do employ heavy use of edited MIDI tracks for some sections, but never for bass or guitar or simple keyboard parts. I tend to not use loops unless I have made themselves, though I own a big loop collection I use for practice jams. I do not consider MIDI files loops though I guess one could debate that. I had an account here before with about 30 songs. I deleted that account because I didnt like the songs anymore and many were done on Sony Acid 7 and I did not even have a real ASIO interface then. I plugged right into my computer with a little USB interface from M-Audio my wife called the pignose. I later upgraded to a Roland DuoCapture and it began to change things for me.
So I have had a very limited input here and I wanted to explain that. I think it can be helpful to oneself to do that and maybe in the process sort out some of the problems one is struggling with. I have lots of ideas and stuff I am working on. But I have also had some big set backs over about the last 8 or 9 months. A year ago my personal life had a big issue come up that left me unable to think clearly for several months. When that storm settled I was ready to work again, but I began having serious PC issues one after the other. I had somemoney saved back and I convinced my wife she should allow me to send my own money on a Mac and a new Stratocaster guitar. Well, I got them. Eventually. But the transition from PC world to that of my iMAC took longer than I thought. As well I had struggles with Ableton Live on Mac. Switching from 32 bit 8 to 64 bit 9 took a toll on me and there were points last spring I wondered if I wold be recording again. I tried Logic Pro X because everybody raves about it. Well, I hated it. Obviously people love it here at iComp, but it took me forever to do something I could do in Ableton in a minute or two. I went back to Live and sorted out, over more time, what my problems were and how to correct them. Much had to do with resources being consumed by folders linked to the Places area. After that was fixed and Live began loading and closing quickly and I switched from using VSTs to AUs I was on my way. I then began recording some playing around stuff and at this point while I have not upped too much here I have a lot on the back burner in draft folders, most at stages of about 80 0r 90%, being halted at the vocal, lead guitar final mix stages.
Doing mostly cover song these days since it forces me into doing things in terms of guitar, bass, vox and arrangementsI wold not do on my own, but the goal, of course, is to eventually have some original tunes up here. In my draft folder right now ( I am looking at it) here are some songs almost ready to be put into EP type format and shared:
Cowgirl in the Sand
The One I Love
Ring of fire
Folsom City Blues
I Looked Away (Derek and the Dominoes)
Loving her Was Easier (Than)
Run Through the Jungle
Orgone Accumulator (Hawkwind)
And more actually. These have all been thrown together over the last three or four months. In the process I have been discovering new plugins that help out the process. I like to share blog posts on those as well. I hope some of this stuff gets up soon, butto[...]
thebenteights: Finally a compressor even I can manage
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:12:31 -0400
Finally a compressor even I can manage
FOR THOSE WHO FEAR COMPRESSOR
like a lot of people I always hear about compression but have only the vaguest idea what it really is and does. But I do know when something sounds like poop in my headphones. This compression unit, based on some compressor used in the early 60's, has three simple dials, a VU meter and basic stepping off presets. I use the ultra light myself most of the time. I use one in my send-return area and on individual tracks when i feel it is needed. It has saved me many a times. I just do not mess with much else in the compression department now. I am sure there are better but this one works for me. I have the T-Racks stuff and it my main mixing software, but was not crazy about their compressors (other than the Optmo one and I still dabble with it too). This came out with one one of the recent releases in the Custom Shop area. It will hard to muck up a mix with this one.
JimTheObscure: Exit Codons
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:43:51 -0400
An Electronica mini-album
Codons are like the digital blocks in our DNA, much of which is so-called 'junk'.
An Exit is a way out, perhaps from the mundane or the boring.
These 7 electronic pieces are basically experiments using various plug-ins in Ableton Live. I used Max For Live and Reaktor and didn't try too hard to be too tuneful or pretty. Lots of bubbles and squeaks and random accidents. I had fun and it was quicker and easier than writing and recording songs with vocals and multiple parts!
1. Plectrum Electron
2. It Would Be a Blast!
3. Water Sprite
4. The Blue Envelope
5. Cheaper Transistor
6. Gravy Pentagram
7. Bedlam Goodnight Kiss
musika: Claye is Two Years Old
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:48:27 -0400
Claye is Two Years Old
Today marks two years since I released Claye. Thank you so much to those of you who have taken the time to listen.
irok: what about a mega collab
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:01:50 -0400
what about a mega collab
5+ or 50+ artists?
how about doing a mega collab, where as many as possible do a little part, guitar bass drums vocal harp and whatever we can fit in, i guess all we need is some basic notes.. then we are off
(we have done it before 99 bottles was huge & viking reggae grew kind of big too, 6-7 people)
artneuro: My Facebook Page Has Moved
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:35:29 -0400
My Facebook Page Has Moved
My FB Page is now: https://www.facebook.com/art.neuro.redux/
Long ago when I first joined Facebook as 'Art Neuro', there weren't any rules about aliases and real identities. Lately they've changed their minds so long-story-short, they've shut down my ID as wells the band page I hd going there.
That has meant I have had to start up a new one: https://www.facebook.com/art.neuro.redux/
It's a drag. It feels like the wild frontiers of Web 2.0 are closing and we're all getting corralled like so much cattle.
Anyway, I just thought I'd post up the notice in case you've lost sight of me over at Facebook.
thebenteights: Teragon Audio: Extra Notes
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:35:09 -0400
Teragon Audio: Extra Notes
Free VST/AU for adding notes and images to a DAW project(image)
Found this nifty and free plugin called ExtraNotes for keeping notes in a project. works with all DAWS, as far as I know, and is available as a VST or AU. Just open the plugin on any track, including the master, and add mixing or performance notes, lyrics and one image per instance. Totally free at
I have been looking for something like this for a long time. There may be something better but I have yet to locate it for all platforms.
Aamp: Inspiration from Things Unintended
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:32:33 -0400
Inspiration from Things Unintended
I got a giant IBM computer. It was saved from the bin by it's IBMNESS. It's best IBM because it can be modified without using genuine parts; good since I bought stuff for something I can't remember so it got sound plus way more memory than necessary, with a modern hard drive. It's still slow as! The drive was pre-loaded with backups I forgot about including a song a family member downloaded back in like 2000 that went a little something like this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vVdvTnhkTO8
My computer is the same age as that but excessively huge. Probably at least 4 times the size and weighing around as much as one of those kids did. I don't even know why it's so big since there isn't really anything in it but it makes this one seem almost portable: http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=189409
And that's what I'm going to do with it. Computers like these are like old instruments of a simpler time to tinker with so this giant IBM is going to make some ridiculous music (image) .
pharmakeus: Who are You
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:44:35 -0400
Who are You
A guitar hack what has been singing since 2002
I like to work on collabs which are structured like there is a spot for singing &/or some guitar foolery
But the whole fault is mine
I bite off more than I can chew
I love jamming
& I am working on my vox
mellis: New song
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:24:22 -0400
Posted by Tom (Toveco) as my PC is out of shape (image)
My song mixed and mastered by Toveco.
Baboon: Goin' to California
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:57:26 -0400
Goin' to California
So, I went to sunny Santa Rosa, California to record in a real studio with my bud, Matt Granz. We knocked out a few tunes during a rollicking weekend recording spree with our engineer, Adam Sullivan of Great Magnet Studio.
It was a blast, and great to have someone putting me through my paces, not accepting klinkers and misphrased lines..."Uhm, how 'bout we try that again? This time on the beat." lol
The results are pretty kick-***, frankly, imho.
Here's one of the tunes, with more to follow:
Matt Granz on guitar and bass
Myself on vocals
Skip Hovorka on drums
ConcordiaDiscors: The 4-string sketches (EP 2016)
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:36:35 -0400
The 4-string sketches (EP 2016)
An album of bass-guitar solo music.
For some reason, out of the four instruments that I play, the only one that so far has inspired me to write solo music is my incredibly cheap two-hundred-dollar electric bass.
As of today, I have three finished pieces lying around, so I decided I should post them all in one place as I record them. This blog entry is to provide a tracklist. All pieces are recorded in a kind of free-tempo, jamming vibe. I hope that you will find this EP an enjoyable listening experience.
P.S. I may add other bass solo pieces to this page as I write and record them. And I probably will (image)
Eugeny from C.D.
DarkShredcerto: Dark Shredcerto (Greetings to all!!...)
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:34:15 -0400
Dark Shredcerto (Greetings to all!!...)
Thanks for stopping by and checking my stuff out!..
Any cool shredders/musicians out there... Please leave a comment...I'll def check out your music... I'd love to hear from u!
DarkShredcerto: Dark Shredcerto (History)
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:03:56 -0400
Dark Shredcerto (History)
I am completely self taught and have never had a lesson (guitar or piano)..
I live.. Eat.. And breathe the guitar.. The music never stops in my head ...I compose everything without touching the instrument... And when I can I record it...
When I was younger I practiced obsessively... Guitar was everything... I was addicted... My blood burned... My heart raced... I was on fire for it...Recording... Composing... Creating... It's all I desired... The guitar was my mother and father... I was never alone when I was playing...
Through Christ and the cross I have lived out the conviction of my heart ... To bring to life that which was once dead... And shine gods eternal light through my music..
Through guitar I live out my sorrows... My hurts... My darkness... And pain.... I create a world that powers my heartbeat.... Fuels my desire..... And crafts a sound that my soul longs to hear... Where my inner fire burns to ignite another day of praise in gratitude...
to jesus my friend and Savior....