August 31

Night Train to Memphis

Night Train to Memphis by Roy Acuff Jr, recorded live by Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts in Eugene, OR, 8/29/2016. Old time fiddle music with a washboard groove. [more inside]


August 28

God Only Knows [Beach Boys cover]

A song that was sung at a wedding yesterday [MeTa thread]. Since I couldn't be there myself, I recorded this version for you using your officiant's restrung banjolin, a classical guitar, electric bass, my voice, and a tin slide whistle.


August 27

I wanted to

Another acoustic song! I'm really digging this thing where I limit myself to two strings, probably because I'm lazy.


Now Look What You've Made Me Do

Guitars, some slide. [more inside]


August 24

Witch of the Waves

Original tune - not related to any others of the same name - for piano and electronics. Around 124 bpm, 4/4, lots of melody, lots of drama. The last track completed for my Migration album.


August 22

olean

I song I wrote in up-state new-york. Instrumental guitar as is often the case...


August 21

Distant Past

Jessamyn bought me a really nice sounding small guitar, twenny bux with all the trimmings! I'd also just bought a really sweet Yeti Blue mic off Craigslist for $25. What a bargain! So this is how I tested the two out. [more inside]


August 16

Million Watts

Written for a recent SongFight, the challenge being: Song must feature an obvious flaw. Flaw cannot be lyrical. [more inside]


August 15

Just a Stranger

Short song about a night out at a bar. [more inside]


August 11

solo correctly

Some synth experiment from the vault...2nd half goes more analog...


Goblin Rip-off please help

At 0:32 I start ripping off a Goblin riff and I can't find the song that I am ripping off. It's not off of Roller or Profondo Rosso... Any insight would be appreciated.


August 9

New York, New York

Spun off an old Brian Eno song, "Zawinul/Lava". [more inside]


The First Kiss

Pretty guitars and synths and lots of delay and a deep and lovely bass line to boot.


August 8

Funeral March

With all due respect to Steve Martin, you can play a sad song on the banjo. [more inside]


August 7

Trust

I've tried a couple different things with this progression, finally found something I can live with. Rock guitar, drum machine, and all that jazz. [more inside]


3 kids on the square

the big synth at the beginning is live-performed on a Roland JX-8P on the patch called "Van Halen"!!!


August 6

Brighton Jig

Another Frank Converse tune on fretless banjo - this one from 1865. [more inside]


August 5

The Bone Church

I'm working on a set of songs/sounscapes for a friend's online comic project. This is a spooky ambient piece using some recordings I made of a guy moving chairs around in a cathedral in Vienna, some sleep breathing, some musical saw, and a weird broken African instrument a friend gave me.


August 3

Instance - go with it

Here's the B side "go with it" from my latest project, Instance. [more inside]


Computer World [Kraftwerk cover]

Featuring the voice of greenish as the Computer. I thought it would be fun to do it slower, using mostly analog instruments and a computer to record it, in juxtaposition to how Kraftwerk originally recorded it in 1981 (using computer instruments and I'm guessing analog tape). Also I was feverish with Lyme Disease while I recorded it. Song #11 in Unu Kanto Po Semajno.


July 27

Ven Aqui 1.0

A bit of a production experiment; rather than use a click track + programmed drums, I used a click-free guitar track as the bed, and layered performed keyboard drums on top. A slightly trickier process but thought it would result in more authentic feel/better pocket etc. An instrumental demo track based off Milton Nascimento's "Cravo e Canela". Recorded in the fall of 2015 in Rosebud, AB.


July 26

Again

Again, but with electric slide guitar. [more inside]


July 23

Briggs' Breakdown (Fretless banjo piece from 1855)

Yet another quick solo tune from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855.


July 16

orbital injection hygeine

electric cello and ableton


July 14

Normal Now

From an album I made in the 29 days of February, 2016. [more inside]


July 13

Lift Off Delay

Continue to vent my frustrations of daily life through hard rocking guitar for now... [more inside]


Somethin

Guitars under a slowed-and-pitched-down sample of NIN's 'something I can never have'.


July 12

Way Back

Some kind of indie rock song. [more inside]


July 8

GOT TO CHANGE

A song about the epidemic of police murders and violence against black people in America. Written July 8th and recorded July 9th, 2016, at Polarity Studio, Tokyo. Samm Bennett: vocal & diddley bow. Video of this live performance viewable HERE.


July 7

List Four

List Four of the Harvard Sentences (previously) [more inside]


July 6

Through the Ocean

John Cruz; ambient; experimental; techno


Angeline the Baker

Improvised acoustic guitar / singing. Recorded on phone. A bluegrass standard, but I'm playing it as a stream of consciousness improvisation. Usually these days my playing is pretty much by the book, but here I was thinking about ecstatic / outside players like John Fahey and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. No patching in. Only one take. No overdubbing. Get it right in the moment. Be real and accept flaws as long as they don't spoil anything important. [more inside]


Translunar

A reading by me, story by Oxxidation, music by me on electric cello and casiospittake on ableton.


July 3

09 network - vampire deer

9th and last song of plywood [more inside]


July 2

Again

Another song recorded with Music Memo providing the drums and bass (NSFW). [more inside]


July 1

08 shadow man - vampire deer

song 8 of plywood [more inside]


June 29

Melon Jig

A nice little duo for classic style five-string banjo, composed by Herbert J. Ellis. [more inside]


June 28

07 - mojo bone - vampire deer

song 7 - the blues can be so mean sometimes [more inside]


June 27

06 feel my skeleton - vampire deer

song 6 [more inside]


Soulshake

Verbatim cover of the Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson classic [more inside]


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