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]
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.
Another acoustic song! I'm really digging this thing where I limit myself to two strings, probably because I'm lazy.
Guitars, some slide. [more inside]
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.
I song I wrote in up-state new-york. Instrumental guitar as is often the case...
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]
Written for a recent SongFight, the challenge being: Song must feature an obvious flaw. Flaw cannot be lyrical. [more inside]
Short song about a night out at a bar. [more inside]
Some synth experiment from the vault...2nd half goes more analog...
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.
Spun off an old Brian Eno song, "Zawinul/Lava". [more inside]
Pretty guitars and synths and lots of delay and a deep and lovely bass line to boot.
With all due respect to Steve Martin, you can play a sad song on the banjo. [more inside]
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]
the big synth at the beginning is live-performed on a Roland JX-8P on the patch called "Van Halen"!!!
Another Frank Converse tune on fretless banjo - this one from 1865. [more inside]
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.
Here's the B side "go with it" from my latest project, Instance. [more inside]
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.
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.
Again, but with electric slide guitar. [more inside]
Yet another quick solo tune from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855.
electric cello and ableton
From an album I made in the 29 days of February, 2016. [more inside]
Continue to vent my frustrations of daily life through hard rocking guitar for now... [more inside]
Guitars under a slowed-and-pitched-down sample of NIN's 'something I can never have'.
Some kind of indie rock song. [more inside]
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.
John Cruz; ambient; experimental; techno
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]
A reading by me, story by Oxxidation, music by me on electric cello and casiospittake on ableton.
9th and last song of plywood [more inside]
Another song recorded with Music Memo providing the drums and bass (NSFW). [more inside]
song 8 of plywood [more inside]
A nice little duo for classic style five-string banjo, composed by Herbert J. Ellis. [more inside]
song 7 - the blues can be so mean sometimes [more inside]
song 6 [more inside]
Verbatim cover of the Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson classic [more inside]