A dilettante's first blush at Ableton Live and a MicrKORG [more inside]
An old "wall of guitars" rock demo. Come for the fuzz, stay for the drum machine. [more inside]
This is about 6 passes of live-looping that all fit together nicely with the same mood (bleak, minimal, meditative) and tonality. [more inside]
song 8 - those square pegs are going to fit in those round holes or ELSE [more inside]
Intensely silly. [more inside]
song 7 - someone's always got to be the police ... [more inside]
Final version of the rough acoustic demo I posted a few days back. A bit of blue-eyed soul, a bit of BONNY era Prefab Sprout, a bit of TEMPTED era Squeeze and a few 10cc harmonies, and the guitar from Alison. Did I miss anything? [more inside]
Delta blues cover of Alt-J Breezeblocks. Consider May's challenge: Accepted. [more inside]
First song off my new EP, strange psychedelic pop, maybe a little scary [more inside]
Make love like you're going to die. [more inside]
song 6 - a long one with lots of guitar and some screaming [more inside]
A synthy Mother's Day to all!
Music I wrote while searching for Minsky's The Society of Mind
. A kind of experimental Baroque for piano. [more inside]
This. Is. The. Central. Scrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrutinizer. Now with the spookiest hype men you've ever heard. [more inside]
I think this is the first song I've posted with a guitar solo not done by Dagosto.
In which my Prefab Sprout obsession results in a nakedly sappy love song speculating about the origins and end of the universe. [more inside]
Been playing around with synthesis recently - this is the first thing I've made that I'm relatively happy with. [more inside]
The pulsing drive of this tune unquestionably has a swaying effect and, taken together with this song's layers and subtleties seems to make all the difference. Sway sway sway!!! [more inside]
The next offering in our revisit/completion to the OK Computer challenge; is it troubling to anyone else that I find this version incredibly relaxing? [more inside]
song 5 - so little has changed in 40 years [more inside]
This is perhaps one of Ummagma's darker moments, but as the song proceeds, it lets more and more light in. There is a moral to this story, like it or not, but the soundtrack to go with it makes it that much easier to swallow. :) [more inside]
To supplement my Music Talk post to the right, I'm looking for a collaborator to take this jam to the next level. [more inside]
A callback for a year back
; the first of the rest
; I promised this track a while ago
. [more inside]
Plink, plink, plonk. I wrote some piano music.
song 4 - no, you can't give it back cause it won't go away [more inside]
A few weeks back I posted this
, which was a bit shit. In trying to turd-polish I eventually scrapped the vocal melody and lyric, opened a mic and this came out. Whether it's any better is anyone's guess, but I do like the juxtaposition of a seemingly sunny melody etc with a sinister lyric. [more inside]
If you let your imagination drift towards southeastern Europe, somewhere wedged between Fellini's Italy and Emir Kusturica's Balkans, and then you put such wanderings into a soundtrack, this is likely what you would end up with - Balkanofellini :) [more inside]
Alternative rock, indie, inspired by Radiohead although it took a different turn and doesn't sound that much like it anymore. [more inside]
If you were to roll up some element of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson, and paint it with a slight shoegaze ethereal hue, this might be what you would get… Enjoy this Ummagma track! [more inside]
song 03 - it's difficult when people seem to be so much cooler and together than you [more inside]
When a band "dances" on the border between 6 or more musical genres and one of them happens to be progressive rock, the listener is often in for a delightful surprise. Hopefully this song qualifies as one of them. This is "Outside" by Ummagma. [more inside]
A disquieting quasi-ambient piece from January, 1999, which was among my first purely software-synthesized efforts. I think I was listening to a lot of Oval at the time. [more inside]
For anyone who loves Tortoise and especially the fired up drive of their first two albums, or maybe Sputniks Down, you will likely love an ear-scoop of this Ummagma track. [more inside]
Some synthpop kids cover Just Can't Get Enough. Others cover Photographic. I'm in the second group. [more inside]
song 2 - some ideas just don't catch on so fast - maybe if they'd planted some tulips in front of it ... and painted it green and brown and white with an american flag by it, like the one in holland, mi - but like a dayglo purple green yellow mandala? no ... [more inside]
Little bluesy tune I made back in 2009 with help from some friendly sheep
. For all the flaws in the recording I'm still fond of it. [more inside]
song 1 of ghost river college pt 2 - which is not as depressing as pt 1 was - a series of snapshots of the mid 70s [more inside]
Imagine a carefree diva singing in a non-chalent way as she looks out the window of the passenger side during a road trip. The soundtrack to her ride is based on an indie rock slide-guitar laced tune, which builds in intensity throughout the ride until bang - confusion and collision. That is this Ummagma song in a nutshell, message and all. [more inside]
I had a bit of fun with this: it's about a relationship gone wrong. I believe that the dual bass part is rhythmically interesting. Double bass and synth bass rhythmically intertwine and are coupled with a synth trumpet. There may be some Brian Eno influences a la The Drop.
My album is available for $5 download at CD Baby: The Dividing Range.
This instrumental explores not only ambiences and walls-of-sound seemingly inspired directly by cosmic travels, but also features electronics, samples, drones, and beautifully melodies peppered with a lot of dissonance, creating sonic tapestries perfectly suited for reflecting, reading an Arthur C. Clarke (or Isaac Asimov) book and taking a journey through the stars. This is Sounds of Sputnik.
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