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November 23

I Know It's You (Jeff, It's Roger)

I turned four years worth of voicemails from my brother into this song, and I gave it to him for his 39th birthday. [more inside]


John Irwin

My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]


November 22

Oh, You...

A dig at nostalgia, kind of... [more inside]


November 19

Photographer

Psychedelica as embodied in music is not always about rowdy trippy cagey delivery and a catchy spacey or 'wow' riff…. sometimes psychedelica can drift unassumingly into the realm of melancholia, which is where this Ummagma song firmly rests. [more inside]


November 16

Cosmestics

First commerical project. Commissioned to accompany a video for an awards show somewhere. Electronic kinda catwalk music.


Lama (Mind Movies Remix)

So much music, so little time. Even in the mind of the remixer, likely that expression would sound something like "So many remix options, so little time"… which is why we're lucky there are so many different great remixers in this world (yes, there certainly are a lot of terrible ones too)… But here we have a wonderful remix by Brazil's Mind Movies of Ummagma's track 'Lama'. Certainly do hope you will enjoy this vision too.


Heartbreak of Dawn

Written and recorded in Cairo, Egypt almost exactly two years ago during a time in my life when I was trying to tune and play an oud just like a guitar. Features strummed and bowed oud, more harmonies than normal, squeaky chair. [more inside]


November 14

Headphones

Two minutes about my paralyzing self-consciousness about working on my music in the presence of other people. [more inside]


November 12

Upsurd

OK - not exactly a sing-along and not exactly the kind of song you can imagine a sing-along happening to, but there is something to be said for the harmony established between two voices in a song, even if they are not singing in tandem. This is, indeed, one of those songs where I think that kind of love-in has been achieved, at least sonically.


November 10

20 Minutes

New recording, old sentiment. [more inside]


November 9

Ice Machine

Another cover of a Depeche Mode song penned by Vince Clarke. I took some ideas from Röyksopp's recent cover. [more inside]


November 8

Intergalactic (Hoopo Remix)

I made a remix of one of my least favorite Beastie Boys hits. [more inside]


November 6

Choke a Moff (Taylor Swift parody)

I apologize to basically everyone. [more inside]


November 5

Colors

Dream dripping floating melting flying… All of these are feelings that might come to mind if you close your eyes while listening to this current track. Somewhere between the mellowest of Pink Floyd and the catchiest bit of Billy Bragg, I hope you'll enjoy Ummagma 'Colors'. [more inside]


Agriculture Report

A spur of the moment composition inspired by rice farming activities. [more inside]


November 4

Minor Waltz

A composition for 2 banjos in the classic style, composed by S.S. Stewart in 1882. I decided to give it the carnival dirge treatment.


Greetings to the Unknown

Fast catchy tune with a thumping chorus - but the piano takes the star turn in the verses. [more inside]


November 3

Loudspeakers

Different synths, different arps, different drums


October 31

BFD

A mix of cultures often results in something beautiful - interesting art, world views, beautiful babies and intriguing music. And you don't have to be from either of those cultures to appreciate how wonderful this can be. This song represents a melange of two cultural infusions - from Canada and Ukraine. This is Ummagma. Enjoy. [more inside]


October 29

In Western Lands

Sam Gamgee's song in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Words by JRR Tolkien, melody by Stephen Oliver. [more inside]


October 26

Bringing Me Down

An upbeat alt-countryish number I wrote in 2002, brought back from the dead and revived (with some cheap rhymes preserved). [more inside]


October 25

Blizzard

This is one of those "let's drift away" songs... hazy gazey spacey and dreamy all in one… If one is prone to daydreaming or aural hypnosis, this may not be the song for you :) Just the same, this is definitely worth a listen to all others. This is Sounds of Sputnik.


October 23

Talk to Her

There is always that belief out there that musicians often self-create bad situations in their lives so that they have something to write about. ;) Well, here is one track that actually was written as an apology after a lovers' quarrel :) Oh yeah... [more inside]


October 21

Kingdom Come (15 Metaphors for Love)

There were originally 23 metaphors but it was 8 too many. [more inside]


October 20

Go Away

Acoustic guitars, a little slide, singing, breathing room. [more inside]


Separate Ways

Pensive piano interspersed with electronic outbursts and a broad, burbling middle section. [more inside]


October 19

Lullaby

I've been having trouble sleeping lately. This is a brief, improvised lullaby I made the other night to help with that.


gam boy

luv


October 16

Letterbox

A stripped-down version (accordion and vocals) of the They Might Be Giants obscurity, for the Flood project. [more inside]


Be Long

A little tune riffing melancholily and finger-snappingly on Tonight You Belong to Me [more inside]


October 15

Istanbul not Constantinople

An extremely hasty rough draft of a They Might Be Giants cover.


March of the Rainy Days

Mississippi John Hurt- and John Fahey- inspired fingerstyle guitar tune. [more inside]


October 13

Minimum Wage

Spidey sense tingled. Dashed this off.


October 12

Happy Birthday

Birthday song options. [more inside]


October 9

Try Again The Best You Can

The lyrics to this song are from a postcard dated 1965-1966, where John Lennon wrote lyrics to a song that he never recorded. I read about it a couple of years ago and wrote music to go with the lyrics. This is how it turned out. [more inside]


October 7

Tiny Tangled Trainwreck

I play mandolin and haven't written anything new in entirely too long. Today I remedied that while also facing my fear of writing/playing in the key of F.


October 6

Man with a Beard

Ever hear a sound that falls and rises at the same time? This is NOT a song that captures the feel of No Shave November. [more inside]


October 1

Alaska

I went to Alaska cruise several times and one day, I sat in the library and looked out the ocean from the window. It was such a thrilling moment and I created this music with my little laptop computer. I tried to describe the massive and spiritual scenery of Alaska and its vanity as well. Its "Gold Mining" starting in 1870, which was mainly all about fantasy and led so many people to tragedy, was expressed in this music.


September 30

Just A Veneer

Snarky Americana. Mostly about a girl I dated once who just lovvvveed reaching into my wallet.


September 29

Memory in New York

This is a soundtrack that I originally created and produced. It is about the vibes of New York City as a melting pot which is urban, lively and unique. It is in jazz style and I used Logic Pro X.


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