October 24

seasonal swells

bit of a chord sesh

October 18

Walking On Eggshells

We need more spoken word breaks in songs these days. [more inside]

Disquiet0250 Soother - 10:15:16, 10.13 AM

Acoustic guitar improv with ambient desert sounds. On the guitar I was trying to do bells by letting strings ring against one another. Recorded late Saturday night in the woodshed the the Soundcloud app on my Android phone. The guitar was my National Estralita. The ambient sound tracks are from Freesound - "A can rolling into the wind, in the desert of Atacama (Chile)." by felix.blume. "The Australian Desert at night." by "kangaroovindaloo" felix.blume Chile, desert » A can rolling into the wind, in the desert of Atacama (Chile)

October 17

Another Bottle

This little song that's somewhat about Don Draper sprung to life while rewatching the entire series of Mad Men. This is the audio of a video that's here, if you're into that sort of thing.

October 15

Only Slightly Bent

Noisy guitar instrumental. Sort of melancholy. [more inside]

October 13


I figured out how to use the arpeggiator on my op1 (actually the 'endless' sequencer). Brings to mind seeing out from the home village on an epic quest.

October 10


Getting real with yourself about self-medication.

Loathsome Slug

A little number about that orange-skinned lunatic who's running for president. Please listen. Or watch here.

October 6

A Heartbreak Cliche

I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition... [more inside]

October 2

My Heart as Your Home

My good friend and music senpai Jeremy Blake wrote and recorded a song called "My Heart as Your Home" that I immediately fell in love with. I recently got a chance to record a cover of it with my younger brother. He played ukelele and sang the lead; I did all the arrangement, production, and backup vocals. I think it turned out really nicely. [more inside]

October 1

Return to Maridia

My train rides lately have been spent either a) playing with my synthesizer, or b) playing through Super Metroid on my phone. This captures pretty nicely the feeling of wandering a submerged subterranean maze, looking for secret side tunnels while kinda low on life (though with a couple energy tanks in reserve).

No Marked Tracks

Post rock with guitar/cello.

September 27

Limes from Lemonade (lo-fi demo)

This is a lo-fi demo of a new song I wrote recently. It was an experiment in seeing what I could sketch out with the least effort just using my phone. I doubled and harmonized with my own vocals in the chorus, but didn't have any multitracking software on my phone to do it, so I used a freeware app that let me record and mix a second vocal as input to the waveform of my original performance. [more inside]

Apples and Walnuts

A few weeks ago I was asked to play at the wedding of some friends. I don't really have anything appropriate, but was (against the odds) able to write something for it. This is it. [more inside]

September 26


Ambient bell arp single take performance phase music

September 25


5am ambient in dhoby ghaut, swingapore


Regarding wretched, manic suburban excess.

The Greatest Pleasure My Body Knows Is To Bathe With Old Men

Quick and dirty recording of a song about using the proximity of other people in the bath at the gym as a substitute for relationships. [more inside]

September 24

I say Goodbye (hello to you)

A brief description of the song. Recorded 2015 early 2016 sometime and frozen away. Another song only ever played one time. Second motif arrives at midway. Layers sound better in headphones, better for the low end of the spectrum too.

Plain Dislike You

I felt like destroying something so I destroyed this tune.

September 22

Halle Hula - live from Hāpuna Beach

Sat down yesterday with my new uke, at a beach on the west cost of the Big Island, to revisit my Cohen/Elvis parody from several years ago.

Worry About The World (cover/mashup)

This is a cover of a song my dad wrote (that I actually found via combing through his post history on Metafilter after he died) [more inside]

Young Blood

A short song on a new ukulele about a thing I saw from a helicopter in Hawaii. [more inside]

September 19


If you've ever watched Masterpiece Theater on PBS, you've heard this Rondeau by Jean Joseph Mouret. [more inside]

September 18

wrong color for a heart

Inspired by a turn of phrase in the first episode of the podcast "Roderick on the Line" (http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick/ep-01-keep-moving-and-get-out-of-the-way.html), starts at around the 45min mark. The guy is saying to God, why have you cursed me to this absurd (in the Camus sense) existence and God answers, just give up. [more inside]

September 13

totally generic action

To illustrate a point I wanted to make in the Marvel Movie Music thread I started playing around with Kontakt cinematic patches, but by the time I'd finished I'd sort of forgotten what my point was and decided to upload it anyway because I've got no self control at all.

September 12

My Secret Marilyn Monroe

About 24 years ago, between 1992--1995 or so, I played in a popular art rock band in Panama City, Florida, called Killing Darlings. An old friend recently gave me access to his stash of the lo-fi recordings we produced over the years with that band, and this is one of them. There's a longer playlist of recovered tracks over here on Sound Cloud. [more inside]

September 11

8bit 1sl4nd

I work at BigCorp, which is having an internal contest to build songs for its hold music. This has finally given me the impetus to figure out how to actually make songs (rather than random sketches) with my newish OP-1. This one was built with an OP-1, along with a couple Pocket Operators (Arcade and Rhythm).

September 10

Passing By And Thought I'd Drop In

Bluesy jam, guitars, slide, e-bow, harmonica & field recordings of a storm and a cattle auction. [more inside]

September 7


I just bought FL Studio and started fooling around with it. I like trap music, so the beat is somewhat inspired by that. I have no idea how the rest of it fits in though. Warning: not a full song.

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


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...

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