December 3

Needles and Fire

A song about alternative histories and intangible futures.


02 pushing a dead man too far - vampire deer

a lament about work [more inside]


December 1

Red Rider themes

For a storytelling project, I made six variations of a three note motif, to represent the personalities of six different characters. Each little theme is less than ten seconds long, so even when I put all six of them together it adds up to less than 60 seconds. I hope to post the whole project someday, but at least this version counts for the November Music Challenge!


November 30

01 birdie - vampire deer

first song of new album birdie [more inside]


November 29

The Middle Of The Night

For this month's 60-second-or-under challenge. [more inside]


Hot Mess

A jazzy/funky/noisy/weird tune written for the 60 second challenge. Just sort of stops instead of ending. [more inside]


November 26

mellow sats

chord sesh II


Enigmas

Fun with drones and LFOs. Could probably pass as an Enigma tribute, thus the name.


November 24

Anything Is True

Anymore


November 23

Thoughts in B-flat

In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]


November 22

Jar Full Of People

My entry for the November Challenge. It is not new, but it has been waiting for this challenge to finally have an appropriate home. [more inside]


Sir HONK

Who is more foolish, the fool who requests a honkcore version of "Sir Duke," or the fool who fills the request? [more inside]


November 20

Everything Is Fucked (Keep On Going)

A wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [more inside]


November 19

L-A-U-R-A

Short acoustic number. Background light rail. [more inside]


SuperstitiHONK

Be careful what you wish for. [more inside]


November 17

Chimes & Oatmeal

Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! [more inside]


November 15

Please Don't Be Happy

Please, shake your booty for 60 seconds


November 12

panic room wallpaper

sweeping drum loops and keyboard while a guitar synthesizer does something


November 11

Objective Truth

For Leonard.


November 10

I thought you said 6 seconds!

This is for the 60 second Metafilter November Music Challenge. My software, the Platonic Music Engine, generates 6 glorious seconds of avant-garde electronic beeps and boops for your listening pleasure! Many, many, many more details inside. [more inside]


November 9

I have dreams of going through tunnels

Done on my arpeggiator of choice (Yamaha MO-X6)


November 8

Hip with the kids

Delirious, teeth-gritted ballad about weapons of mass destruction and grass roots violence. Also, a breathless love song from one monster to another. Also, a way to distract myself while this horrifying evening plays out. Rough mix. Suggestions welcome. Lyrics past break. [more inside]


The Challenge Is This

I needed this challenge to get away from the song I've been slowwwwly working on otherwise. I recorded some of it last year, but heavily edited and added onto it last night, and then trimmed it down to a slim fifty-seven seconds. Song 14 in my Unu Kanto Po Semajno series.


November 7

SciFi Series Theme

Here's a theme I wrote for an online SciFi Series soon to be live. http://arieljramos.com


November 6

Darling Nelly Gray

Fretless recording of an 1868 James Buckley finger style banjo arrangement of a tremendously popular song written in 1856 by Benjamin Hanby. [more inside]


November 4

Deserts 2 - 11_4_16, 8.32 PM

Acoustic guitar improv + desert sounds from Freesound. Much longer and more free form than my normal way of doing things.


November 1

No Spoilers

A song (accompanied by accordion) about past, current and future(?) events. May or may not be helpful for election obsessives. Spoiler warning: spoilers. [more inside]


October 28

Lullaby For An Insomniac

A sampling of my nightly anxieties set to some phony harp. [more inside]


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 ยป 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

Embark!

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

anvil

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.


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