June 17

Alls I got are the pictures, the movies; gonna be a big star, never gonna be a big star.

Where once again we prove the inverse proportionality between effort and output. [more inside]


June 15

London, Will You Miss Me

My entry to this month's music challenge, written on the bus back from town. [more inside]


Over the Georgian

Home demo for a future studio production. A retelling of the Wyandot legend of Kitchikewana. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]


June 12

Sky Flows

Sampled a slack guitar to create a kind of organ-sound. [more inside]


June 9

Hard Rain

A lonely cosmic country rock song loosely inspired by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves [more inside]


June 6

Winter Song

A piano composition written a while ago at the end of autumn for the first snowfall. The changing of seasons; the coming winter; delight in the sounds of children playing in the fresh fallen snow. [more inside]


June 5

Cetupsalmus

This piece was inspired by the humpback whale's song. [more inside]


How to get to Never Never Land

I have started a new project: making and posting video directions to various Tokyo live music venues, for the benefit of the Directionally Challenged. This is the first of the series. I thought it might be interesting to first listen to the audio directions alone, letting your imagination fill in the visuals, then head over to the video to see how reality and your imagination matches up.


June 3

Metafilter Podcast Theme - Daft Punk version

Somehow the idea of doing an alternate podcast theme riffing on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger got into my head a while a go, and here it is. [more inside]


May 31

The Crow on the Cradle

A quick recording of a way I've been messing around with approaching an old song. I think the time-signature change makes it seem a bit more bitter and a little less sinister, which is interesting, if not necessarily better.


May 29

I, I, I

Trying some further electronic stuff.


def dev puts @development end

Finished my online web dev course. It was time to relax and take a break from writing code...


May 27

Men's Retreat

New recording of an old song with the following Garageband synths: "hip hop kit", "pop flute" and "shimmering harpsichord" (IIRC). Song about good friends who have, by now, all moved away. I'd love any thoughts on this. [more inside]


Sundre Says

Home demo for a future studio recording. An atmospheric tune about driving at night through small-town Canada. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]


May 26

Deos

This song is based on Koran 1:1-2. Each of its three voices has a different character. [more inside]


May 25

A Smuggler's Song

Somewhere between Show of Hands and the Mountain Goats, we find this story of a man in a boat off the coast of Cornwall, drunk, armed and fearful. [more inside]


May 21

Going

Piano, drums, bass. [more inside]


Aleutian Letter

Home demo for a future studio recording. A contemplative tune about a man working on the DEW Line in 1950s Canada, writing a letter home to his estranged wife. Lyrics below the fold. (Pardon the tentative lead vox, as this one's a tiny bit above my normal range and it's brand-new.) [more inside]


May 17

Coma

As in comet. Carbon 7, doing the free-form space jazz thing, again. [more inside]


May 15

Fiddle tunes for a Friday

Fiddle tunes on mandolin, that is. Just a little medley of some fiddle tunes I know in the key of D. Whiskey Before Breakfast/Soldier's Joy/St. Anne's Reel/Liberty/Whiskey Before Breakfast


May 14

I Am On Your Side

The sad robot loves you and will never leave you. [more inside]


Winter in July

A cover of the a song by the 6ths, from the awesome album Wasps Nests.


May 13

Why Worry (Dire Straits cover)

30 years ago today, on 13 May 1985, Dire Straits released their number-1, 9-times platinum, Grammy-winning fifth album: Brothers in Arms. ‘Why Worry’ is track 5 of the nine great songs on the album. [more inside]


May 12

track 9

It's late and I can't sleep, so I made a quick, self-indulgent, sloppy little thing. [more inside]


May 10

Walls

Remix of Wall, by Nils Frahm. With samples from Fefa Naa Efe, by Fela Kuti.


May 9

Paranoid Shepard

This is an endlessly rising Radiohead cover vignette; a section from Paranoid Android rises a whole step and repeats itself, and does so again, six times total, before returning to where it started, as a kind of large-scale take on the Shepard tone. [more inside]


The Lift

Not quite a song about a city, but about a specific room in this old mining village in the Cascades of Washington. Features baritone guitar, slide guitar, bowed guitar, pump organ. Also a rerecording of this song. (By the way, any advice on how to record electric guitar on the cheap would be appreciated. At the moment I am just putting my ZoomH2 microphone in front of an amp.) [more inside]


May 5

The Golden Age (Beck cover)

A synthed out, vocoded take on Beck's extremely non-synthy song off of Sea Change, as an excuse to fiddle around with Reason 8. [more inside]


Aircraft Recognition

Short and sweet. A song about aeroplanes overhead with minimal vocals. Live rehearsal recording by Sredni Vashtar


May 4

Nostalgia

This one has maybe the most tracks of any song I've ever made. [more inside]


Carl Sandburg (Sufjan Stevens cover)

threeants' lovely cover of Chicago reminded me of this version of another song off that same album that I recorded ten years ago, and made me realize I never posted it to Music. So here it is! [more inside]


May 2

Chicago (Sufjan Stevens cover)

Felt inspired to throw together a cover of an old favorite for the May/June challenge. [more inside]


May 1

Breathe/Pigs Medley

A proof of concept. This was our first complete take at this at rehearsal a couple weeks ago. My prog tribute project, The Yes Men. All live, recorded in the garage by John. [more inside]


43.459885, -93.570367

Not sure how to describe this one, but I sampled a lot of disparate stuff and used some found sound I have.


April 29

Untitled Salt Lake Song (04.28.2015)

A catchy tune about two guys who take a twin engine plane out for a joyride and crash into the Great Salt Lake. Proper title TBD. [more inside]


Piano Sketch #2 (meditation)

The only song I have ever written & recorded start-to-finish while living on a boat. Thanks to the Carnival Imagination for having slack enough security that I was able to sneak onto the showband keyboard after-hours to record this (2006)


April 25

Evening Prayer Blues

My quick little take on Evening Prayer Blues by Deford Bailey. I originally came to this by way of Bill Monroe, Mike Compton and Alan Bibey mandolin arrangements of it. [more inside]


April 23

Ganymede Suite

A structured improvisation for double bass, piano & tabla. Feat Kimberley Shepherd - piano, Kazuko Sato - tabla. Co-written with Kimberley Shepherd. [more inside]


April 21

For David

A song for a departed friend. [more inside]


April 17

Fruitbattery

A short piano solo! Minor key, triplet feel, maybe a little jazzy, better suited to Halloween than early spring, but what can I do? It's a free download at BandCamp complete with suitably batty artwork. [more inside]


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