Synth-based dance with a nocturnal air. [more inside]
A short, sweet, rap-free collaboration with MC Frontalot.
going for a deep lo-fi groove
A collaboration between myself and my old friend Walt Fleming (either formerly or currently the keyboardist of Calgary Pirate-Metal band Verbal Deception
). Original MIDI composed by me & sent to Walt, who assigned synth sounds and somehow found the perfect formula of riffs, beeps & boops to layer on top. An artifact from our high-school days when we had a side project together called the Math Rangers. Walt was one of those strange, crazy, self-taught musical geniuses whose work inexplicably ends up dwelling in obscurity. I thought that this track, at the very least, should be heard.
Pretty excited about this one. This was a weird kinda experimental duet I wrote a long time ago and I'm finally starting to mess around with it for reals. It features my lovely and talented friend Pat. As per usual, I could always use some advice. Tricky stuff starts around 1:07. [more inside]
The other day I was talking to some chickens. Video here
Full on frenzied singalong Northern Soul with some spectacularly funktastic drumming from my pal Darrell. Put on your dancing shoes and join in the 'You-oooo's if you want.
Another rough and ready rehearsal recording from Sredni Vashtar [more inside]
A quick little song inspired by Jessamyn's comment at the two-minute mark on Podcast #88. [more inside]
Quick concept and messing around with my new DAW setup. Still working out song structure, so this is dirt simple with very little variation on the theme and only one bridge. [more inside]
A very quick intro/chorus I finally polished up this morning. I just need to write the other 78% of the song now. Thoughts? [more inside]
A song written by my brother, who recently came home from a two year Senegal Peace Corp stint. To paraphrase his contention: "If you want to catch up, put your phone down and take your pants off." [more inside]
A minimal dub jam. I put together the rhythm and melody in Nanostudio on my iPad while cruising the South Pacific over Christmas. Added the bass and lead guitar when I got home in Garageband. It makes me happy, mostly. [more inside]
A full year of the stock market translated into a reggae song of sorts, to go along with an animated data visualization
I created. [more inside]
song 7 - and so we go to sleep - happy new year [more inside]
Written because I am finally starting to get back into recording stuff, and I needed to give myself a simple project to stretch my muscles. So I told myself to write a Stereolab song circa 1994. I haven't listened to Stereolab for few years. Now That I've recorded this, I'm gonna go back and listen to them.
song 5 - lost love [more inside]
Late night and off-kilter, a love song for the otherwise apathetic. Recorded at rehearsal in South London by Sredni Vashtar
and then (lightly) polished. One day we'd like to record this properly (do the vocals properly for example). One day. [more inside]
Eastern Europe has long been known as a mysterious place when it comes to music, spanning multiple genres, including music with a particular ethno-folk component. This is one of those songs. Well done Ummagma. [more inside]
This is the unofficial theme song for my new group, the Swamp Root Jimmies
. It was recorded live at our inaugural gig in November 2013. Lyrics and link to video here
song 4 - two guitars, harmonica and synth aren't the traditional blues format - especially when the guitars and harmonica get messed up [more inside]
I love it when one talented artist can take the work of another talented artist, creatively metabolize it, and then craft output that is impressive in it's own right. This remix takes a quirky electro approach to Ummagma's track 'Lama'. Hope you enjoy it. [more inside]
song 3 - dire things happen [more inside]
A cover of the Louis Jordan jazz evergreen performed in the style of a video game boss fight. An egregious splattering of Autotune completes the image. [more inside]
song 2 - existential paranoia caused by partying [more inside]
This is about the least effort you could put into wishing a merry f'n Christmas. Now with sleighbells. Of course.
Actors are always celebrated for their chameleonic ability to change characters and roles. Ummagma possesses this quality, among a small number of shape-shifting bands currently out there. This song is very different from anything else created by Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this. [more inside]
song 1 of making rust, my new album or whatever you want to call it - [more inside]
Sometimes I just can't stop myself.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
Merry Christmas! Here's an arrangement of Bennington, No. 408t in the Shenandoah Harmony (www.shenandoahharmony.com). Poetry by Isaac Watts 1706, original shape note arrangement by Billings, 1770. [more inside]
Ethereal wave is what they call this genre, but you can definitely sense elements of early 4AD-era postpunk, darkwave, shoegaze and postpunk here. The mood is a bit heavier and there is an outpouring of philosophy, moral and emotional reaction. Enjoy! [more inside]
Cover of the Chris Bell song. This song was one of three assigned to me in a music challenge on another site. [more inside]
Well, it's been about (over?) 3 years since I last posted. I haven't done a single music-related thing in that time. This one just kind of came out. It's an instrumental waltz about walking in the city.
There is such a thing as light-imbued melancholy. This song shows that @Ummagma is among a cozy handful of bands nowadays who seem to thrive on achieving that combination. You can find Ummagma here
too. [more inside]
Sleep, little ones. One note x 10k (give or take).
After I finished this I went back and listened to the original and, okay, wow, that's kind of different. It gets a little Nashville in the middle, which may have been a mistake. Or not.
This is a song about an artist dying for attention. From the forthcoming album First World Problems
. [more inside]
This track makes it a lot easier to imagine how the classical work of J.S. Bach could be meshed into a dreampop track, something that is rarely seen or at least, that is rarely pulled off well (The Verve and The Farm come to mind as other successful cases of this happening). [more inside]
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