It's late and I can't sleep, so I made a quick, self-indulgent, sloppy little thing. [more inside]
A structured improvisation for double bass, piano & tabla. Feat Kimberley Shepherd - piano, Kazuko Sato - tabla. Co-written with Kimberley Shepherd. [more inside]
My friend Jimmy wrote the lyrics and chord changes, we had a drummer friend come in and lay down a groove and I did the rest of the instrumentation, recording and mix down. Enjoy
When a musician, who has self-recorded and mixed everything (brilliant) he (she) has ever put out, eventually takes to creating a remix, the output can be somewhat spectacular. That is what happened when San Francisco shoegaze darkwave wonderkind Jane Woodman jumped into her very first remix for Ummagma 'Lama'. Hope you enjoy the output.
The themes of timelessness vs. something purely of the moment and also of mobility vs. immobility are somehow factored into the folds of this dreamy folkrock-inspired track by Ummagma. Whispy and somewhat ethereal. [more inside]
Love generates love generates love. Beautiful Moment seems to capture an element worthy of such progeneration. Harmony, peace, smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves. [more inside]
A song off my album "SELF_" ... I enjoy old synths, bleeps and bloops. Here is the full album: [ free ] - created with Propellerheads Reason 4 :D
My Request Raffle entry! Apologies to my requestor for this poor performance of his beautiful tune. [more inside]
So zany presentation system I wrote is getting documentation so I'm writing a soundtrack, in remembrance of _why of course. [more inside]
I really won't be able to come up with another / better / thing based on the Bowie song. Too busy fixing the meals, painting the walls, going to the bank... I consider this my back porch approximate version of Soul Love. Some chords (most chords I guess) are only in the vicinity of the original ones. Be kind. It's been recorded while my daughter was taking a nap, I tried not to be too noisy.
Inspired by a zero-calorie soda
A little tune I wrote a while back. [more inside]
Title track for a work-in-progress album under my new ambient moniker Foreign Buildings. [more inside]
Soundscapes are part of the fabric for various genres of music and this song creates one merging several genres, yet is still hard to put your finger on.
A little Mezzanine-era Massive Attack and Stereo MCs blend with something more ethereal - throw in both male and female vocals… and then some more depth that is indescribable in words. So says me. :) Titled "Upsurd" because a little absurdity can also have an upwards drive to it. Right?
A track for my newly-formed ambient pseudonym Foreign Buildings. Title based on a misheard quote. [more inside]
Reminiscent of the Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest contribution to the film "Strange Days", this Ummagma track offers an eclectic earful of modernity meets tradition, complete with Carpathian whistle and balanced out with successive male and female vocals. [more inside]
Somewhat reminiscent of Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar", this song still seems to have a unique quality all of its own. When we recorded this Ummagma track, we didn't know about that cover but since then, this has been the feedback received and we also feel a similarity there too. What do you think? I'm also posting the lyrics here. [more inside]
A love for the golden 4AD era, Pink Floyd and the likes of David Sylvian have all been woven into the thread of this music. "Lama" was both inspired by these bands and reflects their contribution to a new generation of musicmakers. Looking forward, but knowing where our roots lie… I sincerely hope you will all enjoy this Ummagma track. [more inside]
It's funny how sometimes it takes all but a few minutes to write a song, while the development of another song can really stretch out. This was one of those stretches - "Risky" was a song that was written "in chunks" - the basic instrumental bit was written in Kyiv, Ukraine before a big move to western Ukraine and then to Canada, where the rest was written & recorded before finally being dragged back to Ukraine, where it was properly mixed and mastered. The time span from start to finish: 5 years. All that moving around was us, by the way, not just the tracks bouncing around in cyber space. Thus is the history of this track. I'm posting the lyrics too if anyone wants to have a go at them or "sing along" …. yeah, right… any feedback is welcome. Peace. [more inside]
Another midnight noodling session before bed. [more inside]
PARKING LOT PIMPIN IS A TRAPPY SONG FROM SPACE AGE FAMILY RAINING BRICKS CD. [more inside]
A new tune from my songwriting circle. Enjoy!
another tune from my songwriting circle. enjoy! [more inside]
Some friends and I do this weekly songwriting thing. Here is my contribution from this week. Enjoy! [more inside]
I was going through old recordings today and found this one of my first string quartet (2003). It's a choose-your-own-adventure thing that follows the life of a mayfly as decided by the audience. [more inside]
A song about love by Abagail Grey - after all, it is a very interesting subject......................
A seasonal ditty with a surprising disco section featuring me, Aly Brown and Derek Urquhart. Produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan.
another micro tune.
So orville sash posted this beat on MeFi about a year ago but he is no longer on the site. So I decided to rap over the beat and this is the outcome. Off my latest mixtape, HeartBeatz II: Warm Embrace [more inside]
This song is about making a cake and how good cake is.
A punk rock song by my new band Riot Dog, in support of the 99 Percent throughout the nation - the employed and the unemployed, those taking to the streets and those just struggling to get by day to day. Video here.
An ambient-ish track I made as an attempt to make a videogame-soundtrack kind of thing. Made with Ableton Live, Sylenth, Predator and Absynth.
My version of Common's new single "Blue Sky". [more inside]
The third country song from our forthcoming album "This is Naughtybilly." A trucking song, written using 70s CB slang, told from the point of view of truck stop prostitutes. [more inside]
A 59 second original jazz tune. [more inside]
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
I recorded two albums with my band The Tower of Dudes. One of the albums was recorded in my apartment with a minimal amount of equipment. The other album was recorded in a studio with a lot of good equipment. I have my own feelings about the two different recording experiences, but I am curious about your thoughts: [more inside]
A track I put together in an afternoon to test some MIDI software. [more inside]
This song is an ode to my hometown, Chicago. [more inside]
Song I made wrote for my mom. I didn't write it for mother's day but I figured I'd post it since today was mother's day. [more inside]
A song JaiMahodara put together for our good friends, a lesbian couple, by request. The song is meant to be silly and a little tongue in cheek, so we hope no one takes offense. [more inside]
Come! Enjoy the traditional island music and bask in the random notes!
Another song in the 'I'm trying my hand at writing and recording rock music single-handedly in my bedroom' project. Looking for criticism, suggestions, tips, etc. - on mixing especially. [more inside]
A rock ode to the bat that clung to the Space Shuttle Discovery. Thoughts? [more inside]
So, I've been experimenting with writing and recording pop music - currently in my bedroom with garageband. I'm an amateur. I may have gotten a little effect happy on this one. But hey, it's a start. [more inside]
Another older piece I composed, in 2006. It uses a sort of minimalist, pseudo-metric modulation that, even though the tempo stays the same throughout, creates a kind of time-warpy impression. [more inside]
I thought I'd throw a few older compositions up here for fun. This is a short piano trio I composed in 2004. Lots of extended techniques and other academic foolery. But it still rocks a little, when it does.