December 10

Advent Prelude

Advent Prelude by Charles Callahan. Written for flute and organ, but played here by flute and piano for various reasons. [more inside]

04 careful - vampire deer

i've never been comfortable with flag waving and now i'm even less so [more inside]

December 9

Fluid Bonded - John The Rabbit

After co-writing and producing an album for a friend this year I decided, what the hell, Trump is President and we're all gonna die, may as well get over my fear of singing and write a solo album. This is the first compositon that gelled from that effort and made it onto the final album (which album can be heard on Bandcamp here). Recorded entirely in my spare bedroom, using Logic, Ableton, various iOS music apps, and my own human body.

call on me

... the story of my life ... [more inside]

03 make it rough - vampire deer

so small compared with the size of the world [more inside]

December 8


Experimental arpin'

December 7

02 division avenue - vampire deer

division avenue is a street in grand rapids - it's the few blocks south of downtown i have in mind - used to live in a residence hotel in 77 for a bit there - it's changed and it's not changed - but there are many places like it [more inside]

December 6

01 appaloosa springs - vampire deer

this is a rather complex album or story - parts of it seem like 1977 and parts of it seem like 2017 and it's inspired by both ... [more inside]

December 2

Tapeworm Dreams of the Beehive

there are phonemes and bells and some textures. [more inside]

November 29

The Home Ruler Set

Another set from some recent recording - two Irish hornpipes on guitar and octave mandolin. [more inside]

04 - obscura sunrise - vampire deer

the night is over, traffic picks up and there's still a vague hint of smoke in the air ... [more inside]

November 26

03 dance candlejazz - vampire deer

well, i forgot to number the first two songfiles - but there's only 4 songs, which figures for a bunch of jammy instrumentals - this is more like when there's a little chill in the air and the fires are getting low

November 25

Come here and see me

My first time wrangling Ableton to do what I want, and the first song I've posted to MeFi since moving to SF. [more inside]

02 dreams of ocean fire - vampire deer

further on that night - a rather spaced instrumental

November 24

01 obscura beach - vampire deer

a surfy instrumental for the time of evening when the sun's just gone down and the campfires are starting

November 22

Black Velvet Band

usual SSTO nonsense, 99th birthday of a friend-of-a-friend. antics aren't half-bad. [more inside]

November 20


This is a little tachycardia-inducing club banger at 150bpm that I made entirely in iMaschine 2 on the train over a few commutes. I stopped when I ran out of clip slots (you get four per each of four tracks, so...).

November 19

All the Days

A quick, old tune

The Marc and Caitlin Wedding Set

Another rough mix from a recent bout of recording. These are two tunes I played during the summertime wedding of two good friends. [more inside]

you want love

a fairly unoriginal country tune that i'm nonetheless quite pleased with...

November 18

Thoughts and Prayers

A little meditation (in three verses and accompanied on the 1-string guitar) on the oft-used phrase. Video of this performance at YouTube or Facebook.


A quick spooky-inspired (but not really spooky) low tempo dance track [more inside]

November 17

Unraveling Clouds

Another tune from the Black Ox project a friend and I wrote and recorded.

Irish traditional - Old Friends Set

So I've been consumed with learning Irish traditional music for the past year, and was finally able to trek down to VA to see my old pal Ian and have him help me record a few sets of tunes. This rough mix is so far my favorite of the bunch. [more inside]

November 12

Solar Eclipse Overture

I know the 2107 eclipse over the U.S. has come and gone, but hey, there's always another one. [more inside]

November 10


Crap Rick Wakeman meets sub-par Samba. [more inside]

November 8

Barbie Knows Your Name

An electronic piece using some of the Barbie voice samples from this post. Listening to it in its entirety will probably not drive you to Lovecraftian insanity, nor will it bring about the end of the world. [more inside]

Chicken Reel / Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird

A classic Louis Jordan song all about chickens, interpolated with a fiddle reel that's all about chickens. Recorded and broadcast live 11/4/2017 for "The Back Porch" on KLCC 89.7 Eugene, OR. [more inside]

November 7

High Tide (Soundtrack Composed for a Silent Short)

This is a piece I recorded for a silent short comprised of Public Domain footage from 1936 taken from the Prelinger Archives. let me know if you'd like me to share the video.

November 6

Midnight Suite.

In 2 parts. Posted at midnight. Enjoy! [more inside]

October 27


A piece I wrote and recorded with a friend as part of an instrumental post-rock project.

October 26

Things Are Getting Frightening

With this tune I reveal once again my unscrupulous leftist agenda by *politicizing* Halloween. And the video introduces an old friend of mine, Esmerelda the Skeleton. Hell of a gal, mighty fine dancer.

A Memory of Pittsburgh Bells

So, about 15 years ago, I had the experience which this audio attempts to re-create. [more inside]

Theme from the television series Star Fleet/X-Bomber/Xボンバー

A take on this. [more inside]

October 21

Summer Follows Redux

Impossible Bookings is a collaboration I kinda sorta foisted upon cicadaverse, who initially posted the instrumental version of this track 6 months ago. I put words to what he'd created, we each reworked what we had into shorter form, he remixed my vocals and added to the instrumentation...then life happened to us both. We caught up recently after a few months off, remastered it, and called it good. [more inside]

Give It to Me

A rough demo mix of a new tune I’ve been working on for a loose band project called The Wishing Well Divers. This particular recording is an experiment in recording and producing only on an iPhone and was recorded, mixed, and mastered in a day or so using only my phone, my voice, and an acoustic guitar and bass. [more inside]

October 16

Asleep at the Knife

Turns out my version of the serenity prayer involves a lot more quantum sci-fi and psycho-killer imagery. Been working on this for a good while, trying to figure out how to program drums for a slow 6/8 time. Pretty happy with how it finally came together, but I'd love some pointers. Still worried it's a bit too saturated, but that's kinda my MO. Lyrics in the fold. [more inside]

October 6

Get Rid of the NRA

Just some opinions, set to the music of a three string guitar. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Facebook. High quality (AIFF) audiofile available for free download at SoundCloud.

October 5

Keep My Love in Amber

I played all the tracks, and billiebee came up with a melody and lyrics based on a Yeats poem, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". It's about bees. [more inside]

Be a light

It's been a while since I posted anything, so here goes with a slightly off-kilter, folksy, moody vocal and guitar piece.

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