Fusion confusion. The meshing of musical genres found in this Ummagma track represent a fusion, reflecting the confusion that is so commonplace nowadays in this world - simply absurd and rising. Hence the name Upsurd.
I was going to "throw this one away but instead I spent like 8 hours on trying to make it better and still didn't really get where I was going. It was one of those nights when I just couldn't get inspired or the magic wasn't happening. But struggling as I was, I still felt it was kind of fun and thought I'd go ahead and share. [more inside]
Another hit!...or not. I moved to the west some time ago and decided to celebrate by writing a song. [more inside]
kind of unhappy with this one. A bit Grunge and couldn't work in the finesse I wanted to.
I'm trying to come up with vocals for this one and really struggling tonight. I had an idea, which was to just use pitch correction. I actually kind of liked it. At the risk of sounding like kanye west, i think it helped me get the melodies from my head onto the track without me immediately deleting it. I think maybe I'll use it as a guide track to get a usable take.
I let a few people hear this before (both here and elsewhere) and they all wanted a mix with higher vocals (despite the fact that I've assured everyone the vocals were total rubbish). So I've re-mixed it and re-mastered and now you might be able to hear my voice. If you still can't understand me, I've included the very depressing lyrics below. [more inside]
Just another instrumental rock song. A few more electronic elements added in this time but overall, still very much guitar based.
Another attempt at songwriting. Unfortunately the vocals were so bad I almost deleted them. Instead I just backgrounded them.
I went to a lot of Punk shows and listened to a lot of that type of music in my youth. I think I paid like $7 or $8 to see Greenday before they exploded on MTV. My friend's band opened for them. Likewise, NoFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and many others were among the bands I saw live as a teenager. I haven't really listened to a lot of those bands for a number of years but sometimes I run across a random track in my music library and it brings back all those memories. [more inside]
Listen, a song by Sredni Vashtar. Recorded, as usual, at rehearsal. The loop drones throughout and the guitar and bass are sparse and simple.
I have been making too many one part songs lately so I had wanted to do something with a few different parts, you know, like a verse, a chorus, and a bridge and maybe if I'm lucky, a super-chorus... [more inside]
My brother who lives in northwest Florida took the time, energy and money to come out and visit me in New Zealand. He's the only member of my family who's ever taken the effort to come out an visit me in the 8 years since I moved here but unfortunately due to just bad timing and unforeseen circumstances, I couldn't give him the welcome he deserved. [more inside]
I used to have to commute through rush-hour traffic. You spend a lot of time thinking or zoning out when your car is not moving very fast.
The last song of the project formally known as Old Ship Arcadia.... [more inside]
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]
Another one from the afore mentioned project from a few years ago. Not quite up to my current standards but I like the energy in this one anyway.
Here's an old song from Sredni Vashtar, revamped, restructured and recorded at rehearsal a few weeks ago [more inside]
Cover of a Bill Withers song by my new band Third Time Lucky. Rough take from rehearsal, not properly mixed or anything. Hope you like it.
Another track from the same project as the previous one I posted.
This is from a project I did about 2 years ago I think. I don't think it's ever seen the light of day till now. It's a bit low quality in it's mastering probably. I wanted to do an 8" with this and 3 other songs but never got around to it. [more inside]
This is one I did back in 2012. I wanted to do something more electronic but as that's not my forte, it ended up being pretty minimalist. I ended up overlaying a subtle guitar track in the end anyway...
This is obviously kind of an experiment...or in other words, it's a bit of a mess. [more inside]
'8 billion pounds is rising from the ground'. A song about the city. [more inside]
I was feeling another bunch of unsettled feelings so I thought I better do another discordant, frustration-venting song. [more inside]
Very hesitant to let anyone hear this one. [more inside]
I thought I'd try to write something more upbeat. I couldn't think of a vocal melody so I just filled it with different guitar parts.
Powerful swirling and driving full sonic force, enveloped in a mishmash of postrock, shoegaze, and noise rock. [more inside]
just a rock song (instrumental). I played around a lot with some organs and synths but still guitar based overall...
Another day, another song. Rock, indie, alternative, etc... A bit of hit and miss.. A bit of an experimental, weird intro. I was inspired by someone I once heard trying to play the guitar with a mallet. Some keyboards and organ are thrown in underneath (probably to try to make up for the lack of verse vocals!). I Also tried to throw in a vocal idea on the chorus here (written below) [more inside]
Instrumental rock I recorded a while ago. [more inside]
Instrumental. This was actually a song I wrote as early as 1993. I kind of stumbled on a really terrible recording of it from back then (you would not want to hear it, believe me), and I thought why not revisit it, so I jammed out some parts on the chord progression and eventually recorded this. [more inside]
About as close as I'll ever get to writing an epic stadium rock anthem. A bit like an angry indie version of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love" — but less danceable. [more inside]
A decent proportion of the lyrics were sourced more or less directly from the sensationalist headlines on the covers of beauty / gossip / lifestyle magazines. Most of the other bits I nicked off Eastenders. [more inside]
This is an experiment. I'm not a vocalist. Yet, I had a melody in my head for this song I wrote and I can't find anyone else willing to sing so...this.
instrumental, guitar rock. I had fun writing this one a few months back.
Everyone else in the band always jokes that this song should be called Penis, but they're just juvenile idiots. On the other hand, it does contain the lyrics "American tits" so maybe they're right. [more inside]
A punky little indie number about opting out of consumer culture and the acceptance / celebration of violence and warfare. Also, Wargames (the film). Hope you like it! [more inside]
I got in a car crash about a month back. No one got hurt but it was still kind of scary (I had my 13 month old in the car and she was screaming and crying) and afterwards, it was really depressing/distressing. It was really hard to get to work and I couldn't go anywhere and then there's the money I had to borrow to fix the car. [more inside]
I wrote this song night before last because I haven't written much lately. No vocals because, my vocals would only make it worse. Really. But feel free to sing your own! [more inside]
As my offering to the winner in the "best post about something you stumbled on while surfing archive.org" category of the 2013 MeFitesChoice Awards, I present gilrain with this song about the FPP, "Sans Protovision". [more inside]
Today I learned that the Bushman from San Francisco is gone forever. I wrote him a rock song about all the times he scared me while I was growing up. RIP Bushman.
A mid-tempo piece, built around the opening drum riff. Carbon 7 is an improvisational jazz/space/rock trio that just makes it up on the spot. [more inside]
A Rob Ford-inspired tune from the earlier days of Crackgate [more inside]
Mid Tempo slightly rockin' thing. Not actually about money. [more inside]
A demo from a project of mine called The Phone Calls. This will be on the next record [more inside]
Wrote and recorded this a couple of years ago. This is where I left it, a couple of notches or more away from perfect... but it's got some good things about it, including a really messed up (in a good way) guitar solo. [more inside]
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]
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]
Oldish jazz tune played by myself and some friends [more inside]
Travel with me to my freshman year of college, when I tried to do the "rock music." [more inside]