An annoying little new wave ditty [more inside]
Peppy and poppy, though I don't really have a pop voice. Who needs more than two chords, anyway? [more inside]
Kind of experimental...starts off very synthy. Not a song exactly but probably enjoyable. [more inside]
Just a short little ditty. [more inside]
This instrumental track was originally named "Em wrong" because it came out of absentmindedly playing my guitar while watching tv and accidentally strumming an E minor chord incorrectly on the 3rd fret. The resulting song has an uneasy, mysterious vibe. [more inside]
A fantasy for synthesizers and percussion. [more inside]
Once again, friends, it's the Smoke Benders: Daysuke on tuba, Naoya on drums, and me on pocket drill, diddley bow, light-triggered synth and vox. Live in Toyama, Japan. Video here.
I record under the name feast of violet, and here is a demo of a song from my new ep that is coming out on Double Phantom Digital in April.
Neon nights, bush league frights [more inside]
They'd probably save a lot of trouble and idiocy at the Vatican if they would only institute this policy. [more inside]
I have tried a couple of tunes in seven but never in five. So here is a new one for the odd-meter enthusiasts.
She's got the moves. [more inside]
The usual silliness from me. The sauciest synth licks are to be found at 0:54 and 1:05.
Smoothy, dreamy chillout vibes with gently gliding arpeggios swirling over luscious synth chords. Think Futurecop meets Mike Oldfield.
This tune is another example of a lyric directly inspired by a Metafilter comment. Shortly after reading the comment, I wrote the lyrics, and posted them in that same thread. Got around to singing it (well, it's half sung, half intoned, actually) the other night. Video here. [more inside]
A gamelan-inspired bit of canned synth fun.
A little progish - lots of analog synth, lots of interesting sounds, harmonies, counterpoint, a little odd meter, hopefully pretty catchy chorus, and one of the more obscure lyrics I've written (lyrics inside)... lots of stuff! [more inside]
Yes, I know, it's Gaga, and it's overplayed, and likely to polarise opinion. But on the other hand, despite all of that, this really is a good song. (And you can tell it's a good song because it survived me butchering it with a uke.) Video version is available here. [more inside]
Guitar and synth rock, with a certain whiff of the 70s about it, and a comparatively laid back chorus that I'm pretty happy with. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
Summertime makeout salad with honey-roasted handclaps, balsamic dance vinagrette and a sprinkle of arpeggiator. [more inside]
Amen Break + Synthesizer-Playing Chemistry Major + Guitar-Playing Chemistry Major = We blow roofs off shows like supercritical reactions blew the top off Chernobyl.
Cover of The Rascals' song that was a Billboard #1 hit on the day I was born. With a bit of a nod to "The Model." [more inside]
A new synth program still in progress at the time. I hit 'record' only to consider various knob twiddlings, instead it turned out to be a complete solo. [more inside]
Audio synthesis performed in US Grant park. [more inside]
5:30 in the morning at the park by Da Vinci middle school, me and my sampling synth and some birds under a roof [more inside]
A performance with a synth made using the supercollider programming language [more inside]
An ambient piece, performed in the fountain at Oregon Park in Portland, OR [more inside]
Tension-laden synth piece with analog elements. Expect ticking time-bombs, paranoid running at night, and an unseen enemy catching up with you.
I've been doing a lot of gigs lately, so why not post some of the music here, right? This one is from a jaw harp mini-festival I was part of on March 28, 2010. I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp called the Dan Moi, along with a bass line from my JUNO 60 analog synth. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube.
More fashion house/website music, but they didn't go for this one either... hey, whaddayagunnado?
A synth version of The Ballad of Barbara Allen, with beats and some sampling work. [more inside]
A lush electronic meets shoegaze(?) song influenced by a Steve Reich piece. [more inside]
A little synth-folk ditty, with my friend Alaina singing lead. The idea was to write a murder ballad from the woman's perspective.
Back at work as resident composer for a Tokyo fashion house... this time they want four 90-second instrumental spots, for web presentations. Handed this one in to them the other day, but they nixed it: too dramatic, just not right for the project. So, back to the drawing board. Thought I'd put it here, though, so as not to consign it to the Land of Unheard Music.
If you are wondering if this is a Mario Kart reference the answer is YES IT SURE IS
Pretty straightforward 3 minute rock deal. If you're bored, try figuring out all the various things I borrowed from.
More laptop electronica. Ambient/IDM production approach, but with a bit of melody and punchy beat. [more inside]
A short, sweet synthpop/r&b jam. I've been listening to Confessions alot lately, and this is sort of my take on the modern r&b genre.
Synthy nerd rock about goth kids who find love at the happiest place on Earth. [more inside]
A Saturday afternoon lazily spent synthily. [more inside]
This is incomplete and very current WIP from my glacial synth-based alter ego and is perhaps something of a companion piece to White Feather. I'd really appreciate opinions on (a) the pretty drastic transitions in the piece from the rhythmic to the quasi-orchestral and back again, (b) whether the lyric theme has any kind of cheddar whiff, and (c) whether it needs more "oomph" under the orchestral bits (actually difficult to pull off without destroying the mood - I've tried....). Any other comments welcome of course - but this is unfinished and well rough so....geeza break. [more inside]
Homesick synths, bittersweet beats. [more inside]
An ode to last year around this time. [more inside]
Originally planned as a mix between 70's J.M. Jarre and Steve Reich. Turns out to be more like Giorgio Moroder teaming with Tangerine Dream, on a bad day. [more inside]
Filtery drone from my JUNO 60 meets ukulele playing exactly four notes. No verse, no chorus, no changes, no development... just does what it does for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, then stops. It's the soundtrack for a video here.
My submission to the Music Challenge, July 2009 edition. Advice to the lovelorn john from Uncle Lou. [more inside]