For those in a good mood, I offer a song of loss and betrayal. Enjoy! [more inside]
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
A composition for acoustic guitar.
Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
Mostly acoustic strumming. Maybe the simplest song I've ever written - but I like it, for a' that. [more inside]
I was about to depict a complex scenery, but it wasn't very popular the previous times I did. Let's say that this is one with a strange groove. Like, hypnagogic. To be more specific, let's say some fairies are gathered around a sleeper. Maybe black, african fairies. Summoned by a griot. Softly singing. Well, forget it.
Just me and the acoustic. Short and sweet. About a year old. [more inside]
A song about dying [more inside]
A rough demo, a single take. My attempt at an acoustic, romantic kind of thing. Inspired by life! Damn those high notes. [more inside]
Cover of a Leadbelly tune. [more inside]
Two minutes of mellow guitar picking on a song I sketched out. Just sit back and relax. [more inside]
This is a true story of my ventures right after Katrina. I recorded the tracks yesterday on my birthday. It is a condensed version of the song. The original story still continues today while living in Kentucky
I've decided to work some more on two previous posts to create a more enjoyable tune. I wanted to include some kind of march too. I think I'm through with this white butterfly now.
I have a new song ! Inspired by the numerous posts I've had the pleasure to listen here, I've added a tech touch to my music. My butterfly has decided to rebel against nature and has gained a synthetic voice... but fortunately, he soon gets rid of it and returns to real life.
just to stay in touch
The same old story. Boy meets girl. Boy seduces girl. Girl does one better and seduces the boy. In this case the boy is the Devil hisself.
Crappy guitar/voice demo of a break-up song. The lyrics are a little emo, but what are ya gonna do?
watching the river flow, I stumble upon some memories - more vivid than others.
acoustic guitar, wood, steel, glass, and some rice.
Directions and hearts aren't easy; it's hard to follow one, let alone both at the same time. (The tuning may have been DADF#BE capoed to the second fret.)
It's nice to be at home with some guitars at hand. I wanted to participate to the challenge, but this tune has nothing to do with water. To me, it evokes a procession of hens in a courtyard, near and around a drowsy rooster. Images of aimless loopsided wanderings, long seductive dances. What is the rooster dreaming of ? just another bunch of hens I guess. Then he awakes suddenly. Too bad this wasn't the theme of the challenge. Enjoy.
The Count Basie variation of the standard blues changes. Just two guitars, solo and rhythm.
As fresh as possible, in a slightly different mix than my previous upload, to give some more presence to the tune. The rhythm track was under electronic dust somewhere on my drive. I had recorded it without bothering to turn off the radio, so it is heard at the quietest moments. I've added a melody and a solo, as well as some percussion, but it's still a very tiny addition. Flaws included.
Two short and very meditative improvisations from some time ago.
I wrote this maybe four or five years ago. No words, just fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Minor, kind of moody.
Four years ago, I was trying to feel what it's like to be able to improvise. These are three takes over the same short chord cycle : take 2, 1, 3. My conclusion is : to improvise, you have to be able to wait.
I knew I had to play the flute. I found a bundy on ebay, and when I received it, began to play right away. This recording features guitar, flute and harmonica. Improvisation as usual, raw bossa vamp as background, no composed melody as such. Could have been longer without the telephone.
which stands for : guitar flute harp flute guitar. Last year my sister gave me her old dell inspiron 3800. I installed audacity on it and was in for multitrack recording. Actually, I didn't know that I could listen to the previous tracks and recording at the same time. So I recorded the first four tracks trying not to lose the tempo and then moving the track so it fitted with the rest, adding layer by layer. By the time I recorded the solo I had managed to listen to the background. Composition is not too ambitious, it was just a matter of testing.
This is the first track we've recorded for our next album. I'd love to hear what you all think...
hi, Sometimes you're just looking for something as peaceful as possible. Sorry for the unavoidable flaws.
hi, it's raining outside, I just wanted something warm. Short and improvised.
Rough arrangement of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" for the steel-string guitar. I put this together about a month ago, after the SNL "Dear Sister" sketch introduced me to the song.
My favorite jazz standard, done as a solo acoustic guitar piece. Apologies for the audio clipping at 2:02. (For some reason, the MeFi audio preview is playing it in a lower key and slightly slower; I'm not sure how to fix this, so I'll leave it as is.)
hi. This is actually my first attempt at improvising over a vamp. It was recorded with a 500 mhz computer and a webcam. First track recorded first, then played through the speakers so as to allow me to improvise over it, and then the whole recaptured by the webcam again. Hence the muddy sonics. The computer had trouble to play and record at the same time : results in clicks. On the whole.. I like it. Listen to my next post to compare with a cleaner version. Sometimes the rawer the better.
Actually this song is not my own. I was just wondering... may I point to a beautiful song by providing my own rendition here ? It was written by Silvio Rodriguez.
My lyric-writing "system" has often been dozens of little stickies on the desktop, thoughts, ideas, scribbles... and then sometimes when I'm frustrated I'll make a song made up of various combinations that seem to make sense. Like this one!
Back from the dead! Original description: A quick-and-dirty first attempt at combining circuit bent instruments with acoustic guitar. I know some people frown at the idea of forcing bent instruments into measure and meter but there's a 24% chance that those people are no fun. Did it work? I dig it. Any suggestions?
At empyrean's request. I needed a break from mixing my own songs anyway, so I threw together this quick & dirty cover of the Counting Crows song in 15 minutes, and uploaded it warts and all - one take off the top of my head, complete with missed notes, words, and chords. Enjoy.
A cover of a song by Wilco or Loose Fur, depending on how you look at it. [more inside]
The oldest song I've written that I'm still willing to play, think about, work on, etc., etc. It's also changed rather radically from its even shorter original form, and it's gone through a couple lyrical rewrites. It grew a beat about six months ago. I think this is probably the final form structurally and lyrically, but I'd probably work on it more if I thought I could improve the sound quality significantly.
an egregiously lo-fi and unpolished acoustic recording. the song was once designed to 'woo' a girl of my fancy. it worked, for a while anyway.
Unusual music, make with a ukulele, acoustic guitar, and bass, in one shot. Using a MagicStomp as a (very rudimentary) phrase sampler, and Audacity to record. Enjoy
Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.
Someone asked for more rockabilly. This is a song written by some friends, Los Esquizitos, performed and recorded here by us, with a drum track laid by their drummer.
Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
CollaborationFilter: I had this song I could never considered finished because it sounded dreadful in my voice. Then I discovered Metafilter Music and here I discovered chococat. Like pretty much everyone else who heard his music, I was blown away. And so I asked him if he would help me out with the song. Cool guy he is, he did. And this is the result.
Acoustic song about the American Dream. Written and performed by Zack Austin. Thanks for listening.
Started writing it in '91. Finished writing two years later. Figured I'd try it with the melody I remember writing and a spare extra major chord I had lying around. Caution: Trad plink-and-squint guy-and-acoustic-guitar plaint. Use only as directed.
A quiet acoustic diddy. Written for my old band, The Big Lie, by my former bandmate, Chris Knott.
Julia / you've got a lovely uvula / I wanna take you to Florida / so please say yes We'll start a family / play lots of D&D / and watch the Goonies / on VHS