Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know, Why, when the singing ended and we turned Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights, The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there, As night descended, tilting in the air, Mastered the night and portioned out the sea, Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles, Arranging, deepening, enchanting night. Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon, The maker’s rage to order words of the sea, Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred, And of ourselves and of our origins, In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds. - Wallace Stevens
This short (1:16) instrumental ditty is what happened when I started learning a new recording platform that came with loops of instruments I'd always wanted to play or include on my recordings: pedal steel guitar (I was super excited about this especially -- I've wanted to work with pedal steel for a really long time), baritone guitar, and mandolin. And did I mention the bossa drums? Not sure if I went overboard but I had fun and liked the result. [more inside]
Just some four-on-the-floor.
The last song on the album Magic 8 Ball that I made with my bandmate Ari Brown; Now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and everywhere else [more inside]
I think I'm getting the hang of this thing. I got most of the way through comping this out and writing a melody when I realized I liked this better. There's singing eventually. [more inside]
Dark ambient "uneasy listening" from my new Bandcamp release, 11 Spells. Software and Eurorack synthesizers.
Here's a demo electronic track. 505 Drum Machine, Nord Lead 1, Arp Odyssey and a Crumar Stratus though a few effects. It's maybe Daft Punk Tron Soundtrack-esque?
From my newly released album of the same name, at starthief.bandcamp.com. Something on a spectrum of drone/ambient/abstract electronica. [more inside]
One of the few times when the melody and the lyrics arrived simultanesouly. I was adding my wife as an emergency contact to my phone and it came to me that this was a new kind of relationship ritual. [more inside]
An experiment wherein a drum-sequencer drives a vocaloid while some psuedo-random oscillators modulate parameters of both. Made in Reason 10.1
An elegy for my stepmother, who passed away from ALS, based on a recurring dream I'd have of seeing her brought back to life in an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation via a transporter glitch. [more inside]
About 10 years ago I had a pretty terrible year. A lot of people thought they knew what was wrong with me & also thought they knew how to "fix" me, but they all turned out to be wrong.
I wrote this in October 2017. Originally it was going to be a lighhearted song about someone I know who used to carry around two bags everywhere they went, one of them a "go bag." In world news, Russia was expelling diplomats, North Korea had tested a nuclear bomb, almost 1000 people were shot in Las Vegas by one gunman, so it became something else, a love song for lovers in a time of fear.
Inspired by a clickbait headline, an ode to deleting my social media accounts. [more inside]
Decided to take a break from pop/vocal stuff to do something instrumental and chill. This be that.
A psuedo-guitar-like ambient song performed on modular synthesizer. This is the third track on my new release Nereus, available on Bandcamp. [more inside]
Happy Valentine's Day! I wanted to make a romantic song built from decidedly un-romantic sounds and images. I mined a lot of half-finished darker, sadder songs that hadn't gone anywhere and assembled a mini-library of static, buzzes, and odd percussion. I did the same with old sad, political or angry poems for the lyrics. [more inside]
For your pleasure (or pain), here's some retro-dancy/electronic melancholia we put together for the CBC song-off.
A slow-building ambient jam / soundscape inspired by VCV Rack. [more inside]
Building a beat around an organ loop [more inside]
Another track from my first solo album. Like a great many of these lyrics, it began as a joke, albeit a sardonic one. President Trump had done something else horrifying and I said, out loud to mrs. eustacescrubb, "he was right. I AM tired of winning!" [more inside]
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.
there are phonemes and bells and some textures. [more inside]
A quick spooky-inspired (but not really spooky) low tempo dance track [more inside]
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]
An ambient-ish electronic composition in 3 movements. (17:21, 120bpm, C) As yet untitled. [more inside]
Some goofy synthwave that I found lying around the old project bin.
At this point I just need to acknowledge that childish major-key jams with samba feet are my home genre. [more inside]
This gloomy synth jam was made on an airplane and finished late at night in my parents' home during an emotionally complicated visit. [more inside]
A short instrumental piece (featuring synth) in which I basically have fun building from a loop. This is my entry for the MeFi Music challenge to submit music inspired by a MeFi post (I Saw This Thing On The Blue And...). Credit actually goes to three MetaFilter-related posts from last month: two MeFi posts by not_on_display and one MeFi Music post by ignignokt; they inspired me to create electronic music again after a decade+ hiatus. [more inside]
I made this upbeat, major-key, low-fi-sounding jam entirely on my OP-1, the same gizmo used in these videos. The transitions aren't as good as they could be, but they're definitely a level up for me. The whole thing falls apart at the end in a glorious heap. A good LET'S GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY instrumental. [more inside]
Short bouncy instrumental [more inside]
A very brief (50s) sketch I worked up on the train the other day. Crunchy synth bass drone in conversation with a ringing guitar (also synthesized).
The Dreamliner effect. That’s a better way to fly.
A little more accessible than my last. Aqua lake zone ascending
Voices, echoes, splices
Trying to write some retro sounding music. The Warriors, Escape from L.A. / 80's future-action-thriller sounding stuff. Can you dig it?
A circular melody evolves
Uh, yeah, that way, float on the track like a Segway
New track recorded today in Ableton. Solo, original, home recording. First attempt at playing with vocal delay (delay delay). [more inside]
Triste! Onwards to 2017...
I wrote & recorded this song on the day after Xmas, 2016. It's an electronic experimental groove with some serious rage behind it. Hope it's as cathartic to dance to as it was to make! [more inside]
I recorded this song on an airplane in flight by typing in 2016. [more inside]
This is for the 60 second Metafilter November Music Challenge. My software, the Platonic Music Engine, generates 6 glorious seconds of avant-garde electronic beeps and boops for your listening pleasure! Many, many, many more details inside. [more inside]