I wanted to write something that used two famous musical initials -- DSCH (D-Eb-C-B, Dmitri Shostakovich) and BACH (Bb-A-C-B). I put them in the bass. Needs more harp.
Music inspired by Arcadia's "Lady Ice". Lyrics inspired by Murakami Haruki's "Kaze no Uta wo Kike" (Hear the Wind Sing). Samples include Meredith Monk, John Zorn and an NHK broadcaster backmasked. [more inside]
A song about being left behind. Sometimes, it's deserved, but it can still suck. (The guitars aren't real. Or the bass. Or the drums ...)
A cover of a song by AJICO. I'm still learning how to record vocals on Cakewalk SONAR, and I'm nowhere near UA.
This recording is an experiment to see how well Ableton Live handles a performance of Terry Riley's "In C". (more inside)
Way, way back, I posted a request on Usenet for translations of some Catholic prayers into Irish. I wrote a vocal work with those translation for a composition class. For this recording, I used the solo cello sample in Reason and let MIDI take care of the rest. The harmonies weren't part of the original score.
This piece is a cover of a Duran Duran album track. [more inside]
A cover of a Number Girl song. Vocals done in one take, sung in Japanese. Programmed in Reason from the band score.
It was 1990 when I first listened to the Quartet for Strings, No. 8 by Dmitri Shostakovich. I had just gotten out of high school and had not yet started college. That didn't stop me from trying -- emphasis on "try" -- to write my own string quartet. This piece has "student work" and "movie soundtrack" written all over it, but for a product by a beginning teenaged songwriter, it's ambitious. Programmed in Reason without dynamic markings.
A misleading title. It's a two-voice piano piece with a diatonic melody in the treble and a bass line that clashes whenever it can. A reasonably challenging piece for the intermediate player. Also sounds like watered-down Wayne Horvitz.
I wanted to write a song with only (or mostly) four chords, and I ended up with something about the inaccuracies of memory.
In 1998, my first MIDI workstation was stolen in a burglary. It was covered by renter's insurance, and I was able to upgrade. This instrumental track is the fourth 'movement' of a project I called enigmatics. I was trying to get familiar with the new equipment.
I know enough guitar to get me in trouble, but not enough to do me any good. That doesn't stop my from writing on the instrument, then letting Reason cobble my ideas together. This is me trying to sound like Number Girl. All synthesizer, but I try to make it sound live.
And now for something slightly more urban ... I was channeling ACO's "Yorokobi Saku Hana" when I wrote this one. At the time I wrote the lyrics, a lot of people I knew were going through break-ups. I'm still not a singer. Vocals are rough. Sorry.
Piano and some weird percussion thing. I'm not a singer, so I'm choosing songs where my voice annoys me the least.
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