Trying out an exciting new piece of recording gear, the Strymon Iridium!!
Driving music with some synth pad action
Improvising on a synth loop
Improvising with 2 synths and a drum machine (where it's at!!!!)
I bought an old Steinway upright recently, on which I've been making pieces like this, which I call "naturelles." Three more naturelles on Bandcamp, here: https://raygull.bandcamp.com/album/naturelles-1-4 [more inside]
Banjo and accordion, some light processing through the modular synth, lots of reverb (of course). [more inside]
Enjoying my new drum machine!
Some minimal/deep house vibes. A very simple 4-track recording that was super easy and fun to make.
A little gtr, a little marimba, a little synth.
A quick finger style arrangement of the Everly Brothers' classic for baritone guitar. [more inside]
This is probably the third iteration of this song. No vocals yet. I'm not sure I like it, but I'm trying to hone it nonetheless.
I'm working on this album concept where the earth's orbit has changed bringing cataclysmic changes to the the environment and season, ultimately bring about the extinction of mankind. This is sort of a nod to climate change but with a more dramatic, science-fiction narrative to emphasize and accelerate the outcome... [more inside]
I'm not sure what kind of album I'm trying to make. My emotions seem to be at conflict. [more inside]
In honor of the upcoming first day of school, here is a song about the pressures of the morning. [more inside]
Another song I recorded lately. Instrumental for now but I think I can add some gothic vibe vocals to this one.
just kind of feeling good about stuff!!
Another drum-less synth loop featuring the Roland Sound Canvas SC-88 deploying its absolutely classic harp sample once again! All of the sounds on both this and my last post were made using hardware rather than software which is kind of a first for me in terms of synth tunes! Really enjoying it!
a new synth track featuring a new vintage gear acquisition, the Roland SC-88, providing the classic harp sample!
Semi-ambient modern synth pad instrumental with minimalist electronic bass, reversed electric guitar, and some pretty and deliberate vinyl crackle-ish soft static noise and a gentle mix of treated samples. Maybe sort of cinematic? [more inside]
Simple instrumental. Guitar, bass, programmed drums and keys.
Some FL in FL
Kind of beta testing a new recording template
A mellow, chilled-out hip-hop groove
An eggs-tremely mellow morning improv sesh on the synth rig!!!
a short instrumental featuring all your favourite instruments including the ernie ball stingray 5-string fretless bass, the PRS SE Paul's Guitar, the Takamine G-series acoustic guitar, the Hammond SK-1 organ, and the Roland DP-90 providing the piano as well as the drums!!!!
so I've been using this songwriting trick where I program a simple loop using the sequencer on my synths and sort of riff off of it to come up with the other instrumental parts. Then, when I have the idea properly fleshed out, I remove the synths. A songwriting scaffold, of sorts (though in many cases I have kept the original loop in there!!!) Anyways, for this track I included the synth loop at the very beginning so you can hear what I'm riffing off of for the rest of the track. Hope you like it!!!! -CA
Tried a bunch of new stuff this time round. It's a dance trance but I played almost everything live, including the drums which were "performed" on the keyboard, because I'm not a drummer. The only things that were automated were the drum fills, crash cymbals, and the marimba/piano 2 patterns.
An eight-minute instrumental piece. I made a video for it using public domain film from archive.org and put the song in the public domain (non-commercial use with attribution). [more inside]
The first is a tune I wrote during the pandemic, the second is a favorite Irish jig (which I may have posted in a different format earlier! ooops) Video too! [more inside]
It's never easy to say goodbye to Sky Ghost; perhaps this will help. [more inside]
Downtempo ambient generative probabilistic instrumental. [more inside]
A game show jingle-inspired tune. My kid came up with the title. [more inside]
So I play in this cover band back home that is a bit heavier in terms of sound and we have a keyboard player so I keep saying we should do a metal version of Sandstorm. No one believes me that it will work so I decided to make a quick demo to show them what is possible. A super metal lead guitar takes the place of the lead synth, the chords are from my dad's old Roland JX-8P, bass is my Stingray 5, and the drums are factory keyboard drums performed live on the Roland DP-90. sandstorm Great song!!!!
The second half of an instrumental based on a watercolor by my partner. [more inside]
Torn [more inside]
I recently did a fairly significant overhaul to my recording setup - trying out the new rig with a jazz trio type format with an improvised double bass part which I mic'd and DI'd the pickup & blended the two together. Stereo piano is from the Roland DP-90 and the drums are the factory brushes kit from the DP-90 also.
A while back, my partner started doing (visual) art again after a long hiatus and I did a few instrumental songs based on some of her pieces. This is the first of three so far. [more inside]
FM softsynth drenched in reverb, chorus and delay
Springtime is back baby!!
Simple instrumental. Guitar, bass, keys, programmed drums.
Just having a play outside a couple summers ago
another improvised chord sesh on the acoustic guitar where I then overdubbed the other instruments!
Jangly pop instrumental track w/ simple guitar solo doing a few of the classic riffs!
A jazzy little instrumental tune I wrote years ago for a school class assignment. I recorded this version for the audio track of a video in my ongoing Patchouli Project series (see MeFi Projects page for links to the videos.)
An instrumental song sketch from a couple of years ago. [more inside]
Here is an unused overture for "Legends Of The Magi, A Christmas Rock Opera" - six songs done in collaboration with eight musicians (bass, cello, violin, keys, vocals). [more inside]
Another song from my early 20s. Going through some old files and finding some stuff that I hope is worth posting on here. I will try
Franz Joseph Haydn [more inside]
Music: Arthur Kent Lyrics: Sylvia Dee Originally Recorded by: Skeeter Davis [more inside]