With gman's announcement that he's taking a leave of absence, I told him beforehand that, on the day of his departure, I'd smoke something heady and record an improvised freakout jam. Gabe—I hope wherever you landed, they have internet; this one's for you. [more inside]
from the new Blueshell album [more inside]
The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
It's a jam that has bleeps, pew pews, and a vaguely apocalyptic vocal sample! Perfect 4 ur summer jam needz [more inside]
This was recorded by the band I'm in (Ghost Flowers) on August 1, 2013, at our practice space before the actual practicing-of-songs started. It's a thirteen-minute variation on one chord, has nice ebbs and flows, and has a steady mid-tempo beat. [Not part of my "Unu..." series, just filler while I juggle four songs of that at once.] [more inside]
A loud, frenetic jam in F#, dancing between half-time/double-time, with synth slap bass!
A fave jam of the Twitter Band gang
Another improvisational recording from 3-9-13, the night comet Pann Starrs 2013 first because visible in the Northern Hemisphere. We recorded in celebration of the celestial event. [more inside]
I think this may be one of my favorite things I've done guitar-wise. I started out with a very basic chord progression and just played out as many variations of that as I could think of and then took my favorites and combined them into a simple quiet/loud dynamic. [more inside]
One minute noodle. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again, making it up as we go, per usual. This one seemed to come from a slightly dark and empty space. [more inside]
To supplement my Music Talk post to the right, I'm looking for a collaborator to take this jam to the next level. [more inside]
14 minutes of improvisation from Carbon 7, heralding the end of the Mayan Long Count. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again, from last June. This one sounds more like an actual song than about anything we've done, so far. 16 minutes of spontaneous creation. [more inside]
A spontaneous 20-minute creation by Carbon 7. The first song from our first live show a couple weeks ago. We tripped a breaker at 20:44 or it would have gone longer. [more inside]
A slow, jazzy improv thing. [more inside]
Another long instrumental noodle-athon. Making it up as we go. [more inside]
Starts out atmospheric as we slowly descend through the thickening clouds. [more inside]
In which we jam out on our axxxes. I have temporarily given up even naming these... things. Another long spontaneous session by Carbon 7, my space-rock improvisational trio. [more inside]
Astral Funk from my improv trio, Carbon 7. This is what happens when you let the drummer set the theme of the jam. [more inside]
My new psychedelic improv trio, Carbon 7. We're making it up as we go along. [more inside]
Part 3 of a live 27 minute improv. This is the final 12 minutes. [more inside]
Minutes 6 thru 15 of a 27-minute improv, in which Fred Surprises Dennis and I by singing the melody to Within You, Without You, by The Beatles, followed by a musical conversation. [more inside]
Stoner grunge jams from another GEORGY practice. [more inside]
Live jam from our one and only real show. What happens when four friends who've never been in a band, never had any formal music training, never played an instrument form a band, jam for six months, then have a show. We never did really learn what the hell we were doing, or write any songs, but occasionally we made some cool sounds together.
A VU style riffer. I recorded this a few years ago and just rediscovered it. I am quite fond of this one and the silly, posturing lyrics. [more inside]
Amateurish musings on a woman of refinement. [more inside]
A short, lo-fi, catchy piano jam. [more inside]
A bassy electronic song that might or might not be about changing tampons. [more inside]
There are many hot dance jams about the lifestyles of the hot, rich, and fabulous. There are comparatively few about administrative professionals. And perhaps even less about their oft-overlooked holiday (this Wednesday, April 22).
A jam-piece made with the sounds from this song.
i just finished moving my pile of equipment from the garage into the house for winter, and to celebrate i did a special mix of the latest song from the project mentioned here to share with y'all.
A Van Winkle side project, Kurt Kostokos on guitar and drums, and Dave Appelbaum on keyboards. Definately of an exploratory sonic nature...
Me on keyboards with Van Winkle (bass, drums, electric guitar)
This is just an improv jam from a rehearsal with my old band. It's a little bit funky, a little jazzy. Overall it's just a really fun groove IMO. The recording quality is not the greatest but it's not too bad. It features me on drums, my buddy Dan on guitar and another guy named Jonathan on keys. Enjoy.
Jamming on a keyboard, with a few patterns running around in the back