My next-door neighbours have a Scottish terrier which, upon being let into the backyard from inside the house, immediately yips so loudly that each bark forces it off the ground in a fit of screechy rage. Trey has a similarly annoying stupid-nosed Pekingese living above him, though its alleged "bark" is more of a failure, altogether. It's almost like someone timestretched the sound of basketball trainers on a gymnasium floor. There's no real attack; the sound just appears, then vanishes, only to return moments later. In retribution for these grievances, we have now made two separate attempts to make the latter dog explode via sonic assault. It's not supposed to be good; it's supposed to be incendiary. Please also enjoy this video for part 2. [more inside]
Two days ago I shot some video: a reflection of a man riding a Tokyo train, watching another moving train (a shinkansen) pass by on a parallel track. I made this music today, to serve as accompaniment for the 58-second film. I uploaded the video earlier this evening to YouTube here.
An original song by my old band, Selected Letters. Alto Sax, Oboe, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and a good mix of tight arrangement and improvisation. I miss this band a lot, but it was great while it lasted.
The song started as a very simple guitar progression and evolved from there. I love the sound of crickets, frogs, locusts, rain, thunder, etc. Nature in general. So I found some sound clips, added some more guitar, an oboe here, a drum fill there, and there it is. Simple and relaxing.
Another track by Selected Letters (my sadly defunct band). Music by J. Sher and I. Ochs, lyrics by R. Witte. Enjoy!