This is my synth-based anthem cover of the song by singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt. This version is an earlier draft from 2018, mostly from a whirlwind month when I was trying to get as much done before my trial of Ableton Live ended. Me on vocals, synth/loops. Many thanks to not_on_display for the arrangement idea and feedback through multiple iterations. Basically I made this to help myself feel better, and I figure it's something I could share especially now. [more inside]
Building a beat around an organ loop [more inside]
A piece I wrote and recorded with a friend as part of an instrumental post-rock project.
All this awful flood action has inspired me to dig up the sad old tail of Highway Boy, raised by his trucker brother, because his father was a hurricane and his mother was a cellar door. [more inside]
If you know of him, you may have an opinion that Daniel Johnston is a outsider genius, a troubled victim of hipster exploitation, or simply a not-so-typical independent musician who found his audience. If nothing else, his work is irrefutably full of sincerity and emotion. This little piece of his is one of the great American songs. [more inside]
A tribute to the ancient hidden source of all cold seas and those that watch over it. With vocals by my friend who sings in an actual early music choir! It's also got square waves, organs, and sometimes ambiguous chords.
[Cover] Sentimental and simple, but a good reminder of what matters. [more inside]
A Johnny Mercer joint, including one of my favourite rhymes ever: isthmus/Christmas. Merry Christmas. [more inside]
The next from Earth and Sky. [more inside]
Even more (distorted) pump organ in your electronic music. [more inside]
An attempt to get my synth-plugin to sing. The tune I wrote sounds kinda like MPS from Kid A, but it wasn't intentional ;-)
Well, it's been about (over?) 3 years since I last posted. I haven't done a single music-related thing in that time. This one just kind of came out. It's an instrumental waltz about walking in the city.
Just got a new zoom h6 to record with. Guitar, vocals, whistling, and a 1930's Dogherty pump organ. [more inside]
I don't know why I keep going back to this song I wrote when I was 17, but here's new version of Time to Get Up that I recorded yesterday. Starts slow, but includes lots of organ, a little cardboard box banging percussion and Leah Wilmoth's reverb'd out harmonies. Recorded on a Zoom H2. Wear headphones.
Quite possibly the creepiest science paper ever. [more inside]
Next from Anthemic comes a much more abstract interpretation of a much more obscure anthem, from a country many more people are prone to forget exists. It's also, probably, my personal favourite track of the whole album. I'd like to think it very deftly stomps through the full spectrum of brilliance and stupidity, at any and all times. [more inside]
Submission for this month's "record a track before you put on your pants in the morning" challenge. I sat down in my underwear at 7:35am to put together a song about what might have happened if I had sat down without my underwear. [more inside]
Sometimes with you, I forget myself and laugh! (headphones recommended) [more inside]
My love/hate song is a cover of Delbert McClinton's country/gospel classic (actually written by Frankie Miller & Jerry Lynn Williams) accompanied by the pump organ. [more inside]
Let's go grab a pizza.
I am tired of having a cold. I miss singing too much. And I was thinking... gravelly voices are cool, right? So I finally gave in to the urge; here's me singing and playing my old organ on the old standard by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. One take, no mixing, all the crap left in just like I like it. Pretty sloppy, but at least it's got character.
Cover of the old favorite, an impromptu Valentine's day gift. Me on acoustic and electric guitars, my little old organ, and vocals. [more inside]
A redo of this in a new direction.
A boy/girl take on the Hard Day's Night track. [more inside]
a little piano piece that I recorded in the lull before going out on a Friday
I had a few hours to myself this morning and wrote this song. [more inside]
One real tambourine, and a pile of virtual organs [more inside]
Antisocially romantic. [more inside]
Some more Philip Glass-inspired electronica while waiting for the RPM Challenge to start.
A medley of tunes from classic video games. [more inside]
This Borges-inspired track appears on the new Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies EP, Labyrinths, available now for streaming and download. The demo was posted here. [more inside]
Spacey, instrumental, bongo-heavy breakbeat-driven jam with vintage analogue organ sounds sampled from a Baldwin Funmachine. Picks up where the first half stopped and has more of a prog-hip-hop vibe than the first section. [more inside]
Spacey, instrumental, bongo-heavy breakbeat-driven jam with vintage analogue organ sounds sampled from a Baldwin Funmachine. This part contains an ambient section. Long story detailing the composition of this song inside... [more inside]
Every so often, everybody gets to be an animal. [more inside]
Skist (previously) is my band with singer/sound artist Haruna Ito. Hope you enjoy. I also made a video for the song, which can be seen at YouTube or Vimeo.
When Lou Reed becomes a Televangelist, God help us all. [more inside]
Another new demo song from my new band, Bring A Guillotine. A little more laid back than the previous track uploaded. Enjoy!
A nice little love song, for iterations of "little" that involve a six minute runtime. [more inside]
One of the first songs I ever wrote, remade in a multi-million-dollar studio by a band that broke up shortly after it was recorded. The original version is here. [more inside]
I just listened to the man's Live in London album tonight, and decided to spend the rest of the evening hammering this out. [more inside]
Performed on a WurliTzer Style D Sp. by theatre organist Trevor Slocum. [more inside]
Just a song I came up with and then recorded myself.
Here's a first crack at adding a little gospel organ. [more inside]
A love song to the state of Michigan. [more inside]
Here's another song, aptly named for its one beat per syllable nature. [more inside]
There are 22 James Bond movies (counting the one in production), but there should be more. And these additional nonexistent ones need theme songs. We in Derailleur have taken it upon ourselves to provide the theme songs, hoping the movies will catch up with us. [more inside]
And now for something completely different... this is a somewhat experimental instrumental track featuring pulsing soft noise, soft organs and a distorted xylophone, fake sitar, and off-key distant "singing."
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