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The Fanstastic Voyage of the U.S.S. Totes McGotes
The usual silliness from me. The sauciest synth licks are to be found at 0:54 and 1:05.
Smoothy, dreamy chillout vibes with gently gliding arpeggios swirling over luscious synth chords. Think Futurecop meets Mike Oldfield.
A Joke I Didn't Understand
This tune is another example of a lyric directly inspired by a Metafilter comment. Shortly after reading the comment, I wrote the lyrics, and posted them in that same thread. Got around to singing it (well, it's half sung, half intoned, actually) the other night. Video here. [more inside]
A gamelan-inspired bit of canned synth fun.
A little progish - lots of analog synth, lots of interesting sounds, harmonies, counterpoint, a little odd meter, hopefully pretty catchy chorus, and one of the more obscure lyrics I've written (lyrics inside)... lots of stuff! [more inside]
Bad Romance (ukulele & synth one-man live cover)
Yes, I know, it's Gaga, and it's overplayed, and likely to polarise opinion. But on the other hand, despite all of that, this really is a good song. (And you can tell it's a good song because it survived me butchering it with a uke.) Video version is available here. [more inside]
Bring the Chase
Guitar and synth rock, with a certain whiff of the 70s about it, and a comparatively laid back chorus that I'm pretty happy with. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
Stranger In Your Room
This is one of my favourite songs off my most recent EP, The End Of The Beginning. [more inside]
Summertime makeout salad with honey-roasted handclaps, balsamic dance vinagrette and a sprinkle of arpeggiator. [more inside]
Millimeters of Mercury (featuring Lanthanide Contraction) — Bulletproof Breakbeat
Amen Break + Synthesizer-Playing Chemistry Major + Guitar-Playing Chemistry Major = We blow roofs off shows like supercritical reactions blew the top off Chernobyl.
People Got to Be Free
Cover of The Rascals' song that was a Billboard #1 hit on the day I was born. With a bit of a nod to "The Model." [more inside]
A new synth program still in progress at the time. I hit 'record' only to consider various knob twiddlings, instead it turned out to be a complete solo. [more inside]
public 0.6 (US Grant)
Audio synthesis performed in US Grant park. [more inside]
public 0.4 (da vinci)
5:30 in the morning at the park by Da Vinci middle school, me and my sampling synth and some birds under a roof [more inside]
public 0.3 (Laurelhurst)
A performance with a synth made using the supercollider programming language [more inside]
An ambient piece, performed in the fountain at Oregon Park in Portland, OR [more inside]
Tension-laden synth piece with analog elements. Expect ticking time-bombs, paranoid running at night, and an unseen enemy catching up with you.
That's the Way it Wiggles
I've been doing a lot of gigs lately, so why not post some of the music here, right? This one is from a jaw harp mini-festival I was part of on March 28, 2010. I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp called the Dan Moi, along with a bass line from my JUNO 60 analog synth. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube.
ninety second instrumental #2
More fashion house/website music, but they didn't go for this one either... hey, whaddayagunnado?
A synth version of The Ballad of Barbara Allen, with beats and some sampling work. [more inside]
Do the Reich thing
A lush electronic meets shoegaze(?) song influenced by a Steve Reich piece. [more inside]
Separate My Heart
A little synth-folk ditty, with my friend Alaina singing lead. The idea was to write a murder ballad from the woman's perspective.
ninety second instrumental
Back at work as resident composer for a Tokyo fashion house... this time they want four 90-second instrumental spots, for web presentations. Handed this one in to them the other day, but they nixed it: too dramatic, just not right for the project. So, back to the drawing board. Thought I'd put it here, though, so as not to consign it to the Land of Unheard Music.
If you are wondering if this is a Mario Kart reference the answer is YES IT SURE IS
Made in the Image
Pretty straightforward 3 minute rock deal. If you're bored, try figuring out all the various things I borrowed from.
Passing You By
More laptop electronica. Ambient/IDM production approach, but with a bit of melody and punchy beat. [more inside]
Let Me Know
A short, sweet synthpop/r&b jam. I've been listening to Confessions alot lately, and this is sort of my take on the modern r&b genre.
Haunted Mansion (demo)
Synthy nerd rock about goth kids who find love at the happiest place on Earth. [more inside]
A Saturday afternoon lazily spent synthily. [more inside]
Once It Was The Colour Of Saying (Work In Progress)
This is incomplete and very current WIP from my glacial synth-based alter ego and is perhaps something of a companion piece to White Feather. I'd really appreciate opinions on (a) the pretty drastic transitions in the piece from the rhythmic to the quasi-orchestral and back again, (b) whether the lyric theme has any kind of cheddar whiff, and (c) whether it needs more "oomph" under the orchestral bits (actually difficult to pull off without destroying the mood - I've tried....). Any other comments welcome of course - but this is unfinished and well rough so....geeza break. [more inside]
Homesick synths, bittersweet beats. [more inside]
An ode to last year around this time. [more inside]
Originally planned as a mix between 70's J.M. Jarre and Steve Reich. Turns out to be more like Giorgio Moroder teaming with Tangerine Dream, on a bad day. [more inside]
Filtery drone from my JUNO 60 meets ukulele playing exactly four notes. No verse, no chorus, no changes, no development... just does what it does for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, then stops. It's the soundtrack for a video here.
There She Goes Again
My submission to the Music Challenge, July 2009 edition. Advice to the lovelorn john from Uncle Lou. [more inside]
Pronounced "Twin Beaut" [more inside]
Inspired by ageispolis
Snow Cone, Faux Cone, Bro Cone
Do you play guitar? If you can play the synth solo that starts at 2:03 I will give you the BIGGEST HUG EVER
I got the idea for this tune while driving through the farmlands of Northern California. Introspective and calming.
Atriplex - Order 240
Some more space music, a little majestic and melodic this time. [more inside]
I hope that Futurecop doesn't mind that I'm ripping off their style verbatim. I know that I sure don't. This was fun as hell to make.
Atriplex - ISS
A little space music, with random satellite transmissions.
Hallelujah (drone version)
Here's my version of the esteemed Mr. Cohen's paean to the religion of love. I dropped the rhythm and chord changes, and made a new melody. The very minimal accompaniment consists of three tracks from my trusty old JUNO 60 analog synth. That's it! Video version (photos by yours truly) at Vimeo and YouTube.
Cambie & Hastings
A more mellowed-out trinket of instrumental dance music for the wistful and introspective; born out of an epic evening of adventure in Vancouver at an intersection of the same name.
A soft soak in a warm bath of electroluminescent air gel.
Nathaniel Hortense Bardsley versus Her Majesty's Loyal Brigade of Cosmic Oscillators
I guess this basically sort of sounds like Riverdance if it was played on a bunch of crazy synths. [more inside]
Here's another Oscillendulum, once again performed only on my beloved old Roland JUNO 60. About an hour ago I also posted this to YouTube, as a soundtrack for a raft of ducks swimming around in Ueno pond. Yet another Oscillendulum went up on YT a few hours before that, as a soundtrack for a revolving restaurant display. Be the first on your block to see 'em!
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now (Thumbs-Up Dance Remix)
Some classic Joni with a heavy injection of DANCE. [more inside]
full mix (early) - 04/12 - pre-life
Harmless bongos. Hongos.