Archive for the ‘Music’ category

RockBarra

August 10, 2012

Fingerstyle guitar has always been an area of interest for me, though I have often used it more on the bass– well, more of a flamenco-style, really– than on an actual guit-fiddle. This is a video of one of the guys that has influenced me in this particular technical area: Don Ross.

His guitar was out of tune the entire song, keep that in mind.

Stu, Stu, Studio!

August 4, 2012

Here are a few pictures of my “office” while on deployment to the Middle East in 2005. For those of you who aren’t aware, it is pretty unheard of for a 2nd Class Petty Officer (which I was) to have these sort of accommodations on a USN ship, Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) don’t have it this good. Probably the only other guy on the ship that enjoys this much space and freedom to themselves is the Captain himself. I was very fortunate.

Ian, if you are reading this, I just want to say that even though I was not very clear about showing it, I will always have the deepest respect for you. Not only were you a top-notch sonarman, but you were also the best LPO in the Navy, a great mentor who cared, and a friend of the highest caliber. I will never forget all of the things that you’ve done for me.

Zoe In Hell

August 4, 2012

This is a tune that I mostly wrote while I was living in LA with an actor friend of mine (he was also a shipmate during my Navy days). Juliah, the Assistant Director of the film that my friend and I were in (he as a standin, me as an extra), told us that she was working on a vampire documentary that needed music for both the intro, as well as background. Well, I was really getting into Stravinsky’s serialism at this time, as well as the electronic instruments, abstract drumming, and emotional soundscapes of Edgard Varése, so I figured that I would try my hand at film music. Granted, this tune is not serial, but rather a sonic atmosphere that was influenced by such things. I did stick to the recurring thematic palette just as Stravinsky often did in his work, but was far more influenced by Varése’s abstract use of percussion (esp. ‘Ionization’ and ‘Déserts’). Also, instead of a siren, I had an electric guitar.

The first part (intro) was written and recorded about 2 years prior to the second part while on deployment in the Middle East using a guitar, bass and MIDI keyboard controlling Logic Pro’s sampler (strings and percussion). With the exception of the highly effected guitar feedback (which was improvised), the second part was entirely written in LA in the spring of 2007 on Logic Pro’s scoring page and then transferred to MOTU’s ‘Symphonic Instrument’ plugin (strings, horns, percussion battery, and glockenspiel).

This was my very first attempt to write something in notation first, before ever hearing what it might sound like. While there are many flaws and flubs, I was pleasantly surprised the first time I played it back. In fact, I decided to keep all of the flaws, because they added a character of their own, and they showed me how a notation error can be a good thing sometimes. Unfortunately, the drum rudiments that were written didn’t come through due to a software limitation, but that’s ok, most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

Unfortunately, Juliah never got to hear this song, and I don’t know if she ever did finish her documentary. So, instead I present it here for your enjoyment/displeasure.

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For Gene

August 2, 2012

A crap video, but an awesome tune.

Unyielding conditioning
Tune out from all that’s happening
Nobody deserves empathy
Nobody feels for me

We’ve all been trained by our worlds

I cannot see no one but me
No one can feel my emptiness
Everybody must fend for themselves
There is no openness

We’ve all been claimed by our worlds (x2)

But I have heard of ways
That say there’s light beyond the darkness
And everyone can keep their children warm
And togetherness will guide us safely
Through all storms

Unyielding conditioning
Remove all trace of memory
No one needs justice anymore
No voices raised in anger

We’ve all been tamed by our worlds (x2)

But I have heard of ways
Where people topple all injustice
No one lives their lives on bended knees
And all bigotry is like a disease
Drowned in the sea
And all can hold their head up high !

Pho

July 28, 2012

Just a little ringtone that I made for myself a few years ago (around 2004 or 2005). I certainly wouldn’t call it a song, because it was the result of a drunken experiment using a slide on a guitar run through a Digitech ‘Whammy’ and a Dunlop ‘Crybaby From Hell’, as well as a little pitch/time experiment on the drums and guitar, the other stuff was written around that. I more or less like to call it a “somewhat organized noise”, which is why it served as my ringtone. There is a second part to the song, but it got lost when my external HD crashed. It was a game show-esque, repetitive jam (essentially, the complete opposite).

pho

Note: This was mixed to be played through cellphone speakers (which was an A/B nightmare), so the bass will be slightly heavier when played on other mediums.

How’s About a Little Zappa?

July 27, 2012

Perfuckincussiontastic!  Oh yeah, the guitar solos are alright, I guess…

Sing Us a Song, You’re the Piano Man

July 13, 2012

Just to fill you all in on what’s in store for the future, it’s all about music, baby.

That’s right, I happen to be a multi-instrumentalist who has recording gear. While it is a colossal pain in the ass to play, record and mix music all by oneself, that is the plan. I’m going to begin with some covers of already written songs (because it’s easier) to see how that turns out. If I get some good feedback, then I’m going to start posting original stuff. One must take into consideration that whatever covers I do post, this doesn’t mean that I actually like the music that’s being posted. No, no, no… What fun is that? In fact, I think that I’m going to record some stuff that I absolutely hate. Why? Because the stuff that I absolutely hate is usually the shit that the majority of people like, and hopefully this will improve my songwriting abilities when it comes to my original works, thus increasing my own enjoyment. Can you say cognitive dissonance?

I am the musical masochist… goo goo ga jube!