From: TX, United States
Genre: World, Chill, Rock
I make music in a small studio in Texas, overlooking trees and a stream. Mostly instrumentals from a bunch of old guitars and a couple of new synthesizers.
The latest guitar mashup, "Humbuckers on the Dance Floor!" has a bunch of chugging guitar tracks riding over a Euro-beat, with a synth line that would make Michael Jackson smile. This for those of you who like Faster Burn Rate, Don't Touch the Guitars, and Nanda Devi .... you know who you are!
"Footsteps" is a symphonic arrangement that starts slow and ends ... well ... fast. Reminds of the dark woods you have to go through to get home from school. Scary. A bit of choir, which I don't often dabble in.
My symphonic, pop/classical-y stuff:
- The Final Archipelago
- Almost Home
- On the Plains of Illium
- Margie Redux
- Delight for Mary
- Playa del Rey
On October 12, 2010 I was informed by Jango that "The Final Archipelago" was ranked the #5 indie song on Jango for the previous week! Thank you to everyone who liked that song and made that possible. What a rush!
"Let the Night Believe" is a guitar-only instrumental, pretty country. Waiting for my daughter to finish the lyrics.
"It Takes 2 Squared" is an upbeat, short run with a handful of orchestral instruments, and a tableful of electronica apparati. This song pays its respects to a style popular in an earlier generation.
For my alternative country music, check out our band Blue Cone Highway on Jango, with our first song, "Deathless Wasteland". See the link at the bottom of this page.
Here's the rest of the line-up:
-The Reason I Left Barcelona
-Tempus Lectum (adult lullaby)
-Tear Up My Valentine
-Chill on G15
-Walk Don't Run
-Margie Redux (Remix)
-Not As Easy
-Check My Pulse
-Uncle Hal's Porch
-6PM at the Sheraton
-Off Jacala Reef
-Words Cannot Convey (a favorite)
-Don't Touch the Guitars
-Faster Burn Rate
-It Takes Two Squared
-Humbuckers on the Dance Floor!
Just for fun
-Driving All Night
Two of the songs, "Don't Touch the Guitars" and "Driving All Night" were just fun projects. Neither one gets many "likes" on Jango, but they are two of the most often replayed of my songs! Go figure.
"The Last Archipelago" brings to mind a ship heading out to sea at the beginning of a long voyage as she clears the last bit of land. Her sails fill and she's off.
"Childs Play" is a heavy electronic piece full of grumbling, groaning synthesizers. Most of the song was adapted from a dozen or so scales that will be familiar to anyone who ever had classical music training as a kid.
"Delight for Mary" presents an arranging challenge. I only had about 40 seconds of material, so I wanted to see if I could stretch it into a full song.
"Nanda Devi" channels some rocking guitar licks through a middle-eastern rhythm, played through modern synths. Man, this song took forever to emerge.
"Faster Burn Rate" is a genre-shifting mashup of electronica and country. Like a lot of my stuff, it takes off in another direction during the last minute.
"On the Plains of Illium" follows a sentry as he makes his midnight rounds through the camps and war machines outside of Troy. Nearly all strings.
"Almost Home" is another tune for most of the orchestra. I see a weary traveler on the last leg of his journey, not sure if he's actually going to make it home.
"Uncle Hal's Porch" is a tribute to my uncle in East Texas, and the wonderful oasis of peace he's created.
"6PM at the Sheraton" imagines a lounge band that suddenly and unexpectedly catches a cool blues groove. Yeah, it's got the background singers, but that's because the version on my hard disk has a rap verse instead of the guitar lead ... I thought that would scare the children.
"Off Jacala Reef" kicks off with an island beat split between the speakers, and a drummer that forgot most of his kit.
"Playa del Rey" is a short, melancholy piece with only strings and spanish guitar that reminds me of the time we spent in California many years ago. Good for cry if you need it.
"Check My Pulse" is a guitar journey in three parts ... PULSE, wherein we learn a terrible truth; THE CHANGE, where the inevitable begins; and, finally, SURRENDER. I hope you enjoy!
My country-chill instrumental, "$70 Guitar", was inspired by and written on a used guitar I picked up at Guitar Center for 70 bucks in February 2010. I wanted to blend the moody sound of open guitar tuning (DADFAD in this case) with instruments heard mostly on country songs... pedal steel, dobro, and slide. And to give it a little chill twist at the end.
Byzantine Dreams is a synth-driven piece that came together over a couple of days. The underlying bass-and-drum track that runs through it came first, but my favorite part is the odd, stuttering break towards the end. More electronic stuff is on the way soon. I wish I could stick to one style, but there is just so much to try! Including some old-fashioned rock-n-roll which I'll put on Jango soon. I hope you enjoy.
Deographicos is a fast electronica song. I wrote the melody for solo piano many years ago, but never recorded it. A few weeks ago, my son heard me messing around with it, and suggested that I crank it up to 150 bpm ... wow! It took on a new identity. I hope you like the synth solo on the third verse, and the dueling synthesizers in the last minute. That was a lot of fun. So this is my dance song to bring in 2010.
My chill version of Walk Don't Run is the same song that became a huge hit for the Ventures in 1960, reaching #2 on Billboard's charts that summer. I love this song!
It has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first guitar songs I ever learned. My parents bought me an album to "play like the Ventures", and it had the bass, rhythm, and lead tracks separately recorded for four of their hits ... at half and full speed! I wore the grooves off of that LP with a cheap Kay electric guitar that I ran through the home stereo. I didn't even have an amp then.
For this version, I wanted to keep the simple, elegant, instantly-recognizable melody, but put some modern chill racket in the background. I recorded a lot of tracks for the final verse, but in the end I settled on a simple harmony line with the original melody.
I really hope you like this version, and believe that I have respectfully treated this jewel of a song. Let me know what you think!
Deeper was my second song on Jango. Deeper starts as a slow, meditative guitar piece, and slowly builds with synth washes in the background, ever more layers of guitars, and eventually a full band.
"Chill on G15" is an original that I have been playing around with for a few years, and really focused on during the 2009 holidays. On the first pass everything is lovely and harmonious, but soon we hear undercurrents. Then a fragile, almost brittle layer, appears. Finally, on the last verse, an unexpected strength reveals. It's probably about relationships.
Or maybe it's about a ship mining for Deuterium in cluster G15. That's what I love about instrumentals. They can be anything you want. I hope you enjoy.
"Margie Redux (Remix)" is an electronica remix of one of my string arrangements from a year or so ago. "Margie Redux" is the string version of a piano tune in the style of Margie Adams ... thus the name. The string version had about 18 or 20 tracks to get the sound I wanted out of muted strings. But the remix only has four tracks ... two synths, a heart-beat bass, and a low string swell in the background. I thought about drums, but it seemed to work better without.