Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pit Stains

Here's a new one. I used some of the same sounds (piano blended with electric piano and a velocity sensitive synth) from "Dotted Lines and Whispers" since I thought they really went well together. This one moves. Tonight I really dig some of the offbeat snare hits, but we'll see how I feel about them tomorrow.

Instrumentally, it's pretty dark; we'll see if lyrics will change that or not. Overall, for getting this all done in one day ( a day after standardized testing, none-the-less), I'm very happy with it. Also, it has probably the worst working title for a decent song I've ever had, but it's been quite hot lately and... well, what else can I say?

Here's Pit Stains.

Also, since I've been getting a lot of positive feedback on Dotted Lines and Whispers, here is an updated version. The most drastic change is the way the vocals were mixed. They are no longer drowning in reverb and are much more in your face. I think I also pumped up some of the backing harmonies on the bridge.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009


Roots of Rebellion and Maybe Bomb on WSOU tonight in celebration of Kurt's last radioshow. Tune in.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Some Other Day

I was watching a Kanye West performance and listening to the soundtrack to The Chocolate War. This is the result.

Right now, I don't feel like this has the potential to necessarily be a whole song, but I think, placed correctly, it could be a very cool segue between tracks on the album.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


What was "28 Weeks Later" is now Blink.

It sounds like the vocal volume is a bit erratic, but you get the idea.

I added that nice little synth when the drums hit. I really like that.

I have no desire to leave my computer, but I've been a bit of a shut in the last few days and have been ignoring my friends. Tomorrow is rehearsal for Kurt's recital all day. I'm going to see if in between sets I can get some lyrics done so that I can at least record them on Saturday. All things considered, I shouldn't really be complaining that I only got two demos finished today...

Keep your fingers crossed that I remain this motivated through the classes of papers I have to grade by Monday. If this is any indication of how productive I can actually be, methinks it's going to be an interesting summer.

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Event Horizon

Strike while the iron's hot, I've heard. I know it isn't a new song, and if you see me somewhat regularly, the vocal part for this is quite old, but I reworked it much like I reworked "Slight of Hand" yesterday. New vocal recordings, some new parts, and a slightly varied arrangement.

You'll notice (if you haven't already) that I'm starting to work little intros into each song. While these may not stay, the idea is to give me an idea how some of the tracks may flow together. When the album is finished, I really want it to be a seamless listen from the first track to the end.

Now, "Insult Comic Dog" will be known as the far more formal Event Horizon.

According to (a website that students should not use as a direct source on any research papers), an event horizon is "a boundary in spacetime, most often an area surrounding a black hole, beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. Light emitted from beyond the horizon can never reach the observer, and anything that passes through the horizon from the observer's side appears to freeze in place, with its image becoming more redshifted as time proceeds."

In unrelated new, I sent Kurt the multitrack file for "Dotted Lines and Whispers" last night. I'll be sure to post up any new sort of creation that comes out of it.

I think I'm going to take a walk. The weather seems like it's finally catching up with the calendar.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Slight of Hand

What the heck. I just had some delicious tacos, so why not post another song?

I had vocals done for this one a while ago, but I redid some of them and tweaked the arrangement today.

What was once "Hot Quiznos" is now Slight of Hand.

I wonder if this song will be forever lined to delicious foods.....

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Dotted Lines and Whispers

I'm going to get over myself and start posting songs with vocals. As I may or may not have mentioned, these are demos, and there are going to be vocal issues, particularly with rhythm and pitch. If I feel the inevitable mistakes don't get in the way of giving you a decent impression of where the song COULD go, I'm not going to kill myself trying to get the perfect take.

What was "Hundred Year Nap" is now Dotted Lines and Whispers.

The picture seemed appropriate, seeing as it's my spring break and it's been snowing.

I think I'm going to try to get some vocals on an old one, "Sunday After Frank," that I wrote long before I started the blog. It's one that I've always felt had something worth uncovering in it. We'll see.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Be a VCB with Chromeo

Most of me is angry that this is not available as an MP3. The dirty parts of me.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

24 Degrees

Rehearsal for "24 Degrees", a percussion piece for Kurt's senior recital.

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