My Music Blog from 2003/04


  Musical Diary 2003:

         Well I finally got new equipment a few months ago so I can start playing music on
a regular basis again..  Just like some painters never show their
sketch books, some composers would never share their daily musings, but for me it's a good discipline...
Even though some of these tunes are embarassingly rough to me, they all have some quality,
or glimmer of possibility, or I wouldn't have saved them...  By the magic of modern recording
equipment several of them are saved in an editable state where I can go back and change notes
and sounds without having to lay down tracks again...
          My hope is that after a time of building up my craft on the new gear, an accident called 'art'
will happen one day...
Bill's recommendations ...from 2003.


april 17 2004: well the problem with this format is I stopped playing for a few months because the quality wasn't high enough...but when I polish something I feel like I should get paid...ah well...

jan 17: Listening...           A page on listening listening



jan 15: brass soli...           If I wrote for a big brass orchestra I'd use little things like this...the tracks seem to have moved slightly against each other...the time makes me nervouse 200k loop brass soli


jan 5: craft time...           My daughter is awsome at crafts. She'll do six drawings in an hour and deliver them to people. I've thrown away a lot of music lately,I'd rather be like her and just produce and think later. So I finally just focused on better sounding drums... craft time



Dec 20 2003: war memorial'...          Went to the vietnam war memorial in Washington D.C. when I went there a while back...The music is heavily based on a patch I found while trying to learn synch war memorial



Dec 12: Synch'...          I finally got the keyboard sounds to synch with the metronome from the computer. This allows everybody to play along. . This is 180k synchYes



Dec 4: Go light'...          Letting go of all kinds of intellectual baggage and just playing for the fun of it. . lettingGo



Dec 1: tues'...           tues. ...



November 25 2003: workin'... I have certain rules about this music. 'dont work at it'. but if it's too good I feel like I should get paid, and if it's too lousy I stop working on the musical blog, so sometimes a little work is in order...           workin. ...



November 18 2003: Classical guitar... Nylon strings           Harpsiguitar. ...



November 13 2003: Jokes... So I got a cold which made my voice about a 5th lower than usual. I thought 'Wow I sound like Leonard Cohen, or the guy from 'Crash Test Dummies" I didn't do an arrangement or anything, it's just me strumming along on the piano and singing at the same time. Very Low.           Jokes. ...




Oct 30 2003: Halloween-I wanted to write something funny ...ghosts and goblins and funny halloween dancing...           Halloween. ...


Oct 22  2003: Saturday... I have to admit getting some chops is taking longer than I thought. I'm only now paying attention to getting the feel right...           Saturday. ...



Oct 15: Gord's ambient Groove...I've been lucky over the years to play with some truly awsome musicians. An old friend Gord Durity left this groove when he came and visited. I added some brass and sax. Wow, is this ever nice to play over...           Gord ambient. ...



oct 7  2003: New Mic-got a new microphone. ...           New mic. ...




Oct 1 2003: Chatan-A friend gave me some awsome ethnic drum loops. This one is the Chatan Im not sure where in the world they play it but I love the sound...           Chatan. ...




Aug 1 2003: Fixed Drums: I went through a 'broken drums' period for a few tunes... (they sound like they were sampled too slow-all of June)... Now fixed, but I'm not against a few accidents to stir things up...           fixed. ...




July 11 2003: Nicki Barbed Wire...-I wrote this a few months ago and thought it was too bad to post. I guess my standards have slipped 'cause it sounds ok to me today.           nicki. ...




July 7 2003: Sneaky African Drinking...-I found this tiny loop I wrote a few months back and it brought an image of sitting in exotica african capitals with expatriots some of whom were probably CIA and drinking too much...           sad. ...



July 3 2003: Sound thing...-weird sounds I keep listening to...           Weird Sounds. ...



June 29 2003: primitive...-it's hot and primitive out.           Primitive. ...




June 25 2003: melodic sax 2...- recorded the sax first again. Had some troubles tuning the other instruments to the sax though...           Melodic sax2. ...




June 21 2003: melodic sax...- recorded the sax first and then added the other parts. Good way of doing it. There is one squeak I should fix...           Melodic sax. ...



June 17 2003: 6 free saxes...- 6 weird sax players...free jazz?           6 free saxes. ...




June 13 2003: FunKacophany- busy business.           funkacophony...



June 9 2003: Strings-If I'm going to score films I have to write strings... Here's my orchestral string section piece. I imagine a silent movie...music describing it.           strings...




June 5 2003: Shanty- a sketch for a folk song. I used to work at a summer camp where we'd sing 'row bullies row' and other rousing old sea tunes. In their own way they rock. The chorus of this 'shout our the shanties' would sound good with 200 kids pounding on tables and singing... owes a debt to stan rogers 'mary ellen carter', and some traditional english sea songs... (although I don't really think it's a shanty...)           shanty...




June 1 2003: Web gives you room to breath... this tune is about six and a half minutes long and still has a few mistakes in it (the first few bars need a few fixes and a few other places) but just having the right to sit down and play something like this is a special web reality...           The web gives you room to breath...



May 26: Drunk Turtle...           drunk turtle...


May 22: Autumn Leaves...Ok I needed to play a standard but this is a bit embarrassing. I think I'm trying to prove to myself that that's ok.           Autumn Leaves...


May 18: Minimalism...There are 3 tracks in this movie one in 3/4 one in 4/4 and one in 5/4 so ever 60 beats they come into phase...You can turn the tracks on and off with the buttons on the right...           Co-phasing...



May 14: Synchyo I like this, but the time makes me nervous to listen to. This is placed here to ask the question, Is there an easy way to get synch between drum tracks and repetitive digital sounds in cubase SX?...           Synchyo.mov(2meg)



May 10: Fatig More Jamming on my sax, with Dan Oliver, Oliver Evans and a cast of thousands... ...           fatig.mp3(2meg)



May 6: orchestated improv3 goes from kind of classicalish to funkish to jazzish.. ...           sunday(650k)




May 2: Punk Jam.mp3 At a party playing sax with some random people...   punk play blue...           punk jam (2meg)



April 28: Garage rock suite. One man garage rock band   make a sound...           garage rock (700k)


April 24: More guitars. I love how the new synths can pretend to be guitars...  Test the low range on your speakers...INTERACTIVE!!! click on one of the pictures to make a sound...           more guitars (450k)

April 20: Just back from a month travelling in Europe and a month working on a cabin in the woods. Here's my tune of the day: April 20: 2003- Crazy but happy. A melody that just came to me.             crazy (240k)


Everything below here is on the CD

Feb 19,2003-smallfile....just concentrating on making a generic sounding tune like computer people seem to like, keeping it very small, and the loop good.
            tiny file (240k)

Feb 16-72931....I like the drum groove. This Painting is by an old friend, Thomas Anfield
            72931

Feb 13-Softest pop.... This is a sweet sounding tune...I have a wicked cold today and I just wanted to play something gentle... The lupin movie (click on the water!) is by Irene Blueth ...
            sweetest pop

Feb 10-Space Incan.... Music for Incan Space men......
            space incan

Feb 7 2003-Cowboys...A spaghetti western slideshow...Spent the day teaching my kids that violence was not a valid way to settle a disagreement between parties...Some older people never seem to have learned that...
            Cowboys...



Feb 4 2003-Country- Well some styles I don't do very well, this one wasn't meant to sound like such a satire of country music. I was actually working out some pops and glitches in the recording gear still, just playing around ...
            Country and werstern...



Feb 1 2003-Sneaking- Descriptive film music? ...
            Sneaking...



Jan 29 2003-five four-quick tune in 5/4 time signature.
            5/4 time...



Jan 26 2006-For Laurie- I remember seeing Laurie Anderson live just after I finished University... She was intelligent, funny, creative, populist and avant garde... Also she was old, by the way I looked at it, and I wanted to be like her when I got older...
            For Laurie...



Jan 23 2003-Beebop-a style of music I love to play...but I've been on this 6 month learning curve for almost 5 months and haven't tried it yet. Now I've gone for it!
            beebopery...



Jan 20 2003-brass trio-I got SX going! so as I was testing I wrote a little classical brass trio... I want to write more classical style music with this nice notation system...
            brass trio...



Jan 17 2003-SXHell-I stopped using the freeware Cubasis app and bought Cubase SX for osX I think my CD drive on the music box is corrupting things, like the OS and SX as it's not working for me very well..
            SXHell...



Jan 14 2003-AsianWalk-some music about some hiking I did in India and Nepal
            asianwalk...



Jan 11 2003-FusionLoop-listened to the albums of some old friends playing fusion... Played a quick loop myself...
            fusionloop...



Jan 8 2003-TranceWorld-hard to play such a big sounding feel on a little compressed computer speaker. Imagine a massive film score or something...
            tranceworld...



Jan 5 2003-campfire-after studying jazz and classical and practicing 9 hours a day, playing clubs, recording jingles etc. I took off and wandered the world, where some of the best music I heard was a single guitar player and a harmonica by a fire at night. Dare to be simple.
            campfire...



Jan 2 2003-TV-like...hmmm don't know what this is...Ive been watching some sports on tv, maybe that's why the bassline of repetitive quarter notes..
            tv...



Dec 30 2002-Raggae... a style I haven't tried here...
            raggae...



Dec 27 2002-waltz thought I should try something in a time signature..
            waltz...



Dec 24 2002- guitar24 a quick guitar-ish tune...
            guitar24...



Dec 21 2002- Orchestrated Improv 2... well I tried another piano improv orchestrated. I can't tell whether this sounds like zappa, elevator music, or something new. I enjoy doing it...this is long and a big file compared to the tiny loops I've been doing... I know melody and cadence are pretty out of style, but one of the nice things about coming back to music is that i don't really have to care about fashions...
            orchImprov...



Dec 18 2002- SillyB. Kind of a silly tune about a silly guy, who writes software for a living but would have more fun just writing silly tunes...
            sillyB...



Dec 15 2002- Soli. Wow I enjoyed putting this one together... I just played a piano solo and then spent some time orchestrating it... This new gear is going to be a lot of fun... I love having the melody played by a south american pan flute, a sitar player, and a 70's portamento syth. I imagine what the orchestra would look like...
            soli...



Dec 12 2002- Sus chords. I used to play a lot of sus chords...Just walking down memory lane I guess...
            suschords...



Dec 9 2002- Light song...just a little light tune...
            Light...



Dec 6 2002- Moody...one of the best parts of playing music is you can use any mood you're in to get something down...grey day today...I like this one. When I got back into playing a while ago I was thinking film scoring, but I got a little distracted for a while...
            Moody...



Dec 3 2002-saxNbrass. sax with brass. I thought this was going to be good and it turned out kinda lousy... ah well, luck is part of it I guess when you just do a quick tune once in a while...
            sax n brass...



Nov. 30 2002-blues. this seems to be a cover of an old Coltrane tune... Bessie's blues... Thought I should play something in the tradition I guess...
            organ blues...



Nov. 27 2002-techno. The gear seems to want to play this kind of music so bad I just wrote what it wanted me to....
            technoQ



Nov. 24 2002-3k midi. well on the web one of the most important things is tiny file size. This classical tune is 3k which will download in 1 second on even the slowest modem...
            3k midi



Nov. 21 2002-chorusSax. This one is a rockin antidote to the 'cadence' ballad i wrote last... There are two versions... the qdesign one is smallest and sounds good but won't loop nicely and the mp4 one needs quicktime 6 to hear it, but is pretty small and still loops nicely...



            mp4-28bit             qdesign
Nov. 18 2002-cadence. I had a need to play on some real chord changes. I got a new reed too wich makes a huge difference... too bad everything is always one take, I only spent about half an hour from starting to compose to posting...

            cadence



Nov. 15 2002-congas: I had a stock conga groove and I made a quick tune from it...qdesign may be small but the unresolved reference looping even has a glitch..
            congas...



Nov. 12 2002-ethnic groove. I used to sell film scores and such using some ethnic grooves... I did tons of travelling a while back and I'd just play my version of what I remembered

            dare2Bnaive



Nov. 9 2002-Mercy on Self. I almost posted a few test I did with stock rifs, but I had mercy on myself and produced my first sax tune instead. I'm a little out of tune in a couple of places, but I haven't figured out how to punch in or pitch shift on this gear yet....It's good to be getting closer to my old sound, I just need to practice a lot...
            had mercy and recorded like I used to...



Nov. 6 2002-shuffle tune. This is OK. I wonder how you get qdesign to loop
            Shuffle tune





Nov. 3 2002- woodwind quartet. This is one of my earliest tries but I like something
about it. The machine crashed after and I lost it all, so I can't fix the wrong notes or
bad timings...but there's a freedom of line...a loose quality I kind of like...
            Woodwinds



Nov. 1 2002-guitar chops. My main instrument is saxophone, which I haven't recorded
here yet...so otherwise I play keys. This guitar patch is a lot of fun, and this improv got used in a
vr movie...
            guitarChops


October 28-Rosy.... This patch made me think of the techno music that you ravers are into these days...
            Rosy

October 25-yep1.... I was in a happy mood this day and this is a happy little improv.
            Yep

October 22-Musical.... We had an actress from a musical theatre company billeting in the suite
and I sat down and played a little tune that sounded like it should go in a musical to me...
            musical

October 19-Polite funk- This was the first tune that I managed (bothered) to fix my wrong notes and timings... It came out sounding a little boring to me!
            politefunk
October 16-This is some funk that sounds like it was the last set on a drunken night...Everybody's noodling, and it's very loose and free...
            impolitefunk

October 13-harmonic minor.... This is a midi file, not a qdesign compressed file. It has a note that I wasn't sure of, but it sure sticks in my head...
            HarmonicMinor

October 10-A tune called huh. This is one of several where I just love being a one man big band on the new gear. Years ago I ran a big band, and the possibilities of composing charts more quickly with the new notation softwear for such a band is very exciting to me..
            Huh
October 7-distorted... This is over-recorded and I'm pretending I know how to play keys well which I really only play as well as a composer needs to not a player...
            distorted



October 4- A tune called ftalk. a rough improv in f
            ftalk


October 1-rought tune loop
I was just learning the gear...             Rough tune loop


Sept 27 2002 simple groove. This is one of several where I just love being a one man big band on the new gear. Years ago I ran a big band, and the possibilities of composing charts more quickly with the new notation softwear for such a band is very exciting to me..
so learning to play the compositions would be key....             A simple groove


Sept 23 2002 tune called keyTrack. Intresting new patches to play with
            Keytrack


Sept 21 2002 I think I'll come back to this. The idea of mixing baroque classical music with raggae is interesting to me....
            Raggae Baroque


Sept 18 2002 add sax some dayqdesign.mov
I like copying music like the score to 'local hero' by mark knopler. I think this will sound like that mournful beauty when I put a sax melody on it one day...             Add sax


Sept 15 2002 I guess this is the first thing I recorded. I was thinking of this guy I met playing tunes on a little island in africa called Lamu, and he was singing along with his line...in unison and it was a very weavy arabic melody, and I liked it and was amazed how interesting it could be without orchestration...
            First sound


Sept 12 2002 . stringsetc.mov             strings And stuff


Sept 9 2002 . midiAudio... The first time I managed to record the midi over to audio...             midi 2 audio


Sept 6 2002 . panoMusicruf... I want to start a library of sounds for panos this just got called that for lack of any other name...             ruf pano music



Sept 3 2002 .freeform... Shut up and play an instrument...             freeform


august 31 2002 .aqua             aqua


august 2002 . I got my new yamaha s80 keyboard!