Here's my music background .
I will collect a bunch of my early albums and recordings here..
But for now I may be bloggin music..
: You have to have quicktime 6 or greater (I'm using mpeg 4 compression)
installed to hear this stuff...(it's free!)
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My Music Blog from 2006
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Virus in your ear.
Improvised Choral Music.
Seeing as choirs have traditionally been uh, more than one person, the notion of improvising choral music has
probably never been attempted. As a result of cool new vocal harmonization tech, it's now possible. Most of these entries are attempting
such a thing. Granted it's still difficult but as far as I know no-one has ever tried this before,enjoy....
All the Things You are: june 1 2006 A standard. Turn up your system volume I mixed too low. You may hear elevator music
but I hear harmonic challenge. Complex changes in this sucker.
Give me money May 1 I
think I have issues. People dont really think you can play music unless
you make a lot of money at it.
This song made me laugh out loud when I heard it back. I really am recording an album of songs well and selling it.
pre-order to make me believe it's worth it email@example.com
SEND MONEY: I don't know if you heard about the guy who
is trading a paper clip for a house, but I want to be the guy
who people sent money to because he made up a random song on the spot, and thought
people would be more impressed if he got a lot of money for doing it.
Masque April 25 I really have
to stop using this vocal synthesizer. It just feels good to sing into.
a valley with a good echo.
NOHUM April 15 2006 ok this is really just a test to see if i finally killed the annoying high pitched hum with $100 of new shielded cables. Of course
the music box is still a really loud win box that sounds
like a blender...
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The stacks of 5ths came into classical music with Ravel and Debussey I
I heard them in some haunting music from a choir in
yugoslavia. Sting likes them. You always hear them
in the french horn part in anything triumpant.
Sebastion April 7 2006 On
the day in question
Carmanah march 26 ok I
was playing with the presets in the harmonizer and I remembered this
carmanah song I wrote for a
benifit in about 89 or so. This version is pretty rough, I have a better one around somewhere. I mean I was right in that
this aeolian mode patch works great with the tune but the chorus for example is supposed to be WAY BIGGER and
really the whole thing needs pretty glossy production compared to what's there. Carmanah was an ancient forest they were trying
to save. Giants in the Earth.
Blogging in song march
24 . a pretty bad attempt at doing a blog entry in song.
Addendum: I dont think that's so bad. It's one of the
best things here, really. A pretty through-composed improvisation. I mean I want to pretend that most takes work out this well, and keep
rhyming and going for 6 minutes, but really no. A lot of them I just can't find the next lyric. If my goal is to evolve an improvised freestyle
synthesized choral music than this is closer.
Doo wap march 23 dont you think that it is nice doing doo wap with this device.
Alien march 22 another
radio play in garageband. I threw this one away but dug it out when I
heard the female voice
by me. Funny.
March 16 2006 I travelled to africa for about a year in all during the
'80s. At one point I played in a raggae band in Nairobi
called Mpenda Moja (one love) and I'd go out to the slums of matare valley and hang with the drummer george. What a nasty
place... there were green flowing open sewer ditches running down the pathways between shanty shacks. My wife was at home
in med school becoming a doctor. I wrote this tune in my tent at Mama Roache's. I guess I was in a pretty negative mood. I really mean to
record this better with some drums, but I'm just slamming scratches down here in case I dont get back to it...
Fennario March 6 2006 An old folk song I remembered a couple verses of. I was a literate musician way too early, I find the memorization of
tunes hard...I can always fake along by ear though...
Rough March 5 2006 I was watching vlog soup and he said he like a blog that left the mistakes in. This is just me practicing. I start out with a
vocal jazz try at 'autumn leaves' then a bit of 'misty' and 'fire and rain' before it goes into a funny song about 1 4 and 5 chords.
(the one chord being tonic, being home) Listening back to this I think it's noteable in how funny it is that I forget the words
in all songs. The mistakes are the only interesting thing here.
March 1 2006
1iskindafun2 one is kind of fun too. I was in a totally grim mood because my hard drive crashed and I can't
record music anymore except in garageband on the new intel mac, and really it's a toy. But just getting a rif going
got me feeling much happier...
feb 26 yearbook I started on a really interesting piece of classical music but fell into this. I think I need to
prove to myself that I can play guitar music without a guitar.
feb 25 animal farm
feb 24 2006: Garage band sound effects.
feb 23 2006: Renaissance That Leonardo tune made me think of another tune I wrote a while back, I think
while I was working as a truck driver. I guess back then I believed a renaissance would occur because
of an amazing new system called the internet. Little did I know what a spam delivery system it would be!
feb 20 I got to think critically about this audience.
feb 19 2006 American Pie I want to learn this song. It has a ton of verses. I make a mistake in the first one
and give up by the third. Still an acapella choir version might sound good...
feb 16 2006 Leonardo OK it's about 15 years ago and I'm in Thailand and I notice that "Starry Starry Night"
that song about vincent van gogh is playing in every cafe I'm in. So I try to write my own version called
'leonardo'...I really should record it better with instruments and such but this is the song I wrote back then.
(there is another verse I just have to look it up)
wed feb 8
Dost Thou Rock? I always found it difficult to do rock music as a one man band because
I dont play guitar. With this garage band guitar rif I could get some of that out of my system.
A sound check. I'm trying to boost the quality of my audio signal. I tried to make
a track with no pops, with no tuning issues (ok the word 'knee' has an issue) that
would play without cracking up the signal on most speakers. Also the compression
I pulled back. Things just sound too muffled.. Boy garageband mixes hot! I mean I'll
bet 80% of people turn their sound down when they play those tunes from jan jan 28 ,29
and they just used the native settings...
sun feb 5
playing with call and response .
Heat pump jingle
this is a jingle for geothermal heatpumps. replace your oil furnace with a heat pump.
(remix for an 03 groove)
4 minute version of a tune called sillyB from the 2003 blog
with extremely pollysyllabic but stupid rap in the middle.
More fun out dancing in the garage.
Handidote . This is me playing the hands and having fun in garage band.
Its an old friend of mine pete who wrote the code that became the voiceworks and its become
a bit of a problem, because I should probably make it sound good. (not just anguished)
Today I was thinking how the eagles do great male harmonies, and a roadtrip or 2 I played
on the prairies(really I spent only a few months on the road in total but it makes an easy song)
. I mean its still just improvised but at least its physically correct(no wrong notes) .
My wife listened to the slow version and I thought I could at least suck her in with it but no
she didnt like it. OK its pretty awful. Still it fills certain rules I set out to meet, even if it totally
lacks a spark.
So here it is faster I really fall into a mold of songwriters who dont think at all about the performance.
Thats someone else's job i guess...Faster it works better, but it is a musical platitude.
what instument do you play?
I play the acappella choir .
Realtime Filters are taking over my life!
I just got a new mac and PHOTOBOOTH is an app that ships with it.
It does realtime visual manipulation of your image.
And the harmonizer does realtime manipulation of the audio signal.
HERES MY PHOTOBOOTH SONG AND MOVIE
Transpired on the web I got keyboard input to work! Now I'm not stuck in an algo but can play anything I want. the only reason I kept this test was the way I harmonized the title line. Son non key of C!
I think its going to be fun again . This is another fear of the election song
(canada is about to vote) I think I should better learn to accept polar oscillation as healthy and normal.
StephenHarperDreams mp3 format 182k. I did it again. That last one had the lead turned off
StephenHarperDreams mp3 format 182k.
I made a tune out of samples from this site
My buddy gord sent me this made out of the hand thing above.
well this is odd . First I improvised some bach-ish keyboard (a track in which I both forgot if I was
recording, and forgot I was playing the keyboard, started thinking about something else)
then I put vocals over it in one pass.I keep singing about how the two parts aren't going to fit
when really they harmonically overlapped pretty well. I've started to think my subconscious might
be a better player than me... text
Working with some really thick cluster harmonies and thinking of raga in india. Of course indian msic doesnt have harmony
in terms of chords...but that's what allows them to explore such interesting melodic spaces.
Man does the engineering side of music get me down. Really its one of the only disciplines where I trust my
intuitions pretty deeply, I just wanna play, thinking really messes me up. But AGAIN my music system bit me . I cant
record right now, the computer seems to have a corrupted driver so the audio in I can get is from the built in mic.
(rather than say my mixing board) ...To spite all gremlins that attack me I offer a blog entry anyway .
This is me playing hand flute. .I learned the skill while hitchiking on cold days. You probably know someone
who can whistle a few notes with their hands. I practice scales and arpeggios.
The bright shiny tune is a desperate act of levity in a world that is dark. It has rained for 26 days straight and my gear has broken down in 3 ways. I bright shiny days .
Jan 11 2006
The second tune tries a little harder. It tries to fill out a pop form while still be pretty darn out there. (no drums!)
When the final chorus comes in, after the tune has totally broken down, a certain expectation of what a tune is, what
a form is becomes reassured and soothed.
On an earlier day I recorded something so long and bad I am saving it up.
I pulled this tune out of it to prove to myself that it actually contains a lot
of improvised songs, this one about how hard it is to keep in time when you are being the
band and the choir and making up the music and lyrics as you go.
I have a real interest in realtime music creation. I can see a day when some guys just get up and play live for
half an hour every day. Maybe if I go back to music school or practice a lot....
Jan 10: but of course the first thing I put up is an excuse. This Ralph Steadman rif suggest that a really really messy
style is cool. Rather than practice and improve I justify.
Jan 1: Happy New Year. One of my resolutions is to keep playing music this year.
To commit to the muse, assume positions in her servitude. Bow down to the muse. Let her torture you.