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I am improvising some chords at the piano and then my friends Paul and Boma show up
Track 6 from the Yabra EP, which you can stream and download for free here
. Yabra is Patrick Staples
(synth, vox, guitar, bass, programming) and myself. Guest vox by JiaJia Li
. Enjoy the ride!
This is another sparse, experimental piece. A solo synth arpeggiator is cycled through a given set of notes and cut off at random before the next iteration off the cycle begins. Because of the simple chord progression & the patch's programming to produce an ostinato on the last-played note in the sequence, and because the sequence is always cut off at certain rhythmic intervals, a specific set of tones is isolated, creating a short, diatonic tone row. The separation between iterations was randomized to create space and add interest.
At 2:36 I quote a song that my parents always used to play growing up.
I think it is a Tears for Fears song but I'm not sure.
If anyone could ID this song for me I would be really grateful, it's an awesome song but I have no idea where to find it, I haven't heard it in years.
Bit of a guitar feature on this one
Another arp-based minimalist bedroom-pop nostalgia caprice
A long-form minimalist sketch. Just some nice chords over a nice synth & lots of reverb, looped for a long time. A chance to enjoy the wonderful sparkly sound of the DX10 without other instruments getting in the way. Good for reading/studying.
The ship of dreams.
For all the fellow canucks.
Double bass solo
3 minutes of fun
Why not indeed
get shocked by data
200 BPM or so
demo - original project file lost.
Like this one though
Some morning hammond noodles
Real-instrument version of previous post
A collaboration between myself and my old friend Walt Fleming (either formerly or currently the keyboardist of Calgary Pirate-Metal band Verbal Deception
). Original MIDI composed by me & sent to Walt, who assigned synth sounds and somehow found the perfect formula of riffs, beeps & boops to layer on top. An artifact from our high-school days when we had a side project together called the Math Rangers. Walt was one of those strange, crazy, self-taught musical geniuses whose work inexplicably ends up dwelling in obscurity. I thought that this track, at the very least, should be heard.
William is 4 years old and a big fan of synthy dance-pop. His parents are so cool that they commissioned a song for his birthday today! Happy birthday William! Let's count to 4!
A synthy Mother's Day to all!
I think this is the first song I've posted with a guitar solo not done by Dagosto.
Featuring friends the Kovich String Quartet. I'm on double bass (video here
Have a silly Saturday!
Victoria, BC's inner harbour
is the perfect place to go after-hours on a clear night, put on headphones, and dance your face off by the water. Here's a song in honor of silly summer times.
Trying to capture a Deadmau5-style beat. Discovered the vocal sample quite serendipitously and was quite surprised at how well it meshed with the existing track. I had to modify very little to make them work together - didn't even have to change the key, a nice coincidence.
An anthemic Summer Dance Jam of Friendship! Featuring The Internet's own Blazin Hazen
spitting friendly, supportive rhymes, as well as MeFi's own guitar legend Dagosto
shredding yet another savage solo. There's even a touching music video
featuring a little girl with cancer and a dinosaur playing a keytar
Featuring everyone's favorite, BooBass!
String Quintet in Bb (video
Now with more arpeggios.
Happy International Women's Day!
"Time for an Island Dance"
Time for a bassline
I don't usually use GarageBand but here is a quick experiment using this program to create silly loops. Harmonized arpeggiators.
Kate Bush Remix #3. This one by request.
Who wants to lay down a DEADLY SOLO over this track, oh, that's right, YOU DO.
(blank section starts at 2:13)
A 6/4 take on the classic IV-I chillout/dreampop progression a la Lemon Jelly/Stereolab/Pogo
Admiral Arpeggio commands the U.S.S. Totes McGotes, a synth-powered vessel whose arpeggiated journeys through the sawtooth seas of the digital wonderland are well-documented
Neon nights, bush league frights
I have tried a couple of tunes in seven but never in five. So here is a new one for the odd-meter enthusiasts.
In today's episode the gang visits the Friendship Nebula and learns a valuable lesson about getting along.
I tried to make a Drum'n'Bass track, with comical results. in less than 30 seconds the song turns from what could be a legitimate DnB offering into ultra-silly 80s synth lunacy. Oh well.
As if there is any time that is NOT for dance
Pretty good lyrics in this one.
She's got the moves.