I posted a collection of five instrumental songs called Creature Of Habit - available for streaming or, for a limited time, free download. These songs tell a story of something (up to you what it might be) that at first looks really great, but gradually becomes draining. The protagonist struggles to escape the spell, and ultimately triumphs. Many of the sounds used on this recording are from the late H G Fortune's free Swamp XT VST. Several songs also contain sound effects from freesound.org, including vocalizations by LittleRainySeasons.
New video posted (6 minutes).
I play piano on this unplugged instrumental by Dream Theory. Give it a listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/dreamtheory/song/21191813-fountain-song
Vocalist Sharon Raquel has completed her independently-produced album of standards and new music, Infinite. I contributed "Single Song" to the project, a one-minute sample of which is on my playlist. Have a listen, then visit her site: http://www.sharonraquel.com/
Check out the insightful, thoughtfully-written book How Music Works by David Byrne and every tunesmith's perennial favorite, Songwriter's Market 2013.
I turned the URL for my latest song, "Michael's Winter Hat", into a QR Code that is going on a poster and the back of some business cards. I think this will be a fun thing to hand out during breaks.
Hey, cats - I've been creating lead sheets for fellow songwriters for a long time, and I've started blogging them, under Creative Commons license. I am only posting songs that can be played with simple acoustic guitar or piano accompaniment. "Valentine's Wish" by Adrienne Townes is the current feature, and will stay up until Valentine's Day. Check it out: http://leadsheetlibrary.blogspot.com/
March 14th, 3/14 is Pi Day. I re-posted "Pi Variations" as a way to celebrate. Stream it or DL while contemplating how much we owe to math and mathematicians.
My brother recently got the amazing Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer, and we've had many discussions about the pros and cons of samples, patches, and real instruments. Putting to one side a some points about acoustics and hearing, isn't a digital recording of an acoustic sound the equivalent of a good digitally-produced sound? In fact, if you record over a mic in an ordinary room, you get the ambiance of the room, which will then affect playback. But if you record in a dead room, then you have to treat the signal downstream, just as you would with a digital instrument. And you have all the characteristics from the mic forward affecting the sound, even if playing and acoustic instrument live through an amplifier. Is it live or is it Memorex?
Thanks to Takoma Station for inviting me to play a full set of original music last night. Despite some sound system issues and a phantom djembe player who wouldn't take "no" for an answer, I was really happy to air out some music.