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Time Cop

Here’s a tune I’ve been working on for a few weeks. Sort of a synthesis of several old themes from the 70s. With a new twist. The image is Toronto downtown 1972. Looks quite different now.

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Good little history of US pop and fashion from 60s to now – (minus EDM)

This goes decade by decade. Six short videos of about 5 minutes each. I like the quick time frame but notably absent is any mention of EDM, which I think caused quite a ripple. Too European..?

Oh well. Don’t forget to buy your Levis! 😉

BTW, Rolling Stone recently put up for sale… Last I heard major bidder was in Singapore.


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Synchronicity or what?

Tonight I was listening to some music on Spotify, thinking of my childhood and feeling really bored with everything out there. So browsing the new releases page, this caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was because of the compelling photo, the text around it, or both.

Let me explain…

Artist’s name is Whitney Rose. Album is called Rule 62.

Myself, I went to WHITNEY school and lived on ROSE Park Drive as a kid. I was born in ‘62.

Keywords or what?

Of course this would catch my eye.

At first listen I thought she needed a bit of zip but I think my android Dolby Atmos EQ was making her voice quieter than normal. After fiddling with that her sound really began to grow on me. I like the laid back style. Reminiscent of the 1950s or 60s. So I went to Wikipedia. Turns out she is from Canada, where I was born, but currently hones her craft in Texas. Now really getting interested, I read more. Her early influences are the classic country crooners, male and female. Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette.

Wow. This is too good to be true. I’ve already ordered all her stuff from the library to hear it in CD-quality audio.

I think I’m going to like getting to know her music. And I bet we’ll be hearing more from Whitney Rose in days to come.

Just a hunch.


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Plastic Bags – Fix Mix

Duh… I mixed the first one with my computer EQ boosted around the voice level (to hear an old movie). This morning I realized the error, which made “plastic bags” a bit quieter than intended. Here’s a quick fix.

I’ll leave the first one because sometimes my fixes turn out not as good as the originals. It usually takes a bit of time to find out which is best.


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Plastic Bags

goofing around with some freeware…


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When it’s so good, they think it’s fixed…

I’m fascinated by digital music making. Especially the production side. So when I listened to the first video posted in this article (above) , I thought it was fake. But then when she sings alone… well, you be the judge.

Could the whole thing have been faked/staged? Possibly. But how could she have lip sinked so well with no cues (beat, background music)?

A beautiful woman and voice.


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Supertonic

This is just a sketch I did tonight after watching an interesting video or two about music theory and composition (below). It’s been a while since I did a full-fledged project and I didn’t feel inspired to jump right in fully. So I figured if visual artists can sketch a few lines in a notebook, why not musical ones?

A couple of Christmases ago I really got into arpeggios and exotic scales. Here’s what I came up with back then.

And here’s one I did when David Bowie was still alive. I think I was trying to get his attention… posted the link at his web site if I remember right. But back then I did it anonymously because I was afraid it was too weird. But today it sounds cool to me. So I’ve lifted the “private” setting at SoundCloud and made it public again.