Avanti

I’ve been working on this for a while. The past few days it’s been a mastering exercise, which I actually like more than composing. I tried a popular commercial demo (Ozone 8) for mastering but its presets never really made this sound right, and it was too resource heavy to be of any real use […]

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Christmas Without You

This song has a melody but I won’t have enuf time to get that together by Xmas so I’ll just post an instrumental and let my guitar gently weep. Dedicated to all those who might be alone or missing someone over the holidays… and to all those 70s pop stars who made FM radio a […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Beyond the Night

Here’s a cinematic, atmospheric one that I worked pretty hard on. It began as a slightly chaotic assemblage which slowly came together. My main learning point was how to use a sequencer for drum samples, making it sound less robotic than sequencers can sound. The sequencer I used (Megababy) allows for manual timing changes (called […]

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Firebrand

This is a pretty old tune that I originally sang. The first recording was done in the late 1980s / early 1990s on a Fostex 4-track tape with a Yamaha mini keys keyboard, an Ibanez digital delay and a couple of foot pedals. Despite the limited tech, the end result was pretty good. (I might […]

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