"Christmas Tune"

— Saturday, December 21, 2013

This is a chillaxing short thing I slapped together real quick. It has sleigh bells. Happy holidays!

Recorded December 19, 2013. Image by MCS@flickr of Flickr.


"The Widest Grin"

— Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I must've been feeling extremely happy while making this. It's certainly a serendipitous song -- that piano melody that plays with the introduction of the percussion at around 0:40 was a total mistake, but one of the best mistakes I've ever made. Anyway, it quickly turns into a joyous fanfare (a seeming trademark) and all is well.

In case you're wondering how that could have been a mistake, my Yamaha YPG-235 has a mode where you can have two voices play at the same time. So the notes you hear correspond with the "notes" of the percussion.

Recorded September 14, 2013. Image by Pierre Bona of Wikimedia Commons.


"The Sandpiper"

— Monday, September 16, 2013

Again, no loops going on here, only my fingers.

This is fairly typical of my work at the keyboard, but at the same time it feels like it's not. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's that semi-melodic structure which lasts from 0:50 to 1:35. I do really like that moment. Actually, this piece is full of moments. That's the real reason why I love this one so much.

Recorded September 14, 2013. Image by Marek Szczepanek of Wikimedia Commons.


"Voyage by Air"

— Wednesday, September 04, 2013

This is a really long song. It might not need to be this long. But that's how most air travel goes. It's more like a jam session than anything.

I would have uploaded this one a long time ago, but I guess the AIFF file got corrupted along the way (I work with at least two computers).

Recorded June 26, 2013. Image by jmauerer of Flickr.


"Society of Friends"

— Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Society of Friends is the official name of the Shakers. Or the Quakers, I forget. Anyway, I thought this sounded like an old Shaker/Quaker dance. It's an improvised, jaunty little thing for a number of clarinets and oboes -- 2 of each, more or less. Very "traditional" sounding, if you know what I mean.

Recorded August 24, 2013. Image by blamstur of Flickr.


"Fanfare for Something Permanent"

— Sunday, August 25, 2013

You can tell I fell in love with that main melody. When I heard it, I knew I had to explore it. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I recorded this piece, I can't remember how to play it... can't believe I have to reverse engineer my own work. I'll share the notation with you once I figure it out.

The primary difference this piece offers is that the loop machine (actually, Giada) isn't used at all. Every iteration of the main motif is manually performed. That makes this work more symphonic than most of my other recent work... does that make sense?

EDIT I figured it out!

Recorded June 23, 2013. Image by of Flickr.


"One Rescue Down"

— Saturday, August 24, 2013

The trumpet's melody is one of my all-time favorites. Part of me wishes this piece wasn't so beat-driven, but it works I suppose. And I accidentally snuck an audible string sound at the last note which drives me nuts! It's supposed to be just a hi-hat! Gack.

Overall, I really like where this piece takes me.

Recorded June 26, 2013. Image by spraginator89 of Flickr.