It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on my music, so here’s the latest news. This post has all the music I’ve done over the last 6 months… with the most recent at the bottom. Read through, listen to the songs, and enjoy!
Once I completed “More”, I decided that I’d do quicker and simpler pieces – mostly to just practice and create anything.
I acquired the Arturia analog synth collection, which is a pretty faithful soft synth rendition of a number of classic analog instruments. I did a little piece, which I called “5cience” with mostly nothing but a couple of analog synths (Matrix 12 and JP-8), and another called “Little Rain Song”, also with analog synths (Synclavier and ARP2600) plus a rompler (Evolve) for the background sounds. Also there is “Electronic Mess” which, again, is just me playing around. Don’t remember which instruments.
Nothing really special, but here they are:
After those, I took a little break and then thought I’d play with Damage, which is a big drum and percussion instrument. I also wanted to try something that was in 5/4 time, and see what the feel of that turned out to be. “Majestic Mind” is the result of that:
That turned out to be pretty cool, I thought.
So, up to this point I was just doing quick little experiments. For a long time, I’ve been playing with a particular musical motif, one that’s is part of the basis for a piano piece I wrote in high school, which also formed the basis for the symphonic band composition I created back then as well. I was playing around with this motif one weekend while my wife was out of town, and “Beautiful Lonely One” was born. This has turned out to be the most popular track that I created during all of 2016. Here it is:
My daughter, Christy, who is a fantastic singer, has written a melody and lyrics. One project for this year will be do expand this song and include her. That will be really awesome.
After that, I wanted to try out a dance track, but apparently I don’t really fit in that genre… but here’s the start of what I came up with. This one is a work in progress, and I’ll finish it out sometime this year. This is the start of “Dark Streets”.
My son, James, is a big fan of Trap music. I told him that I thought the music was very simple, and even I could throw it together in less than an hour. Which I did:
Then Christmas came along. I took piano lessons when I was about 12 years old, for only a few months. One of the few things I remember from that was how to play a simple “Greensleeves”. So, for Christmas, I spent just a few hours and put this together:
So… finally… over the Christmas break (last 2 weeks of December) I had quite a bit of time off from work. Of course I spent plenty of it in my studio. I wanted to do something “cinematic”, so I again pulled out Damage for some big drums, added the new Form sampler synth, and a number of my other favorites, and created “Life is Something”. I’m very very proud of this one. I spent more time on it than ant of the others since “More”, and I think that working on those quick ones in-between helped improve my skills so that I could do something like this more quickly than before.
I seem to like airy vocals and deep droning bass textures, and this has plenty. For the first time, I’ve included “vocals”… in this case a modified recording of e e cummings reading his poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town“. Cummings has always been my favorite poet, and I like how this one laid right into the track. I did do a little editing for cadence, and added effects.
So for the finale for 2016, here’s my favorite: “Life is Something”…
Stay tuned for more to come in 2017!!!