Posts Tagged ‘music’

Time

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Time, a new song, with original lyrics, a rarity for me. The lyrics and music were heavily inspired by early New Order — the opening line is direct from “Denial”: “here I am in a house full of doors and no exits”, one of my favorite lines ever) and it just grew from there. It’s also by far my shortest song ever, at a radio-friendly 3:32. Writing lyrics was fun. In the past I’ve had trouble with that, tending to be too literal, resulting in awkward, heavy lyrics. This time I worried less about telling a coherent story and went with things that sounded like they fit the mood, and I think ended up with something that flows better and ended up meaning something after all.

Hungarian Rhapsody

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2 is one of my favorite pieces (me and everyone else). I was reading about it last week and listening to some performances, including Horowitz (I like what he does starting at about 4:10) and Jung Lin (check out the section starting around 5:00). I also came across a reference to Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody in Rivets, a cartoon that sets the construction of the “umpire” state building to the melody, which I had to watch. Hungarian Rhapsody might be the #1 piece of classical music for cartoons, because Rhapsody in Rivets led me to (in chronological order), Mickey Mouse, an orchestra of animals, Bugs Bunny and a mouse, and Tom and Jerry — all of them playing Hungarian Rhapsody, and all sharing similar gags. Rhapsody in Rivets has some great visual interpretations of the music, like the guy running up and down the ladder (4:20, 4:50), the diggers (4:10), the hammerers (5:20), and the bricklayers (5:30, 6:15). The Mickey Mouse cartoon probably tops the list for surrealism, when the piano and stool boot Mickey off the stage and the piano starts playing itself with its front legs while the stool dances (starting around 1:35). And then of course there’s Victor Borge‘s take, which is sort of like a Tom and Jerry cartoon but with real people.

Juno

Monday, September 14th, 2009

“It is necessary for you to understand the functions of the controls and selectors of the Juno-60 perfectly to fully enjoy the advantages of the unit. Some setting examples are shown in this manual to make it easier for you to master how to operate the Juno-60, but you are the one who creates the sounds. Please find out your own setting and new ways of playing.”

Univox SR-95 and Roland TR-55

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Univox is probably my all-time favorite preset drum machine. I had one a long time ago and more or less accidentally produced this track. But in the great “I have a computer now!” purge I foolishly sold it. Well, I managed to find another one in terrific shape from a retired guy who was the original owner and used to play shows with it back in the day. Actually, his machine was the Roland TR-55, and his father used the Univox. Nora and I had to drive out to the hidden enclaves of Bonney Lake in the pouring rain to get them, but they’re both mine now, and they will be handed down to the NLP when I am gone.

My Life in Song

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

A dumb “meme” that I couldn’t resist doing: using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title.

1. Your Artist: new order
2. Are you male or female? the him
3. Describe yourself: someone like you
4. How do you feel about yourself: doubts even here
5. Name one thing you are not: true faith
6. What is the best advice you have to give: every little counts
7. The first thing you think of when you wake up: leave me alone
8. If you could go anywhere, where would you go: all the way
9. Your favorite form of transportation: 60 miles an hour
10. Your best friend is: mr disco
11. Your favorite color is: everything’s gone green
12. What’s the weather like: sunrise
13. If your life were a TV show, what would it be called: blue monday
14. What is life to you: regret
15. Describe where you currently live: rock the shack
16. If you could change your name, what would it be: krafty
17. Your favorite food is: temptation
18. How I would like to die: dream attack
19. My soul’s present condition: in a lonely place
20. How would you describe your love life: world (price of love)

Dragon

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

New track I recorded last night.. somehow drifted from rearranging the studio into making a nice spacey acid track. 303, 808, 909, 727, and a really key loop from my Hammond Auto-Vari 64.

Dragon

Elusive

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Elusive
An old-timey style track, with lots of 303 and 808 and a little 909 and that’s pretty much it.