About my music

I've been doing music for a long long time. I'm either a bass or a baritone with a range that stretches up fairly high, and can play pretty much anything with frets, keyboards, or a sequencer. I was recording on the computer in the mid 90s before it was the cool, industry altering thing to do because I saw it coming ahead of time.

I have just enough musical theory knowledge to not be able to claim that I can't read music.

In 2002, I switched gears in a major way and went from being somebody known for his music to somebody known for his art. Between 2002 and 2010, I have done pretty much nothing with music. However, I've always vaguely wanted to get back into doing something, so I finally did.

A longer version of the history and People I've worked with

The music

Blues Improv 1999
This would be me on the guitar, Charles Li on the keys, Mike O'Sullivan on the trumpet, and Anne Thissen-Roe on the vocals.
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Blues Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #1)
Me on the guitar, Charles Li on the keys, Mike O'Sullivan on the trumpet, Laura Johannsen on the Cello, and Peter Kuo on the bass. Tied with the 1999 for one of my favorite improvs.
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The Chase
This is my more recent work, where I try to shake 5 years of cobwebs out of my brain.
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Experiment #17
Me, messing around with my new old Digitech f/x processor.
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Experiment 7 (Live)
This is from the second Electronic Cafe of 2000. It's a high-speed collision between Robert Miles and metal.
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Freedom (Live)
This song features a chiptunes sample that was actually some random file on my hard drive that I thought sounded kinda neat when played as a sample.
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Funk Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #1)
This was me getting down on the bass, Ash Wise on the guitar, Anne Thissen-Roe on the vocals, and Manny on the drum machine. I really love doing funky bass parts, in case you haven't noticed.
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Funk Improv (Y2K Courtyard show #2)
This one's just me, Ash Wise on the guitar, and Peter Kuo on the drums.
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I've got LogaRythm

So, this is another one of those "Gee, I haven't tried to stretch myself, compositionally, pretty much ever. So I should screw with things a little" pieces.

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Mirrorshades
This is the song. Everybody has at least one good song in them. This is clearly mine...
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Music Blog

Electric musical saw(via)
You need to *cough* saw this instrument...
A new way of writing and organizing bits of music
For the longest time, my method of making a song and melody was to hash out vaguely poetic lyrics, then pick some chords to go with them, and then invent a melody and rhythm as I sang them the first time and figure out what stuck...
The Red Rig electronic drumkit of boldness(via)
Confession: I've wanted a Simmons-style hex drum kit ever since I first laid eyes on one on TV.
A move to dense CD packing
Ever see "High Fidelity"? You know, the John Cusack movie where the main character deals with his top five worst relationships and spends most of the movie organizing his record collection in autobiographical order?
Furby Gurdy version 2 (batch of 4)(via)
This is enough to give a dude nightmares. Four furbies hacked to be operated hurdy gurdy style.
Bent Pikachu looks like punk rocker(via)
It really does. And my roommate in college was into Pokemon for quite a while, so I grew to wish I had my very own pet Pikachu. Who wouldn't want a pet that could emit high voltage?
Fighting for actual dynamic range in music...(via)
I like this. Music needs subtle quiet bits. I hate how the newer music is always so *loud*, unnecessarily so, compared to the old stuff.
Toriton Plus: Another Music Controller(via)
Using water as a way to shape sounds. Quite incredible, actually
Yellow Drumming robot(via)
So if you've ever watched a drummer, especially one from marching band, you'll realize that they have a tendency to drum on... well.. just about anything. This robot perfectly replicates this behavior.
Reactogon(via)
This is a super-crazy toy for electronic music. I want.
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Music Reviews

Don't Be Afraid by the Information Society
I have a lot of old links pointing to this article that hasn't been present for a long long time, so I figure I should wrote something here. I found my old review in the Internet Archive and decided that I should really write it all over again. I'm a better writer now, and I can give more thoughts.