Elephants Walking

What can I say… It’s Elephants Walking. And maybe dancing a little…adorning their fancy top hats. But elephants are much more well known for their walking.

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Twilight

twilight |ˈtwīˌlīt|
noun
1 the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.
the period of the evening when twilight takes place, between daylight and darkness: a pleasant walk in the woods at twilight.
2 [in singular] a period or state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline: he was in the twilight of his career | [as modifier] : a twilight world of secrecy.

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Realize

After listening to this piece, my wife said  she imagined suddenly realizing colorful three dimensional activity and space after a drab black and white two dimensional world. I am learning how to make better use of acoustic depth, space and time. The music may also reflect things I am learning ever so slowly in my life for better living.

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Lost

This piece is richly textured, well structured, open and immersive. It’s filled with my trusty thumb harp, deep bass, beats, my voice and more. There’s a lot going on. And yet, the mood is kind of searching. Kinda like me.

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City Life

I’ve gotten backlogged in my releases. So… time to start catching up! Here is City Life, featuring rhythmic synths, beats, a little thumb harp, and my voice. My wife says she envisions lots of peaceful city activity when she listens to this piece. Sounds good to me!

The photo is of Portland taken from the west hills at Pittock Mansion.

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Possibilities

Rhythmic. Heavy. And Light. In a blend of directness and ambience. Enjoy the Possibilities!

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Upstream

This Dub inspired piece came out of a jam session with my brother Cory — he on his acoustic drums, and me with my Moog synthesizer doing the bass, along with a nice long reverb. I arranged the bits of this piece out of the jam, added on more instruments and effects. Also, I finally learned how to quantize audio recorded without a click track in Reason. It takes some time and effort, but this is a huge win. Trying to play perfectly in time to a metronome detracts from feeling the music as it’s happening. Our original timing was not terrible, but quantizing definitely does sound better, and it’s a huge help while arranging the song. Enjoy!

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Basic Elements

We have polyrhythm on this piece between the Moog bass, thumb harp and finger snapping. Reverberant vocals add melody and other sounds fill out the song.

I’m now getting some really clean microphone audio now that I’ve learned to move the microphone several feet away from the laptop fan. The shaker type sound in the second half is actually me just rubbing my fingers together! (My hand got tired from all the snapping. 🙂 ) It really helps the Shure KSM44A mic and MOTU 1248 shine.


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Connection

My brother, Cory, added his great acoustic drumming to this piece, replacing much (but not all) of the electronic drum loops I originally started with. We tracked two complete takes of drumming and then a third take of mostly cymbal work. I then learned how to use Propellerhead Reason’s comp editor to use different sections of the takes in the mix.

The Moog Mother-32 produces most of the instrumental sounds which are then sent through Reason effects. I really like the bass sound coming out of the Moog, but it was tricky getting it to sound strong and clear without being too muddy. I’m happy with the results and have some ideas for new things to try in the future. Let us know what you think of our Connection!

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Nebulae

Most of this piece formed while I was on a cruise ship not long ago. The surrounding water probably inspired the floaty/spacey elements. It’s a relatively long tune, but it keeps evolving and blending low and high frequency patterns and beats to hold interest. Enjoy!


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