Friday, February 15, 2008

Three Tracks From My Upcoming CD Now Online!

How's that for a sense of achievement? I've now completed three of the tracks for my upcoming album, Black Plaid, which will hit sometime in late summer or fall, and available online for free upon release. Standing at 10:51 worth of releasable music, I'm now hovering somewhere between 20 and 25 percent of a full LP. Stay tuned, and I'll be posting tracks as I finish them. To those of you who didn't know that I'd become pretentious enough to actually consider a record, surprise!

The first two are repeats, but I've updated them slightly. You can download or stream them at the links below. NOTE: Tindeck often has a problem with streaming. Left-click on "Download" to open the track from within your browser and download it from there if you like. Many of the samples used in these songs have been mutilated beyond recognition, but a complete list is posted under each song.

Consider these the v1.1 releases (and they'll certainly see future tinkering before release):

Malfeasance Toned of Argon

This ever pretentiously-titled track is actually the result of my first time ever working with loops and loop-based computer software. It's probably the most accessible track that I've released so far, and if it isn't the best classical/rap/rock/electronic/punk track you'll hear today I'll slam my hand in a drawer.

Samples heard (in order of appearance):

Main Beat : "Like a Pen" by The Knife
Bass Line : "Albatross" by Public Image Limited
Strings : Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, Adagio by J.S. Bach
Very Short Sound Effect : "Atlas" by Battles
Bass Line (2) : "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
Lead-Up Sound Effects and Vocals: "A Tale of Apes I" by Subtle
Brief Drums : "Voodoo Lady" by Ween
Sound Effect : "We Will Rock You" by the Max Raabe Orchestra


More of a set of three short mashups than a traditional "song" but fun (and time-consuming) to create nonetheless. I tried to show my love of world music in this track.

Samples heard:

Part 1

Drone 1 : "Soldier Side" by System of a Down
Guitar Sound Effects : "Mera Pyar Shalimar" by Secret Chiefs 3
Drone 2 : "Super Are" by Boredoms
Guitar : "The Rose Garden of Mystery" by Secret Chiefs 3
Sound Effects : "Broken Glass Hearse" by Secret Chiefs 3
African Guitar : "Erdi" by Ali Farka Toure

Part 2

Mashup between "Facing the Plastic" by Serart and "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" by Serj Tankian

Choir from (strangely enough) "Hardware Store" by Weird Al Yankovic

Part 3

Sound Effects and Choir Aah : A heavily pitch-tweaked "Super Are" by Boredoms
Mashup between "Mera Pyar Shalimar" by Secret Chiefs 3 and "Intro" by Sigur Ros


This is the one I just finished. I'm proud of it because I recorded most of the melody myself. I scrapped the whole thing two or three times, starting anew, and this is the final result.

Samples Heard:

Part 1

Beat : "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors" by Radiohead
All Guitar Including Reversed Guitar : Me
All Unattributed Sound Effects and Tapping : Me (Guitar)
Flute and Piano : "Easier" by Grizzly Bear
Sound Effect during Interlude : "Secret Place" by Bjork

Part 2

Guitar Chords and Descending Melody : Me
Drums : Modified from "Black Mirror" by Arcade Fire
Drone : "Going To Your Funeral" by Eels (pitch-tweaked)
Distorted Voices and Static : "Deep Sea Diver" by Grizzly Bear

Thanks to everybody!


  1. Your music is awesome! You have done such a great job. How do you have the time to do all this in the middle of school? I teach modern dance and it is the type of music I am always looking for. I can't wait for more to come out! It was wonderful to see you over Christmas at Newman's house. Take care -Clarissa-

  2. Wow, thanks! To be honest, I'm not sure that I really have the time to write music, but doing stuff outside of school and work keeps me sane :).


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