Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Pirate Movie Song

To kick off our second Buried Folderol Week (which features songs which use samples that are, shall we say, hopefully covered under the fair-use umbrella), we've got a real rare treat for you: "The Pirate Movie Song" which I did as a present for my (then) fiance back in 1999 using samples from one of her favorite movies.

Anyway, this song has been rarely heard as this is the first time I've (I mean we've) officially posted it anywhere. Enjoy!


Friday, May 26, 2006

Do You Have A Friend?

Another song written and performed by our neice, but this one was done five years ago. Enjoy!


Monday, May 22, 2006

KK's Song

This song was written and performed by our neice, KK, for her mom this past Mother's Day. All I did on this pretty much is work up a sparse arrangement (consider this a demo; though there is one interesting bit of trivia here: the bridge section contains my first-ever played guitar part) and record KK singing in our spare-bedroom studio. Anyway, my rushed production work not necessarily withstanding, I think this one came out pretty good (and yes, a lot of that is due to the fact that an actual singer/songwriter wrote and sang it).


Friday, May 19, 2006

Kyoto Subway

Does Kyoto have a subway? If it does, does it sound anything like this? I don't know the answer to either question; I've never been to Kyoto and the way things are going I probably never will. Put this song on loop playback and just chill with it for a few minutes.


Monday, May 15, 2006

The Time For Bed Truck

Every evening here, in Summer, as the days grow longer and there is the need of such a thing, the Time For Bed Truck makes its rounds around the city letting all of the children know that it's time to march off to bed. Tonight I stuck a stereo microphone out the window as it drove by.


Saturday, May 13, 2006

Knock Me Up

"Unmitigated Disaster Week" concludes (a day late, naturally) with this deservedly forgotten gem from August, 2004. A former co-worker once told me that in the UK "knock me up" was slang for asking someone to visit you (just like "ring me up" was slang for asking someone to phone you). I have no idea if this is true, but it sounded like a good chance to exercise some house-oriented double entendres.

As I was doing this song for another KVRAudio contest, it had to be under two minutes long (hence the abrubt fade out). Forcing what should be a seven minute funk jam into around 2 minutes more than anything else, I think, is what hurt this song. Maybe I'll do a longer version sometime.


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Naked Human Shields

Yes, I realize it's Tuesday and I'm a day late posting the first song of this week. But, sometimes, when you try to do art, things go horribly wrong. This week, then, honors those rare moments when despite my best efforts things don't go exactly as planned, the train jumps the tracks, and what you're left with is a catastrophic trainwreck. Yes it's "Unmitigated Disaster" week.

First up is song number 2 of 2 of my doomed "Interactive Songwriting Song" project ("Urine Stains on the Carpet" being song number 1 of 2). The idea was the first reply to a 'blog post would dictate the topic of the song I'd write that week. Someone suggested I write a song about those naked war protesters who were hanging out in Iraq before the war. For some incredibly stupid reason I did the song and didn't end up cancelling the project until the following week.

Anyway, the good news is this is pretty much as bad as it gets. The bad news is that it's pretty darn bad.


Friday, May 05, 2006

Sing Me

The first part of 2003 really sucked and I guess this song was in response to that. This may be one of the songs I go back and re-record at some point, but not tonight. Oh, this also wraps up our first ever Synthpop Week here.

Judging from the web stats, this has become one of my more popular songs over the last few months, but I can't tell if that's because people like the song or because some other song that people like has the same name and that's why people are downloading it.


Monday, May 01, 2006

Mr. Do

I declare this week to be SYNTHPOP WEEK!

First up, a fine track from November (I think?), 2003. This really isn't based on the theme to fine arcade classic "Mr. Do" at all, but when writing it I was inspired by my memories of Mr. Do whomping unicorns on their little pointy heads in "Mr. Do's Castle" (probably one of the most fun arcade games of all time).

So enjoy this tune. It's filled with many joy-filled memories.

NOTE: This song is now available on the new "Phreakbox v1.4: The Instrumentals" album (as "Mr. Do (Does It)"), available for download from Amazon MP3, Lala.com, and available soon from iTunes and Rhapsody and on Audio CD.