*I suppose I should say up front here that this song isn’t particularly inspired by David Bowie, but he’s mentioned in it briefly and…oh, just read the post, won’t ya?*
It’s hard to believe how quickly five years can go by, and yet how distant the events in that time can seem. But that’s how long it’s been since I abandoned my habit/project of recording at least one song a month and tossing it into the air to flutter about for a bit and watch where it eventually landed, if it did at all.
The first time I committed to doing this – fifteen years ago – I decided to collect the songs all together on a disc at year’s end and hand them out to sympathetic friends. It was 2001 and so the Kubrick film was somewhat front of mind, and therefore the wordplay of Bowie’s Space Oddity as well. With those two things in mind, it seemed like a fun idea to make a play on that and call my collection A Case of the Tea (a rhyming pun on the Bowie album title). (more…)
Several months ago I rediscovered the benefits of falling asleep to soothing music. It had been a while since I’d done that, but a period of restless nights had prompted me to explore avenues that might offer help. Naturally everyone’s tastes and needs are different, but I found that what worked best for me was music that didn’t have much in the way of melody, and in fact maintained a prominent drone throughout. I’d experimented with different artists in the broad new age and ambient genres, and many in the field of binaural beats and isochronic tones, and enjoyed not only much of the music but also reading about the philosophies and sciences behind the creation of the pieces. (more…)
I’ve been participating on and off in this thing called Disquiet Junto, where a weekly sonic assignment is given and the members of the group set out to make an appropriate recording. It’s fun, enlightening, and educational. Anyone can join, so if you feel a hankering, please feel free to.
Above is a SoundCloud player of all the projects I’ve done so far. Will be interested to see if it automatically updates as new ones are added. But anyway, have a listen if you like and, as is usually the case, the tunes are free to download! Each track is supposed to follow particular guidelines, so if you’re curious about the story/reason for any given track, you can click the View Track text in the playlist to learn more.
Here’s the second of my meditative experiments this year. The length is what I’ve been shooting for, I think, in that I’d like the pieces to be long enough for a quick refreshing of the senses, but not too long for a full-blown meditation (tho I’m hoping to go longer eventually anyway).
The idea for the title comes from those moments when you hear a voice in your head that gives you some type of direction or inspires an epiphany of some kind. Is that a voice that you’ve heard from a deeper & connected consciousness, or is it simply you speaking the thought inside your mind? I’d like to think the music provides a suitably calming situation in which one could contemplate that, and perhaps even find a path to the root of that question.
Happy drifting, dreamers….
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Three years ago, I started a project in hopes of inspiring some of my wonderfully musically talented friends to stop waiting for enough money and time to go to an actual studio to record themselves, and instead to take advantage of all the wonderful technology we have now and just do it themselves. The plan was to use the simplest means possible to record at home, document how it was all done, and at the end have a finished EP’s worth of songs pressed and distributed on CD. (more…)