Close - plugging it in

Vince and I went through some old songs (I should really post "The Best of Close" - I'll get around to it) to see how they worked with our electrics. We used to be an acoustic duo. now we are trying to "rock." 
It's turning out alright. ironically, most of the acoustic songs sound better slower on the electrics. Low. Codiene. That sort of vibe.

We need a drummer.

Brian can (is capable). But Brian is really busy with Strange. We need to find someone as slack as we are. We're not really slack; we just have other things gong on. Vince's second baby is coming very soon, btw.

songs today:
Thom's Song
Birthday Song
Markie Post
Sacred Space
Dog Bowl

the Ups - FIerce, the fallow Foe

Fierce, the Fallow Foe is finally finished. We (Roy and I) had actually decided that it was complete last month, but there were some small parts that were gonig to bother me the rest of my life if i didn't at least try to fix them. 
I thought that the problems were with quantizing and late midi triggers; but adjusting the velocity of attack on the offending horns and strings seems to smooth out the problems. WHen all is said and done, however, nobody would recognize the difference, i'm sure.

Fierce, the Fallow Foe

This started with Roy sending me a few guitar tracks. I think we were both trying to work on PCs at the time. I managed to sequence some flute loops but got generally sidetracked. After purchasnig an iBook (and, by proxy, new creative energy) i moved it to Ggarageband, convinced roy to use the same application, and began working on it with ease. 

I had worked out a 30 second piece (the first half of the song, mainly) that was intended to be a portfolio builder for soundtracking. Roy's guitar tracks worked seamlessly with where the song was headed. And there the song, fierce the Fallow Foe, as you hear it, was born.

I jokingly told Roy that it reminds me of my reconnissance mission over the Himalayas (not part of my history); but, in truth that's how it makes me feel. We're interested in the space between things; and Fierce the Fallow Foe is about the space between me and the landscape... and also, ironically, the space between completion and dissertation.




no reason not to point you to http://www.onlookersounds.com

Today I'm A GunMaker is the name of the album. you can listen to it in it's entirety at that URL. 

Onlooker is the new name of mine and Travis' project, formerly named Everest. That name was ganked by some German rockers. Mount this. 

Label solicitations are pending as is production of hard copies. For now it's free to enjoy.




This is a trial to see if i can link using html from the blogger widget.

Back in the day - probably dec 2001 - i had finished mixing The Boar and was getting very bored with my "bright idea" of homemade packaging; I wanted to get back to recording

In the same session as a (very pathetic) version of "silent night" as a christmas card for family (i don't think i ever gave it to anyone but Roy... maybe I emailed it to mom... I am the model of Family Touch), I set down "ragdoll" after discovering that my fingers knew how to play a "riff."

Here's the link to an mp3:

To the three or four who happen by this dot blog, enjoy. More original tunes will be posted.
My intention with this feed is to post works in progress for comparison and posterity. Thanks for listening and not stealing.