albums
Underway
2006 Wonday
Compilations
1993 Songs to Sleep By
1997 Songs to Sleep By 2
2002 Sunday Sampler
2002 Dad's Picks
1999 Mix 1 (sy55)
2010 Mix 2 (triton vocal)
2010 Mix 3 (triton instr.)
SY55
1991 Archives
1992 College Collection
1993 College Collage
1994 The Hermit
1997 Where's My Muse
1999 South or Southeast
Triton
2001 In the Margins
2002 Renewal
2002 Re-treat
2002 Convenience
2002 Back Up
2003 So So
2003 So On
2003 So Long
2003 Baby Steps
2003 Baby Talk
2004 Schmocial
2004 Brroom
2004 Chuckadee
2004 Disco Hike
2004 Extra Extra
2005 Coma Pill
2005 Ourboretum
2005 Jaminy
2005 Padden Drift
2005 Gorilla Love
2005 Aminals
2005 Vegibles
2006 Fruitine
2006 Dignored
2006 Miner
2006 Mouseculine
2006 Yata
2007 Zipit
2007 Sixawon
2007 Halfdosin
2007 Whatcom Home
2008 What Roses
2008 Pho Kit
2008 Composed Pile
2009 Decomposed Pie
2009 Swaddlicious
2010 Lost Train
Soft Synths
2011 Out the Margins
2011 Redebut
2011 Reprogression
2012 Working Progress
2013 Tripico
2014 Aerosol Concrete
2015 Reduced to Clear
2016 Motions
2017 The Walking Dad

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 Last Bit Intro - 0:36 download listen locally 2001-04-27 2003-07-19
2 Sloppy Start - 5:03 download listen locally 2001-04-02 2003-07-02
3 Ruined Thursday - 7:27 download listen locally 2001-04-05 2003-07-03
4 Reggae Daze - 5:24 download listen locally 2001-04-19 2003-07-04
5 Last Monday - 3:21 download listen locally 2001-04-23 2003-07-05
6 Last Tuesday - 3:27 download listen locally 2001-04-24 2003-07-05
7 Kind - 3:13 download listen locally 2001-04-25 2003-07-06
8 Last Thursday - 5:03 download listen locally 2001-04-26 2003-07-07
9 Last Bit - 2:53 download listen locally 2001-04-27 2003-07-19
10 First Saturday - 3:26 download listen locally 2001-04-28 2003-07-09
11 Tracking Mud - 6:14 download listen locally 2001-04-28 2003-07-10
12 Practice Part 1 - 7:41 download listen locally 2001-05-12 2003-07-18
13 Practice Part 2 - 6:08 download listen locally 2001-05-12 2003-07-18
14 Practice Part 3 - 2:48 download listen locally 2001-05-12 2003-07-18
15 Last Jam - 4:38 download listen locally 2001-05-28 2003-07-14
Total 67:22 play all locally album rating:

Notes

This is the direct sequel to So So (2003); it finishes the rest of the songs I created using Sonar in the Spring of 2001 before moving to Bellingham.

Gear: I used a Korg Triton as a controller, sound module, and effects module, sequenced using Sonar, and included electric guitar (via a Pod Pro) on "Tracking Mud".

Songs

Last Bit Intro

This is a short excerpt from "Last Bit". Along with "Last Bit Outtro", it acts as an explicit musical tie between So So and So On. I worked on the albums together, and regard them as parts 1 and 2 of the same effort (with So Long acting as an appendix).

Sloppy Start

I came up with this upbeat jazz/rock song in early April 2001, which turned out to be my most musicially productive month in Charlottesville. It gives So On a much more energetic start than So On. Most of the "dancy" drum parts are from 2003.

Ruined Thursday

For such a sad title, this turned out surprisingly peppy! It's jazz/reggae, with a long bass solo. I added the "dub" keyboard and clav parts added in 2003. I don't know why I called it "Ruined Thursday"; perhaps I had a bad day at work?

Reggae Daze

This was originally a 30 minute exercise in focus (kind of like saying "toy boat" a thousand times fast). In 2003, I deleted everything after the first few minutes (yay!) and added a sax part for badly-needed variety.

Last Monday

This short, sweet, and peppy ditty kicked off my final week of work in Charlottesville. The piano and organ are from that "last monday", but the rest of the parts are from 2003.

Last Tuesday

This is another short and peppy jazz song from the last week of work in 2001. It was loop-based, which made it easy to finish quickly, but it also sounds a little "sterile". I like the bass line and drums, but wish the solos were wilder.

Kind

This was the third song in that last week of work in 2001. It's short and bouncy, with birds and laughing children. For some reason, I decided to call it "Kind" instead of "Last Wednesday"; maybe I was trying to say that in order to be truly kind to someone you have to step out of your routine?

Last Thursday

This is from thursday of my final week of work in Charlottesville (2001). It's less refined and has less "spark" than the previous songs; it seems moody, rambling, and sloppy. In 2003 I cleaned it up a bit and added the organ solo and synthetic-sounding drums.

Last Bit

This was initially recorded on my last day of work in Charlottesville (the "last friday"). The original version's title was "The Last Bit is the Best"; I shortened both the song and the title for this CD. This version omits the long, trancy part at the end; see "Last Bit Long" for the most recent full version.

First Saturday

I started this on the first day of my summer vacation in 2001 (which lasted until mid-August). You can probably tell how psyched I was to be done with work by the energy level! In 2003 I added some solos and cleaned it up a bit. Unfortunately, the mix is muffled, making the song sound a little dull, despite the energy.

Tracking Mud

This is a very long 3-guitar improv, with "heavy metal" drums added near the end. I recorded the guitar parts in April 2001, the (sloppy) MIDI drums in October 2001, and then mixed it in July 2003. This is actually a shorter, "highlights" version of the original ("Tracking Mud Long").

Practice Part 1

This is the first of three excerpts from "Practice". It was always my favorite part of the song, and so received the most attention during editing and has a consistently positive vibe to it.

Practice Part 2

This is the second excerpt from "Practice".

Practice Part 3

This is the third and final excerpt from "Practice". It's not as cool as the first two, but it concludes the song relatively neatly.

Last Jam

This is the last song I started in Charlottesville. I recorded it without a metronome, so it has a very "loose" feel. It's pretty mellow, but gradually builds in tempo and intensity, and provides an optimistic end to the album. Within a few days I was on my way to the Pacific Northwest.