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 Rusty - 6:49 download listen locally 2000-12-27 2003-03-12
2 MIDI Jazz 3 - 3:48 download listen locally 2000-12-29 2003-03-31
3 Sneak - 3:50 download listen locally 2000-12-29 2003-06-05
4 Distortion lyrics 6:11 download listen locally 2001-01-08 2003-06-08
5 Long Groove - 7:41 download listen locally 2001-01-13 2003-06-17
6 Scentless - 4:19 download listen locally 2001-01-15 2003-07-15
7 Snap Crackle Pod Test - 2:22 download listen locally 2001-01-19 2003-06-08
8 Reggae Flangefest - 5:31 download listen locally 2001-01-23 2003-06-25
9 Drone - 6:01 download listen locally 2001-01-29 2003-06-27
10 Friday - 8:02 download listen locally 2001-02-02 2003-06-30
11 Testing - 3:50 download listen locally 2001-03-11 2003-07-16
12 Swing - 3:56 download listen locally 2001-03-17 2003-06-30
13 Cool Bass - 4:16 download listen locally 2001-03-19 2003-07-01
14 Last Bit Outtro - 1:22 download listen locally 2001-04-27 2003-07-19
Total 67:58 play all locally album rating:

Notes

These are the first songs I created using my music computer, which I got in December 2000. I started them between that December and March 2001, and then finished them up two years later, in 2003. The songs are presented chronologically in the order I started them.

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 "Distortion" and "Snap Crackle Pod Test".

Songs

Rusty

This is probably my least energetic album-opener ever! It's a super-mellow jazz improv, half asleep and kind of sad-sounding, most likely due to post-Christmas blues. The name refers to my feeling of being musically out of practice. It was the first song that I started with Cakewalk, on my music pc, which I just bought. I was probably fumbling around a bit.

MIDI Jazz 3

This was a close follow-up to "Rusty". It's slow, gloomy, and sloppy. The title indicates how uninspired I felt by it. It does have a nice bit, though: the quiet percussion sounds in the middle and end.

Sneak

This keyboard improv was the last song I started in 2000. Musically, it has more bounce than the first two songs I had started on the music PC. It originally had a guitar part, but after seeing how poorly "Audia" had turned out, I decided to create a keyboard-only version for this CD. I later put the guitar version on So Long.

Distortion

This was the first test/song I started in 2001. I was trying to see if I could record two (stereo) audio tracks simultaneously. First, I created the Triton parts; it sounds like I didn't bother editing them very much. I then recorded the Triton along with some improvised vocals on one stereo track, and my simultaneous guitar noodlings on the other track.

I ended up not liking the mix of the Triton's instruments, so I overdubbed a second (more polished) Triton mix later (in 2003). The song's two mixes clash a little, but I like bits and pieces and the overall groove.

Lyrics to "Distortion":

this is two
two audio tracks recording
simultaneously
what you hear in the background
is the triton
midi
as you can tell, i need to tune the guitar
and learn how to play
but here we go
gonna play around with the sound diver
just mess around

here i go with the sound diver
yuck
oh yes, this is definitely mp3.com bound

my advice is to not bother with the singing
because it's so darn pathetic
that's right
the singing is so darn pathetic

my guitar playing, on the other hand,
is absolutely stellar
  

Long Groove

This was originally a long, sloppy multi-track improv. I later polished it up into an intricate-sounding jazz/new-age "suite". I'm not a fan of the "so-faux-sticated" chord changes, but there are some pretty moments in here that I like.

Scentless

I originally sequenced this (standard-sounding) reggae/jazz jam in Cubase. I later ported it to Sonar, which I used to finish all the songs on the album. It's pleasant background music. I really like it, and wish it were longer.

Snap Crackle Pod Test

This is a cacophonic test of four stereo tracks of guitar piped through the Pod Pro, recorded at 24x44. I trying to see how many tracks of audio I could playback before getting pops and clicks. When I was polishing it, I deleted the first (short) guitar track but kept the other three. I applied applied zero (0) editing, minor mixing, and uploaded the shebang as-is so that I could call it "done". Thankfully, it's pretty short!

Reggae Flangefest

This mellow, piano-based reggae/jazz jam was a test to see how "extreme" I could get with a flange/phaser effect. The mix is pretty muffled thanks to all the effects, but I like the groove once the song gets going.

Drone

This is yet another jazz/funk groove, except with a twist: a brass section. I tried hard to make the brass instruments sound "real", even though they're just Triton patches.

The title could have come from an earlier, pre-brass version of the song (droning on and on). It also might have been inspired by my (or someone else's) dissatisfaction with being a "slave to the weekly grind".

Friday

This is a long, mellow, extremely repetitive EP-based jam. The bass part is a typical "practice" pattern; if it sounds familiar, that's because there's variants of it in several other songs. On that initial day of recording, I also added a couple tracks of solos. The drums and percussion parts are all from 2003, when I finished the song for CD.

Testing

This is another Cubase test, finished in Sonar for the CD. I started it after more than a month of musical inactivity. It's slow, quiet, and focuses on pretty melodies rather than rhythms. It's listenable, but forgettable. I don't think gentle new age is my forte.

Swing

This started as a very simple, bland test of Cakewalk's swing quantization. It's very dull in the beginning, just an uninspired piano part. Things pick up a tiny bit after the first chorus, when the bass, drums, and organ enter. After the second chorus, I lost interest in the song. I just banged on the piano, not caring what came out of it.

When it was time to finish the song for CD (in 2003), I decided not to waste time fleshing out the early bits or forcing a return to the verse/chorus structure after the bridge. Instead, I gave the bridge a steady crescendo, adding barking dogs, screaming synths, and pounding drums.

The title comes from the swing quantization and the fact that the song seems like a "mood swing".

Cool Bass

This was a funky, catchy ditty that got the life quantized out of it. To make things worse, several of the MIDI parts got out of sync with each other, and the effects are erratic. :( It could have been longer, but I was frustrated by my technological difficulties (and mistakes). Oh well, at least the bass line is still cool.

Last Bit Outtro

This is a short excerpt from the "trancy" section of "Last Bit". I used it as an outtro for So So, and then a similar piece for the intro to the next album, So On.