duration : 3 min. genre : avant-ish.
tech notes – this started out as a portrait but became a stream of consciousness. the keyboard playing here is as radical as i’d ever get – i’m looking to paint a picture in sound without much melody but instead ringing phones and etc. i think this would be a good soundtrack for an unmade film.
‘slim to none and slim just left’
duration : 2 1/2 min. genre : loopery.
duration : 3:10. genre : ’70’s israeli pop.
a cover of the song by joseph hadar.
i spent several days working on this one to get it right – still not perfect but fair enough. yes – we played it as part of the gHOST project wzrd halloween set (the original is actually a pretty spooky song … spaghetti-western-ish … it worked) – but now i’ve souped it up some. i could see playing this one in some sort of a jazz setting.
‘on the third day auri wept’
duration : 2 3/4 min. genre : solo e-bass / tune / sci-fi.
another piece based on a character from a sci-fi book – in this case patrick rothfuss’ ‘the slow regard of silent things’ (a side story from his ‘kingkiller’ series – whole series is highly recommended) the title of the piece is a quote from the book.
oh – i also have an archival (from my archive graveyard …) short little gHOST project e-cd release (free download) the finale from the ‘colorboration’ show on march 25, 2012. (it’s a leftover from a larger remastering job that i’ve been working on.)
‘tsk tsk tsk’
duration : 2 1/2 min. genre : keys improv.
there are people in the world who act heartlessly and when something awful happens are the first to go ‘tsk tsk tsk’.
duration : 4 min. genre : from the ‘mi yodea’ songbook.
a tune i wrote for mi yodea – was originally going to call it ‘braxklez’ because the stop time bits in the first section have a little (theoretical) similarity to a stop time piece braxton did in the 70’s (on ‘five pieces 1975′ i think …) but decided to name it ‘atzeret’ instead – ‘atzor’ means STOP in hebrew.
there are 2 codes in this piece. the first is the ‘klezmer code’ of d major, c minor, g minor. the other code is the ‘mi yodea code’ of vii-iv-i chord pattern.
duration : 2 1/4 min. genre : reverential.
a tribute to the king of clubs – every so often i go check out the ‘sounds of the city workshop’ – have seen several tremendous bands and musicians playing at these things – something ass kicking every time – and also a chance to jam, late at night (with some of my favorite people!) in what’s become my favorite semi-local venue – so this is not exactly what i was playing there very very late last night …. but related.
duration : 3 min. genre : pop.
been affected for the last day or two by a death in the neighborhood – so this tune is dedicated to all who have been taken from us too soon.
tech note – this is an actual composed pop tune. have stolen a bit of a previous piece (‘bear song’ – not to be confused with the one adeptive radiation plays) and recast it here. it took a couple hours to get this one right … but i think worth it.
‘in with the good air …’
duration : 3 1/2 min. genre : zelwel dot calm.
tech note : it’s a keyboard improv. i tried to duplicate the sound of 1960’s electric piano.
duration : 6 min. genre : oddball pop cover.
it’s based on the riff of the supremes’ ‘you keep me hangin’ on’.
‘all your little clubs’
duration : < 2 min. genre : white key mostly pentatonic pop.
i think if you're not a clubbing type of person (been clubbed over the head one time too many?) the trick is to be true to yourself and create your own club, or figure out which ones you belong to already.
i mean i wish i had figured some of this stuff out before i jumped off the career-changing cliff & i'm figuring it all out so .... slowly (ow ow ow) ... but here's one .... what do i call myself? 'composer'? yeah. for the most part it seems to fit. so that's at least one club i'm proud to be a member of. add 'believer' and there's two clubs right off & i'll bet i could come up with more if i thought about it at all.
oh - another one -'bandleader'. that one is a toughie. a source of personal sorrow sometimes, when due to conditions on the ground a project becomes inactive (much passion and commitment - still very much alive on the bandleader's part). at least by now i've had enough experience to know that projects wax and wane and that something can come off the backburner in a hurry - with the right stroke of luck.
‘the not quite ju bu blues re-re-visited’
duration : 6 1/2 min. genres : saloon piano / semitic not-quite-blues.
duration : 4 1/4 min. genre : low.
“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
percy bysshe shelley 1817’ish
‘low’ as in the david bowie album.