These pieces are from my various rock, techno, and soundtrack projects that use guitars, basses, drums, and conventional pop songwriting. I’ve also included my arrangements of pop songs in this category.
An unused metal song, some slap bass, and some dub step elements, throw it all together and call it a techno song. Yet another scrapped Else song has been turned into something for A Life Elided. Check out “Skew” on the A Life Elided website »
I caught Allen Russel, a multi-instrumentalist and composer I know from UWM, playing violin with the Milwaukee Hot Club on Saturday night. Allen played mandolin on one of my pieces during school, Irresolution. The show was great overall, and this tunes was one of the highlights of the night.
Of the North will be playing at Tonic Tavern on Dec 30th at about 8 pm. This’ll be my first gig with the full band (bass, additional vocals, and trumpet) so that’s exciting! I also have revised most of my cello parts and will be showing off a bit more. The show is free and Pay the Devil, a Milwaukee bluegrass band will be opening for us. I’m sure there’ll be a video or two posted once the show is done, but please come out and watch the whole show.
So, I’ve been working on writing and recording for Else for the last year or so, originally intending to play bass. After about a 6 month hunt for a drummer, I resigned myself to sitting behind the kit as I could actually handle the changing meters and aggressive beats featured in our music and we brought in Jon Miller to play bass. I then took another turn and decided I’d play 2nd guitar and work on providing most of the FX for the band through my POD X3 Live. We’ve been playing in that configuration for a few rehearsals now and things are beginning to sound amazing.
What this means is that we really need vocals and some drums! There’s got to be someone out there who can help out.
Of the North began recording a 5 song EP over the weekend. I laid down cello tracks on Sunday morning, and everything is sounding great. Expect the fully mixed and mastered EP within the next couple of weeks!
Way back in high school I recorded a cello track for a friend’s punk band. I really enjoyed the song and recording this was one of my first experiences in a real sound studio. I’ve had the mp3 in regular rotation at home for a long time now, but only recently did I find the song online (and subsequently found out what the track’s actual title is). Anyway, hear my cello contribution to “My Conclusion” on Every Day Use’s Last FM page »
I began composing music for an independent video game called Lyst, which is a tribute to the style of the Myst games. Lyst is darker, taking place in an abandoned experimental facility on an asteroid hurtling towards the sun. The player awakes not remembering much about their circumstances, and must piece together clues to escape in time. Read the rest of this entry »