Kill your DAW! MIDI sequencing and modular sound software.

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of useful software for making music in an unconventional fashion, and also a collection of useful MIDI applications and plugins.  I’ve left most of the normal stuff out–I am more excited about software that lets me play around with ideas and try new things. Using something different encourages exploration, and read more »

Catching Up (tracks!)

I’m feeling motivated to post more regularly here again.  Over the past year I have been mostly silent, but there’s been lots of tracks.  I’ll post a couple to get the juices flowing again.  I’ve also started doing a collaboration with my friend Kenric, alias BigPhone.  We have some finished tracks but are still trying read more »

Golden BPF-FM for Reaktor (bandpass Filtered FM)

Hello all, I’m back!  Here is a new Reaktor patch that Iv’e been using lately.  It is a 4 oscillator FM synth, with bandpass-filtered modulators (with noise), a comprehensive modulation section, and a filter after the four oscillators.  That may sound fairly simple or boring, but there are a lot of options in this one. read more »

Live Set at The Funhouse

Another thing I’ve been up to lately is playing a few shows around town.  I pulled off my best set at the Funhouse, where I did a techno-oriented set with my g2 keyboard and effects.  It’s funny to be playing a live set with my main instrument as a keyboard, and not even knowing how read more »

Just Intonation: Overtone Scales

I’ve been up to a lot in the past six months, and even some electronic music stuff.   And I have been hoarding all my goodies and not posting about them.  So here’s me trying to catch up with all you fine folks who check out my blog. I’ve been interested an working with overtone read more »

New Guitar Blog/Site!

Lately i’ve been practicing guitar like a madman, and also trying to get a guitar instruction and performance business going.  I’ve made a new site where I’ll be blogging about all things classical guitar, and where you can find information if you’re interested in taking lessons or hiring me for a gig.  Check it out! read more »

Processing… nothing

Hooking up some pedals today, I noticed a nice sound coming from the processing of the line noise from the send bus on my mixer (or wherever it was coming from).  I got lost in the sound for a while. Something about the idea of making sounds by processing the latent electronic chaos present in read more »

Goodbye Studio

I took a break from guitar practicing for a little while, and had fun just messing around with the studio for a week or two.  Anyway, I’m going to get back to practicing again.  So I thought i’d write one more track before I got back to business. More microtonal music made with my harmonic read more »

More Just Intonation Music (and g2 patch)

I’m playing an upcoming show (the next noise rodeo) where I’ll be using my Nord G2 keyboard, so I was going over some of my old patches, finding the best ones to use.  I found a patch called “partials pad” that creates a drone note and cycles through different overtones over the drone to create read more »

Overtone Ear Training: Hearing Inside a Tone (with Reaktor)

I’ve been reading the book, Harmonic Experience by W.A. Mathieu.  He starts the book by explaining how to build the notes in a musical scale by deriving them from the overtone series.  The difference between Mathieu’s writing, and what I have read in other books about the topic, is that he encourages the reader to learn read more »