Video of show at the Rendezvous 12/21/13

Special thanks to Ethic Slur for posting this video. Featuring most of my songs that I do on the iMS20 app making use of a new video generating toy that I’ll get into later.

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Cat rockin’ out on Theremin!


I couldn’t resist! This is a video that’s been posted online for a while. But look at that little kitty! He’s just so CUTE! I had decided that this needed a little extra so I added a drum track as well as effects on the theremin sound. Enjoy!

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Lyrics for ‘Timegrinder’

313964457_0cbdfb7815_zThis is a song I got out of some old text I wrote when I had an idea for a weird video project that I never got around to doing. All I was going for was an overwhelming amount of nonsense. For what it’s worth, I believe that mission is very much accomplished. I’ve restructured the words to fit with a patch that I had on the iMS20, one where I was messing around with the devices convoluted method of generating sample and hold. This brings the number of songs that I have for the app up to six. That’s enough for a respectable iMS20 only ep! It should be fairly easy to get recorded versions of these songs polished up and available in some form, so it shouldn’t be too long before I do.

Timegrinder

The bend of space is Saturn hay.
Tendrils reach to fiery skies.
Lag is the word of the synchronized mythos
That fills the sponges of your mind.
Expand and contract.
Receive and accept.
Reveal and destroy.
It’s the cry of the the timegrinder,
The soul of the searing rain.
Delicate balance at the edge of the universe.

Oxymorons sit
In ironically comfortable chairs.
Only in transit will you believe
In the thread that joins the stars.
Fold of the abstract.
Oasis of truth.
It’s the song of the timegrinder
Ringing in your ear.
A rock is jammed in the hourglass
And an eon lapses.

Directionless arrow.
Projectile thoughts.
Schoenberg and Schrödinger play charades
On your shoulders.
Are you sure you know where the hammer falls.
The proof is layered.
Reality stacked.
It’s in the eye of the timegrinder
Staring across a stormy sea.
You’re cast into the timegrinder.

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Sub Tune Video Series

I’ve recently been reminded of a series of experimental video shorts I made a few years ago. I had always been fascinated with visuals that respond directly to sound, so I was delighted to discover two functions in After Effects that did just that. I varied things up by using different approaches, colors and waveforms. I think of the results as a modest experiment, but one that I feel is interesting enough to share.

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Lyrics for ‘Row’

row boatI’m just finishing getting this song worked out now. It’s one of the ones I’m doing on the iMS20 ipad app. Like many of my songs, it’s based around a low end synth tone that’s modulated to give the sense of undulating waves, but this one is more fluid sounding than most anything I’ve done yet. Listening back to it, I get the sense of bobbing up and down, lost at sea, so naturally, I made the song about trying to get back to shore. It’s a bit more minimal, lyrically, that a lot of my other songs. I’ve been trying to exercise restraint in that way, lately. I get the sense that when I write songs with lots of words it kind of overwhelms the music a bit.

Row
Fly
Swim
Try

The method and direction of your path
Are close
The effort is now underway to save
Your soul
The fathoms are so churning violently
Below
The method and direction of your path
Are close

Row Fly
Swim Try
Flow Why?
Rain Cry
Row On
All Night

With every stroke you’re just a little closer
She’s on the shore you’re going to get to know her
With every stroke you’re going to go forward
The land is close, the waves are getting lower
Row

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