As endless and overwhelming as music can get, sometimes it feels really good to just let things fly on a simple blues with good friends. This recording is of a song I wrote called “Dead Man Blues”. Hopefully it will make it onto a record soon. In the meantime, you can check it out here…
After many months (years actually) of working on this project, I’m excited to announce that downloadable practice tracks are available for my teaching method – Levels 1 – 4.
One of my more recent projects has been creating a suite of electronic music pieces that are meant to be music to sleep or relax to. I’ve been enjoying the process so much because it forces a unique approach to writing and recording.
This song “a bac” is one that I wrote a while back for a project called Spirit Tuck. This version is a reworking of the song. For this recording I recorded a lot of strange sounds from my voice, scissors, a metal-framed chair and some field recordings from outside my window.
Here is the video and song…
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I’d like to share a new song/video from an upcoming songwriting record I’m working on. It’s called “It’s Tomorrow (Everywhere but Here)”. It features beautiful playing by Timothy Young on guitar, Matt Hankle on drums and Forrest Giberson on bass.
Here it is…
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Here’s a chill new electronic track and video I wrote and produced. It has a deep house and ambient vibe. I hope you like it!
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I wanted to post a reminder about Monday’s show at Zebulon. I’m very excited and honored to be playing with these geniuses.
You can order your tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1677226
The Facebook even page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756192954571352/
Here’s a little promo video with sounds from the last show…
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Here’s a new emo number called “10,000 Miles”. This one has been years in the making and one of the toughest songs I’ve ever worked on for both technical and emotional reasons. I hope you like it.
Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and I will be playing another improvised show on April 16. Novena Carmel will be kicking the night off with a DJ set.
The doors are at 8:30 pm. The cover is $10 (order in advance as the last two have sold out).
Here is a sample of what the last show sounded like (click here if you cant see the video):
Here is our bio in case you want to learn more about the project:
Fate would have it that Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner all happened to have flat tires simultaneously in a small town in Idaho last September. After meeting in the local tire shop lobby, they struck up a friendly conversation and realized that they each had an affinity for handmade vegetable dumplings. This was the beginning of a musical relationship that has seen them perform in 251 countries and seven states in January alone. Their emotional performances innovate while drawing from their no-wave, shoe-gazing electro and ambient trip-hop heroes.
One guy who saw them in Bulgaria last week said it was the best show he’d ever seen.
For the last several years I’ve been learning more about sound design and electronic music. My students would push me pretty hard when we would work on these concepts forcing me to keep pace. I’ve finally gotten up the skills with the tech to start improvising more freely. Here’s as short sample something I improvised today when working with a program called Reason. First I programmed the drums and the sounds, then improvised on the keyboards. I hope you enjoy it!
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I have a new single out on all the major streaming services online. It’s called Love Song From a Montana Boy to a Wyoming Girl He Saw Once Forever. It features my friend from Senegal, Thione Diop, on the talking drum.
You can stream, buy and download through this Bandcamp player…
Here are the links… Please share on social media and add to your playlists if you’re so inclined.