"Piano Composition 1"

"Piano Composition 1" [1.8 MB .mp3]

Have been wanting to do an all-piano release -- this may be the first stab.
This is actually me playing the piano, heavily edited. For some reason when I sit down and freestyle it comes out sounding like syncopated jazz chords. The ending, however, is pure MIDI piano roll.

art archives (a work in progress)

West Texas Landscape

West Texas Landscape, 1978, oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches
private collection

I'm still gradually updating my "partial catalog raisonné." Some of the following pages were moved to new URLs to take advantage of the resizing capability of my new-ish, phone-responsive theme; a couple are new:

Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 1)
Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 2)
Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 3)
Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 4) (new)
Artwork 1996-1999
Artwork 2001
Artwork 2002
Artwork 2002-2006
Artwork 2007-2020 (new)

Update: Revised links added for 1996-1999, 2001, and 2002.

reading list

The Count of Monte Cristo (finally getting around to Dumas, thanks to free ebooks -- he reminds me of Balzac, but faster-paced)
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Twenty Years After, Alexandre Dumas
Aurora Rising and Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds
Divergence, C.J. Cherry (please, no more Foreigner books -- Cherryh has forgotten the value of an "antagonist" in moving the plot forward)
The Green Brain, Frank Herbert (screams "mid 1960s")
Thorns, Robert Silverberg (screams "early to mid 1960s" even though written later)
Revenger, Shadow Captain, and Bone Silence, Alastair Reynolds
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Several ebooks by contemporary NYC writer Zak Zyz: Hawks at the Diner, Xan & Ink, The Master Arcanist, The Right to Bear Arms, and Survival Mode
The Cook, Harry Kressing (hat tip JS)
The Confessions of Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc
The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene

Melding Principle (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce my 36th Bandcamp release, Melding Principle.

Liner notes for the LP:

24 samples I culled from mid-'80s art rock and late-'00s noise band music serve as the foundation for these tracks. The samples were loaded into the Octatrack sequencer (for two of the songs) and Qu-Bit Nebulae Eurorack modules (for eight of the songs), where they were "mangled," as instrument makers like to say.
Version 1 of the Nebulae was used, manufactured before Qu-Bit inexplicably removed MIDI control in Version 2. Some of the Nebulae tunes were triggered with MIDI from an Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD module, connected via the Silent Way software plugin suite in Ableton Live.
Final recording and editing of the tracks was done with Tracktion's Waveform sequencer.
The vibe here is "gritty," as the instrument makers also like to say.
Thanks to the St Celfer archive for the NordPlusAlarmClock sample.
If other samples aren't mangled sufficiently to be unrecognizable, please let me know and I'll mangle them further.

If you'd like to support this blog (now in its 19th, ad-free year) buying the occasional Bandcamp song or LP is a great way to do that.