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Echo Master My first ever "serious" GB tune. Mostly loops, but the guitar solo (such as it is) is mine. 02-2004 Garage Band

Garage Band Recordings

If you haven't heard of Apple's Garage Band, then you're either a Windows luser or you just haven't been paying attention. Garage Band is Apple's home studio software "for the rest of us", and was a primary reason for me to return to composition/recording.

TitleNotesRecording DateEquipment
Here We Go
Feelin' Good Louie
Just a couple of quick takes of a drumless audio tracks (from Spencer Strand) overdubbed in GarageBand, with me playing my Roland drumkit "live" into drum sampler software. At this point, I'd been learning drums just shy of four months. 06-2009 Garage Band, Roland TD-9, Superior Drummer 2.1.1
Smooth Move Another synth-driven tune composed mostly of Garage Band loops. 04-2006 Garage Band
Filter Swoon A synth-driven tune composed mostly of Garage Band loops. However, I did spend a lot of time adding effects to the loops to give them character. I did record a couple of simple tracks using the built-in keyboard window, which sucks, but was effective enough to get the song put together. 02-2004 Garage Band
Echo Master My first ever "serious" GB tune. Mostly loops, but the guitar solo (such as it is) is mine. 02-2004 Garage Band

Early Recording "Career"

Below you'll find a few of the many recordings I made in my home studio in the 90's. Pretty much all of them are very informal, but some are decent nonetheless.

TitleNotesRecording DateEquipment
JappaZam A short bluesey tune done in a raw style that was inspired by a live Zappa recordings (now don't be looking for that level of performance, though). 1995 Fender Squire Strat, Alesis Drum Machine, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
Slither My first-ever recording on "somewhat" decent equipment (direct to stereo cassette). An atmospheric Andy Summers-esque instrumental thang. I called it "slither" because that's the way it sounds to me. 1989 Fender Squire Strat, Cheesy Casio Keyboard, ART Multiverb, Nakamichi Cassette Deck
Love You Kind of a cross between the Beatles and Nirvana. You gotta hear it to understand. Written and recorded very quickly, and it shows. Still one of my favorites, though. 1995 Fender Squire Strat, Applause Acoustic, Alesis Drum Machine, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
Little Cloud Very different style for me. Very stripped down music, with vocals. Really just a sketch. I think it works though. 1997 Applause Acoustic, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
I've Been Waiting Fairly traditional rock tune. I actually spent a bit of time making this one polished (well, for me). It even has a (minimal) bridge. Goofy words, but kind of fun. 1995 Fender Squire Strat, Alesis Drum Machine, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
I Wanted To Tell Ya Another fairly traditional rock tune. One of my personal favorites. I'm happy with the bass line, and the general sound of the tune, which I think matches the words. 1995 Fender Squire Strat, Applause Acoustic, Alesis Drum Machine, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
Fundamental Early 4-track recording. Three guitars and a bass. Atmospheric kinda thing. I like it. 1990 Fender Squire Strat, Harmony 12-string, Applause Acoustic, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
Falling Another stripped-down tune with vocals. Recorded around the same time as Little Cloud. 1997 Applause Acoustic, Fender Bass, ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track
Come To Me An early recording with vocals. Probably one of my best and most imaginative recordings (though you may not like the style). 1990 Fender Squire Strat, Harmony 12-string, Cheesy Casio Keyboard (used for drums, too), ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track, wind chimes, Garfield coffee cup (slide for guitar).
Austin Winter A melodic instrumental tune with a guitar tone that is purely accidental. I had some kind of short or something, but I liked the sound, so I went with it. 1990 Fender Squire Strat, Harmony 12-string, Kawai K4 Keyboard (drums/bass), ART Multiverb, Tascam Porta-05 4-track


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