A dreamy new song that you can sway to.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/TiQFYrEqMUQ



I wanted to do a cover of that song “Tequila” by The Champs, except where the music stops and they shout “tequila!” I would shout “covfefe!” Only the title survived from that idea. Instead, I ended up with whatever this is.

Alongside various sampled mouth noises, the notable lead instrument is a Circuit Bent Lisa Simpson Saxophone that I bought off eBay.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Gg5FCJz_kLs )


Am Being

Not some kind of existential statement, the title is just a play on the word “ambient”, which starts out apropos enough, but then less so as the song progresses.

YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/gYHoiQLYzMg


Seeds of Structure

The title refers to the tiny little variations in the primordial soup in the moments after the Big Bang, which were the seeds of the eventual structure of the universe, galaxies and so forth. At least that’s how I understand it. Using it more as a metaphor, I suppose, and because it’s better than “Working Title”.

YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVsvNh6JgE


Catching Up

It’s been about a year since I posted anything here — I’ve been super busy doing not much of anything, but I’ve got a little time now so I thought I would catch up.

The last song posted in this blog from 2016 was MakeMake ( pronounced maw-key-maw-key). Three more songs found their way to YouTube after that, during 2016, after which things dried up for nine months or so. So let’s start with those three:

A bit of a palate cleanser, ‘Prov ‘Tude in C is a short improvised piano piece, a sort of antidote for all the meticulously architected and complexly layered songs I usually do.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_ScC5qcaHX0 )

Next is Something From Nothing (the title a nod to both cosmology and the creative process). It’s a fairly cheerful mid-tempo groove-based thing. with a short, darker interlude. The interlude relies on some spacey audio clips made on my Mac back in the 90s, and featured in a song at the time called I Don’t Understand. More on that later.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/NmhNL0Dn-xI )

Rounding out 2016, the last “something” before nine months of “nothing”, and continuing the spacey theme, a deliberately paced groove thing called Sonic.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/89yENO6iyjs )

After a lull of nine months or so, during which the dust cover mostly stayed on the MIDI keyboard, I recently got back in the saddle with another short little “palate cleanser”, courtesy of J.S. Bach.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/wyh2Fs3VFTU )

Next is something called I Still Don’t Understand, which utilizes some of the same audio clips mentioned above in Something From Nothing and which were originally used in 1998’s I Don’t Understand. That song didn’t lend itself to a remake in the same way I revisited other tracks from that era, and I struggled with how to use those clips, which formed the lion’s share of the original song. This then is the second (and last) new context those clips will find themselves in.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_js7Clf2YNQ )

Finally we have Active Mal, the most fully realized of the three recent songs. A slow groove slides into a slightly faster groove in 7, and ending in dramatic fashion with Jimi setting his guitar on fire.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/LFWx5qrVrnc )

Okay, now we’re caught up.



A new song, named after the dwarf planet Makemake (maw-key-maw-key) which in turn derives from the mythology of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, a propos of nothing in particular. Maybe I’ll do a suite of dwarf planets that Gustav Holst did not cover. 🙂

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/3RpGobCcy4k


A Matrix of Subs

Do not adjust the horizontal. Do not adjust the vertical.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/vp4ABNChaUY

A Matrix of Subs


Prelude and Fugue IX (J.S. Bach)

From “The Well Tempered Clavier” (Book 1) by J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue No.9 presented here in three iterations, featuring:
(1) Stratocaster, Hammond Organ, Bass, and Drums,
(2) Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, and
(3) Violins, Cellos, and Double Bass.

YouTube video page: https://youtu.be/h8APCu0x5iE
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Fugue II (J.S. Bach)

From “The Well Tempered Clavier” by J.S. Bach, Fugue No.2, presented here in three iterations, featuring:
(1) Mini moog,
(2) Dobro and Koto, and
(3) Fuzzed-up Stratocaster and some E.L.P.-sounding Hammond Organ (R.I.P. Keith Emerson).

YouTube video page: https://youtu.be/w7R8SgwHFNY
Hear me on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rgdaniel/tracks



New song! It’s called Blackfoot, after the Blackfoot Drum sound that opens the song and continues for a good part of it. The images are once again of space things, for no reason other than the general spacey quality of the music.

Images are courtesy of European Southern Observatory and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Original slideshow video ESOcast 59: Chile Chill 4 – Images taken by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.

YouTube video page: https://youtu.be/H5e5JwZpo8Q
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