Sound-sized Treats is a chill-hop album featuring smokey, hand-crafted rhythms, hazy Rhodes piano licks and vintage synthesizer melodies. A soulful male and female duet is featured in “Life Lockdown”. Antique vocal snippets spanning from the 1960’s can be heard in “Golden Throat Sound”. And the sounds of coffee beans and English muffins are morphed into musical delights in “Window Fog”.
Window Fog is a song that I’m really proud of. It’s got this character that I’ve wanted to do for exactly this kind of album. The song has four pianos. The main melody (“Rhode1”) is a Rhodes piano with a really nice tremor effect that Continue reading →
Distant Haze is the song that sparked the idea of doing Sound-sized Treats. I had just gotten my Behringer X-Touch mixer with motorized, moving faders. I decided for Distant Haze I would use the mixer as an instrument. After creating Continue reading →
Studio Baby was the second-to-last song to be created for Sound-sized Treats. My first child was just born a week after I started creating this song. I would keep the violin instrument active in the studio hardware and, when it was time to feed my son a bottle, I would play some Continue reading →
When creating Lonesome Lanes, I started by creating a song surrounding the idea of walking late at night. The feeling of empty, lonely streets. Sprinklers performing their thankless job of spraying lawns in an arching motion, only to rapidly return direction and Continue reading →
The story behind Life Lockdown is pretty interesting. Life Lockdown started its life as a “Super Edition” for the song Department of Corrections. When I was considering ideas for doing a remix for Department of Corrections, I floated the idea of doing vocals to Continue reading →
AirPod Condensation was the last song in development for Sound-sized Treats. The virtual music studio Reason had just released a new version (10) that included some new instruments. I set out to create a song trying to utilize a lot of these new Continue reading →
Bradenton Ambient is an ambient album featuring organic, outdoor field recordings morphed into rhythmic melodies against lush, evolving pads and deep, soundscape-propelling bass. The organic field recordings used in every song have all been recorded in Bradenton, Florida in the areas the songs are based at. The field recordings have been turned into pieces of music. Each song is about an area of Bradenton based on what inspires the musical elements of the song.
Bayshore Gardens is the first ambient song I created for the album. Bayshore Gardens started out as a test to see if I could create ambient music that was unique but a repeatable process. Creating Bayshore Gardens proved I could create the kind of ambient music I envisioned in Continue reading →
The audio of people talking is a field recording I did in the day of people at the beach. I’m using a new virtual music studio hardware device called the Proton Particle Accelerator by Selig Audio. The device takes audio and turns them into Continue reading →
One of the most interesting elements of the song are the birds. I went into the De Soto park, walked into some of the trails and recorded the sounds of birds in the area. In order to create a rhythmic, melodic sound for the birds, I setup two PEQ-2 equalizers, a Synchronous, a microMix 6 channel Continue reading →
The vibe of the song comes from the fact one of the reasons I’m in Oneco (as opposed to just passing through it) is when I’m getting one of my cars worked on. That’s where the steel sound comes from in the song. I did a field recording of a mechanic as he hammered metal on an engine. I used that sound in combination with Continue reading →
I wanted this song to give that feeling of driving on this road. It’s not always about driving fast, sometimes (especially in the day time) it’s just about cruising on the road. It’s so quiet and peaceful, most times the only sound you’ll hear other than your own car is the sound of cars driving by in the Continue reading →
I did field recordings of people talking and walking along the Riverwalk. The voices of people are really hard to hear on purpose; I wanted to create an almost schizophrenic experience. I think I achieved this based on some research of what people with Continue reading →
MIDI Controlled Addiction
MIDI Controlled Addiction is my debut album featuring acid jazz, drum and bass, trip-hop and deephouse grooves. This is a collection of songs that I had been working on for a number of years. Even though many of these songs were created years ago, I chose to wait until I felt the time was right to share my music publicly. MIDI Controlled Addiction is the starting point of this process.
Nice and Soft and Smooth was a lot of fun to create. It got its start from the flute melody. The flute melody originally started as the synth. I wanted to come up with a compliment to the synth and thought a flute would be Continue reading →
This was a unique song to create. I remember this baby got its start by doing practice in the studio on my keyboard. I wanted to test some beautiful-sounding piano techniques. I wanted to focus on trying to come up with sounds in Continue reading →
Inspiration happens in weird ways. Late at night, messing with my virtual drum machine, Redrum, I was feeling cooped up. So at 2 AM, I headed down to my local Steak ’n’ Shake. I walked in with my electronics backpack strung over my shoulder and the waitress asked “Booth or a table?” I motioned towards my Continue reading →
I decided to give Pathway to Sarasota its name and its idea based on a certain pathway I’d used to drive from Bradenton, Florida to Sarasota, Florida. It ain’t long, about a 20-30 minute journey. When I was going to be driving during sunset or anytime at night to Sarasota, I chose to drive this Continue reading →
I started with the idea of a 20-something beautiful black chick from the 60’s or 70’s. Long flowing dress, carefree, spiritual. Counterculture but conservative at the same time. I then imagined a 20-something chick like Continue reading →
Been So Lonely is actually my very first song. It’s been around for a long time. Since the song was created so long ago, I ended up creating an unreleased remix of the song called the Dreamstate Mix. The Dreamstate Mix actually by in the Continue reading →
I wanted to create Department of Corrections to sorta’… uplift people if that makes any sense. I wanted to create a song that if you happened to be listening to a playlist while driving and you were kinda’ in a bad mood… traffic, heat, bumpy road, whatever and Department of Corrections came on, your Continue reading →