185 tracks by yelyah

yelyah - “solo piano 20100411” semi live improv Semi live in that I had an idea of where I wanted to go, but never locked the melody in (as is probably obvious).
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100410” live improv piano Sometimes I leave in the fumbling beginnings because they’re amusing to me. This would be one of those times.
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100409” simple piano melody I really should do something further with this some day. I guess I’m still on a semi-holiday after the marathon songwriting session that produced half life.
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100408” live improv piano Listen as I fall apart near the end of it.
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Funny how it's generally the songs that I spend the most time on, where I hardly write any story. So I'll just briefly say this is the [songfight.org](http://songfight.org) song that I hadn't even intended to write.
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Today, I did a live improv basically because I had to. For some history, back when I was doing song-a-day in August, I was generally doing my daily song as the last thing of the day. It worked well. It gave me a nearly a full day to come up with…read more
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I never did get the backwards piano crescendo quite how I wanted it. I guess it would be one big argument for working with it as an audio file, rather than an NNXT set to play a sample backwards. Also, the timing at the end feels screwy. My guess…read more
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ambient/chill-out type tune
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What's strange to me is that sometimes when I play back these live improvs, I hear a lot more mistakes than I remember actually making. And it's quite possible that it's not in my head. I already noticed that my digital piano treats really quiet…read more
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yelyah - "solo piano 20100402" 60% deliberate + 40% improv = 100% imperfect playing solo…
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Another live improv. All black keys. Gotta love ‘em.
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Live improv. Minimalist piano. No edits.
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If you followed me back in August, you might remember how I spent several days porting this song over to Logic. Well, now that I'm using Reason+Record, I basically threw out all of that hard work and started over. I haven't yet had the time…read more
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A change up for me in that there’s no damper pedal on this one. Have I mentioned how bloody difficult it is to operate a damper pedal whilst sitting on a balance ball? Don’t try this at home folks!
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My second [songfight.org](songfight.org) song. Once again, I knew about the song title for the song fight in advance, but waited for the last day to actually write/produce the whole thing.
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I continue to struggle with hand independence. I tried to teach myself the left hand pattern that starts the song, so that I could riff against it. But no. Just couldn’t get it. So I decided to switch to block chords for the actual melody improvisation…read more
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Le grand conundrum. How do you simultaneously improv a melody in your right hand while trying to teach your left hand a new harmonic pattern that it doth not know? I look at people like Gabriela Montero and wonder how on earth did they ever get…read more
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At 180bpm, it's definitely way faster than I generally write. We'll call it "tempo creep". It started out at 140bpm, and got increased automatically to 160bpm when I imported some drums. I didn't notice it until later, and then found that 140bpm…read more
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This song is what happens when you decide to bandage together multiple takes that were done without a click track. To explain the following, first I should explain this. I see the piece as being 3 different parts: the intro that hints at the…read more
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Silly song. Silly lyrics. One live take. I recorded the piano and vocals simultaneously, though if you want to get geeky about it, the piano was via MIDI. However, if you listen closely you might be able to hear me hitting the keys in the background…read more
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This piece would be so much more awesome if it had: * a B section * some lyrics relevant to the title
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Of all the days I had to get up super early, it happened to fall on the first day of spring. Also known as (fingers crossed) the worst day of spring. I spent part of the early morning digging my car out from underneath the ice and snow. Later…read more
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Another live improv. Listen as I start out with a semi-interesting left hand pattern that I totally can’t maintain independently and end up resorting to patterns I already know.
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yelyah - "solo piano 20100319" (live improvisation) I have mixed feelings on releasing the song this way. If you heard my 24 hour album ([insert "poor you" here]), 17.1 of the total 26.2 minutes was completely live/improv'd. I'll admit that…read more
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Today sucked. I had been working on a longer post to explain it. But I'll basically just sum it up as follows [*ed. note:* consider that this was the *shorter* version. Haha]: * I live in a part of town where noisy neighbors are a problem…read more
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Oh, I had such big plans for this song. Acoustic guitar, tin whistle, maybe go and drag the bagpipes out of storage (cough, or as the case really would be: fire up Logic, so I can use an external plugin). I went to storm spotters training instead…read more
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My first attempt at doing a songfight (songfight.org). Though I've known what the title was for a week+, I finally decided to write the thing the night before it was due. PROCRASTINATORS REPRESENT!
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My first serious/non-serious effort on the [Everyday Looper iPhone app](http://www.mancingdolecules.com/everyday-looper/). Stats: * 100% recorded through the iPhone * probably 95% iPhone headset mic, 5% internal mic * 98% my voice, 2% my piano…read more
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Piano may be easier to write on, but some days it’s really difficult to record on. I only need one good take. And since this is going in as MIDI, “one good take” just means that it needs to be mostly right. And jeebs, today was a day where I…
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I haven’t written something that was pure piano since the 18th. I went into today’s session with the intention of writing something solely on piano, since I’ve had a couple of really draining sessions lately (mostly due to the fact that I managed…read more
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piano/strings/drum/bass, short --- I feel kinda upset. My schedule the past 2 days has been getting jacked up by other things, so I seem to end up in the studio in the midst of an energy dip (granted, if I were eating/sleeping better, I shouldn…read more
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Not a song but a demonstration of an audio effect, that might be useful if you're putting a horror film together or something of that sort. Assuming I remember the terms correctly, my voice was wired into the vocoder as the modulator and a Thor…read more
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electronic-ish piece MMM brownies
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This is an updated vocal of the song I wrote during FAWM/RPM. I *had* thought that this was an improvement but when I listened to it later that night, it ended up just sounding like a *chorus* of flat-ness.
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What's weird is that I didn't feel the rush of adrenaline until after I had finished recording the vocals. At 12:59 CST. And then I just kinda freaked out. For those not in the know, this was for February 28th's FAWM song skirmish. A title…read more
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another lullaby type piece --- It seems that any time I feel confident about being able to continue doing a song a day, I jinx my next day. Like last night, I made it known that I was probably going to continue with song a day in March, whilst…read more
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flute/bass/drums, kinda jazzy, upbeat I admit, the title has nothing to do with the piece. It’s a reference to the morning I had. Yelyah v. Squirrel.
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"bouncing pianos" - energetic piano/bass/drums tune Notes: This tune was totally brought to you by technology. The variant in the piano chords came from quantizing some sloppy timing that led to some happy accidents. The main piano line came…read more
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“my jetpack” a floaty, atmospheric type piece. Notes: I’m not thrilled with the strings (the part that only shows up once in the piece). I need to blend them more. They’re too abrupt. I think the “percussion” may get too loud towards the end…read more
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lullaby featuring piano (but of course!) Notes: Today I learned how to add an insert effect to the master channel. The song was way quiet so it got boosted via a limiter. Hurray.
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“Donar”, a title that’s an obscure shoutout to the German Reason users.
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My first rock song. Yay. --
Don't tell me you want flowers
Don't tell me what to do
You're special and you know it
So here's what I got you

It's another god damn love song
Another chance for me
To woo you

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Kind of a chillout, lullaby type tune. — Notes: I think the shaker comes in too strong. I think the intro goes on for probably 1 or 2 more phrases than it should.
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I get to say that it borders on hip-hop because there’s a hip hop drum loop and a hip hop drum kit on it. I have no idea what to call it other than “electronic”. With a piano. This is my second song using Record. I was going through a book on…read more
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True to form, I used my new software to… do the same exact thing I’ve been doing most of this month. So far I definitely miss Logic for pure piano, but I’ll have to see if there are workarounds or things that I’m missing in Record that will make…
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Confession: Last time I did the song-a-day project, I came up with an idea from scratch every day. I intended to do the same thing this time around. This piece breaks that rule in two ways. 1. I wrote the opening part over the weekend. 2. That…read more
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Yay. Solo piano.
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Who hasn’t fallen victim to thinking that a piece of “kit” is going to make all the difference in the world? Don’t fall for it people. — Production notes: Oh yeah, I totally left in a bunch of plosives (PUH-PUH-Plosive) all over the place…read more
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With this sub-1-minute, A-section-only piece, I win FAWM.
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Not to sell this piece short, but after yesterday's grueling session, I'm just happy to have written anything at all today.
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This Valentine’s Day, sing this song to your SO and there’s a good chance they’ll turn into your ex. -- Oy. About 6 hours of work: 1.5 hours to write the lyrics/melody first thing in the morning 1.5 hours figuring out the harmonic progression…read more
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Hurray patches? The melody was the last thing that was written for this. The piano is a placeholder for whenever I get around to actually writing full lyrics. (I have a few lines written down, but I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want…
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Oh yeah. The silly a cappellas are back. Ideas they are like water Just floating all along But you really can't hold on Ideas they are elusive You can chase 'em everyday In the end they get away So get that old idea And dust it off It don't…read more
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"Farmer's Blow" is redneck rap. Oh yeah, I went there. - - - If you're on the run And your nose has gotta go Don't grab a tissue Do the farmer's blow Just tilt your head To the side Then block one nostril And let it ride You may think That…read more
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Well I *had* intended to try doing something different this week. So technically I succeeded. It's solo piano again, but I had to teach my left hand how to play this somewhat syncopated bass line, before I could actually compose against it…read more
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Did I mention I'm taping my songwriting sessions? So I now have about 30 minutes of footage of me totally screwing around at the beginning of this session. Listening to Spotify. Playing melodies by ear and such. And then I finally decided…read more
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Day #6 and it's still solo piano. And I think this is the most I've ever written *just* piano before. I do miss patches and polish, but it's all raw material that could be built into something more later on. Or left alone. And for once, this…read more
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And how was *your* Friday night? Here I try to see just how far I can push 4 chords (that I ended up stripping down to a 1 note bassline).
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Song #4 for FAWM. More solo piano. One of the things I struggle with, with all of these pure piano pieces is how much to edit/fix them. Way way back in the day, I quantized everything precisely and made all of the velocities the same. To…read more
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I might as well officially say that I’m attempting to go 28 for 28. Maybe nuts, but I seem to feel the need to prove to myself that I’m the same person who could write a song a day (24 in 24) back in August. This song has lyrics, but you wouldn…read more
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Um. If you enjoyed "solo piano 20100201", you'll probably enjoy this similarly titled piece. Hugs to all my fellow alonetoners who listened/commented on yesterday's track. I'm looking forward to catching up on all of the great music you…
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I excel at disappearing for long stretches, eh? I think with this I'm officially committing to doing FAWM. And R.I.P. my songwriting drought. August 27th, 2009 - February 1st, 2010.
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I hereby name this the "bridge to nowhere" mix since it was the musical content of the bridge that I spent the most time on. If you've heard the song before, I've provided a shortcut video that plays the bridge from last night's version vs. tonight…read more
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It's the "do no harm" mix. Because, theoretically you won't hear any difference between this and "technique 43". Which is sad really, given how many hours I spent on it. Hours spent on the oh-so-exciting put-everything-in-Logic step…read more
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This is day 24 of my 24 day project. So that means it's over. And if you're reading this on alonetone, this is lucky track number 100. 24 "songs" in 24 days. Really, the only requirement was to produce a minute of music each day. I wish…read more
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Some friends throw other friends going away parties. Songwriting friends say "hey, what a great idea for a song." Tech notes: I've been losing my voice today and ended up having to go back and do retakes to try to get as close to on-pitch as…read more
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Let us celebrate our failures and our successes! I submit my failure here for consideration. I actually want to do something more with this just because it's a lot darker than I usually write. Unfortunately, it never turned into something musical…read more
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The 3rd song I ever really wrote. Someday I'll record the vocals to it and then we can all laugh together.
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You know those people who like to break out the family photos or something of that sort with which to bore their guests? This is my version of that. Most of what makes this song special to me is for all the same reasons that you won't share…read more
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When I tweeted about maybe doing an Irish rap tonight, I wasn’t actually serious (though it has been on my todo list for a few years). But I took a walk, and the idea of going for it stuck in my head. So I started developing it on the walk and…read more
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Alright, so it turns out that I lied. THIS song is actually #60 of 2009. I forgot about how I turned the instrumental "lucid traum" into the spoken word 'drama' "wake me up" for a class project. (http://yelyah.com/music/song/lucid-traum…read more
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Yeah, so I finally consolidated my music collection over from my other mac and found my grand total for 2009. This is my 60th track of 2009. I wrote my first track for a MIDI class in the fall of 1999 (did I mention I'm a 10th year sophomore…read more
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After yesterday’s crazy-fun, flow-filled session, I returned to planet Earth. 10 minutes into today’s session, I was crashing, so I took a 40 minute nap. I couldn’t get back on track afterwards (which is typical anyway), so I decided a walk was…read more
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F*ck yeah, I had some fun with this one. I broke my brain today It wasn't that pleasant hey hey hey If I seem a bit confused That doesn't mean my brain has been abused Stomp brain stomp.... I broke my toe yesterday I stubbed it on the door…read more
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The companion piece to the instrumental "technique 43".
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Pro Tip: No amount of multi take recording features will fix it when you're flat/sharp on *all* of the takes. Based on a true story. Lyrics: There's something wrong in the world today I just can't believe it I just can't believe it It's the…read more
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1) pick up 15 year old guitar 2) tune it 3) trim fingernails 4) look for guitar pick 5) abandon search for pick 6) tune guitar again 7) browse through Logic channel strip presets 8) find "Mystery Chorus" 9) play simple melody 10) ??? 11) PROFIT…read more
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You know that joke about the brick ambient synthesizer (http://possecrewensemble.com/as606/)? Yeah, I totally used that thing on this song.
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Who would’ve thought that the last 10 seconds would take me like an hour and a truck load of takes? And thank you Logic multi-take feature for allowing me to indulge so much time in something that was completely tangential to the song.
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Once upon a time In a land far away I wrote something funny here But not today
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Based on a true story. If you listen closely, you can hear me drop a half note over the course of the song. Apparently, I flounder without a pitch reference.
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So I bought Logic 9 today as my birthday gift. I suppose I underestimated the transition pains. For instance, I seem to be unable to hear the click track in Logic. As opposed to how grating and over the top Live's click track seems by comparison…read more
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It's generally not a good idea to try to write a vocal song and record it in the same night. Especially if you didn't warm up. Nor is it a good idea to layer 2 pitchy vocals trying to get a stable note. I do it wrong, what can I say? Lyrics…read more
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I am not BT, so no rain drops were quantized in this production. Storm was recorded last night on my Tascam DR-07 (with wind filter and limiter). Just a simple piano improv. That of course had to be tweaked far out of the improv stage.
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I think it's too repetitive. The bass is too harsh. The beats are stale. Don't agree with me though. :)
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More Ace of Base, less Enya.
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I'm convinced that composing/recording daily is the best way to really find out if a DAW fits your workflow. And I think Ableton Live nailed its final nail in the coffin for me tonight. See, if I weren't writing so much, so quickly, I would be…read more
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So I still hate Ableton Live with a passion for anything piano related. But things seem to go better if I head straight to arrangement view once I'm out of the improvising stage and do my recording there, rather than trying to think that session…read more
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There's a note that sounds like it's getting abruptly chopped off somewhere in the song. Hopefully, you won't hear it, because I couldn't figure out what was causing it.
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Grieving via bagpipes this time.
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I got word this morning that my dog died sometime overnight, following his emergency surgery. It's never easy to lose a pet, but I find it's especially difficult when they're young and you were expecting to spend many more good years with them…
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More solo piano. Yay. I'm also doing my own version of the 24 hour challenge... the wrong way. This is day #1 of that challenge.
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I've been slacking, so here's something new finally. I left flubbed notes in this one. I hate MIDI editing in Ableton Live. I often think of ending this affair and going back to my sweetheart, Logic.
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Given the spirited twitter reaction to the question of whether SisterSavage should buy pitch correction software, I submit this. The pre-melodyne version of "spilt milk". It also retains my so-called "MST3K" vocals, which were removed in the…
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If you enjoy listening to people make fools of themselves, then you'll enjoy this. At the least, on an intellectual level. I blame 50/90.
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I did a brief stint where I used loop libraries. I still feel as though this track should say "written by Robert Rich". This is also why I no longer do loop libraries.
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Another silly a cappella. I have all these toys but no inspiration
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A minimal piano piece to start off "50 songs in 90 days"
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A short short new age type piece.
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Short piano piece.
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This is a partial piano demo of the (still) unfinished "tornado warning" vocal song. Some day I swear I'll finish it!
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From my fruity loops days. Electronic piece.
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Electronic. This is the instrumental version of a song that I never did record the vocal to. Someday.
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New age piece.
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The solo piano piece that got bastardized many years later and turned into "move your car".
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From my fruity loop days. Electronic piece.
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New age
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Not really thrilled with this one, but it does mark the first that I've used a time signature other than 4/4 (combo of 7/4 and 4/4 in different places).
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Vocal piece complete with fake accents!
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It had been a semi serious piano piece for many years, but then I recorded it for a class project and started ad-libbing vocals. And it turned into the goofiness you hear in the second part.
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Written for FAWM
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I've officially run out of ideas. My brain has been nuked by the tax monster.
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Another silly vocal track.
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I am toast and you are bread
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I had a bad cold for a month and a half. It inspired the title and the (unpublished) lyrics.
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