So part of what I spoke of in my update post is completed, with me completing February Album Writing Month (FAWM) for the 4th time. It’s a great way to break through any creative blocks you may be having, and just fun in general (albeit life-consuming fun). You can view all 16 tracks on the link above, but as that page will be wiped by the next February, I thought I’d chuck a few permanent links up for some of my favourite tracks I wrote. And a few vaguely related images to pretty it up a bit!
Track #3: Metal Disco Pirates
I literally could not be more clear than I have in this title. Very fun to play (and write).
Track #5: Le Petite Mort
A homage to King Crimson’s Fracture (a personal favourite).
Track #7: Oceanus
Playing in 13/8 with a bass solo (my first ever) and some cool delayed effects on the guitar.
Track #8: Nostalgia
(I dunno…it’s like RPG town music)
Literally under two hours after writing Oceanus I ended up with this cool little folky ditty. I particularly dig the start chords.
Track #10: I’m Pretty Sure This Is What Rob Thomas And Carlos Santana Were Talking About
9/8 jazz soloing.
Track #11: The Duel
Showing off my sitar. Also featuring me on faux-buddhist monk vocals and a guitar solo.
Track #13: The Green Baron
My attempt at a Billy Cobham-esque fusion piece. I really dig the middle section with the bass solo, hence it being here.
Track #14: Easter in Bulgaria
A Frank Zappa tribute in the vein of “Watermelon in Easter Hay” or “The Deathless Horsie”. Soloing over a lengthy scale in 11/4, I also employ Zappa’s “Bulgarian Bagpipe Technique” (tapping using a pick instead of the fingers).
Track #16: Shadow Projection (collaboration with Apertome)
I threw some guitars and ebow down over this cool 11/8 soundscape by fellow FAWMer Apertome and it sounds pretty rad!