Posts Tagged ‘electronic’

Some New, Glitchy Music

February 19, 2012

hi mom!

here’s some really fun stuff i made for an Industrial recently and wanted to share.  got to be really tweaky on this one.

don’t listen for melodic material. 😉

DO listen with headphones.

you’ll be able to see the video this was made for soon on my Reel site, at:

www.jonsteinmeier.com/composer

thanks for listening!

jonathan edward steinmeier

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November 22, 2011

hi mom!  while, i haven’t updated this blog in a while, i have been busy making things!  don’t worry!

just came across this track this afternoon and thought i’d share it.  i made it a few months ago, before moving, starting Tour de Fat, etc.  it’s something i like and may develop or use for a steinomite song or something.  i dunno.

ok, so roommate drew durepos and i shared an office in our old place… in the living room.  it was tight.  but we did a good job of coordinating our noisy times to work for the other person.  one day i was working at my desk and drew asked to do some guitar practice, which was fine by me.  having been a little rammy anyway and needing a project, i realized that i could record his practice and possibly get a new set of samples out of it.  so i did.

i then went in and grabbed stuff i liked and tried to play with them as musical motives/repeated figures. i’m pretty happy with it!  love the combination of electronic and ambient live instruments in this.

thanks to drew for the awesome riffs!

j

ok, here are two little ditty’s to make up for my haitus

September 19, 2008

i recently wrote a couple of pieces for a radio show called “sports spectrum.”  the spots havn’t aired yet, and were due today (friday, sept. 19).  they’re each 1min 30sec promos.  when they air or are posted somewhere, i’ll try to send along a link.  in the meantime, here’s the music!  (imagine underneath a lovely male radio voice).

Sports Spectrum 1

Sports Spectrum 2

i was told to go for upbeat, Royksopp-esque, and to include sports sounds like “hut hut hike”, a whistle, cheering crowd, etc.  i managed to find most of the samples i wanted, and included a lot of that stuff in the basic rhythm tracks for the pieces.  i really liked the Royksopp stuff i found on youtube, and modeled a bit of my groove/feel after a couple of their tunes.

thanks for listening!

-j

p.s.  hideout block party this weekend.  sunday – mucca pazza 4p (or so).

regularaton

August 21, 2008

hey friends. sorry about last week! (obligatorily, that is). i was in Guatemala all week with some friends, but i have written this song inspired by parts of that trip.

inspiration 1: Reggaeton

inspiration 2: a restaurant we ate at in Antigua

inspiration 3: the market in Chichicastenango

inspiration 4: chicken buses and general driving culture

inspiration 5: Spider monkeys and Tikal

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it was an amzing trip, and i’ll be getting drunk at various venues in chicago this week, telling stories. but for now, i leave you with two things:

thing 1: i recommend getting into the Reggaeton scene a little and seeing what it’s about. specifically, i recommend Calle 13

thing 2: lo siento, no entiendo means “i’m sorry, i don’t understand”, which is something i said often on the trip. because my spanish is terrible. 🙂

thing 3: there are only two things.

thanks for listening!

j

grace

January 24, 2008

Grace (mp3)

hey team,

okee. this song is titled in honor of my niece, the Amazing Grace Steinmeier. gracie called me a couple of times in the past week cause her mother let her, and just wanted to say hi and thank me for the songs i’ve been writing and encourage me to write another song and to come and visit. so sweet. made my week. she’s increasingly coherent and impressively polite in conversation, and these recent interactions inspired the content for this weeks song. well, these interactions along with her God given charm and sweetieness.

WORDS

i’m honored that you’d call
big smile from baby doll
i see it through the telephone

i’m glad you like my songs
that you would sing along
this one’s for you per your petition (peticiown)

you’ll have a lovely lifetime
no color greys on gracies dime

if i could visit you
we’d dance around the room
and cook a meal and talk on telephones

you’d call me by my name
listen to “aeroplane”
i’d tell you all about chicago

we’d have a lovely playtime
no cloudy days on gracies dime

lovely

precious babies bring
life to things

fragile life

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this is an unusually sappy and sincere song, coming from me. some explanation of said lyrics: Gracie loves to talk on the phone (real or pretend), and her favorite steiny song is “airplane”, which is up at http://www.jonsteinmeier.com somewhere down the list, halfway or more. so that’s the phone bit. cooking a meal goes back to one of the amazing christmas gifts she got from her mom and dad, an expansive plastic play kitchen.

the end of this song is the real sap…”precious babies bring life to things, fragile life.” this part is a bit about the life cycle. this is the point in the recording process where i had to wipe tears down and do a few takes…i had a hard time making it past the word “fragile.” and this song was pretty satisfying to record in that way. it’s a pretty personal one to me, in honor of a couple of very dear people in my life. Gracie and her dad, Dave. (holla!)

MUSIC

i started this track with drums and little beep boops and keyboards and harp, and added guitar lines that weave around each other. setting up a groove and some harmonic changes. i added bass in a weavy way too, and found it to be too complicated and scrapped it, opting for the now simple “anchor” bass part. i treated the little keyboard and harp parts differently after each verse. three times, a “chorus” of some sort happens, and each time, i opted for different chord changes under the same beepy boopy material, which i was pretty happy with. my attempt at not being so repetative. 🙂 that was half of the fun of this tune. the other half, was getting it to build at the end, or evolve from point A to point B. i feel as though i accomplished this in the writing, but not in the performance. i feel as though doing it with a live band would fix it…that dynamic evolution. this one is a bit static for me, compaired to how i hear it in my face.

thanks for listening.

j