Posts Tagged ‘jon’

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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Summer is the Hottest! – new song!

July 17, 2010

The Steinmeier International Family Leisure Ensemble has just released a song for summer.

we’re very proud, and pretty tired!

please enjoy while you listen.

-jon and rachel

Merry Chistmas (musik)

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!

i’d like to introduce you (again) to:

The Steinmeier International Family Christmas Leisure Ensemble.

http://www.jonsteinmeier.com/christmas/05.htm

Merry Christmas indeed.

it’s Jesus Christ’s birthday, you should dress up.

photos by Steven Vail (www.stevenvailphotography.com)

j

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

in the cans

April 24, 2008

hello faithful readers/listeners. thanks for stopping by!

this weeks song, “in the cans” (mp3), centers loosely around my Christian faith, the commandments, death, and wanting to KNOW things that ultimately require FAITH because we they’re not provable. it’s an old dilemma for me, and an old one for humans in general i rekon. i don’t think i bring any fresh insight to this necessarily, but it’s been on my mind.

MUSIC

guitar, bass, drums, a coupla synths, and strings. the strings are new samples i’ve been working with, trying to get to sound realistic, which is tough. they’re a little fake in this one too, but i’m excited about figuring out ways to make ’em more believable. this music was written primarily from the piano, which often, for me, means that it moves around a fair amount harmonically.

LYRICS

i used a recording session as my backdrop or metaphor this time, which was fun. the main idea is that the process of learning how to live is similar to making music. the trial and error, the listening (through headphones in this case), copying others, and making mistakes on your way to a salvageable or even excellent take or idea. your guidance can be other stuff you’ve heard, friends who listen to your drafts, and rules for harmony, rhythm, line, etc. all the while though, there’s something you can’t explain about what you like. what sounds good or feels right.

action jackson

April 17, 2008

welcome back. i’ve gotta be honest with you song-of-week-team. i’ve had a hard time mustering the energy for my self-imposed song of the week lately. and, while i’ve had the occassional inspirational “ooh! i need to make something like this” moment, it’s been hard to sit down and do it. probably for a handful of reasons. but this one came out in a fit of restless, busy-bodied, energy with no direction, a feeling i call being “rammy.”

action jackson” is really intended for picture…action sequence, or comercial, etc. something relatively short. i’ve posted a longer version of it than i probably should have, but added miscellaneous german voice over (or “voice under”) to add interest, in that background music sort of way. anyone wanna translate?

what i MAY do if i get time, is use this music under another action sequence sound design! that sounds fun, and probably more appropriate. i’ll just plug in machine gun fire and car crashes and myself yelling for my sexy co-star to get down, etc.

while it’s a bit repetative (like this blog), i’m pretty happy with the main elements and the sounds, including roughly 3 1/2 drum tracks.

what do ya’ll think? does it make you wanna jump over a table full of flea market goods and tear through the square to your sports car, with which you then weave your way through the city alleys dodging bullets?

and then, does it all of a sudden make you wanna take a tour of berlin?

and then, does it make you go over the whole conversation with that old german guy in your head over and over again, slowly putting together the plot, finally realizing that you need to get somewhere very quickly and heroically again cause you’ve figured it all out!?

or what? dance?

thanks for listening as always.

j

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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