Posts Tagged ‘rock’

birthday music for me!

June 10, 2012

one of my favorite things ever is when folks make things for each other, and i just recieved a piece of birthday music from good pals Ben Miranda and Drew Durepos yesterday.  it’s awesome!  thanks you two guys!

i wouldn’t call it a tradition yet, but this sort of thing’s been happening ’round these parts for a while.  here are some examples!

1.  a piece i wrote for my buddy jaron hilger a few years ago:

see blog post here

2.  a  piece i wrote for my pal benjamin brooks a few years ago:

see blog post here

3.  my 30th birthday recording, which i heard from the backseat of a car, blindfolded.  this was made by a whole bunch of loved ones including steve niketopoulos, ben miranda, nadia cone, jim cooper, james mitchell, my dad, andrew sole, rick franklin, ryan jedlika, elaine friedberg, and “ola.”

4.  a piece of mark messing’s that i arranged for his birthday this year:

see blog post here

what fun.  what?  fun!

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Brobot

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

Johnny Amazing Live (behind the music)

January 15, 2010

Johnny Amazing performed live last night with Chicago sketch group Teenager of the Year!

The show apparently had half the room in stitches and half the room pissed.  i’d call that a success!!

this show required johnny amazing to perform the Top Gun Theme live, multiple times, so i made a karaoke version of the song that just repeats the main riff, transposing up at each repeat.  to be between 3 and 4 minutes long and cover the necessary range on the guitar, i went up a minor third every time.

LISTEN HERE! 

i ended up making 4 or 5 versions of this for the live show, including a funky dancetime curtain call

LISTEN HERE! 

WARNING – this theme might be rolling around in your head all day, but you’ve prolly known that since the 80’s.

thank you Steve Stevens and Harold Faltermeyer