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Guitars, Microphones & MIDI

I picked up a nylon-string guitar in 1991 and learned Smells Like Teen Spirit from a magazine. In 1994 I remember plunking out FM synthesis sounds in a Sound Blaster compatible MIDI sequencer while overdubbing electric guitar with a tape deck. I got my own computer in 1997, a Tascam Portastudio 4-track in 1998, and had a beautiful dream of endlessly multitracked guitars in 1999. With the brand new world in the year 2000, and left to my own devices, I went on to become an album maker. And here we are.

The "Contemporary" Albums (2014-present)

IIII

Intros, Instrumentals, Interludes & Ideas - 2017

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For a solid decade, my process of making albums began with lyrical conception and gestation months or even years before chords were composed, let alone sound waves recorded. During the eight-year hiatus that divided the production of BPD, my routine dissolved so I had no fresh material to kick off the creativity. This album started as a random, aimless assortment; it later developed into a cohesive experience of unheard tidbits, remixed favorites, theme songs, and more.

BPD

Buy Popular Demand - 2015

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"We patronize the mainstream. Shame on us, but they know best." Collaborating with one’s self over a manual, temporal separation is a challenge; it’s unavoidably one-way. These songs were a decade old when they were finally completed. Fortunately there was sufficient advancement in my skills to produce this record to a higher standard, not to mention a new "grown up" DAW. I use Cubase.

Game Sack Soundtrack

Game Sack: The Official Theme Song Original Soundtrack - 2014

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If you don’t know what this is, then perhaps you need a more complete introduction.

Although I'd rather you focused on the above content, there's this stuff down here you're welcome to check out if you have little problem delving into the realm of questionable quality.

The "Glory Years" Albums (2002-2007)

SCS

Scantily Clad Singularity - 2007

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"Then I collapsed, but barely, in on myself, but now I'm sick." The last album recorded with the Voyetra Record Producer DAW, and I bid it a somewhat good riddance. New guitar: Eric Johnson Fender Stratocaster.

VETPF

Various Emails To Precarious Females - 2006

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"I wrote to many girls to get them off my chest." This could be considered a concept album, as all the songs are intentionally written first-person, and spoken to (more or less) particular women. New guitar: Epiphone Casino

HOTW

Heavy On The Whatnot - 2005

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"I layered the gibberish on too thick." The Korg Triton Le-88 had really started being a primary piece of gear, as most guitars and vocals were routed through its effects loop. Got some good synthiness out of it, too, but still primarily a guitar album.

WMCN

Warning: May Contain Nuts - 2004

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"I read the label wryly." First album with the Korg Triton in my arsenal; the piano and keyboard influence made a big impact on a few tracks. Also a new Boss PH-3 appears. This is back when minor pieces of gear became seminal production inspirations.

HGS

Hand Gestures & Sarcasm - 2003

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"I flipped the bird, but did I mean it? I did not." Brand new guitars: a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Takamine 6-string acoustic. Also the Rockman Guitar Ace and a Boss DD-6. Upgraded to Voyetra Record Producer over the simpler Voyetra Digital Orchestrator Plus, which served me well.

LHP

Long Hair Phase - 2002

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"I grew my hair out long." Album #4: I’d grown my hair out, and really started to dig the process of writing and recording a dozen songs for a project. This was the first time I conceived an album as a whole, actually (attempting) writing material to compliment each other. Only one song already existed and got a re-recording, and it was the seed to build the project around.

And although I permitted you to hear those older things since you'd insisted, I do not make available at this time the following content beyond your visual perusal. On one hand, the recordings don't warrant publishing and have no plans for remastering. On the other hand, though I'm quite proud of much of the material, a hearty dose of it does not need to be seen or heard by the casual passerby. Sorry not sorry.

The Older "Embarrassing & Unavailable" Albums (1999-2001)

PWC

Proceed Without Caffeine - 2001

Not Available

"I tried to drop the coffee addiction." At the time I was happy to have an "epic" conclusion to my "official" trilogy. First album to feature the Parker P-38 and its piezo pickups. I managed to patch my first good lead-guitar sound out of my Crate 15W and Fender Princeton Chorus 25W solid state amps. These were almost all new songs, written around the same time, but still scraped up older material in order to try to tie stuff together.

TOCC

Therefore, One Can't Conclude - late 2000

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"Then I drew a paradoxical thought." I rushed a new batch of songs to “print” when the afterglow of "having" an album had barely cooled off. I learned Voyetra Digital Orchestrator Plus a bit more and experimented with basic mixing techniques. Lots of filler crap on this short album, but I thought I had a solid "lead single" in the 5+ minute long Unactualized Possible.

SHW

Still Haven't Walked - early 2000

Not Available

"I borrowed a lyric from a song." I call this my first album. This was technically the second compilation of songs from my first batches of recordings, but it was the first attempt to group them into a cohesive order of LP length. It sold moderately well on the now-defunct mp3.com; I think that means barely any sales at all. An awful lot of my 12-string Ovation was badly recorded and poorly mixed.

CA

Cognitive Autostimulation - 1999

Definitely Not

"I swiped a phrase from a page in a book." A glorified EP, with no actual glory to speak of. The earliest recordings that could reasonably be classified as "songs" were grouped together. There may have been four copies of this "release"—on burned CD-R. The cover was not in color on the printouts. There do not currently exist any images of this cover higher than 70 pixels square. This was a test. It didn't count. Kindergarten doesn't count as "1st Grade"; this was not 1st Album.