Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My thoughts on the future of music

I think that there will be a point in music where we think of something, and we physically hear it.  Like a brain to sound translator.  I like to think that all instruments work that way to some extent, but you are always limited to what the instrument can do.  As limitations decrease, the sounds will approach our ideas with even more and more precision, until the resemblance is indistinguished from our original, independent thought.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Knobcon 2015

If you are in the Chicago area and love synths, you won't want to miss Knobcon!  It happens this weekend!  I will be making a guest musician (extra set of hands) in Geoff White's set AND I will be speaking on resonant acoustic synthesis.  Should be FUN.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015


So I made this video a while ago, but I finally got around to editing it together.  It compares my MS-20 mini with an original MS-20 from the late 1970's

Thursday, August 20, 2015

a random thought

I have something to say to other artists and musicians.  I am constantly baffled when I listen to new records and words are squeezed into a phrase for the sake of rhyming.

Not everything that you do has to rhyme
and if you don't, it is more sublime
It is not that rhyming is a crime,
but not everything has to rhyme.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Video Lull

It has been a while since I have posted any videos.  There is a good reason for this - the camera that I was using was borrowed and no longer available and I don't particularly like the videos that my cell phone or iPad take (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFFe7Zor3f0  or the link directly below is a good example).     
 Well guess what!?!

I just got another camera a few weeks ago and am working on some new video demonstrations to post.  Please stay tuned and check back soon!   In the meantime, here are a couple of videos that I have done in the past.  These videos can always be found with the Youtube links on the right side of this page.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Aside DIY

I have been asked about this by a couple people so I thought that I would post this here.  If you feel the inspiration to do so, record audio or video of your version of this and send me a link (please don’t send the raw file) to my email address found in the contact info on this site.

Guitar Chords and Lyrics to ‘Aside’. (capo 2)

G                      Em
Hey   now,        don’t be sad   just

C                      Em 
hold  my          hand.     I

C                       Em 
won’t   let       go.    It’s a

G                      Em      
new day    a -  nother  chance to        

C                      Em
dry   your        eyes

C                      Em
We’ll be  al -    right.     So

C                      Em    
clear your       mind and

C                      Em    
brush it            all    aside

G          D          Em   C              D

G          D          Em   C              D

G                      Em 
Sometimes      things are sad and

C                      Em  
Life just           seems so

C                      Em  
out   of             hand.    You can

G                      Em 
find me… I’ll   be right here   to      

C                      Em 
un - der        stand.    We’ll

C                      Em     
give  it             time to    

C                      Em 
heal  our         wounds    and

C                      Em   
brush it           all   aside

G          D          Em   C              D  (repeat until end)

(G         D          Em   C              D )


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Studio Session "Death of Conversation"

I made the video clip of me recording a part to the title track of my new album, "Death of Conversation".  I am playing a Synergy I digital synthesizer which is borrowed from my friend Ben.  Even though the Synergy has very little editing capability and only a handful number of presets, there is a sample-and-hold feature that can modulate the pitch and is independent per voice.  I LOVE this feature - especially when used in a subtle way, it gives bland sounds a little more animation and momentum, as shown in this video.