falling up art, founded in 1999 or thereabouts, consists of one human, several boxes which make noise, some devices with strings, and some devices which facilitate the movement of air columns
keys, guitar, percussion, various woodwinds & harmonica
Evan and Elle(2007)
Alternating Portraits of Heaven and Hell (a nod to Vangelis's classic album)
sliding panels marks my second consecutive year of participating in the RPM Challenge. I have long wanted to explore polyrhythmic textures unplayable by human hands. Each of these tracks features the simultaneous occurrence of such strange bedfellows as 11/8, 7/4, and 5/4, for instance. Notating these pieces would be tedious and performing them live would be difficult. A friend of mine insists that notation of everything, no matter how strange, is possible, but who would want to play a tune in 385/32? (If I'm not mistaken, that would be one possible "normal" time signature in which to commit the above collision of three odd time signatures to paper.) What maniac would want to conduct it, for crying out loud? So, there is--as usual--an easier way: technology comes to the rescue. The step-entry of each note was painstaking, but not impossible. May you derive some insight, or hopefully even some enjoyment, out of listening to these odd creations, my rhythmically wicked little step-children. And the title?
I decided just to have fun in 2009, thus the title. There's more information on my profile; at the moment I am too lazy to duplicate it here. Oh, and I cannot locate my cover art. I've been living under a rock and I did not know we had to upload our own music last year. So, in March of 2010 I am finally uploading my 2009 album.
Manley But I Like It Too(2010)
A $10 keyboard made in China inspired this album. Its happy sounds can be found all over the album. More on my methods later. Right now I just want to get it uploaded.
take only what you can carry(2011)
This year, I'm using an assortment of gear for each song that's limited by what I can reasonably carry out to my car in one trip.
80+ tracks performed solely on the iPod Touch running Akai Synthstation 25 app, vocals recorded on PC-based DAW over audio exports from the iPod. Other than a tad of compression here and there, external effects appear on only two tracks (vocoder on "Ghost in the Machine" and something else but at the moment I can't remember what, probably a reverb on one track).
Wind & Wires(2013)
(Mostly) acoustic this year, stylistically all over the board as usual: new age/ambient, folk, acoustic jazz, and other instrumentals. A couple vocal tunes crept in this time. Instrumentation: piano, acoustic nylon & steel-stringed guitars, ukulele, autoharp, harmonica, pennywhistle, KORG M1, KORG DW6000, vocal.
Smoke and Mirrors(2014)
An album of tributes: See if you can spot Alphaville, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Tangerine Dream, and Vangelis. I mean no disrespect to any of the artists (despite the tongue-in-cheek nature of the Numan tribute). Every note is my original work. These are not "lost" tracks or remixes!
Show a Little Love(2015)
It's all-electronic this year. No tributes. No concept. I just wanted to make some music. A few of the tunes have tons of vintage synth tracks. I used a Roland JX-3P, KORG DW-6000 and M1, and Yamaha DX-100, TG55, and CS1x. The SCIs were comatose this year.
It's Hip to be Squared(2016)
A large assortment of square waves, generated entirely via custom QBASIC programs. A tad of Korg Monotron crept into three of the pieces. My approach this year falls into two broad categories. Half the pieces are generated entirely by software; all I did was make a few decisions, hit record, and let it run. (These are the pieces with randomly-generated titles.) The other half are carefully built up piece by piece using video-game-like sounds or sustained square waves. For both approaches I used only QBASIC. Since all QBASIC can do is turn the speaker on and off, it's nothing but a whole bunch of unfiltered square waves.