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Evan and Elle (2007)

Alternating Portraits of Heaven and Hell (a nod to Vangelis's classic album)

sliding panels (2008)

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?

FUN (2009)

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.

in miniature (2012)

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.

Other RPM Partcipants

Meek Speaker

be quiet

Siobahn Hotaling

Shadows of Immurement

Lesser Royalty

Assume No Order

Eviction PArty

Carlos Devizia

Owen Sabella

Nubsy

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David Simpson

BIOGRAPHY

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

BAND MEMBERS
David Simpson:
keys, guitar, percussion, various woodwinds & harmonica

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016

GENRES
Electronic Ambient,IDM/Experimental,Instrumental,Electronica,Unclassifiable


Completed Albums

Evan and Elle(2007)

Alternating Portraits of Heaven and Hell (a nod to Vangelis's classic album)


cloudwatching   Download
an unsuccessful attempt   Download
sylvan repose   (preferred)   Download
angry angel   Download
a country ride   Download
a nightclub   Download
a friendly pint   Download
9-tone blues (in 9/8)   Download
cracked   Download
the unexplained   Download

sliding panels(2008)

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?


annoyance in C for 16 fingers   Download
prime directive   Download
califormication   (preferred)   Download
mirror, mirror   Download
dream regression   Download
germ theory   Download
a disturbance in the four fours   Download
pleural noun   Download
shapes   Download

FUN(2009)

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.


Insight   Download
Almost Eden   Download
This New Science   (preferred)   Download
That Guy Who Stands in Front of Safeway Asking For Change   Download
Points of Light So Distant   Download
One for Ray   Download
Jesse James and the English Pointer   Download
Tiny Goldfishes   Download
Two Kittens   Download
Royal Flush   Download
RPM 09 Rap (It's a JOKE!)   Download

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.


ON
waltz not WALTZ   Download
DISCO blues (don't panic)   Download
SLOWROCK   Download
ROCK   Download
interludium #1 (Manley® Deconstruction Zone)   Download
interludium #2 (childish things)   Download
Man, Lee, I got dem BLUES   Download
forced MARCH   Download
SAMBA time!   Download
not the same old NEWNEW   (preferred)   Download
SLEEP

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.


some strife and then a quietus   Download
chaco canyon sunrise   (preferred)   Download
shagadelic   Download
lamentations (4mk)   Download
it does go on doesnt it?   Download
inside job   Download
r2 gets buzzed   Download
piggy gyuto   Download
the kitchen sink   Download
Mr. Schaum   Download

in miniature(2012)

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).


RPM_Anthem   Download
haiku_joy   Download
creativity!   Download
free   Download
old mail   Download
believe   Download
scribbles   Download
one note   Download
rhyme   Download
syllables   Download
weather   Download
80s Cool   Download
oh the horror   Download
glidey flute   Download
opportunity   Download
bleak   Download
things that go zing   Download
go cart   Download
mxyzptlk   Download
memory   Download
cones   Download
masks   Download
swallows lessons   Download
fools   Download
sundays in the park   Download
mrs. skunk   Download
aeolus   Download
raking   Download
blooming   Download
denial   Download
spring   Download
campfires   Download
grilling I   Download
grilling II   Download
anti-   Download
warren   Download
bothersome unwarranted derpfest march   Download
boing boing boing   Download
thief   Download
seven eight   Download
nine eleven   Download
halfway   Download
answering machine   Download
stupidity   Download
direct elimination   Download
camping trip   Download
a psalm   Download
K mind   Download
evil dreams   Download
mark 20:03   Download
poor john   Download
boiling over   Download
bully   Download
Yoda   Download
Jedi   Download
pure country   Download
dem damn dems (wwjd?)   Download
history   Download
fountainhead   Download
deadheads   Download
Burns   Download
Muir   Download
survival   Download
ru positive   Download
know honor   Download
two stones   Download
edumacation   Download
chemical soup   Download
karma   Download
time and some words   Download
MS   Download
mournful randomness   Download
folsom summers   Download
ghost in the machine   Download
art   Download
piltdown man   Download
NOW   Download
nothing   Download
relatives   Download
slow(fast   Download
the end of all things   Download
beyond)final   Download

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.


Track One Eh   Download
Bottle   Download
Chillax   Download
A Bigger Tiny Würm   Download
Fireside Tales I   Download
Genuine Old West Mail-Order Artificial Geisha   Download
Ice   Download
Katzenjammer   Download
Kitty Is Going to Be Scared   Download
Kitty Offers an Opinion   Download
Laramie   Download
Leis and Luaus   Download
Partial Recall   Download
Processional   Download
Some 70s Cop Show   Download
Triumph   Download
Uses of Sound and Silence   Download
Water   Download
In Search of a Name   Download

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!


A Good Beginning   Download
Could It Be the Microphone?   Download
Ralflorian Dream   (preferred)   Download
Agent Orange   Download
B.E.3   Download
B.E.2   Download
B.E.1   Download
The Golden Sun   Download
A Childhood in Agria   Download
Not Made of Glass   Download

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.


an ounce of providence   (preferred)   Download
unrelenting change   Download
the weatherman   Download
a song of three   Download
attack of the drones   Download
electronic renaissance   Download
teaspoonfuls of eternity   Download
uh nevermind   Download
catnap   Download
once upon a time in a tidal pool   Download
show a little love   Download

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.


Just Trilling 2   Download