My Songs

Here are a few of my own works that I recorded.  Newer works are at the top.

December 10, 2011 I was playing with the Kontakt and Sonar X1 demos, and just to check if MIDI was working I played an improvisation, which I found surprisingly pleasing to listen to.  This is as good as most modern piano music to me!  It uses the Ragtime Piano sample of Kontakt 5.

For Kyle's birthday I bought him a Korg DS-10 synthesizer for his Nintendo DS.  This is a very impressive piece of software.  Before his birthday I composed a variant of Happy Birthday for him, changing the rhythm slightly and fitting it into two patterns.  In this recording I've played it in a loop starting with BPM=10, going up to BPM=250 and then back down to 10 again.  After his birthday both Kyle and I made a couple simple songs; mine is Cool and his is Oooh.  They are each played through twice in the recordings.

I bought a Fender Stratocaster November 2008 as a birthday present and recorded a couple very simple pieces on it.  One was a song with my son Kyle (see his music page for more details) and the other was a very simple but pretty piece I wanted to save.

Around November 23, 2007 I wrote some sketches for music to accompany a short animation my friend Lydia Yue had created.  The title of my piece was to be Stone and Opal, and I saved sketch 1 and sketch 2.  Also a score for sketch 2 was made.  I still want to continue work on this if I can find some time....

Sometime around 2006 or 2007 I recorded some simple patterns using a Korg Electribe ES-1.  Here are two of them: Pattern 1 and Pattern 2.

On July 23, 2006 I recorded an arrangement of Bach's Two-Part Invention #8 that I had step-entered into a Roland PMA-5 sequencer.  I actually prefer this computer-perfect performance to any version I've heard by a pianist!  In addition I added a bass and drum backing to the original which in my opinion make it even better.  At some point I stopped varying the accompaniment--the idea was that you should concentrate on the piano there--but it gets repetitious so I should fix that someday.

Around the end of 2004 I  found a medley of old simple songs (probably composed around 1996-98) that I made an mp3 of in 1998.  Among them are early versions of the main melody of "Look vs Time" (see the top my root page).

I also wrote a piece in the 1996-1998 time frame that I called CE.  This was a piece of process music, inspired by Brian Eno, in which the score consisted of a set of instructions and the listener was to "perform" the piece him- or herself.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to find the score (if I ever wrote it down), but the basic idea was to use a keyboard connected to a Roland JV-2080 (although one could substitute a similar synthesizer I suppose), set it to the "Full Stops" organ patch, hold down the two notes C4 and E4 (thus the name of the piece), and play around with a specific parameter of a specific effect (I think it was the step flanger, but I should see if I can recreate the details).  You basically increased the parameter (which was probably step rate) slowly, listening to the changes in the sound and progressing as you felt.  Then at the end you decreased back to the start.  For such a simple process you get some really amazing sounds, and the point was to listen to them closely and enjoy them.  Fortunately on July 19, 1998 I saved a MIDI file of me playing the song once myself, and then over ten years later, on November 30, 2008 I made an MP3 file of this performance.  It's nearly 19 minutes long.