Two of Diamonds: Nothing Will Assuage The Birthers

August 4th, 2009 by hewins

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that "nothing will assuage" the Birthers. I've emailed back and forth with one and I believe that to be a true statement. I think this will continue to waste everyone's time until the end of Obama's Presidency. Maybe we can just ignore them. I hope so.

Anyway, on to the music. This is another home piece. I made it in Pro Tools but it's mostly a Reason thing. I did have a keyboard attached to Reason so I actually played some of the organ parts but I programmed the piano and vibes and drums.

This piece reveals my love for things that drone as well as Steve Reich. Eno rules too. Enjoy it!

Ace of Diamonds: Buzz Of Fahey

July 27th, 2009 by hewins

Back in action! After a couple weeks' rest and some much needed R and R, here is the next installment of The Deck.

This is some "electronic" "music" and is a product of my recording a couple of old John Fahey LPs into my computer so I can listen to them all digital-style. This is built of samples of the empty space before, after, and between songs on the record. There was a nasty 60Hz hum on it so I used EQ to focus that energy into notes. There is a little Mozart quote in the middle.

Note: This is a Diamond and it's not a cover song. I thought, at the beginning that I wold have more time to do covers as well as originals but that was not "in the cards" for me. If I end up doing any more covers, I'll make them Jokers. So, now I'll fill in all the diamonds and hearts with new originals for the rest of the year. Enjoy!

Halftime Break

July 15th, 2009 by hewins

I am taking a short 1-2 week break as a halftime respite for myself. Don't fret (not that you would), I'll be back with more later!

Wardrobe (Mal)function

Wardrobe (Mal)function

Halftime Assesment

July 9th, 2009 by hewins

So, there are 26 songs so far. I'm going back and listening to some of them again so I can asses what I've done so far. Here's how I see it:

I think there are about 6 categories that these songs could fall under: guitar and voice songs, acoustic-based instrumentals, ambient, rock songs, African-influenced songs and instrumentals, and 'other.'

Guitar and Voice Songs:

Acoustic Instrumentals:

African-influenced Songs:

Rock Songs:

Ambient:

Other*:

* Concerning the "other" category, I'm not really sure what this thing is but I like it. If you want to get to the meat of this one, skip ahead to about 2:56. In fact, in listening back to a bunch of these songs, I've learned that a lot of them reward listening to the end. If you don't you might miss something interesting.

Queen of Clubs: Half

July 6th, 2009 by hewins

Here it is, I made it to the halfway point. I've basically stayed on schedule, only posting songs 1-2 days late but mostly not late at all. I've created 26 songs where only a small few (2) are not really songs, but ambient soundscapes or some kind of whatnot. Not that there is anything wrong with that anyway, it's just that they are not exactly "written" or "songs."

This one is "written" and it is also a "song." I summoned my best 60's sunshine folk pop to try to brighten my day. I think I got there somewhat. I learned the effects of the D-Major 7 chord from John Mathias back in college and I've never put it to use until today. I also think it may be the opening chord (and rhythm) to Pink Floyd's "Dogs" (which is on Animals, an awesome album).

Anyway, this song is a tribute to "half" and the fact that I am halfway done with this whole thing. Half and half. Bring me the halfling. Halved bagel. Halva. Goodbye.

Jack of Clubs: That’s How You Act, That’s What You Get

June 30th, 2009 by hewins

That's how you act, that's what you get. What did you expect?

This is another African-flavored ditty. I think it's fun to add the drums and percussion to tracks like this.

King Of Clubs: A Very Old Man With Very Large Wings

June 21st, 2009 by hewins

I'm skipping ahead to the King of Clubs because there is a king in this song. I'll come back to the Jack and Queen in the next two weeks.

This song started with some of the lyrics then I just built upon them as I went. I got to a point where I thought of a short story that I read in college by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." I remembered the title a little differently last Monday when I was working on this though, hence the title of the song. When I found the story in my old book I realized the difference. In any case, the story by Marquez and the story in this song bear very little resemblance except for the Old Man within.

I thought about Michael Zapruder's songs when working on this one.

Ten of Clubs: Big Indian

June 14th, 2009 by hewins

This weekend I attended the wedding of two very dear friends in Big Indian, NY in the Catskills region of upstate New York. It was a great weekend with good friends and good times. The happy couple are en route to Spain as I type this and I couldn't be happier for them. They have great families and great friends and I'm so glad that I was able to share in the experience with everyone. Thanks, guys!

the wedding attendees running for cover

the wedding attendees running for cover (by Nina G.)

Nine of Clubs: Special Glasses

June 7th, 2009 by hewins

The Nine of Clubs is a song with a drumbeat. These drums are synthetic but they keep good time.

This song is inspired by Sonic Youth.

Joker: End of May, Part 2 (synthesizer)

June 4th, 2009 by hewins

This is not a Joker like the other two have been but I guess I'll file it here becuase it's not really one of the 52 songs, it's more of an extra bonus. So, Jokers are all the extra bonuses. Check it!

This is another version of the "End of May" piece but instead of a guitar as the "sound generation device," I used a MicroKorg synthesizer. Other than that I used the same setup with four guitar amplifiers and a bunch of pedals.

Enjoy--on headphones!