Songs : : Song Info

Below is a play list with a little bit of info about each of the songs. Maybe it's the inspiration behind it, maybe it's to mention some friends who also played a part of the song.

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T-Maxx 03-06-02 Play Song
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If there's any one song of mine that has gotten me fan mail over the years it's definitely T-Maxx. T-Maxx is also the oldest song I've recorded. I can still remember hanging out in my parent's basement after college and composing it while they had company over. This was probably in the Summer/Fall of 1991. The song appeared in the Macintosh game Tetris Max and the PC game Bricklayer - both of which were excellent Tetris clones.

Instruments used: D-70, D-10, TX16W, R-8.

A couple re-mixes/re-makes have appeared on the 'net of T-Maxx. I'm very flattered that some people like the song enough to put a lot of time and hard work into making them:

  • The first one was done by Damian Yerrick - he re-created the song as a midi file that can be heard by clicking here.
  • Derek Warren of trideja.com made an awesome version of the song using Reason software. It can be heard by clicking here.
  • DUBSTEP! Darren Prentice made this awesome dubstep version. Click here to listen to it. You can listen to his other materials here.
 
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Triumph 03-06-02 Play Song
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Triumph was one of those songs inspired by new sounds available for the D-70 and the TX16W. Parts of the rhythm section found their way into the song through a horrible transposition error. But I liked it so I kept it in! I think was also one of the first songs I wrote guitar parts for. Here, they are played by my good friend Jay Derksen who also plays on other songs found here on the site. This song went on further to inspire Teknoid.

Instruments used: D-70, U-110, TX16W, RM50.

 
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Experimental 03-13-02 Play Song
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Experimental was written almost immediately after Triumph. It, too, was inspired by some new sounds. I really like the rhythm section in this one - it's the RM50 going through the Zoom effects processor. It's a combination of delay and gated reverb. The organ solo was really fun to play. But I couldn't do the slides with my fingers since they kept getting stuck on the keys. So I used a cassette tape case and ran that up and down the keyboard. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Looking back I'm very surprised that this song was done using only two instruments.

Instruments used: D-70, RM50.

 
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Teknoid 03-13-02 Play Song
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Teknoid is one of my definite favorites - it's very upbeat. I'm not sure if it's entirely finished, though. One of these days I'd like to revisit it - or at least make a couple remixes out of it (shhh... one is in the making right now). One of the highlights of this song is the guitar solo, written and performed by Jay Derksen. I literally handed Jay a tape of the song and said "write something kick ass for this - no holds barred". And he did - I just love it. Thanks, Jay!

Instruments used: D-70, TX16W, RM50.

 
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Gates 03-20-02 Play Song
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This song came out of vocal samples I did on the TX16W of the words "Tick" and "Bum". This is also the first song in which I think I successfully used horn sounds. Before, they always seemed so forced. Here they seem to fit. The name of the song comes from the gated drums - hence Gates. If you listen, it sounds like each drum sound hits and then reverses back to quiet. It's hard to describe but it's kinda cool. This song was supposed to have a kickin' guitar track but a certain someone (*cough* Jay Derksen *cough*) broke a string during the recording session for this and didn't have replacements. Oh well, maybe one of these days we'll get around to trying that.

Instruments used: D-70, U-110, TX16W, RM50.

 
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Zephyr 04-17-02 Play Song
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This is a special song in that it features the very rare occurrence in which I used a loop. If you listen closely you'll hear an "exotic-like foreign-ish" nylon string guitar. That's the loop - looping every 2 measures during the chorus. During the solo and the end of the song I'm playing guitar sounds which are placeholders until I can re-record it using real electric guitar.

Instruments used: D-70, U-110, TX16W, RM50.

 
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Abide 05-02-02 Play Song
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"Religion is a funny thing". About 10 years ago I was listening to the radio on an old-style dial-tuner receiver - the kind where you had to be exact to get good reception. I came across what I figured was a Sunday evening sermon of some kind. Normally, I would pass it up but something about the sound of it made me listen. It was crackling and you could mostly hear every other word. I specifically remember one line that was said: "God's presence will be with you and you will abide". I thought it was pretty harsh, to say the least. "you will abide" - "resistance is futile" - not much of a difference, I suppose. Anyway, I actually managed to tape the whole "sermon" and used a chunk of it in the beginning of the early recording of this song - it sounded really neat but made the song over 10 minutes long. One of these days I'd like to put it back in but drastically cut the sermon down. Plus, I really don't feel like getting sued. By the way, if you've never seen the movie Dogma, step away from your computer right now and go rent it. No really... don't worry, this site will still be here when you come back.

Instruments used: D-70, D-10, RM50.

 
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Wedding Song 05-29-02 Play Song
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Wedding Song was the first song I ever wrote for someone in particular - in this case for my sister Monika and my brother-in-law Don to celebrate their wedding. It was originally performed solo at their reception with only the piano and acoustic guitar sounds. Soon after, the song was collaboratively modified by myself and my buddies Jeff Faski and Jay Derksen. Drums were added as was additional accompaniment and electric guitar. Finally, lyrics were added - the song was retitled Too Late. The version you'll hear on this site more resembles the version Too Late version but it's melody is exactly the same as it was in the original.

Instruments used: D-70, U-110, RM50.

 
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Union 05-29-02 Play Song
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Union was the second song I did to commemorate a wedding. This time it was for extended family members Anne Marie Perske and Mark Geerink. This song was also played live at their reception but instead of simply lugging one keyboard I wound up dragging a keyboard, some sound modules, a mixer and a computer. I'm sure the band they had were thrilled when I showed up and asked "Hey, can I plug in?" Regardless, it allowed me to perform the song with all of it's intended accompaniment.

Instruments used: D-70, RM50.

 
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Bride (In the Name of Love) 05-29-02 Play Song
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Bride was the third song I wrote to commemorate a wedding - I haven't done another since. Bride was composed for my great friends Jeffrey and Maryn. Having learned that it's a little impractical to bring a small studio's worth of equipment to a reception I simply burned it onto a CD and presented it to them at their wedding shower. The song's full name Bride (In the Name of Love) is a play on a particular U2 song - can you guess which one? I particularly like the bass line in this one a lot.

Instruments used: D-70, D-10, RM50.

 
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Three 05-29-02 Play Song
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I wrote Three song to celebrate the birth of Jacob - the first child of Jeffrey and Maryn. I wanted to add a child-like or toy element to the song so I went out and purchased a wind up music box and sampled the "wind up" sound and used it at the end of the song - I then played the melody from the song using a music box-like sound. I think it's pretty convincing. Jeff thought it was funny that I designed a "logo" for them - the "Daddy Baby Mommy" logo you see on the album cover. Of course now that they have a second child the logo totally doesn't make sense any more...

Instruments used: D-70, RM50.

 
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AC 08-12-02 Play Song
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AC is the first tune I created using a new piece of software I purchased called "Reason". It truly kicks ass. It allows me to use virtual instruments to create and play sounds I could never do with the physical equipment I currently have in my rack. Every sound you hear is being generated by the software but input through the D-70. On another note, the cute little girl on the cover art is Rowan, the daughter of my friends Logan and Jodi. The picture was taken as a negative by Loki, their 5 year-old-son as he was experimenting with their digital camera.

Instruments used: Reason, D-70 (for input only).

 
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Bounce 08-28-02 Play Song
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My music is definitely taking a turn to a more techno/electronic direction. I don't feel that's a bad thing at all - maybe I need the change. Bounce was completed on the heels of AC. And like AC, Bounce was created entirely in Reason with everything input on the D-70. I personally like this one a lot and hope to do some more in the same style. I hope you like it too!

Instruments used: Reason, D-70 (for input only).

 
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Razor 09-07-02 Play Song
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In my recent attempts to "butch up" my music I came up with Razor. I think it sounds kinda Nine Inch Nails-esque without the vocals (perhaps something between Pretty Hate Machine and Broken). I'd really like to come back to this one someday and maybe add some guitar (or get Trent Reznor to scream some vocals for me)!

Instruments used: Reason, D-70 (for input only).

 
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Move Any Mountain (Heavy Mix) 12-08-02 Play Song
Move Any Mountain (Lite Mix) 12-08-02 Play Song
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A while back after working on an original song I decided to play it for my friend Jeff to get his reaction. After hearing it once he said "Play it again." This second time he waited for the chorus to come around and he sang "I can move, move, move any mountain..." which put me in a dilemma. He was right - my original song DID kind of sound like the Shamen's "Move Any Mountain". After some thought I figured it best to avoid others thinking the same thing so I found a sample CD with some samples from the song and added them to my composition and voila - my very first remix. Why two versions? The "Lite Mix" is mostly my original composition with Shamen voice samples during the chorus. The "Heavy Mix" has a LOT more samples from the Shamen's original song including most of the rapping. If you like any of the two versions, you may want to pick up the Shamen's original which appeared on the album entitled "En Tact".

Instruments used: D-70, RM50, TX16W.

 
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Sing (Original) 02-14-03 Play Song
Sing (Reprise) 02-14-03 Play Song
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Sing is the first song I ever wrote for Heather. I've always wanted to write a song for her but it had to be special. But I couldn't force it. I figured when the time was right and the creativity was there I'd know it. Well, luckily it so happened that when I started working on Sing I just knew this would be the one - once I realized that this would be Heather's song it all fell into place. And the timing couldn't have been better - it was a few weeks before Valentine's Day. The Russian Monks were the most challenging part of the song. I had some clips and sampled them but none of them were in any key. Tuning them proved difficult. So was chopping them up into many pieces so I could lay out all sorts of "Ooohs" and "Ahhhs" across the keyboard so that I could actually play them and not simply play back samples. I also made a "Reprise" version which is shorter and has no monks.

Instruments used: Reason, D-70 (for input only).

 
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Sponge 03-20-03 Play Song
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I honestly have no idea where this one came from. I've always liked music from Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit and have wanted to do something along those lines. I thought it would never happen, though, because I'm a keyboardist, right? We're not supposed to play all guitar-like. Well, a hardcore band by the name of Clawfinger released an amazing set of drum, bass, and guitar patches for Reason. After messing around with them a bit I realized that you actually CAN play guitar on a keyboard. Clawfinger are to be commended for doing an excellent job with all the patches - I'm sure it was no easy feat. Well, back to banging my head.

Instruments used: Reason, D-70 (for input only).

 
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