Thursday, December 31, 2009


Always, hosted on Box.

A songlike waltz featuring electric guitar, glockenspiel, bass, melodica, toy echo feedback, vocals. Initially recorded back in '07, mixed recently.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cymbal Tap

Cymbal Tap, hosted on Box.

Features a few cymbals, each used in a feedback loop with a contact mic and a small battery powered amp. Plus feedback from a Realistic Electronic Reverb and ebowed violin drone.

Recorded months ago, finally mixed down in a year-end press to make things count, as it were.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Last I Drove To Value City

Last I Drove To Value City, hosted on Box.

Some cheating here, with whatever software tremelos could be had and a pitched-down doppleganger track or two to bring the warm (if not the low).

Otherwise just garden variety mic feedback/amplification with the cheep karaoke machine, its aliasing echo, some ebowed gitbox lost in hazy recollection. Plus the on-the-fly pitch shift quiver of the Ohio Art DynaMike voice changer.

Regarding the title, more haze within tethered to an actual place name.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Over To Pons

Over To Pons, hosted on Box.

Features Yamaha VSS-30 via a trem/'verbing Twin Reverb and the pervasive karaoke machine. Ebowed to varying degrees of squeeeness is the zitherish Music Maker, an old acoustic and a clunky homebrew zither of sorts cobbled together years ago. The clunky zither of sorts is also plucked, picked.

Foregoing the ritual mention of influences in this garage manifestation.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

June Bug In August

June Bug In August is another instrumental hosted on

Features more of electric guitar, but much of that is processed thru the venerable Korg X-911 Guitar Synth. Or the guitar is controlling the Korg.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wandered Past

Wandered Past by krseward

The words that come to mind are: "Who can say?"

Beyond that open question, there's the not-so-sympathetic (indeed, plucked) strings of an electric sitar, the thrum pulse of low feedback (our old friend, the cheesy karaoke machine), the squee and swoo of high feedback (ditto the karaoke), and something that's likely my voice as quoted by the ever glamorous Yamaha VSS-30 sampler. Some bits are fooled with via a MadShifta pitch shifter VST of yore but are mostly just as God made them.

With that density of musitech geekery who can hold back?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Comet to Raynor

Place names and puns often mislead. But this is short long time of suspended animation. Something like a swampglacier, as if that were a word or a sensible notion to have.

Comet to Raynor by krseward

Yet again with the almost zither, this time ebowed. And sometimes amplified/echofied thru the mighty aliasing karaoke machine. Sometimes not.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Downward Rise

Downward Rise by krseward

Again with the droning & feedback & dubious karaoke amplification.

Along with something almost melodic played (again & again) on every museum gift shop's favorite almost zither, the Music Maker.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

posting records to the hinterlands

As I've said, I was a hick from the sticks.

Mark, a friend from high school, was one in a vanguard of people who would turn me on to the wide world of music. Post-punk music in particular.

Aside from his mixtapes bearing the likes of the Velvet Underground, he got me ordering from the Rough Trade Records USA catalog.

Meantime, someone was working in San Francisco, filling those mail orders & posting records to the hinterlands: Hilary, the bicoastal city mouse to us two country mice.

During our summer of discontent back home from college, she was our vinyl connection/muse/friendly crush and all around beacon of cool things happening in the big world.

scans slightly stalinized/click to make bigger . . .

And yes, the grass is always greener, even when the paper is pink . . .

This note probably piggybacked with one of my orders:

By summer's end, it was back to college (& college towns with better record stores).

Maybe for Hilary, too, since the next RT order was sent out by Bill.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dream One, Meat's Meat

Dream One

Meat's Meat

More 12-Bit Jimson found on cassettes of yore. One spooky but arguably soothing, the other creepy in a Modest Proposal sort of way.

Falling Upward

Falling Upward

This ol' tune is being hosted over at the Internet Archive.

Indeed, tho' it's hard to say for sure, I'm not so certain how long the Ovi hosted stuff (pretty much everything else here) will hold up as things seem in flux over there.

So, if you're just dropping by & have more than a few curious bones in your body, you may want to poke around while the audio players are up and the links are still good . . .

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hornets In The Elevator

Hornets In The Elevator

Titles aren't meant to be too literal-minded and are open to broad interpretation (insofar as titles ever bear any relation to the instrumentals named).

But the elevator I've in mind is a grain elevator. A sort of enclosed conveyor belt draws the grain way up only to let it slide down one chute or other to a truck or storage bin.

Taken as a figure of speech, hornets in said gizmo might be like bats in the belfry. Or worse.

And again with the feedback . . .

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dogwood Fabergé

Dogwood Fabergé

More fun with feedback.

Geese Flyover Broadmoor 28 August 2009

Geese Flyover Broadmoor 28 August 2009

Yesterday's entry brought an instrumental that used a field recording in the background. This is more straightforward.

Four geese flew overhead at Broadmoor Audubon Sanctuary in Natick MA. One of them can be heard calling out.

I like the diffuse reverberation in the nearby woods. Reminds me of a cow recording a couple of years back.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Backyard Flicker

Backyard Flicker

Couple of bits of fun feedback sampled into a Yamaha VSS-30 equal the warbly tones and the slapback percussion.

A recording of last night's backyard sounds becomes the background, with occasional pitch shifting to bring about the varispeed of epistemological doubt.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

pinned down again

This is a pin I homebrewed circa 1982 to commemorate a fave post-punk band, Orange Juice.

The fine construction/New World craftsmanship is easily seen . . .

Their "Breakfast Time" (b-side to "Simply Thrilled Honey"), their work in general and that of other bands on Postcard Records was some influence on my own more rusticated inventions:

Instrumental for Plug

Something in the mood of another Orange Juice song, "In A Nutshell", might be heard in these:

Be Here Soon

A Love For All The Ages

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bring May Flowers

Bring May Flowers, supahshiftah version

This supahshiftah version features some pitch shifting (with extreme prejudice) of a vocal percussion track. Let's say I liked "ch" snare sound but was less into the rest, so it gets mangled in the name of fun and springtime.

Bring May Flowers, original version

To be fair, cover all bases, etc., here's the original version without pitch shifting.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rajan Clik

Rajan Clik

Shookup Hollow

Shookup Hollow

Answering the question: "What is life like inside a light bulb?"

That is, assuming the light's not on, the filament's broken and one is touching some point of contact for the sake of sound conduction.

(And all heck's breaking loose with some other objects as well.)

A no longer functioning aquarium bulb and some also-over-with cheepo bulb were touched by a cheap toy spy mic and sometimes a contact mic. Everyone's friend, the E-Bow actuated salvaged reverb tank, was also brought to bear on some mic. A toaster oven rack, too.

In the faint mists of time, use of the ever audiophile-quality Danelectro battery powered HoneyTone amp gave some or most or all of these sounds some, uhhhh, characteristic bandwidth and grit.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

All Nite Ramble

All Nite Ramble

This, like many things recently posted, is long and wicked discursive.

But one gloss, this features the same wayward saxophone heard on Grunt Grunt Pig and other such.

Also on SoundCloud:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

a legacy

My middle brother passed away late last month.

And for better or worse, for anyone in earshot, he had made some contributions to my music. Direct or indirect.

His old sax that he used to play fell into my untutored hands to be used in numerous tunes:

the ever popular Grunt Grunt Pig

the skronky Bobo

the comparatively refined Music and Candlelight

And tho' I'm leery of words like "inspiration", my brother was somewhere in mind when I wrote these:


Who in the Heck Are You?

as well as . . .