Topufall Arpeggios

I started this song during the summer vacation on a laptop with, using a limited selection of plugins and a computer keyboard. Later during the fall at my home studio it kept growing and eventually I got to recording the Stick parts as well. The middle long-note melodies are the Stick with e-bow and additional [...]

Delayed Gratification Etude

I've always been drawn to rhythms that have you tapping your head with one hand and rubbing your belly with the other. Here's I'm doing just that with 5/8 in one hand and 6/8 in the other. With a little help from the delay for tremolo-tapping the 16ths.

Mixage Fou 2020

Over the years I've taken part in various composing / songwriting competitions. I've gradually faded them all out, but Mixage Fou (Crazy Mix) is the one that still remains.Not for the fame or glory neither the prizes, but just for the joy of creating something that I usually don't find the time for in the every [...]

Punkt Explained

The process for this song was a bit different than usually. The main idea came to me as a whole with visuals for an abstract video. When I sat down to record the idea, the specific notes weren't very clear in my mind, but I could record the overall arc and rhythm.I made a quick [...]

Biitnik Explained

Having just gotten a cello bow, I was eager to use it in a composition and this was the piece. I did mainly long overlaid drones with some melodical movement in one section. Also some whammy pedal action near the end that gives the air-raid kind of a siren sound. After the intro bowing section [...]

Raak Explained

I completed this one by Halloween and the mood of the piece is appropriately more menacing. Using one bassline / chord progression throughout I wanted the progression to be uneven, meaning shorter version alternating with the longer one. Chord progression in piano intro. Then I laid some melodies over it, making sure that I don't [...]

Pellet Explained

The main aim of the piece was to use polyrhythms. I first got the itch to do it in a minimal form, while listening to the The Dawn of MIDI "Dysnomia" album. But one thing led to another and I was again veering towards more elaborate. The polyrhythmic interplay between drums and and other instruments [...]

Paratamatu Explained

As the name partially hints, the inspiration to make this song was to use drum-set paradiddles. The paradiddles are arranged on the drumset on different pieces of the kit as well as other instruments in different sections. Here are a couple of variations on the drum-kit. Drumkit paradiddle 1 Drumkit paradiddle 2 The Stick also [...]

AlgeRNon Explained

This one got it's beginning impulse from playing with the Antonio Blanca's Reaktor ensemble Nod-e. You can hear the resulting figure right from the start with a synth, later doubled with a filtered sound on the Stick. Arranging this melody for the Stick took a while and I finally settled on the variation where I [...]

Kaarleek Explained

The song began from an improvisation on the beatstep pro sequencer. Sorting through my “ideas” folder I found a drum rhythm that sounded interesting to me. Then edited it to the essential portion of it, also deciding where the the loop beginning and ending would be. It turned out to be a loop just 1/16 [...]