Production Log: Sea Flat

Pre-production: The idea for this one started with a Facebook post about a modern take on the suling. The example given was similar to a NAF, having 6 holes and pentatonic tuning, but it had a different tuning being tuned to a modern scale of B C D F# G. I got to thinking about […]

Production Log : Ab’s Lament

  This song started with drum programming in the iPad app called Patterning. This is a really deep drum sequencing app, and I have barely scratched the surface with it. The main thing I wanted to explore with it was the probability layer. With this, you can assign a probability that a given hit will […]

Production Log: No Mercy

This is my version of Holly Hofmann’s “No Mercy” but arranged for Native American flute and ukulele instead of the original silver flute and piano. Update: the song was actually composed by Glenn Cashman; here’s a great version of it with Glenn on tenor sax. Update #2: After talking with Glenn, I made a mistake in […]

Production Log: Equinox

A link to the video was posted previously. This one was a quick cover to get some sounds “on tape” for two new instruments: Longneck concert pineapple ukulele by Covered Bridge Ukuleles. I did a fairly detailed write up on this one on Ukulele Underground so I won’t say much about it here except to mention the […]

Production Log: Waiting for Spring

Composition for this track started on my Ono baritone ukulele experimenting with chords using two fingers and two open strings. Here’s the simplified chord chart: I threw in some more fingers later but that was the starting point. Ironically, this much was done in the spring and I posted a quick jam of it back in […]

Using… NanoStudio… to make a drum kit?

NanoStudio was the very first app that made me want to get involved with making music on iOS back in 2011. Was there another “all in one” production environment at the time? Maybe BeatMaker but I didn’t pick it up until several years later and I’ve still never got on well with that one. “NS1” […]