Ukulele String Experiments: Thinking About Guilele

As of this writing, I do not have a guilele. Guitalele? Guitarlele? Whatever you want to call them, these instruments have 6 strings on a ukulele sized body and scale length. The most common variants are either 17″ tenor scale or 20+” modern baritone scale. Of course, there are others in between and some longer. […]

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: Know Mercy

This song is my “inspired by” take on Glenn Cashman’s “No Mercy”.  As I wrote previously, I had originally used the name “Know Mercy” while working up the cover version, but changed it back after talking with Glenn. I also was not aware that Glenn’s tune was “inspired by” the Joe Zawinul tune “Mercy, Mercy, […]

New Track: Thermal Soaring

  I’m not going to do a full production log on this one as there weren’t really any new tricks beyond what was written for No Mercy Compositionally, I wanted to write a melody that was “mostly major” for the NAF. The main melody focuses on the second hole of a D4 flute, thus putting […]

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 […]