Production Log: Gnossienne 1

This piece was written by Erik Satie around 1890 as a solo piano piece. Here it is arranged for Native American flute, ukulele, percussion, and introducing the “NAFeridoo”. Pre-production The first step was to analyze the structure and rearrange for my ensemble. The original composition is in the key of F-minor with only four chords […]

Production Log: Maiden Glide

This tune is an adaptation of “Gliding Dance of the Maidens” from the Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. I heard it one day on the classical music radio station and thought it would sound nice on the NAF. From my first hearing, I was getting a swing rhythm in my head, and for a jazz hound, […]

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, […]