Rare, Reworked & Recent
Squares and Triangles for Nine Minutes - Sort of a country and western guitar cruise, with straightforward acoustic bashing, chunky and squeaky electrics, and occasional clucking chicken guitar noises, or something like that. A little verse thing in there as well to make it officially a song. This was probably done sometime in the fall of 1990, and I think it was associated somehow with the X's & O's song below.
Birds Unborn - This is the same song (with lyrics by Elke Watts) as that recorded in 1989 and included in the 'Curios' compilation from earlier in 1990, except here it has an additional keyboard synth part; organ/strings-type of background accompaniment. I like this one despite the plugged-nose vocals.
X's & O's - This song was recorded in late summer or early fall 1990, I think. In addition to seeming very much like an actual, identifiable, song-type production, it really contains truth; a bonus I guess. I really like that muted, straight-ahead drum machine too. Not sure why, just do.
It Sounds Along The Ages - I was visiting a friend one night (Quint's older brother Andrew, I think) at his apartment in glamorous downtown Waterloo, in 1987, where he presented this tune to me, saying that he wanted to hear it somehow, fiddled-with maybe. It was credited to the 'Bohemian Brethren' or something like that, on the sheet music; basically a traditional hymn of some sort. Anyway, I took it, and laid down various synthesizer tracks of the melody, played over and over. It starts with a patented, grandiose, bombastic introduction, then moves to the happy cruising march mode that I seemed to gravitate towards around then. Anyway, it needed a home, and in scraping together this 'Rarities' compilation in 1990, I found it one.
This - Well if 'Along The Ages' needed a home, This was completely destitute. In the late summer of 1982 I bought my first electric guitar from a junk shop; $200 for a used Ibanez SG clone, with after-market Dimarzio humbuckers already installed. In a big frenzy to make something sound-wise, I also borrowed a Moog Satellite monophonic keyboard synthesizer from a guy I met the year before, in grade 12, and my friend Ken's Roland Space Echo (tape delay with reverb). I had only started to plink and learn (the 'Volga Boatman' from a Mel Bay book maybe) on an acoustic guitar the year before, and so with a new electrified guitar, and added gizmos (including a Braun combo fan/heater for ambient noise effect), I came-up with six little ditties. They got recorded in mono on my Hitachi stereo cassette deck, and edited, with another deck, onto another cassette tape that lived in my regular music collection for years (Beatles on the flip side I think), until making its way onto this compilation about 8 years later. For the CD version of the compilation (found here), I believe I did a bit of extra digital tidying and editing. If it sounds unprofessionally rough or noisy anywhere, it either just is, or I actually intended it to be (re. the Braun).
Melon Dying - This thing was done in the summer of 1987, using a newly acquired Yamaha RX11 drum machine, sequencing MIDI keystrokes on an also newly acquired Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer. I really had been taken by the notion of evolving, serendipitous ambient music, sounding much like that of Brian Eno's Ambient series of records. Just loved the stuff. Anyway, I played around with just letting sequences run though very slow-attack synthesizer sound 'patches', and just lazing about my room, getting up to tweak the patch parameters from time to time. I might claim this one gives me a sense of how I felt about things at a point that summer, with a touch of imagery of rotting stuff from a Peter Greenaway film. I don't know.
Lemonade - The fall of 1991 saw a final effort to generate some tunes, before a bit of a break (for a few years) from doing such things in any regular way. This tune, from that Fall effort, didn't make it on to the original RRR cassette compilation the year before (kind of logical I guess). It too really needed a home, and so I put it on the CD version of the compilation, and now here it is. Oh, I had a Roland pitch-shifting guitar processor gizmo, which I pumped vocals through, in case you are wondering.
Although this compilation saw use of a pretty diverse collection of techniques and equipment, over I guess a bit more than nine years, all tunes seem happy, together again on this page, as 192 kbps MP3's. Finally, I realize I am no more serious now as at any time before, whatever that means.