Music, composition, mixing, tracking and anything else that makes the ears tingle.

  • Meeting The Lonely Man of Winter

    July 1, 2010

    I listened to a song the other day that I’ll probably never hear again. I listened with four people I’d never met before in a place I’d never been and will probably never return to. There I was in the sweltering heat of a Brooklyn summer evening, drinking hot tea and eating chocolate chip cookies... Read More

  • Scream Tracker Made Me Love Electronica

    April 10, 2008

    I know you’re not supposed to start blog posts with qualifications, but I honestly don’t know how to weave this all together. So, stream of consciousness is my medium of choice tonight. Beware. Back in the early nineties, while everyone else was sporting New Kids on the Block slap bracelets, I was holed up in... Read More

  • The Good, The Bad, The Ukulele

    October 10, 2007

    Never underestimate the power of tiny guitars in large groups.

  • My Confession

    September 28, 2007

    I have a confession to make. I hate loud, growling motorcycles. No, no. I don’t think you understand; I’m not saying that I think they’re tacky or silly or just not my style. I’m saying that when those bulky Harley-Davidson motorcycles gurgle by my house at midnight with their obscene roar, rattling every window pane... Read More

  • Still Here With Every Intention…

    August 24, 2007

    For whatever reason, I can’t seem to get my new site design finished. I’ve been pulling all-nighter after all-nighter and still can’t seem to fit it in. It’s just that I miss blogging! Anyhow, came across this video and thought it was so unique I had to break radio silence. One take, done completely in... Read More

  • Listening Selections To Keep You Occupied

    August 15, 2007

    Since I’m far too busy redesigning Plasticmind.com to write a post, I thought I’d hook everyone up with some sermon podcasts you may find helpful: Fish Like You Mean It – August 12, 2007 Pastor Jesse’s Ordination Service – July 29, 2007 – Carl Barr, Dan Skogen and Keith Gardner (Don’t miss this one, there... Read More

  • Evelyn Glennie: Listening To Music With Your Whole Body

    July 3, 2007

    The category I had to file this in was unfortunate. Evelyn Glennie shares a powerful, stirring talk about experiencing music with more than just the ears. Her combination of explanation and demonstration is particularly memorable because she’s a deaf percussionist. That doesn’t keep her from painting a beautiful portrait of sound and our perception of... Read More

  • A Beautiful, Solitary Heap

    June 28, 2007

    I’d love to be there when some guy tries the “we could make sweet music together” pick up line on Frou Frou (y’know, Imogen Heap). From Wikipedia: “The boarding school she was sent to lacked students wishing to pursue music and Heap clashed with the music teacher. His idea of punishment was to leave Heap... Read More

  • Majesty Snowbird

    April 28, 2007

    Sufjan (Soofyan) Stevens. You either love him or you hate him. Or you're like me and you hated his music right smack dab up to the point when you fell in love with his music.

  • Mosquito Tone Test, or How To Tell You’re A Young’un

    April 26, 2007

    Note: I've been informed that if you're not careful and have your volume up too high, this could damage your speakers. Consider yourself warned!

  • Make Your Own Audio Books

    March 5, 2007

    Ingredients: A Mac: specifically terminal and textedit The full text of your favorite book: try Project Gutenberg or the Christian Classics Ethereal Library for starters. Directions: Copy the entire text of the book you want to a text file. Save it to your desktop as “booktitle.txt” (obviously replacing booktitle with the title of your book).... Read More

  • Playlist for Daydreaming

    February 17, 2007

    Perfect music for eyes closed on sunny Saturday mornings… Biege Finger – Tristeza Weather Report – The American Analog Set Love and Some Verses – Iron & Wine Clarity – Midwest Product Chicago (Acoustic Version) – Sufjan Stevens Passenger Seat – Death Cab Know By Heart – The American Analog Set Look For Me As... Read More

  • The Soundtrack of My Life

    December 21, 2006

    Here’s a cool idea I snagged from Chris: If your life was a movie, what would your soundtrack be? Here’s how it works: 1. Open your music library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc) 2. Put it on shuffle 3. Press play 4. For every question, type the song that’s playing 5. When you go... Read More

  • Sike… Merry Christmas!

    December 19, 2006

    Start your own Christmas tradition to help make each holiday more memorable. I’ve resurrected a dear old term from the 80’s to let you all know that I was pulling your proverbial legs last post. I really love Christmas! In fact, I’m feeling so fine that I’m going to give some goodies to all the... Read More

  • Free Derek Webb

    August 29, 2006

    On September 1st, in the spirit of furthering the Great Conversation, Derek Webb (former lead from Caedmon’s Call) is giving away his Mockingbird album online. This pull-no-punches album has some people offended, but is that a good thing? Free to listen, free to download, free to converse. Go on over and sign up to be... Read More