Monthly Archives: February 2015

Silent music.

The very first note I wrote about this tune was just two words: ”a drunk”. (Or is ”a” considered as a word?)

Then I decided that bassoon’s my weapon of choice.

After writing just a few bars of melody, the song started assembling itself.

SLOSH WALTZ depicts a drunks staggering trip from bar to home. The fellow in question is well dressed, top hat, bow tie, cane and everything. And what do you know, he looks just like James Finlayson, the scottish actor.

Our hero lives in a world, where the only colours that exist are black, white and their numerous shades. His movement is quick yet clumsy, as if the time is moving faster than it usually does.

After some adventures, including passing out for a while on the back of a milk carriage, the drunk finally gets home. The whole thing ends to a good tripping.

I call this one a waltz even though there’s not a single 3/4-bar in it. The slosh part in the title should explain it.


Introducing something serene compared to the previous ambient tunes I’ve made.

TEMPLE BY THE SEA is a place where you can rest and leave all your troubles behind (for awhile). In the daytime sun shines in and when the evening comes, thousands of bioluminescent insects provide the lighting. And I mean nice insects, the ones that respect your personal space.

Bird sounds are made with delayed guitar and slide. It’s an old trick by guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew.

The track is best served on a low volume.

Heavy duty.

GLOOM SUN SOLITAIRE is metal. Although here in Finland this kind of metal is pretty much considered as easy listening. You know, there’s some clean guitars and melody. And if there were vocals, it most likely wouldn’t be growling, snarling or screaming in pain.

About the specific genre within metal… I don’t know, man. I’m an old metallist allright, but I’ve completely lost track of the ”new” genres. There’s guitar melodies in thirds, simple power chords and a short passage with some fancier chords, so I’m just going here with the definition of ”classic metal”.

The guitar tuning is Drop D, which is awesome. Two more notes on the bottom without sacrificing any brightness.

Alternate route.

Sometimes a song doesn’t want to be completed. The song in question was supposed to be a kind of an indie guitar pop tune, played with physical guitar and bass. I recorded most of the instruments to the point where I was able to do some preliminary mixing, and that’s when the song started to play dirty.

Couple of guitar sounds just couldn’t live peacefully side by side. Bass was being powerless of humming uncontrollably. The drums were actually very nice but the unity of the song was nowhere to be found.

Luckily I’ve got some tricks of my own – I guess that’s called craftsmanship.

So, I pretty much just gave the song the finger and replaced guitars with synthesizers, the lively bassline with a extremely straightforward one and changed drumset from an acoustic to electronic.

The result: One completed song

Bonus: It’s something completely different I thought it would be

Amount of fun gained: Lots

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