More Noise on Bandcamp – A New Duke Bike Rider EP

The ease of digital recording has made it fun to collaborate with yourself.

All of these were made on Garageband, which is to say, they’re me on Guitar and bass, with drum fills borrowed. The exception is the opener, “Do Another One, Dad” which was just a series of fills created with the AuxyPro app on my phone, then transferred to Soundcloud and then Bandcamp.

I’ll probably do more of these, as it encourages me to actually learn and practice my instruments. Let’s face it, practicing is boring, and I’m the sort that won’t do it unless there’s a goal to work towards. I realize these are basic, and not examples of great songwriting, but I had fun with them.

Bandcamp Is Waiving Its Share of Sales Today

As coronavirus and protests continue to disrupt the country and its economy, many have asked the best ways to support musicians who suddenly and abruptly lost their main form of income. The usual answer is “buy an album or merch” — and today (Friday, June 5) offers a rare opportunity to maximize the amount of…

Bandcamp Is Waiving Its Share of Sales Today – 100% Goes to Musicians — Artists and Labels Making Donations — Variety

Bandcamp is the kind of website we were promised when the internet started disrupting the music industry at the beginning of the century. It’s just the consumer and a million indie artists, with zero in the way of getting between you and what you want. There’s an exploratory aspect as well — you get the opportunity to discover things you wouldn’t have found otherwise. I’ve discoverd a handful of bands, some in genres that would never have occured to me, Via bandcamp. Behold, a sample of the really good ones.

See? It even embeds in WordPress. I can’t even get Apple Podcasts to do that.

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Butterfly Figure Skater: Duke Bike Rider on Soundcloud

Sometime I create music as well. I consider them sonic doodles. Learning to play an instrument or absorb music theory feels like work. Because it’s work, and with you as your own taskmaster, inevitably you will be ridiculously lenient on yourself. So creating little sonic doodles and throwing them out on to the wild free internet gives you a sense of accomplishment and a reason to keep going.

This track, Butterfly Figure Skater, started as a deconstructed walking bass line, that I added a Guitar counterpoint to. The drums are a sample. It has aspirations to Jazz but is really just Rock.

The artwork is done with Adobe Spark.

Initially, I wanted to record enough tracks to put a 5-song EP on Bandcamp. I haven’t felt ready or had time to do that. And really, for that to be worthwhile, they’re going to need to be… good. And I’m not quite there yet. So this is a way for me to make stuff, get that feedback, and have fun with it.

Because this is fun.

Duke Bike Rider Lives.

You may not know this, but I fart around in my office with music as well. A little bit ago, I made this:

Yesterday, I found some of the tracks that I didn’t put on Yellow, made a new one, and called it Other. Behold.

Each album is a buck each if’n you want to download them for your listening delight.

Of course, I also have these: IMG_2187

So at some point GarageBand, my Blue mono mic, and I are going to create something a bit more guitar-based. Check this spot for future details.