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Old Friend (Song)

Friday, August 8th, 2014

This starts out as a rock ballad, kind of mellow, for the first 4 minutes or so… but then it turns into a more electronic, experimental and almost trance track.

Old Friend – 2014

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I walked all this road (Song)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I have been composing this since February or so… The music has actually been almost ready for a while – in April – , but then things got busy at work (we launched System Center Advisor – Limited Public Preview, I have been responding to feedback, and Contributed some hopefully helpful troubleshooting article), I have not had an occasion to record myself singing and finish the song up.

This is also the first complete song that features both my custom-built guitars: the Plank Telecaster is the one you can hear play the rhythm/chords, while I played the Plank #2 for the melody.

I walked all this road – 2014

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Winter (Song)

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Well, the name of this is just because I started writing it on December 18th… just before the official beginning of winter, and finished it today, just a few days after spring has begun (again, officially – the weather in seattle doesn't say the same). Anyway, it's instrumental (so you don't hear me ranting there) and a bit trippy.

Winter – 2014

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And here's a trippy doodle to go with it – sketched today in my notebook.

Doodling is meditation

Carmen N.51 (Song)

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Another song I have been composing and recording recently. This one has lyrics in LATIN – the verses of Carmen #51 from Catullus, a latin poet who was so amazingly modern in his writing… some of it could have been easily written today. That is what makes masterpieces: their timelessness.

You can find the latin text (with english translation by the side) on this site (and on other sites too, most likely – just look at links in the wikipedia page or search…).

My song probably doesn't give justice to the poem, but I tried to respect the metre (as much as possible… and if I correctly remember what I studied over 20 years ago, which isn't guaranteed). In greek and latin the metre isn't just a matter of defining 'this verse is supposed to have X number of syllables', but it really imposes what kind of rhythm and musicality the verses will have when recited (poetry in the ancient world was often accompanied by music, incidentally).

Anyway, enough words, here is the song – I hope you like it!

CarmeN51 – 2014

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PS – This is actually the second time in my life that I write a song with Catullus' carmina as inspiration and use their lyrics. Many years ago (in high school) I had also composed music around Carme #8, and we even interpreted with the band Ikebana I was playing in at the time. But that is maybe for another time…

New Year's Blues (Song)

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Another song I have been composing and recording over new year's eve (as the name suggests…).
It is some sort of Blues (unusual for me) and vaguely inspired by The Doors, who – I just learned this morning as it is all over the newsreleased their debut album on January 4th, 1967.

New Year's Blues – 2013

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In the quiet of the morning (Song)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Another song I have been composing and recording over the last few week(end)s and during the Christmas Holidays. I actually have a few more that will follow (still working on them) but this one is good to go, I think. This features vocals of my friend Kymberlee, and the line she sings is the song's title.

In the quiet of the morning – 2013

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Life in the Northwest (Song)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Another song I have been composing and recording over the last few week(end)s.

Life in the Northwest – 2013

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No Memory (Song)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

This is a new edition of a very old song (ca. 1995 or 1996) that I used to play/sing with the band 'Ikebana'. It was myself and Tommaso Cancellieri at the time. This was actually one of his songs. I kept the concept and the lyrics (with minor tweaks) but the music is new. Just a dive into memories (funny since the title is 'No Memory'…) for us. Even if you miss the context, I still hope you like it.

No Memory – 2013

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DYI Telecaster (Pinecaster) Project

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

After restoring a guitar around the Christmas holidays, in the early spring I also built one (almost) from scratch!

I started from a plank, hence the name seemed appropriate:

Headstock logo

Here is what it was before the “transformation”:

Can you see a Guitar in this picture?

and this is how it turned out to be:

Almost Ready

If you look at this set on Flickr you can see the whole process I went thru.

It’s quite satisfying to produce something like this. It sounds beautifully. I might do a few more: would you like one?

Ambient / Where are the days (Songs)

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

A couple of songs I have written in the first part of this year. Both feature my restored guitar, and the second one ("Where are the days") also features the Telecaster I built.

I hope you like 'em.

Ambient

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Where are the days?

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