Can you see? (Song)

January 2nd, 2016 by Daniele Muscetta

This is a blues-y song I wrote recently, performed with the recently built 'Santa Muerte' cigar box guitar (just in time before it gets picked up by its new owner, I thought I'd test drive it properly…) as well as my Plank "#01" Telecaster.

Pump up the volume, and I hope you like it.

Besides composing, I have been to Italy for the Christmas holidays – for the last couple of weeks; production of 'Plank' guitars is about to resume next week, as kids start school again.

In the meantime I moved the website to a 'better' domain name www.plankguitars.com (but all previous links will redirect) and have prepared 'labels' for serial numbers of my builds:

Plank guitars labels

Awakening (Song)

January 3rd, 2015 by Daniele Muscetta

This has been in the works most of last year. After much pondering and various attempts to stick lyrics to it, I decided to leave it instrumental in the end.

Happy 2015!

Awakening – 2015

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Intermittances (Song)

November 1st, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

Kind of a trippy/house track this time. I didn't make it today… I think it has been in the works for over a year, slowly adding and removing and sliding layers… I think it's time to call it done.

Intermittances – 2014

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Introspective (Song)

August 17th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

This one was written last year, in winter (November/December) but I forgot to publish it.

Introspective – 2013

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'Spider' and 'With Luca N.3' (Songs)

August 10th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

These are two other songs I have been composing most of last year… in vain searched for a text that would fit them, I gave up and decided to release them as instrumental.
In the second song you can hear Luca (my 10 yrs old son) playing the keyboard.

Spider – 2014

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With Luca N.3 – 2014

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Old Friend (Song)

August 8th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

June 13th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

March 29th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

January 10th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

January 4th, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

January 2nd, 2014 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

November 30th, 2013 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

November 28th, 2013 by Daniele Muscetta

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

July 20th, 2013 by Daniele Muscetta

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)

April 27th, 2013 by Daniele Muscetta

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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Cozy (Song)

November 22nd, 2012 by Daniele Muscetta

Another song I put together recently, starting from the base chords used in a Jam session with a friend (and doing quite a bit of re-arrangement afterwards).

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Seemingly Dark (Song)

August 26th, 2012 by Daniele Muscetta

Bass Guitar

I recently bought myself a second hand Bass Guitar (in the picture).

Sharing the first song featuring its sound. Very much advised to use a decent amplifier and set of woofers to appreciate it – not your laptop speakers.

 

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Ballad (Song)

June 24th, 2012 by Daniele Muscetta

Sure, not the most original name… maybe you can suggest one 😉
This one is featuring myself playing a few different guitar parts and even the electric violin I just recently bought.

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Il Sole (Song)

May 28th, 2012 by Daniele Muscetta

So, after having been hectic with the move and adapting to a new country/job/life, I finally managed to reconnect and reconfigure my musical equipment and play some music again. I have a few tracks I have been composing… this one is remake of something I had written many years ago (almost 15, in fact). To say the truth, it really has very little music in common with the original one (whose score/files have been long lost) but it bears the same overall "atmosphere" to me, and I reused (part of) the original lyrics.

I hope you like it.

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Impatience (Second Song)

March 14th, 2009 by Daniele Muscetta

I composed another song. For now a single post is good enough to let you listen to it. But later I'll probably create a specific page to collect these songs (the first one was here).

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