Onzekerheid and Boards of Hollandia

I’ve added two new tracks to the KVR contest entries page.

Onzekerheid

The theme for the August contest was Form. The idea was to compose a piece that falls into one of the following musical forms:

  1. ABA
  2. ABAC
  3. AABA

See if you can figure out which one I chose! This is my first entry with vocals (I recently bought a cheap Akai mic at a junkyard sale for a few bucks), and they’re in Dutch in case you don’t know what you’re listening to. I wasn’t too impressed with my vocal performance myself, but it’s common knowledge that poppy songs with vocals tend to do better than instrumentals, so I ended up in 4th place out of 40+ entries anyway.

core - onzekerheid Downloads: 538 times

Boards of Hollandia

Boards of Hollandia

The September theme was YRUme (why-are-you-me), in which we were supposed to emulate a band or artist. Covers weren’t allowed so the difficulty was in creating something that sounded like someone without actually doing one of their songs.

At first I though I’d do Dinosaur Jr. or Sonic Youth, but as I was on the beach in Tunisia most of September I decided to do something less time consuming.

I started out with some pads in Oatmeal, put some LFO on it and figured I should have a go at a BoC type piece. In the end it didn’t quite come out gritty enough, but I’m pleased with the overall result. It didn’t rate well at all with the peeps at KVR, getting just a few votes and placing somewhere in the middle of the results list. There were a few amazing entries though, so I’m not disappointed with my score.

core - boards of hollandia Downloads: 721 times

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Dinosaur Jr. in its original lineup: Beyond

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Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond

I used to consider Dinosaur Jr. as one of my favorite bands when I first started listening to alternative guitar/rock music and I have fond memories of playing songs from Bug and You’re Living All Over Me with my teenage friends.

But times change, and so did my musical preference. It’s not that I don’t like that type of music anymore but I just listen to more electronic stuff these days.

Reading about Dinosaur Jr.’s latest album Beyond got me a bit excited though. For this album they got back in their original lineup of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. I guess Barlow leaving Dinosaur Jr. almost 20 years ago (after the Bug tour) wasn’t all bad (Sebadoh!), and J made some great albums pretty much all on his own, but in my opinion Dinosaur Jr. is best with these three guys in it.

Dinosaur Jr. back in the day - Murph, Jay and Lou
Dinosaur Jr. back in the day – Murph, J and Lou

Critics are quite positive and fans seem to love it. So, if you’re into alternative rock just give it a try (I know I will).

Check the Dinosaur Jr. website for more information.

Link via Bleep

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