*Disclaimer*

*Disclaimer*

This is a site I use to post work I have created or been a partner to, as well as a platform to connect and collaborate with musicians from around the world who are interested in challenging, or thought provoking musical compositions. My studio includes Logic 9 and tons of analogue and digital equipment. I tend to work fairly quickly, but the more interesting a project, the more I want to do the best I can to add something profound, so time is relative. My stylistic interests include everything as long as it is good, although I am not a huge fan of most of what passes for music on the radio these days. I enjoy writing and playing, and I am comfortable with most styles. I currently have 2 "long distance" projects that are on-going, but would love to collaborate with others, with the goal of releasing our collaborations to the public, even if only electronically!
Definitive interests and influences include the usual suspects:
The Beatles, Early Stones (through 1975), Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Who, etc,
but also:
Prog - Genesis/Gabriel/Hackett, Emerson,ELP/The Nice, etc
Canterbury - Hatfield, Softs, Caravan, Gong,etc
Zeuhl - Can, Magma, Neu!, etc
R.I.O - Henry Cow, Aqsac Maboul, Muffins, etc
Bop and Free Jazz - too many to list, but Miles, Shepp, Pharoh, McCoy, Threadgill, AACM, etc..
Fusion - Return to Forever, McLaughlin, etc
And so on. You get the picture. I also love 70s and 80's Southern Cali punk, and British Proto-Punk (the Jam, and did I mention XTC?) through a lot of the good new wave from the 80's (Japan,Prefab Sprout, etc)
Classical - Schoenburg, Eisler, Messiaen, etc
*whew*
I was also a fan of the 45. Two songs, approximately 7-10 total minutes to state your case. Nice...

I have been a musician for over 30 years, and have played live with musicians like Eyvind Kang as well as with members of Caveman Shoestore, The Tone Dogs, Jade Warrior, Group Du Jour and others, and have opened for everyone from Nirvana and the Sun City Girls to Elliot Sharp and They Might be Giants. I currently play music with Daniel Crommie, Bruce Hazen, Colin Henson, David Duhig, Jon Davis Miller, and some great avant-garde musicians in Argentina. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in creating something cool!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bill, In Repose




Bill is in repose, and has been for so long now.
No one knows where he goes, when Bill is in repose


but it's been at least 5 years now. He hasn't moved, or said a word.
we begin to worry about Bill. When we worry about him at all.


We can hear no sign of breathing but Bill is deep that way
We're sure he must be dreaming, but he will never say


but it's been at least 5 years now. He hasn't moved, or said a word.
we begin to worry about Bill. When we worry about anything at all...


Solo


He never moves a muscle. He never blinks an eye.
Sometimes we worry about Bill. When we worry about anyone but ourselves


Bill is in repose...
Bill is in repose...


Stars Separate The Night



What part of me belongs to you?
The answer would be; none.
And no matter what you say to me
I will never be more than one.
To you, or anyone else.


CHORUS
Drape the night in Shadow
And hide the rest in lies


What do I care, what you have done?
I couldn’t care less If I tried
And though treat me like a hired hand
I will never be your guide
find the way yourself

chorus
SOLO


Bathe the night in Monet light
And shroud the stars in dreams


There are two worlds, where I belong
but only one of them is mine.


The Lisa Show

Ah, Lisa
What a great GREAT theme for one of the best Humans who has ever lived!

10 Master



Dark was the night.
And as the pale reeds bent into the wind
They made a sound
They made a sound

Dark was the night.
The night can be anything that you want it to be
That you want it to be…

Dark was the night.
In truth there was no two of us.
At all.
No frame, no door.
No wall. No floor

Dark was this life.
And life can be anything that you want it to be
That you want it to be…
That you want it to be…

Dark was the night.
And something moving in the trees
Something wrong….
It made a sound
It made a sound

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ferguson

I don't need to explain this one. If you are looking for a soundtrack to the revolution , this isn't it. It is meant to convey my sadness at the way the world is, or at least, as it seems to me. One of my friends said that he heard hope in it. Maybe....
Rumtoad- Guitar, Bass, Keyboards.
Daniel Crommie- Flutes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When the War Begins

If you have been following the news in the United States, every ass clown with a new tinfoil hat has been crawling out from under the teabag to spread ill-will and bullshit. They seem to think that Democrats could NEVER fight back if they decide to push for a Liberal "Final Solution". Thats ok. Let them think that...

Rumtoad- Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synthesizer, Drum Pattern

When The War Begins by Rumtoad

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Future is a Horse

Just word-play, but I was aiming for a feeling of dis-jointed-ness

Rumtoad- All instruments, patterns

The Future Is A Horse by Rumtoad

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The King Is Dead



the King is dead, as is if he had never been
the King is dead, and his dreams die with him
and my head is full of clouds
and time has lost all meaning

But the world didn't end, at least for the moment
and help wasn't needed...the death toll was minimal
and my heart is filled with fear
there is nothing here worth saving.


The King is dead, long live the King
from deepest Fall into the wall
and in the end he didn't mean a thing
the king is dead long live the King


But the world didn't end, at least for the moment
and help wasn't needed...the death toll was minimal
and my heart is filled with fear
there is nothing here worth saving.


The King is dead, long live the King
from deepest Fall into the wall
and in the end he didn't mean a thing
the king is dead long live the King


The King is dead, Long live the King
The King is dead, Long live the King
The King is dead, Long live the King

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Klickitat

this is another piece I have been tinkering with. It is an unfinished demo, but like "In Lucid Moments", I really like the feel of the basic demo.
Rumtoad- Everything

In Lucid Moments

This is a new piece I have been working on. I sent it to Daniel Crommie to play with, so the final version will be different. In the meantime, I am proud of the David Sylvian-like quality of this demo.
Rumtoad- Everything

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Milgrams 37

This is a cover of a Peter Gabriel track that he wrote in the very early 80's after learning about Stanley Milgram and his Teacher/learner experiments regarding the ability of central figures to coerce subjects to commit unspeakable acts against others because of their supposed authority. In the experiments, "teachers" were required to administer increasingly toxic doses of electro-shock to "learners" if they did not answer questions correctly. The "learners" were actually actors, but the "teachers" did not know this, and more than 60% were willing to administer lethal doses of electricity before questioning the right of the researchers to allow this kind of experiment. I draw corollaries between Milgram and the real world every time I interact with fellow humans. All together now "We do what we're told, told to do"
Milgrams 37 by Rumtoad

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Like A New Year's Day

A song that has (so far) commemorated a crappy 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (and probably) an obnoxious 2015. Here's hoping 2015 is better than what we leave behind. I will re-visit this tune to shine it to a pearly condition once I have had time to do all the other boring stuff one must do to stay alive. In the meantime, I have this to remember every NYE for the last (5) Years by.

Rumtoad- Guitars, Vocal, Bass, Mellotron, Synth, Percussion


Like A New Years Day by Rumtoad

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cast a Long Shadow



What did the old man say? Are you free to leave? Can we go today?
will he try to block your way, burning the bridges to home

Walking down a country road. A little tired, a little old
never doing what were told - the fading fire, the growing cold
feel the match burning down...down to the skin
where I begin and you cast a long shadow...


When did I lose the plot? the missing script? The random thought?
Were you sold or was I bought, nothing is quite what it seems
all the tiny, random things. the little joys, and silent springs?
attached to each and every string, the further distance from home


Walking down a country road. A little tired, a little old
never doing what were told - the fading fire, the growing cold
feel the match burning down...down to the skin
where I begin and you cast a long shadow...


What did the old man say? Are you free to leave? Can we go today?
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home

What did the old man say? Are you free to leave? Can we go today?
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home
do we need to run away, burning the bridges to home....

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Crushed Velvet Heart

I wrote this on a Thursday, demo'd on a Friday, and finished and posted on the next day (Saturday, obviously). I am not a great guitar soloist by any stretch of the imagination (I prefer to write specific solos and stick to them, or at least use them as guides when improvising) but I liked the feel because it was as sloppy and unhinged as the song itself, which is about the fear of constantly feeling unprepared for whatever comes next.

Rumtoad- Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Percussion.

Crushed Velvet Heart by Rumtoad

Klasko

This is an original composition. It is a "love song" to Urban Paranoia and disconnection. For this piece, the info is as follows:

Rumtoad - Mellotron, Roland Guitar Synth, Bass, Vocals, Yamaha Nylon String guitar, effects, and drum patterns.

Klasko by Rumtoad

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How Many Moments Must

This is based on a poem by E.E. Cummings. I used a text to voice translator to create the vocal parts, and the "angry" sounds are samples of Wasps. I am very happy with the quality of this piece
Rumtoad- Everything How Many Moments Must by Rumtoad as Well

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Lapse of Judgment at the Brandenburg Gate


A classically inspired piece I wrote for a Daniel Crommie project. This is the basic version which kind of plays nicely on it's own.
Rumtoad- Everything A Lapse of Judgment at the Brandenbug Gate by Rumtoad as Well

A Dream Goes On Forever

Not to be confused with the Todd Rundgren Tune, here is my version of the Todd Rundgren Tune!
Rumtoad- Piano, Bass,Guitar, Mellotron, Percussion, Vocals A Dream Goes On Forever by Rumtoad

Monday, January 21, 2013

Options

This is a song about despair, that utilizes some of the historical aspects of Chief Joseph and the Trail of Tears to make it's point. The end vocals refer to a natural monument in Arizona. "The Trail to the Rock that leads over"
Rumtoad- Everything Options by Rumtoad

Turner

This is a song I wrote about Frederick Jackson Turner, who gave a very famous speech in 1893 that sort of changed how America interacted with the rest of the World for all time. If you are curious about Mr Turner, there are several online sources that explain his influence on Policy and the notion of American Exceptionalism.
Rumtoad- Everything Turner by Rumtoad

(Some of) Jack's Blues

Just a semi- blues with a twist. It was fun to record. It is not finished, but if I waited until every little note was perfect, I would be an old man!. Jack is my rescue cat, and he had a funny look on his face every time he heard me sing his name.
Rumtoad- Gtr, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals,Percussion (Some of ) Jacks Blues by Rumtoad

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Endgame

This is a piece I composed about a visit to a ghost town. We have several in Oregon and there are literally hundreds of them (or at least the sites where they once stood) in the Pacific Northwest alone. They usually shuttered down when an industry like logging, or mining went away. I have an affinity for Ghost Towns. They are a paradox, as they present both a window to a previous time, and a glimpse of what is to come. Rumtoad - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Samples, Percussion, Vocals Endgame by Rumtoad

Memories

This is an old Soft Machine tune that I have updated. Rumtoad- Theremin, Bass, Mellotron, Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Percussion, Vocals, sound effects Memories by Rumtoad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Closing Time

I have several pieces that I have been composing since the middle of June. This was going to have a vocal , but my words kept failing me. It is now an instrumental with other things to occupy your mind. This is seriously one of the most complicated productions I have ever created on my own. And I am not even sure that it is finished!
 Rumtoad- Samples, Percussion, Synths, Bass, and Guitar solo Closing Time by Rumtoad

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Robert E Lee

This was a song I wrote in 2008. It was supposed to feel like a cross between Randy Newman and Stephen Foster. I may have hit that goal, but then again, I try to be a perfectionist. However, I did hit a couple of bum notes on the bass. Oh well. I wasn't planning on getting a grammy for this anyway. Rumtoad- Everything except the Guitar Solo. Kevin Elmore- Guitar solo The Robert E Lee by Rumtoad

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wolf Time

This is a piece I wrote about the current "trend" of joining loosely affiliated and politically vague groups hell bent on destroying everything that makes them uneasy or forces them to think. It has a Randy Newman meets Floyd Cramer kind of lope to it, but trust me, you don't hear many country tunes written in Bb, and they certainly don't use many 11ths and 13ths. I do hope certain fringe elements listen to this and hate it. Then my work would be complete!

Rumtoad- Vocals, Bass, Piano, Guitar Solo, Drum Pattern

Wolf Time by Rumtoad

Cymbaline

The track below is a recent version of an old Pink Floyd tune I recorded. It is an unfinished demo, but it was a lot of fun to record. For this session, the musicians were:

Rumtoad- Bass, Piano, 12 String guitar, Drum Patterns and Vocals
Kevin Elmore - Electric Guitar
Daniel Crommie - Mellotrons and Flutes

Cymbaline by Rumtoad

Amazing

This is a short piece that I composed for a class I was taking. The total length was not to exceed 3 and 1/2 minutes. Its kind of baby techno, but I really like it, especially the ending.

Rumtoad- Bass, Mellotron, Keyboards, Samples and effects.

Amazing by Rumtoad

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ella Fitzgerald Week

This is a song I wrote in 1991, but I like this version best, which I re-recorded in 2009, and then created a video for. It means a lot to me, considering the state of the world we live in now.

Rumtoad- Nylon and Electric Guitar, Bass, Organ,Drum Patterns, Vocals