From November, 2017

Loop Painting #7

Wow!  This month is going to require a lot from me, doing tons of work to finish up my Loop Painting series.  Number 7 and 8 come from the Rochester Fringe Festival in September.  I was happy to be included in it and to get to do some of my experimentation in art and music combined.  
This is a lot of media!  I painted while creating live loops, but in addition to that, I was recording audio and video.  After the fact, I take the audio and turn it into one long, live recording for your ears and a short video with condensed audio for your eyes and ears.
This one sounds great to me.  I’ll be putting out all four of these videos this month!  Such an intense amount of work, but completing this project makes me feel good.  It’s been a great learning experience in all the four realms of art which it involves.
I’d like to offer a discount to any of you who’d like to come out to the Loop Painting Opening December 1st at Photo City Improv here in Rochester;  you get half price entry to the show, which my band Multibird will be playing as well as two other bands!
Big thanks to you all for your continued support.  Onward and upward!

Act Two – Full Musical Score and Audio plus Video version

Blazisox zinkmau!!!  The time has culminated, bubbling forth a smokey boiling liquid in the black kettle upon the fiery hearth within.  Hours and hours and hours of toil to complete this mammoth of a second act to my 13 year project in puppet opera, 23 Psaegz.

I’ve spent almost every waking / free hour, pouring my soul into this computer, this composition program, in hopes that one day we might read through this massive work and bring it to life.  I give this music to you, my Patreons, to have a first listen.  I will continue to own the copyright, hehe, but I give it to your ears, and if you read music, then I give it for your fingers… and your voices, to sing or play on your own along with this digital version first ideas sketch recording and score.

It will certainly develop over time, and I do not feel 100% done with it, but only playing it with others will bring forth changes at this point.  I’ve made it as true to my original idea as I could, with these digital constraints.  I’m loving it.

The audio is of a computer simulation of the future event with live band, but it does not have my guitar parts included, so may sound a bit sparse at times.  It also has a very sketchy voice recording along with it, where I kinda just wanted to get the vocal cues in there for the musicians to get an idea of what was happening.

Tomorrow I will will post a video of the score with music playing simultaneously.  They are rendering as we speak.  It’s a very long process since this act is about 33 minutes!!  There are three acts in all.  The third act is (thankfully) shorter, only about 15 minutes.  I previously released Act 1 a couple months back.  You can find it if you scroll through my posts here.

I’m shooting to complete Act 3 by the end of December!  That way I can move on into the next phase of this project in 2018…

We are here in the future, and weirdly, it feels very futuristic!  We are actually doing a lot of the things people predicted we would do.  I predict that we, as a species, will reach a greater state of enlightenment, while, at the same time, we will find ourselves slipping perpetually backward into ignorant bliss.  Bless!  Thanks for checking this out.



… and if you’re interested in reading along while the music plays, here’s a video version!!

Seth Sings Soft Songs – He Once Was

Hello everyone,

Today I’m sending you a video of “He Once Was”.  It’s one of my favorite songs to play.  It’s pretty quiet so I don’t often get to play it in live music atmospheres because people tend to enjoy more peppy stuff in live situations.  I wish I could play songs like this at every show, and maybe I should just do it, I don’t know.  My Seth Sings Soft Songs series was a great pleasure and a challenge to me because I compiled all my quiet material into two sets of music.  Performing that way was very foreign to me because I’ve been doing so many band shows or loop shows… stuff like that.  I like being able to have an outlet for this type of music because it really is a big part of my musical personality.

So here’s the VIDEO

and here’s AUDIO ONLY

and here’s the STUDIO RECORDING from my solo album “Doubting Won’t Do”.  I hope you’ll enjoy one or all of these!

The rest of this month will be devoted to scoring out Act 2 of my rock opera, 23 Psaegz.  It’s a huge undertaking!  40 minutes worth of music for multiple instruments… I love doing it though! Composing, writing and improvisation are my favorite things to do right now.  I’m so happy to get to spend this creative time.  It’s just in me, the music, always… I’m just constantly thinking in notes, so to have a vent for all this sound bouncing around inside me is just pure joy.


Wow, I’ve passed the halfway mark with this Loop Painting project!  This time I did a bit of advance work before the live performance.  So what I did was to shoot video while looping with headphones and painting a simple background in my studio.  After that, I performed at Kashong Creek in Geneva, NY and completed the painting.   You’ll notice in the video that when the scenery changes also the audio quality changes, that is because I recorded the looping while doing both parts and had the audio coincide.  I hope this creates a bit more connection to the actual events as they occurred.

Heres the SHORT AUDIO and the LONG VERSION for you to download.

My next two paintings are from the Rochester Fringe Festival.  Those ones turned out really nice, and they keep getting bigger!!!  The full art opening is December 1st at Photo City Improv here in Rochester.

This month you should expect from me a Soft Songs Series video and hopefully part 2 to the 23 Psaegz rock opera score.  I’m working hard toward a great many goals.   You are helping to make all this happen, so I must thank you repeatedly!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!