Spook 45 (Stoyan Jams podcast, episode #6)

Here’s one piano/synth piece, I was exploring what the good people at Spitfire audio have to offer in terms of free-ish plugins – some LABS pads (free) and BBC symphony (free if you wait 14 days).

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Shepherd’s (Stoyan Jams podcast, episode #4)

Episode #4 comes to you again from Los Angeles, California. This little piece for acoustic guitar, messed up echoey acoustic guitar as background, and random percussion noises is called “Shepherd’s”. Hope you like!

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Update: now with a video

Life (Stoyan Jams podcast, episode #3)

This one gem is called “Life”. It’s very short. Enjoy!

It’s basically one chord. The thing is, putting music out there is just too hard, mainly because of our inner critic. Nothing is perfect, nothing is even close to good enough. Our creations are too precious. We don’t want them out in the cold wide world, judged by others. My solution to this crippling inability to release music was – hey, I’ll just create a podcast, call it “jams”, very low key and unassuming. Can’t judge that. After all, it’s not “the real thing (TM)”. But guess what, even that wasn’t easy enough. One night I said – I’ll just release one chord. Can’t be any simpler. Well… it’s been almost a year. The caveat was that I want to use this one chord as an excuse to learn at least some of the tools I’ve been stockpiling – hardware and software. And record a bunch of instruments. And yup, there are a lot of instruments in here. For example a crappy old out of tune piano I recorded last summer while on a trip in Scotland. And a gong, located in the Facebook office in Seattle (Thanks for hitting it, Gan!)

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Ambient Bach: Stoyan Jams episode #2

I needed about a minute of ambient music and this is what happened. Three chords repeated with slight variations. Mostly stolen from Bach’s Prelude in C. Type these into MuseScore. Render in to WAV in MuseScore with samples for “strings”, then with “ooh”, then with “bassoon”. Copy these to Reaper. Cut some parts from “ooh” and “bassoon” so these come in later. Add generous reverb and some delay. Done.

Funny thing is that, depending on the listening environment, additional ghost instruments appear. For example on iphone earbuds I hear trumpets at the end. I think because of all the overtones (harmonics) and how they randomly interact with each other when the same notes are rendered with different samples and different delays and reverbs. Spooky.

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FGam: Stoyan Jams, episode #1

Well, hello and welcome to my podcast! This is episode #1 of what I hope would be a place to put up musical noises on some semblance of a regular schedule. Enjoy and happy new 2018!

This first one is a jam in F. This thing is based around the idea of skipping the third in an F chord, so the major vs minor is a little ambiguous. And replacing the A (or is it Ab?) with G. Spoiler alert: it is an A 🙂

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