This is a song I “composed” (I use that word loosely) roughly 10 years ago, before I moved to Asia, and when I lived in Brooklyn. I had a copy of SoundForge, which is a sound editing program, and I started f’ing around with it one day, and became intrigued by what I could do by splicing out sounds and repeating them. I did whole compositions that way, until I got a hold of Vegas Audio, which allowed me to overlap tracks. This was probably my most ambitious attempt at a piece of music. It incorporate my voice (doing a funny Martian impersonation), acoustic guitar playing (not that I was any good at that), and endless splicing and tinkering with sounds on the computer. At the time I didn’t know anyone else that was doing quite this sort of thing, and the fun of it was experimenting and coming up with stuff I’d never heard before. Recently, someone pointed out that my musical “compositions” sound a lot like a really lame ass versions of Karlheinz Stockhausen. I hadn’t listend to Stockhausen when I was making this sort of music – I think radio stations were boycotting his music since his offhanded comment about 9/11 being a great work of conceptual art – and the upshot is that nowadays when I DO listen to Stockhausen it sounds like stuff I did. Of course, he was using all sorts of equipment, and is a real composer, and I was just messing around on the computer, but some of the process and results are similar enough that I “get” his music.
I made several pieces and spent countless hours late at night with headphones on making my own brand of music, until I did some computer upgrade and lost my audio editing programs. I’ve never got new ones with that kind of flexibility. I also decided I was much better off doing visual art, where I had a lot more training.
If you decided to give this a listen, it’s best to use headphones. I did little tricky things like taking individual guitar notes and playing each one backwards and forwards at the same time, and also panning one left to right and the other right to left at the same time. So, there are little sound collage things that are interesting. For me the best parst is just after the voice says, “A man from Mars”.