Well, it only took me twelve years. I have finally finished my quest to re-listen to my entire CD collection. This really didn't need to take more than decade, but in the middle of the process I decided to start reviewing each CD individually. After a while the thought of having to type a new review if I listened to a disc would discourage me from continuing. I finally gave up somewhere in compilations. The world doesn't need to know that each of the eight or so Back from the Grave compilations sounds pretty much like all the other ones. On top of that, there was an excursion into my vinyl collection in which I ripped all my 45s and then started in on my LPs too. Who knew listening to music was such hard work.
A large portion of this Web site is dedicated to posts about music. Here are just a few.
Here are three more videos of my Martian Law songs. These were all created in FL Studio.
This is a track from my second computer music release called, Upgrade Downgrade (2001). The music was created in MadTracker 2 on a Windows 98 PC. The voice was from AnalogX's SayIt software and most of the samples were probably found online somewhere.
20 years ago this month I released an album's worth of computer music. If you weren't one of the lucky 3 people who got a CD, this is what you missed. Last night I made an *official video* for the song "March of the Mustard King." This was pre-Garage Band. Back when making songs on a computer was like watching the code of the Matrix scroll by.
Authenticity Fetishist is the fourth official release by Martian Law. It was written and produced during the summer and fall of 2018 in Chicago, Ill., USA.
Buy the Album on Bandcamp
This album is only available as a digital release. You can buy it through Bandcamp for a measly three bucks or, if you are a cheapskate who doesn't want independent creators to thrive, just download it for free. I'm not judging.
"Kentucky Mechanisms" Official Video
Although I haven't had much formal training as a musician, over the years I have enjoying playing, writing, and recording songs in one way or another. The closest thing I have to musical training is my time in fifth grade when I played coronet in the Washington Grade School band back in Peoria. I played a horn that I found in a dumpster. It was beat to hell, but could still play in tune. Later in my high school college years I picked up guitar from my younger brother, Greg, who had been taking lessons.
I recently took the time to sample all of the default sounds from the Apple IIgs music composition program The Music Studio for use with my new sampler. The sounds were recorded directly out of my IIgs via an Applied Engineering sound card and into the Octatrack. I then took the WAV files into my PC and cleaned up the audio a bit. The IIgs outputs a rather noisy signal.
For the past half-year or so I have been participating in the PRF Monthly Tribute series where various artists and friends cover a different band each month. This month I did a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love." I thought there were not enough references to Zardoz in the Fleetwood Mac oeuvre, so I fixed that.
After years of searching through record bins and online auction sites I have finally purchased a copy of The Golding Institute's Sounds of the International Airport Restrooms! This was Planet Pimp's final release and it has become the rarest title from that catalog. I am not sure why this one became so hard to find but I think when Sven-Erik decided to close shop he ending up destroying a lot of his stuff (just a guess).
Loss-Frame is the third collection of songs released under my moniker, Martian Law. I am pretty happy with the way all these tracks came out so I hope you enjoy the EP, and, if you like it, share this on whatever social network you have sold your soul to. Download Loss-Frame in its entirety for free!
Lumpen is a left-wing hipster magazine from Chicago that would occasionally release CDs and other multimedia projects. I knew Ed (a.k.a. Edmar) and he invited me to create a track for this compilation of 80s covers. I chose to do my take on Sparks' "I Predict" off of their Angst in my Pants record. Again this a crude electronic piece using PC-based tracking software combined with a freeware text-to-voice program. The rest of the CD is a mixed bag of songs. As with any compilation, some are good, some are not. I will let you be the judge as to which category my track falls into:
My first pure-computer music CD, The Exciting Sounds of a Compaq P133, was followed by a four-song EP entitled, Upgrade Downgrade. For these songs I had a much better handle on the technology and thus the sound is much more clean. I never really had an official release—with covers and all—for this batch of tracks. I tended to burn them as bonus tracks when ever I gave someone a copy of P133. So, consider this the belated debut. Again, I have made high quality MP3s out of all four tracks and they are available here for download. Download the entire Upgrade Downgrade EP by clicking here!
I have always liked to create music on computers. Back in the Apple ][+ days I made quite a few annoying musical ditties with The Music Construction Set and this continued into the Apple ][gs days. My software was never really sophisticated enough until I discovered tracking and mods when I upgraded to Windows 95. After a few years of noodling around, I finally had enough material to release a CDs worth of my electronic music, The Exciting Sounds of a Compaq P133.