Short Attention Span 2

“Your attention span is short. So are these songs.”

I made this a while back and haven’t had the chance to write about it yet. Biff has been putting out compilations, and the first he ever did was the precursor to this one, which featured (as this one does) short length songs. Under two minutes and thirty seconds actually. Pretty good concept for a compilation if you ask me. This offers a lot of new music at a really┬ádigestible┬áserving size.

As per any compilation he puts out, not only do I get design it, but I dust off my weepy little fingers and take to writing and recording a song, and that is no different for this. If you’re trying to hear it or anything else on the comp, THIS LINK will be of much help.

 

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Obsolete Vernacular

Here’s another compilation from the man with all the right moves, Biff Swenson. Biff came to me after the success of his first compilation, and asked if I’d like to work on the album art for the next one, and of course I did. As many of you may already know, this is an instrumental compilation aptly named Obsolete Vernacular. The title comes from the movie The Royal Tenenbaums from a scene in which Eli Cash is describing his first novel. The title actually ties in perfectly with instrumental music, as it’s an “obsolete vernacular” in its own way.

While I can’t take credit for the art in the sense of painting the leopard, I will say that Biff graciously gave me complete creative control and I was able to accomplish the idea I had. As soon as I re-watched the scene from The Royal Tenenbaums in the context of this compilation, I knew I wanted to use an old painting involving some sort of wild cat. (If you’re familiar with the scene, this connection is fairly obvious.) This was a great exercise in dealing with public domain images. I was able to find this really awesome painting, and with a few tweaks it was just what I wanted. The type I used for this is different from the stuff I would normally lean towards, but again, I think it fits really nicely is the context of this grouping of songs.

I was also lucky enough to be asked to submit a song to this, which I did quite willingly. It was a challenge writing a song that was intended to be instrumental from the get go. You can’t rely on melodies of lyrics to save you. While this wasn’t the first instrumental song I’ve written, it may have been the first I wrote on purpose. Along with my track comes 21 others, from all sorts of bands with no lack of heavy hitters. Just as the first compilation Biff put out, you would silly to not check it out. It has tons of new music to expose yourself to, and above all, it’s F R E E. Unbeatable. Hope you enjoy the tunes!

You can download the compilation here: http://www.mediafire.com/?bg27sr008hdgo
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Cake Life Complilation Vol.2



I got to design the cover for the newest Cake Life Compilation, which this time was split with some bands from American Buffalo, and what seems to be a few rogue stragglers who are friends with both. We Were Once Children has a song on here, so if you want to hear what that’s all about, now’s a good chance. So if you’re feeling ripe, head over to the Cake Life myspace, and check this out, or if you’ve finally made the jump to the new social media site Facebook, check it out here. Or if you’ve heard of downloading, have fun with this mediafire URL.