|I have been classically trained, first
taking violin lessons and then moving on to trombone and finally to the double
bass. I began to write my own songs shortly after transitioning to the
electric bass, and quickly moved on to creating multi-layered pieces using
the low-tech tools I had available at the time. I created my own percussion
tracks using manually looped recordings, and taught myself how to create
and use samples. Over the years I have written some classical pieces,
but primarily work in electronic music. I have been studying jazz piano
for several years in order to gain a better grounding in this instrument,
and give my work an added depth.
Here are a few pieces I've composed with a picture of my hapharzard undergraduate studio setup. Some of these pieces were written with Farhad Ebrahimi, with whom I performed under the moniker SMF at several MIT Battle of the Bands competitions as well as at parties. Playing electronic music live was harder than we thought!
| Bounded Energy - Loop based and organized largely with Cool
Edit. The bass, filtered whine, and snare samples were taken from Haujobb's
sample CD, "Matrix". The vocal sample was from a self improvement tape entitled
"Boundless Energy". All other sounds were constructed either from my Korg
DW-8000 or from my own sampled voice.
Bounded Energy mp3
L7 - The SH-101 and Fatman carry the bass line, while the DW-8000 whines mixed with a piano. The noisy part of the drum loop is a fill from an Erasure song, destroyed.
Number 8 - The Fatman (bass synth) really shines in this song. This was probably one of the best live songs and this is unfortunately a poor representation (the live drums were never recorded well).
Number 8 mp3
||Origami - Dark jungle song, heavily
relies on Farhard's programming, although once when our MIDI setup failed
I scambled to play the synth part live.
303 in E - I tried to hit every techno high, even includes a drum and bass interlude.
303 in E mp3
Surrounded - Inspiration struck and I put this together in an evening.
| Some of the most fun I've
ever had was performing covers of 80's pop songs (and winning the MIT Battle
of the Bands two years in a row, 1996 and 1997) with Michael Cyrulnik and
Babak Nivi as the band Hello Kitty. We'd sing in falsettos way out of
our range, dress in outrageous costumes, and I'd hold a fan (we called it
a "wind machine") right up to Michael as his guitar screamed out glam-rock
solos for Bon Jovi and Gun's N' Roses tunes for the madly dancing crowd; nothing
was too ridiculous. We're already contemplating a stadium-rock reunion