Friday, September 5, 2008

Song similarities

A song from a good band, Pale Pacific, sounds kind of similar to Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars. They have the same chord progression (but are in different keys with slightly different melodies). I like both songs, but noticed the resemblence.


Stop/Start, by Pale Pacific, 2003

Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol, 2006


I was listening to Emerson, Lake & Palmer the other day when I heard a modern-sounding drum break in the middle of the song. This excerpt seems to have anticipated much-later electronic music.

Hoedown, by Emerson Lake & Palmer, 1972
Listen to an excerpt, at around 0:11.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Going through my music, I found a tape with some old songs. This is a piece I wrote and recorded three years ago.

Excerpt (0.9Mb)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Tonight I finally found out how to play a rhythm I had been processing in my head for weeks. One night I had thought of this way to play a simple rhythm in my left hand, but put dotted 8th notes on top, so that they only line up every third measure. The rhythms weave in and out of phase, and the feel almost shifts from 4/4 to 9/8 in places. The result is very complicated, and I had to practice for hours.

Here is a recording. (1.2 Mb).

While listening, can you break down what rhythm each hand is playing? These and other audio clips will sound better on headphones than laptop speakers.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Excerpt from a song I wrote a few days ago (0.56 Mb).

Friday, September 21, 2007


In one of my classes, we use physics to design and build instruments. Over the past weeks I have made a didjeridoo and a flute. Earlier today I used a wire bender to make a triangle.

Here is a sample of how it sounds.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Number Patterns

Looking through an old box of my elementary school papers, I realize that I must have had an unusual childhood. This is what I did in my spare time.

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

Can you see what I was doing in the last one? It took me a long time to figure it out. Think symmetry.