Got a new guitar. been a while since I've spent quality time with a guitar, what with all the gourds and dulcimers and such. It's like an old friendship renewed :)

rehearsing a little bit of mountain music on the electric gourd
youtu.be/4aUIRWHoCCI
🌄 😀

Further exploring the , I experimented putting the three outputs of the triad into three different oscillators, all using various timbres, whilst having the three notes being output varied slowly by a attenuated LFO.

As usual, I augmented the sound palette with meanderings.

exode.me/videos/watch/8f538224

of a I started writing more than 15 years ago. now I've added verses and stuff: "Carry a Smile" choon.co/tracks/0jyczz4xfqx/ca

some more sound art I put together for a local art exhibit, along with some animation I created from the visual art youtu.be/b-Bcy5HeyoA

more details at michael.futreal.com/nows

a commissioned piece for an art exhibit, featuring overtone flute, chromatic dulcimer, and electric gourd youtu.be/2QRGA71Brp8

more details at michael.futreal.com/nows

Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. ~ Ray Bradbury

Flashback Friday to "Roadside Attraction" youtu.be/D9s_C4BKPW0
electric mountain dulcimer

I'd recently been to visit my folks in the Smoky Mountains and was bemused by the dilapidated and abandoned roadside attractions that were bustling in my memories of riding the same road in the 70s. With this piece I was hoping to capture that blend of happy memories and the losses of time.

some deep textural exploration with my trio at a live performance-recording session... youtube.com/watch?v=AtAubWpc8T

a recent live performance from my trio youtu.be/7pVJv2fHQLk

electric chromatic dulcimer, electric guitar, and drums

is very delicate. when performing/recording, the aim to make it sound well is the main hindrance in getting it to sound well.

powerful look at a failed America
Lonnie Holley - I Woke Up... youtu.be/Ss3cz9FgGnA

"Sentinel," 2017

instrumental for chromatic dulcimer, inspired by my stay in The Avian Kingdom, Sweden

youtu.be/8T-4KSVs1SQ

Paul McCartney explains how he (and John Lennon) wrote some of the :
youtube.com/watch?v=u97_inloBm
For example he dreamed the melody of Yesterday and Let it be was also inspired by a dream he had.

I'm really interested to know more about how people write songs because it inspires me. How do you write songs?

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