My band Dead Stairs released its first EP, available for free on Bandcamp! It has four songs, three of which you can find below.
These are some songs I've written. Note that the MP3s are computer-generated, which means among other things that there's no voice in them, just an instrument playing the melody for the voice!
This is the first song I ever wrote (and the most aggressive so far). It's about people who live their whole lives missing the point of things. I also wrote the lyrics (in Norwegian). The title is a reference to someone who doesn't understand that "less is more".
This is the second song I wrote. The lyrics, about love and regret, are based on the videogame "Braid", hence the title. I also wrote the lyrics (in Norwegian).
I wrote the music for some already written lyrics. The idea was conveying a feeling of being stuck or going in circles, which made me come up the chorus first (in 5/4). The rest of the song was to be in regular 4/4, but when I wrote one of the bridges, I thought it would sound much better in 3/4, so the song ended up with a lot of time signature changes.
I found the chord progression used in the introduction by chance and I thought it would be cool to write a song with it. As I had Spiritualized in my head while writing this song, I decided to write the lyrics (in English this time) about Jason Pierce's near-death experience.
This is an experiment with odd time signatures. I started with 7/8, but I thought it would sound better with a 9/8 every four bars. It's about the limitations we place upon ourselves, the "jails of our minds".
I wrote this song in the exact opposite order as normal (ie. I first wrote the lyrics, then the vocal melody, drums, bass and finally guitar) as an experiment. The result is another relatively angry song, a kind of eulogy for a comedian that unfortunately died years ago.
Another song written after already written lyrics. Initially I wanted to write a "metal" song, but it turned out quite different. The chorus vocal melody is quite a bit lower than the verse because it's written to be sung by two people, or at least have backing vocals.
I wanted to write some riff-oriented song and after playing around for a while I found this riff. The idea was writing a some upbeat and positive song. I tried several times to put lyrics to it but didn't find anything I liked, so someone else ended up writing them.
Had to write music for given lyrics, and after so many experiments I decided to give it a go at writing something as simple as I could (C major). The idea was to make a contrast between duller verses (C major/A minor) and more interesting choruses. Accidentally I discovered that it sounds pretty good with just piano + voice.
I wanted to write more on the hard rock/metal side. I had bought a China cymbal and wanted a more aggressive sound on the drums. The title is a play on words with animal and costly, and the lyrics are inspired in global warming and the general theme of human stupidity.
This is a sort of homage to Federico García Lorca, and also somewhat to Enrique Morente and his album "Omega". The lyrics are a translation of "La aurora" (lit. "The Dawn") by Lorca.
This was my first contribution to the "A Whale's Lantern" project, a collaboration between amateur musicians over the internet, paired randomly. I wrote the song, and my partner chose the instruments and sounds, and sort of "produced it". The final version of Drops can be listened to online at Bandcamp.
This is another proggy, alternative rock tune. One of the sparks was the title of the game Blades in the Dark: I just thought the title was really nice as a metaphor and searched for inspiration there. The chorus came relatively quickly and became an obsession: I finished every detail of it before moving on to anything else. This is the piece of music I used as an example in my Listening to music blog post. I was quite pleased with the end result, but still the chorus is my favourite part of it.
This was my second contribution to the "A Whale's Lantern" project, a collaboration between amateur musicians over the internet, paired randomly. I wrote the song, and my partner produced it big time! The final version of Learning rush, which became very different from the original, can be listened to online at Bandcamp.
This is a second song based on the same lyrics as Wake me up. It was initially meant as an exercise, to see if I could write two completely different songs from the same lyrics. I ended up finishing it and we may play this version instead.
This is a kind of rock ballad. The spark was the question "Who are you?" and the topic was feeling alienated from someone you have known for a long time. I used the verse of this song as an example in my blog post Writing a song.
This is a completely different kind of song. I wrote it to already-written lyrics, and the melody and general sound was inspired by Tori Amos. I'm happy with the result, although we will probably tweak it a lot when we play it with real instruments.