Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

singled out

So i had pretty good luck with 45's at value village the other day, i managed to pick up

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the sun
The Beach Boys - In my Room
Harpers Bizarre - The 59th Street Bridge song
Tommy James - Hanky Panky
Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry the VIII, I am
and The Beach Boys - Sloop John B, Plus all their respective B-Sides

I also found a copy of The Fugs II on vinyl and Mr Show Season 3 on DVD at this little book/record shop in Toronto today when we went to go bring my Synth to the doctor.

Hopefully those will keep me busy for a bit, and Mr Synthesizer comes back as good as new.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

No Tomorrow

I had to get one last song in before Jeff took my piano away to record his parts for the album


I was listening to Dr. Dog's we all belong, and wanted to make something very simple with a nice slow groove. All it is, is Piano, Drums, Bass through the Fender Deluxe, Guitar solo ADT'd, Lead and 3 tracks of backing vocals. I really don't use backing vocals enough, i have vocal harmonies everywhere, but i need to start putting more ahhhhs in the back of things, especially in falsetto.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's you

i almost killed the computer doing this one.
for some reason Protools has felt like being a jerk lately and feels like freezing up everything.
Its got a lot of stuff going on, i started off with the piano and then did vocals, the lead if 4 tracks, 2 parts so i could finish one line while starting another then double tracked. 2 more tracks for the back up vocals plus ADT on them (about a 30 millisecond delay panned the opposite side to thicken it up) i didn't want to put in real drums so i started slapping a beat on my legs, and put hand claps in instead of snares, then i ended up putting a real drum track in and just leaving the other parts to augment the real drums. After that i did the banjo and ADT'd that so i could pan it to one side but still have it take up space on the other. I played bass to double the bass hand on the piano and put in the wah guitar. After that i just spent like half an hour trying to play a good sounding solo, double tracked that and then put the glockenspiel heavily compressed then through a Leslie simulator. Enjoy!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

I fell in love

I had this tune in my head for a few days and was procrastinating putting words to it, I've always hated putting lyrics to things. Anyways its just a demo really, quick drums, piano, mildly dirty Bass, Horn stabs, Hammond, Nothing too special, got inspiration for the horns from watching the making of Stevie Wonders Songs in the Key of Life last night.

I Fell In Love

Saturday, July 4, 2009

the Mr Sir

I think that this will be the cover of the up and comming Mr Sir Ep

It at least seems fitting seeing as how most of the guitars and basses on the album were put through my old trusty Big Muff. One of my tracks actulay dates from like 2 years ago, i just put some more guitar on it and called it a day, the other one is only a couple months old

Feel It Comming - The guitars were done through guitar rigs orange simulator but were big muffed before entering protools, The bass was DI then put through the Ampex amplitube. They lead synth is my Roland Sh-1000 and the chorus was the Juno 60 with lots of the onboard chorus to try to get it to sound more leslieish.

Shake Me - Basicly the same set up, but the bass was big muffed too, lots of memory man on the clean guitar, and a healthy dose of glockenspeil with some tremolo.

Monday, June 29, 2009


This has been a tough few weeks
Matt coming down reminded me of what i love in life, food, traveling music and a good documentary.
Then Breaking up
But having a day out with Owen and Jeff the next day really made me feel better, and hanging out with Steph more lately too has me really feeling a lot closer to the band. It's weird to have this falling out and coming together at the same time in life, but i guess this means I'm off to a new chapter, i just wish every time i moved on with myself it didn't feel like i got cut off from the world as it was before.
But on the music front, the albums starting to come together on my end, i think I'm done the majority of my tracking for 3 or 4 songs and have been writing a lot more lately, something about hectic emotional ups and downs always gets me writing a lot of music.

Some music

Flies on my Duck - Mellotron Cell0 and Choir, Vocals, Timps, Banjo, Acoustic and Vocals) these are just my tracks for the song, its still missing drums, piano, bass and glockenspiel

Take A Little Time - Vocoded Bass and NaNa's with Roland SH-1000 and Yamaha CS-01, Acoustic Guitar, Bontempi Organ, Circuit Bent Sk-1, SH-1000 random note Generator, Vocals, 808 and probably something else I'm missing Again no Drums, Piano, Bass and vocal Harmony.

Dancey Dance Dance? - Just a thing i made the other day fooling around with the CS-01 through a emulation of a Mutron Flanger and moog analog delay, my Danelectro 59Dc through a big muff, Boss Space Echo and a Whammy into A Fender Deluxe Reverb and a sampled Dmx drum kit

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Just got back from getting my gallbladder removed.
I can't stand up for more than 30 seconds without the feeling of needing to vomit and also extreme discomfit in my abs. I'm hoping that this will mostly go away in the next couple days and i will be in pristine condition for the debut show of Tyson and his fabulous backing band on the day after the day after next.

Captain Wonderful has been taken off the back burner and new instrumentals are being written, hopefully Matt Steve has enough time in his hectic days to bring forth commencement of recording and writing vocal parts. Poor guy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

7 inches of love part 2

So i think this will be the template for the 4th floor 7inches from now on, just change the name and colours

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Seven Inches of Love

In honor of record store day even though technically it was yesterday, (but boxtr wasn't working so i couldn't upload anything) comes the first digital 7inch from 4th Floor on myspace until boxtr lets me upload songs again.

You're The One (that i love) B/W Stuck On You

Recorded over the past couple days

I figured out that i can take the drums in ez drummer and send them to different tracks for processing, so they sound a bit clearer, and i can put reverb on my snare!

Also just about every guitar part was put through my awesome new Space Echo pedal, god i love that thing.

if you listen closely one of the drum fills was sampled from Dr Dog.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

So i was listening to a lot of Tripping Daisy last night and wrote this song that really sounds like them. I think it was also influenced by my sessions with Mr Moskal, maybe its time to make a project to head more in the psychedelic pop rock direction.


The main guitar was put through the speech wah pedal in Guitar Rig with a LFO on it. other than that its mostly just Big Muffed guitar and one with a tremelo and some delay here and there. The vocal in the first halfs of the verses were put through speaker simulation too to grit them up a bit. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

So it's been a while, Life has been busy lately.

After my show at the house of Trepid i was told that i had a backing band, we've been practicing once or twice a week and are set to make our debut performance in a couple weeks at the Carl music festival under the name Tyson and the Trepids.

I've gotten work setting up and helping with audio and video at a bar for their blues night video cast every Tuesday, if the boss likes me I'm sure it can lead to an actual job in my Field.

I got a Gallstone and have to get my gallbladder out in a couple weeks, apparently this will supercharge my digestive system.

I think most of my album is going to be recorded with the band at this point, so i think I'm going to put out what was to be my first album as a download soon, also coming as soon as Mr Matt Moskal has some free time from his hectic itinerary will be the Appetite for Salad split as well as Matt's debut album.

Other than that I've just been working, sleeping and waiting for my acoustic to get fixed so i can feel inspired to write and record some music again.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

So a couple weeks ago myself and Matt Moskal went into a contest to see who could produce the weirdest song, well i don't know if we had a winner but here are the tracks for everyone to listen to


Also its February and that means FAWM. For those of you that don't know what this is, its February album writing month, where you try to write 14 songs in 28 days. So far I'm past halfway at 8, you can listen to my songs right here.


Other than that, i have band practice on Tuesday, my first band practice in almost a year. I really hope this works out, these guys seem really cool. Look forward to more music in the future as i got a boxstr account and can now put songs up!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Things to do this week

1. get a set together
2. Finish the song for Matt's radio show
3. play Trepid house
4. go to Sudbury
5. Play in Sudbury with the Captain opening
6. Find a damn duffel bag big enough for booty of musical instruments and clothes (might have to sacrifice bringing clothes for instruments, getting arrested for playing a naked show would make for good publicity, but its probably pretty cold up in Sudbury)
7. Stop writing run on sentences
8. Get ahold of Steve and see if he has my vibraslap
9. Eat more fruits and i love you most of all my favourite vegetables
10. Get good fake moustaches for me and Matt for the................ moustache party.
11. Find out who the hell put this up.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Went to Chapters today to pick up the Paul's boutique 33 1/3 I ordered not planning to spend any money and spent almost one hundred dollars. I've been addicted to books lately but everything I got was on the list of things I wanted to read anyways, so i guess it's not a bad thing. I picked up Ray Davies's "X-ray" his unauthorised biography of himself, "Electric don Quixote" another bio about Zappa, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" an autobiography by one of the merry pranksters during the summer of love and "Gonzo" a Hunter S. Thompson Bio. I really like reading biographies about authors i find interesting before i dive into their work, especially authors that write autobiographical works, it seems to bring you deeper into the works. kinda like reading about an old friend.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Favourites 08

2008 wasn't that remarkable of a year for me, half of the albums that i was looking forward to hearing didn't come to be this year (Clues, Starlight mints) and ones by bands i used to love just seemed to disappoint (Islands, Of Montreal) but here are the ones i did like in no particular order.

1. Tobacco - Fucked up Friends
Taking a more instrumental/hip hop approach to the same formula that made black moth super rainbows dandelion gum so awesome last year Tobaccos album wasn't a show stopper but is consistently good enough with a few great moments to probably be my favourite album this year.

2. Beck - Modern Guilt
While the risk taking, genre bending Beck of last decade may be gone the new beck sure knows how to set a mood over the course of an album. I think this is the first time Beck has taken a big stab at more 60's styled music, tho he dabbed in pscydellia before it is was a more post modern version. Song for song this isn't one of Becks best efforts but i give him points for always trying something different.

3. The Bicycles - Oh No, Its Love
Expanding on their debuts style the new album is more hit and miss but still a very good pop album. On some of the songs the bigger production values seem to strangle the songwriting a little bit, not enough to hate the songs but enough to slightly annoy you. In other places the album tends to go a more 70s route than the 60's styled pop the first album specialized in, but a lot of the more mediocre ideas only last 30 or 50 seconds and its on to something fun and funky again.

4. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
This record didn't win me over at first, but eventually a lot of the material really grew on me and it turned out to be one of my favourites of this year. The record has the instrumental prowess of 70's Zappa and mixes it with the strangeness of Primus and that's bound to turn more people off the band than on to them, but under it all the songs are strong and the instrumentation, i think is well chosen and played.

5. Unicorn Dream Attack - Love Bits
I just got this in the mail a couple weeks ago but its one of the most original pieces of music I've heard this year. Made mostly of game boy beats and old Casios it gives you that warm feeling of being 8 and playing video games. One thing they have on other 8bit or Chiptune music that put them ahead of the pack is the vocals, although vocoded are sweet and melodic as opposed to the sometimes harsh and abstract approches of other 8bit groups.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New 4th Floor Crest

Incorporating elements of the crest of Britain and the Bahamas, i think it turned out nice.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

some covers i did with my toy keybords. Most of the instruments are done with my Kawai Ms50 I got at value village the other day. Gangsters has my Casio VL-1 Being distored with my big muff then vocoded. (Right Click Save as to save)

Devo - Girl U Want

The Specials - Gangsters

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So today Allys dad brought his friends son over to take a look at my "setup" They came over at about 12:30 and i showed him around my instruments. He didn't seem to be very interested by anything, when i asked him his favourite music he just said he couldn't listen to any if he wanted to write music because it would come out the same as it went in. But after an aquard hour or so we left and went to food and the antique store in Galt.
At the store, which is more like a warehouse I ended up finding a good selection of records all for under $10. Really good considering antique stores usually mark everything up a ton. I got
T.Rex - The Slider
Devo - Freedom of Choice
Pink Floyd - Wish you were Here
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper
ELO - Time
ELO - A New World Record

all in almost spotless condition.

Tomorrow apparently I'm going to the ROM with Ally's family then maybe to Ikea whereupon i can finally get the shelf i want for my record player and records.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thrift Bending

Just got back from my and Allys thrift store excursion. Found myself a children's toy i circuit bent to get some pretty weird sounds (ill upload a video later) a channel selector from an old stereo so i can switch between computer and protools sound easy, a portable radio with a mic input i wanted to turn into a portable amp but was broken, some speakers for my stereo, a couple Beastie boys VHS's and a old Kawai keyboard that looks cheep but has some soul, it sounds like a super Nintendo game. I also stopped at the surplus store and got myself some more bits and peices for circuit bending as I've been getting back into it lately. All in all i think it was a pretty good evening, time for pizza.

Black Moth Super Bakeing

Its always nice to come home to a nice hunk of scratch and sniff vinyl. My Black Moth Super Rainbow dippers Ep came in today and is playing in the background right now. Its great when a band has such a original sound that they cant help but sound like themselves.Now some people say Black Moth just sounds the same every record, but its the atmosphere that matters in this case and they never fail in that area. Speaking of that i probably should make a list of my favourite albums of 2008, Tobaccos album will be on it for sure.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Yesterday i mastered an album for a young man by the name of Dean Eagle who plays a good uke. He reminds me a lot of Colin Meloy if he played the Ukulele, apparently this was another SUF connection although since i have stopped posting on the forum he found me over face book via Dean (another dean) who runs the forum/ rack and ruin records and is an all around cool guy. I like working on other peoples music, trying to take it to the next level and its a nice feeling knowing that people suggest your name as who to go when they need that to happen.

On the 20th (hopefully) my excursion to Sudbury should happen leaving my bank account a little smaller but hopefully my esteem will be bigger recording some music with Matt and playing my first solo show in over a year.The next step is to work out an hours worth of material to play although the Satellite Farts did it and I'm sure i can cop most of the songs from those days and acoustify them as 70% of my CD is songs from that era anyways.

Speaking of my CD Its in its final stages with nothing (besides maybe a vocal) Left to record and just art and tracking left to do, in the next few months i hope it sees physical distribution and then i can send it around to see if any labels are interested in helping me along the way.