I compose quite a lot and sing. I'm less satisfied with my voice than I used to be; I think it's gotten worse with lack of practice over the last couple of years, and I really need training. The music I listen to is a really eclectic mix, which results in my own style being kinda schizophrenic.
Oh, and please keep in mind that these are all recorded in my livingroom on my PC with a Guitar Hero microphone and an inexpensive guitar, and I'm more or less learning to use my software as I go. I don't have a MIDI keyboard and my piano skills are rusty anyway, so most things are sequenced with the mouse and piano roll. I'm pretty self-conscious about this stuff, so go easy, haha.
Red Light Lullabies: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/red-light-lullabies-featuring-bryce-lowry
My friend and I have been trying to start a band for years. One night a couple of years ago, we decided we needed to write a song, so I wrote some lyrics, composed a melody and a rhythm guitar part, we recorded the rhythm guitar, I recorded the vocals, and he improvised some lead. From writing to completion, this took us like 45 minutes. My vocals were pretty good here, much better than any of these other recordings, I'm afraid.
Idle Hands: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/idle-hands
A very lo-fi, quick recording. Just me, an acoustic guitar, and a very old microphone.
Mad World: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/david-aarons-mad-world
A forum I frequent was putting together an album of 80's covers by forum members. I picked Mad World and spent a couple of days putting together the track. All synths. I avoided listening to the original or Gary Jules' cover while working because I wanted to try my own take on it.
Elegy for Alessandro: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/elegy-for-alessandro
This song was my last exorcism of leftover pain from a really harsh breakup, so it's pretty emotional for me. My vocals aren't terribly strong (in no small part because I was a wreck while recording, haha), but of all the songs I've written over the years, this is probably my favorite set of lyrics. The guitar solo is not very good, because my friend wasn't on hand to play for me, so I had to do something myself. I'm not very good at the guitar, haha.
These are my worst lyrics ever. The song is written from the perspective of a high school guy, though, so I will call the cliches Stylistic Suck
rather than accept responsibility for them, haha (truth is I had put together the track and needed lyrics for it. I was very tired and sick and so I just sort of half-assedly threw something down. Obviously it didn't work as well as it did when I threw stuff down for Red Light Lullabies). My vocals are pretty terrible, because I had a bad cold while recording. I actually played all the guitar parts and they didn't sound half bad. One of these days I'll redo the vocals, but in any case, this is a sort of odd 80's-influenced thing.
What Could It Hurt: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/what-could-it-hurt
This was a one-take recording, so there are several problems with my vocals, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. This is another one with just me and an acoustic.
New Prime Theme: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/david-aarons-new-prime-choir
This was my first attempt at orchestral composition. It's all samplers, of course, and technically speaking it could be terrible. I don't read music or know music theory, haha. Anyway, I composed it for Olan Rogers' new webseries New Prime. He really liked it and talked to me about it by Skype for a few minutes, so it may appear in the series at some point.
A Dance in November Snow: http://soundcloud.com/accendilux/a-dance-in-november-snow
A very brief instrumental piano piece. I probably spent about twenty minutes on it, and I guarantee I couldn't actually play it if I had a piano, haha.
edited 10th Feb '11 5:58:44 PM by Wulvaine