Hello and Welcome! You can find select music of mine in the Still and Rhythmic tabs, or use the links to Bandcamp and SoundCloud to download certain tracks.

I hope you enjoy what you find.

Nocturnal Anxiety Re-Release

Many thanks to Michael Denness for mastering "Nocturnal Anxiety" for me.


Session at Thawtful Entertainment

The other day I recorded guitars and did some re-amping for a couple of projects at Thawtful Entertainment in Atlanta. The original idea was simply to send the entire track out through an amplifier, close-mic the speaker and use the built-in effects to create a different guitar sound to layer underneath the guitar track. What ended up happening instead was more of a performance, where I would change parameters on the amp as the track was playing back out of it, creating exceptionally dynamic and varied guitar textures. The amp we used was a Peavey E110 Acoustic, with a 9-band EQ and chorus, delay, and reverb, all being adjusted sporadically in real time. We then did the same thing with a Line 6 Spider II electric amp, which has a 3-band EQ and built-in chorus, phaser, tremolo, clean and sweep echoes, and reverb. All of those effects are on two rotaries, intended to be set and left there, so making smooth transitions is tricky, but there are workarounds, such as cutting EQ bands at the jump. Also ran into some feedback issues, but we made it work, and the result is quite unique.
Sound checking the Ibanez acoustic/electric in the hallway.
Chris Gala playing some chilled out lead riffs.
Brittany's track got re-amped through the Line 6.
Modulating delay speed.
Starting from scratch on the E110.

Listening Recommendation

This track never ceases to amaze me.  These are the types of textures that have just enough noise dialed in to create a windy, shimmering soundscape that can shake floors and knock figurative socks off, while still maintaining definition between layers. Couple that with sadly dissonant chords and a desire to resolve, and this is what you get.

Without Saying Goodbye | Jeff Stonehouse

Combined Aleatory

In the context of generative music, the term 'combined aleatory' describes methods used to generate music aleatorically, or by chance. An analog way is to record multiple tape loops of similar sounds playing back simultaneously, each loop a different length so they will gradually offset from each other. An example of this can be heard in Brian Eno's "2/1" from Music For Airports

Aleatory in the digital realm can be achieved by triggering layered samples through a computer algorithm, or based on parameters such as duration, density, and attack and release times of notes. I recently recorded a track this way using Drone FX, a generative ambient music standalone and iPad app. It allows for a range to be selected on each parameter, so when the next event is triggered the value of the parameter will fall somewhere in between, creating the aleatory but also allowing for some control of the composition.

Anyway, the name of that track is "Combined Aleatory", and it will be up soon along with a few other pieces of ambient material.


Cairns on the Cherokee Trail, Stone Mountain Park