Bat Lenny's dormancy gave me the excuse to go back and finish some of those old ideas that didn't fit the BL mold. When I saw that 4-eyed cast iron head relic at an antique shop I immediately knew what the cover was going to be. The background is The Big Tray, an antique Norwegian rosemaled metal tray that we used to beat on as a percussion device until my mom told us to knock it off.
- Spider Bite
A quick upbeat one to kick it off. Speaks for itself.
- The Speed of Dark
I started it in the mid '90's, building it in MIDI, experimenting with tempo changes and seeing how intricate I could get without making a wall of mud. It's structured like a pyramid. I knew it could never be played by BL so I didn't think it would ever get past my hard drive. But here it is.
- The World's Watery Face Part 1
Vocals have always been a problem for me, so I rely on others whenever possible. In this case I collaborated with Jilly Wright, then the Social Networking Moderator of DIY music website iacmusic.com. Her Kate Bush-like voice and wacky British style seemed perfect. The result isn't anything like I thought would come of this collab. I was expecting whimsical, and instead got stunningly beautiful.
- Effajeniah Penelope
When I was a little kid my dad threatened to give my little sister this name when she was born. Lucky for her he didn't. I always pictured a mischevious scheming little brat named Effajeniah Penelope, so this is a song about her. My attempt at the catchiest pop song in the oddest meters ever. I resorted to the use of a vocoder to make my voice at least palatable.
- What an Awful Planetarium
Certainly the least accessible song here. I was experimenting with Plogue Bidule - an odd Canadian modular music application - which was so foreign to me at the time that I just clumped together a bunch of random "Bidules" and threw some audio clips and midi files in there and started turning knobs. It was like a musical blender, and this is the lumpy beverage that I poured out. I topped it off with some diced narration from a real annoying planetarium projector I had in the basement. Yum!
- Half Passed
The "Passed" instead of "Past" is intentional. A song about getting older. I recorded a quick demo with the intention of making it a Bat Lenny song, but BL stalled so I finished it myself on top of the demo track, making it sound a lot more spontaneous than most of my stuff.
- In the Shade of the Biliary Tree
I did this one when I was home recovering from gall bladder surgery. I was feeling a bit woozy at the time...
- Der Doizisch Mann
Yes, I am trying to sound a bit like King Crimson here. Rearrange the letters in "Doizisch" for a clue. The weird middle part is actually a midi file of that song ground up and spit out by Plogue Bidule. A wet zucchini snorted my fry stint.
- This One Worm
Just the bass, exactly 1 minute long.
My car got stuck in the snow about half a mile from home on my way to work. I walked back home through a field of knee-deep snow. I was exhausted, and couldn't get to work, so I did this.
- The World's Watery Face Part 2
The World's Watery Face Part 1 Continued...
- Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Certainly in my top 10 most influential songs, by Pink Floyd of course, and with a neat tie-in to the album cover. Here the vocoder actually makes sense, instead of just being a crutch to help my limping voice.
The Cog That Binds, The
Wheel That Grinds
- Arp Magika
Named after a strange instrument I bought in a gift shop in Mexico.
Made of plywood, guitar strings and big wood screws for machine heads.
Sorta like an autoharp.
- Tentacle and Suction Cups
Inspired by a painting I did about 15 years ago (see portfolio). Features
a virtuoso drum machine solo and a Casio Rapman.
Stop Hitting Me
- A fun little instrumental.
Started out as filler, but evolved into one of my alltime favorites.
With Floydian wah wah.
A narrative of one of my strangest dreams with appropriately eerie music,
ending in a flurrious metallic attack.
- Metalmorphosis I
A polyrythmic piece inspired by an M.C. Escher lithograph. Don't ask
me what time signatures I layered on, 'cause I have no idea.
- You're the Violin
Yup, the Nazareth song. Vocals by an Amiga computer.
- Ceramic Dove
Named after a ceramic whistle shaped like and sounding like a dove.
I played the bongos with 2 pencils.
Be careful what you leave in the fridge. Inflating the mundane into
- House With No Rooms
Instrumental. Camel, anyone?
- Metalmorphosis II
A metalflake instrumental version of part I.
- The Cog That Binds
A stretched out progresso attempt at something deeper than a puddle.
Even I'm not sure exactly what it means, but it sounds deep.
- Serenade From the Laughing
All I know is Spock sang
it on the Plato's Stepchildren episode. Now he sings it here with Alexander
on lyre and me doing the rest.
A song about dreams and how easily we're fooled by our own minds.
Half your brain invents, the other half unwittingly observes.
Giant & the Dwarf
Started out with Pink Floyd's Julia Dream in mind, but ended up
with King Crimson's In the Wake of Poseidon. A Mellotron driven
epic through the heavens.
Under the Bed
Fear itself, from a child's point of view. Intended to tingle the
spine, just a bit.
Perhaps too negative a title for such a pretty song, but there's
a bit of sadness under the 'tron flutes.
Angels & Dust Devils
Two songs in one. First half features a chorus of angels and an
icicle xylaphone, second half is sorta... whirlwindy
An examination of what happens when you sneeze. Another one changing
the mundane into the grandiose
A very dark place in the Universe
You, Dr. Seuss
About 5 songs in one. Sort of a tribute to one of my earliest influences.
Lyrics by the Good Doctor himself.
Here we've come full circle - This is the alternate title and an
acoustic version of Laughing Spaceman.