Musical Compositions

What is this I don't even: Oh god how did this get here I am not good with synthesizer is the working title for Chris Pressey's ongoing musical composition project.

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  • A Moment in the Sun (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    My only foray into reggae. A happy sort of tune; it was originally supposed to be followed by Back to the Rain in some kind of putative playlist...

  • After the Fact (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    I've been told that this sounds like it should be the theme music for a spy movie.

  • Anagnoresis (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    "Anagnoresis" is either an alternate spelling for, or a typo for, "Anagnorisis", which means the moment some profound realization is suddenly made. There is no such particular moment during this piece. However, the second snare beat in each measure is on the and-of-four instead of on four, in a sort of attempt to make your ears wait for it and then go, "oh, there it is."

  • Autumn Kiss (in mp3 and MED) (ca 1992)

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    This has been described as vaguely Annie Lennox-like, at least how it mixes a mellow ballad with a funky (perhaps overly funky) percussion track.

  • Back to the Rain (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    Very, very short. Intended to be preceded by A Moment in the Sun and serves more as an outro for that tune. Or, maybe it could be used as the "oops you lost a life" music in a video game, that sort of thing.

  • Birdwatching (in mp3 and MED) (ca 1991)

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    I think I remember composing the theme to this on an electric piano at a friend's house after pulling an all-nighter. It was supposed to be a very mellow tune (originally, at least,) which was a bit difficult to capture in an Amiga music module (I apologize for the harshness of the saxophone sample.)

  • Fluorescent Atrocious (in mp3) (Oct 2012)

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    Here's what this icky techno piece tries to evoke: having a terrible hangover on the brightest morning of the summer while strolling through a garden that was planted by someone with a green thumb — it's very lush and in full bloom — but a very poor sense of how to lay out a garden.

  • Fool (in mp3) (ca 1997)

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    A sort of hokey ragtime ballad thing.

  • Go(Figure) (in MED and mp3 and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    One of my favourites. Originally done up in MED (a somewhat techno-ier rendition) and redone in Cakewalk (a more jazzy rendition.) The JV-30 version ends with a percussion outro, as does You Drive Me Wild — it seemed as good a way as any to end a song.

  • Ice Jam (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    I consciously tried to write something "Björk-esque" for this one (not really succeeding, at least not all the way.)

  • Jack and Jill (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    This was going to be an actual song, once, with lyrics and everything.

  • Panic (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    Experimental strange dance music with lots of samples. Samples on the general theme of panicking.

  • Rainbird (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    Another pop ballad, this one with crude sound effects of a rainstorm in it. The "false resolution" (V to vi instead of V to I) at 1:33 has been commented on favourably.

  • Red Quarks (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    A funky little tune with a somewhat strange musical structure — it kind of goes all over the place, without building up to anything... kind of a A-A'-A-B-C-D form. Yet it doesn't feel like a medley, it feels fairly coherent (at least to me.)

  • Retrograde (in MED and mp3) (ca 1992)

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    Probably the most conventional of my "Sci-fi" tunes. One friend of mine found the melody horrendously catchy in an evil way such that he could not stand listening to it.

  • Smedley the Medley (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    I had three tunes that didn't stand on their own. They don't go together either, so I put them together. I've been told it's reminiscent of Frank Zappa, but frankly I don't know if I've ever been able to make it through an entire Zappa song, so I couldn't say, myself.

  • Tears on my Catbox (in mp3) (ca 1988)

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    Quite short; could be a "game over" theme, or something.

  • Technodixie (in mp3) (ca 1992)

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    I think either this or Popcornish was my first try working with Amiga music modules. Neither very techno nor very dixieland — well, if it is dixieland, it's, like, Hooked on Dixieland.

  • Theme to Nukeball (in mp3) (ca 1988)

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    This was the theme to a game I was trying to write for the Commodore 64 called Nukeball. There was also an alternate choice.

  • Two Molecules of a Chip Box in Cosmic Relationship to a Yak (in mp3) (ca 1987)

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    Pure experimentational weirdness with the C64's SID chip. The phrase "Chip Box" refers to the packaging for Old Dutch potato chips (a cardboard box, similar to a cereal box, which contains two plastic bags of chips.) The yak may or may not have been a nod to Jeff Minter; I don't recall.

  • Untitled Video Game Theme (in mp3) (ca 1989)

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    This was, I believe, an alternate Theme to Nukeball. I rather like it. (It cuts off sharply at the end because it was supposed to loop, but didn't.)

  • You Drive Me Wild (in mp3 and MED) (ca 1992)

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    I've been told this would make a good background music for a Platformer, although I'm not sure I agree. I do like the signature chord at the start, though; the dissonance is entirely intentional, and it "works", but only because it's soon resolved. Ends with a percussion solo, as does Go(Figure).

  • Zoning Variance #5 (in mp3) (ca 1996)

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    The title is meaningless; it's some kind of simple rustic air with a sitar duet jammed into the bridge. But it's another one of my favourites, because I like that sort of thing.

  • Futons (ca 1989)

  • Radiance (ca 1992)

  • Reality (ca 1996)

  • The Shortbread Rocketship (Nov 2014)

    The Shortbread Rocketship is a 2-and-a-half-hour-long computer-generated opera. It was generated for NaOpGenMo 2014.

  • Theme to LOGS (ca 1991)

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