kaminokai

Born in raised in Madison, WI. Transplanted to Brooklyn, Jamaica, and finally Springfield. Versed in chamber pop and rock, while expanding musical horizons to experience electronic and ambient musics and experiment with modular and chaotic synthesis. Overfed with science fiction and fantasy and actual science, and stay-at-home dad-ness.

So my method is no method. If I go down to the Dungeons (where my studio is) and I pick up an instrument, I tend to write something (to the chagrin of my wife and son- because then I am down there for an hour or five). I usually don't have an agenda. Sometimes I repeat themes. Most of the time I am just improvising (music and lyrics). I got Oblique Strategies, and that's fun to use sometimes as a song writing tool. And I read somewhere that Bowie used to just cut up sentences and phrases and ideas and make songs that way. I like that, so I try that sometimes too.

I love jazz, but am not good enough to write or play it. I love ambient music (it's what I listen to most when I am not writing- Ray Lynch, Steve Roach, Craig Padilla, Kit Watkins, Paul Ellis, Altus, Lucette Bourdin, Jacotte Chollet, Jaja, Brian Eno, etc. etc.), but I can't write that either. I am too impatient. I love the ambient stuff here on FAWM.

The Onion reviewed my first album and called it "ambitiously odd chamber pop." I still don't know what that means, but that's what I write. I try to meddle in other styles and genres, because I like most things.

My music and lyrics are inspired by everything. I love working with others, and I love working alone. I've done a couple of songs with my son, and he's already written a handful of some very experimental stuff of his own. (He's only nine and a half, so, not sure when he'll want to join FAWM) I may post one of his songs, if he allows it, before the end of 50/90.

Songs (50):

[avatar] Into the Dark by @kaminokai #chamber_pop 2
[avatar] The Last Two by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Cell Theory, Industry Drone - Fantasy Galaxy Zone by @kaminokai #chaos_drone #pop #synthwave #chamber 1
[avatar] Tomorrows by @kaminokai #virtual_reality #80s #pop #chamber 1
[avatar] Befuddled Astronaut (look out for the Moon) by @kaminokai #pop #space_rock #chamber 1
[avatar] When You Leave by @kaminokai #pop #chamber 1
[avatar] Flowers for Algernon by @kaminokai #psychedelic #pop #chamber 4
[avatar] When Do I Begin? by @kaminokai #psychedelic #drone #chamber 2
[avatar] 42 by @kaminokai #psychedelic #pop #chamber 2
[avatar] A Curious Thing by @kaminokai 4
[avatar] Lost by @kaminokai #jazz #pop #chamber 3
[avatar] Monkey Grinder by @kaminokai #pop_rock #chamber 1
[avatar] Why Do I Believe in Simple Things? by @kaminokai #funk #pop #nature #chamber 2
[avatar] Dark Star by @kaminokai #psychedelic #chamber 5
[avatar] The Same Old by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] Hopes and Lies by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Sunfall by @kaminokai #berlin #instrumental #world #modular 2
[avatar] Velvet by @kaminokai #psychedelic #punk #pop 2
[avatar] The High Road by @kaminokai 4
[avatar] Lights in the Rain by @kaminokai #instrumental #ambient 1
[avatar] Just a Rock in Space by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Sucker Punch by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Aurora Borealis by @kaminokai #chill #alternative_rock #chamber 4
[avatar] Outcast by @kaminokai 1
[avatar] Come Up for Some Air by @kaminokai 6
[avatar] Astral Twins Inside the Wall by @kaminokai #indie_folk 3
[avatar] The Eye of Sauron by @kaminokai 5
[avatar] Find My Voice by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] The Accords by @kaminokai #blues 1
[avatar] Terminal Indulgence by @kaminokai #runnerjazz #cyberrock #slanguage 4
[avatar] Rescue Me by @kaminokai 1
[avatar] Orbiting Prometheus by @kaminokai #drone 3
[avatar] Salvation by @kaminokai #odd_time_signature 2
[avatar] Everything is Changing by @kaminokai #drone 3
[avatar] Shiver by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Here is Everything by @kaminokai 4
[avatar] Chasms by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] Drifting Under by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] The Drowned World by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Dangerous Game by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] Pools by @kaminokai 1
[avatar] Variant by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] Sidereal Nagivation by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] Upside Down by @kaminokai 3
[avatar] Bad Wolf by @kaminokai 2
[avatar] The Great Divide by @kaminokai #slothcore 4
[avatar] [avatar] Cowboy Music's Come and Gone by @kaminokai + @kingwoodkowboy #collaboration #cowboy 4
[avatar] [avatar] Me Against This Lonesome Trail by @kaminokai + @kingwoodkowboy #cowboy #collaboration 8
[avatar] Thursdays by @kaminokai #avatarchallenge 9
[avatar] Life of Crime by @kaminokai 4

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Here's some more new music post 50/90!

https://thebronzehorsemen.bandcamp.com/album/iv

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Thanks so much for your comments on I Call Myself A Gardener. I loved what panch did with these. I'm glad you liked the song! I've been exploring your page and loving your sound.

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@mahtowin

Thanks for your feedback I really enjoyed your words!

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@miga

thanks to your follow-up comment, I listened to Aimee Mann for the first time. good stuff! (I had a limited musical diet in the 80's.) I try to be kinda objective now in terms of judging what I write - meaning that I appreciate any input at all! But it's fascinating how what comes out of us when songwriting is not necessarily what we put into ourselves, or even what we expect or like. Anyway, grateful for your encouraging comments!

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@miga

You replied to my question about genre on 'dislocated' and I think you're right. That part about musical theatre struck me as a little too true, since I've never liked or much listened to musical theatre (and perhaps that's a character flaw?) but occasionally it comes out in songs I write. How very strange! Anyway, thanks for answering the question!

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Thank you SO much for buying my album of recorder stuff! I really REALLY appreciate your support! It means a lot to me. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Thanks for the feedback! I had a lot of fun with it. I have a modal craft synth but had no idea there was a sequencer kit!

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Thank you for the lovely comment! With regards to writing that kind of stuff, it's all chords with pads and layering. And reverb. Lots of reverb.

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@miga

thanks for listening to 'hooded eyes' and commenting too!

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Thanks for the kind comments. I seem to have hit on a productive genre with the last two tracks, so they will no doubt end up on Bandcamp when I have enough material that fits with them!

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Thank you so much for the kind comments! ๐Ÿ˜„
I really appreciate your time.

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Thanks for the comment! That instrument is called a mbira. It's the ancestor of the kalimba and is typically played inside a resonator.

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hey! you're off to such a great start with these songs! i have some catching up to do

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@psyt

Thanks for the comment on Rampart Lounge. :)
The synth I used for the pad was the Subtractor in Reason. :)

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Thank you again, for recording "Cowboy Music's Come and Gone". The harmonica wah-wah-wah is awesome. I have a complete set of Honer harmonicas (in the desk drawer). Good roundup on tis one.

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Kaminokai, Please do go ahead with your post and video of the song & thank you....Larry

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Ref, "Me Against This Lonesome Trail". Thanks again for your working on this one too.

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Kaminokai, thanks for viewing "Cowboy Musicโ€™s Come And Gone" and you are welcome to record it. Thanks...Larry

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So glad to be back! I missed you FAWM and FAWMERS! My SoundCloud is full (and I don't want to delete any of it, as it is mostly FAWM songs from February of 2022), so I will be posting videos to YouTube for each song (at least until I can figure out how to use the FAWM song hosting thingy I just paid for...) :)