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Free MP3 instrumental tunes, the occasional vocal song, and spoken-word podcast stuff from Derek K. Miller in Vancouver, Canada from 2006-2009. All Creative Commons licensed unless otherwise indicated. Tracks from 2004-2005 are at the archive page.

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Name: Derek K. Miller
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada.

14 July 2006

Alpaca Cheese

I recorded “Alpaca Cheese” (5.3 MB MP3 file), a guitar instrumental solo piece, in one take, using a modified single-pickup Yamaha Pacifica guitar I bought in the summer of 2006, routed into IK Multimedia's AmpliTube 2 amplifier emulator software. I used no other instruments or external effects, without any overdubs or edits. All the tonal changes come from playing softer and louder and using the volume knob. And the name? My two daughters had been learning about alpacas, and were a bit confused about the goat cheese on my wife’s restaurant salad.. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.

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08 July 2006

SFU onscreen editing workshop (spoken word)

For most people, editing onscreen means Microsoft Word, so when I ran a day-long workshop for Simon Fraser University on July 6, 2006, I focused mostly on Word. The entire workshop was 2 hours, 53 minutes long, and the MP3 file is a little over 50 MB to download. Go to for reference notes. If the single big file is too large, you can also get it in three parts: part 1, part 2, part 3. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.

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All Blues jam (with Dave Dederer and Doug Kaye)

On Canada Day 2006, I found myself drumming in an impromptu jam with Dave Dederer of the famous band The Presidents of the United States of America (on guitar) and podcaster Doug Kaye (on bass), on Miles Davis's 1959 jazz composition "All Blues." It's not podsafe, so you can't share or modify this recording, but I hope you like it as I did. Chris Pirillo recorded it on his video camera at his Gnomedex 6 tech conference party at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Composition © 1959 Miles Davis, all rights reserved.

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