When I put together the GarageBand video course that Mac Video Training is now selling, I had to construct a song using the program. I had no plan in advance, so as I worked my way through the various videos the tune sort of assembled itself into a weird little 2-and-a-half-minute song I ended up calling "Vitamin Yummy" (3 MB MP3 file). Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
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.
Writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada.
21 December 2008
27 June 2006
Back in February 2006, Chris Pirillo, the organizer of the legendary Gnomedex tech conference, asked me to record a theme song for the 2006 Gnomedex meeting in Seattle. He asked other attendees to send in audio voice snippets for me to include. This is the full version of "Tell Me About Gnomedex" (2.6 MB MP3 file), with lead and background vocals and speech samples. You can also download a karaoke version (background vocals and instruments) or an instrumental version (no vocals), in which you can most effectively hear the cowbell. Speech samples from very kind Gnomedexer contributors, and from Sarah Pullman, Chris, and Ponzi on Geek Entertainment Television, February 2006. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give the 2006 Gnomedexers credit.
10 May 2006
06 May 2006
There are two versions of this strange little tune I wrote as part of a comment on Adam Curry's Daily Source Code podcast. He was pissed off, so I wrote "Pissed Off Adam Curry." There's the full 25 second version, or the condensed 10 second version. Considering how quickly I put them together, they worked surprisingly well. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
13 April 2006
A demo I made way back in 2001, recorded on my Power Mac G3 with nothing but my guitar, bass, a drum machine application called Virtual Drummer, and a cheap mic. The guitar distortion is simply me overloading the Mac's input, not an actual effect. "It Wouldn't Hurt" (3 MB MP3 file) is actually better than I remembered it. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
16 January 2006
A song I wrote as a prize for a Christmas charity auction at Navarik, my employer. I composed it for Kai, the son of one of my co-workers, who bid the most for it. "You're the Big Sky" (4.5 MB MP3 file) is licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit. There is also an instrumental version.
15 December 2005
Chris Pirillo wrote some lyrics on December 7, 2005 as a blog post. Then he asked me to write a song around them. The result is perhaps the whitest possible white-boy blues, wherein two guys from the Pacific Northwest complain about an unreliable broadband Internet connection. It's "Comcast Connection Blues" (4.8 MB MP3 file), baby. You may download it and cry your broadband nights away. It features me actually singing for a change, and also includes what I must say is some surprisingly fine lead blues guitar, which I recorded using my Stratocaster in only a couple of takes. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give Chris and me me credit.
29 November 2005
"Amarilli Mia Bella" (2.4 MB MP3 file) is a beautiful traditional operatic song, sung and recorded wonderfully by my friend Simon James in his Victoria apartment. He sings better than I've ever been able to hope to, and I hope you enjoy this solo performance. The song is public domain by Giulio Caccini (1551–1618), and this recording is licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give Simon credit.