Phil's Music
I'm dying for you to hear my music! I hope to soon
launch a vastly improved, comprehensive website for all my
music. For now, however, please check out my material below.

Feel free to write me and/or direct your cursor to further
vignettes of my penchant for disturbingly unsubtle self-indulgence:

Leave That Thing Alone                     Moving Pictures                      Power Windows
aot8D   (2007)

Just finished this monster.  It sucks.

The keyboard parts had been sitting around for 14 years, "Pigboy" needed a home, only "Jimmy Voodoo" had a complete drum track, and I figured what a wonderful opportunity to break in the electronic drums...
Penis Envy Man   (2006)

If you're a fan of The Residents or Zappa's Uncle Meat you might get a laugh out of my attempt here.  Fun to make, but hardly noteworthy.

Very little VSS/SK-5 sampling; mostly the old Multi-Trak (see image of
laughably obsolete keyboard above) with radically tweaked voices.

Listen hard enough; you might hear an Elvis impersonator
waxing Kurt Cobain.
Orphans   (2004)

Not long ago I realized I had too many stand-alone creations; songs without parent 'albums.'  Thus, the cop-out, 'themelessness theme' CD.

Twenty tunes ('orphans') covering nearly two decades, ranging from full-production art rock pieces to Dolbyless voice sampling essays.
Ernie Gross
God Bes
Chaff
Underwater Folly
Untitled
My first serious Tascam 488 composition (drums excerpted below)
HuH   (1998)

My brother Casey, a phenomenal guitarist, and I (on the bass) improvised several songs into my Portastudio one night in September '98.  I later added drums & keys to the nine tracks that made the cut.  We'd not yet recorded anything together, and for some, apparently unmemorable reason we decided to call ourselves HuH.

Update - the whole thing is available here.
Mathom - Mohawk   (1998)

I hesitate to call what my brother, Daniel, and I created in July 1998 "jazz," but in the strictest sense of that term, it is.  Dan, a bassist/vocalist, and I created "Who Needs a Wife?" (all but the drums), and after a few beers laid down bass and guitar for five additional, wholly improvised pieces.  The later addition of drums to this stuff proved nearly impossible.

Sarah Tonin
Confetti
Who Needs a Wife?
Centipedes
Hear the whole thing.
Listen to the entire album.
Totem Pole   (1995)

In 1991 I began writing/recording this stuff while stationed in Albuquerque, and finalized it at our next assignment, in Italy.

For once the term song is technically correct; I actually sang (or spoke) in many of the songs for this one.

Update - the whole thing is available here.
Doimo Basso   (1994)

Bass on bass experimental stuff, w/a Gemini 8 second digital sampler.  Les Claypool influenced me more than anyone else in the early 90s, and I'd never before taken the bass seriously. Not exactly a quality production, but I ended up with 14 discrete compositions, many of which aren't half bad. And yes, the second track is a ripoff of a Vai/Satriani trademark.
Now with its own page

And some filler belongs here till I get off me backside.
Mathom - No Recoil   (1994)

During the summer of '93 my brother, Dan, came out for a visit, and between trips to Sandia Crest and Old Town we recorded No Recoil. Fans of Tolkien, we called ourselves Mathom. Dan conceived the maudlin storyline & lyrics (he was 16, for Pete's sake), and sang. I wrote/ played the music, and "released" it in May 94 as a high school graduation gift for Dan.
Project K   (1991)

Armed with my trusty VSS-30, I picked up a Casio SK-5 in March 91, and combining the two recorded dozens of voice sampling compositions into a boom box. Not long thereafter I picked up a 2 sec digital delay & used imitation Gibson Les Paul, adding these into to the mix for the last ten songs or so.

There are nearly 50 "songs" on this production, & despite its dolbyless, horrific sound quality, I think PK underscores my creativity better than anything else I've produced.

Addendum: I've been informed the
stuff on Project K is early Trip-Hop.
I don't know about all that.
Panama   (1990)

As far back as 1990 you could go digital without being rich.

With his MIDI keyboard, Korg emulator and Alesis digital 8 tracker, a friend, Dan Holmes, and I began a "Slush" (SLoppy + rUSH) project, later adding a "Slyx" (SLoppy + stYX) song to the thing. Dan was going to sing, but lost interest in the effort.  I ended up creating six originals in addition to our three spoof pieces..
Flabby Worm - Cable Crossing   (1989)

Shortly after Bad Vibes I put together this weird concoction, deciding "Flabby Worm" would be my nom de plume for all future Residents-esque Phil projects.  The Yamaha VSS-30 had a brief appearance on BV, but it needed to be featured somewhere.  And dig those quarter tones in "Hyperstep!"
* Compressed wav file; not an mp3. Converting to mp3 turned the thing into a Space 1999 episode.
P6 - Bad Vibes   (1989)

This was my first major production - and for the longest time my "baby."  One 36-minute long song.  Basically.
P6   (1988)

1988. I'm 22 and hyper as hell.  My good friend, Mike Weaver, owns this nifty thing known as the Fostex X-15 (4-track cassette recorder), a drum machine, electric guitar and bass, and frequently allows me access to his equipment.

The stuff here is so bad it's funny.  But I had fun and learned a lot about multitracking.  And a thing or two about cheating with the speed knob.
Piano Stuff   (written 1980 - 1985; recorded in 1987)

March 1987 - before leaving tech school Mike Weaver insisted on recording me jamming.  For an hour (time limit, per Lowery AFB's rec center) I played originals into his boom box.  Thus the most comprehensive recording of my long-since diminished piano abilities.

These old originals often elicit "sounds like Primus" from friends aware I'm a huge Claypool fan.  However, I wrote this stuff in the early-mid 80s, long before Primus.  The influences, in fact, were Rick Wakeman of Yes, and Raymond Scott, who influenced many Saturday morning cartoon aficionados in the 60s & 70s.
Drum Stuff   (more coming soon)

Isolated excerpt from Mathom - No Recoil's The Edge (1994)
Farting around during the recording of Mathom - No Recoil (1994)
More farting around during the recording of Mathom - No Recoil (1994)
Isolated drum track from Bad Vibes (1989)
Another isolated drum track from Bad Vibes (1989)
(BONUS!) 'Side 1' of Bad Vibes (1989)
Isolated 'orphan' excerpt (1991)

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All music written and performed by Phil Thompson, unless otherwise indicated. 

 

Clay   (aka the Great Unfinished Project)

Hatched this GUPpy in 1998.  Planned on "singing" again (see Totem Pole).  Would've been done in '99 or 2000, but the brain of my home studio broke down in 1998, and I was stationed in a town whose only electronic repair shop could barely pronounce "Tascam," much less actually diagnose and repair one. 

Some day I'll find the motivation to jump back into it.
I laid down the electronic drum lines (last three tracks here) for the creation of this web page.  The older, acoustic drum lines were also tentative - certainly I'll redo the entire drum track, though the guitar and bass will remain.
Sooner or later I'll get a real
synthesizer.  Don't laugh
(okay, laugh), but here's the
contraption I used to create aot8d and PEM:
I actually recorded "Baleen Ballet" in 1988 and used to include it with my "P6" cassettes.  But it fit so much better here, despite its lack of voice sampling.

Last of three done with Mike's 4 tracker.
You first realize how "good" your product is when many openly doubt its origin.  Bad Vibes was my first caster of doubts.  Those are my then-new drums, but the bass lines make me cringe; recorded before Claypool opened my eyes, I picked all the bass parts. For this one Mike lent me his 4 tracker, bass, Gibson Flying V, and effects.

Update - the whole thing is available here.