Thursday, July 01, 2010


I was working on this tune for an upcoming ambient release - it was mostly guitar and electric piano - and decided it would translate really well as an episode for the podcast, too. In fact, I like this version so much that I will probably use it rather than the piano arrangement on the full length, which will hopefully be out in another month or so.

The drone in this one is pretty dense, and a lot more forward in the mix than I've been doing for some time. I don't think it gets in the way of the melody, however, which also harkens back to earlier episodes in that it's simple, slow, and somewhat repetitive. But unlike some of those older episodes, there's a counter melody and I think the interplay works well enough to keep the song moving. So in many ways this song is a return to things I used to do a lot, only with an ear towards making the whole thing work better as a song and not simply a meditation.

Which brings us to the important detail - the binaural beat is 12Hz, which should be good for relaxation without causing drowsiness or too much zoning out. It's another SBaGen drone, and it's also more forward in the mix this time.

I hope you all enjoy it.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Sorry for the lack of new music lately. I have two or three songs written which are all good candidates for the next podcast, just have to get the recording done. Thanks for your patience.

For now I'm just posting to let you know that the site has been inundated with comment spam recently, so I added a captcha/word verification step to the comment pages. It's an extra step, but hopefully will reduce the spamflow.

Donations are still accepted!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The binaural beat in this one is 16Hz - I don't think I've done any beta wave episodes in a while. Of course, I haven't done any episodes at all since last fall, but the majority of the tunes tend to have more relaxing alpha beats or the 30Hz "marijuana" frequency. That's how it seems to me, in any case. So I figured it was time for something a little more invigorating.

Additionally, while I previously encoded the mp3's using LAME via command line, I've now opted to use Audacity encode the mp3 in stereo, rather than "joint stereo." Perhaps there will be an improvement in the entrainment experience.



Saturday, January 30, 2010

Donations Now Accepted

Spring of this year will mark four years of Binaural Banjo podcasts - not bad. In all this time it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Creative Commons movement, and I'm pleased with the feedback I've received. The number of subscribers continues to grow - I think the direction the music has taken for the past year or two is a good one, and I hope to continue creating similar episodes.

Now, as something of an experiment, I've added a donation button. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please feel free to donate. For all who may choose to make a donation, thank you very much.

BUT - please feel free not to donate, as well. I have often toyed with the idea of accepting donations, but always rejected the idea as being contrary to the spirit of the Creative Commons music. Curiosity about e-commerce has finally won out, and donations can be made from either of my Blogspot pages, as well from my main website. However, regardless of whether anyone donates or not, I will continue to work on the Binaural Banjo and to release free music through this and other venues. Above all else I thank you for listening.