Badalamented • Originally composed and recorded circa 1990. This was the first piece of music Tom sequenced on a computer (Mac SE). It was recorded on a Yamaha MT2X four-track. Originally created for an Emerson College student film score, it was later revised and used on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary: Sex Education In America: AIDS and Adolescence. The title "Badalamented" pays homage to a favorite composer Angelo Badalamenti, known for his movie soundtrack work for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks television series and Mulholland Drive. During the composing of this track, Tom was heavily influenced by Twin Peaks. The version above was edited, remixed and remastered with a few tweaks in 2013.
Béal Feirste • Composed and recorded in 2012, this piece consists of a drum track and three guitar tracks utilizing various effects. The title "Béal Feirste" (aka Belfast) meaning "mouth of the sandbanks" pays homage to "The Edge" of U2. Tom incorporated several of "The Edge's" trademark guitar effects for the piece, including modulation delay and a shimmer effect on the guitar tracks.
DyNasty • Composed and recorded circa 1992, the guitar tone is quite nasty, hence the title. The fuzz is created by a dear, departed vintage Morley Power Wah Boost. The delay and chorus are one of Tom's favorite effects processors, released in the late eighties, a Roland DEP-5. Two of which are pictured on the Tom Stevens Creative logo. The backing tracks were sequenced on a Korg M1.
Escambray • Composed and recorded in 2011, the inspiration for this track came while producing videos for a luxury travel agency. Tom wanted to try his hand at composing original music based on various regions of the world. This is a "Latin" feel piece.
Gasherbrum IV • Composed and recorded in 2010, this track represents one of those lucky moments when Tom hit "record" while testing out a new effect. PSP Audioware's PSP84 preset titled, Gasherbrum Four. It is just a single guitar track with the effect.
Glide • Composed and recorded in 2011, this is a modern upbeat tune with a bit of an edge. This was most recently used on a "How It Works" video for ItzOnMe, a startup mobile, social gifting technology company.
Shimmerlicious • The sonic "Shimmer Effect" was developed by "The Edge" of U2 with producer Brian Eno during The Unforgettable Fire recording sessions. Informally dubbed "the shimmer," it involves splitting the guitar's signal and sending one output to the usual effect/amp chain while simultaneously routing the other through a harmonizer and reverb unit. The harmonizer is set to replicate the guitar signal at ascending octave intervals, while heavy reverb provides an atmospheric vibe. The result is an angelic, orchestral sound that shadows the main guitar signal, giving it an almost otherworldly presence. On "Shimmerlicious", Tom utilizes a plug-in designed to replicate the effect, ValhallaShimmer. This is "all effect" similar to what "The Edge" uses on the intro to Where the Streets Have No Name, most people assume it's a synthesizer, but it is actually a very heavily effected guitar signal.
Spurious Interrupt • Composed and recorded in 2012, the title comes from a rather troublesome computer error message from Tom's days in the 1990's through early 2000's working on and supporting Avid editing systems for feature films, such as, Mulholland Drive, Jackie Brown, As Good As It Gets and Titanic. This is a mid tempo modern sounding track.
Tangier • Composed and recorded in 2011, this is another tune inspired while producing videos for a luxury travel agency. Tom wanted to try his hand at composing original music based on various regions of the world. This is a "middle eastern" feel piece.
The Hunt • Originally composed and recorded circa 1986, on a Yamaha MT2X four-track. It features several heavily effected guitar tracks with a Roland DEP-5, as well as a heavily effected recording of a thunder storm. The backing track was a preset on a cheap Casio keyboard with additional DEP-5 effects. It was later used in an Emerson College student film soundtrack. The title "The Hunt" is a scene in the film that is a slow, spooky, build-up to a chase scene. The version above was edited, remixed and remastered with a few tweaks in 2013.