In my spare time, I play electric bass guitar. I started playing in 2017, and while I’ve taken a few lessons here and there, what little I know and can do has been 99% self-taught. Not long ago, I got a DAI and the Studio One app, and have found recording and composing to be a TON of fun. I also play electric guitar, cello, keyboards, and percussion. Anything I publish here is completely created by m.e., including composition, multi-track recording and editing, and all instruments are played by m.e. (I never use pre-recorded content, loops, etc.). I in no way claim to be a good musician, musically-talented, or even particularly competent – this is just one of my two main hobby’s, and I LOVE it. Listen to the results of my efforts below. Wanna’ talk music? Or have playing/composing tips? Send ’em over via my contact page. Thanks for listening!
Dedicated to the memory of Joe Youmans – I hope you’re rockin’ the heavens!
Crazy Commuter Train
Derived from Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. Instruments/tracks are, 1 Squire PJ bass track, 1 Yamaha Pacifica guitar track, 3 Yamaha keyboard tracks, and 1 electronic percussion. #ozzy #crazytrain #ozzyosbourne #squirebass #yamahapacifica #diaryofamadman
Derived from Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. As always, headphones are recommended.
Dazed and Confused Experiment
Just a little harmonic experimentation using the basic bass line from Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin. The recording has two-each bass and guitar tracks, and four keyboard tracks. Apologies to John Paul Jones for my horrible musicianship. #ledzeppelin #dazedandconfused #johnpauljones
Men and the Art of Dishwashing – Mantra Video
Below is a video version of my Dishwashing Mantra book (available on Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Z2JWSW2). Hilariously, I’ve been told my sense of humor is a little too dry – not sure why anyone would think that, but whatever.
Background m.e.usic are riffs from an old favorite song.
Composition, electric bass, electric guitar, keyboards and audio engineering by m.e.
While working on my next recording (another PG composition), and after having listened to my first recording a number of times, I decided to edit Koyaanisqatsi Riffs – killing the scratch track, and adding a second guitar track, recorded one octave below the first. Better, I think. Note – use headphones!
New and improved! Koyaanisqatsi riffs - an homage to Philip Glass
Derived from the Philip Glass composition “Koyaanisqatsi”, from the film of the same name.
All instruments played by Marc Engle (electric bass, electric guitar, keyboards and percussion).
Composition and sound editing by Marc Engle. @koyaanisqatsi @philipglass @qatsi
Gear and stuff
Fender Deluxe Active Precision
My only effects pedal – now I add any effects in Studio One.
Squire PJ – EB flat-wound strings, Seymour-Duncan pickups, Fender high-mass bridge, custom tuners and pick-guard.
Yamaha PSS-F30 keyboard
Innexpensive, but nice, no-name cello!
Ibanez Gio (my first guitar) and no-name acoustic bass (best used as wall decoration).