Original MP3 Recordings
I'm playing guitar and bass on all these songs. All drums are either
Dynamic Drums on an Amiga computer, a Dr. Rhythm Drum machine, or
(on the newer songs) from Garage Band on a Mac. Som of these recordings
are quite old when I hadn't been playing guitar for very long then, but
I figured it'd be fun to post them anyway.
||January 9, 2023: Wrote and recorded this song for a
Nintendo 64 Java Demo.
||January 2, 2020: Wrote and recorded this song for an
Amiga Java Demo.
||May 25, 2020: Recorded this song for a video I made. Still not
sure I'm totally happy with how it came out so I might redo it later, but
the song is neat.
||August 6, 2017: Wrote this little song for my
Coin Acceptor project.
On August 8, 2018 I used the song in my
Playstation 2 Java Demo
along with another song using a fretless guitar.
||January 31, 2010: I did this to post a sound sample of my latest
scalloped guitar I worked on.
This is completely improvised.
||March 30, 2008: Just playing around with Garage Band. Just some improvised playing.
||March 30, 2008: More Garage Band. Just playing around wtih some finger tapping.
||April 1997: A little hypnotic song I did on an old Tascam 4 track.
||January 1996: Not much to say.. old song :).
|Bach Little Fugue
||June 1994: First couple minutes of one of my favorite J.S. Bach songs.
||June 1993: Music by J.S. Bach. I wasn't sure if I should post this.
Sounds kind of cool and kind of crappy at the same time. This is one
of the first few things I did with a Tascam 4 track I got. I was
reading the music from sheet music over a boring drum track.
The following songs were either songs my old band
Scimitar used to play or songs that belong to the band.
||April 1994: Lyrics by Joe Welch, Music by Michael Kohn. Vocals are
Joe Welch (not the singer for Scimitar, but the drummer), all guitars,
bass, and drum programming (on an Amiga 500) by Michael Kohn, background
vocals by Jon Parsons, Brian Grote, and Michael Kohn.
||May 2018: Lyrics and music by Joe Welch. I recorded this recently
for fun. I'm playing all the instruments and since I didn't have a
singer I used macOS's voice simulation to do most of the vocals.
||April 1994: Music and Lyrics by Jon Parsons and Joe Welch. Vocals
Jon Parsons, lead/rhythm guitar Michael Kohn, rhythm guitar Brian Grote,
drums by Dynamic Drums on an Amiga 500.
||July 1994?: Music and Lyrics by Jon Parsons and Joe Welch. Vocals and
guitar: Jon Parsons, lead/rhythm guitar: Michael Kohn.
After Scimitar disbanded, Joe and Jon put this song together for a
|The Wakeup Call
||April 1994: Music Jon Parsons and Michael Kohn. So Joe (Welch) leaves a
series of messages on Jon's answering machine to wake him up for band
practice. We put music to it :). This wasn't actually a Scimitar song,
but I thought it kind of belongs in this section.
||January 1995: I recorded this with Jon Parsons (bass player in
Scimitar). Vocals, guitar, and drum programming by Jon Parsons and
guitar and drum programming by Michael Kohn.
Tiger Striped Lotus - I bought this guitar for about $85 so I could
practice woodworking and electronics on it. I scalloped the fretboard using
a file and sandpaper and finished it with wood sealant. I then ripped
out all the electronics and put in DiMarzio Cruiser pickups along with
the tiger-striped pickguard. Cruiser pickups have a nice thick tone
but still have a nice single coil sound. I believe these are almost
as same as the Fast Track pickups I put in the guitar below, except
the two coils in the pickup are different sizes.
Black/White - This is another Lotus I got for about $80. I again ripped
out all the electronics and completely rewired it with DiMarzio Fast
Track pickups. These pickups give it a really thick tone, much thicker
than the Cruiser pickups, without sounding too humbucky. The Fast
Track, along with the Cruiser pickups, are basically a two coil
pickup in a single coil package.
Red Squier - This is the guitar I'm playing the most right now. It's
a Fender Squier Strat which I again ripped out all the electronics and
replaced everything including the pickguard. I scalloped this fretboard
just like the tiger striped guitar, except I did a much nicer job.
I sealed it again with a clear wood sealer. The pickups in the neck
and bridge are DiMarzio HS-3 which have 2 "stacked" coils to get rid
of the single coil hum, but still (in my opinion) have a very single
coil sound to them. The middle pickup is a DiMarzio SDS-1 which is
a noisy, but very loud single coil. If you'd like to see a close up
of what the scalloped fretboard looks like look here:
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