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CIPHER
(Heaving Cipher Steelwork)


Member Since: Friday, August 12 2005 @ 01:43 PM CDT
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Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Bio:
Forced ukulele lessons in grade school threatened to forever destroy any chance of me growing to love and make music. Mercifully, the hatred of stringed instruments dissolved during adolescence, along with my innocence and respect for authority. Enter irony. At the age of 16, I picked up a bass guitar and spent countless hours trying to become a "major rager on the 4-stringed motherf**ker" (Metallica seemed cool back then…). I quickly discovered that I had little interest in playing cover songs, opting instead to invent original (and often terrible) bits of noise.

Nonetheless, I played in bands until my early 20s and found some satisfaction in composing and arranging with my band mates, but I was secretly unhappy and frustrated by the fact that I couldn't take my own ideas beyond a certain point. Through a series of bad bands with even worse names, I began to lose interest in playing bass while at the same time becoming increasingly interested in composing. In the beginning I used my bass, a tape recorder, and the drum machine off a crappy Casio keyboard to capture my rather simplistic musical musings. I graduated to 4-track and began teaching myself guitar, if only to help my writing. I never could sing, can’t read music and have always had a really hard time thinking melodically.

Years went by as I accumulated a staggering number of riffs and beats and musical ideas on tapes and in notebooks. My musical brain dumps were poorly organized and spent many years hidden in drawers and boxes. To make matters more complicated, my expression was limited by additional factors - a lack of ability on other instruments, a lack of free time and an unwillingness to invest in expensive recording equipment, all of which inhibited my musical growth. I didn't even try to write full songs.

But then…epiphany!

Heaving Cipher Steelwork was born the day I discovered the power of digital composition. Fast forward to 2001 - I discover Easybeat, which in turn points me to Garageband. Suddenly twenty years of music emerges from my closet and pours out of head and for the first time ever, sees the light of day. Twenty years is a long time to remember a riff. It is with great satisfaction that I can now capture every musical idea I have ever had and work with it until it grows into something more than a repetitive annoyance in my brain. Some of what I write is better than other stuff. I don’t discriminate – it all comes out…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The point is now in can give every idea a chance. I can take things further than I ever thought I could. With very little time and next to no monetary investment, I can now compose to completion. GarageBand has changed my life by helping me free up space in a very cluttered mind. I'm quite certain I have years of musical morsels left to mine, but with every old idea that I extract from my mind and bring to life, new ones fill the void, waiting patiently for their chance to breath.

Over the past couple of years I have compiled more than 100 bits of music ranging from full-tune, 8-minute epics to 30-second intro/outro fillers. Finally, what has been stagnant for so long is able to flow. I imagine I have mined only 10% of my ideas thus far which means I will be busy resurrecting the past for the foreseeable future. Perhaps one day I will go further and record some of my songs with real instruments and a real band but until then I am content in simply getting the ideas down.

Heaving Cipher Steelwork is the creative catch-all for all of this. It is more than just an anagram of my name, spit out by an online generator. It is the cauldron in which my musical creativity boils. It also struck me as a fitting description of the world we live in, what we have become – a monstrous, souless construction made of cold metal, without substance or feeling, gasping for breath as we choke on our own progess. This is precisely why we need music so badly. Creation defies extinction. Music is a sign of life in a dying world. We are lucky to be alive in a time when it is so easy to be creative.

This never-ending project has no ambition other than to create. There is no direction and there are no rules, which means it simply is what it is. However I feel, whatever I think, anything that creeps out of my subconscious - it all lives within the Heaving Cipher Steelwork.

I look forward to sharing this with the MacJams community.
CIPHER's Songs (58)
Date Title Rating Hits Genre Last Comment Status
02.13.17 TWS_snippet 0.00 (0) 124 (6) Hard Rock 02.20.17 Active
08.08.10 Midnite Kink 0.00 (0) 1512 (3) Techno 08.11.10 Active
07.29.10 The Gift 0.00 (0) 1407 (9) Rock (instrumental) 08.08.10 Active
07.28.08 Is this anything 8.88 (2) 2050 (6) Jazz (instrumental) 11.12.08 Active
02.29.08 Crazy (like Gary Busey) 0.00 (0) 5476 (9) Comedy-Satire-Parody 05.02.08 Active
11.13.07 Luckystrike 8.38 (2) 2392 (8) Techno 12.01.07 Active
06.07.07 Ballbusted 8.63 (2) 3331 (6) Heavy Metal 08.12.07 Active
05.24.07 Throwdown 7.25 (1) 2302 (9) Techno 06.01.07 Active
03.30.07 Celluloid Spaceship 0.00 (0) 2424 (8) Experimental 04.04.07 Active
03.21.07 Ballbuster 7.45 (5) 2511 (9) Heavy Metal 05.14.07 Active
03.16.07 The End Of All Things 8.00 (3) 3034 (13) Experimental 03.30.07 Active
01.19.07 Spanky 7.85 (17) 3106 (21) Funk 05.13.07 Active
01.18.07 That's the stuff 7.67 (6) 2064 (5) Other 01.20.07 Active
11.29.06 494 0.00 (0) 1762 (4) Experimental 11.30.06 Active
11.21.06 Voice of the Machine (Heaving Mix) 7.25 (3) 2232 (3) Techno 12.24.06 Active
10.27.06 Together We Stand (FX) 7.56 (4) 2102 (5) Rock (instrumental) 04.04.07 Active
10.20.06 Safe 7.38 (4) 2013 (7) New Age 01.23.07 Active
10.16.06 Saving Grace 8.06 (4) 2340 (5) Rock & Roll 11.04.06 Active
08.18.06 Waiting 8.00 (3) 2022 (8) Ambient 04.02.07 Active
08.04.06 By lamplight, my darling 7.63 (2) 2067 (3) Rock (instrumental) 08.07.06 Active
06.25.06 This Girl I Love (Strings in E) 7.33 (3) 2038 (1) Classical 06.28.06 Active
06.16.06 Come What May (Geetar Mix) 0.00 (0) 1894 (2) Rock (instrumental) 06.18.06 Active
06.15.06 N.I.O (White Noise) 0.00 (0) 1928 (2) Alternative Rock 06.15.06 Active
05.25.06 Until It Starts To Burn 8.17 (3) 2232 (7) Rock (instrumental) 06.22.06 Active
05.16.06 Surrender 8.21 (6) 2469 (7) Rock (instrumental) 05.21.06 Active
03.27.06 Gettin' By 8.13 (4) 2334 (5) Ambient 04.02.06 Active
02.22.06 Monday Morning Coffin 7.90 (5) 3029 (6) Heavy Metal 05.14.07 Active
02.21.06 This Girl I Love (Tesh Mix) 7.75 (2) 2099 (1) Inspirational (contemporary) 02.21.06 Active
02.21.06 This Girl I Love (Geetar Mix) 7.25 (1) 1939 (1) Rock (instrumental) 02.22.06 Active
02.07.06 Come What May 8.25 (5) 3870 (6) Rock (instrumental) 10.03.06 Active
01.27.06 Cut to Pieces 7.96 (7) 2782 (8) Heavy Metal 01.14.08 Active
01.21.06 This Girl I Love 8.44 (4) 2473 (11) Acoustic 02.28.07 Active
01.18.06 Washed Away Again 7.38 (2) 2015 (3) Trance 03.08.06 Active
01.18.06 Come A Little Closer 8.38 (4) 2949 (20) Heavy Metal 06.01.07 Active
01.04.06 Now It's On (The End of Innocence) 8.05 (11) 3098 (12) Hip Hop-Rap 11.20.06 Active
12.22.05 Monster 8.50 (2) 4488 (6) Hard Rock 01.29.06 Active
12.07.05 Resolution 7.63 (2) 2635 (3) Ambient 12.08.05 Active
12.02.05 After the Rain 7.25 (2) 4404 (5) Ambient 02.18.07 Active
11.25.05 Together We Stand (Bug Mix) 8.17 (3) 2769 (3) Ambient 11.05.06 Active
11.15.05 Dew on my Shoes 7.55 (5) 2801 (8) Celtic 11.23.05 Active
11.10.05 Hope Too 7.50 (4) 2195 (6) Rock & Roll 02.06.06 Active
11.03.05 And they kissed them goodnight 7.54 (6) 3142 (7) Ambient 12.17.06 Active
11.02.05 (Ain't that a) Kicker 7.67 (3) 2016 (4) Pop (mainstream) 11.05.05 Active
10.31.05 Poesession 8.11 (7) 2310 (7) Experimental 06.07.06 Active
10.17.05 Procession 7.78 (8) 2604 (13) Experimental 11.03.05 Active
09.27.05 In & Out 7.75 (5) 1920 (8) Other 10.11.05 Active
09.27.05 Rites 7.66 (8) 2067 (10) Experimental 10.23.05 Active
09.26.05 Mo'Bay Sway 7.69 (4) 1958 (2) Reggae 10.08.05 Active
09.21.05 Tomorrow is another day 6.94 (4) 2217 (3) Reggae 02.18.06 Active
09.19.05 Secrets 7.56 (4) 2321 (4) Hard Rock 10.01.05 Active
09.17.05 Hope 7.83 (3) 2266 (10) Ambient 07.11.11 Active
09.13.05 Last Gasp (The Redemption) 7.58 (6) 2538 (9) Progressive Rock 02.13.07 Active
09.13.05 Washed Away 7.80 (5) 2608 (4) Progressive Rock 10.19.05 Active
09.09.05 The Things You Say 7.44 (4) 1849 (5) Progressive Rock 02.17.07 Active
09.03.05 Sense of Touch 7.90 (5) 2179 (9) Progressive Rock 01.07.07 Active
08.26.05 Together We Stand 6.89 (9) 2070 (11) Hard Rock 06.04.06 Active
08.26.05 This Mourning 6.75 (4) 1791 (5) Ambient 11.24.06 Active
08.25.05 Bag of Hammers 7.43 (10) 2695 (14) Hard Rock 04.07.06 Active
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