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Demo for November: ‘Blazing Skies’

So far I’ve held to my commitment: one song as a demo per month and one Munhwa Experience cartoon per week since going through my brief ‘mid-age crisis’. The latest demo is somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction to America’s election of Donald Trump and my fears for state of our planet -not just with global warming but general pollution problems. Personally, as an Australian, I’m also concerned about natural gas fracking and the damage it as on underwater reservoirs.

Anyways, he’s the song which I’ve uploaded on to Soundcloud and Reverbnation. I’ve written the lyrics below.

(Verse 1)
Once in a past time, I laughed and held your hand.
Once in an old world, we cared less.
Once many a day gone, we surfed a rising curve
Once many a day gone, we lived like kings.

(Bridge 1)
Now I see the wrinkles round your eyes as you just shrug your shoulders
Now we stoop and watch the streams go by

Don’t look back now Keep on moving closer
Towards the future that’s stopped smiling at us

(Verse 2)
In the halcyon days, we lived on borrowed time
In the halcyon days, we roamed the world

(Bridge 2)
Now those days are gone and I’m alone and your whole face is fading
Now there’s nothing left but memories

Don’t look back now Keep on moving closer
Towards the future that’s stopped smiling at us

(Bridge 3)
Now we’re treading washed up waters sliding down a downward curve
Now we feel the heat from blazing skies


End of a Blog…

Off Topic No Words

I’ve decided to ‘decommission’ this blog as I focus my efforts elsewhere. I’ll leave it up for maybe 6 months or a year, and then if the view stats are limp will mostly likely delete the whole blog. I know I could just keep it up, but in this world of so much white noise on the internet, it bothers me that I’m adding to it if there’s no purpose.

Regarding my music and demos, I may start something under my muso name ‘Donak RV’, though it could be just a Facebook page or something. At the moment I have a presence on Twitter and Soundcloud which I will continue for my demoes…

I will continue the ‘Struggling Muso’ cartoon series over at Munhwa Experience, and you can follow it under the Strugmo category (or at Of course you can buy the book of the first two annals from this blog on iTunes.

MH3 Promo


Nerd’s Anthem demo

Finally, my demo for May 2014 is done! I’ve called it Nerd’s Anthem, because I use nerdy sounds from Reaper’s default synthesizer as well as some old Roland samples I have. Again I’ve categorised it under my own genre of ‘amatronic’.


Demo song for summer of 2013…

Here it is, after working on it in dribs and drabs outside of work over the past few months all done on Garageband with a cheap Ibanez electric…


Shameful demo plug ReverbNation/donakrv

I’m not a pro musician or artist, I’m still just a ‘serious hobbyist’ and a ‘struggling muso’. I’m not going to pretend to be anything that I’m not. I just love songwriting and playing guitar, and I’ve used 2009 as a ‘sabbatical year’ to try several creative pursuits.

Anyway, I’m still learning the ‘art of demoing’ and I’ve put another couple of pieces up on Myspace/ Reverbnation. One song is called ‘To The Fight’, which is based on a ‘martial arts story’ idea of mine from when I lived in Pusan Korea (and studied the kicking art ‘Taekkyon’). But nowadays my knees aren’t so good, so I’m putting my ‘martial’ into music.
So, again a shameless plug for my demo at

And I’m still only doing demos because I haven’t reached the stage of good enough mixes for mastering, and I’m not a protools wiz. In fact I still only mix with Audacity, which is a free, no-frills audio software, but you can load in as many tracks as you want. The recording is done from a Yamaha workstation, and I’ve still got a nice condenser mike. So, I’m still only at the ‘demo’ stage -I’d really need to perform with a band, which I don’t have, and then get tight enough to record in a proper studio and get professionals to mix and master it.
Even though the barrier of entry has been lowered with modern technology, as they say, you still really need professional people to make something professionally acceptable for retail consumption. There are ways around it in the indie world, but that also needs clever marketing. The Blair Witch Project is an obvious example. There aren’t hard and fast rules, but for me eventually I’d still need to go into a professional studio to get to the next level.


New demo called ‘Just to Be’

I’ve upload on Myspace  the second demo version of the song ‘Just to be’ which I cowrote with Lily C when in Taipei back around 2004. You can read about it on my music blogs and hear the song…

and my blogspot:


Obout my old band…


I’ve been notified that Geocities is closing down, which was where my old band (Rhombic Void) held its website. So I’ve scrapped the remaining memories and put them on it’s myspace page -even though Rhombic Void is defunct it’s nice to keep the memories running. And to add to the vanity project, I’ve pasted the bio and song run-down into this post…

The Rhombic Void Story
Rhombic Void began in 1995 under the name of “Half Constructed Beard” . Starting out as an ad hoc blues and jazz outfit, we have developed into a rock band of many influences. However, at the time of forming, the bands main aim was to have fun, consisting of 2 guitarists, a drummer, bassist, singer and flautist.
We played at the local club, which hoped to pull in the uni student crowd. On our first gig, we pulled in no less than a total of 8 dedicated fans, which did not encourage a continuing relationship with the club. However, we managed to play the odd party and college bash over the year, and as time went by, our line up changed and molded into a four piece. The flautist and one of the guitarist left for overseas, and we picked up a singer -Rod.
So with this line-up, including Tim on bass, me (Don) on guitar, Dave Rule on drums and Rod as our frontman and singer, we began to get a vision and started some serious song-writing. The first song to emerge was “Traveller”, which sparked a chemistry with its catchy rhythm and melody. Other songs that came from this line-up included “Burning Eyes”, “Dream World”, “Only the Lonely”, “Gasoline” and “Funk Cafe”.
By 1997 we had performed at several parties and local pub gigs, performing our originals as well as some covers such as U2’s “Even Better than the Real Thing”, “All Along the Watchtower”, “Cross Roads” and other classics. However, the line-up began to break up as the drummer left due to career constraints, and the singer moved outside Sydney for studies. As a result, it was a quiet stage for the Void, but we used the time to work on our song-writing, thus producing “Plastic Woman”, “Fire Breather” and “Worm” (still not really finished), as well as finishing up some loose ends of all the old songs.
Since we had lost half our line, we also used the best part of the year searching for replacements. Advertising in local mags (“Drum Media” etc), we talked and interviewed several singers, who were turned down usually for problems with “attitude” and “ego”, before we got to even test for talent. Drummers seemed to have more reasonable personalities, and were joined in our line up by a drummer called Alfie. So for a good 6-9 months we survived as a three piece, working on some more material with almost enough for 2 sets of original material.
The final stage to date, occurred during Autumn of ’98, as Alfie left the line-up, but we found a new drummer in the form of Jason Russell, who has had much experience in several Christian bands through the uni circuit. Furthermore, we were also fortunate to get our old singer, Rodrigo back, as he moved back to the inner city, and thus our present line-up is a solid four piece.

Rhombic Void Songs
Below is a list of some of our songs, which we hope you will have the opportunity to listen to one day.

The Traveller
This song is one of our first original compositions, which came together well. The guitar melody was originally written for flute but the flautist left soon after the song was written. However we discovered it was more catchy on guitar anyway, and flows well over the boppy rhythm beat. The words have vague meanings about the pilgrimage of life, but the nature of the song suggests it is not too serious.

Courage in that Lonely Hour
This song is also about the long and winding road of life, with allusions to the spiritual battle with its highs and lows. It has a mixture of influences, with a Flamenco rhythm and pumkinesque melody line. We also tried to gain contrast with the fuzzy bridge section and the main melody.

Burning Eyes
Another oldie of ours, Burning Eyes is a small epic. Slightly atmospheric in the verse, we tried to contrast that with a melodic (but dark) chorus. It is another of our more “serious” numbers.

Only the Lonely
This song is another of the first songs written. It is simple but catchy, even though the lyrics are flavoured with a bit of “doom and gloom”

Plastic Woman
The words from this song were originally inspired by a nasty “relationship” experience Tim had with a girl years ago, and were adapted by Don with the music. This song is one of our more complicated numbers, grungy in parts but also playing around with the rhythm in the solo break (there is no lead guitar).

Rod wrote the lyrics as a poem years ago, and when Tim came up with the bass line, he added a simple yet beautiful melody over the top. It sort of has a “Dire Straits” influence to it.

Gasoline is a slow grungy number, mixing the blues scale with an exotic minus9 major4 scale (I don’t know the technical term for it). Don’t try and read anything into the lyrics, because they don’t really mean anything.

Dream World
Keeping in line with the title, the music for this song is dreamlike with a slightly medieval feel as well. One of our “pop” numbers, the words are as deep as you’re willing to make them.

Elephant Man
One of our funk numbers, and despite its off-beat lyrics, it is actually intended to be sincere and not in bad taste. We were trying to convey a desire to be grateful for whatever looks one may have.

Funk Cafe
Obviously another funk number. This one is just for fun.

Fire Breather
This is one of our rocky numbers, starting with a drum solo, then building up with bass, and bursting in with a fiery guitar riff. It also has a mellow interlude that provides a balance.