Music by Bill Kelley
Free Improvisation

Bird and Squirrel

Alchemy House

Free Improvisation 

The Incense Merchants are an improvisational music ensemble whose sound is best described as
avant-garde, new-age classical with jazz tendencies
. - Lindsay Nunez, Daily Reveille


Electronic Music: these tunes all fall into the "classical electronic" genre.

8 Turntables (1996): This song collage cuts from 15 albums of indigenous music. Rich, delicious and seamless.
Broken Heart (1987) Spoken phrases and fragments of phrases mesh to create a mesmirizing story.
First Mirage (1985) : Very slow crescendo to intensity disolves into it's parts. A brand new Ensoniq Mirage was in the studio...oh yeah! A full eight bits of sampling power! I recorded my hand dragging over a balloon, my voice, and some drum machine stacatto. Then added a thin touch of DX7 sonorities.
NeuroActivity (1989): The first sound you hear is tweaked and becomes the second sound. Each succeeding sound evolves from the one preceeding it. Eventually, everything is reversed and you arrive back at the original sound.
Regeneration (1989): This is what I call a Mixer piece. 24 tracks of material were recorded from beginning to end. Then I composed it by arranging the entrances and exits of the different tracks. The materials include electronically manipulated sounds, voice, saxophone, piano, and internal piano.
SCRILL (1990): Intense and rich noiseScape exploring the low and high end frequency spectrum using the rare, hybrid Touche synthesizer.
SPLIFFID (1986): A musique concrete piece, collaging three sounds from a bicycle. Turn out the lights and crank it up. That's what I did when creating this piece. I recorded three sounds from a bicycle then manipulated those three sounds until I had a library of sounds all related to the first three. I listened the sounds and arranged them on a four track for a final mix.
THROWDOWN (1986): Fast moving percussion patterns drive this tune. A pal had just compossed a song for percussion. He entered that patterns into a drum machine. I took the output from the drum machine channelling each instrument to a different Synth/sampler.
Pop Tunes 
   I don't make enough pop tunes. They are fun.

Radio Bar (2018)
Capturing the excitement of a local beer joint.

Son (2009)
Letting my 11-year-old son know I'm here for him. I myself have had a wonderful life, if you need anyting, I'm here.

Grace (2008)
Capturing a moment like a drop of dew in the morning summer sun... so many futures.

  Saturday Morning (2004)
Just another Saturday rock-a-billy morning in the Kelley household with three-year-old Finn and his cousin Sage.

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