So far, Steve Savitzky has actually published only one album, so
most of this collection is more a matter of wishful thinkingplanning advance marketing than anything else. However, the
first album, Coffee,
Computers, and Song, is finished, and available now: see
its listing below.
He has also appeared on a number of convention compilations, and is hoping
to produce an album soon with Lookingglass Folk, as well as his next planned album, Amethyst Rose. The latter has
been on hold for a couple of years while life intervened.
Note: in the list below, the full name of the album links to its
"home page" if it has one, while the "short name" links to the uploaded
portion of its working directory. Go there to see the current
state of an album's "to.do" list, its track list, and my working notes.
In the near future, each album will have an RSS feed that you can
The first real (full-length, production-quality) album. As
the title suggests, it consists entirely of computer-related songs. It
was released at ConChord 2007, and is now available from DAG, Random Factors, and CD Baby, among other places. Dealer
There had to be a bonus of some sort for pre-orders. The list price
of CC&S is $15 plus sales tax and shipping; pre-orders were
$20 which got you free shipping, no tax, and a limited-edition bonus
disc that I could burn myself and hand out on the spot to anyone who
handed me a twenty. The disk itself consists mostly of concert
tracks, plus a CD-ROM with high-quality oggs and mp3's of everything on
both albums, all of my lyrics, all of my website- and album-bulding
scripts, and a selection of previously-unpublished fiction. A limited
number of $20 sets are still available.
These albums are at varying distances from the real line, but are
approaching reality closely enough to qualify as "works in progress"
rather than pure fantasy.
I've been planning this as my second album for years, now. This one
will be highly personal; mostly songs about family, fantasy, dreams,
and the passage of time. I was originally targetting 2000, and then
2006. Even that is impossible now, but I had a directory and tentative
track list up by August 4th, 2007, and with any luck may
even have disks to ship in summer or fall of 2008 sometime
in 20092010 .
I think that my best song so far, Quiet
Victories, would make a good single, with the profits going to a
small list of women's charities. It would have been nice to have
pulled it off by September, 2008, which would have made ConChord, where I was Toastmaster,
the target convention. Oh, well.
A good number of my songs came out of a couple of SF stories I was
working on back in the late '80's and early '90's. They never got
published, and have become distinctly dated. But one of them in
particular had a couple of good songs in it, and a few song titles, so
I naturally had to go write them. The basic premise is that Earth
becomes too stifling, regimented, and anti-technological for the sort
of wild creativity hackers (in the original sense of computer lovers)
prefer, so they take off for space. This album really wants
to be a CD-ROM rather than a conventional CD. It will have a
As it turns out, there are too many songs for two more albums,
especially since amethyst and hackers are so strongly themed. I'm still not
sure about the title of this one; I was also thinking of Rose
Among the Stars and Dreaming of Stars,
sort of based on these lines in the last verse of "The Rambling Silver Rose":
...As she drifts out in the darkness
sleeping wrapped in shining stars...
... but the current favorite comes from the first line of the chorus.
She always knew that she was born
To follow a wandering star.
She's had a love in every port;
A drink in every bar...
I originally intended to do a demo album; the title comes from a
corollary to Clarke's Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from a rigged demo". This was originally meant to be
the demo and fundraiser for the first real album,
Coffee, Computers, and Song; it was meant to have most of
the songs, mostly with preliminary mixes, plus one or two extras so
that people who buy both won't feel cheated. But as it turned out, I
went straight to the real thing, to save time. The title is too good
to waste, though.
If I ever do an album with synthesized arrangements...
Undead at The Starport
If I'm ever crazy enough to try recording live in
the living room at Grand Central Starport.
The generic, cannonical test album. This is where I experiment with
production techniques, scripts, and so on. All test disks are dated,
since the content changes; they are never sold but may be donated to
charity or distributed for promotional purposes.
A "Super Single" will be a bootable CD-ROM containing one or two songs in
the form of Audacity projects. It will also contain a small but useable
Linux distribution (probably Debian Live), and installable packages of
Audacity and other essential software for Linux, Windows, and MacOS.
The idea is that you could re-mix the songs, add your own tracks perhaps,
and then possibly upload the results to a growing body of collaborative
work. I've made a couple of very small experiments in this direction; a
great deal of work remains to be done.
License for Lyrics and Music:
The licensing legalese for my songs is still unsettled, but the
basic license for the music and lyrics is the Creative Commons attribution,
non-commercial, share-alike license with a few extra
permissions granted to make it more filk-friendly. In particular, if
you record your own lyrics and only use my music, you'll only owe me
half the usual royalties; permission for mechanical licensing of music
only will automatically be granted (but you'll still have to contact me
first because that's the way the law works).
License for Audio Files:
Audio files for all songs both written and performed by me (when I get
around to posting them) are posted under the Creative CommonsMusic Sharing License. (I'll try to get permission from other
people to license their performances of my songs, and my covers of
other peoples' songs, the same way. Trying to license my occasional
covers and filks of songs by people outside the filk community promises
to be something of a nightmare, so for now I'm simply not going to post
any. If you're a songwriter whose songs I cover, and you don't mind my
posting them, please let me know. If you're a listener, you'll just
have to wait for the CD.)