Daniel Lahey
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Former classical guitarist turned synth twiddler. I'm trying to move toward long-form ambient, but my experiments so far have been...instructive. Need to learn to be less heavy-handed; let the music write itself. Here are "Being Peace," my best work, and my latest outpouring. There is also a link to all of the music I've put online* below.
Being Peace by dannysandiego Thing 002 by dannysandiego
Thing 002 is my most recent "thing" and may be the best thing I've done since Being Peace. * Being Peace is also available on Free Floating Music's first release, "Conception"... http://freefloatingmusic.com/label/various-artists-conception/
This piece is very exciting to me (which I'm sure I'll get over) because it is the first piece that really feels like an ambient piece to me:
Thing 008 by dannysandiego
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So many patches, so little mind

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 12:32am 0 Comments

I've been going through all of the patches on my Virus TI2 and using my web app to keep track of the ones I like. 200, so far, and I'm only through the "O's" in the Pad category. Phew! A lot of the patches are very idiosyncratic and/or distracting, but some of them are just amazing. Cremoma HS is my favorite so far. In fact, it inspired me to record something for the first time in months. Only 17 more categories to go. I don't expect I'll find as many that I like in the non-Pad categories,…


New Piece

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 6:54pm 6 Comments

I've just recorded what may be the most beautiful thing to have come out of my fingers and equipment, which I've called Thing 002. It's on my main page and at Soundcloud. It feels to me like it came directly from my sadness with little interference from my mind. I'm still too close to it to be objective - if I everamobjective - but I think it stands up OK. It's a little incoherent like my sadness, but after several…


Audio interface recommendations?

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 10:14pm 6 Comments

I'm going to be shopping for an audio interface and want recommendations. I've got 6 outputs on my Virus TI2 (eat your hearts out :-P), though I doubt I'll be using them all at the same time, but you never know (I don't). I have a MOTU MIDI Express XT, so I should be covered for MIDI, but I'm pretty clueless about audio interfaces. I won't have a lot to spend, but I don't want to buy trouble by going cheap. I do have one USB 3.0 port, but no Firewire. Any suggestions?

Is it weird...

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 3:36am 5 Comments

...that i listen to my own music more than that of anyone else's? OK, define "weird," I know, but I just don't feel like I have time or head space to seek out much more than what stillstream.com offers. I am always rewarded in some way by listening to that station and often learn something, such as when mike metlay's daughter performs during her Mystery Bubble shows. Such elegant simplicity (but don't tell her).

Anyway, how do you dj types spread your attention around so…


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At 9:20am on May 21, 2011, Jennifer H. Allison said…
My apologies for taking so long to respond to your comments- I am just getting back around to almost 'normal' from a very nasty illness- the doctor put me on a course of Augmentin, and I put myself on a course of multi-vitamins I got from a health food store- anyway, to cut my 'rambling' short, I'll be on here a bit more often now that I'm getting better.  Cheers!
At 3:54pm on May 16, 2011, Rudy Ensueno said…

Cheers Daniel,

I suspected as much.. ;0)

nice drift and peaceful harmonies...i love it !



At 2:42pm on May 15, 2011, Darrell Burgan said…
Thanks for the kind feedback about Serenitatis. Looking forward to hearing your Free Floating release!
At 10:23am on May 15, 2011, Rudy Ensueno said…

Hi Daniel,

I like your music, especially enjoyed  'Danny Boy'

best wishes,


At 8:11am on May 13, 2011, John K-N said…
Member of the Day!

Daniel Lahey


Former classical guitarist turned synth twiddler. I'm trying to move toward long-form ambient, but my experiments so far have been...instructive. Need to learn to be less heavy-handed; let the music write itself. Here are some experiments, some more successful than others. http://soundcloud.com/dannysandiego


Baby's First Set by dannysandiego
At 2:57pm on May 1, 2011, Jennifer H. Allison said…
No adequate words of praise for Etude 007- love the ambient sounds you added to the background also!
At 2:52pm on May 1, 2011, Jennifer H. Allison said…
Also greatly enjoyed 'Soliloquy'
At 2:50pm on May 1, 2011, Jennifer H. Allison said…

I'm listening now, and thus far, 'Being Peace' is an excellent track.  I wouldn't be too discouraged about the lack of rave reviews- there are plenty of great ambient musicians who have 'gotten out of the way' and let the music 'write itself' and then suffered a lack of recognition.  Sometimes it takes the rest of society a while to catch up to where the visionaries have already been.


BTW, if your avatar is your picture, you bear a striking resemblance to a close friend of mine.



At 2:43pm on May 1, 2011, Jennifer H. Allison said…
Ah!  Here it is... the link is on your main page for 'Being Peace'... Thank you
At 10:31am on April 15, 2011, Ishq said…

hi daniel , many thanks for the connection mate and also positive feedback




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