Saturday, December 30, 2006

SD "opens" for BMR3000

BMR3000's show at the Pizza Kitchen in Knoxville:

November, 25 2006
The Pizza Kitchen
9411 S Northshore Dr
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

The music of SONIC DEVIANT will be played before the show.
Thanks to Dave Slack for featuring my tunes as his opening act. Dave told me he played four tunes, including Feline Demise off the upcoming album, Transduction Euphony.

I wish I could have been there to see the show! For those who haven't checked out BMR3000, do it NOW!

Recent podcast appearances

Some of the tunes have been featured on several podcasts over the last few months.

We weren't aware, but East Wind Blows West was featured on the BareFT podcast episode 58.

Our friend, Chef Mark Tafoya, has made great use of Coffee Bean on several of his podcasts. The tune appeared on two November episodes: 66 (The Wines of Rioja, Part 2) and 64 (Cranberry Time!) of the ReMARKable Palate podcast. Mark also featured the same tune back in October.

He also featured Coffee Bean on his personal blog, Remarkably Mark, in episode 33: Tapas Crawl in Spain of November 5, 2006. Thanks for all the support Mark!

Don't Want To Go appeared on Mad Money Machine's MMM-045: Should I Risk Exposure of October 31, 2006.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Holiday Greetings from SD

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and <insert your observed winter solstice holiday here>!.

Feline Demise was updated with a remix/remaster featuring MORE BASS. Enjoy. Also, we've completely updated the main site, as well as myspace (much bug squashing there and here on the blog--some missing images and other browser formatting errors should be addressed now).

We've added two new pages. One will be used to update all places on the Internet where we'll host tunes for listening and download. The other lists all the professional services we offer, including inexpensive, high-quality mastering for your 2-track mixes.

Transduction Euphony is coming along and will hopefully be shipped for manufacture by mid-January.

Friday, December 15, 2006

"Under the Stairs" appears on The Word Nerds

Shane's tune Under the Stairs from Celestial Icons' 1993 album Timid Blue Planet (featuring drummer Alberto Vargas) appeared on The Word Nerds podcast episode 81 (Prepositions).

Thanks to Dave Shepherd et al. for using the tune on their show!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Download Mozart's scores--FREE!

Mozart's entire musical score now free on Internet:

"Mozart's year-long 250th birthday party is ending on a high note with the musical scores of his complete works available from Monday for the first time free on the Internet.

The International Mozart Foundation in Salzburg, Austria has put a scholarly edition of the bound volumes of Mozart's more than 600 works on a Web site."

Here's the link:

Saturday, December 02, 2006

SD featured on

Coffee Bean was featured on The Suffering from Sanity podcast in the first half of Episode SFS-034 on December 1, 2006.

The theme? Coffee and tea. Hence the title, “Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea.”

Thanks to Bryce Allen for including us in this array of talented musicians.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 Deja vu

Good news for us musicians! Store and share your music projects with once again. Deja vu! reopens servers, accepts files - Yahoo! News: "The site, acquired by San Francisco-based CNET Networks Inc. in 2003, has recently undergone a redesign. Relaunched officially on Tuesday, the site now offers up to 100 megabytes of storage space for audio tracks and unlimited space for videos, free of charge."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Now on iCompositions

You can check out SD's new site now on iCompositions! Come on over and vote for Shane's music...

Listen to my music!

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"Feline Demise" now posted on My Space

You can check out Feline Demise now on the My Space site.

Here's the current incarnation of the album cover for the upcoming CD, Transduction Euphony. Thanks to Michael David Jones for allowing me to use his bacteriophage image for the CD cover.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Coffee Bean" appears on ReMARKable Palate Podcast

Shane's jazz tune "Coffee Bean" will be featured on the ReMARKable Palate Podcast episode #63 for November 1st, 2006, featuring Executive Chef of The Guilded Fork, Chef Mark C. Tafoya, out of New York City.

Thanks for the play, Chef Tafoya! Great podcast!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Accepted: Pump Audio Catalog

Nearly all of Shane's entire catalog of instrumental music (recorded since 1993) has been accepted by Pump Audio, LCC and offered in their music licensing catalog.

Hopefully, you'll hear some of these tunes soon in movies, commercials, television, games, answering systems, environmental sound systems, etc.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

PSN listener comments on "Feline Demise"

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A few PSN listeners have emailed some really nice comments to Big Al Wagner and Mike Big Honey" Bolan over at Project Studio Network regarding their review of my tune, Feline Demise, in Show #39.

In Show #40 at 34:30, Dave Criddle from Home Recording Odyssey sent some nice comments and an appropriate criticism regarding the lack of a strong bass instrument in the tune:

"Hey, tell Shane Hendricks I really enjoyed his song. Like a strange siren, I kept being drawn to it. I actually rewound and listened to it three times."

In Show #41 at 39:24, Nick Dodson had some really nice comments too:

"Not only were there Zappa-esque allusions, but there's also references to Captain Beefheart."

"Penguin" appears on Dorm Room Daily

The Dorm Room Daily podcast entitled Wiped-Out Wednesday featured the tune "Penguin With A Ruler" at 6:23 into the podcast.

Thanks Sir William for the play!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Shane gets a mention on IHR

Inside Home Recording's Neat links for October 12:

Derek from Inside Home Recording makes a mention of the Feline Demise review that appeared on PSN Show #39.

Now on Podsafe Music Network

Shane has posted 24 old and new tunes and licensed them for use in podcasts or other legitimate, legal uses under a Creative Commons license.

As a matter of fact, all original music posted on the Internet (under the names Sonic Deviant, Shane Hendricks, etc.) is hereby licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 license listed below; all music is freely useable and distributable in accordance with the license. Have fun and enjoy the fruits of my labor!

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These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.

Featured on X-Pat Podcast!

Shane's older tune East Wind Blows West was featured in episode 58 on the X-Pat Radio podcast via This happened within hours of posting the music, so thanks X-Pat!

Monday, October 02, 2006

PSN reviews "Feline Demise"

Project Studio Network Podcast #39:

Shane's tune, Feline Demise (from the upcoming CD Transduction Euphony), is reviewed by the guys at the Project Studio Network podcast in Show #39. The review is located at 39:36, but you'll want to catch all the other great information within the podcast if you're a home recording enthusiast.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Web Presence updated!

Be sure to check the changes to all the sites on the web, starting with My Space has been updated as well. The changes are in anticipation of finishing my next CD, Transduction Euphony.

I'm working hard on the next CD, but grad school takes precedence most of the time. I've posted some of the tunes from the forthcoming project at the sites listed above. Also, check out the awesome video Leo Alves Vieira put together for Mutation p53.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Avid sucking up everything musical

Macworld UK - Avid buys Sibelius for $23 million:

Macworld Daily News
Wednesday - August 02, 2006
Avid buys Sibelius for $23 million
By Macworld staff

Avid Technology has acquired London-based company Sibelius Software in a $23 million deal.

Sibelius makes music notation software that is widely used by musicians for movies and songs and by scho.
Avid Technology now owns Digidesign (ahem...ProTools), M-Audio (midi controllers and other music hardware/software), and now Sibelius (a top notation program). I fear companies that become too monopolistic.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Inside Home Recording

I've been meaning to send folks over to visit my friends Paul Garay and Derek K. Miller of Inside Home Recording. They're running a nice blog and podcast that I found whilst perusing the iTunes catalog one day, looking for podcasts to consume for an upcoming long road trip. The discussion forum is here, there's some great fickr content, and there are many RSS feeds with which you can cram your newsreader.

They not only review new gear but also provide useful tips and techniques vital to us home recording and project studio nuts. Go check 'em out.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Pump Audio - Amateur film composing

Pump Audio | Welcome: This seems like a great new site to check out. Amateur composers and musicians can license their work for use in amateur film!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Lot's going on...(Rubenstein review)

I've revamped the web site quite a bit. I'm trying to decentralize as much as possible to allow easier maintenance of the site; for example, I've started moving my links to to allow me to share and update them easier, and I've started hosting my images at .Mac (also allows easier updating). News will now be mostly through this blog and on myspace: Neil Haverstick and other guitarists from around myspace and kronosonic posted some nice comments over at my myspace site.

I met a bunch of great guitarists, musicians, composers, and artists over at Kronosonic at the invitation of friend and experimentalist Dan Stearns.

I also finally met Ken Rubenstein, a terrific experimental guitarist who has been around for years. I bought his CD, Invert and Transcend, and decided to write a review of it for CDBaby:

Ken is a pioneer in the genre that many of us have only recently come to know--that of experimentalism, especially as it relates to the beloved, popular stringed instrument we all adore--the guitar. Experimental music is not wholly constituted of just random noise (though that sort of aleatoric music has its rightful, valid position in the realm of experimentalism); Ken (and a few others like him in this relatively young anti-genre) has shown that such music takes talent, skill, and courage. They are treading sonic ground where no one else has dared walk for fear of being misunderstood or outcast. Unlike the "others" in the music industry that popular culture tries to cram down our throats as currency in art, Ken and his ilk are the REAL pioneers--the REAL artists. They should be on the cover of Rolling Stone--not the latest Brittany Spears reject (or whatever corporate invention happens to be popular at the time)."Invert and Transcend" offers a rich treasure from the first to the last cut. Unlike some experimental music that can be tremendously dissonant and sonically overbearing, this CD is acoustically painted and very approachable for the casual listener, as well as for the trained musician. At times sounding similar to Michael Hedges and at others undefinable, this work is a watershed auditory experiment. Ken has chops that any guitar nut will appreciate, but the music is the star here--his technique is tastefully employed only as a tool to relate the story.

Ken breaks the listener in easily with a short acoustic intro tune called "Yudawee Sang With Love and Joy." The song features some very nice guitar synth embellishments and short bursts of fat, distorted guitar.

"Smallest Words" opens with a nice, chirping koto motif, interwoven between the left and right channels. Then there is an abrupt segue into the acoustic guitar introduction, followed by powerful, conjoining bass and drums. A real treat awaits the listener, as soprano Wendy Parker beautifully sings the unique melody line. Ken likes odd meters, and you'll hear plenty of that here and throughout the album. This number reminds me a bit of Steve Morse from "High Tension Wires." The song is full of changes and turns, so there's no chance of boredom setting in.

The next cut is "Xin Gap Lan." Soft, droning, flute-like synths lead into a very beautiful, arpeggiated acoustic flurry. The material is very rich, flowing, and extremely non-repetitive. Ken sucks you in and takes you on a journey of texture and variation. Interspersed throughout the beautiful tune is an unintelligible spoken word track, and a tastefully delayed horn solo (possibly created via guitar synth).

One of my favorites is "A Man Called Whores / You're All Whores / Lost In All That I'm Not." Here, the listener is taken through more adventurous territory. The opening lines, spoken in Arabic by Ameer, set the tone for the tune, which has a very Eastern ethnic feel, with incredible string lines, odd rhythms, and snapping drum corps snare lines. The spoken Arabic at the front of the tune has an extremely rhythmic, almost argumentative cadence that defines the bedlam to follow. Then there is a chaotic, bizarre interlude of atonal bliss, which rounds back into less dissonant territory toward the end, revisiting the sweet singing of Wendy Parker.

"A Song for Paul" opens with spoken exclamations of terminal drug-induced delirium (I'm assuming of "Paul") and cascading acoustic guitar work. The tune is thick with ambience and underlying busy fretwork, and the rhythm section is spectacular, as it is throughout the recording. There is a very cool upward glissando appearing throughout the tune that translates the emotional richness of this work.

"Broms" is an excellent atonal acoustic piece with some gorgeous Metheny-esque guitar synth lines. At the top of the tune, doubled guitar and synth phrases busily duck and dodge (in pulses of 8) around a quickly paced bass line. A short middle section here encapsulates remarkable guitar synth solo work.

"Lament for St. Thomas of Cantebury" is a nice horn and string arrangement, full of interesting counterpoint. "Invert and Transcend" is another of my favorites on the CD. Here, as in other places on the CD, there is little in the way of static, reappearing ideas; Ken is constantly moving, cascading, driving, and flowing from place to place--rhythmically and melodically, asking us to come with him. Miss Parker's singing talents reappear again on this piece, with an unusual melodic line, and provide a transition into a rapid, tasteful ethnic guitar passage.

"Woe Be Unto Thy Tangible Soul Who Cares Not What's At The End of the Pole As Long As He Fills Your Tight Black Hole" may be one of the longest (and most tongue-in-cheek) titles ever dreamed into existence by an artist, but the musical ideas contained within betray the covert Freudian humor of the song's moniker. More pleasing, pulsing, masterfully composed and performed acoustic guitar, synth, bass, and drums are found within the left and right bookends of the piece. By this point, the listener wonders if Ken will run out of ideas. The music is experienced with a belief that he certainly is conjuring it all at will. Midway through the approximately six-minute work is a staggering, traipsing guitar breakdown, replete with wailful string lines.

The last piece, "Beatrice Foley (for Charles Rosenberg)," is a short, mournful, slow work that initially starts with lightly tinkling piano lines, which, at first, seem to be trying to convey a melancholy narrative. Joining in toward the end are interesting synth bloops and, possibly, a guitar lightly feeding back in the background. A nice, soft, cushiony ending to a terrific project.

Ken is one of the great talents and pioneers of experimental music and guitar--a new realm of musical exploration also championed by such great artists as Neil Haverstick and Dan Stearns. This album is a must-have if you're sick of the "popular garbage" or "wannabe popular garbage" that pervades most Western music. As a matter of fact, just check out to meet the REAL undiscovered talents of creative guitar and experimental music and art. These are the guys I look up to musically; they're real, talented, approachable, and nice folks too. Ken and others like him are the patriarchs of this genre--this anti-genre.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

New Songs Added on

I’ve added a few new songs to CNET for download:

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More to come as my new album is finished...tentatively titled Transduction Euphony.