Cass' guitar music writing started in 1994 with early riff-driven songs produced on a 4 track tape recorder. After a long hiatus, Cass began writing and composing original music again in 2009. Aided with an 8-track digital recorder, this account features low budget, lo-fi, rough cut home studio recordings of original songs written (or rewritten) by Cass since September 2009. Most of the songs were initially composed on acoustic guitar, and many recorded versions combine the original acoustic riffs with electric guitar overlays. Also included in the song list are some collaborative composing and recording works with Ian Henderson (noted as collaborative works in the song title).
Yes, but just open mic for original material.
Primary music influences include The White Stripes, Sonic Youth, R.E.M, My Bloody Valentine, Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, Violent Femmes, The Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Cure, etc.
I typically record with a Martin Dreadnought acoustic guitar and a Gibson Les Paul Studio electric, though many earlier songs were recorded with a cheap Epiphone electric guitar and Fender acoustic guitar. For a vast variety in electric guitar tones and sound textures a Line 6 Spider amplifier is used. Drums for newer songs in this collection are composed on an electric drum set connected directly into a digital recorder. Drum lines for earlier-recorded songs in the collection were composed tapping on a computer keyboard and recording output with a condenser microphone (utilizing a computer drumming program, but no programmed drum lines are used). An Ibanez acoustic bass guitar was used in recordings after April 2011. All home studio recordings are mastered, roughly, on a basic 8-track digital recorder without the use of computer software.