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Tangent Sunset - original music and poetry by Alex Cosper

In 2020 during the pandemic/shutdown I've continued writing for websites. I've worked remotely completely since 2011. Music has been more of a hobby for me over the years, but I've also been involved with it professionally through radio and research.

So I decided to share my knowledge about how music is made and how to approach it more creatively, instead of falling into cookie-cutter categories. After compiling lots of research on music composition techniques I went crafted a video course called "How To Write Innovative Songs on Acoustic Guitar," which can be found at online teaching platform Udemy.

These days I'm still writing and recording songs at a casual pace. Most of the songs are part of a "mirage band" project called Sunsetrip. A mirage band - a term I made up - is an imaginary band with imaginative songs. It's essentially a funny name for a singer/songwriter that wants people to focus more on theme of the project than the artist. Here are some of my recent recordings mixed with my cartoon art on video.

Eye of a Raven

I originally wrote this song in the 90s when I was in the Beat Villains. It's a song about exploration and freedom, from the perspective of a raven.

Rock N' Roll Saved the Day

"Rock is dead" is a common claim that's actually been around since the sixties. Alternative rock has faded from the pop charts. But then again, the pop charts have been buried in the current wave of "more bands than fans." Rock really isn't dead and this song salutes it as an evergreen form of music and culture.

Sweet Oasis

As a mirage band theme, this song penetrates the layers of human imagination to reflect how people become attached to their own creative illusions. The core of this song's melody was written many years ago, while the lyrics were reworked in 2020 to fit the mirage band theme.

A Century of Radio

This song is a tribute to the radio industry's 100th anniversary in 2020. The lyrics tell the story of how radio evolved throughout the 1900s.

Nature's Lost Times

"Nature's Lost Times" is about getting back to nature. Initial tracks that included Alex on vocals and guitar were recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area. Long-time friend John Young, who played with Alex in the Beat Villains, contributed on drums. Newer layers of keyboards were added in 2018. This version is credited to the San Diego band project, Sunsetrip.

Birds are Smarter Than Humans

"Birds are Smarter Than Humans" is part of a cartoon video series for a character called Dr. Birdsy Birdsong, a bird philosopher and best selling author. The song gives a list of claims from Birdsong's perspective why birds should have seniority over humans. The recording is credited to the cartoon band Birdsong's Treehouse Academy.

Escape Through Art and Music

"Escape Through Art and Music" is about growing up through pop culture to get away from dealing with a corrupt system. The song is part of the PeerAmid Island series. It reflects on decades of musical development.

Old Western Town

"Old Western Town" reflects on the evolution of how Sacramento has transformed from a gold mining town to a modern metropolis. The song covers the history of the 1849 gold rush, development of the railroad and the 20th century.

© Alex Cosper