sswellan Steve Swellander

San Antonio Texas   United States of America
Member since November 3, 2008

Collaborations: 14   Joined: 11   Tracks: 147



I'm;from San Antonio, Texas with over thirty years of performing experience. My sound is not always easy to categorize, but it is mainly acoustic, though I certainly have nothing against electric music. It would be great to hear some of my songs electronified by some musicians who know what they're doing with the gear. In recent years;I've focused on sounds from the mandolin family, including mandola and bouzouki, but my songs are not bluegrass or Celtic. They incorporate elements of blues, jazz, traditional folk and hymn. I especially appreciate good vocal harmonies. That's why I like old four part Protestant hymns, more for the style than for the theology. Anyway, categories are useful for music scholars, but I think they get in the way for music creators.

My voice is in the bass baritone range, a little more limited in range since I had thyroid surgery. To most listeners, my voice still has a pleasing quality. I usually compose my songs on guitar or bouzouki, sometimes with keyboard or drum machine. I usually record on an eight track Korg D888 portastudio and mix and master with Adobe Audition, Izotope and sometimes Acoustica on the occasion that I play around with MIDI files. My operating system is Windows 8.1. I don't sight read music very well--mainly only for singing, but I improvise pretty efficiently, especially on mandolin.

I can help members of the community with lyrics (possibly my strongest talent--I teach writing at a university), vocal harmonies (or leads), mandolin and fingerstyle acoustic guitar. After a lifetime as a folkie, I recently purchased my first ever electric guitar, a sweet hollow body Epiphone Sheraton, and have been having great fun with it.

I know rather little about MIDI and operate mostly with sound files. Now that I'm a Plus member, I sometimes use wave files.

Contact me if you think I can make a contribution to your project and feel free to contribute anything to mine, including replacing the vocal track if you think you have a new way to interpret it. Kompoz is an exciting place to be with plenty of really great and generous talent.

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I Know

8 Files, 8yr+12mo ago
sswellan sswellan


Contemporary Folk
7 Files, 8yr+10mo ago
sswellan sswellan, pTone5000

River Rising

6 Files, 9yr+7mo ago
sswellan sswellan

He's Smooth

Chicago Blues
6 Files, 8yr+10mo ago
sswellan sswellan, Matfern, Bommie

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9 Files, 7yr+4mo ago
leinadsorihcak leinadsorihcak, NicolaOffidani, boogieflippo + 1 more

Can't Rewind

Traditional Country
18 Files, 8yr+6mo ago
Winehouse Dorinda, Juan6one, sswellan + 2 more

When You Run To The Fields

Classic Rock
15 Files, 8yr+12mo ago
AviRosenfeld AviRosenfeld, sswellan, Shinrykyu + 1 more


Adult Alternative
11 Files, 9yr+7mo ago
guitarlady guitarlady, sswellan