Before there was Splashdown

There was sirensong. Had some inquiries recently about these recordings, so 25+ years later, here they are. Michelle Poppleton sang, I played guitar, Paul Zutrau played bass, Kasson played keys, and Jim Maguire played drums. Lovely cover art by Stoltze Design.

Some thoughts after hearing it with different ears today:

– Somehow, it’s both overproduced and underproduced at the same time. So that’s a kind of achievement!

– I mainly recall fussing over every note and driving everybody crazy.

– Splashdown listeners will find a number of what I’ll call “Easter eggs”.

– As soon as I heard Portishead’s “Dummy,” I knew I had to start over. Hence, Splashdown.

Buried treasure

Long story, but a friend of Kasson’s discovered some ancient studio tapes from Splashdown’s first album and was able to painstakingly recover them in a format ideal for remixing. These 20-year-old tapes were lost to the mists of time… until now. Remix them if you want to.  Go crazy!


Splashdown multitrack audio stems for “Beguiled” & “Pandora” are available for download.

.:. These are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This means that you can create your own derivative works for the 2 songs, and share those works, but not sell or use commercially. If you release/publish your derivative version of either of these 2 songs on the internet, please make sure to credit Splashdown as the copyright owner, and that the songwriters are A.Buhler, K.Crooker, and M.Kaplan.

Please do not redistribute these source stems/audio files; point interested parties to the link above. Please do not edit down and share samples/segments of the source audio stems. These audio files are released so that you can create remix/alternate versions of “Pandora” and “Beguiled” for non-monetary use.

All songs copyright Splashdown 2015, All rights reserved for the original versions/recordings/mixes.


Blueshift / Possibilities Downloads


I noticed recently that the options for finding this online had dropped down to a single site with lousy 128 kbps audio quality. High quality versions available here. I thought about lopping off the questionable Sugar High remixes that the band never asked for (although we loved the Doc one), but for the sake of completion, I’ll leave them on.

Note that Stars & Garters and Halfworld aren’t included — those are still for sale online, and we do receive royalties from them.



Lucky #13

My first-ever band, We The Living, just showed up on this list. It was so long ago, it’s like looking at a stranger’s history. Can’t go wrong with a band photograph taken in a graveyard.

Miami’s 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

Splashdown trivia bonus round: Years later, I re-used the music from We The Living’s “Fudge Ripple” to make “A Charming Spell”.

UPDATE: May 30, 2020. Just got sent a link, turns out that John Peel had played one of our (excruciating) singles on his show. So that’s pretty weird.

We The Living

What I’ve been up to — part 2

Here’s an announcement from Kasson, featuring a little collaboration he and I did recently.  We updated an old Splashdown demo, prettied it up, got Russell F to play violin, and there you go.  I think it’s a lovely bit of cinematic soundtrack atmosphere.  Vinyl only, just to be totally hipster.


Hey Splashdown fans, Kasson here from Symbion Project. I wanted to let you all know about a special song that you might be interested in. I’m releasing a 10th anniversary vinyl of my 2003 album “Immortal Game” and I’ve included a bonus song called “Lives of Quiet Desperation” which started off as a Splashdown demo back in the early 2000’s. I dusted it off and Adam von Buhler and I turned it into a really fantastic song. We got the amazing violinist Russell Farhang to play on it as well. You can get this song along with the vinyl release here:

there are only going to be 250 of these total, on 180gram double vinyl, hand numbered and autographed. get yours before they’re gone!

Mysteries of the universe

So… the project to dust off some archives is not going to happen after all. It’ll be a mystery forever unsolved.

I can only say that there are strong artistic disagreements involved. Things that seemed obvious to me were not, it appears, universal truths.

Sorry to have raised your hopes, those who’ve been following along.

I’ll close this chapter with a little bit of salvaged jetsam:
Nomadic (Instrumental) MP3
Nomadic (Instrumental) WAV

Image by Su Young Kim

Mayan Pilot featuring Pacman

WTF, fancy Nikon camera? I did a bunch of takes, and they were all blurry and unusable. Anyhow, this excerpt features a cameo by Pacman the studio kitty. Any flubs you hear are from him brushing the strings. Yeah, that must be what happened…

p.s. Yes, I will try this again, with the whole song, and actually focus the camera next time.

About that thing…

Some news regarding the, uh, little “one-off project” I’ve been discussing with some of you. I presented it to the other peeps, and there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: it will be delayed a bit. The good news: it’s because we will be modernizing and re-recording and updating. It’s changing from a snapshot of an earlier era into a more complete artifact. Stay tuned.