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I have been writing and recording music, comedy and travelogues for a long damn time! I started buying music equipment back in middle school, as soon as I was able to scrounge some money of my own. Soon I had a room full of used gear. I wish I had pictures!

Eventually, the gear took over the room. I built several large cabinets to hold all of the synths and such. I had keyboards, guitars, classic TEAC 4-track and 8-track reel-to-reel recorders.

Nowadays I can do far more with my laptop, a small keyboard and gear that fits into a small travel box. Plus the guitars of course!

My music spans multiple genres, including progressive-tinged electronica, folk, pop rock, alt-country and humor. Although this makes the work rather hard to pin down, most of my music has a playful, hand-crafted quality despite the involvement of computers. The lyrics are frequently satirical and take on “unreliable narrator” personas. It pretty much all sounds like it came from me, no matter the genre.

I originally released several albums under a persona, “Foovius Bar,” but I’m putting it up here as D.S.Benson just to keep things simple.

One of my albums, The Fooviron Assembly, is all instrumental electronica, with a retro pop sampled sound mixed with a few electroacoustic instruments (acoustic treated guitars, rock guitars). Another, Neon Bus God, is a mixture of pop songs, often satirical, that spans alt-rock, odd pop, folk and even mocking takes on crossover country and bluegrass.

Way back when, a long time before you were born, my friends and I released a sketch comedy album on LP (a form which has since made a small comeback—the LP that is, not sketch comedy): The Secret Files, by Master Martian Broadcast Company.

Perhaps one day I’ll remaster this long-lost album, which was inspired by Monty Python, The Firesign Theatre, and old-time radio mysteries and has been called “really fun,” “great, daddy” and “sophomoric.”

I have also recorded and painstakingly assembled many audio travelogues documenting decades of travel: sounds, music, interviews and stories. Precursors to the Podcast. Audio travelogues have a storytelling quality that is often lost with video.