Steam Powered Studio is an audio workshop in South-central PA,
featuring contributions from fine local artists.
Many of these projects have been funded by fine people like you!
Willie Marble is back, with Songs in the Key of Marble.

Willie Marble

Here's a track from the CD-

Cold Water
The Stray Birds

The Borderland EP began as demos for Maya to take with her to Berklee. It grew into something special.

Listen to
It was a blast recording Britten's War Requiem as conducted by Simon Andrews.

Britten Requiem

Here's a highlight from the performance.

This started out when I got curious how many bands there were around here. Click the map below to see the amazing, growing list of locals.

local area

Then click through to visit their websites...
Studio Blog
He's a busy guy.


Between live gigs and travels abroad Jamie O'Brien has begun a project here with an all-star crew.
She came here with a song in her heart. It took a while, but we pried it loose.


Linzi wants to be
The Last Girl

I'm the guy with the hammer and tongs-

Jeff Coleman
Jeff Coleman

-trying to make stuff in the workshop.

Check me out on iTunes!
Mr. Bobby and I started posting songs to the internet back when being folkie wasn't cool.

Robert Bobby

It's Not the Heat
that's gettin' to me...

Pharaoh is traveling back to town after some religious activities at the temple. He's in the sacred car.

He rides sideways inside the car, which has no windows.

At a specific distance from the city, he will return to his mortal body, and once again become a man. He's thinking that he would like to remain a god.

The priests have seen this coming. They bathe his feet, as always.

"why must I return to my body?" he demands. The priests keep thier heads down. Is there a protocol for this?

"why must I return to my body?" Again, he asks? They glance toward the head priest, who is overseeing operations from a dark corner of the car. He stands there, arms crossed, for the entire journey- within earshot of a ventilation grill through which he communicates with the outside crew.

The head priest glides forward, head lowered, until he kneels before Pharoah.

"Pharoah, we are entering the city. In the city you are as man."

"yes," says Pharaoh, "but why?"

"Because your radiance would destroy us otherwise," responds the priest. "Only in the holy place may you be seen to shine forth."

"then let's go back," says Pharaoh. "let us return to the holy place."

"You shall return," says the priest, "as the sun returns, in the time prescribed, as the sun returns in his time."

"I hate when the season ends," says Pharaoh. "Well, bring me something to eat, at least. I'm hungry as a jackel!"

Oct 05, 2014

Now it can be told.

crazy music cover

The Steam Powered project for the past year has been covering the songs on Bill Nork's Crazy Music CD. The working title? Send Me the Bill.

I wanted to do some rock&roll, with drums and electric guitars. I love the songs on this record and haven't been inspired by my own writing much lately. To raise the bar I decided to do all 16 songs on the CD, and in the same sequence.

It's been a blast learning how to sing these songs and coming up with arrangements to suit my vocals. For the most part I've been guided by the lyrics "Crazy music will make it all work out." I think that's been the case.

I have some licensing things to square away with Bill before I start releasing my versions. I'll be making them available in digital form online in the usual places. Meanwhile, why not dust off your copy of Crazy Music and give it a spin?
Oct 01, 2014

I'm deep into mixing. Most of the tracking is done for the CD project I've been working on- it's been about a year now. I get occasional urges to drop horns or blues harmonica in here and there, but none of the loosely-planned sessions have happened so far, and I think this may just be a sign.

Sept 04, 2014

Lookit that! Entire months go by here when we are having fun!

New guitar, and tonight, an old friend...
July 21, 2014

Oh boy. The lynch-pin, the keystone, the side-two opener (if this was an LP record) is coming together for this project I've been working on all year. I got to play big quarter note figures on high-hat and ride...
July 15, 2014

Just listened to a live performance of Pink Floyd's The Great Gig in the Sky. It's the song with the wailing chick singer.

The live performance was terrific. It made me think of opera. This "aria" is a challenge for rock era singers the same way that opera is for other singers. The idea of recreating something from rock's repertoire kind of got me thinking.

We listeners can be very critical when it comes to this stuff. If the wailing chick part had wandered very far from the recorded version (even if it had been technically superior) we would have been let down. It's a difficult thing to do, to keep it fresh AND repeat the past.

The project I'm working on now is a little different. I'm attempting to create rock songs that might have been but never were- referencing guitar sounds and drum patterns and vocals from earlier times, but putting them together in new ways. Which, when you think of it, is all that's been going on with rock music for the past 20 years or so.

It's kind of nice to have been there when the whole thing happened the first time. It's led me to believe that it can still happen. Rather than just go over and over the rock (or blues! or folk!) repertoire, I think it's possible to throw this stuff together in new ways.

Damn, I love rock music!
June 22, 2014

Fresh paint in the workshop. In addition to that, there's a new arrangement. I've got the mixing desk against a wall now, you can see it on the right side of the photo up top there.

This has helped me to get a better bass balance in my mixes. I am vaguely aware of the reason for this- something to do with audio- but it's worth the sacrifice of not facing the performers when tracking.
Joe Ellis

Without a doubt, Joe Ellis has provided some of our most rewarding moments.

And we just
Slough it Off.

Who are these loonies anyway?

Woggi Noggi

Why, it's those cute lil' Woggi Noggi girls!

Find out why
Goats are Great!

Summer Thieves

I see the boys of Summer Thieves in their ruin. (that's poetry, you kneau)

Here's their song
You Can't Lie.

There's memes for everything that wingers love.
end gun violence

I made some to post if you're not crazy about guns.
and also...
Mission Statement:

Only pretentious asshats post mission statements on their websites. Be that as it may, I do have a mission here, and that is to discover if there's a better way to make a living making music than by selling little round pieces of plastic. Or charging big money for recording.

I'm looking for a bunch of small-scale sponsors willing to support my work as a musician, singer/songwriter and recording engineer, work that often includes recording up and coming artists for free.

If you like what you hear, and want to keep me going in the future, please sponsor the studio. It's that simple.
I got on a kick of making videos for a while. Here's one now-

Jeff Coleman
Save to Serve Her

It's a song about drinking...

...from a bitter cup.
Jeff Coleman
48 eagles

This is one of my art pieces. Heh.

But seriously, ever notice how may eagle n' flag things there are?

It's an entire industry unto itself I bet.
There really is a history to this website. It started out with, then moved to onlinerock before I figured out how to just rent my own space.

One of Lancaster county's first punk/new wave bands
the Blame
the Blame had a good run back in the last century. Here's some of that for those who remember...

The Kids are Alright (live)
For Hire:
Yes, the studio is for hire. We will record your song, your CD, your steam whistle or your grandmother. Rates on request, generally vary reasonably.

Room and Equipment:
1,000 sq ft open space with way too many guitar amps and old keyboards, some drums and percussion, some interesting mics, a comfy couch.

It's all about relaxing and making good music. I sweat the tech stuff so you don't have to. We can get just about any kind of session player you need.

These gentlemen have recorded here-

The Gadjo Playboys
The Gadjo Playboys

We've done about 2 1/2 CDs worth of stuff.

Some of it is still unreleased!
Jenny's Diner
Jen and Charlie

Jen Starsinic went on to collect a songwriting award the year we recorded this.

Birdy in a Cage

Charlie Muench went on to join the Stray Birds.
Craig Wise is one of those good old boys.
He brought a lot of his friends in here.

Craig Wise

And they're

Still Makin' Sunshine

All the Marbles was the first Willie Marble CD.

Commit a Crime

We sure had some good times down in the basement working on this one.

There was a bunch of kids making interesting music...

Old Time Liberation Front
The Old Time Liberation Front

Feeder Mice Jig

Most of them still are...

Kenny was one hell of a songwriter. Back in Paradise, way last century, I managed to get a few of his songs recorded.

The Taking

Kenny Gross
Kenny Gross

A lot of music gets made here by a mixed crew known as-

The Stokers
The Stokers

You never know what to expect!

The Wreck of the Frisco Pier
Dark 30
This band had a good run, and made some good recordings in my tiny studio in Paradise.

Toward the Light

Listen to Bob and that Funky Snakefoot hook into the bottom!
the Sporting Hill Ramblers

I feel privileged to be a member of the Sporting Hill Ramblers, purveyers of fine

News and schedule at the link.
Night Wolf
Night Wolf

He's gone on to the other shore, but he left a couple of songs with us.

Walkin' Blues

Young Fashioned Ways

A guy came in with a couple of old reel-to-reel tapes his dad made in the '70's.
Ron Cook
Ronnie Cook

Dad played a 5 string electric fiddle. One of the tapes was a make-believe radio show.
Dave Francis has had some awesome jam sessions at his place. I recorded the Honeycut Brothers (and others) live.
9 lb Hammer

Foggy Mt. Breakdown

Stable Jam
Stable Jam

Olds Sleeper

Olds Sleeper has created a whole lot of good music in the wee small hours. I got to work with him on a few tunes at my old place.

Olds #3

Me and Ben recorded Blind Joe Death in a round building at a scout camp.

live at the round house

You Got to Love Somebody

Made a pretty good CD-
Live at the Roundhouse
Old Ezra Shade gets in here every so often.

Ezra Shade

Here's a little something seasonal...

Christmas Time
Dr Mo
Dr. Mo

We have stuff here going back years...

Junko Partner

...and new stuff in the works.
One of his recent songs has been animated by Brian McCall.