Frank Markow, Ph.D.

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The following is a selection of songs recorded between 2000 and 2005, primarily in my home studio in Northern California (a corner of the garage actually). They feature my playing and production and well as the voices of several friends, including Randy Hinton (Busy), Joseph Kary (Never Speed Up), Benjamin Robinson (Isaiah 28) and Ben, Abby & Matt Markow (What’s Your Name?). All guitars, sampling, sequencing and random sounds┬ácourtesy of Fm. Feel free to enjoy on the site or download. If you download, please leave a comment and let me know which tunes you like. Thanks!

The following are a few tunes done in 2007 using the Zoom HD16 hard disk recorder. I recently purchased this to simplify my recording process, and it works wonderfully as you will hear. The tunes are a bit incomplete, nothing like the full productions of the above tunes. I really just wanted to do some recording, put the machines through the paces, see how it works. I was surprised to see that on my account these tunes had been downloaded thousands of times. If I just had a dime for each one I could have paid for the machine ; )

The following tunes were done between Nov and Dec 2006, as the Thanksgiving and Christmas titles will indicate. I put them in a file called DR880, which some may recognize as the name of the Boss top of the line drum and bass machine. All drums and basses were done with this unit, which is really the best of its kind. Some of the guitars were recorded with the units (it has at GT6 built in), though there are various things going on. If I recall correctly, Too Much Turkey Blues was all done with the DR880, possibly a Blues Driver (I really am a Boss fan I suppose). Two tracks were done specifically for our church Christmas service. I did a solo on Silent Night, and a singer sang First Noel, gospel style. Feel free to use these for your Christmas service this year, leave a comment if you decide to do so.

Video of Fm messing around, playing my Fender Baja Telecaster and Vox AD30, looping with the Boss RC-2. It took me a couple bars to find the right key, and you can not see my fingers, but my face sez it all ; )


17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Greg // Sep 24, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Your music is so enjoyable. Thanks for sharing.

  • 2 Dennis Ramsey // Sep 25, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Your sounding even better than you did 20 yrs ago and I liked the way you played then. : )

    It is good to know your doing well.

  • 3 admin // Sep 25, 2007 at 12:10 pm


    If I recall, we were together in a band called Disciple back in the 80′s! Thanks for posting your kind note, good to hear from you, send a note sometime and let me know how you are doing. Blessings, Fm.

  • 4 Lamar Peugh // Oct 18, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Hey Frank,

    Wow, nice stuff – good from both a musical and recording/mixing quality standpoint. All the best to you.

    Oh, in case you’re wondering, I found your site through your review of the Zoom HD16CD on Thanks for taking your time to write a detailed review that’s actually useful and not full of marketing fluff.. :-)


  • 5 kris herman // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Hi to you and your family, from kris and the kids Tasha and Nathaniel,
    got a couple ten to two CD’s when you were still up in the bay area. I’ve given all but one away and that one turned up blank. So I’m glad you have a website. If ten to two is still available I’d like to purchase a few. If you’re ever around SD come visit – I go to the Movement.

  • 6 Thomas Gheen // Feb 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Frank, wow long time no see. I sure miss worshiping with you. Jessica and I moved away from the bay area in 2003. We moved to cowville”Patterson”. It is so good to hear your music online, I have to get me another copy of your cd. I hope all is well with your family. As for us Madison is now 8 yrs old. She is doing awesome in school. Jessica graduated from Cal State Hayward last year with her socialology degree. We currently own a coffee shop in our town, I love to hear from you. If you are ever passing buy Patterson give us a call.

    God Bless,
    Thomas & Jessica Gheen

  • 7 Dave Krause // May 5, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Wow insperational music I especially like in my fathers arms the guitar sounds beautiful just curios if you don’t mind how did you accomplish that sound. I came across your review of the zoom hd16 and after listening to your music I bought one. Thanks for the music and review


  • 8 Tim Davis // May 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    awesome sound doc .

  • 9 Tim Davis // Aug 23, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    im a truck driver and father of seven kids and in this difficult and trying world my safety net from god is music.I guess I am a stick doctor drums are my passion I play several instruments but drums are my main .How and what did u use to get the sound of those tracks on the zoom hd 16 . I have cubase le4 presonus studio project and a few good mics will be buying the hd16 in afew months is this enough to get that sweet fat your demos preach on doc

  • 10 Neil Black // Sep 23, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Hey Frank,
    I like your music a lot, I been thinking about buying the HD16 and came across your review of it on the net!
    Cheers, Neil

  • 11 Juho // Nov 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm


    I play bass in Finland and I must say that your music sounds great. I downloaded your song “U R The 1″ from some random forum. You wouldn’t happen to have more samples of recording with the Zoom H-4? Or anything more to say about it (would You recommend it, for example)?

  • 12 Kevin // Dec 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your music, I’ve downloaded Can You Believe, love the positive vibe/groove of this song(and all your songs for that matter). Going through some tough times right now, but picking up my guitar and jamming to this song has been like musical therapy for me, helping to keep the faith, Thank you so much, Kevin…in B.C. Canada.

  • 13 Mike // Nov 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm


    great tunes – especially Saturated. I really like the tones in this song. What guitars, effects, amps were used? Appreciate an e-mail back.

  • 14 admin // Nov 6, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Mike, glad you liked the tune. This was done a while ago so some of the details are fuzzy. Here is what I do recall: The main riff was with my ES335, the main amp was a Peavey Classic 50, miked with an SM57 (naturally). I also used a Strat in the breakdown, you can hear the tonal difference, still probably the Classic 50. The trippy backwards sounding part was done by taking part of the lead and sampling it in Reason (I think the NNXT device), triggering it via a keyboard, set to play backward. That is why it sounds backwards AND fast (hitting it in a higher key). I also used Reason for some of the rythmic sounds, like the chorus tom beat, intro and outro beats. I probably processed the tracks using some plugins in Cubase, typically for reverb and delay and compression. The drums were probably Steinberg LM4, but I do not use this anymore. And of course I typically rework and edit tunes in Cubase to make the arrangements better. I remember letting a firend hear an early version, and he said, that part goes on too long.. so I just made it shorter – you gotta love digital editing. That’s all I recall. It was a fun tune to do, still one of my favorites.

  • 15 Dan // Jul 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Hi…enjoyed your tutorial vid on the Yamaha MO-6. I’m slowly learning the keyboard and have finally broken ground on recording in song mode, and dabbling in pattern mode too. My only issue is, and maybe you can shed light, if you don’t mind, in a simple way for my simple mind….I’m having trouble figuring out how to save a song that I’ve created. The instruction manual is not much help….looking for that “primmer”. Thanks a bunch!!!

  • 16 Andrzej // Feb 1, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Dear Frank,
    Thanks for posting and sharing your passion for the music and music production experiences.
    It was huge surprise for me finding this webpage as I was looking for some Yamaha synth programming hints.
    Your music style is eclectic what is great advetange that few can afford.
    First Noel <3
    I use quite similar instrumentarium guitars and synths :)
    National instruments machine technology is inspiring resambles me M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro but sounds probably better.
    Hope to hear more your postings
    Greetings from Europe/Poland

  • 17 Frank // Feb 1, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Thanks Andrzej. I haven’t posted anything on this cite in a long time, good to know people are still enjoying this. I have newer stuff on SoundCloud as DrMarkow if you care to check it out. Blessings to you.

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