It’s no secret that I have had a drought of content this year. From the beginning of the year, I believe I have only finished and released a single song. ONE SONG. That was the Dark Cloud 2 remix, “A Starlit Temple for Two”. This is a stark contrast from what my hopes and aspirations were pointing towards, which was increased productivity due to the acquisition of musical equipment and system upgrades. I got a new laptop which can run Cubase 6.5, and a portal midi keyboard. All good, right? Sadly, wrong!
I was plagued with hard drive issues — not defective drives, but defective cables and interfaces to actually use said drives. I do not have all of my libraries and files copied to the laptop to use with Cubase. I have them on a spare 160gb hard drive ready to be copied over, but the cables I got to transfer the stuff over didn’t quite work out. Needless to say, I’ve written one full song (Whovian Waltz in midi) and most of a Final Fantasy V arrangement of Unknown Land using just basic, really BAD sounding placeholder instruments. It’s very discouraging to use such bad sounds, and try to show a work in progress and have people just not “get” the idea I am trying to express because of how bad it is represented by the wip.
Anyway, I hope to rectify this issue as soon as possible, I just don’t know how right now. I think it might be a power issue preventing my cables from adequately copy the files. Worst case scenario, I’ll need to buy something else, or find some other way to get the cables onto this laptop. Why can’t I simply connect this laptop to the desktop with a USB cable and copy things over? Meh.
So without further adieu, I’d like to share some of my plans for May 2013, and the months following that. This is more than what will fit in a single month. (more…)
Hey there, folks! So I hinted at this before, but there was a server issue at one point and a lot of posts were lost. All of the posts were of songs, and for whatever reason I never got around to adding them back. That’s about to CHANGE!! Get ready for a wild ride of music, starting with….
Making a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World ReMix was awesome, making it during October 2012 was a bit weird, but we can say it was made in November if that’s what you’re into.
Whovian Waltz was my entry to MAGFest Dwelling of Duels 2013. It continued a bit of a stylistic shift that I had started with Death Lives, the menacing type of acoustic guitar song, although I think this one is less menacing. Maybe more emotive in a different way, not menace. Where Death Lives was menacing, I would say this one was mysterious, more laid back… A Starlit Temple for Two was more sad. I didn’t realize I was making acoustic songs that express a different emotion with each one, but that’s interesting now that I see the pattern!
So, do you love Liquid Metal from my EP “The Wettening” or do you hate it? You’d be among company if you hated it, but arguably high quality company if you like it. ;) I’m going to finish off this post with a final song…
This one here, ladies and gentlemen? The classic Green Greens theme from the Kirby series, but in a unique “future meets past” artistic rendition evoking the horrific Kirbler, mass murderer of innocent greenland creatures.
Life, man! It finally caught up to me! I am really happy to finally be posting a NEW song on the website, though! I hope you all enjoy it. I actually wrote a fair deal of notes to go along with this mix, so with a little editing, I would like to present that to you now! Hopefully this is a sign of many more songs to come this year. Who needs candles when you’ve got starlight? ;D (more…)
Hi. Some posts have been lost as I have tried to reset the database and get the site functioning again. I contacted GoDaddy support and they said that the server my website is hosted on is overloaded. I don’t think I get enough views to have caused that personally, so hopefully they’re working on fixing it — but this has been a persistent problem for several months. All I can say is, please bear with me as I think of my options here. If I stop using a database and wordpress, the site may be a lot more stable, yet a lot more difficult to keep updated. I like the ease of just being able to publish a story here without a lot of extra work.
Until next time, thanks for your understanding and patience.
Hi! Listen to The Last Story first, and then The Beginning of a Legacy is after the bump (click More…) Disclaimer! These songs are heavier than usual, may not appeal to those with soft ears!
The Last Story was a song created by a band called Knight of the Round for my Final Fantasy remix tribute album, Random Encounter. It was something that I asked Justin (of KotR) to make late in the project’s production cycle and he knocked the recording out in a couple weeks. I really enjoy KotR’s ultra-heavy sound from those 8 string guitars and relentless progressions. When the song was done, I felt that something could be done to make the song even more brutal, and after a lot of arguing and persuasion, Justin finally let me write some lyrics and record vocals for this song on the condition that I double or triple all of the vocal tracks. The vocals ended up being as over-the-top as the lyrics were, and I really enjoy the song!
My only gripe is that the vocals ended up being mixed too quiet. This is because of feedback we had got from the OCR Judges. I personally would have liked to hear the vocals be a fair bit louder and I think they lose a lot of their impact due to being so low. We are making strides with metal in the OCR community, slowly but surely, and there is bound to be a lot of compromising along the way. I’ll be writing more about a similar situation in the future as it happened again on another song from this very album. Not the following song though, which you can listen to and read my thoughts below! (more…)