Why in the world would I do that? Because I really do like my music. And I want people to hear it. I would also like them to buy it and help cover the costs of what is a very time intensive process. As you may or may not know I wrote most of these pieces between the hours of 5 and 8 in the morning because I was, at the time, working a normal job. I’m still working a job but I’m now self-employed which means I have even less time.
But music is what I love most when it comes to things that I do. And I want other people to listen. So when CDBaby announced their integration with SoundCloud I decided to put all of my tracks there. Please make sure you like the tracks you like, comment and rate as much as possible.
I have received the masters from my incredible mastering engineer. Incredible not so much because it sounds great (because it does) but because he worked all night to tune the album to the place where I wanted it. Finding people who do good work is relatively hard, but finding people who do good work and are THAT dedicated to your project is damn near impossible.
So I’m ordering a couple of physical CD’s, getting some shirts made, getting some videos ready and readying myself for a May 1st release.
But I would like to have is a couple of reviews from two individuals to get some independent thoughts on them. If you are a fan of electronic music, movie soundtracks and some nice heavy guitars and have a public forum like a blog where you can post the review (and if you don’t mind me quoting the review in full or in part) I would love to send you a copy of my album, Loudness Wars.
You can ping me over email, Twitter, in the comments below or on my Facebook fan page.
This album I am really proud of and so I really want to put some effort into promoting it. I will be doing some YouTube videos talking about the processes I used for each song as one thing. But one of the other things I want to do is I want to try and get some play time on local radio.
In light of that I am asking for your help. I am sure that you have a local radio station that has a time slot that might be open to playing it. For example, in DFW there is The Adventure Club on The Edge. So I am going to get a social media campaign going to enlist your help in getting me on the air!
I will be starting it up in a few weeks but in the mean time, if you have a local radio station that does indie music I would appreciate it if you put their Twitter or Facebook pages in the comments below. Then, when the album is ready to go, I’ll post again with some one-click messages so that you can tell them how much you want this album on the air.
I am REALLY looking forward to releasing this album and with a little help we can win one for the little guy! :-)
As you may have heard, I recently finished my second album, named Loudness Wars, and sent it off to my mastering engineer. I expect that it will be ready to go some time in the April/May timeframe. But does that mean that I’m resting on my laurels? No! I’ve been thinking about what my next attempt at musical greatness will be. And given that I’m a developer (wrapped in marketing clothing, but still, a developer at the core) I started thinking about what other developers might like to hear. I did some searching and found that while there are tons of developer playlists out there, there does not seem to be a specific album that was written for developers. I’d like to write that album.
But to do so, I’d like a little input from the other devs out there. What does your typical playlist look like? I have an idea of what I think this album should sound like, but I’m writing it for the coding community at large and that means that, unlike the last two albums, I’m writing this one for others.
To help find out what y’all would like to hear, I have concocted a quick poll to gauge what your playlists look like. If I don’t provide sufficient choices for you, feel free to put a comment in the comments section.
Right prior to ZendCon 2010 I released an album called Coronal Loop Safari. It was a decent album, but not one that really “fit” well with the style that I find most compelling. The album was a little “rock-y” but mostly dance-like. Given that I’ve been a metalhead since the day of my birth the album always seemed a little light. I like a little grit. I like it to hit my chest and say “I bet you could beat up Chuck Liddell right now” to which I would reply “Hell yeah”.
Part of the reason for that, I believe, is the gear. Since I work on Windows I work with Roland’s SONAR Producer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great software package, but the synths that it provides tend to be more “dance-y”. This time around I’ve been buying up a couple of synths from Native Instruments, specifically 3 products from Heavyocity called Evolve and Evolve Mutations (1 & 2). They are more cinematic in nature (think Hans Zimmer) and give me a lot of really nice, dark tones and chest-pounding percussion. Given my German/Russian background I also seem to tend towards deep orchestra tones and so I also purchased Session Strings Pro since my dream sound would include a full orchestra and the Vienna Symphonic Library is a little out of my price range and given that I have a very full time job I don’t have the time to orchestrate the whole thing. The last link was Razor, also by Native Instruments. It’s an additive synthesizer and it gives me some of the aggressive tones that I really like with some great modulations to play with.
So far I have about a half dozen or so instrumentals done and I’m really quite pleased with it. The pieces are what I like. They are heavy. There’s some good solid beats in there. Some wild synths and some hair-raising guitars. It’s also cinematic. I like music that changes throughout. I like it when music starts soft and then hits you hard enough to cause cardiac arrest. Similarly I like it when music starts out intense but has brief interludes of solitude that let you catch your breath. While I still have a few tunes to knock out I am really getting excited about this. Once it is done it will have been about a year and a half since my first release where I gained a baby through foster care, lost the baby (she went to a family member) and gained three more foster children who all have their unique needs. Finding time to write has been hard. But the writing is worth it. I don’t recall the author, but someone once said “I don’t like writing a book, but I love having written it”. In other words, the process is difficult. Triple-y so when you lose a baby.
The music stopped for a while but it’s starting to come back, and hard. This time around the music I publish will be closer to my soul. It will have highs, lows, change-ups, slow downs, accelerations with catchy beats. My best work so far, in my opinion, and something I am really looking forward to sharing. It will still be a few months, but I’m coming back. And this time you better wear a cup.
I just checked the @spotichart Twitter feed and they do this thing where every 24 hours they post the most tweeted album on Spotify. The number of tweets has been 26, 16 and such. In other words not very much, but the 24 hour tweet goes out to 16k people (as of this writing). So, I’m asking for a little help. All you have to do is click on the Twitter icon to help promote the album I published last year.
Heck, you don’t even have to listen to it, let alone like the album to help out and it takes about 2-3 seconds. :-)