I’m releasing a new track on October 15, 2021. The title of the track is “Aloft,” and it will be available to stream on most platforms. Check out the trailer video below, via YouTube.
My move is complete. We arrived in Utah in the middle of August and stayed in an extended stay hotel while we were apartment hunting and my wife was job hunting. We got to be here for the birth of our second granddaughter and to help out when some complications ensued. We’ve also gone up into the mountains where I’ve started testing my new video camera.
We moved into a new (literally!) apartment in the Salt Lake-Orem-Provo metro area and have begun unpacking. We’re focusing initially on the kitchen, so my music equipment is still in the morass of boxes dropped off by the movers on Tuesday. However, I did manage to set up a makeshift workspace in the spare bedroom so I could work on buying some new software and writing this note to you.
We’re hoping to have everything unpacked soon, and then I’ll be able to start working on music (and more visuals) again.
The work of preparing our house for sale is now largely finished, so before I move west with my wonderful wife to be closer to our grandchildren, I’m taking the opportunity to release the last EP of my musical archives. This one goes back more than 30 years.
As a continuing part of my release of archived music, I put out another EP on Bandcamp. This one is a group of tracks I created in late 2012 and early 2013. I intended to release them formally, but never got there. One of the tracks I created during this period, “The Oceanic Feeling,” did make it to my Circadia album.
This release consists of four instrumental tracks. I went back and remixed the tracks, adding better quality piano sounds than what I had available at the time and better digital reverb. Please check it out below.
This morning, I clicked a button to release my collection of Lost Decades: The 2000s Volume Two. I hope you’ll check it out, along with my other stuff, at my Bandcamp page.
Over the next couple of weeks to a month, I plan to release one more collection from the “Lost Decades”: this one from the early 2010s. Once that’s done I’m planning to take some time away from producing music.
My wife and I are planning to move from Ohio to Utah to be closer to our son and his children. With that decision made, there’s a ton of stuff that needs to be done in order for the move to happen. I’ll be focusing on helping get our house ready to sell over the next few months.
Initially, when we started discussing this move, I was hesitant. Except for about five years, I’ve spent my entire life in Ohio. Once I leave, it’s unlikely that I’ll be coming back in my lifetime, at least for more than a few days at a time. As I’ve thought more about it, though, I can see new opportunities on the horizon. For one thing, Utah is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the Earth. I’d like to take video of sites like Arches National Park and set the visuals to music. I hope I’ll have time for projects like that, since I anticipate spending a lot of time as a babysitter for my two granddaughters (one here, one on the way).
I’ll still be blogging here from time to time, so please keep an eye on this website.
Coming for Bandcamp Friday
The next release in my “Lost Decades” series is coming for the next Bandcamp Friday, May 7, 2021. It’s Volume Two of the 2000s. This is a set of four instrumental tracks in a quieter vein than Volume One. For this project, I remastered all but one of the tracks to improve the sound quality.
I’m also preparing a “Lost Decades” collection of tracks from the 2010s and will talk more about that when I get closer to the release date, which I’m thinking will be later in May or maybe June.
“Lost Decades: The 2000s Volume One” is now available to purchase and download at my Bandcamp page. It’s a collection of EDM type music I created in the early 2000s. I took most of my inspiration at the time from some of the music Tangerine Dream put out in the the 1980s and 1990s. It’s very melodic.
I also have a smaller collection of music from the 2000s that is closer in style to what I’m working on now, and I plan to put that out soon as “Lost Decades: The 2000s Volume Two.” I also have some things I worked on in the 2010s that I may give the same treatment. Stay tuned.
I’ve been going through old music I’ve created over the years and am prepared to begin releasing it under the general category “Lost Decades.” I hope to drop “Lost Decades: The 2000s (Volume One)” very soon on Bandcamp. This first set of tracks will feature mostly EDM tracks I experimented with back then. I plan to follow that up with a collection of music I originally published under a different name, but with a similar style, and finally a third volume of quieter music.
Keep an eye on my Bandcamp page to sample and purchase the new tracks when they drop.
Today, I added a new tool to my toolbox. It’s the Hyperion multilayer synth, available from Tracktion. I will probably spend the rest of my life exploiting the capabilities of this amazing VST3 synth plugin, yet in 10 minutes I was able to produce a fantastic piece of dramatic ambient background music with it. Here’s a preview version of “On Pins and Needles.”
The bell tones, arpeggiated plucks and some of the pad tones are all produced by Hyperion. I also used a patch from my Alchemy plugin to create some additional atmospheric soundscape.
You can now license “On Pins and Needles!” Check it out at Pond5.
My new EP “Winter Calm” is now online!