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New In the Pipeline: April 4, 2022

I have a new track in the stock music pipeline. “Mirage” is a slow and meditative ambient track featuring melodica, electric piano, synth textures and percussion.

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New in the Pipeline: March 17, 2022

I have a new track in curation at Pond5. The new track, a simple plaintive wash of string and vocal samples with tubular bells, was inspired by the war in Ukraine. Updated March 21!

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In the Pipeline, January 14, 2022

I’ve got a new stock music item in the pipeline at Pond5. This time around, I decided to try something a little different.

For Christmas 2020, I got a baritone ukulele that I’ve been messing around with all year. Then last Christmas (2021), my son gave me a Cahaya melodica. For those who aren’t familiar, a melodica is like a harmonica, except you press a key while blowing to get the pitch you want. This year, I decided to try working with my new “toys.”

“Say hello to my little friends!”

I decided I wanted to put together something for the coming of spring, so instead of my usual programming and quantizing I played the melodica and uke on the new track. I also played a conga patch on my old Roland HPD-15 electronic percussion instrument.

I started with a simple chord progression in G on the uke, worked out a melody on the melodica, and added other instruments. I call the result “Happy Spring Frolic.” Here’s the thirty second edit to give you a taste:

Preview: Happy Spring Frolic (30 Second Edit)

The full version clocks in at 1:30, and I’ve created sixty-, thirty- and fifteen-second edits as well. I also added a guitar patch; the uke being a little out of tune with the acoustic guitar gives the feeling of a spring carnival. This family-friendly piece will make a perfect soundtrack for a (hoped for) spring emergence from the long pandemic. Please check back for updates as to the final disposition of this track.

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It’s the Holiday Season!

Now that Halloween is past, it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving and Christmas with holiday stock music. On my Pond5 artist page, I’m now featuring festive holiday tracks for all your media needs.

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New in the Stock Music Pipeline: October 29, 2021

I’ve got a new stock music item in the pipeline as of today. Word is a lot of Pond5 buyers are interested in Schlager music. For fun I put something together in that general style.

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First Post From Utah

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.

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Lost Decades: The 1980s

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.

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Change of Plans

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.

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Lost Decades: The 2000s Volume Two

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.

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My Latest Acquisition: Hyperion Synth

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.”

“On Pins and Needles (Dramatic Ambient Background Music)”

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.

Update!

You can now license “On Pins and Needles!” Check it out at Pond5.