adventures in mixing!

two posts in one day! impossible, you say!

that can only mean one thing…

i’m nearing completion on another round of awesome new aural madness!! or, you know, some new music 😉

yep, finishing up some new tunes this week. should be available very soon. i took a different approach this time around, focusing more on just fast, short, punchy tunes that will make excellent music  for driving or video game soundtracksthe kind of stuff that makes you want to hop your car and tear down the local highway. once you hear it, you’ll see what i mean.

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now onto more practical bits

so moving on from the more abstract notion of ideas… let’s go onto how to turn that idea into something finished.

if you’re a visual artist, you may start by drawing some thumbnail sketches.  if you write prose, you might begin by writing a brief synopsis or some notes on major plot points or characters.   if you’re a musician you could start with a melody or chord arrangement, maybe lyrics.

for me it’s often a basic chord structure and rhythmic feel.  usually on guitar or bass.  for me, this is like a visual artists thumbnail sketch.  the basic outline from which everything else is built.  i’ll take this basic idea and record it, and then play around with it, trying different notes, rhythm, etc.  once i have that, i’ll usually start coming up with other parts to add to the idea and begin to shape it into a song  – and then it’s time to really start recording.

Coming Attractions!!

first off, the new music is almost completely finished and ready for your enjoyment! there will be 9 brand spanking new songs with some crazy stuff you’ve never heard from me before going on, especially in the guitar department 😉

also, for everyone on the mailing list, there will be a little surprise coming your way not long after the new CD comes out! if you’re not already on the list but dig my tunes, go here and click on the “become a fan” link.

and finally, once the new music is out, i will start doing regular blog updates! for the first few, i’m planning on talking about how i go about recording and making noises for you all to hear. i promise though, for you non musician types, i’m not a technical guy so it wont be dull and wordy 🙂 just some short bursts on why i do things a certain way and how.  and, if you have any specific questions you want to ask, feel free to post them as we go along and i’ll take a shot at giving you some answers!

ok, that’s it for now, back to work!

“From Experience” won Track of the Week (week of July 6) on Garageband.com! The award is based on reviewers’ opinions of the tune. Check it out & review it and other independent music here.

New CD Released, just in time for the Holidays!

The new CD, Vision, is now available! You can listen to a clip of each song, and buy, here.

Independent music makes an awesome gift.  mp3’s are yours (or the recipient’s) in a matter of minutes, and we’re offering a special intro price for the full Vision album on mp3 for $7.99!

Happy Holidays, everybody!