So, what happened to the "song every week" thing. Well, it just isn't happening and it isn't due to the lack of drive. It boils down to too many projects on the dance floor - and two of them, I am sworn to secrecy. One will be out shortly, and I'll tell you when it is out, the other, I won't tell you even when it is out. But, that doesn't mean that I don't have other things that are going on that I can tell you about.
First things first. We have available for worldwide distribution - Beyond the Dice: Symphonic Soundscapes. This is a gaming soundtrack and hopefully the first in a long line of them. I developed a website specifically for Beyond the Dice, so check it out and all of the gaming goodness therein.
Secondly - The mathemusical masterpiece Fractals will be available soon. I know that there is approximately....wait...ah there it is....zero buzz on this release, so once it is available, I am going to go on the promotion trail for it. You can check out samples of the album here.
Thirdly - Last Rites is not dead. Nope - being my first serious musical project and for a cause I deeply believe in, it won't go away, at least for a while. Last Rites submitted a song for a thrash metal compilation album with Metal for a Dark World. Also in the works is a free release for 2012 including some never before released tracks - including this one:
Go on and click on it and let it roll. There is no real "video", just the picture of Jesus. As you know (or maybe not, but you will soon) I am a devout Catholic and have a particular fondness of the prayers of the church. So, I recorded a symphonic metal version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It is long for a song at 11 minutes, but in the middle for some devotions.
Fourthly - I am working on the second draft of my novel. Currently I am unemployed so I am trying to get an income going. One of the things that I did before I was let go was write the first draft of a novel. I let it collect dust as I wallowed in self-pity the first half of the year (and then some). Then I decided I wanted to give this a good shot - the writing thing. I am hoping to have the novel done by the end of the year. So, stay tuned for that. Real quick synopsis: two dudes dropped off in the woods in Georgia and have to hitchhike back to Los Angeles.
I think that is everything at Phrygian Phish for y'all! I am working on the shop area. Right now, everything is available at CD baby so i'll put the links up for you all so you can get some of that musical goodness.
Today I have been busy working on gathering samples for the next two releases from Phrygian Phish: Fractals and Beyond the Dice: Symphonic Soundscapes.
Fractals is the first album that I will release under my name. This album is - different. Original. Strange. Out-there. Not your typical album. The idea came about when I was thinking of applying properties of fractals to music composition. I had thought about it from time to time, but did not get started with it until the last few days of 2011. I wrote Fractal 1 to be an experiment into the plausibility of having listenable music while doing this.
Then I lost my job and I have been fighting depression and self-worth issues. Once my self-pity party was over, I got back into writing these nifty little pieces and concluded with a 45 minute, 10 song album.
I am still working on a plan for the release of the music: whether it is released by another label or self-released. In the meantime, I have some samples that you can check out:
Beyond the Dice: Symphonic Soundscapes - This album actually is somewhat the catalyst for Phrygian Phish. It was because I liked writing the soundtracks for these tabletop games so much that I saw an opportunity to try to make a living doing music. We are still waiting to see if that is the case :)
This album consists of six pieces of orchestral music for use in tabletop gaming along with two "bonus" tracks. Each piece sets a different mood and helps add depth to the games being played. I am working on promotional materials and a website specifically for this release, so stay tunes in for that.
Without further ado, here are the music samples for Beyond the Dice:
OK, it has been a while since my last post - and if you have been watching a while since the last soundcloud song. If you noticed these things - God bless you! I am glad that someone is paying attention and my guilt for not posting is well-founded.
As you may or may not know - I am not currently employed. I have been doing interviews with companies and reviewing ways of getting income going while simultaneously exploring self-employment. I eventually want to start my own multimedia company (not of "Entertainment 720" fame - but I would hire Jean Ralphio). Well basically a company where I do what I am good at and it gets sold in the marketplace. The avenues that I am looking at are novel-writing, music composition, and the newest: computer game programming.
Along with that sort of philosophical outlook of what I want to do in self employment, I have been busy working on trying to get it started. Many folks talk the talk and never do it. I tend to do it but never talk about it. So, now I am working on lining up my mouth and my actions (sounds wrong....). Two immediate projects that will be released soon are the first installment from Beyond the Dice and Fractals.
Beyond the Dice
Beyond the Dice is the name for my gaming music line. I will be releasing music for tabletop gaming campaigns in various genres. The first in this series will be released this summer featuring symphonic musical soundscapes. I will give a more details a little later - I am kind of trying to catch you up without boring you....all both of you :)
I am in the last stages of an album based on fractals. This would be the first album that I am releasing under my newest alias, Sean Bailey. What?! My real name? Yep. This is by far the most representative of me, my musical endeavors, and my creative process. In one album, there is a varied musical experience from electronic to jazz, to metal to classical musical styles all based at some level on an iterative compositional technique that I devised. The end product is something that I would like to call mathemusic - musical exposition of mathematical concepts.
The result: something different. That is how I like it. There are too many artists trying to sound and look like each other that if you are ever going to make a difference, a change, you have to think outside of the box. This will be as Charles Ives indicated as "stretching your ears".
That is right! The wife and I are exploring the possibilities of game production! Anyone that knew me well in high school (I think that there is only one of you) knows that I programmed games on the old TI-82 calculators. Most notably: a crude version of Mortal Kombat.
The games that we are looking at doing are RPGs that specialize in areas of historical/educational significance (might find a new market here!) as well as our collective zaniness. Currently we have an obscure secret lair with David Bowie in it. And this will be the only time that I mention that secret.
We are a ways off from finishing our first "sandbox" game where we explore game design and production, but I will keep you all posted on it.
No new Soundcloud posts?
Unfortunately, in less than a year (about half a year) I had uploaded my limit of music. There is about 2 hours of music that you can stream (FOR FREE!) on soundcloud from me. Now, I can upload more but for a cost. At the moment, I am in end production on three projects (Beyond the Dice, Fractals, and....oh yeah...Last Rites freebie) that is music that will eventually be released that I don't necessarily want on soundcloud. I also am greatly constaining expenses
HOWEVER, if you wish to donate to the soundcloud upgrade fund, feel free to send a paypal payment to:
lastriteschristianmetal (at) yahoo.com.
That is it for now! I will try to be more on top of things and not let depression get in the way of writing and getting info out toyou all.
A fractal is a pattern that is repeated in iterations. The most recognizable fractals are mathematical patterns like Sierpinski's Triangle or the Mandelbrot set. How it works is that you start with an initial design. Then, to that design, you apply your fractal rule. Once you apply this "rule" your original design changes to the first iteration. Then, you apply the fractal rule to the "morphed" design to change it into the second iteration. Essentially, a fractal goes on indefinitely and when you zoom in closer to a fractal, the same patterns are repeated.
This week's song is a fractal. Well, actually it is several iterations of the same fractal pattern. I had to stop at some point because I am not that crazy about writing this thing forever. I start with a single note: C. The next iteration is that I replace the first note (C) with three notes (that equal the first note) with pitches of C (original), G (perfect fifth above), then back to C (original). Then, the next iteration, I do the same pattern for each tone - replace each note with three notes: original, perfect fifth, and back to the original.
The song today goes to the eighth iteration of this pattern. I began (actually I reverse engineered it, but who cares right?) with an 81 measure long C tone as the first step. The high voice on this song represents the 8th iteration. The next highest voice is the 7th etc. down to the 3rd iteration in the basement (or is that bass-ment?).
I added in some beats to give it an electronic feel. You might think that it does not sound like a regular "beat" for Electronic music. Well, that is because, due to how I wrote it, the measures are in 27/16 time. Very odd time signature to work with.
Being a recreational mathematician at heart, this has really opened doors for me. I am going to look at polyphonic fractals, fractal chord progressions. Possible have a fractal metal jam? Maybe fractal fugue? Don't know :)
Have a Happy rest of 2011 and see you in 2012!
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