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  • An Update on Things

    I haven't been paying enough attention lately. I know I posted months ago about new material and a 10" vinyl version of Similis. 

    It may be a good time to provide an update to those who care to have one. 

    New Material

    In all passion projects, like this, one makes plans, things come up that complicate those plans, or renders said plans completely meaningless. 

    That's pretty much what is happening here. I thought certain things would unfold in one way, they didn't, i underestimated other more pressing matters, and overestimated my ability to produce new material. 

    It is happening. I try to work on things in the evenings. Now the question is what is being worked on any good? It's different, that's all I can say. 

    When will something come out? This year i think. 

    Similis Vinyl

    There was a post on Facebook/Twitter alluding to a vinyl version of Similis. When that was first posted it was my intention to have it out by now (mid-July 2017) but I've fallen short on funds. I thought I would have been able to pay for this, but things didn't turn out that way. 

    I do not believe in pre-orders, I'd hate to accept people's money only to fail and then go through the process of refunding those who did take the blind leap of faith. That seems unfair to you. 

    And real talk, it's not like there's this huge audience for Sky Flying By. That makes this even riskier. 

    Which brings me to the next thing, I would never do a crowd funding effort for this either, for the same reasons. When a vinyl version does come out, and it will (I'll get to that in a minute), if i can sell 20 or 30 of these, i'll consider it a success. 

    A vinyl version will come out, simply for the fact that it's something I want to do. Like everything with this project, the only thing that drives me is that it's something I just want to do. If someone else happens to like what comes out, then that's just (extra rich awesome) icing on the cake. 

    I looked at lathe cutting, but I'm not completely sold on the final product, and the packaging is something I want to do right. Lathe cutting means much lower runs and is therefore much cheaper, but I really don't want to take that short cut. I do like the things folks like Audio Geography are doing, and perhaps something special may be done, but I do have my mind set on a full pressing (of 300 or so records)

    I'm not going to give an estimate of when this will come out, it mosly depends on money. I hate that that is the case, but it is what it is. I figure I'll just be honest. 

  • Similis: Emendation

    Just a quick update, last week a new updated version of Similis, entitled "Similis: Emendation" was released. 

    This marks the last of of the "revisiting" of releases. from here on out only new stuff. i just thought Detour and Similis could do with some polishing, abilities i didn't have when they first came out. 

    i'm still working on the whole production/mixing part of this craft, and while i'm not what anyone would consider "pro" i'm getting better. 

  • Detour: One Year Later

    On Friday, 14 October, Detour: One Year Later will be released on Bandcamp for, "name your own price" and to Spotify. 

    Never was completely satisfied how I originally mixed this record, and in a year's time I've learned a lot and have been practicing how to get better, and have been working on this record to try to get better at this mixing business, and now I've gotten it to a point where I'd like to get it out there, share it. 

  • New Thing Before That Other New Thing

    In that last post about the next thing, there's going to be a thing before that next thing. i'll be providing details later, but this next next thing is pretty interesting and it's something i've wanted to do for a while and it wasn't till just very recently that the opportunity seemed to be lined up. 

    and lastly this thing will be much sooner than later. so there's that too. 

  • The Next Thing

    Similis came out last month, saw around 50 downloads so naturally on the heels of that resounding success, i figured it was time for something new. 

    This new thing doens't have a name right now, but i have a set of parameters. Essentailly i am only using my 30+ year old tascam 8-track tape machine to record this project. i can't honestly say what it'll sound like, the music i've been writing lately has been more minimialist and ambient so probably something along those lines, but i can't resist perucssion either. 

    i've not set a time for when this will be done, i wish i could but things are too impossible for that now. i just wanted to put this notice out there to let who ever happens across this and may be a listener know that new material is being worked on.  

  • Similis, New 4-song EP

    We have titles now. The EP is called "Similis" latin for "similar." Why latin? Because one of my fascinations is with old and nearly dead languages. I can't speak it, can barely read it, but if I can work it into something in a clever way, i will. 

    Also, there's some word play involved here, and if there's one thing that's true, is i do like my own stupid inside jokes. 

    So yes, we have song titles which should be of little interest:

    An Improvised Waltz in D
    (Because why not? it may be a bit brisk)

    The Tyranny of Expectations
    (a reminder really)

    Extemporized
    (I should say so)

    When Weather Turns to Waves
    (something my best friend mentioned)

    These songs were written in November and December of 2015, and recorded at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio right here in Boston. A very lovely studio.