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New Art

May 21, 2016 at 06:18

Here are the new covers for the three "Wonder Why" sets which I am wrapping up as a whole.  It has been a long & interesting project ending up with new artwork.  Next task to publish a video summarizing each set...

(The download links have been moved to the project set page. )

Album Cover Art

May 7, 2016 at 15:40

Cover art is being added to my site at Pinterest.  Each album will be a "pin" with the song list with the description. 

Mythical Myander

May 4, 2016 at 23:42

New mix that I created using the clearsky kit on a song from the album "Aural Dusk".  For the video, I went out and recorded short clips of cloud formations in several locations.  These are speed up between 2x and 6x, but I also overlapped consecutive segments to give a further sense of time lapse along the way.  Additional overlays and color filters were used as well.  This is the fourth video for the song, each having a very different feel.

Vox processors

March 21, 2016 at 09:08

The µXL+ has been very useful in my project last year - a keen device that merges a keyboard synthesizer with vocal processing.  I have it attached to my mixer board and use it to play vocal parts in real time and then record them to stem files.  However, it seems limited with minor adjustments on a few preset voices, so recently I started looking for other options.  In a new song that I am completing this week, titled "I Wish You were a Fly on the Wall", I am using a vocal module called "The Mouth" instead.  This is a sub-program that runs under the product Reaktor 5.  It is not really a replacement for the µXL since I can not actually play the notes with the same precision but rather it is an added tool that opens up more options which are easy to use and quick to access.  I just record the vocal parts dry and then route thru "the mouth" as an effect controller on a track in my main song editor.  It also provides further complexity such as mixing the input source with several instances of the same signal being processed with its own build-in effects upon each part.  The interface is less complicated than a lot of instrument modules I used, so it did not take a huge amount of time for me to start with it making modifications:  

 

Mail bag

March 18, 2016 at 15:01

This post is inspired by a remark asking why make videos when you are not getting paid.  While I would suggest that anyone with a creative incline go out and find a free/simple program to make their own video, I realize the many limitations one would face.  However, there is a pretty good range of methods available and many types of videos that get made.  Doing something that connects with one's own interests might be a great place to start.  For me, that would stem out of producing music.  For others that I know of, it may be about expressing their  particular art or skill, explaining and promoting an idea about which they have knowledge, or documenting of importance.  Whatever it is - they are providing something on a wide scale that will be suitable for some people and not suitable for others.  This is why I do not support the function of rating a video, and to a lesser degree having anonymous random comments.  I believe that most people who come across something like this will at least just move on when it falls into the category of not being suitable to them.  
Then you have the type of viewer who repeatedly lobs these such comments at anyone they find while never producing a damned thing themself:  the life-time, self-made expert of uselessness sitting back and taking away others' time and energies.  And to answer the question that was posed, I make videos for many reasons.  One of those reasons is to continue learning and exploring.  That probably is not something that you can relate.  But as I have said before, if you have time to post criticisms and not give any valuable input along with it, then you are welcome to go purchase the equipment, build the PC, learn the software, and figure out how to produce the media yourself.  Or at least contribute to someone else's projects at some point. 

"Into My Dream"

March 13, 2016 at 05:39

A new mix of the song (Neon 809) was posted this weekend when I also completed the revised video for it.  It is available here

Whatever Happened to the Moon?

December 16, 2015 at 14:53

It sure has come a long way since the video about falling in love with the moon back in April, 2014.  We are not sure of her origins, possibly from a warehouse art studio that was destroyed for a suburban sprawl many years ago.  But after hanging from the Aural Dusk tree and then falling down, Cody chewed off a good chunk after the video was made.  The moon then got lost but apparently hitched a ride in my car and made it to the mountains, recently re-emerging months later.  She has been given a fitting spot on my re-build back porch...

Songs posted

March 9, 2015 at 16:53

Recently added "The Last Song (Terron Cabot La'fea Remix)" audio from "The Avatar".

Recently added "Out Here Now" from the unpublished side-project "Hard Times". 

Video specs

February 17, 2015 at 21:00

New videos being written at 720 lines or more as I am not doing any more filming at the 480/360 resolutions.  Check the "HD" on the gear icon in the playback window because the host (eg. U-tube) seems to be down-stepping my resolution on playback and defaulting to 360 on some devices but not on others.
 

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Wonder Why album clips

Video: "Anemoi Notus"

New song in 2016 using West Africa drum set and Absynth5 synthesizers.  Video is my playing around my fire pit.  Produced in PowerDirector13.

Background:  During some of my later nights I am working on a new electronic album titled "Ἄνεμοι", Greek for "Winds".  It is themed on the four-wind interpretation by the poet Homer (800 BC).  There will only be two videos in this project which I will be soon publishing.  Then I will post the whole set as a sound file later in the year.  I will not be doing any live-part recordings or mix variations for any of this material because I will also be working on other music during the time period.  

Video: "Wish You were a Fly..."

New song in 2016 - Freestyle.  Video taken in & around the RAD skate park.  Includes a few short cartoon clips from my favourites that feature a fly and other animals!  We used two cameras taking a lot of video which I have edited down to time.

Video: "Into My Dream :809"

This is the 7-minute update of the song in 2016 with a revised video.  Using new in-line compressors, additional 808/909 percussion, and added instruments.  It is part of the second archive for the project which I will be posting in the near future. 

Video: "Bleu Solaire"

Ambient electronic song that I created last week.  Video is some  computer-animated space images that I modified of an imagined sun.  Instrumental, slow-paced and not connected with other projects that I am working on at this time.

"The Hindenburg Omen"

This video is for a song that I originally wrote in 2013 with changes.  The parts shown being played were recorded during the filming of the video.  Spoken samples and old reel clips appear from broadcasted material.  I programmed the animation effects using some space plots from program demos.  The back-drop fantasy stills are desktop images which are freely available. 

"I'll Call You Back"

Video for final song on the "Wonder Why"  "recordings.  Filmed at Richmond Hill park and co-produced by Athena. 

"Chaos Bridge (live)"

A recording for the title song with new playing and mixing during the recording.  Additional graphics and thanks to the Electric Sheep. 

"About Space Themes"

A narrated video of comments regarding space themes which appear in some music videos.  Also describing an interesting sighting that I had some years ago when I was doing astral photography.  Background music from tracks on "Wonder Why" album. 

"All I Can Think of Is You"

ACover song (original by Stonebridge, 2007).  My version using vocals on Korg µXL+ and video taken on the French Broad River, 2015. 

"About Air Currents"

Taking a walk with Cody in an electrified valley and wandering around at end of summer.

"Paradyse Sailway (live)"

After a day of going down the river, Azoraa decides to return to the studio and plays a song from a past album.

"The Last Song (live)"

A new video jumping back to a longer version of the song (but not as long as on the album).

"Sift See Away"

This video was made using my new editor, Powerdirector13.  The song is from the past project "Pointless Seems".

Filming at Devil's Courthouse (rock cliffs), and Craggy Gardens (scrolling fields/distant road).  Solar effects and grid art is from other domain sources.    I also made a green-screen this time so that I could avoid having flickering particles in my profile overlays.