I have released a new 4-track mini-EP for free streaming and download on SoundCloud. Check it out below:
Labelled under the genre of “Instrumental Rock”, this EP features three tracks that are upbeat and diverse, featuring pretty traditional rock instrumentation. Written mostly with assorted keyboard parts front and center, they are relatively simple compositions, and the whole thing shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time to listen to, but the individual pieces very much have my heart and soul in them, each one encompassing a “realisation” of my potential as a music producer and creator – potential that may have yet to be fully unleashed, as my studies of music are still ongoing as of this writing, but all the same I feel are worthy of sharing with the world.
This EP was produced throughout the second semester of my third year at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, as part of my “Sound Production” unit. With the support of lecturer Lee Buddle, and that of family and friends, I was able to put this instrumental EP together in a relatively short span of time, as well as complete the mixing and mastering more or less on my own. I pulled most of this off in about 2 weeks, am relatively happy with the result, as I largely had to explore territory that I wasn’t familiar with, and planning for my recital also got in the way for the majority of the time I had to put this together. If I’d had more time to spend on the mastering phase, I would have done so.
These will be songs that no one has heard before, although they are a few years old now. They started life in the form of General MIDI songs which I then souped up with Propellerhead Reason and the help of my father Neil and his friend Steve – both play guitar on this album in tracks 1 and 3. This is, in other words, the first official release I’ve made to feature live recorded instruments, aside from the human voice.
Read below for details on the EP.
It’s been a while since I really posted anything about my gaming and modding habits here, huh. Well now that uni is out of the way, I can focus on more personal projects. (Yes, this includes Adventures of Square for those still clamoring for that.)
But here’s a musical project that has been in the works for just under a year now and finally may see the light of day. Akin to Harmony MIDI Pack and Plutonia MIDI Pack, this pack of music was written by myself and various Doomworld community members, each one allocated its own place in the 2001 custom levelset Revolution! by Thomas van der Velden. There are 33 levels in this set, so a lot of music had to be written – and so it was, by a group of very talented musicians from across the community.
This music pack also had the good fortune of Thomas himself remaining active in the Doom scene after all this time, and gave us his full blessing to work on the project. He even designed custom artwork for it and created an entirely new bonus level which comes with the download of this pack!
You can download everything from the brand-new page here on this blog, which also has info and other links. Get it now!
It’s probably time I used this website to promote what I’m doing in the real world of music. Let’s give this a go:
I have a recital coming up! It’s the culmination of the last three years of studying Composition and Music Technology at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). I still have another year to go, but this 20-minute recital is essentially a warm-up for my full graduation recital.
Still this thing has taken a lot of planning and forethought and it’s happening in the next 2 weeks. Come along to the WAAPA Music Auditorium on Saturday 29th October at 8:20PM, where I’ll be performing live music, showcasing my compositional growth, and showing gameplay footage of The Adventures of Square for anyone who hasn’t seen that yet. Yes, I’ll be working my silly game project into a musical performance, with the help of a live percussion ensemble.
As the promo poster says, BE THERE AND BE SQUARE!
The Videos page just got a pretty little makeover. It’s now a handy-dandy little thumbnail gallery, with each video having its own unique page on this blog, plus description and comment section. Feel free to browse the work I’ve done for various individuals on YouTube – from the comfort of this very website! In case the YouTube comment section is a thing that (understandably) intimidates and confuses you.
You’ll also notice the sidebar has changed somewhat. Featured videos are now a… um, feature of it. These are simply the videos I have contributed some of my best work to – some are recent, some are not so much, I simply made a selection that covers a broad spectrum of both music and visuals. All you have to do is click the thumbnails in the sidebar and you’ll get taken to the respective video’s page on this site.
Speaking of the sidebar, I’ve also provided a link to my Twitch channel where, you guessed it, further videos happen. I don’t stream too often, and granted it’s more of the gaming side of my online personality you’ll see there what with all the Doom maps and mods I play through, but if you’re interested in my critical commentary of what’s coming out of the Doom community these days, head on over to my Twitch channel and check it out.