Album Review of Eavesdropping by Candice Michelle of Journeyscapes

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In case you missed it, on June 11th, Candice Michelle of Journeyscapes posted a wonderful review of Eavesdropping! Click here to read the review there, or, read it below.

June 11, 2017

Musical Nature is the recording alias of Rhode Island based electronic music composer Geoff Varosky. His latest album, Eavesdropping, features six compositions varying in length from seven to under nine-and-a-half minutes, which notably draw upon the ambient-techno style of music pioneered in the early 1990’s by electronica bands like The Orb and The Future Sound of London. Interweaving what could be described as free-floating background and foreground layers of synthesized textures and environmental field recordings, experimental beats and industrial nuances frequently lend both an edgy crunchiness and contrasting bit of chaos throughout.

The opening piece, “Common Code”, is also the album’s most dreamy and minimal number, characterized by echoing environmental textures comprised of hollowed metallic timbres, synthesized loops and distant muffled voices. Soft pads drift into the free-flowing soundscape that encircles the listener, in which one is solitarily removed from all the human hustle-and-bustle that can be heard just outside of this seemingly dome-like environment. Continuing into the equally dreamlike “Brown Sauce”, distorted signals and unintelligible voices are intercepted along the way by icy shimmers and seagull calls. A processed repeating drum loop accompanies the piece throughout, although serving less as a foundational rhythm and more as an additional textural layer, which lies just outside the bounds of an inner circle as it produces a ping-pong effect across the listening space. Easily my favorite piece on the album, it somewhat recalls The Orb’s “Back Side of the Moon” from their 1991 classic, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. “Independence Day” moves into a more urbanized setting with crunchy distortion, amelodic jazz samples and experimental trip-hop beat. The piece nicely segues into “Victoria”, which conveys an underground semblance of industrial machinery that’s highly reminiscent of The Future Sound of London’s 1994 ISDN album. Initially reverting to the dreamier atmosphere of the opening piece, spacey voices and warped sci-fi sounds swirl about “The Tuesday Noon Siren”, eventually giving way to a bouncy, bass-laden downtempo groove. The final track, “The White Horse”, is most similar in composition to “Victoria”, albeit slightly toned down.

Recalling past works by The Orb, Autechre, FSOL and Spacetime Continuum, Eavesdropping is just the kind of album that would seem right at home on the long-standing Warp or Astralwerks labels. Its vividly blurry and beautifully surreal environment is one that seemingly leaves the listener unable to quite figure out where they’re at throughout its journey. An always welcoming and thoroughly enjoyable sound to hear acknowledged and expanded upon, Eavesdropping is especially recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned artists, as well as those who appreciate continually innovative and cutting edge styles of electronic music! ~Candice Michelle

Thank you so much Candice! Definitely give Journeyscapes radio a listen when you have a chance. Candice carefully curates a theme for each of her weekly one-hour broadcasts. Always great to hear old classics and find new music in the realm of ambient, chillout, downtempo, ethereal, new age and world fusion.

VR:2 Sneak Peek…

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Keith Richie and I had a great time working on our first collaboration together on VR:1. So much so, that even during wedding planning and then going away for a week on my honeymoon with my wife, we still found time to get together to start working on our next collaboration album, tentatively titled VR:2.

If you have a moment, please give a listen here (or embedded below), and let us know what you think.

“Echo of a Cloud” from VR:1 Featured on Sequences Podcast 110 Part 1

Pleased to announce that while I was awaseqy last week, “Echo of a Cloud” from my collaboration with Keith Richie, VR:1, was featured on the Sequences Podcast No. 110 Part 1.

A great lineup of artists were included in the show, and we’re proud to be listed among them!

For more information on Sequences and their podcasts, be sure to check out their site here: http://www.sequencesmagazine.com/

You can find “Echo of a Cloud” at 99.45 in the podcast below.

Resetting the Korg ToneWorks AX1000G User Programs to Factory Defaults

I bought a Korg ToneWorks AX1000G recently, and the prior owner had a lot of custom settings on it that I needed to erase. I needed this thing back on factory default settings. To do so, you need to do the following:

Hold down the Bank and Exit buttons while turning on the power (as shown below). The unit should display RELOAD? in the display. Once this shows, you can release the buttons, and to confirm, press the Write button. When finished, the unit will display COMPLT when finished.

 

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Copyright Claims and YouTube

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Ever get an email like that after posting your own music? I get them all of the time. When I first saw this, I was all confused… I knew this was my original work! How can someone else have a copyright claim on my music?!

Generally, it is not something to worry about. If, like a lot of indie musicians out there, you are using CDBaby to distribute your music, you most likely then signed up for Sync Licensing when you distributed your music there. The link there to Sync Licensing will take you to this page under your artist account, which explains more on how it works:

 

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In fact, if you scoll down to the bottom of that page, you will see this important notice:

Important note for YouTube users: If you log into your YouTube account and see a copyright notice next to your videos, don’t worry! CD Baby will collect money for the usage of your music in videos (this includes videos you upload). This notice means the content ID system identified your song and it’s now setup to generate revenue for that video. You don’t need to take action. CD Baby is not claiming ownership of your song.

See? all should be just fine. This confused me when I first saw it… so hopefully this post helps another artist along the way.

New Release: Atchafalaya

I am pleased to announce, that I am officially releasing my latest long form ambient album out to the world, Atchafalaya.

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Atchafalaya

Released: May 14, 2017

I recently took a trip down to New Orleans with my fiancée, and got to experience the city in a whole new light than I have before. It was a wonderful trip, and we had an amazing time. While I was there, I brought along my travel recorder and gear, and captured sounds inside and outside of the city. On our trip we visited The Singing Oak in City Park, Jackson Square, the swamps at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, rode the streetcars down and back on St. Charles Avenue, to name a few things… but those sounds below are what make up this hour long slow and wandering journey through NOLA and surrounding environments, just as it was on “New Orleans Time”.

The name itself comes from not only one of the amazing restaurants we ate at while we were there, but also the Atchafalaya River. While we did not visit the River on the trip, it provides more of a Southern Louisiana feel to this track, because all of the sounds captured were from both inside and outside of the city.

Listen, buy and stream at the following media outlets:

Atchafalaya will be available soon from all major digital media outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and more.

Ambient Musician (or really any genre) HOW-TO Posts

In addition to letting folks know about my new releases, projects, etc., I am also going to start publishing posts about industry trials and tribulations, and even as granular as using some tools – physical or software.

For my day job, I am a Senior Architect who works around assisting customers with Microsoft SharePoint and Azure. I am also very involved in the SharePoint community. I speak at conferences, run the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, I run a fairly popular blog (according to the stats) on SharePoint, Azure, and other things… I do a lot of knowledge sharing for my work life. And thinking this might be useful for my non-work life as well, well, one aspect of it at least.

FEEDBACK folks! Would this be helpful? Am I wasting time? Let me know! Drop a comment below…

The MP3 Is Officially Dead… or is it?

npr-music-rgbInteresting article on the evolution of MP3 format via NPR… I still use MP3’s daily. Maybe I am just old school? I even used to have a close friend about 20 years ago who went to college with Shawn Fanning, the creator of Napster. MP3’s will always be a thing for me. It’s kinda like holding on to all of my cassette tapes after I got my first knock-off Discman.

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/05/11/527829909/the-mp3-is-officially-dead-according-to-its-creators

Almost everything I create gets exported into a 44. KHz WAV file, and then shortly thereafter, gets converted into 360 bitrate MP3’s for distribution. For hour-long+ tracks, I convert those into FLAC’s for BandCamp so I can get around the 600MB file limit, and not have to split up my long form tracks.

I am interested to know, from other ambient artists, or any musician out there… do you think the MP3 is dead?

Props go out to Keith Ritchie for sharing this originally on the Book of Faces.

Another new release slated to hit later this year…. Departure at Phoebe

Departure at PhoebeDid you see my post about Geometric Jellyfish? Well 2 parts of the original, and a lot more are coming. Probably later in the year, as I can only release so much at one time! Just a teaser, to keep you interested. Oh, you want some more information on it? This release is definitely on the chill-out relaxation scale. An entire world of music, consisting of 7 tracks, which might be something you would listen to, or imagine you are hearing, crossing through the rings of Saturn, back on your way from your departure at Phoebe, one of Saturn’s moons. If you were Cassini… what would you hear?

More to come as we get closer to this release!

For now, give version 2 of Geometric Jellyfish a listen…

31 Days of Ambience

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In an effort to create more… I came up with the idea to take a month to generate some sort of ambient music each day and release it to the world. Be it a minute, be it an hour… to produce some piece of music on a daily basis for an entire month.

What would you, my few followers, think of this? Would you listen? Would you want to get the collection of this afterwards? Would you want to have this as a resource to use in your own music?

Let me know. Planning on July to start doing this… more updates to come.