melatonintwo – Sneak Peek

scificitieswallpapercollectionseriestwo04On March 1 of this year, I released “melatoninone“.

As promised, it was the first in a series of long-form dreamscapes, here is a 10-ish minute sample of the next release in the series, “melatonintwo” which is up on SoundCloud under my “Works in Progress / Rough Drafts” playlist.

As per usual, let me know what you think!

 

VR:1 is Complete!

I am pleased to announce that Keith Richie and I are pleased with VR:1 enough, that we are marking it complete. And we have left it with the “Name your price” feature enabled!

VR is a music collaboration project between fellow SharePoint Developer and Musician Friends Geoff Varosky and Keith Richie.

Geoff currently produces and releases experimental ambient music, ranging from long slowing soundscapes to beat and heavily sampled ambient house via Musical Nature which is his “ambient project in experimental sound”.

Keith Richie produces Ambient / Chill-out / Symphonic and Soundtrack music.

Together, we are “VR”.

VR is obviously a combination of the initials of our last names (Varosky and Richie), but as most know, it is also the abbreviation for “Virtual Reality”.

Virtual Reality typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate realistic images, and considering that we are both individuals who have been involved in software development and software architecture, it seemed a good fit for us as well.

VR (us) brings you music that will immerse you in a virtual world of the mind, where our musical stories will be the backdrop for your imagination.

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

Geometric Jellyfish

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I am playing around with a new track which I just posted to SoundCloud (listen below). Let me know what you think… not sure where this will go, if its a new release, or what at this point.

The name itself comes from inside the mind of my fiancee. She likes to talk in her sleep. One time she started talking about geometric jellyfish. She can definitely let out some rare gems sometimes 🙂

Being an ambient artist, I instantly recognized that as a possible album or track name in the future, and wrote it down. After composing this track, it seemed to fit the bill.

Test of Wedding Cocktail Hour Music Installation

This is a test of the music installation I am doing with my music for cocktail hour following the ceremony at my wedding.

See this post for more information on the setup: https://musicalnature.net/2017/04/27/new-music-installation-my-upcoming-wedding

One change I have done from that post was use a separate cheap MP3 player into the auxiliary port on the DOSS Touch portable speaker so I could better control the playlists themselves.

In the video I say the track is “The White Horse” off my album Eavesdropping, but, it is actually “Victoria”. “The White Horse” was on JUST before this video was shot… sorry for the confusion!

Please, if you feel so inclined, throw this video a like and leave a comment!

New Release: Layers Compendium

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Released: April 29, 2017

Bandcamp only release – the Layers Compendium. A collection of all 3 Layers albums released so far (Layers 1Layers 2, Layers 3 : Abstractions).

Layers is a location-agnostic ambient music installation. Designed as a series to be listened to together, or really any other ambient music similar to it. How do you achieve this? Listen to one of the albums on one device at an audible volume. Then load up and listen to another one of the Layers albums on another device. Create a unique soundworld experience each and every time you listen.

Own all 3 albums in 1 for a lower price of $6!

Listen, buy and stream at the following media outlets:

All 3 albums are individually also available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody, eMusic, Rdio, Shazam, and many more digital media services!

I put one of my tracks to some photos on YouTube…

I put a video together of one of my tracks, “Measured in Kelvin – Part IV” from the album Solstice Chill to a progression and looping of photos I had taken at Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH last year, to give it some background while watching it on YouTube, rather than just looking at the album cover in the background.

I think this works better when viewing on a TV, or even on your computer… What do y’all think? Do you want some more of this? Let me know in the comments here or on the video!

New Music Installation… My Upcoming Wedding!

We’ve got less than a month to go before the “big day”… we’ve been planning out music, and my fiancée would love for me to play some of my stuff. However, since most of it is ambient and minimal, there really wasn’t much of a place for it, except for maybe dinner or cocktail hour.

Then, collaboratively, we came up with a plan. Using two small portable speakers on either end of the porch we are having cocktails at, I will layer some of my tracks so each end of the porch plays different layers of those tracks, together making up the actual track, very similar to my installation pieces can be used (Layers 1, Layers 2, and Layers 3). Below is a representation of how those will be configured:

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This however created a problem…

  • I need these to be re-usable, so I can duplicate this process again if needed for other installations down the road.
  • I need the speakers to be independent
  • I need them to be battery powered
    • ….and have a decent battery life
  • I need them to support playing MP3’s from a Micro SD card
    • Keep this simple, not multiple gadgets strung together
  • They need to also be loud enough for people to hear on an open porch with lots of people talking
  • Needs to loop at the end of the playlist to the beginning
  • Also, be reasonably priced. Due to the cost of the wedding thus far, I did not want to break the bank even further!

Because of the prevalence of Bluetooth speakers, it is very difficult to find something that matches these specifications! I started ordering from Amazon and Jet (free returns!) to test out speakers. After a couple of failures, and hitting up my friends on Facebook for their recommendations, I finally found something that works! Enter the DOSS Touch.

It’s a Bluetooth speaker with an SD Card slot, AUX 3.5mm input jack, rechargeable with a 12 hour playtime, and is decently loud at 12 watts. The controls are easy to use, and, it WILL loop at the end of the playlist, so I do not have to load even more songs on it, and can just use a cheap 8GB Micro SD Card.

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Everything I needed… and… it is only $32.99 from Amazon. So, if you are ever in the market to do something like this, or, just need a REALLY good Bluetooth speaker for just over $30, then check this thing out.

If any of you are interested (and let me know in the comments), I can release a special edition on Bandcamp once I’ve done all of the processing on the tracks to be used (tracklist below) and their layered components for your own use?

Track listing:

Announcing VR:1

Click through to Keith’s post to give it a listen, or, go directly to the Bandcamp page.

Keith Richie

You may remember this post from a few short months ago where I announced a collaboration project with my good friend and fellow SharePoint/Musician Geoff Varosky that we are calling “VR”.

Well, today I’m very happy and proud to announce to you the fruits of our collaboration in the form of the VR:1 pre-release album.

VR:1 is a work in progress album as we finalize the mix/mastering for wide release.  This debut album constitutes the collective energy we both share in regards to ambient and electronic music, and is an absolute pleasure to work on.

Please give it a listen through and let us know your thoughts!

Disclaimer: As noted on the bandcamp page for VR:1, this is a “work in progress” album, and any purchase towards this album entitles you to the final version once complete.  Therefore keep in mind that the final set of songs/versions of songs/ etc…

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I made an album entirely out of Windows Vista default sounds once…

Yes. Yes I did. Used just some of the default Windows Vista sounds one time as source material to create this experimental ambient album 10 years ago… maybe one of the only good things to come of that Operating System?

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