“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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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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