Version two got literally zero plays on Soundcloud. So, based on the positive feedback to version one, I’m simply going to move it to Bandcamp and move on.
I’ve already got far more material than we can use for the event on February 15th. I suspect that at this point I’ll simply try to coordinate with Alan on what he needs from the pieces to do his thing on the Gittler, and not compose any new pieces beyond these for the show.
[This track is now complete, the link below does not work, and you can find it on Bandcamp.]
I’ve gotten some very positive feedback on Carnevale, so I’ll be moving it to the album as a done track “soon”.
Here’s a version two for more feedback. Unless someone points out a significant flaw, I may very well be calling this done.
Version two is here.
Re-arranged, levels improved. Panning added. This is much closer to done. I’ll probably sit on it about a week and let it percolate and then do some last minute tweaking.
I’ve only got until month’s end to finish this, so I have to work quickly.
My first draft is here, and I already know a lot of changes I want to make, but do please let me know what you think. I don’t know if this is IDM, EBM or what we used to call “industrial” or what, but I really like the direction it is going — albeit I think the levels need a lot of work. I also think I’m going to take the recurring “oooh” at the end, and make it an ostinato under the verses. I need something between the verses as well, and I’ll probably add another refrain between that something and the second verse.
You can hear Andrew’s original, and see the excellent video, here (and then follow him as he does really epic musical challenges which are not only amusing, but excellent music) and you can get the full LP (and if you act now there are bonus prizes) by following the links from his Youtube videos to his Bandcamp, Subbable and iTunes locations.
[These tracks are now complete, the link below for Carnevale does not work, and you can find both songs on Bandcamp.]
Choirs & Crickets is complete.
I am struggling with a new piece, Carnevale, and don’t know if it will make it into the final track listing or not. But, the draft is now on Soundcloud.
Carnevale literally means “farewell to meat” in Latin and was the term for what Americans now call Mardi Gras — that is the last day prior to the beginning of Great Lent and the corresponding fasting period. The idea here is to capture not the party, not the festival, but the pangs of regret for what is about to be abandoned, and the sense of foreboding at what is about to begin.
For me, this corresponds to Drogo’s last day before entering the cell where he spent the rest of his life.
So, our artist’s salon, currently myself, Nick Papas and Alan Richards, now has an official release date for our debut event.
There is the obligatory Facebook “Event” page, and if you are in the area, or can get to the area, we’d love to have you join us.
For those of you who aren’t the FB type, know that the details are as follows
February 15, 2014 @ 6:30p
N P Studio
913B Mckee St.
Houston, TX 77002
Soundscapes: Jim John Marks
Canvases: Nicholas P. Papas
Guitar Expressions: Alan Richards
So there you go. Please save the date, please stop by if you have the opportunity, and please spread the word, either by sharing this blog post or sharing the FB event. If you’re local to Houston, we have flyer cards we’d love help getting distributed.