Would you support me on Patreon?

As you may have noticed, my creative output has diminished radically over the past few years. In fact, I haven’t released much stuff at all since Waters of Redemption in 2016. Even though I’ve never been super-prolific, I usually release at least a few CC-licensed tracks, articles, sampled instruments or whatnot each year. But 2019 is quickly drawing to a close and I have yet to publish anything new.

The reason for this is not a lack of ideas or enthusiasm, but rather the sad fact that I don’t have the time and energy for much more than hacking away at my novel. Most of my time needs to be devoted to finding odd jobs to make ends meet, which entails that activities that don’t help pay the bills are not a priority.

So to help remedy this situation — and potentially get back into creating free and open content for everyone to enjoy — I’ve been toying with the idea of joining Patreon. I would be interested to know what you guys think. Would you consider supporting me if I did, and in that case, what kind of stuff would you be interested in seeing? Just more music, or stem tracks, tutorial videos, articles and whatnot? I mean, asking people to support me is one thing, but knowing what patrons might want in return is harder.

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Strands of Darkness Update

Long time, no post. It might interest you to know that I’ve been busy working on Strands of Darkness for over a year now, and 19 out of 24 chapters are now available here. Enjoy!

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Strands of Darkness

I have begun working on a sword & sorcery novel set in the same universe as Waters of Redemption and Ravnir’s Saga. The working name is Strands of Darkness and the first five six ten eleven chapters can be downloaded below (pdf format). This is a first draft, so expect things to be adjusted and altered as work progresses. The cover is just a mockup created from stock images.

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven

Enjoy!

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Twist of Fate (Yamaha TG100)

Got myself an old Yamaha TG100 GM sound module recently, and this is a track I wrote while exploring it. The early nineties cheese is strong with this one!

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Starry Skies — Lore sneak preview #2

Here’s another teaser track from Lore. Enjoy!

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New article: Vintage virtual orchestration on a budget

Retrocomputing and retrogaming are two really big topics right now. But what about retro VO’s?

Join me as I take a look at three completely free virtual instruments for capturing that vintage vibe in your music, plus some thoughts on the hardware they’re based on in Vintage virtual orchestration on a budget, a brand new six-part article.

Enjoy!

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Waters of Redemption available for free until June 30 2018

Why not celebrate the summer solstice with a cheery (ahem) fantasy concept album in a retro style? Waters of Redemption is available as a free download from my site until June 30th 2018, in lossless FLAC format and complete with high-res album cover and pdf booklet (238 MB download).

Enjoy!

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Lore album release postponed

I have made the desicion to postpone the release of Lore until later this summer. I know, I said second quarter of 2018. But with only two weeks left until that deadline and lots of work still remaining, I have only two choices: 1) work myself half to death and release a rushed, sloppy version of the album later this month, or 2) postpone the release and try and get everything right. I don’t know about you, but I personally much prefer the second option.

I tend to underestimate how time-consuming the technical aspects can be — after all, composing the music itself is only half the work — and since Lore has 24 tracks and a total runtime of well over an hour… as you can imagine the amount of tweaking and polishing required to make such a big chunk of music presentable is not trivial. So I’m just going to take my time here. Sorry. But I promise you it will be worth it, as Lore contains what I feel is some of my best work to date and deserves to sound as good as possible.

In the meantime, why not have another listen to Whispers on the Wind (maybe you even missed it last time around)? And yes, one or two more teaser tracks will be coming before the album’s release.

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Whispers on the Wind — Lore sneak preview

More information will be coming later this month, but for now please enjoy this sneak preview track from Lore:

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Lore – New album coming Q2 2018

Stand by for more details.

lore_preview

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