Missed the Stillstream premiere of Quiraing? Don't worry, because the super-cool Rusty Hodge is playing the entire album on Drone Zone on Friday January 30th at 5pm Pacific. Robert and I will be in the Relaxed Machinery Community chat while the album plays. Feel free to stop by and chat with us!
Quiraing, the Ambient/Drone album from myself and Robert Davies will be released January 25th on Databloem.
Taking inspiration from the epic landscapes found in Scotland, Quiraing was recorded over 2 years during 2012-2014 during what was a prolific time for Robert. The album survived my bouts with writers block, sickness, family crisis and 2 computer failures, the fact that I stand here 3 years after we started, with a finished project to present to you, makes me extremely excited, and frankly, a little relieved.
I was stunned and excited when Robert accepted my invitation to do a record together. Robert and I have very different writing methodologies, and working with him was both challenging and rewarding, and I feel our unique ways of working contributed to a very unique sound on this release. It truly doesnít sound like anything else out there at the moment. Robert really blew me away with his contributions, I loved working with him on Quiraing, and I hope itís only the first of several collaborations together.
I find remasters often sound really good in my car.... but that's it. Likely because the noisy environment of a moving vehicle is ideal for a slammed, over compressed album, whereas, like Seren, at home I like my dynamics.
My backlog is now over 40 games long... obviously never going to play them all....
I recently wrapped Final Fantasy 7, which was great, I can see how it melted faces back in 1997.
Not sure what's next on the list. It's hotter than Satan's blast furnace in my studio right now, so I guess I have on more month before it becomes fall and cools down enough to work in there. Might do some Super Mario Galaxy 2, or maybe the FFX/X-2 remaster.... hmmmm.....
I did find the Redux ending to be somewhat asinine, why does everything have to be explained? It just seemed unnecessary, I personally loved how the story was darker in tone during the 3rd game, as it seemed fitting because, well... organic life be screwed and all.... *doom*.
Alan wake is excellent as well, nice choice.
I'm currently playing Final Fantasy 7, I figured I've owned it since day one in 1997, but have only recently opened the plastic and played it. It's been on my 'to play' list longer than any other game, 17 years in fact! So far I'm 26 hours in, still on the first disc, I like it, it's quite dated, and going back to 320x240 resolution and badly mangled engrish translation is a little jarring, it's battle system and overall theme makes up for it.
I used to work with the queen of psycho women up until a few weeks ago, trust me, if you aren't real friends with this person, stay out of it, don't talk about it with them, just pretend nothing has changed.
Things in life have a way of working themselves out.
Do you have sleep apnea? I find that depending on how well I'm taking care of myself I will snore. If I let my weight creep up above ~175lbs (I'm 5' 11") I will snore if I sleep on my back, and will wake myself up several dozen times a night. Regular exercise and eating right will also do wonders. Avoid alcohol as well, it might make you fall asleep better initially but then you'll have a crap nights sleep. For a while I tried Melatonin, which actually did help, but then I felt hung over and super bitchy in the morning, I stopped after about 4 weeks.
Basically, if you aren't physically active, get active. I find that's what helps me the most.
Man I wish I had time right now for an epic RPG like Skyrim!
Lately my time has been limited to playing quick arcade style games that can be played in increments of less that an hour...
Mushihimesama Futari - Xbox360 - A great shmup, get's crazy intense at times, a good adrenaline hit, if you hate anime style girls, beware of this one. Battle Fantasia - Xbox360 - A fairly rare fighting game I found used for only a few bucks, cool art and character design, but a bit of a shallow experience Viewtiful Joe - Gamecube - A classic I've owned for a year but only recently played, a great throwback beat em up that's hard as balls. Kingdom Grand Prix - Saturn - A cross between a shmup and a racing game, haven't made my mind up on this one yet, it cost me a pretty penny so I'm going to try and stick with it. Street Fighter Collection - Saturn - Has my favourite port of Street Fighter Alpha 2 on it, which I haven't played in years, but its just like riding a bike. Radiant Silvergun - Saturn - Played through story mode, another hard as balls game, but has a great soundtrack and is really cinematic, this would have been mind blowing in 1998.
I think this thread got sidetracked a bit, I think the original posts were more debating the fairness of the current copyright system. Regardless of what the laws are in whatever country you live in, I personally have no problem with someone sampling something if it's mangled beyond recognition. Plenty of avante garde or drone artists do this, most of my Gramophone Transmissions album is sample-based, granted almost all of it from sources that are now copyright-free. But the difference between stealing and sampling would be that, in my opinion, I made something new with it through heavy handed processing and careful layering. Also, it's not like I can ask Claude Debussy if I can sample 2 seconds of one of his symphonies...
However, would I sample one of my contemporaries? No. Especially without asking first.
Now if we were to debate the 'all music should be free' battle cry that Gen-Y'ers worldwide shout from their mothers basements... boy oh boy do I have a rant ready to be unleashed...