Thursday, January 23, 2014

MIASMA INC SOUNDTRACK MUSIC/SYNTH MUSIC


(Originally published at The Uranium Cafe) More music projects I have been messing around with lately. All synth work with some bass lines here and there and some real electric guitar on The Mighty Morphox Speak. This is what is keeping me from updating my blogs with movie posts but I find it to be rewarding to some degree and I have made some breakthroughs with  my playing and production. Would like to say a movie post is coming (Daughters of Darkness still half done in the draft folder) but I am not driven to do that for the time being. I have not forsaken anything, but my time and energy is limited it seems. I hope you can enjoy some of this stuff as well until the writing bug strikes me again.

It is a big hassle to post the download links to each song so here is my creator page at Internet Archives where you can find whichever song you want to download as well as other nifty stuff.

Bill D. Courtney at Internet Archives 

   
THE MIGHTY MORPHOX SPEAKS

  
DARK DESERT

     
THE MIRACLE OF DECEIT

 
THE UNEXPECTED VISIT

   
FLYING MONKEYS
 
 
THE FRAILTY OF FRIENDSHIPS

     
THE EVIL SISTER RETURNS
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

MIASMA INC. SOUNDTRACK MUSIC PROJECT

Originally published at The Uranium Cafe: I have to admit I am a little happy with some of the results of this new little category. I used to host these songs on Soundcloud and they just never got any plays. After a year some songs had gotten a dozen or so listens. Guess if it is not some “urban dub-step” or “house beat” stuff it won’t get much attention at places like that. But here the posts have gotten some good hits. Not sure if anybody liked anything or what, but the posts were visited and so that is cool. The first two pieces (the Horror Themes) are the newer items and I think I am using Native Instruments Kontakt for most of them. Not really sure what Kontakt libraries I am using but I am sure I hear Cinematic Guitars in there. I think the drums are NI Battery3. The next piece, Evening Vespers, was done when I was still using Sony Acid (and had no clue yet what Kontakt and Reaktor were) as my Digital Audio Workstation. I would have no clue here as to what VST instruments I would have been using. Mostly loops I thinks as I did not even have a MIDI controller yet.  The poem is by William S. Burroughs and that is the original Uranium Willy doing the reading himself. The next two are newer and were done in Ableton Live and I think I am using mostly Nexus and Sylenth as the VST instruments. But no clue what else. I do not keep notes and I tend to put stuff together real fast and I delete the original project files even after a while. So have no worries that someday there will be an exhumation of lost audio sessions. They tend to not exist after a few months. These are all hosted at Internet archives and I love that place. I am moving away from places like Soundcloud and may focus on trying to share my stuff from Archives more. Would like to share stuff with an interactive community, but I don’t think Souncloud, Bandcamp or Reverbnations are my cup of tea. Any suggestions are welcome.

     
HORROR MOVIE THEME 01   
EMBED/DOWNLOAD PAGE AT THE INTERNET ARCHIVE      
HORROR MOVIE THEME 02     
EMBED/DOWNLOAD PAGE AT THE INTERNET ARCHIVE     
EVENING VESPERS   
 EMBED/DOWNLOAD PAGE AT THE INTERNET ARCHIVE    
NEXUS PLEXUS SEXUS     
EMBED/DOWNLOAD PAGE AT THE INTERNET ARCHIVE    
THE ARP OF HERCULES    
EMBED/DOWNLOAD PAGE AT THE INTERNET ARCHIVE

MUSIC JOURNAL 13 OCT 2013

11 Oct 2013: Recently music has become rather important to me. I think there are several reasons for this. I can’t explore all of those reasons now but will over time when I am able to understand myself what they are. And I have come to want to do something with it, with my type of music whatever that may be. And what do I actually mean when I say “do something with it”? I hardly would mean performing it publicly as I have no desire to do that sort of thing really. Not that that would be impossible but that is not really what I am talking about here. In a simple sense I simply mean I want to make it. Make it perhaps for no body else but myself. If a few friends felt it would be interesting to have a collection of things I put together and they actually listened to it now and then I could only be delighted. But the truth is that probably will not really happen for the most part. I do not see m (right now) being a part of some sort of online music community where I become any sort of significant participant. I am, however, a member of a few online communities and at this point I am  not sure how I feel about them. I do not dislike a couple of them though some of the so called bigger named ones (I will refrain from naming them) I have lost all interest in other than a place to soon upload and share loops and patterns.

Of course no one want to make music or art from inside a vacuum where we are the only listening or looking at what we do. And in the end few people really want to put their stuff out there and have it eviscerated by critics who really like to do nothing more than tear things down, and the Internet is full of that of course. But I have to admit that the possibility of a few people listening to something I have made up (or even of a cover of a song done in my style) is a motivating factor in my desire to produce more music, and more quality music. By quality I mean played a little better and recorded and mixed down a little better. I am really no musician and I would never seriously call myself that, in the same way I was never really an artist though that was what I studied in college. But at a late stage in life (I am almost 55) I suddenly have a strong desire to produce something of a musical style.

I have struggled for a few years or more with recording music onto computers and recently feel I have made some significant progress in figuring out how to do some things. I have a couple Digital Audio Workstations (Ableton Live 8.2.1 and Sonar X2) and a good quality decent interface (the DUO Capture EX by Roland which more than suits my needs). I have an electric guitar, an acoustic and a bass, as well as a MIDI Controller keyboard (The M-Audio Keystation 32) and quite a vast collection of various VST plug-ins and instruments. As would be typical of myself I have mastered nothing and hardly understand why something does what it does and typically cannot reproduce most of what I do. I keep records of logs of things in the since that I save small sections of music and use a rough style of notation and tablature that may –or may not- help me recall what I was doing later. But usually my written notes in conjunction with my recorded digital sound snippets help me get something back. I am getting better and better at this process and so the “music” begins to have a form that can be summoned up later, and that makes it more tangible and even reproducible. It is easy to get lost in the myriad presets of some sort of VSTi like Reaktor5 or Kontakt 5 and its huge library of sounds, but more and more I am getting the idea of how to save those sounds and settings and call them up later.

During the last year or so I have even come to develop some sort of ideas or philosophies about how to make sounds and arrange them and put them together. And while these so called philosophies suffer from a lack of discipline or real understanding of what I am doing they have a place really and they may be of some value to somebody else who does a similar style of music. And as I am an untrained musician and have very limited playing skill on guitar and especially on keyboards it is hard to really to say my style is this or that. There is not thing special or particular and everything is derivative, though the sources may be a tad obscure to the general music listener. I do try to work out parts and sections and then I struggle to get some sound out of the production or mix. I find myself slowing down on pieces now, as opposed to a time a couple years back when I would do a whole song in one sitting and never adjust anything later. But I learned things from that period that now come into their own place in terms of what I may be able to do with music. And what is very important is realizing my limitations and shortcomings and still being to work with something. And not being afraid to produce something and share it. With a few people or with the world even if the world is willing.