Thursday, 8 March 2018

March 2018 Update

Hard to believe it has been a year since the last update. Time really flies.
I still have three songs worth of vocals to record, but otherwise everything else is done (including all the lyrics and the artwork). The release will be within a few months at any rate, likely in June.

Here's the track list:

Hermit

1. Safe in Obscurity
2. Bloodborne
3. The Boy Who Lived
4. The Black Company
5. Forgotten Ones
6. Magicant
7. Dead Man's Switch
8. Means of Comfort
9. Augment

1 and 8 I'll leave to interpretation, but the rest are pretty identifiable.
Game-wise, there's 2 (Bloodborne), 5 (Torment: Tides of Numenera), 6 (EarthBound), and 7 (Shadowrun Returns). Number 9 shares themes with Deus Ex, but I wouldn't say that was necessarily a direct influence; more so the notion of aging as a disease and how man's potential immortality could be achieved through biotech.
Book-wise, there's 3 (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), and 4 (the first book of Glen Cook's series of the same name).

While I try to pay homage to inspirators from various chapters of my life, I'd say 3 and 6 are the more nostalgic songs on this album. Generally all of my favourite games are strategy related, having started with Civilization all the way back to around '92 (well shit... seems I'm getting old), but it has always been those story rich RPGs like EarthBound that first come to mind when it's time for writing lyrics, as such are the stories that sparked my childhood imagination the most. EarthBound was the first RPG I ever owned actually, which I craved for my ninth birthday due to schoolyard and Nintendo Power hype. I remember us looking all over town and, just before defeated resignation, finally finding it at a Canadian Tire of all places-- that giant box with the included player's guide sitting high on top of a glass case.
And a few years afterward, I have Rowling to thank for really getting me into reading novels. Prior to that, it would have been just the occasional Goosebumps or Animorphs. And comics, but those are still on the menu.

Anyway, this will be the last update since once the vocals are all tracked the album will be released shortly thereafter, as I've been iteratively mixing along the way so there shouldn't be too much work left to do at that point. See you then.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March 2017 Update

I'm working on the remaining instruments for the final song, then from there will move on to writing and recording all the album's lyrics and vocal melodies. Everything has been taking a bit longer than I would have liked, partly due to a wrist injury that happened autumn 2015; playing guitar wasn't possible for about four months there, and it still hasn't fully healed yet so frequent breaks have been required. But the worst is over and here we are now in the final stretch of my sixth album, which will simply be titled Hermit. I'll post the artwork, full track listing and usual song descriptions in the next update after some final deliberation. I'm also moving at the end of the month, which is never fun, but a quieter building is most welcome.

Monday, 5 September 2016

September 2016 Update

Since the last update I've finished all the guitars, bass, and keys for four of the songs. I should be finished recording the rest of the instruments before the end of the year, and then will start doing vocals early 2017. I'll aim for a summer release, but we'll see how things go.

I might put aside one of the planned songs for a future album, however; said song acts as a successor to an earlier one of mine, which in turn is to be based on a certain game's successor that unfortunately keeps getting delayed. The wait has been tormenting, if you catch my drift. Whether that track makes the cut will depend on which month of Q1 the game supposedly gets released, so that I'd have time to actually play it and write appropriate lyrics without delaying the album itself. For all I know the story of these Forgotten Ones could end up being a forgettable one though, in which case I guess I could turn the song into an instrumental? Or just write about the original again. But with Avellone, McComb, and even Rothfuss on board... I can't say I'm too worried.

Friday, 12 February 2016

February 2016 Update

All the drums for the next album are finished so I'll be moving on to the guitars next. Each song has its subject finalized and most have a name. My idea for the album title itself has remained the same for the better part of a year, but I'll be sleeping on that some more in case I do have a change of mind. Otherwise, all is well, and I'm looking forward to recording some guitar.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Update

All the guitar demos are finished now, so next week I'll begin the official recordings for album number six. There are going to be eight songs and one instrumental; I'll post title names and such further into production once more of the lyrics start taking shape. I've also been working on another project, which I'll elaborate on when this album is closer to completion. Keeping busy!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Summer Update

Quick update since it has been a while, though there isn't much to report. I'm a third of the way through the latest guitar demos, but I'm on a break at the moment due to a heat wave here in Vancouver and my inability to function in such temperatures. All the rough drafts should be done this Fall and then I'll dive into normal production at that point. I also have some lyrics written, which is unusual for me this early in the process. The goal right now would be to have the next album done by late 2016, but 2017 is more realistic. And expect a Bloodborne song. Obviously.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Clue

I've been wanting to do a video game cover for a while now. All the usual suspects like Castlevania, Mega Man, Zelda, etc. have been done to death, so here's one you may have never heard and has been stuck in my head for over 20 years: Clue, from the SNES, somewhat in-sync with some pugs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuf5DD74g00