17 March 2010

Odes to Melancholy

Update: New album, Odes to Melancholy!

OK, so things have progressed relatively fast since my last post. After just a couple of weeks of work, I've come to the conclusion that there's not really much more I'm able to do (or, rather, have the energy to do) for my album project, so what the heck, lets release it.

And yes, it's far, far from perfect, quite amateurish and unpolished. But hey, I guess it's better than nothing. At least I've got a few of my favourite songs recorded at last.

The entire album can be streamed at MySpace. It's also available at Last.fm, with free downloads. And, at least for the time being, there's a zip file of all the mp3's available. Lyrics can be found in the music section.

I intentionally chose structurally simple songs for this project. All the instrument sounds on the recordings were created with just my electric guitar and Korg N1R sound module. I created the drum loops with the Korg's arpeggiator function (which was sufficient for this project, I guess, but for future projects I'll undoubtedly need more variety). The vocals are far from crystal clear. My mike, which is both old and cheap to begin with, might be partially to blame, but I'm not happy about my singing either. But I just can't be bothered to redo any of them anymore, so it is what it is.

12 March 2010

A Hopeful Musical Post

I finally signed up for a MySpace artist page. There's nothing really worth seeing there yet, just a little info and a couple of tracks that are available elsewhere (just to test the upload feature). I mostly signed up so that if and when I actually manage to record something, I'd have a convenient place for friends to listen to it.

I've also tweaked the look of my music website a little, making it simpler and, I hope, more pleasing to the eye.

I'm happy to say that I've finally got around to experimenting a little with recording things, with hopes to produce a simple album of sorts (with a working title Odes to Melancholy). Now, don't hold your breath. Even if I ever complete it, it's certainly not going to be anything fancy. It'll be amateurish at best, I simply don't have the skills, the patience or the technology to produce polished recordings.

5 March 2010

Waves from the Teya'o Iva

In my last post I talked about my new fantasy world Va'ita. Since then an RPG set in the world, titled Tales from the Teya'o Iva, has gradually started to take shape. This is not my 'regular' group (with which I've played since we were teenagers, and for who I'm currently running Dreams from the Fresh Kills), but another group of friends, for who I recently re-ran Beyond the Bridge.

This group is somewhat larger, and the planning stage has also been a little different, more interactive. This is the first project in which I've extensively used Google Wave, and it has proved to be a rather valuable tool. Active discussions have ranged from character concepts to details of the game world, particularly the technology of airships. It's always nice when a group has enthusiastic people with useful interests and knowledge. Less work for the GM. :)

More about the campaign will undoubtedly follow, once actual play gets on the way. I don't think I'll be writing similar prose plot summaries I've usually done. It just takes too much time, time I could use, for instance, for planning the next sessions. Also, with a larger group, there'll be much more branching of the story, and sessions may well be longer as well. Of course we'll need to keep track of past events in some way, but the exact method will be seen when the time comes. One option is, of course, to do this as well in a more interactive fashion, in a Wave...