Anyone that puts music or art into the wild (lol internet) is familiar with a ‘particular’ kind of catharsis. Maybe it’s because you work so hard on something for so many days/weeks/years, and it only takes someone 40 minutes to ingest it all? Or they think they’ve ingested it all?
The kicker is that they will never ingest it all.
If you are in love with making art, specifically music, there are windows in songs or melodies or notes that you have attached yourself – in a way that the listeners could never. Those moments are your little babies. In the case of the TRON album, I have so much attachment to those moments outside of what I did to them.
80% of the Christmas morning excitement is buildup. For something this close, more like 95%. I’ve realized that the majority of my excitement for releasing the TRON album had nothing to do with letting it go – it was making it. I consider it my greatest musical accomplishment, and no one could ever enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. For those that picked up the TRON album, tyvm!
What do you do to get over said catharsis? You keep making.
Since TRON, I’ve stayed busy.
METROID METAL live in Durham, NC for Game Over (Oct 4)
Metroid Metal will be laying waste to Durham, NC this October with Danimal Cannon, Bit Brigade, D&D Sluggers, Eight Bit Disaster, and a Burlesque troop that will make weepy geeks. Come be there.
SPECTRUM OF MANA – The ‘Secret of Mana’ 3-disc album
FoxxDragon has been curating a Secret of Mana anniversary VGM-arrange album for the last many months. It’s a 3-disc, 60-musician, 6-artist, mega compilation of collaborations that bows to the wonderful Secret of Mana soundtrack. SOM just turned 25 btw.
I have 2 tracks of my own with many guests, and I “guest” on a ton of other tracks as well. I also mastered one of the discs. The compilation drops in September. You can hear one of my songs right now on Destructoid’s Soundcloud and download a 3-song sampler at http://spectrumofmana.com/
Collaboration with Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl)
Under the Koopa Soundworks label, Yamagishi-san is releasing a solo album. I am doing a small arrangement with him on one of his tracks, and I’ve added a small mountain of guitar to his otherwise chip-focused tune. It will be out on his album in the coming months. I’ve heard a recent mix and it slams. We’re finishing up the details now.
Need I say more?
C-jeff is a GOD
If you haven’t heard C-jeff’s Preschtale Variations, it’s in my top 3 chip albums – #1 some days. Well, C-jeff is working on a follow-up, and I worked with him on a collab for one of his tracks. It’s the best chip/prog/epic song I’ve ever heard. He put me to work. It’s hard. It rocks. You can sing along with it even though there are no vocals. It’s one of ‘those’. I have no idea on the release, but he only has a few songs left.
Recording OTHER people for a change
I recently recorded an entire album of my dad’s bluegrass band. The album made its way into the hands of another local bluegrass band that pitched a project. They’re in the mixing phase now. You see, online I play weird shit, but locally I’m just a good ‘ole boy. I won’t link the album here, but if you guys want to hear some local gospel bluegrass, contact me and I’ll send it over. It’s good listenin’. Yeehah.
Other bits: Super sweet track I worked on with Rekcahdam (Disasterpeace’s drummer), new Castlevania track in the works for Vampire Variations 2, The next Halloween album from VikingGuitar will have something special, new original stuff, etc etc.
OTHER STUFF… that I can’t talk about, but I’ve been putting too much time into. OMG soon.
HEY I BOUGHT A GUITAR!!!!
I bought a 7-string Ibanez with Bareknuckle pickups. It’s a monster. Here’s a little test tune I did one evening.
MORE SOON! Love you guys.