Friday, June 30, 2017

New Patreon-Only Jazz Album!



I'm one of those guys who needs a plan or I can just wander aimlessly, artistically. I was way excited, then, when the idea dawned on me to remake an entire album by another artist. Not only is the blueprint in place, but it also presents me with the opportunity to finally meld two separate recording careers together - electronic with jazz.




Above is the first track to the next album - a complete remaking of Sarah Vaughan's 1966 release "The New Scene"! This will be a full blown jazz release, but enhanced with synth sounds and production that will be familiar to Seven Octaves fans. The track list is comprised of pop and easy listening hits from the mid 60's like "Michelle", "Who Can I Turn To", "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Call Me". 

This album is going to be available only to subscribers on my Patreon page, and will not be distributed to iTunes, Amazon etc. Subscriptions start at $3 monthly, can be cancelled anytime and include downloads of previous albums, as well as several other tracks I've produced this year! To learn more about the project and subscribing, visit the Seven Octaves Patreon page.

Thanks for stopping by - much love! - Kenny (SO)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Track: Workout Music No. 1




This is the first installment in what I expect to be an album's worth of material. I've noticed that downtempo in general is great for making the time go by more quickly on the treadmill, particularly medium-long tracks that are slowly ever morphing and developing. This is a challenge for me since I mostly produce shorter tracks. This first one features another lovely piano piece composed by Stephen Heller (he also composed "The Brook") Opus 47 #9. The original etude barely breaks the minute mark. The adaptation here starts around 4:35. Hopefully also make good chill out or zone out music. Hope you enjoy! - SO










Sunday, April 30, 2017

"The Brook" Video



Here is the new video for "The Brook" - featuring 22 fine art images from photographers all over the world! Thanks so much to the artists who participated. Hope you like! - SO

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Track - New Patreon



Here's a brand new recording! It's an upbeat re-working of a pretty piano piece by Stephen Heller called "The Brook"; featuring breakbeats and happy electro. Hope you dig!

There's also a new Patreon page for Seven Octaves. If you dig the music I've made and want to hear/own more of it - check out the page and see if you'd like to be a subscriber. Memberships start as low as $3 a month. The page has inspired me to get busy making music again ("Little Crush" recorded in 2015!). There are some fun subscription options - including having songs written about or for you!

Thanks for stopping by! - Kenny (SO)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What's In My Irulu...

It's been a while since I've posted, so perhaps I should explain to new viewers... the Irulu is my Chinese made mp3 player I got on Amazon for $14. It's still going strong. It's basically my treadmill/walking music.


Higher Intelligence Agency - Colorform & Free Floater: I don't know what's up with this dude, why he doesn't make more music, but these Colorform is my favorite downtempo album. I dig the major keys and simplicity. If you are unfamiliar you can hear all of his work over on his Bandcamp page. 


Bluetech - Prima Materia: I just got introduced to this band via Slacker. What is there to say? This is just superior downtempo; high attention to detail and the addition of jazzy improv are a big plus. I do usually skip the first 2 tracks, however ;)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Catching up...

a few days before Christmas 2014 - Flagler Beach

The new album "Little Crush" has been out for about 2 months, now. I'm very happy with the music, and view it as by far my personal best. Major thanks to the stations who have been playing it, including KAFM, WEFT, KDVS, KOPN and WRFL. Also, the responses from the friends/fans who helped pay for it have been very encouraging, most of them agree it's my best! This has meant the world to me, over and over.

For this holiday season, I did a remix of "Fum Fum Fum" which sounds way better than the 2011 version. That and several tracks from "Little Crush" are up on the Soundcloud page. I opened up the workstation yesterday and began a new track. Right now, the idea for the project is Workout Music. Haha yep - 4 tracks at fairly high rpms to workout to. As always - this can and probably will morph into something completely different, especially since trance/techno is not my specialty. We'll see!

I don't actually listen to much electronic music at all, but the last few weeks I've had the bug. Almost all of it is chill/downtempo. The albums that are doing it for me are as follows, in no particular order:

  1. Rainy Days - Erik Jackson
  2. Waveform Transmissions - compilation
  3. Colourform - Higher Intelligence Agency
  4. Abstract Manifesto - DJ Cam
  5. Trance Odyssey - compilation (my own workout music)
Happy New Year to all - I hope it's filled with love and prosperity. Thanks for stopping by and including me in your sound landscape! - Kenny (SO)