Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Both full length cds for $12

Just a gentle reminder that the sale ends this Saturday (April 30th).

Get both full length cds - 24 tracks, 1 hour 40 minutes of intriguing electronic music, all the sweet artwork and liner notes, the bliss of wav format audio, and the satisfaction of contributing to the artistic endeavors of an hard-working indie musician (yours truly). 

This offer is only available on the front page of the site. :)

(if you've obtained illegal copies and would still like to contribute - there's a "donate" button on the stuff page)

Happy Spring! - SO

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some dude that played the violin...

The very first music on digital media I ever owned was Joseph Silverstein & Seiji Ozawa's sizzling version of "The Four Seasons" with the Boston Symphony. It was the beginning of unabashed zania for Vivaldi in my heart and life. His folder in my pc is 3.25 GB large and sports 200 different concerto performances. He is distinct and unique in both his era and in music in general. No one writes, sounds or feels like Vivaldi. And for me, no other piece of music changes my mood from sad to happy, tense to relaxed, defeated to optimistic like the 12 movements that make up "The Four Seasons". They really are, God's gift to the earth.

I listen to classical way more than I do electronic, and study the lives of these composers. I enjoy knowing the ins and outs of a famous composition's beginnings, and it's initial reception (i.e. the perennial and delicious Nutcracker was a failure at it's opening, Tchaikovsky himself thought it to be crap). But most intriguing to me is the quality of life many of them didn't enjoy, and how a number of the biggest names today in classical music died in relative obscurity and in Vivaldi's case, dirt poor and forgotten.

The asthmatic Vivaldi died in 1741, his concertos forgotten by a fickle European audience; his one patron Charles VI expired right after Vivaldi moved to Vienna; risking everything to be near him. Buried in a hospital graveyard, his music vanished with him. His now most famous work wasn't even performed for the next 180 years! And although he enjoyed fame throughout Europe in his youth, it was but a mere twinkling compared to his star power now.

It makes me think - who in our lifetime will suffer a similar fate? Which forgotten artist from the 1980's or 1990's will die, only to resurface in massive proportions in the year 2150? Will electronica from the 2000's be considered the "golden age of music" by post-apocalyptic survivors? Which completely unknown singer on the most underground netlabel will suddenly grab Americans by their collective, futuristic heart eons from now? It sounds ridiculous, but it's something of a trend in pop culture. Ignored singer/songwriters get their 'lifetime achievement' grammys right after they die, or as they're dying. A well-placed 1950's ballad in a current popular movie brings in royalties that the deceased crooner or composer certainly could've used back when.

It works in reverse as well: stars who literally ruled the airwaves and record store shelves for decades - we don't even know their names, now. For instance, ever heard of the singer Billy Murray? Lady Gaga would envy his pervasiveness in music for the 1900s and 1910s. Will he resurface?

For artists - posthumous adoration is both alarming and appealing, depending on how it's divided. If it means constant struggle for recognition and financial welfare, like for Mozart, Schubert, Bach, and eventually Vivaldi - it's upsetting. Nonetheless - the thought of leaving something behind that will eventually be treasured is fulfilling and enticing; something that seems to be lost on GaGa and the last few generations of top 10-ers, who don't seem the least bit concerned about the staying power of their work, only themselves.

Novelty, trendy, viral or even political - none are adjectives for works that last for centuries and bring the entire planet to it's music-loving knees; but rather -  heartfelt, nit-picked, labored-over, earnest and of course - timeless. Try auto-tuning that. - SO

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Albums in my ZEN Stone April

That's right. I have a Creative ZEN Stone. I've been through 2 Samsung Clips in 3 years, and refuse to bite the Apple; so I currently have 2 GB, no display and no select. But it survives drops, is comfy and discreet in my pocket and is easy-peasy to fill up. Here are my sound choices for this month. I spend more time listening to music on my pc and lately even my stereo (usually classical and some jazz); so this is travel, treadmill and walk through the hood music.

1. Tomita - Planets
2. Tomita - Snowflakes are Dancing
3. Vangelis - Spiral
4. Vangelis - China
5. Cycom - Isotope
6. When Power Stars Collide - Attraction to Light
7. The Orb - Back to Mine
8. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

"18 Musicians" and "Snowflakes" have been in there for at least a year, the latter I've been skipping except for "Footprints in the Snow" and "Engulfed Cathedral". I'll also sheepishly tell you that all 4 SO cds are currently in there as well. Partially for comparison, partially because I'm probably my biggest fan. I'm a punk, and a musical snob. (In my defense, I almost never listen to my jazz releases.) I am always on the lookout for electronic music that does it for me, any recommendations? - SO

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Two-fer Sale!!

Get both full-length Seven Octaves cds (including the newest release "Encouragements" ) for only $12 with free shipping (outside North America add $4). 24 of my finest tracks plus all the cool artwork shipped the next business day. In addition - you'll also get a free download of the upcoming single "I Know It's Coming" when it is released early this summer. So it's a treat that'll satisfy now and perk you up later! Click the album covers above to take advantage of this deal.

In other happy news - "The Real Me" got this sweet review (in French), and the album "Encouragements" also got props from Chain D.L.K. Last week the cd re-entered on the rpm top 10 charts at both CFBX and CKXU. (Thank you! ♥). Now it's time for some US charting!

Work continues on finishing up 2 new tracks including the single mentioned above; as well as a new project - "I'm Cold. Me Too." an e.p. with music inspired by the chilliest inhabited cities in the arctic. Brrrrrr! 1st track is drum and bass titled "Barrow".

Thanks for stopping by. Peace & Love - SO

Crowdfunder for the New CD!

  As it turns out, "Record Party" will come out on cd thanks to some generous donations! To assist with what's left to finance...