My three releases are now listed at Discogs, providing a more detailed encyclopedic reference.
Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place. It’s been a year since I first watched this beautiful anime film; a subtle and romantic title with magnificent scenery in its attention to details, angles, movement and lighting. There was a time a while back when I really wanted to make an AMV featuring the song The Distance by Conjure One and Jaren. I don’t remember how I came across this film in the first place, but I somehow ended up matching the two, forming the ideal concept of my vision. However, it was not until this weekend that I was finally able to settle down and construct the content to my heart’s desire…
It’s always satisfying and pleasant to be given the opportunity to experience a sense of flow in my efforts. While it may have its ways of being a seldom occurrence, working with anime music videos is definitely the creative outlet in which I have experienced the greatest sense of being a conduit to divine creativity. When the content matches on an emotional scale, the story will usually unfold smoothly with a steady trace of synchronistic matches. Albeit restrained (whereas the highest potential would be a seamless flow), it’s a beautiful process to be part of.
My resulting AMV can be watched here.
As an earlier pokéfan, I grew up with the first two generations of Pokémon games for the Game Boy. One of the most exciting and memorable songs that I remember from the games was the Dragon’s Den theme from the second generation. I did a remix of this song earlier this winter, giving the festive 4-bit chiptune a true-to-original trance interpretation. You can check it out on YouTube, where you’ll also find a download link in the video description. Oh, and if you’re going to look up the original, be sure to listen to it in stereo !
It started as a lip-sync demo with the lead vocalist from the Phineas and Ferb band The Bettys. After remaining untouched for almost two years, _FEEL THAT BEAT was completed just before the holidays; an AMV set to Toby Emerson’s remix of the song Feel That Beat by Lazy Rich, sporting a soulful and uplifting vocal performance by Karli. Check it out on YouTube.
To promote my music, I have uploaded my three releases on last.fm. Aside from the tracks being available for preview in charts (with full-length streaming on individual track pages) this also provides an additional platform for encyclopedic references. However, as last.fm turns out to re-encode uploaded media instead of providing the originals (thus messing up the original masters), I have decided to restrict direct downloads from the site. The original masters are still available for download (320 kbps .MP3) at SoundCloud.
In the leap of having composed songs since 2007, poems was the first concept I had in mind for an album. While my creative outlet has had a tendency to yield short expressive pieces in a neoclassical style, I began to simply relate to them as musical poems. The songs are significantly influenced by the works of Koji Kondo, as presented in the N64 Zelda games, and perhaps more so by the quartet who composed the music for The Wind Waker, including Toru Minegishi, Kenta Nagata and Hajime Wakai. But in the end, though, I suppose they may actually draw most resemblance towards the style heard in Twilight Princess, constituting the trio of Kondo-san, Minegishi and Asuka Ohta.
Aside from the short classical-inspired pieces, my interest in music has always leaned more towards the sounds of electronica, which is where the idea of a second album eventually began to take form. However, while the state of my creative connectivity has been equivalent to searching for water in a desert, I have far too many times been left in the situation of seeing a project become but an unfinished draft; sometimes even a mere piece of nothing but mental processing based on knowledge from experience (now, where is the flow of divine creativity in that?). With very few projects reaching a state of completion, in conjunction with a recurring trend of not being able to sustain a connection with the creative expressions, it would seem my electronica-oriented sounds would never make it to any album. But in the leap of years passing by, the occasional project would still find its way to completion; sometimes from an old draft, other times as a new concept.
While a second album had been planned since harnessing the idea of poems, it was not until the fall of 2012 that Existential Exile first began to take shape. The working title for the project had been Novels prior to this, intended as the onii-chan to poems, with an expanded range of sounds and generally longer tracks. However, with the desire to create something more coherent, I decided to accumulate the darker sounds of the batch into one collection, and leave the remaining tracks for an extended play.
With the idea of Moments EP being born, I wanted to make the most of it. At this point I only had Skypeaker and Nuvena from 2007, along with Loosing You from 2009, so I decided to go through my project files and finish up whatever deemed potential. Forever Blue was the last track I completed, stemming from a short loop from 2009.
In retrospect, it’s interesting to observe that my creative abilities have had a tendency to peak during the last quarter of a year. I’m quite satisfied (and amazed) to realize that I’ve created and completed a total of nine tracks (Corruption, Encrypted, Amnestic Truth, Downtune, opening, child of the night – reprise, Sheep Dance, Before the Dawn and Forever Blue) in the past four months. I honour the creative force that has allowed these aural expressions to come forth and be expressed as the beautiful and unique creations they are.
On a final note, I dedicate this music to whoever it may resonate with; to those who may find themselves captured in moments of awe and wonder within the sounds, whether you explore the narrative expressions of poems, the depth of Existential Exile, or the different shades and hues of Moments EP.
It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s intricate. It’s the second album coming to fruition from a five-year-long production stage. Whereas poems conveys its voices of short narrative expressions with organic instrumentations and subtle amounts of electronic processing, Existential Exile dives into the realm of electronica, representing the other half of what has constituted my two primary styles of production.
Spanning a stage of five years’ worth of production and composition, poems is the first album of three compilations to be released. This is my official debut release, bearing fruit from a journey that made its initiation back in 2007. With 20 tracks in a neoclassical expressive video-game-influenced style, poems represents one of the two stylistic aspects that have revealed themselves as my primary outlets in music.