Hello friends. I wanted to share with you the final work of 2014. I call it "2AD14 - III". Album art by Woeinieow. Album is free to download as always. Do not feel like you have to purchase it. I encourage free :)
If you are not familiar with my music, 2AD14 is obviously the year of the album with the zero represented by my musician emblem (AD). I do not have themes for these particular albums, instead I write what I feel like, which generally leads to a music mixture with no specific genre. This album is no exception, as I just wanted to throw out some jams, as well as some important pieces of music to go with them.
In the tradition of my previous album release, 2AD14 - II. I will write about each track a bit, to give you an idea of what to expect before you hit play.
01- Alone With the Psychopath : This track was inspired by the beat used in one of the more recent Epic Rap Battles of History, Jack the Ripper vs. Hannibal Lecter. My girlfriend said she liked the beat in the rap battle, so I wanted to create something similar.
02- Misfortune : One of the many "jam tracks" where I write the music based on a beat or instrument. In this case, a high arppegiated lead controls the whole song. Fast tempo, with a neat 8-bit synth line.
03- Greetings, Old Friend : This song goes way back to the early 2000s, probably 2001 or 2002. I was writing music for an indie project that was never released. Although normally a full song, I wanted to go with a simple "music box/bell" melody. I wanted to end the album with an orchestrated version, but I felt the way I ended it was better.
04- To Whom It May Concern : It should be obvious by now that I give my songs weird names sometimes. This song is the beginning of a letter, starting off slow, and changing to a completely different tune halfway through (I ruined the surprise!).
05- The Bully : One of my favorite tracks, written in 6/4 or 6/8 or something fancy. It works really well with the 8-bit instruments. Also one of the few songs where I actually punched in the drums myself. I'm usually terrible with drums.
06- He Does Not Exist in This Dimension : Slow song with a really neat bell sound. I love how deep the tones are, and it's another one of my favorites. I imagine a video game where a main character is looking for the hero, but he doesn't exist in the current dimension, according to the wise man who can "see" past the 4th dimension.
07- The Frozen Playground : This is probably my "Christmas" song. I imagined a small group of kids finding a playground frozen in ice at night. They break apart the ice, clearing off the different rides, and are happy when they see the rides still work.
08- Deep Space : I wanted to try a different method of writing music. I laid down the "movie drums", and wrote the arpeggio line, changing the scale every measure. I then added strings and bass to "match" the changes. It gives the song a very random element with no clear direction, kind of like space, to me.
09- A Timely Visit : I wanted to write a fast song using a different scale. I'm not sure what it's called, but it reminds me of Dragon Power on the NES for some reason (Dragon Ball game released in America).
10- Garthim Returns to Wal-Mart ~Occam~ : It was always my intent to redo this song from scratch for Occam, and when I remastered the original track which revealed some low pops, I wanted to make sure I actually DID redo the song. It doesn't stray too far from the original, but it is a sequel. Garthim returns to Wal-Mart, after having been shot the previous time, but this time he's more prepared, and doesn't go down so easily the second time around.
11- Wrath of Carnage : Hard to describe this song. I think I use an Egyptian scale, but I could easily be mistaken. It makes for a really cool track, though, and there's a bit of a surprise halfway through, which I won't spoil this time ;)
12- Inner Turmoil : I wanted to write a slow song that deals with inner turmoil, the struggle inside the mind and soul. The way my mind works, is seemingly random, so I used a similar composing technique as Deep Space, writing a random string chord, and creating the rest of the song around those chords.
13- The End of All Things : Gonna be honest, not my favorite track. I have difficulty "ending" an album. It starts off awesome, with the "13 bells of the apocalypse" idea I have in my head. It picks up speed, eventually getting a bit insane, and then slowing down again. It's a fine song, just not one of my best. I just wrote it a few hours ago, so maybe it needs to grow on me.
As always, I want to thank you for your love and support. It keeps me going. Songs for Gamers Volume III (and possibly IV) is still on. I have collected names from an earlier blog post, a forum post, and also names of people that showed support in the comments section of my Songs for Gamers Remastered post. I will be reaching out to these people over time, and will most likely start putting out new music at the very beginning of 2015.