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Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 3

February 8, 2016

Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 3

 

What’s New

Behind the Music – La famille du solénoïde

Yesterday I posted what may become a new series of “Behind the Music” styled articles about the various albums I have released.  The first in this series is simply called Behind the Music – The Story of La famille du solénoïde.

What started as a simple draft of a post to send to the various facebook music groups I’m a member of, turned into a long blog post where I take the reader through an audio tour of my album La famille du solénoïde.  I detail what was going through my head as each song was created, and what my hopes and desires where when I set out to create it.  I also share a bit of personal information that details how that particular project was delayed, and how the mood was changed over time.  I think it’s an interesting read, so click here to read it AND listen along to each song.  Let me know if you would like to see other posts of this nature.

Final update on m Kickstarter Campaign for the Physical copy of Ambient Highways

As most of you are already aware, the goal of my Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a physical CD of Ambient Highways was not met, and the project was not funded.

However, this doesn’t mean I’m giving up on eventually bringing a physical autographed CD of Ambient Highways to market. I am unsure at this time if it will be just a short run of CDRs or glass mastered CDs.

The music industry has changed over time. These days most consumers are more than happy with the streaming services that are available and are less likely to purchase music outside of streaming services and are even less likely to purchase physical music. Yet most don’t understand that without a label, an indie artist has to work extremely hard to

  • self promote themselves.
  • Convince music bloggers and zines to review their music, who most still want a physical copy of the music.
  • Find their audience amongst the plethora of content that exists these days.

Over the last year as I have decided to finally “REALLY give it a go.. and promote my music” I’ve seen

  • Just how difficult this can be.
  • Seen other artists I respect face the same struggles.
  • Watched the effects of their social campaigns looking for what works and what doesn’t.
  • Seen MANY just pushing content out left and right, with most of their catalog just not being completely unique, just more of the same.

Yet the bottom line boils down to the music. I for one don’t want to fall in the line of just releasing something nearly every day that isn’t anywhere different than what was released the day before, just to get a high volume of content. That may work for some, just not for me. I like to take pride in everything I put out there.

As most of you know, I do this for fun first and foremost. Obviously I want to make a career in the music / soundtrack industry, but I’m constantly reminding myself that I do it because I like to do it. Even if it all amounts to just a long time hobby of mine. And the bottom line is I’m still having fun.

This also remains a constant learning experience for me. I’ve hit a few bumps along the way, and have even made some regrettable mistakes, but I just have to take everything with a grain of salt just like anything else in life and just keep pushing forward, and looking to the future. Not the now, but the future.

I truly appreciate those who backed this project. I want to make sure that you are informed if a physical CD for Ambient Highways does come to fruition, or if other releases are produced in physical form. Therefore, if you have not done so already, I would highly encourage you to sign up to my newsletter at http://music.krichie.com

Skylines Phase I Complete!

Over the weekend of January 20th, 2016, I completed Phase I of my next album Skylines!

What this means is:

 

  • I have selected all the tracks that will be on the final album….
  • I have finished complete drafts of each song that will be included. By complete drafts, I mean the overall structure is there, yet more tweaks and polishing need to occur.

 

The next step is for me to listen to each and every track and jot down my notes on things I believe need to change, if any, and notes on producing the final mixes. An additional important step (That I’ll update you on in a future post), and then final mastering and song order selection.

The final set of tracks (Not in the final order that they will be presented on the album) and the city skylines they represent are as follows:

 

  • Big Dreams (Dallas, Texas Skyline)
  • City of Angels (L.A., California Skyline)
  • Goodbye Dubai (Dubai, UAE Skyline)
  • Lost in Beijing (Beijing, China Skyline)
  • Manhattan Nights (Manhattan, NY Skyline)
  • Seattle Walk (Seattle, WA Skyline)
  • Seven Hills (Edinburgh, Scottland Skyline)
  • Sun in Central Park (Manhattan, NY Skyline.  Different variation)
  • Windy City (Chicago, IL Skyline)

 

Want to hear select samples from the track selection? Take a listen here on Soundcloud!
https://soundcloud.com/keithrichie/sets/skylines

 

 

I have released 3 singles leading up to the release of Skylines.  In case you have not had the chance to listen to them yet, here are their respective links on Bandcamp.

Lost in Beijing

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/lost-in-beijing-single

Seattle Walk

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/seattle-walk-single

Goodbye Dubai

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/track/goodbye-dubai-freemix

Oh yeah, and by the way…. did I mention Goodbye Dubai is a free download?! You can download it directly from my official site at music.krichie.com .  Just visit there and look for the Free Downloads Section.

What’s Next

Finalizing work on Skylines

Beijing Skyline

As noted above, I have completed Phase I, and I have outlined the remaining tasks I need to finish this album.  I’m still planning a release timeframe within the month of February 2015.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series, and therefore I plan on starting this project soon after I release Skylines. This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.

My first step in this process is to read through all the novels again, taking detailed notes and envisioning what the common themes might sound like.

It’s also interesting to note, that once I finally made the decision to work on this, they announced that the FIRST Dark Tower movie is FINALLY going to be made with a release date in early 2017!

If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

 

 

Project Ideas for 2016 and beyond

Here’s a recap of the project Ideas I have for 2016 and beyond.

Once I complete the Skylines project I have many ideas I want to finally push forth with.  At least one or two of these will make it to release during 2016.  Here is the current list of project ideas.

10 Year anniversary release of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite

June 2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary release of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It has proven to be one of my more popular releases, but it certainly has some places in it I’d like to polish up. I plan on releasing an updated version of it, and possibly extended slightly.  It also provides a perfect placement to utilize the Moog Theremini I received as a gift a couple of years ago.

Equipment / Sound library investments

After getting the above projects completed, I plan on doing another large investment in my studio equipment and sound library.  It’s going to be largely important for some of the other project ideas I have lined up.

Untitled Ambient styled release

I started work on new music that is more on the pure Ambient side of things.  You can hear a sample of it via this link to Candles on Soundcloud.  Ambient Highways has proven to be a very popular release, and while I’m sure my next push towards an ambient styled album will not be purely ambient, it will align well to the styles included in Ambient Highways.

Follow up to March of the Inanimate

I want to produce and have ready a follow up to March of the Inanimate ready for the 2016 Halloween season.  My inner dark ambient feelings surface from time to time, and I’d love to get another horror / Halloween themed release ready in time.  It would also fall in line with my Original “N”otion Picture Soundtrack series.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series.  Of course this goes hand in hand with my ideas for the following two releases as well.  This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases.  Utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.  If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

Musical Interpretation of The Dune Series

The spice must flow.  The music must flow.  Along with a musical interpretation of The Dark Tower Series, I’d love to do one on the Dune Series as well.  Along with The Dark Tower Series, I want to be sure my equipment and sound library are up to date, as these will both be epic projects I want to surely shine.

Musical Interpretation of Liliths’ Brood

For me, this is one of the greatest sci-fi related works of fiction, and I’m constantly re-reading it over the years. Lilith’s Brood is collection of three works by Octavia Butler originally released as the Xenogenesis series. I would love for this to be turned into a movie or set of films if done right.  This would be another release in my “Symphonic Electronica” / Original “N”otion picture soundtrack series.


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I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


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Behind the Music – La famille du solénoïde

February 7, 2016

Whatever daily concerns dominate our minds at the dawn of the present century, the ongoing discovery of extra-solar planetary systems defines our moment in history. And our own Solar System, rather than shrink in importance as one among many, proves the template for comprehending a plethora of other worlds. Even as the planets reveal themselves to scientific investigation, and repeat themselves across the universe, they retain the emotional weight of their long influence on our lives, and all that they have ever signified in Earth’s skies. Gods of old, and demons, too, they were once— they still are— the sources of an inspiring light, the wanderers of night, the far horizon of the landscape of home.” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets.

Behind the Music – The Story of La famille du solénoïde

I originally started drafting up this as a post I was going to share amongst the various music groups I’m a member of on Facebook.  I knew it would be a lengthy one, but only after a couple of minutes did I realize this was going to be WAY too long for a Facebook post, so I decided to do this blog post instead, and share the link amongst the groups.

Listen through the album via Bandcamp as you read the story behind it if you wish.   A link to each song on bandcamp is also listed under it’s appropriate section.

 

 

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/la-famille-du-sol-no-de

 

“La famille du solénoïde”. A musical tour through our solar system inspired by the book “The Planets” by Dava Sobel.

I had just completed my album “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite”, and started work on my next album. I had also just completed reading “The Planets” by Dava Sobel. . I picked up the book in an airport terminal on a whim as I was traveling and needed something to read on the flight. After completing it, I was truly inspired.

Sobel explores the origins and oddities of the planets through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. It’s a fantastic read and highly recommend the book.

I had already started working on some songs, and decided that I wanted shift my direction and do a musical interpretation of the planets in our solar system after reading the book, and away I went.

The songs on the album resulted in a mix of different styles, and this review on Amazon sums it up nicely. “The tracks flow relatively freely between a combination of quasi-classical, new-age, and mellow electronic forms

The Music of La famille du solénoïde

Following is a break down of each song on the album, along with my notes and thoughts on each.  I decided to start at the center of our solar system, much like the book had, and work my way out.  As if residing within your own spacecraft as you explore our system from the center outwards.  It’s also an introspection of my emotions at the time.   Follow along with me on this journey.

Giver of Life (Sol)

Just as they feel the Sun’s attraction more or less keenly, according to their distance, so too do the planets partake of the Sun’s light and heat. Solar energy diminishes in intensity as it radiates through interplanetary space. And so, while parts of Mercury bake at five hundred degrees, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto remain perpetually deep-frozen. Only in the Solar System’s milder middle section, called the habitable zone, have conditions supported the flourishing of ‘great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and… cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth….’” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

The album starts with “Giver of Life (Sol)”.

I wanted to start the album expressing a great void.  A great void with our sun “Sol” at the center of the perceived known universe at the time.  Our journey begins with our minds trying to grasp the sheer size of the giver of life in our solar system. I wanted this song to sound “Grand” and symphonic, yet have “sci-fi” element to it.  You hear a soft piano melody, angelic bells and ghostly ambient pads in the background as our view is widened and Sol is staged in the center. A peaceful arpeggio is introduced and we are then presented with a grand series of electronic pads. Majestic yet beautiful was what I was shooting for here.   I felt I was in my element.  With the starting song completed, I was ecstatic at how this album would evolve.

The song continues and we travel farther away from the mother of our solar system.

Thief in the night (Mercury)

“‘Mercury was the god of thieves,’ quipped French observer Camille Flammarion. ‘His companion steals away like an anonymous assassin.’” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Thief in the night begins with a bit more “interstellar” type sound as our craft moves in towards a chase of Mercury.  The passage above, from the book, gave me visions of the planet whipping around our sun avoiding capture. The little assassin in the night.  The song still has some elements of a “Symphonic” nature I was shooting for, but elements giving the feeling of “pursuit” within. The fast and constant woodblock sounds provoking that feeling as well, yet layered with some hopefully fitting pads to continue the element of being in deep space.  Our chase ends, and our craft leaves the vicinity of Mercury and we are once again returned to a “sonar” like sound as we leave.

Goddess of Love (Venus)

I stopped to compliment you on this star

You get the beauty of from where you are.

To see it so, the bright and only one

In sunset light, you’d think it was the sun

That hadn’t sunk the way it should have sunk,

But right in heaven was slowly being shrunk

So small as to be virtually gone,

Yet there to watch the darkness coming on—

Like someone dead permitted to exist

Enough to see if he was greatly missed.

I didn’t see the sun set. Did it set?

Will anybody swear that isn’t it?…” —Robert Frost, “The Literate Farmer and the Planet Venus”

A moving, sweet, hopefully beautiful piece of music is what I was shooting for with Goddess of Love (Venus).  As our craft arrives within orbit of Venus, I wanted to express a bit of mystery and beauty.  A grand sound of orchestral drums and strings yet still layered with sounds and pads that expressed that “sci-fi” feel to it.  And as we explore Venus, we are introduced to majestic trumpet sounds to show her majesty within our solar system.  Our twin planet within our system.  Other than Sol at this point, this was one of the more “Symphonic” pieces I put together on the album.  I wanted to keep that style throughout the album.  Interlacing symphonic elements with classical electronic soundscapes.  It is one of my favorites from this album.

Terra (Earth)

“Doesn’t this new planet deserve a name? If Champlain can christen his lake and Hudson his bay, why must the newly mobile globe labor under an old, inaccurate term?” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

And now we arrive to our home world, Terra (Earth).  This song begins with what I wanted as a rolling set on the timpani followed by grand orchestral percussion and electronic brass introducing us to our home world teaming with life.  We are then introduced to an electronic arpeggio to remind ourselves that this is an electronic album.  A soft clarinet plays providing the primary melody, with supporting pizzicato strings as we orbit earth and view upon it’s continents teaming with life.  A solar sound reminds us we are still in space.  I wanted the song to express beauty yet “busyness” .  As I listen to it for the first time in a couple of years, I’m reminded of how much I truly enjoyed creating this piece for the album.

God of War (Mars)

“Even supposing that only Earth alone among all the planets ever gave birth to life, it is still conceivable that at least one archaeobacterium left Earth, sealed in a spore-like state of suspended animation inside some meteoroid, and arrived at Mars by the same train of circumstances that delivered me here. Surely sufficient time has elapsed in the life of the Solar System for such a sequence of events to have played out, perhaps even repeated itself.” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Mars. The God of War. I can’t say that The Planets was the total inspiration for this track, but it was really the books “Mars” and “Return to Mars” by Ben Bova.

As the synopsis for Mars states:

Jamie Waterman, a Native American geologist, is chosen at the last minute for the first manned exploration of the planet Mars. On touchdown, he is so overwhelmed with the emotion of the moment that he utters a Navajo phrase instead of the political statement he is supposed to read. This sets off a chain reaction among the leaders and politicians on Earth. Thus starts Bova’s sprawling space opera. The expedition, seen from Jamie’s point of view, is really the protagonist here. The story is filled with lots of characters of different nationalities and there’s plenty of political intrigue. Of course, there are obstacles to overcome: a meteor almost destroys the lab, the doctor neglects his duty and nearly kills them all, crew members come down with mysterious “Martian flu,” and through it all is the never-ending search for evidence of life on this planet

Also, the discreet listener will realize that this is a version of “Part II – Movement IV (Redshift)” from my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite.  When I originally wrote that song, it had a bit of “tribal” sound to it.  When I started working on La famille du solénoïde, and needing a song for Mars, I felt it was truly fitting for placement here.

God of War (Mars) is one of the more “Electro Pop” songs on the album and another favorite of mine.  As noted above, it has that “tribal” sound to it that to me reflected the main character in the Mars book by Ben Bova.   When I think of this song, I think of that book.

Our craft has arrived at Mars.  We view it’s grand features such as Olympus Mons, and the Valles Marineris.  We search because of our beliefs that life may in fact exist on it’s barren wastelands. We look for those ancient cave dwellings that some believe may exist.

Although not symphonic in nature like the rest of the album, I believe it fits nicely within the album as a whole, and truly expresses my visions of Mars.  The song continues with it’s tribal “war” sound until near the end, when we are returned to it’s softer cool down as we leave the Martian orbit and continue our quest through our solar system.

Optimus Maximus (Jupiter)

“The whole mammoth bulk of Jupiter rotates in just under ten hours, faster than any other planet. Its massive body honors the memory of the Solar System’s earliest beginnings as a spinning disk, and none of Jupiter’s attendant moons can slow it down. As to the giant’s rate of revolution in orbit, however, its far remove from the Sun relaxes its pace and adds many miles to its annual travels.”

Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Jupiter.  The grand beast of our system. Our craft on this journey is now approaching this massive gas planet, and I wanted to song to express just that.  This is probably the only song on the entire album that doesn’t sound like an electronic piece at all, yet a large symphony playing a majestic and hopefully beautiful piece of music.

The song DOES start out with a bit of a rumble, but immediately leads with it’s signature Trumpet melody providing the primary tone of the song.  Soft sonar sounds to remind us that this is a planetary journey.  Our trumpet melody is joined with a lead flute to express the grandeur. A harp arpeggio is added to signify the beauty that Jupiter holds.

An interlude of soft oboe, as our craft approaches the grand throne of our solar system.  Visions of kings within a royal palace.  Galileo thanked god for granting him these sights.

“’It was Jupiter, I say,’ Galileo reminded Cosimo, ‘who at Your Highness’s birth, having already passed through the murky vapors of the horizon, and occupying the midheaven’— by which he meant Jupiter had risen to the dominant, most auspicious position in the sky according to Renaissance astrology—“’and illuminating the eastern angle’— that is, affecting the ascendant sign—’ from his royal house’  (Jupiter being considered king of the planets), ‘looked down upon Your most fortunate birth from that sublime throne and poured out all his splendor and grandeur into the most pure air, so that with its first breath Your tender little body and Your soul, already decorated by God with noble ornaments, could drink in this universal power and authority.’” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

It was this passage that inspired the song.  I wanted to express royalty within our system, and I believe I did.  The song ends with us leaving the grand hall of royalty onwards to Saturn.

Ring Resonation (Saturn)

“’I feel carried away and possessed by an unutterable rapture over the divine spectacle of the heavenly harmony,’ said Kepler. ‘Give air to the heaven, and truly and really there will be music.’” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Our craft has now placed us within the vicinity of Saturn, and we witness the resonation of its rings.

This song moves more into the realm of what I would classify as possibly being labeled as Krautrock.  Like previously stated, this album contains a variety of styles, and this song is probably more electronic than others. “Give air to the heaven, and truly and really there will be music”.

A sonar type element however reminds us that this is a “space music” type of album. A light electronic rock rhythm surrounded by elements that I tried to express as possibly playing songs on the rings of Saturn.  Some say this song is ill placed on the album, but I disagree.  If the album is listened through in order of the songs listed, it’s not far from the mark of what my overall goal was.  It was certainly an expression of how I was feeling at the time. However, you be the judge.

Ouranos the Progenitor (Uranus)

“As years passed in watching William’s planet creep about the sky, the deplorable difficulties with its orbit worsened. The more we accumulated new observations, and the more we extracted ancient sightings from observatory files, the less these could be reconciled. It was proving impossible to predict where Uranus would be even a year or two hence, though most astronomers could assess the future whereabouts of Jupiter or Saturn to within a hair’s breadth till the end of time. Thus the great beauty of the great Newton’s contribution seemed tarnished by the recalcitrant behavior of Uranus.” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

As our craft continues across the solar system and eventually arrives within the vicinity of Uranus.  The distance between Jupiter to Saturn is approximately 1 billion miles.  It is over twice that between Saturn and Uranus at an approximate distance of 2.55 billion miles.  It was also at a time in my life where I felt very distant from almost everything in life.

Due to events in my life, it was probably a year between when I finished drafting up the song for Saturn and returned to complete the album starting with Uranus.  I had entered into a serious bout of depression, and I think the remaining songs on the album show that.   We left Saturn on a very up beat and happy song, but Ouranos The Progenitor (Uranus) expresses sadness, and then anger.

This song begins with a melancholy sound to it. A bit dark in some ways.  The lead trumpet tries to real us back in to a majestic state.   A slow harp arpeggio tries to bring sweetness back to our listening ears, yet the sadness can still be heard through it’s oboe melody. The harp is brought back to show there is still beauty in the world, yet anger surfaces as the orchestral percussion begins, and the plucked pizzicato strings come in. We are then presented with a set of tremolo strings expressing anger and frustration.  The emotions in this song truly express how I was feeling at the time.   I was angry.  I was remorseful.  I was saddened.  Even as I listen to it now while trying to describe it, I feel tears whelping up from my eyes.  The symphonic elements remind of the size and scope of Uranus, but how it is one of the outcast planets within our system.

 

“As years passed in watching William’s planet creep about the sky, the deplorable difficulties with its orbit worsened. The more we accumulated new observations, and the more we extracted ancient sightings from observatory files, the less these could be reconciled. It was proving impossible to predict where Uranus would be even a year or two hence, though most astronomers could assess the future whereabouts of Jupiter or Saturn to within a hair’s breadth till the end of time. Thus the great beauty of the great Newton’s contribution seemed tarnished by the recalcitrant behavior of Uranus.” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Much like the passage above, it was impossible to predict where I might be as time went on.  In retrospect, the song truly does express the feelings of the astronomers at the time during their attempt to prove out the existence of Uranus.  But they pushed on.

I pushed through as well, much like our craft on this journey pushes through our solar system.

God of the Sea (Neptune)

“With hindsight, it is easy to understand why Uranus began accelerating at an ever-growing rate from about the time of its discovery in 1781 up until it reached conjunction with the UNSEEN and much SLOWER Neptune in 1822. After Uranus overtook Neptune in that year (the same year that death overtook my William), the gradual deceleration commenced, and precipitated the crisis in prediction that brought Adams and Leverrier, each for his own reasons, to consider THE PROBLEM WITH URANUS, which they proved to be THE EXISTENCE OF NEPTUNE.” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

 

Neptune.  The God of the Sea. The sonar sound starts off the melody to remind us that we are in our craft exploring the solar system. A sad harp arpeggio is introduced . An oboe lead takes us into a sad yet sweet progression as the song builds.

“Very little light or warmth from the Sun reaches across the two billion miles to Uranus, and even less arrives at Neptune, another billion miles farther away. Yet the high atmospheres of both planets register the same low temperature, and this likeness exposes an important”. Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

Dealing with depression is not an easy task.  There were days when I reminded myself that the future could be VERY bright, and what I was feeling at the time would pass.  However, I still felt cold and lonely.  Much like the passage above, I felt like very little light was shining upon me.  It was a struggle to finish a song for Neptune, yet I reminded myself of what I set out to do.  To create a “Symphonic Electronica” album about the planets.  The song became a waltz of sorts.  I personally felt as if I was traveling to the left, then to the right in life.  Forwards and backwards, missing my footing at times. I reminded myself of what I had done for the song for Jupiter, and tried to bring back some of the Majesty in my life and the song.  In the end, I truly love the piece.

The song ends with us continuing our journey into the unknown.

Gone but not Forgotten (Pluto)

“The campaign to drop Pluto from the planet registry, although widely perceived as a shameful demotion, in fact salutes the greater diversity of an expanded Solar System. Pluto and its ilk fill a donut-shaped “third zone” that extends outward from Neptune to at least fifty times the Earth-Sun distance. Since all the objects in this territory differ fundamentally from the terrestrial worlds in the first zone or the gas and ice giants in the second, they have been given their own new designation of ‘ice dwarfs,’ or ‘Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs).’” Sobel, Dava (2006-10-31). The Planets

A song for Pluto was not originally planned for inclusion on this project since it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

However a few fans insisted that I include one, so I came up with “Gone but Not Forgotten“.

In fact, it was primarily added because of one favorite fan stated that I just couldn’t release an album based on the planets in our solar system WITHOUT a song for Pluto.  Let’s just call him Captain CAML.  And yes, those of you fellow associates in the SharePoint world take note… It IS the CAML you’re thinking of..

Additionally, it’s one of the first songs where I utilized a Vocoder, and the lyrics are an absolute dedication to this one very important fan of mine.

Our craft has arrived on the outskirts of our solar system, and my emotions were spread wide as well.  Gone but not Forgotten starts with an ethereal, out worldly sound  reminding us that this album is topically a space music album.  A spacey arpeggio lays the foundation and a crystal like melody overlaps with sounds of expanse behind it.

The vocoder piece reminds us of the following:

Gone, but not forgotten.

How could we leave you, out in the cold

See, oh can’t you see

Captain CAML, would never forsake you.

Because of this fans statement to me, that I could NEVER leave Pluto out in the cold, I just had to incorporate that into the song Smile.

The song repeats this verse a few more times, and we are returned to the main body of music.  Introducing the lyrical content into this song, as a bit of an easter egg for that one fan, turned out in all honesty quite nice.

You can still feel the emotions I had when writing it.  I STRUGGLED to finish this album.  I was experiencing so much heart ache in my life, yet I tried to continue to find the light in things.  To find the joy in life, the mystery of what lies in store.  And the album technically ends at this moment.  We have reached, and left, Pluto behind us. The distances we have traveled within the expanse of our solar system.  Realizing that this is just a small grain of sand on the beaches of our own Milky Way galaxy, within the unimaginable size of our universe.

At this moment, I felt the album was complete.  I started working on the album artwork.  Through initial joy and happiness, leading into depression and pain as I traveled further away from the center of my own universe, I had completed my quest. I had finished what I set out to do.

Or did I….

Beyond the Kuiper Belt

I was noodling one day in my digital audio workstation.  I had started this track which seemed fitting into the mix of work for La famille du solénoïde.  I had already completed songs for each planetary body.  Yet what was beyond?  What was beyond the Kuiper Belt.

And that’s pretty much it.  A bit of a bonus track for the album.   What was beyond the Kuiper Belt?  What discoveries lie in store for us.  That was my own thoughts, what lies in store for me next.

Another bit of an electro-pop techno song, and was just frankly fun to create.

Gone but not Forgotten (Captain CAML AB Overdose Mix)

Oh but one more.   I had fun creating “Gone  but not forgotten” for my favorite fan.  Even though it’s truly a sad song, I enjoyed creating it for Captain CAML.  And so… I decided to create a remix of it.  But this time, it was a sort of “Dance/Trance” mix.  And so you have, Gone but not Forgotten (Captain CAML AB Overdose Mix).

Yeah, I know.  Totally different than anything else on the album, but as I worked on it to give as just a gift to him only, and not include on the album at all, I felt as a bonus track, this would make a nice little surprise at the end of the album.  I also needed something uplifting myself.   Like I noted, this album was HELL for me to complete.  The first half of the album was created in late 2006, early 2007.   And it wasn’t until a year later that I STRUGGLED to pick it back up and complete it.  I needed something that was a big pick me up from everything I had experienced.  And you know what? A lot of people have told me they like that this is a bonus track on the album, and that they found it quite catchy.  I hope you do as well.

 

In conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed this journey, this “Behind the Music” story  through my album La famille du solénoïde.  If you would like to see more of the “Behind the Music” stories on my other releases, please let me know.

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Buy or Stream Streaming La famille du solénoïde

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Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 2

January 20, 2016

Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 2

 

What’s New

Skylines Phase I Complete!

Over the past weekend, I completed Phase I of my next album Skylines!

What this means is:

 

  • I have selected all the tracks that will be on the final album….
  • I have finished complete drafts of each song that will be included. By complete drafts, I mean the overall structure is there, yet more tweaks and polishing need to occur.

 

The next step is for me to listen to each and every track and jot down my notes on things I believe need to change, if any, and notes on producing the final mixes. An additional important step (That I’ll update you on in a future post), and then final mastering and song order selection.

The final set of tracks (Not in the final order that they will be presented on the album) and the city skylines they represent are as follows:

 

  • Big Dreams (Dallas, Texas Skyline)
  • City of Angels (L.A., California Skyline)
  • Goodbye Dubai (Dubai, UAE Skyline)
  • Lost in Beijing (Beijing, China Skyline)
  • Manhattan Nights (Manhattan, NY Skyline)
  • Seattle Walk (Seattle, WA Skyline)
  • Seven Hills (Edinburgh, Scottland Skyline)
  • Sun in Central Park (Manhattan, NY Skyline.  Different variation)
  • Windy City (Chicago, IL Skyline)

 

Want to hear select samples from the track selection? Take a listen here on Soundcloud!
https://soundcloud.com/keithrichie/sets/skylines

 

 

I have released 3 singles leading up to the release of Skylines.  In case you have not had the chance to listen to them yet, here are their respective links on Bandcamp.

Lost in Beijing

 

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/lost-in-beijing-single

Seattle Walk

 

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/seattle-walk-single

Goodbye Dubai

 

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/track/goodbye-dubai-freemix

Oh yeah, and by the way…. did I mention Goodbye Dubai is a free download?! You can download it directly from my official site at music.krichie.com .  Just visit there and look for the Free Downloads Section.

Kickstarter Campaign for production of physical CD of Ambient Highways

I am currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of Physical CDs for my album Ambient Highways.

Why I’m asking for your support

I have released several albums over the years with my most recent releases being Digital only. My latest Ambient Highways was released in digital form and is proving to be my most successful thus far. It has also won a couple of noteworthy music awards. Several fans have noted they would like a signed copy of the CD if I released it in physical form.

I also find that I need physical CDs in order to send to various music review sites as well as radio stations for potential airplay as this is generally the desired media they need and sometimes the only media they will accept.

Your help in this endeavor will help me with achieving these goals.

If you don’t mind, would you kindly share the link to my Kickstarter project with your family and friends?

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

You can read more about the campaign by clicking on the following link!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637393315/award-winning-cd-ambient-highways-by-keith-richie

What’s Next

Finalizing work on Skylines

Beijing Skyline

As noted above, I have completed Phase I, and I have outlined the remaining tasks I need to finish this album.  I’m still planning a release timeframe within the month of February 2015.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series, and therefore I plan on starting this project soon after I release Skylines. This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds. 

My first step in this process is to read through all the novels again, taking detailed notes and envisioning what the common themes might sound like.

It’s also interesting to note, that once I finally made the decision to work on this, they announced that the FIRST Dark Tower movie is FINALLY going to be made with a release date in early 2017!

If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

 

 

Project Ideas for 2016 and beyond

Here’s a recap of the project Ideas I have for 2016 and beyond.

Once I complete the Skylines project I have many ideas I want to finally push forth with.  At least one or two of these will make it to release during 2016.  Here is the current list of project ideas.

10 Year anniversary release of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite

June 2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary release of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It has proven to be one of my more popular releases, but it certainly has some places in it I’d like to polish up. I plan on releasing an updated version of it, and possibly extended slightly.  It also provides a perfect placement to utilize the Moog Theremini I received as a gift a couple of years ago.

Equipment / Sound library investments

After getting the above projects completed, I plan on doing another large investment in my studio equipment and sound library.  It’s going to be largely important for some of the other project ideas I have lined up.

Untitled Ambient styled release

I started work on new music that is more on the pure Ambient side of things.  You can hear a sample of it via this link to Candles on Soundcloud.  Ambient Highways has proven to be a very popular release, and while I’m sure my next push towards an ambient styled album will not be purely ambient, it will align well to the styles included in Ambient Highways.

Follow up to March of the Inanimate

I want to produce and have ready a follow up to March of the Inanimate ready for the 2016 Halloween season.  My inner dark ambient feelings surface from time to time, and I’d love to get another horror / Halloween themed release ready in time.  It would also fall in line with my Original “N”otion Picture Soundtrack series.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series.  Of course this goes hand in hand with my ideas for the following two releases as well.  This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases.  Utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.  If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

Musical Interpretation of The Dune Series

The spice must flow.  The music must flow.  Along with a musical interpretation of The Dark Tower Series, I’d love to do one on the Dune Series as well.  Along with The Dark Tower Series, I want to be sure my equipment and sound library are up to date, as these will both be epic projects I want to surely shine.

Musical Interpretation of Liliths’ Brood

For me, this is one of the greatest sci-fi related works of fiction, and I’m constantly re-reading it over the years. Lilith’s Brood is collection of three works by Octavia Butler originally released as the Xenogenesis series. I would love for this to be turned into a movie or set of films if done right.  This would be another release in my “Symphonic Electronica” / Original “N”otion picture soundtrack series.


I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and if so please leave me your comments!

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at http://music.krichie.com

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Buy or Stream my award winning album Ambient Highways From:

Social Links:

Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 1

January 10, 2016

Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 1

 

What’s New

First issue of 2016!

The new year has begun, and my energy and motivation have kicked into high gear with more work on my Skylines project.  And that means new music for your listening pleasure!  With this first issue of the new year, I’d like to present a little gift to you for a great and prosperous year with a free song download!

Goodbye Dubai (FREEMIX)

Here is the first official piece of music I’m releasing for 2016.

 

 

 

Oh yeah, and by the way…. it’s a free download!

Just visit the Bandcamp link here and enter 0 for the "Name your price" field once you select "Buy Now" from the following link on Bandcamp.

Or you can download it directly from my official site at music.krichie.com .  Just visit there and look for the Free Downloads Section.

Goodbye Dubai will be included in my forthcoming album "Skylines". This is the free version. The official album version will vary some when the album is complete.

Skylines will represent music that is more on the Sythwave, Electronic Pop/Rock style. Each song will represent my musical thoughts and interpretations on various city skylines from around the world.

Consider this free version my gift to you for a great and prosperous year!

Kickstarter Campaign for production of physical CD of Ambient Highways

I have given it much thought over the past couple of months, and have decided to initiate a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of Physical CDs for my album Ambient Highways.

Why I’m asking for your support

I have released several albums over the years with my most recent releases being Digital only. My latest Ambient Highways was released in digital form and is proving to be my most successful thus far. It has also won a couple of noteworthy music awards. Several fans have noted they would like a signed copy of the CD if I released it in physical form.

I also find that I need physical CDs in order to send to various music review sites as well as radio stations for potential airplay as this is generally the desired media they need and sometimes the only media they will accept.

Your help in this endeavor will help me with achieving these goals.

If you don’t mind, would you kindly share the link to my Kickstarter project with your family and friends?

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

You can read more about the campaign by clicking on the following link!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637393315/award-winning-cd-ambient-highways-by-keith-richie

What’s Next

Continued work on Skylines

Beijing Skyline

As noted above, Goodbye Dubai was added to the list of tracks for Skylines.  An album version of it will be created when Skylines is finished and released.

When I set out to create the Skylines album, it was due to the fact that I was listening to a lot of synthwave / retrowave styled music.  It was my intention to do a purely synthwave / retrowave album, but as things usually happen… The music morphs into something else, and I have to just let the music take me where it wants to take me.  Therefore, Skylines will not be targeted directly towards the sythwave/retrowave movement.

I WILL however try to keep Skylines focused on each track representing my musical interpretation of a major city skyline.  So far, that seems to be coming together rather nicely.

The names of some of the finalized and NEAR finalized tracks are as follows

  • Lost in Beijing
  • Seattle Walk
  • Manhattan Nights
  • Sun in Central Park
  • Goodbye Dubai

I have released singles for both Lost in Beijing and Seattle Walk, and from what I can tell so far, they are doing quite nicely.  Also, as mentioned above, Goodbye Dubai (FREEMIX) was released as a free download.

You can listen to some samples of the tracks via Soundcloud below.

 

 

Project Ideas for 2016 and beyond

Here’s a recap of the project Ideas I have for 2016 and beyond.

Once I complete the Skylines project I have many ideas I want to finally push forth with.  At least one or two of these will make it to release during 2016.  Here is the current list of project ideas.

10 Year anniversary release of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite

June 2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary release of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It has proven to be one of my more popular releases, but it certainly has some places in it I’d like to polish up. I plan on releasing an updated version of it, and possibly extended slightly.  It also provides a perfect placement to utilize the Moog Theremini I received as a gift a couple of years ago.

Equipment / Sound library investments

After getting the above projects completed, I plan on doing another large investment in my studio equipment and sound library.  It’s going to be largely important for some of the other project ideas I have lined up.

Untitled Ambient styled release

I started work on new music that is more on the pure Ambient side of things.  You can hear a sample of it via this link to Candles on Soundcloud.  Ambient Highways has proven to be a very popular release, and while I’m sure my next push towards an ambient styled album will not be purely ambient, it will align well to the styles included in Ambient Highways.

Follow up to March of the Inanimate

I want to produce and have ready a follow up to March of the Inanimate ready for the 2016 Halloween season.  My inner dark ambient feelings surface from time to time, and I’d love to get another horror / Halloween themed release ready in time.  It would also fall in line with my Original “N”otion Picture Soundtrack series.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series.  Of course this goes hand in hand with my ideas for the following two releases as well.  This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases.  Utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.  If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

Musical Interpretation of The Dune Series

The spice must flow.  The music must flow.  Along with a musical interpretation of The Dark Tower Series, I’d love to do one on the Dune Series as well.  Along with The Dark Tower Series, I want to be sure my equipment and sound library are up to date, as these will both be epic projects I want to surely shine.

Musical Interpretation of Liliths’ Brood

For me, this is one of the greatest sci-fi related works of fiction, and I’m constantly re-reading it over the years. Lilith’s Brood is collection of three works by Octavia Butler originally released as the Xenogenesis series. I would love for this to be turned into a movie or set of films if done right.  This would be another release in my “Symphonic Electronica” / Original “N”otion picture soundtrack series.


I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and if so please leave me your comments!

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at http://music.krichie.com

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Buy or Stream my award winning album Ambient Highways From:

Social Links:

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 9

December 31, 2015

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 9

 

What’s New

Happy New Year!

It’s December 31st, 2015! Today marks the end of a stellar year and also marks the final issue in the first volume of posts for the Ambient Highways Newsletter!

Here’s what’s new and things to look forward to in 2016!

Kickstarter Campaign for production of physical CD of Ambient Highways

I have given it much thought over the past couple of months, and have decided to initiate a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of Physical CDs for my album Ambient Highways.

Why I’m asking for your support

I have released several albums over the years with my most recent releases being Digital only. My latest Ambient Highways was released in digital form and is proving to be my most successful thus far. It has also won a couple of noteworthy music awards. Several fans have noted they would like a signed copy of the CD if I released it in physical form.

I also find that I need physical CDs in order to send to various music review sites as well as radio stations for potential airplay as this is generally the desired media they need and sometimes the only media they will accept.

Your help in this endeavor will help me with achieving these goals.

If you don’t mind, would you kindly share the link to my Kickstarter project with your family and friends?

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

You can read more about the campaign by clicking on the following link!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637393315/award-winning-cd-ambient-highways-by-keith-richie

Holiday Special Extended to January 8th, 2016!

As noted in my previous newsletter, I have kicked off a holiday special of my music which gives everyone the option to grab a copy of each of my albums for only $3.00 each! I’ve decided to extend this special again till January 8th as there were some announcements about the special that were made by friends that only showed up within the last week.  To give everyone a bit more time, I’ve extended the special till January 8th.

You can take advantage of this special pricing on my albums  if purchased directly from CD Baby or Bandcamp!  That equates to only $15.00 for my entire discography!

Speaking of my entire discography, I’m also offering a %15 percent discount on it as an option on Bandcamp!

This includes of course, my award winning album Ambient Highways; March of the Inanimate; For the Willow Wept…; La famille du solénoïde; and The Maestoso Interstellar Suite!

If you have not purchased any of my music before, this is a great opportunity to get it at a very special low price.

If you have enjoyed my music and already own your own copy, consider gifting it to a friend or family member!  Most of the various digital stores provide a great way to gift music to other people.

What’s Next

A recap from the last newsletter, and of course shipping CDs out to backers if the Kickstarter campaign for Ambient Highways gets funded!

Skylines – New album in progress!

Beijing Skyline

When I set out to create the Skylines album, it was due to the fact that I was listening to a lot of synthwave / retrowave styled music.  It was my intention to do a purely synthwave / retrowave album, but as things usually happen… The music morphs into something else, and I have to just let the music take me where it wants to take me.  Therefore, Skylines will not be targeted directly towards the sythwave/retrowave movement.

I WILL however try to keep Skylines focused on each track representing my musical interpretation of a major city skyline.  So far, that seems to be coming together rather nicely.

I have released singles for both Lost in Beijing and Seattle Walk, and from what I can tell so far, they are doing quite nicely.  I am considering placing each song (as it is complete) as a subscriber only exclusive on Bandcamp as the album progresses, however I have not made my mind up on this completely yet.

You can listen to some samples of the tracks via Soundcloud below.

 

 

I also put together a quick album release date video announcement for Skylines on Youtube. What is there, is not really anything fancy, just some high quality images of the current cities used in the single covers for now. It’s just something to drive a bit of anticipation while the album progresses. The song used in it is the current version of Manhattan Nights that I’m working on. It is one of the more ambient pieces on the album and the beginning of it to me sounds a bit Blade Runner-esque, so the video release teaser simply follows that theme.

 

Project Ideas for 2016 and beyond

Once I complete the Skylines project I have many ideas I want to finally push forth with.  At least one or two of these will make it to release during 2016.  Here is the current list of project ideas.

10 Year anniversary release of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite

June 2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary release of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It has proven to be one of my more popular releases, but it certainly has some places in it I’d like to polish up. I plan on releasing an updated version of it, and possibly extended slightly.  It also provides a perfect placement to utilize the Moog Theremini I received as a gift a couple of years ago.

Equipment / Sound library investments

After getting the above projects completed, I plan on doing another large investment in my studio equipment and sound library.  It’s going to be largely important for some of the other project ideas I have lined up.

Untitled Ambient styled release

I started work on new music that is more on the pure Ambient side of things.  You can hear a sample of it via this link to Candles on Soundcloud.  Ambient Highways has proven to be a very popular release, and while I’m sure my next push towards an ambient styled album will not be purely ambient, it will align well to the styles included in Ambient Highways.

Follow up to March of the Inanimate

I want to produce and have ready a follow up to March of the Inanimate ready for the 2016 Halloween season.  My inner dark ambient feelings surface from time to time, and I’d love to get another horror / Halloween themed release ready in time.  It would also fall in line with my Original “N”otion Picture Soundtrack series.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series.  Of course this goes hand in hand with my ideas for the following two releases as well.  This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases.  Utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.  If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

Musical Interpretation of The Dune Series

The spice must flow.  The music must flow.  Along with a musical interpretation of The Dark Tower Series, I’d love to do one on the Dune Series as well.  Along with The Dark Tower Series, I want to be sure my equipment and sound library are up to date, as these will both be epic projects I want to surely shine.

Musical Interpretation of Liliths’ Brood

For me, this is one of the greatest sci-fi related works of fiction, and I’m constantly re-reading it over the years. Lilith’s Brood is collection of three works by Octavia Butler originally released as the Xenogenesis series. I would love for this to be turned into a movie or set of films if done right.  This would be another release in my “Symphonic Electronica” / Original “N”otion picture soundtrack series.

 

I’ll be spending more time over my holiday weekend working on new music so be sure to keep checking back!


I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and if so please leave me your comments!

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at http://music.krichie.com

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Buy or Stream my award winning album Ambient Highways From:

Social Links:

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 8

December 20, 2015

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 8

 

What’s New

Happy Holidays!

It’s the Holiday Season, and a time for everyone to hopefully spend quality time with their friends and family.  It’s also a time of reflection on the previous year.

I for one can say it’s been a very exciting year for me.  Ambient Highways was released on July 31, 2015 and the feedback I have received from it is just stellar.  I couldn’t be happier!  It has helped revitalize my passion and desire to move my music career to the next level.

I’m already working on my next full length album Skylines, and have much more planned for 2016 and beyond.  You can read more about that in the “What’s Next” section further down.

But first….

Holiday Special Extended to January 1st, 2016!

As noted in my previous newsletter, I have kicked off a holiday special of my music which gives everyone the option to grab a copy of each of my albums for only $3.00 each

You can take advantage of this special pricing on my albums  if purchased directly from CD Baby or Bandcamp!  That equates to only $15.00 for my entire discography!

Speaking of my entire discography, I’m also offering a %15 percent discount on it as an option on Bandcamp!

This includes of course, my award winning album Ambient Highways; March of the Inanimate; For the Willow Wept…; La famille du solénoïde; and The Maestoso Interstellar Suite!

If you have not purchased any of my music before, this is a great opportunity to get it at a very special low price.

If you have enjoyed my music and already own your own copy, consider gifting it to a friend or family member!  Most of the various digital stores provide a great way to gift music to other people.

What’s Next

Skylines – New album in progress!

Beijing Skyline

When I set out to create the Skylines album, it was due to the fact that I was listening to a lot of synthwave / retrowave styled music.  It was my intention to do a purely synthwave / retrowave album, but as things usually happen… The music morphs into something else, and I have to just let the music take me where it wants to take me.  Therefore, Skylines will not be targeted directly towards the sythwave/retrowave movement.

I WILL however try to keep Skylines focused on each track representing my musical interpretation of a major city skyline.  So far, that seems to be coming together rather nicely.

I have released singles for both Lost in Beijing and Seattle Walk, and from what I can tell so far, they are doing quite nicely.  I am considering placing each song (as it is complete) as a subscriber only exclusive on Bandcamp as the album progresses, however I have not made my mind up on this completely yet.

You can listen to some samples of the tracks via Soundcloud below.

 

 

I also put together a quick album release date video announcement for Skylines on Youtube. What is there, is not really anything fancy, just some high quality images of the current cities used in the single covers for now. It’s just something to drive a bit of anticipation while the album progresses. The song used in it is the current version of Manhattan Nights that I’m working on. It is one of the more ambient pieces on the album and the beginning of it to me sounds a bit Blade Runner-esque, so the video release teaser simply follows that theme.

 

Project Ideas for 2016 and beyond

Once I complete the Skylines project I have many ideas I want to finally push forth with.  At least one or two of these will make it to release during 2016.  Here is the current list of project ideas.

10 Year anniversary release of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite

June 2016 will mark the 10 year anniversary release of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It has proven to be one of my more popular releases, but it certainly has some places in it I’d like to polish up. I plan on releasing an updated version of it, and possibly extended slightly.  It also provides a perfect placement to utilize the Moog Theremini I received as a gift a couple of years ago.

Equipment / Sound library investments

After getting the above projects completed, I plan on doing another large investment in my studio equipment and sound library.  It’s going to be largely important for some of the other project ideas I have lined up.

Untitled Ambient styled release

I started work on new music that is more on the pure Ambient side of things.  You can hear a sample of it via this link to Candles on Soundcloud.  Ambient Highways has proven to be a very popular release, and while I’m sure my next push towards an ambient styled album will not be purely ambient, it will align well to the styles included in Ambient Highways.

Follow up to March of the Inanimate

I want to produce and have ready a follow up to March of the Inanimate ready for the 2016 Halloween season.  My inner dark ambient feelings surface from time to time, and I’d love to get another horror / Halloween themed release ready in time.  It would also fall in line with my Original “N”otion Picture Soundtrack series.

Musical Interpretation of The Dark Tower Series.

I have long loved The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King.   I have considered many times doing a “Musical Interpretation” of the series.  Of course this goes hand in hand with my ideas for the following two releases as well.  This would be part of a “Symphonic Electronica” series of releases.  Utilizing mostly Orchestral sounds.  If you are unfamiliar with this series, please be sure to check it out!

Musical Interpretation of The Dune Series

The spice must flow.  The music must flow.  Along with a musical interpretation of The Dark Tower Series, I’d love to do one on the Dune Series as well.  Along with The Dark Tower Series, I want to be sure my equipment and sound library are up to date, as these will both be epic projects I want to surely shine.

Musical Interpretation of Liliths’ Brood

For me, this is one of the greatest sci-fi related works of fiction, and I’m constantly re-reading it over the years. Lilith’s Brood is collection of three works by Octavia Butler originally released as the Xenogenesis series. I would love for this to be turned into a movie or set of films if done right.  This would be another release in my “Symphonic Electronica” / Original “N”otion picture soundtrack series.

 

I’ll be spending more time over my holiday weekend working on new music so be sure to keep checking back!


I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and if so please leave me your comments!

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at http://music.krichie.com

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Buy or Stream my award winning album Ambient Highways From:

Social Links:

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 7

November 25, 2015

Ambient Highways: Volume 1–Issue 7

 

What’s New

November Holiday Special!

Here in the U.S. we’re all preparing for Thanksgiving.  That means lots of food, and time with our friends and family to give Thanks for all that we have.  And of course this also includes Thanksgiving day parades, football and “Food Comas!”, followed by the inevitable Black Friday sales.  (I for one will just be keeping my self safe and sound at home).

With the holiday season kicking off into full gear, I’d like to offer to you, for a limited time, the option to grab a copy of each of my albums for only $3.00 each

You can take advantage of this special pricing on my albums  if purchased directly from CD Baby or Bandcamp!  That equates to only $15.00 for my entire discography!

Speaking of my entire discography, I’m also offering a %15 percent discount on it as an option on Bandcamp!

This includes of course, my award winning album Ambient Highways; March of the Inanimate; For the Willow Wept…; La famille du solénoïde; and The Maestoso Interstellar Suite!

If you have not purchased any of my music before, this is a great opportunity to get it at a very special low price.

New Music

Skylines – New album in progress!

Beijing Skyline

I’ve been listening to a lot of synthwave / retrowave music lately, and I’m sure this had an effect on me while composing recently.   I decided to revive another discontinued track I had titled “Lost in Beijing” from many years ago which originally was just a simple song.  During rework on it, before I knew it it kind of morphed into something that I could only describe as having that synthwave sound to it.  And, I think it came out pretty darn cool.

For the song picture, I found yet another night time city skyline for Beijing, and used that for the songs image on Soundcloud, and before I knew it, I had decided to do a whole album of synthwave music in which many of the songs would be interpretations based on night based city skylines.  And so, there you have it! The idea of Skylines was born.

You can listen to the current draft version of Lost in Beijing on Soundcloud by clicking here.

And, if you are a subscriber to me on Bandcamp, you can download your very own copy of the latest draft of Lost in Beijing!

Skylines is still the “Tentative” title however.  That may change as the album progresses, but I like the idea and it gives me direction.

 

 

Give Lost in Beijing a listen, and if you are a subscriber via Bandcamp grab your copy today then hop in your Knight Industries Two Thousand Trans Am and give it some plays!

 

I’ll be spending more time over my holiday weekend working on new music so be sure to keep checking back!


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