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Do what you absolutely love, are you?

December 21, 2014

For the past 20+ years I’ve been a professional software developer, and I love that. I truly do. I love the creative aspects of it so much, but there are plenty of things about this business that I dislike.  I love writing software for myself. I love learning new technologies. But it’s not what I absolutely love.

What I DO absolutely love to do, is create music.

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I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and thinking over the past year, and I think I want to shift my priorities more into taking some risks to possibly take my music, and actually make a living at it.  You may have noticed some of this transition on my blog site here, and my social activity.

They always say, do what you love, and I think I’m at the point in life where I can start turning that love and passion into something.

A trip down memory lane

My renewed focus is truly more than just a trip down memory lane.

In 1982, I was finishing up Junior High.  I spent all my Christmas money to purchase my very first keyboard/synth.  The Casio VL-1

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Man, does this thing bring back some memories.  Remember that song “Da Da Da” used in the Volkswagen commercial?  Yep, that’s the VL-1 Rock-1 Rhythm playing in the background. 

I would bring my VL-1 with me to school every day, as I was in Band playing Saxaphone at the time, and when i wasn’t doing schoolwork, etc…You’d see me in the corner of the band room, playing this thing all the time.  What did I play on mine?  The various themes from  Star Wars, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters (Yep, All John Williams soundtracks), Superman, the John Carpenter movies, HalloweenThe Fog, Escape from New York, etc..  I think it was this year that solidified in my head, that I wanted to do soundtrack work.

Blade Runner was released and Vangelis once again amazed me with his amazing soundtrack.  I just could not figure out how to get the VL-1 to mimic those wonderful sounds :).

I absolutely loved playing with that little wonder.

High school rolled around, and our band instructor let me check out and take home the schools Moog Prodigy all the time.

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So many compositions recorded on tape lost in history.  It was heaven for me.

Soon I started investing in my own hardware.  As a teenager without a lot of money, I relied on birthday/christmas cash gifts and what little money I had at the time from working odd jobs to purchase my own synths.

The first synth I ever purchased was  the Casio CZ-101

Casio CZ-101

I would spend hours creating new sounds and songs.

When I had a decent job, I saved every paycheck I had (Well most of it) and invested in the Korg Poly 800.

Korg Poly 800

During all of this time, I knew what I wanted in the end.  I just didn’t act on it.

For nearly all of the 90’s and the early 2000’s I didn’t do any music while I focused on family, etc.  The mid 2000’s I was able to pick back up my passion.

Over the past few years, I’ve tried to work on my craft in a bit of a hobby fashion, but I’ve come to realize that what I do on a day to day basis is not truly what I absolutely love. 

I’m moving past the feeling that self marketing myself is like a stigma.  That’s always been tough.

Trust me, I’ll still be doing software development for my primary source of income for some time, and keeping up with technology. I can’t just “up and change career focus” on a dime, but expect to see my virtual presence focused more on music from now on.  But from now on, I want to start truly doing what I absolutely love.

So, what’s next? Stay tuned, as there are many things in the works, and do what you absolutely love!

To an interesting future!

– Keith

http://www.krichie.com

http://www.facebook.com/musicbykeith

Happy Holidays! Give the gift of music!

December 19, 2014

Merry Trancemas! Happy Holidays!

In celebration of the holidays, every item in my entire catalog is only $1.99 each for the Full Digital Album if purchased directly from CD Baby!!!!

KeithRichie-MarchoftheInanimate3 March of the Inanimate

A homage to classic horror soundtracks featuring eerie, creepy and foreboding ambient music.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
 
KeithRichie-FortheWillowWept3 For the Willow Wept…A collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
 
KeithRichie-LaFamilleDuSolenoide3 La Famille Du Solénoïde

A musical tour through our solar system inspired by the book “The Planets” by Dava Sobel.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
 
KeithRichie-TheMaestoso3 The Maestoso Interstellar SuiteDreamy, majestic, and ambient space music album. One continuous piece of music split across 6 movements, sure to relax and calm the spirit.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
 

 

Enjoy!

- Keith

Happy Halloween! Discounted Music!

October 30, 2014

Happy, Happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! Happy, Happy Halloween, major discounts!

It’s time! It’s time! It’s time for the big giveaway kids!

WARNING: Video may induce seizures. Watch at your own risk. We also can’t be held responsible if your head suddenly becomes a big flesh bag of snakes, scorpions, cockroaches and centipedes.

 

In celebration of Halloween and the release of my Halloween themed “March of the Inanimate”, the following releases are discounted to only $1.99 for the full Digital Album if purchased directly from CD Baby!!!!

KeithRichie-MarchoftheInanimate March of the Inanimate

A homage to classic horror soundtracks featuring eerie, creepy and foreboding ambient music.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
KeithRichie-FortheWillowWept For the Willow Wept…A collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
KeithRichie-LaFamilleDuSolenoide La Famille Du Solénoïde

A musical tour through our solar system inspired by the book “The Planets” by Dava Sobel.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99
KeithRichie-TheMaestoso The Maestoso Interstellar SuiteDreamy, majestic, and ambient space music album. One continuous piece of music split across 6 movements, sure to relax and calm the spirit.
Purchase Digital Album for only $1.99

 

Enjoy!

– Keith

6 more days till Halloween, here’s some cool tunes!

October 26, 2014

6 more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! 6 more days till Halloween, here’s some cool tunes!

From now through Halloween October 31st, 2014 you can download your high quality copy of “March of the Inanimate” for only $3.10 direct from CDBaby!

March of the Inanimate Cover Official

March of the Inanimate is a bit of a homage to the classic horror movie soundtracks produced by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth who co-wrote the music to classics such as Halloween, the Fog, and numerous others.

The classic themes from those movies is what initially inspired me to get into electronic soundtrack music, and creating soundtrack music is something I’ve always wanted to do.

Even though this set of music isn’t tied to any film, it does tell a unique story in it’s own right.

I hope you enjoy it well enough to include in your collection.

Click this link to buy your copy today!

Want to hear the entire release in full before you purchase? Just head on over to SoundCloud and check it out!

Click this link to listen to March of the Inanimate on SoundCloud!

And don’t forget about the big giveaway! Be sure to gather around kids in front of your TV sets on Halloween!

WARNING: Video may induce seizures. Watch at your own risk. We also can’t be held responsible if your head suddenly becomes a big flesh bag of snakes, scorpions, cockroaches and centipedes.

Enjoy!

– Keith

March of the Inanimate Released!

October 23, 2014

March of the Inanimate Cover OfficialJust in time for the Halloween Season "March of the Inanimate" is Officially Released and is available for purchase from CDBaby!

March of the Inanimate is a bit of a homage to the classic horror movie soundtracks produced by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth who co-wrote the music to classics such as Halloween, the Fog, and numerous others.  

The classic themes from those movies is what initially inspired me to get into electronic soundtrack music, and creating soundtrack music is something I’ve always wanted to do.

This release features eerie, creepy and foreboding ambient music sure to get you into the Halloween spirit, and even though this set of music isn’t tied to any film, it does tell a unique story in it’s own right.

Head on over to CDBaby and check out March of the Inanimate!

I hope you enjoy it well enough to include in your collection.

Enjoy!

- Keith Richie

Forbidden Cottage–Close to finished!

October 10, 2014

 

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A little over two years ago I decided to start work on a set of music that was Halloween Themed.   It was something I’ve always wanted to do.

I had a couple of different tracks somewhat complete, and was considering releasing an EP of about 4 tracks or so.  Last weekend as I started working back in my studio and I somehow managed to polish up a couple more tracks, and then another, to where I had what I thought was a near complete number of tracks that I could turn into a full release!

I decided to title the release Forbidden Cottage after one of the tracks I had previously written.

The Forbidden Cottage release is a bit of a homage to the classic horror movie soundtracks produced by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth who co-wrote the music to Halloween, the Fog, The Thing, Escape from New York, etc.

I still have plenty of work to do on it, and plan on spending a bit more time fine tuning and mixing this weekend.  Then I need to finalize the cover art.

I also have to thank the folks at Pumpkinrot and their insanely creepy works that helped inspire me! Especially the Roots scarecrow that inspired the track March of the Inanimate.

If you want to hear the current version of it then head on over to SoundCloud and listen to Forbidden Cottage in it’s current form!

https://soundcloud.com/keithrichie/sets/forbidden-cottage

Enjoy! And let me know what you think!

– Keith

This Cup

September 13, 2013

WP_20130913_001I remember despising coffee, but my mother was a coffee fiend!

I remember times when my brother, sister and I would see my mothers coffee cup sitting on the table, and we would taste it, and found it bitter and not liking it too terribly much.  We would add tons of sugar, milk and creamer to it, but it never really seemed to taste any better.  Mom would eventually come back into the kitchen, seeing it barren of any of us.  There would be remnants of sugar and creamer on the table, and a unnatural and extremely white color to her cup of coffee.  She would pour it out, and holler across the house for us to leave her coffee alone.  We did.

My father drank coffee a great deal as well.  He and My mother were no longer married, but he would stay for a while when picking us up, or dropping us back off, or just in general. He would sit, and they would drink coffee together and have conversation.

As I grew older, got married, had a child, etc. I would visit my mom often.  She would drink her coffee, and I would drink something; anything else but coffee. We would catch up, and sit and talk for hours.

For years, I still just didn’t care for coffee.  Until… I took a job as a bank teller for a local bank.  At the time, I didn’t have many a penny to my name.  I couldn’t even afford to buy a soda from the drink machine, and water was just boring.  But…. The coffee was free.

And thus, because it had a different flavor, than no real flavor at all, I begin my slow decline into coffee addiction.  On the bright side, however, now I would also drink coffee when I would visit my mother.

Before I knew it, I guess I did what every other avid coffee drinker would do and start collecting random coffee mugs; cups, etc.  There were always various mugs and cups to choose from at my house and my mothers.

In the latter part of the 90s, I had to travel a great deal for the company I worked for at the time.  The up side was that I would generally travel to a new part of the country.  The downside, was that I would be away from my family.  But of course, like any good traveler, I would pick up souvenirs to bring home to my family. For me, this happened to be the “City” beanie baby bears for my daughter, and a “City” Coffee Mug/Cup for myself. When I had my regular visits with my mother to share coffee and conversation, I would always bring one of the random cups in my cupboard with me.

One particular cup (pictured at the beginning of this post) has been in my family for quite a few years now, and there is a very interesting story associated with this one.

You see, in the early part of 2009, my mothers husband passed away.  I was also going through a tough part in my life, and had recently moved back to the house that I had owned.  My mothers health was beginning to deteriorate and so my brother had asked if they could also come live with me at my house. Without any hesitation, my answer was an astounding yes!

It was a wonderful time of my life.  My mother would generally always have coffee made, and I would take frequent breaks from work and sit and have a cup of coffee and conversation with her.

Of all the cups and mugs in the house, she generally used this particular cup. If it wasn’t in the drain rack, it was in the room she stayed in. Eventually, my mother and brother decided to get their own place, and moved into an apartment. I would visit their apartment frequently, and share a cup of coffee and conversation with my mother.

On one particular day during my visits, I looked down at the table, and at the cup my mother had in her hand, and realized it was MY cup from the house.  I exclaimed “Hey Mom! You stole my cup!” 

She looked at me in shock and replied with remorse “I’m sorry son! I didn’t realize it was yours.  I’ve just been drinking out of it for so long!”. 

I explained to her that “I truly was kidding.  I didn’t truly mind at all. I just thought it was rather funny to look down and realize you had stolen a cup of mine from the house.  It’s ok Mom.  It’s your cup now”.

We laughed. We drank coffee.  We talked, about this cup.

It’s a silly thing. A simple coffee mug; cup; whatever you want to call it. With cartoonish drawings of iconic scenes of San Francisco.  But my mom loved it, and it has certainly seen it’s use.  Even when it’s sparkling clean, you would think it’s been sitting for days with how dark and discolored it is inside.

Mom loved her coffee.  I loved having coffee with my mom.  I loved having coffee with my mom, and watching her sip it from the cup she stole from my house.

As time progressed, Mom couldn’t enjoy her coffee as much as she once did.  She would always want some, and at times we would slip her a little; cooled way down with ice.

I started missing the days when Mom and I would sit at the table drinking our coffee and talking for hours. We solved a lot of world problems in those days.

My mom passed away last night, and as my brother and sister and I dealt with the emotions and the loss, I saw this cup.

This cup, that my mother claimed. This cup, that my mother held in her hands for so long. This cup, of life.

I hold this cup mom, and I drink from it, and I think of you.

This cup symbolizes my love and relationship with you.  The sharing we had together.

I love you and miss you mom!

This cup… is for you.

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