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Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 1

August 2, 2015

Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of my new newsletter devoted to my musical endeavors; Ambient Highways.

This is actually a revival of my old newsletter from years ago titled “Past Times”.  I decided that I needed to revive the email based newsletter as I was working on my next album also titled Ambient Highways.  I figured a rebranding of newsletter was in order, and chose the albums title as the name of the newsletter to go hand in hand with it’s release.

Therefore, with this inaugural issue, it is with great joy and satisfaction that I announce the release of my new album Ambient Highways!

Ambient Highways represents what I consider some of the my best music yet .

Starting with Neutrino and it’s particle like sequences that rise and fall through out the track and then being thrown immediately into a 1940’s noir like state with V Feeling (a homage to the classic Greek composer Vangelis), you won’t feel as if this album is repetitive at all.

The albums title song Ambient Highways comprises lush pads and a soft melody surrounding the listener in a blanket of symphonic electronica.

Additional songs on this release range from a melancholy like feeling to an exuberant state in their overall composition, yet pulls the listener through theses emotions with the albums crescendoing track Keeping The Dream Alive.

If you’re looking for some ambient-style music that is relaxing and easy to listen to, then check out Ambient Highways.

Thanks to Sean, Eric, Mike, Geoff and Spencer for your patience and feedback as I brought this album to completion.

I would also like to give a very special thanks to my fiancé Kayla.  Without her I honestly don’t think the end product would be where it is today.  Her patience; guidance;  and constructive criticism truly helped me bring Ambient Highways to a new level in the final result. I love you Kayla!

You can currently purchase Ambient Highways directly from CD Baby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/keithrichie13.  As it is distributed to the various digital music sites (Such as iTunes, Amazon, Xbox/Groove Music) I’ll update this posting and be sure to let you know.

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

I’m Keeping the Dream Alive and I hope you enjoy!

– Keith Richie

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Ambient Highways is beginning it’s road to completion!

July 17, 2015

Ambient Highways

Work on my next project "Ambient Highways" is starting to really come together.

If you haven’t listen to the entire set yet, I encourage you to do so via the link to the playlist on SoundCloud in this posting as I have made adjustments here and there.

Throughout this week I have:…

  1. Made a couple of slight tweaks to some tracks (Neutrino, Ambient Highways and Arctic Shores)
  2. Added and tweaked Xenogensis
  3. Tweaked Faiths’s Song and added it back into the playlist
  4. Also brought back in Keeping the Dream alive, and will be the next track I focus on cleaning up and leveling out more.

Based on feedback, it looks like I may still leave the title of this release as "Ambient Highways". All though not a pure ambient release as I initially thought, the songs have come together nicely enough that I think they all fit well together enough to include in a single album.

I have also adjusted the playlist a bit based on listens and feedback. The current stand out tracks so far seem to be Neutrino, V Feeling and Ambient Highways.

At this point, I have just at 50 minutes of music which is certainly enough for a full album, but there may be one more song I add over the next couple of days.

Once that is complete, it’s time to turn on super scrutiny mode and make any final adjustments after listening to everything yet again all the way through, many many times.

As I’ve noted before, I’m going to go back to physical releases. Just like a book, there is nothing like having that physical product in your hand, even if it does just get ripped to your music player, and then set in a box. With that in mind, I’m planning on a limited series of autographed copies (More news to follow on that).

Therefore work on the artwork and liner details will commence over the next couple of weeks. I want to include enough liner material to make it worth your while to have the physical version in your possession.

So, give it a listen all the way through and let me know your thoughts!

https://soundcloud.com/keithrichie/sets/ambient-highways

Thank you for your support!

– Keith a.k.a. (Maestoso)

My new site dedicated to music!

June 25, 2015

My new Music Site dedicated to my musical endeavors is Live!

Music Site Launch

I’ve been working on this site to provide a more user friendly and modern web based experience for all of my fans.

  • Read more about my history and what music means to me!…
  • See press releases and reviews!
  • Stream or buy from my entire catalog!
  • Sign up for the newsletter!

There is plenty more to come!

Check it out!!!!

http://www.krichiemusic.com

Also of note, to always here works in progress of music I’m working on, be sure to check out my WIP list on SoundCloud!

https://soundcloud.com/keithrichie/sets/works-in-progress

Enjoy!

– Keith

Only $2.99 for a full album!

June 1, 2015

Don’t want to pay $9.99 per album? Well you don’t have to!

If you order my music direct from CD Baby, you can buy every item in my entire catalog for only $2.99 each!

This gets you the the Full Digital Album (MP3/MP3-320 or FLAC) if purchased directly from CD Baby!!!!

KeithRichie-MarchoftheInanimate32 March of the Inanimate

A homage to classic horror soundtracks featuring eerie, creepy and foreboding ambient music.
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99
 
KeithRichie-FortheWillowWept32 For the Willow Wept…A collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99
 
KeithRichie-LaFamilleDuSolenoide32 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 $2.99
 
KeithRichie-TheMaestoso32 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 $2.99
 

 

Enjoy!

– Keith

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

Casio_vl-1

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.

Moog_Prodigy

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

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