Ambient Highways: Volume 2–Issue 1
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!
Continued work on Skylines
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.
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– Keith Richie
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