Have you heard the new mixes?

No seriously, have you heard the new mixes of Titan Spring?

And while you’re at it, download the Eagle Landing Promo Single & get your coupon for 50% of your purchase of Moonscapes.

Then let me know what you think of these latest songs & what sort of other bonus material you’d love to hear or get with future releases.

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A Sneak Preview…

The Titan Spring Single is almost ready to be released.  But for those of you who want to hear the new edited version of the track before the official release, drop by Candle’s Reverbnation Page & listen to the track (along with an assortment of other tracks – mostly demo versions of album tracks that are not available elsewhere).

Preview Of Titan Spring (Single Version)

Purchase The New Album: Moonscapes

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Good News – Bad News…

A stereotypical heading to explain the current situation. I’ll start with the bad news first. The release of Moonscapes has been delayed due to a couple tracks needing just a wee bit more TLC. However, the good news is that I just released a promo single for the album. The song is called Eagle Landing & is available now for free download (or pay what you would like) from Candle’s Bandcamp Site.  Check out the new song, let me know what you think in the comments section below & stay tuned for the official release of Moonscapes.

Until next time,

See You In The Shadows…

Update…

A quick update to let you know that I am trying to finish up the mixing & mastering of my latest Studio Album Moonscapes by the end of the week.  My projected release date for the album is Monday, May 25th – the anniversary of JFK’s famous speech before Congress where he first proposed to put a man on the Moon.  Stay tuned for a free preview of the album & some fan exclusives to go along with the release.

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Spoons & Production Notes…

My friend, Joanne Gabriel, has inspired me to experiment with creating sounds with my guitar.  As such, I sat down last weekend & recorded a bunch of songs using regular household spoons as the main method of strumming the strings on my guitar.  I played around with a bunch of effects in Jeskola Buzz & was able to create some really otherworldly & spacey tones.  After recording these songs, I had this sudden brainstorm to release them as an EP.

So now I’m working on post production for two projects.  My Moonscapes project which is the result of my FAWM 2015 creativity & now this new EP that I’ve entitled Cuillères Intergalactiques.  I’m hoping to finish up the post-production on the EP this weekend, which will leave me a lot of time to concentrate on the post-production of Moonscapes.  But until I release them, you can listen to the demos on my FAWM page.  Leave me a comment, either on my FAWM page if you are a fellow FAWMer, or in the form below.  Let me know your thoughts on the Moonscapes demos or your thoughts on experimenting with sounds.  Share your outlandish sound creation experiments, or any other crazy thought that might inspire someone else.

 

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FLOG: Volume 6; Issue 2

FLOG: Volume 6; Issue 2

Definition: FLOG – FAWM Log: A log of the process undertaken by Candle during February Album Writing Month

Ten days in & I am currently working on song number 7.  So far, I’ve gotten some great feedback on my first six songs from a lot of familiar faces & some new (to me) FAWMers as well. Oh, I guess I should explain what a “FAWMer” is.  Basically a FAWMer is anyone participating in FAWM – either writing & posting songs for the challenge or those very few who simply comment on others work.  Thank you to everyone who has commented on my songs so far.  And I know I’ve fallen behind with commenting on my Watchlist (FAWMers I’m following), but I’m doing my best to keep up.

Every year I have people ask me about my setup & what exactly “Buzz” is.  Well, put simply, Jeskola Buzz (the full name of the program) is a modular compositional software based on the idea of “Machines”.  Basically, a Buzz project is an open canvas where you can insert Generator Machines (synths, instruments, &c…) & Effects Machines (choruses, flangers, reverbs, filters, &c…) & wire them up just about any way imaginable.  The workflow is based on Tracker Technology (for anyone familiar with FastTracker, ProTracker or even ImpulseTracker, you’ll know what I’m talking about).  Trackers basically take samples & allow you to key those samples in various tones to write songs.  The workflow is very different from DAW’s that most people are familiar with & takes a little getting used to for the unseasoned.  But Buzz is more then just a Tracker, it’s possibilities are endless with its modular approach to everything.  There is an entire community of developers creating new buzz machines all the time.  Buzz also supports VST & VSTi integration as well as the use of SoundFonts & other audio creation/processing plugin technologies.  I’ve been using Buzz as my main compositional software since 2005 (gods, its been ten years, doesn’t seem that long!) & have yet to find another piece of software that lets me be as creative.  Here’s a screenshot of one of my two Buzz Projects for my sixth FAWM 2015 song Jura Mountains:

Jura Mountains Ambience Project - JPEG

Hopefully this gives you an idea of how the modular machines work.  For more information about Jeskola Buzz, you can check out the Buzz community website:  www.buzzmachines.com

Anyway, I’m really happy at how far I’ve come so far this FAWM.  Six songs in eight days is pretty exciting.   As I said, I’m working on song number 7 which is going to be using some original audio from the Apollo 11 mission.  I’m really excited about it.  Anyway, stay tuned for more new songs & more ramblings in the next edition of my FLOG.  Until next time…

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