The true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven, long considered Europe’s greatest classical music composer. Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making…
I have a mathematical mind, so I like to perceive things in terms of numbers. And when my mind turns to politics, with all the facets and influences that come into the interactions of otherwise complete strangers, it all seems to resolve down to a single value.
That value is power. From its simplest, though perhaps least humble beginnings, our society has been built on increasingly abstract applications of power. Let me take you on a tour of its history.
1. Got Osama bin laden…check 2. unemployment rate down to 8.5%…check 3. 1.6 million jobs created with no GOP help…check 4. 22 months of job and economic growth…check 5. Ended war in Iraq …check 6. DADT repeal…check 7. Not one tax hike in 3 years….check 8. Same wife for 15 years with no extra…
A couple days ago I mentioned a concept album that some tracks from the Rose album (Seer) had been repurposed for. This is a preview of about the first third of the album so far. Pieces in order are: “On the Edge of the Miasma,” “The Ashen Tower,” “Stone Cavern Symphony,” and “Boreal Plain.” The story follows a young sorceress named Annette and her family golem/homunculus Corvus as she investigates her parents’ disappearance amidst the spread of a magic air-based plague of undeath called the Miasma.
TG: i was in this dark place surrounded by this big flock of crows TG: god this is so generically morbid TG: im sorry in advance for exposing you to my unconscious minds retarded cliches TT: It’s ok. TT: They wouldn’t be cliches if they didn’t comprise the unanimously understood bedrock of phallic symbolism, with no other viable interpretation. TG: well obviously i knew the birds were just black screaming sky dongs just hear me out TG: i kept dying TG: there kept being these traps like i would go one way and get my head chopped off TG: or go another way and get stabbed or whatever TG: and every time i died the dream reset itself and i was standing there alive and ready to try to escape again TG: but each time i would be watching myself from the vantage point of a different crow TG: like i was the crow all squawking around in circles like a macabre flapping douche TG: and i would always watch myself try to do something different to dodge the trap but i always ended up dead
A theme for Tavros, focusing on a different angle than usual. The idea behind it being a desire to fulfill his own imagination, being a hero with backbone and a friend to all, but that not coming to fruition because there’ll always be someone to put him down, and he couldn’t handle any of it in the first place.
This is my first contest entry, hopefully I’ll be able to make two more equally decent ones by the deadline.
HEY KIDS IT’S TIME FOOOOOOOOR: GUESS THAT REMIX! Under slight bitcrush because it is a pretty short piece for now (this sample is almost half its length, being a strife style piece) and it is also a work in progress.
I’m just gonna have to go with 3itM. And way to not make it obvious or anything, heh.
Starting off today with some metal. Wrote the distorted parts a couple months ago, tried to pick it up again recently by adding the middle part, ended up with this. Not completely proud of it. I keep wanting to make metal-based tracks just to find one or two worthy to be released with a shorter track I made a while back, which might be one of my best pieces.
Eh. I still think its a pretty neat track, nonetheless.
I made this I think sometime mid-December. Was toying around with a lot of piano based tracks then. Not completely sure what it is about, mainly just an experiment with effects and a somewhat different style. I had originally named it thinking about the remains of Scratch’s tower and wondering whatever happened to Spades Slick. Perhaps I’ll come back to it and do something else to it in the future.
Just a quick note on the Homestuck Music Contest - for one thing if you’re a Homestuck fan and have any inclination towards writing music at all I encourage you to pull together some resources and give it a shot. Working with MS Paint Adventures has been the biggest break I’ve had in working…
Okay, so here’s the scoop. I’m performing at SXSW this March as previously reported with a band including Clark “Plazmataz” Powell and Erik “Jit” Scheele (both of Homestuck fame), multi-instrumentalist Mark Nabors, and electronic musician Riki Tsuji, along with artist/musician/dancer Tavia Morra. We’re going to be playing a high profile show for lots of people with expensive tickets as well as a free show or two for fans who might not be able to show up, and we need your help in funding it!
We need $3000 to fund our Kickstarter project so that we can cover everyone’s travel expenses, food costs, equipment costs, etc and do the first major performance of Homestuck music ever as well as material from my solo albums, Mobius Trip and Hadron Kaleido and Ithaca. Erik, Clark, and Mark live all over North America, and when I wrangle them into Austin to rehearse in the weeks before the concert (sometime between March 13-18) it will be the first time we’ve ever met in person!
Why should you help? Well, aside from giving us the chance of a lifetime to perform together as a band at a major concert venue (a band which could potentially continue performing Homestuck music and otherwise) we’re also offering some cool incentives! If we can raise $3000 before March 3, 2012, we’ll be able to offer many fabulous prizes to the donors including the following:
Song commissions based on whatever suggestion you like
A date with me to Top Notch, my favorite burger place
Plus, anyone who donates will be added to a list of names to be read during the bridge to “How Do I Live”, which I will begrudgingly perform for an enormous audience of pretentious music critics and hipsters!
So get to the Send Bowman and His Band to SXSW 2012 fundraiser page and make this dream a reality! If you like music, cool prizes, and any of the many cool people who will be performing in this band, please, this is your chance to really make a difference in our lives and our dream to meet and perform together as a band come true! Peace out!
Help these folks make some miracles happen, because music is beautiful.
It was pointed out to me that there isn’t nearly enough Bowman on this blog, and I have to agree.
Like a lot of people, I was sort of on the fence about MTaHK and Bowman in general, but I’m pretty sure this song is what finally sold me. The whole thing is just so peppy and optimistic that I can’t help but be cheered up whenever I listen. The heavily digitized instrumentation transitions almost seamlessly out of the previous track, going from creepy to upbeat in a split second, while the motivational-speaker lyrics reassure you that everything will be okay.
Hmm, now I’m thinking that I might want to do a post about how the album fits together as a whole, but for now I just had to get this out.