February 26, 2012
I’ve started a composing exercise ritual in which I write a short piece every night at 10pm. I started with the goal of completing them between 10-11pm, and I thereby dubbed the project “TenEleven”; however, I quickly found that a one-hour window of time just isn’t enough (last night I was up until 1am fiddling different elements and synthesizer voices).
I’m also hoping to build some of these off of certain pieces of inspiration–art, poetry, word, photos, etc. If you’d like to submit some inspiration for me, especially something you created, then I’d be delighted to see it! You can submit content through my Tumblr.
I’ve been posting these pieces to my personal Soundcloud account, where they are available for free download. Get them while you can, because after 20 or so, I will be taking them all down, tweaking them, and compiling them into an album. After that, they won’t be free anymore!
I have three of them up now, as well as three other keyboard improv tracks, all of which I’m a fair bit proud of.
More news in the way of I Found a Box EP and the booklet for The Night Wind to come shortly!
February 20, 2012
Okay, I know things have been quiet around here lately, but that usually means I’ve been busy!
And I have.
A little while ago, I joked on twitter about creating the I Found a Box single. Well, maybe I take my jokes a little too seriously sometimes, but I will actually be recording vocals for the second of the four songs tomorrow. I think it will be called I Found a Box EP, because I like that a bit better, but this is actually the closest thing to a concept album (EP-thing) that I have created (I have been pursuing concept albums since I first started writing music). Anyhow, I will keep you updated as to the progress, but I think it’s safe to say that at this rate, we can expect it sometime in March.
Additionally, just last night I finished proofreading and song-checking my album booklet for The Night Wind, and I have sent it to Renee to be PDFatized sometime soon. I’ll let you know when I have it, and I will add it to the album folder on Bandcamp, as well as posting it for download here.
February 14, 2012
Yes, it is true. I have canceled funding for the coffee house games on Kickstarter. I made a couple of pretty critical mistakes which I wasn’t able to fix after launching the project, and they would have left me struggling to meet impossible deadlines had the project been funded.
However, we are not done yet. I’ve taken this opportunity to step back and reevaluate the project, adjust for some of my miscalculations, and really reconsider exactly where I want to see this project going.
As a result, I have decided to team up with my designer, writer, artist, and all-around brilliant friend Renee to fundamentally redesign the coffee house games. We have a lot of ideas in the works, unfortunately it is too early to share them at this point in time. However, I feel it is safe to say we are scrapping our traditional publishing plans and moving in a more hand-published direction.
I’ll publish more information once I have it!
February 11, 2012
Sorry for the slow update–yesterday was a pretty busy day, and I was bad about getting this posted.
Anyhow, I have in fact launched my Coffee House Games Kickstarter project! If you like to write, or if you like coffee, or if you like neither but need something new to do with friends, check it out! We’ve been having loads of fun playing coffee house games for the past year or so, and I think you will enjoy them too! There’s a free demo game on the Kickstarter page.
February 9, 2012
Well, the day I’ve been itching at for months and months and more is finally here! My first album, The Night Wind, has launched and is officially available through Bandcamp. I’m releasing it under the moniker Street Nymphs, partially in the hopes that Street Nymphs will eventually become a full-on band and consist of more than just me. Until then, I’ll settle with my ethereal forest sprite companions.
I’m releasing The Night Wind with Bandcamp’s delightful name-your-price feature, so you may download it for free if you like. I figure, when it comes down to it, I would rather have many people listening than a few people paying. If this philosophy eventually makes a poor man of me… well, at least my album will still be on Bandcamp? Ah, we’ll figure that one out later.
In other news, the coffee house games are coming along quite well. I wish I had art to share with you, but I had something of a cross-hatching mishap the other day and have yet to retrace my earlier design. Tomorrow Renee and I will venture out to a number of our coffee shops to deliver flyers and take a few photographs, and I am doing my best to have the Kickstarter project launched by then. I will post another brief update as soon as that happens.
Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy the first ever Street Nymphs album!
February 2, 2012
I just wanted to keep you all updated on a few things as we tip over into this eerily warm February (at least here in the Midwest).
First of all, I plan to launch my second Kickstarter project sometime this weekend. This is another publishing venture, though I won’t be hand-printing these books.
Over the past year-and-a-half or so, I’ve been playing a number of simple writing games of my own invention with friends in coffee shops around the city. Now, it is my goal to bring these games out into the world, and to take the great coffee shops of Kansas City along with it. I’m putting together a book of my writing games and calling it The Coffee House Games, and I’ll be using Kickstarter to raise the initial funds needed to bring the book to life.
The book itself will feature fifteen different games as well as a variety of the wonderful coffee shops Kansas City has to offer.
The other news I have for you is perhaps equally exciting: My album is roughly 80% completed. It has taken ages and has transformed from the bottom up on several occasions, but I am finally putting together these songs in a fashion that I’m not only happy with, but fairly proud of. I’m currently tinkering with song 8/10, and it may require a bit more recording before I am ready to move on, but I should be tackling the remaining two either over the weekend or during the early days of next week. After that I’ll go back through and finalize each of the tracks, and then we’ll be just about ready for release!
Expect to hear more on both of these topics fairly soon!