Know the term?
It’s…well…it sounds like this:
Posted in ambient music, free download, free music, free music MP3, Garageband, Music, tagged ambient music, dysphoria, free music, mood music, Music, strange music on July 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in ambient music, audio recording, electronic music, electronica, free music, free music MP3, Garageband, Music, space music, Uncategorized, wannabe writers, wannabes, writer, writing, tagged ambient music, blogging policy, electronic music, free music, Garageband, Idyll, new music on March 29, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Recently I received a couple of notes from folks who took issue with my comments re: the arrogance and stupidity of amateur/wannabe writers. Not surprisingly, perhaps, these individuals chose to hide behind silly aliases so they could spout their venom with impunity and congratulate themselves for their courage.
After a close encounter with a nasty little troll a couple of years ago, I decided not to publish remarks from folks who lack the guts to use their real names, accompanied by a valid e-mail address. Say what you want about me kiddies, call me “arrogant”, “elitist”, an “incorrigible asshole”, at least I never hide behind a nom de plume when putting forward my point of view. I have a “Moderate” function on this blog and I use it, not to screen out folks who have differing points of view, but to exclude those who are 1) psychos or 2) chickenshit or 3) abusive to other respondents. Follow the rules and your comments, pro and con, make the cut.
In the four years I’ve had this blog I’ve been thrilled (for the most part) by the quality of discourse and the clever, articulate people who pop in to see what I’m up to. You’re welcome to drop me private notes as well—send ‘em to blackdogpressATyahoo.ca. Usually I get back to you within 48 hours but no promises, I’m a busy dude these days.
I’ve been editing my ass off for the past couple of weeks but I still managed to squeeze in time for another great passion of mine, making music with Garageband. I’ve posted samples of my weird, ambient efforts previously (you can find them on my “Audio” page) but here’s a brand new number, just finished today. It’s called “Idyll” and it’s one of my best pieces yet.
Not nearly as spooky and depressing as my usual efforts. No, really.
Click on the link below, kick back…and let ‘er rip.
Meanwhile, it’s back to work for me. Chat with you again soon…
Posted in "Of the Night", Black Dog Press, book launch, Books, Dark fantasy, Dark fantasy/horror, detective, e-book, e-novel, e-reader, electronic music, electronica, fantasy, fiction, free download, free music, Garageband, H.P. Lovecraft, hard-boiled, Horror, horror fiction, Horror novel, independent publisher, independent writer, independent writing, indie writer, indie writing, Kindle, literary, Literature, Music, mystery, mystery novel, New novel, New release, occult thriller, publishing, Reading, So Dark the Night, space music, supernatural, suspense, thriller, writer, writing, tagged "Of the Night", ambient music, book launch, Books, electronic music, free music, Garageband, H.P. Lovecraft, Horror, instrumental music, literary, Literature, music download, mystery, new book, New novel, New release, So Dark the Night, space music, supernatural on October 27, 2010 | 4 Comments »
Every year my birthday rolls around and I do my level best to ignore it, dismissing its significance. This drives my wife crazy (that awful epithet “fun-killer” fired at me like a curare-tipped dart) but, on the other hand, it definitely simplifies gift-buying.
“Anything you want?”
And so forth. But this year, okay, I have to admit, there’s a lot to be thankful for. We had a health scare in our family recently and that really put things in perspective. My daily mantra of “health, happiness and wisdom” assumed new relevance…and poignancy. Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. But we had a renewed appreciation for the frailties of the flesh and the bonds of family.
Then there are the two books I’ve released this year—yeah, sure, the e-books had been bouncing about for awhile, but to walk into a bookstore and see my work sitting there, waiting for some curious reader to happen along…well. Sends a shiver through me just thinking about it.
Yeah, it’s official. We’ve cleared the proof and Of the Night is good to go. For sale as of…NOW. You’ll find pricing and shipping info in my Bookstore. Click on the book cover (above) and ogle the artwork, browse the jacket copy. If you order your copy from me, I’ll be happy to sign it. Otherwise, you can get it through your local bookstore, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
I love this book–it’s a fitting companion piece to So Dark the Night. Scary, darkly humorous, a short novel you’ll zip through in one or two sittings.
To accompany the release of Of the Night, providing a kind of fanfare, is a CD worth of new instrumental/ambient music I’d added to my Audio page. I call this selection of musical oddities Language With No Vocabulary and I’m making it available to you free—play it, download it to your heart’s content.
Here’s a sample cut, a luvly little number I call:
(Photo by Jason Minshull)
Posted in free music, iPod, Music, tagged "Of the Night", alternative, ambient music, Books, editing, experimental, free music, free music download, free music for iPod, Garageband, instrumental, literary, Music, novel, So Dark the Night, spacey on September 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
In between stints of editing my novel Of the Night, I’ve put together another l’il musical offering, this one called (ironically, methinks) “Verisimilitude”.
Some cool layering of sound here and occasionally I manage that “3-D” effect I love, where the music seems to be hovering in the air all around the listener.
Click on the link below, close your eyes and let this piece wash over you:
Posted in Books, electronic music, electronica, fiction, free download, free music, hard-boiled, Horror, horror fiction, Horror novel, independent publisher, independent writer, independent writing, indie writer, indie writing, internet publishing, iPod, Lightning Source, literary, Literature, mystery, mystery novel, New novel, New release, occult thriller, POD publishing, print on demand, publishing, Reading, self-publishing, So Dark the Night, space music, summer reading, supernatural, suspense story, thriller, writer, writing, writing life, tagged ambient music, edge fiction, electronic music, family, free music, free music download, horror fiction, Lightning Source, Literature, print on demand, short films, So Dark the Night, space music, thriller, urban fantasy, urban horror on April 19, 2010 | 5 Comments »
The latest communication from Lightning Source indicates the proof of my novel So Dark the Night will be printed tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20th) and, if there are no obvious glitches, sent off to me a short time afterward.
(Sound FX: Fingers drumming anxiously on desk top.)
In the meantime, I’ve decided to post more of my strange, ambient music—it’s on my “Audio” page, just scroll down past the spoken word stuff and you’ll get there. Really love these pieces, which I’m calling (collectively) Intervals. There’s been a big progression since my first offering and one tune from this latest batch in particular stands out for me: can you guess which it is?
Busy days around here: Sam, Liam and a number of their friends (shout out to Sean, Dylan, Jess and the rest of the crew) are deeply involved in a short film project that keeps getting bigger and bigger. I applaud their ambition. Sherron has her own film on the go, an abstract bit of business for which I’ll be supplying music. But the deadline for the local, library-sponsored film short film competition is looming, so I hope their post-production efforts go well or they’re gonna be scrambling.
Meanwhile, I’m fretting over the impending arrival of the proof, beating my brains out trying to find ways to better promote and distribute my independently produced books. I welcome your input and advice on both these points.
Let me know what you think of Intervals too. And keep watching these pages for more info on the release of So Dark the Night, a supernatural thriller with a heart of gold. Your summer reading is on its way. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Posted in ambient music, audio recording, Books, Cliff Burns, Dark fantasy/horror, Death, depression, download free podcast, download story, dramatized story, e-reader, edge fiction, electronic music, electronica, family secrets, fiction, free download, free fiction, free fiction for e-reader, free fiction for iPhone, free fiction for iPod, free reading for iPhone, free reading for iPod, free short story, Garageband, grieving, iMac, iMovie, inspiration, iPhone, iPod, listen to story, literary, Literature, marriage, memoir, Monologues, Music, new literary fiction, New release, new short fiction, new short story, nostalgia, personal, podcast, Prose poems, radio drama, Reading, self-publishing, short story, spoken word, technology, writer, writing, writing life, tagged ambient music, download free story, electronic music, electronica, fiction, free fiction, Garageband, iMac, indie publishing, indie writer, iPhone, iPod, new fiction, podcast, Short Stories, short story, spoken word, story set to music, words and music, writing on October 3, 2009 | 2 Comments »
My tunes have no shape, they flow and twist enigmatically, illogically. Mood music for troubled minds. Score for a science fiction film never made. Shimmering in the air around you, disappearing without leaving behind so much as a sprinkle of fairy dust.
There’s a strange dichotomy at work here: I’m using this advanced, amazing computer to simulate and record almost any instrument known to humankind…and flubbing and screwing up and patching and improvising…and ending up with some in-teresting stuff.
I’ve got over an hour of music stored in an iTunes folder. Every note of it selected, struck, plucked, bowed, strummed or sampled by yours truly. Using virtual instruments, of course, since I’d be virtually useless if you gave me a real one. Sue me, I’m an eejit savant.
So far this one is our favorite. Hand’s down. A bit of spoken word but just about all instrumental.
I call it “The Departed” and dedicate it to absent friends.
And awayyyyy we go…
Posted in "Of the Night", amateur writers, Black Dog Press, blog novel, book launch, Books, crime novel, Dark fantasy, Dark fantasy/horror, detective, e-novel, fiction, free download, Garageband, hard-boiled, Horror, iMac, iMovie, literary, Literature, lulu.com, mystery, mystery novel, POD publishing, print on demand, private detective, private investigator, publishing, Reading, Science fiction, self-publishing, So Dark the Night, suspense, technology, thriller, traditional publishing, wannabe writers, writer, writing, writing life, tagged "Of the Night", ambient music, Garageband, Ian Sales, iMac, Lit Drift, Lulu.com, music recording, print on demand, So Dark the Night on September 23, 2009 | 2 Comments »
First, let me give a quick plug to a new site devoted to writers and writing. I received a note from one of the administrators and after making sure they were legit and not just a money grab directed at desperate, wannabe writers, I promised them I’d drop a word in my next post.
Lit Drift looks smart and hip and whoever designed their site did a smashing job; appearance-wise it’s one of the best author-oriented venues I’ve come across on the web. Their only revenue is derived from advertising and they don’t promote any specific print-on-demand outfit or offer editorial services at ridiculously inflated prices. I say pop over and see what they’re up to; I like the way they operate. And if you need further convincing, they give away free books every Friday and darn good ones at that.
Another thing I want to bring up is the possibility that I may offer both my novels, So Dark the Night and Of the Night through Lulu.com. My pal Ian Sales (watch for him, he’s gonna be a superstar on the Brit sci fi scene) has worked with them and approves of their bare bones approach to publishing. The author presents his/her manuscript and they print copies as each new order is received. No overhead, no piles of books moldering in a warehouse somewhere. Traditional publishers take note.
There’s a bit of a process that goes along with this decision, including revising the manuscripts and making sure they’re basically typeset and ready for printing, clearing up a few typos folks have pointed out to me, polishing them to an even brighter sheen. I’ll also have to secure permissions from the artists who provided me with such wonderful covers and prepare some jacket copy and…
You get the idea.
Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts–how many of you would be interested in securing copies of the two books? So Dark the Night, because it clocks in at around 400 pages, will likely retail around $18-20 and Of the Night in the $14-16 range. That’s an estimation but likely pretty close to how it will end up.
And, finally, I wanted to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying mucking about with Garageband, the music program that came with my iMac. Folks, I have been making some lovely music, a series of atmospheric pieces, instrumentals ranging from cool ambient tones to rockin’ riffs. I’ve recorded about seven or eight minutes so far, often so immersed in a piece that an entire afternoon will be gobbled up and I won’t realize how much time has elapsed until I hear the boys downstairs, home from school.
I’ll be adding the best bits to the blog later on–it’s a thrill to have another mode of expression open to me.
Enough for now. More promo work to do today (the burden of an indie artist) and then, hopefully, a couple of hours of Garageband later on. Getting lots of hits on the stories I recorded and posted last week so I guess folks are enjoying them. There will be more to come soon. Just keep tuning in…