Hey everybody! In my seemingly endless voyage into the world of experimentation and new ideas, I've decided to offer up a Youtube-exclusive song... well, a mix anyway. "Revival (Newport Mix)" is a music video by me shot at Newport Aquarium in Kentucky and utilizing a new mix of my album song Revival. Revival is a dancey little tune from my album "Undiscovered Species" (it's on itunes if you want the original song). The Newport Mix is an ambient re-imagining of the tune, stripped of most of the song's noisiest elements. The video and the song will be permanently fused, because I have no intention of releasing it anywhere else.. not right now anyway. I'm hoping this will help focus my music video making and bring more Gillenium fans to my youtube page!
Take a look/listen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAS2NN3 gE2Q
Ok, I've been up to a lot lately, so I'm going to lay it all out in this post so you know what is up in the world of Gillenium -
First of all, I have a new Christmas song about a horrifying local creature! It's called "A Mothman Christmas Carol." Go listen to that first.
A director friend of mine, Michael Savisky, has brought to my attention that his film "Man Vs. Machine," which uses a few of my songs, is up for Best National Film. It's a great short, so go check it out and give Michael your support! - http://www.ourstage.com/video/channel/
Next, I did this a few weeks back but I forgot to put it in my blog - the full version of "Breaking Orbit" is now available on Newgrounds. Before, I could only upload the demo, but now it can fit the whole thing! I'd upload the full version of "Muse," too, but it was used in a flash submission, so I can't edit it.... lame.
Next, there's a small music video for my song "Little Black Cat" available on my youtube page now - http://www.youtube.com/gillenium I think I'm going to be making a lot of music videos in the coming months, so you might want to check back to my youtube every now and then.
If anybody's looking for any electronic music recommendations, I just added my "10 Best Electronica Albums Ever" list to Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/The-nbsp-10-nbsp -best-nbsp-electronica-nbsp-albums-nbs p-ever/lm/R14I2HUBH4RR6G/ref=cm_srch_r es_rpli_alt_1 You might have most of the albums on here, but there might be a few surprises for you as well...
If you thought my Christmas song last year was weird...
Check it out! This is my first official music video for any of my songs ever! It's pretty amateurish, but I think it turned out pretty well, especially considering I have almost no experience filming or editing. I shot the footage and then figured out what song would fit it best. Strange Petals was definitely up to the task.
My ambient collab is finally here! Is it what you thought it'd sound like?
First of all, a high-quality version of this track is available at http://www.icompositions.com/artists/T heNewGillenium . The new NG limit is pretty good, but it still couldn't hold a 256 kbit version of this long song!
This is my first collab since 2005's Creatine Clockwork. I changed things up with this collab, too. In the past, the guitarist would send me a piece of material and I would chop it up and center a song around it. This time, it was a true 50/50, back-and-forth effort. Kevin (NG user Bamsukka) sent me a collection of synths and guitarwork. I started centering the song around them, but instead of chopping the guitar up, I decided to have Kevin play over top of my finished part. So I finished the song, gave it to him, and he did the final guitar-work and fx. I didn't change anything except the volume when I mixed his part and mine together. I LOVE the result. I might do all future collabs this way.
As you can hear, this song is super-ambient. Some fundamental elements of my part of the song were influenced by Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. My main focus was changing and cross-fading song elements very subtley. If I did my job right, some parts of the song will pop up without you evening noticing it.
Kevin added a few ingenious touches with his bass, guitar, and fx as well. In the first half of the song, the bass plays a certain place in the measure, but in the second half, it hits on a different time in the measure. This allows you to experience the same melody in a completely different way. Nice one, Kev-o!
This will definitely help you relax after a long day. I hope you like it!
As for my other projects, I have an IDM-type funky song in production and my super-amazing Mothman Christmas tune, which will be ready for the holidays! But enough of the future - go listen to the present!
Well, yesterday was a little weird. It was the first time I have ever played my music in front of a large group of people! For my Hindu Mysticism class, each student had to make a creative project. The professor said "make whatever you want" so I did a remix of an Indian song using the beta version of Hazard as the spine.
As the bassy thump of Hazard filled the room and the professor said "Turn it up!," I couldn't help but feel a little proud. Afterwards, one guy made sure to get my attention to say "Dude... that was awesome!" I'd definitely like to play live in front of a real audience someday.
Believe it or not, I've actually already created a 15-minute set for opening. The tracklist of the set is 1. Hazard, 2. Why Birds Sleep Well (Part 4) and 3. Pangea. I remixed all of the tracks to sound better live and I packed it full of trigger-able samples and funky LFO fx I can handle with my midi controller live. Unfortunately, I don't trust my current laptop with live play. When I do have enough money to get a new laptop, I'm definitely going to be strongly considering opening for a local band.
Gillenium live.... I never thought I'd ever get to do something like that, but it's becoming more and more apparent to me that I can! It wasn't really until last year when I realized I wanted to play live. After the Prodigy concert, I went "I WANT TO DO THAT!" and subsequently fainted from exhaustion. I'm kidding, but I did take a cab home that night.
But anyway, here's what I'm up to at the moment - STILL working on collab with Kevin Johnson. I'm not rushing it though. It'll be done when it's ready, whether that's by this Christmas or Christmas of next year, haha. I have some crazy ideas about future songs... You remember my Christmas song for last year? A lot of people said it was too quirky, but this year, I'm going to try another Christmas song that's.... well, for the lack of a better word, insane. It's called A Mothman Christmas Carol right now, and it's based on a local mythic creature called the Mothman and how he might celebrate Christmas.(you may remember the movie Mothman Prophecies... yeah, same mothman). So the song is going to be half christmas cheer and half consuming terror. I can't wait!!
Also, I'm working on maybe starting another series (like Connection or Why Birds Sleep Well). This series would be like the soundtrack to a made-up videogame (examples - a song for the "fire" stage or a song for the "overworld"). A lot of fans have been commenting that my songs are like a mental journey, so I think I want to make an ultra-intentional mental journey for fans of videogame music. Sound good?
P.S. Have you heard November Butterfly yet???? November is slipping away!.... I mean, it'll still be here after November, but don't you want to hear it in context??
Hey peeps. As you may have or have not noticed, I have added a bunch of "CD art" to my songs here. With the discovery of the "edit" option for songs, I went crazy and gathered together all my art and photographs. I added art all of the songs I could, because I'm a huge fan of images with songs. Unfortunately, NG has a RIDICULOUS rule that songs that have been used in flashes or that have more than 3000 listens cannot be edited.... I'd love to meet the genius who codes this site. Hopefully, that will change soon and I can get art on songs like Hazard and Drops of Life!
I touched up a few more things here and there. I changed a couple descriptions, titles, and even deleted a few songs I was not proud of and/or contained copyrighted samples. I'm thinking of uploading higher quality versions of my songs in the future, but that would be a massive undertaking that would most likely take all day, so... not for a while.
P.S. Oh, I saw something (actually two things) today that I've never seen before. I saw a full half-circle rainbow. Not only that, there was another rainbow over that rainbow! It was awesome. Although, I'd have to say that the coolest rainbow I've ever seen was a full-circle one. I saw that on a flight, it was on top of the clouds. No pictures I'm afraid, but here's a picture I took over Cleveland!
... by Underworld is one of the best albums ever made. You can't call yourself a fan of Ambient Electronica if you don't own it. Period!
Working on two ambient works of my own right now. Been drumming on styrofoam and blowing into the mic today for my collab song with Kevin Johnson. Sounding reeeeeally smooth so far. Still can't tell how it's going to sound in the end... I like that, though.
Hey ladies and gents. I thought I'd let you know what's happening in the world of Gill. Of course, I told you all about the fantastic Chemical Brothers concert, and I even wrote a song about it! Go listen to that.
All of my songs making the final stretch toward completion seem to be ambient in nature, so ambient fans rejoice. One hasn't been named yet, but it's a short 2-minute video-game-theme-sounding track that accomplishing a goal I had to make a track that sounded both playful and badass. It's almost done, so I need to think up a name quick..
Another one I'm really excited about is currently called "Thundersnow". It's a super-chill, colder than ice ambient/jazz/hiphop song. It sounds like "Connection Ch. 2"'s older brother, so check that out as a reference. Still a lot of work to go, but I'd be confident in calling this the best Gillenium song ever, so far.
Still haven't given up on the ambient collab between me and Kevin Johnson (Bamsukka). Ran dry for ideas a while back, but I'm sinking my teeth into it once more. The concert really got the juices flowing.
Take it easy.
P.S. Here's a picture that Flickr user "Penguinsonacid" took at my concert. Guess who's arm that is...