Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guitar Rhapsody

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Guitar Rhapsody
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010] | Last updated: 05/15/13


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I’d been feeling somewhat bubbly for a while when this jaunty little guitar tune popped into my head, so a bit of elaboration later and here we go. I rather like the introductory melody; I might make it into its own song someday.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 05/11/13 8:16 PM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with various minor edits.
  2. 05/15/13 1:31 AM ET: Fixed some volume issues with the guitar and made a few minor tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Medieval Melancholy

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Medieval Melancholy
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/13/13


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This is just the result of a little bit of inspiration I had one night, fooling around on the keyboard. (I wonder how many classics were inspired solely by fooling around on keyboards until inspiration struck?) I felt like doing a little melancholic theme with medieval tones, so here’s what came out. Not my longest or most complex piece, by any means, but I like it nonetheless. (Plus, this is my first time using the clavichord, wee.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/09/12: Some minor revisions, mostly volume-wise.
  2. 05/13/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds (especially for the woodwinds) and a few minor tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Haunted

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Haunted
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/12/13


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This is a pretty simple piece without much background. It’s another section of one of my old rhapsodies that I’ve made into its own song. The theme (if any) would be someone being haunted by their dreams, the ghosts of their past, and trying to make sense of it all. Or something. (I’ve never been the best at putting vague feelings into words.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/07/12: Made a few revisions, fixed up some sounds.
  2. 05/12/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved piano sounds and a few miscellaneous tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dreams

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Dreams
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/11/13


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This is another “broken rhapsody”, an individual song made from part of one of my oldest compositions that I felt deserved to be made into its own standalone piece.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/07/12: Made a number of revisions, including instrumentation and technical edits. Still not perfect, but definitely better.
  2. 03/09/12: Fixed an small problem that somehow slipped through the last revision.
  3. 04/12/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved instrument sounds and various tweaks.
  4. 04/12/13: Fixed a couple minor issues (equalized violin & flute volumes & fixed timpani).

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Death of Innocence

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Death of Innocence
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/11/13


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I’d been reading an enthralling fiction story series (now sadly vanished) that dealt with some of the harsher aspects of life. As I read the first scene, I suddenly found myself humming a random tune that appeared in my mind. I wrote it down, and before long, it turned into this theme. I’m pleased to say the author and I actually became pals over it.

I’d like to dedicate this theme to the author’s tragically departed cousin. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/09/12: Just made a few volume edits.
  2. 05/11/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds (especially piano) and minor tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Dark Horizons

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Dark Horizons
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/09/13


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I finally decided to try my hand at something a bit darker. I imagined a generic “danger”-type scenario feel (think The Dark Knight, Terminator, etc.) and wrote whatever inspiration came to me. I’m still not quite happy with the fanfare section, but I’ve about given up on trying to nail the problem.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/08/12: Did a few touch-ups here and there, some instrumentation and tonality fixes.
  2. 03/09/12: Whoops, fixed a few mistakes that slipped through.
  3. 05/09/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds, modified instrumentation, and various smaller tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Climax

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Climax
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: January 2012 | Last updated: 04/29/13


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A short piece to practice my “action” feel (imagine some protagonists running through an enemy lair, fighting off minions while confronting the main villain, chasing through corridors, etc.). It isn’t exactly complete as it is, and I’ll get around to expanding and polishing it off eventually.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to expand/collapse →) []
  1. 01/29/12: Various minor sound and tonality edits for overall quality. (Wanted to lengthen the song and add segments, but couldn’t figure out what to change.)
  2. 04/29/13 6:45 AM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with improved instrument sounds (especially for brass), added tubular bells, and made various minor edits.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Changing away from Google Drive … [updated]

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My music

16 hours. That’s how long it took for my grand idea of using Google Drive for hosting lasted before it stopped working. Not even a day. I gotta admit, even with my sore track record, that’s a personal best.

It turns out that for some reason, part of the hotlinking code I use to link to files (for both the player and songs) suddenly changes on me, rendering all links moot. Which basically means that I’m yet again stuck without a reliable file hosting service. And until I rectify that (yet freaking again), all song posts on this blog are broken. Yay.

I think I’m just gonna have to bite the financial bullet and just go with a paid service. I hope MediaFire comes cheap.


Actually, scratch that. I think I found a way to do it with Dropbox (still for free). I’m kinda wary by now, given this was how easy it first seemed with Google Drive, considering how that turned out, but as always, we’ll see. Stay tuned.


UPDATE: 04/28/13 11:31 PM ET —

Okay, things seem to be running smoothly for now. All music posts are once again operational.

Adrian Finale

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Adrian Finale
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: 04/30/12 | Last updated: 04/28/13


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This is a section from one of my older, longer pieces that I felt deserved to be made into a standalone piece. I’m quite happy with the richness of the sound – don’t chorales make everything so much nicer?

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/29/13 12:48 AM ET: Remixed with improved instruments (especially woodwinds).
  2. 04/08/13 2:35 AM ET: Remixed, changed synths, added a bass clarinet, and made various little tweaks.
  3. 04/28/13 5:54 PM ET: Fixed harp panning.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Changing to Google Drive [updated]

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Administrative

I’m gonna keep this short and not-too-technical: I’m switching file hosting services from FileDen (which worked fine, but imposed both file size and monthly bandwidth limits, and seems to have given up the ghost lately) to the totally cromulent Google Drive (works even better, and no bandwidth limit!). Which is wunderbar, until the realization hits that I now need to manually reupload and reorganize 47 individual songs and then manually recode and republish 47 individual posts. Yet again.

Maybe this is my subconscious’s way of telling me I really love sleepless nights, somehow.


UPDATE: 04/28/13 2:40 AM ET —

Finished. Again. Now I sleep. Again. Or not. I dunno. Too tired to make sense.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Morning by the Sea

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A Morning by the Sea
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 04/27/13


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One morning, I just felt like writing a little piece that felt like spending a quiet, peaceful morning at a coastline, on a quay or wharf or something, and just looking out upon the vast emptiness of the sea. The sea is the incarnation of timelessness; like it has the power to drain all present worries from our minds, leaving us at peace with ourselves and the world. It’s almost magical, if also somewhat sad, or nostalgic … and that’s what I tried to convey in this song.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/08/12: A few minor miscellaneous tweaks.
  2. 04/24/13 2:41 AM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds and minor edits.
  3. 04/27/13 11:43 PM ET: Re-recorded & remixed (again) with improved panning.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Welcome to Creativitas!

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Welcome

A couple false starts and a solid week of designing and coding later, and my new art blog is finally online. All my musical, literary and artsy posts from Preliator have been transferred here and backdated to their original publication dates for convenience. I now embark in the process of slowly but surely redirecting all their corresponding pages at my other blog to their equivalents here; I’ll update when this final step is completed.

As for this place, it’s pretty simple: Navigate by the menu to the right, leave any feedback you like (it sustains me – though only if it abides by the blog’s comments policy), and … well, that’s it, I guess. This place will only be updated whenever something relevant to my creative pursuits happens, from revisions to personal events of an artistic nature; otherwise, all other meanderings will remain at Preliator.

I s’pose that’s it, then. See y’all around!


UPDATE: 04/20/13 1:44 AM ET —

All corresponding Preliator posts have been redirected and their comments closed. Which means setup has officially ended. And now, I bid thee g’night