Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A new life

This year has been unbelievable.  A major illness, a new career, a catastrophic event in the home which has totally changed the way I live, and a very interesting change in the demographics of Oenyaw.  A year ago, I would have probably been able to accept a prediction of these events, while not have been able to predict them myself or provide details.  I will say I have become stronger physically and emotionally due to the changes, and that I'm looking forward for all that may happen next.
I only give details on Oenyaw on the blog, so I'll attempt to explain what is happening without even trying to figure out how things are going the direction at present.  There seems to be a significant change in who, or the location of who, is listening.  After years of an Oenyaw audience being five to ten friends listening with two to five others in the world checking it out, I now find myself being followed by a much larger group of people in southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.  I find myself looking up cities that I never knew existed to get an idea where they are.  There's a smaller number in India and Africa, but the change has led me to the equator, for the most part.  Another stunning (from an ignorant American point of view) aspect of this new demographic lies in the realization that many of them are Islamic. They seem to be a very loving group of people, which is getting more and more difficult to find in this country.
In conclusion, I welcome this with an ecstatic feeling, knowing that my music is being accepted by a group that I never would have thought to have been interested, much less accepting and (hopefully) understanding what I'm trying to accomplish as Oenyaw.  I only hope it continues (and escillates).
BTW, album 41 is complete, I just need titles.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oenyaw rebuild

I've started a project of recovering all the Oenyaw music data files, then saving them as wav files, as opposed to only mp3 files at 256kbs.  It's a mountain, but moving along rather quickly, or quicker than I thought it would.  There have been a few surprises.  Such as there are numerous tracks that were actually one take mono recordings.  It didn't remember that "A Quiet Evening With a Few Friends" was recorded in three sessions.  Some of the tracks are requiring multiple increases in gain, while others are do loud that it blows the headphones off of my head and takes a while to recover.  I'm planning on putting the tracks on clouds, sending to internet radio stations, ect.  Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.  Thanks.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Five new discs

There are five discs that haven't made it to the site yet.  "Drawings From the Ancient Gallery" contains tracks using various methods (guitar, midi, synthesizers, percussion software).  Tracks are "based" on poems by William Blake.  "Conversations With Apollo", "A Charming Evening's End", " Music for Colonoscopy Preparation ", and " Elements of Involuntary Memory" are exclusively electric guitar.  I am presently preparing for something new, and will write more when it's all up.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


A musical interpretation of Herman Melville's novel.  Odd coincidence is that there are 35 chapters in the novel, and that this was my 35th disc.  I attempted many different versions, the final is 35 named tracks, which will hopefully make it on the site someday.  It's all electric guitar, by the way.

Conspiracy Therapy

I recorded this one while finding short wave tracks for the Mortician.  It's a lot of noise, but what the heck.  I had to use it somewhere.  Call it a psychology experiment.

Waiting for the Mortician (... or someone like him) Open Mic Night at the Vogon Poetry Club

The title is a mouthful.  It's my tribute album. I have mentioned before that my favorite Beatles song is "Revolution #9", I have numerous references to Douglas Adams and The Firesign Theater, and a long standing love for " Bullwinkle and Rocky", so here it is.  The title is a dead rip from "Waiting for the Electrician(...)", and then there's the idea of a night club on a different Planet where Vogon Poetry is featured.  The voices throughout are backwards tracks from radio broadcasts (shortwave, AM & FM), as well as a speach by President Obama.  Their were initially over 50 tracks, which were combined for obvious reasons.  Many of the tracks titles are from various sections of " The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ", with a few different titles, one is the only line ever used by both Firesign Theater and Monty Python's Flying Circus, one then there's "Revolution #9" backwards.
The overall idea stems from too many weird gigs, including walking into a corner bar and finding a dysfunctional group of people on stage arguing and playing.  I would be hard pressed to describe how I did this one.  I would have to go section by section of each track to figure it out.  I consider this to be the Oenyaw comedy album, laid out like an all night musical play.  I really enjoyed making it, and still laugh while listening.  It, too, is being repaired.

Excuse Me While I Talk To God

There is only one way to describe this one, a sound track for an impossible movie.  The tracks are quite different than any other Oenyaw disc, so I'll describe them separately.  I did the disc as a movie soundtrack, but the usual Oenyaw occurance is the tracks become quite long.
  "Opening Titles", " Happy in the Afternoon ", " Virtual String Quartet", " Ending Credits"  composed using Finale, transfered as midi file, played by computer
  "Ignition", " Spell for Manufacture and Use of Magic Carpet":  Electric guitar
  "Chaise Lounge Cha Cha Cha", " So Much Work for Such Frivolous Results", "Conjuration of the Bats":  Percussion using Beatcraft software and electric guitar.
  "Our Lady Babylon and the Beast Whereon She Rideth":  the percussion track was a straight 4\4 rock track that I could not do anything with, what sounds like a synthesizer is electric guitar, and the two piano tracks is actually one tracked sliced and diced and rearranged, then presented as electric and acoustic pianos.
  I'll have to continue this later, because I'm in a coffee shop, so I don't have access to the disc, and the website is in the process of repair.
  The cover is a photo I took while driving from St. Petersburg to my home in Greenville.  It looked like one cloud was hiding something while looking over it's shoulder while the other was attacking with outstretched arms.  The title is a cynical remark I would think anytime a person would tell everyone to bow their heads in prayer.  Overall, it's arranged as a movie, which would cover the inner conflicts of growing up in a religious family, leaving home, and exploring other religions, only to find that the they are all the same.

Back with the remaining information.  A few of the tracks were completed using free as synthesizer software downloaded a few years ago.  "Pleasantly Awoken", "From Greenland's Icy Mountains", "Anabiel Sparkles", "Posture and Discipline", " Sebalim", and "The Alchemist Supreme" were all of this method.  "So Much Work for Such Frivolous Results" uses synthesizer, percussion software, guitar and bass.