The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #184 : Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 4

Episode #184: Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 4

https://archive.org/download/Podcast184_201902/Podcast%20184.mp3

This week, we’re finishing the last part of a new track to accompany an upcoming Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands.  All that’s left to do now is add a flute and vocal lead in and mix the final track.

The novella the song will be embedded in is basically done in terms of its initial skeleton, though I’m putting the final edits on the first draft.  The second draft is typically where I send portions out to other people for critique, so if you’d like to be a part of that, I’ll be sending out an email to the advance readers group on the mailing list (link below) soon.  Much appreciated!

Speaking of music, if you haven’t checked out “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year, click on the link below to do so!

You can find more pictures and preview clips of “Arcade Days” on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

Lastly, the podcast is now on Spotify!  Check it out.

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Between Two Worlds, the synth EP follow up to Long Ago Not So Far Away is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

The bonus track, called “Flight of the Cloudrider” has a 80s movie mashup music video (see if you can identify all the movies!) which is available on youtube.   This app was largely created with the iphone app Auxy.

between 2 worlds EP cover 2

Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #183 : Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 3

Episode #183: Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 3

https://archive.org/download/Podcast183_201902/Podcast%20183.mp3

This week, we’re making the second part of a new track to accompany an upcoming Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands.  It’s a little different from most of the tracks I usually make since this one is a march.  We added vocals to the backing track last week; today, we’re making it a chorus and experimenting with a lead in flute part (which I’m still practicing).

The novella the song will be embedded in is basically done in terms of its initial skeleton, though I’m putting the final edits on the first draft.  The second draft is typically where I send portions out to other people for critique, so if you’d like to be a part of that, I’ll be sending out an email to the advance readers group on the mailing list (link below) soon.  Much appreciated!

Speaking of music, if you haven’t checked out “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year, click on the link below to do so!

You can find more pictures and preview clips of “Arcade Days” on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

Lastly, the podcast is now on Spotify!  Check it out.

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Between Two Worlds, the synth EP follow up to Long Ago Not So Far Away is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

The bonus track, called “Flight of the Cloudrider” has a 80s movie mashup music video (see if you can identify all the movies!) which is available on youtube.   This app was largely created with the iphone app Auxy.

between 2 worlds EP cover 2

Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #182 : Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 2

Episode #182: Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast182_201902/Podcast%20182.mp3

This week, we’re making the second part of a new track to accompany an upcoming Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands.  It’s a little different from most of the tracks I usually make since this one is a march.  We made the backing track last week; today, we’e adding the vocals.

Speaking of music, if you haven’t checked out “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year, click on the link below to do so!

You can find more pictures and preview clips of “Arcade Days” on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

Don’t forget that last week’s t-shirt contest to commemorate a new album from Starfarer, who was on the show back in episode 143.  The winner has been picked as of today and will be announced on social media.  Thank you all for entering and helping to support Starfarer.

Lastly, the podcast is now on Spotify!  Check it out.

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Between Two Worlds, the synth EP follow up to Long Ago Not So Far Away is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

The bonus track, called “Flight of the Cloudrider” has a 80s movie mashup music video (see if you can identify all the movies!) which is available on youtube.   This app was largely created with the iphone app Auxy.

between 2 worlds EP cover 2

Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #181: Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 1 and Starfarer Contest

Episode #181: Making “Sun at Your Back” Part 1 and Starfarer Contest

https://archive.org/download/Podcast181_201901/Podcast%20181.mp3

This week, we’re making the first part of a new track to accompany an upcoming Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands.  It’s a little different from most of the tracks I usually make since this one is a march.  We’re making the backing track today.

Speaking of music, if you haven’t checked out “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year, click on the link below to do so!

You can find more pictures and preview clips of “Arcade Days” on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

Stick around until the end, after the ending credits for details on this week’s t-shirt contest to commemorate a new album from Starfarer, who was on the show back in episode 143.  Enter the contest by clicking on the shirt below (the one being raffled off) or clicking here (http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f5f321e55/?).

Lastly, the podcast is now on Spotify!  Check it out.

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Between Two Worlds, the synth EP follow up to Long Ago Not So Far Away is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

The bonus track, called “Flight of the Cloudrider” has a 80s movie mashup music video (see if you can identify all the movies!) which is available on youtube.   This app was largely created with the iphone app Auxy.

between 2 worlds EP cover 2

Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast Musical Interlude – “The Imperial Ranger March”

The Imperial Ranger March:

https://archive.org/download/Songs_201608/TheImperialRangerMarch.mp3

The marching music of the Imperial Rangers, the special unit of soldiers from The Thirteenth Hour.  Logan, the main character, is chosen to be among their lofty ranks, though he feels entirely out of place and incompetent most of the time.

It’s a pretty simple melody, played in the key of C, and there are no lyrics, so ready for some interpretative bull caca?   Here goes:

… the deep, rhythmic, ominous bass line represents inevitable conformity needed to subsist in a hierarchical organization like the Imperial Rangers, responsible for carrying out a narcissistic King’s irrational demands.  Its pulsing thrum contrasts with the much softer flute melody, which still features prominently enough to be clearly heard amid the noise of societal influence.  The melody stands alone but marches to its own tune, representing Logan attempting to find his way in an unfriendly world, echoing the conflict between individual rights and those of a nation with the power to conscript citizens and demand sacrifice in the name of patriotism.  In the end, Logan finally comes to terms with these struggles and, in so doing, becomes his own man, signified by the trumpets sounding over the last stanza …

I learned how to write this kind of shite in college.

You can find the track in high fidelity here along with the other tracks in the growing soundtrack. Go to @the13thhr.ost for more updates and info on soundtrack influences.

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The Imperial Rangers in 8 bit form for the unfinished The Thirteenth Hour game (Logan is at the far left, trailing behind).

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