The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #188: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 4

Episode #188: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 4

https://archive.org/download/Podcast188_201903/Podcast%20188.mp3

This week, I’m finally finishing the last music track to accompany The Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands, an introspective instrumental piece called “Memories of a Better Time.”  I thought last week would be it, but after having listened to the outcome, thought there was still something missing, so this week, we’re adding a short whistled intro.

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 and working on the illustrations.  This past week, I worked on more of the latter as well as the little blurb that accompanies the book when it’s listed online – arguably (for me) the hardest part to write since it’s typically what people use to decide if they want to invest the time to read something or not.  The second draft, by the way, 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!

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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.

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.

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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 #187: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 3

Episode #187: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 3

https://archive.org/download/Podcast187_201903/Podcast%20187.mp3

This week, I’m finishing the last music track to accompany The Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands, an introspective instrumental piece called “Memories of a Better Time.”  It fits in with a piece of the novella where the main character,  Logan, is thinking back to his childhood friend, Aurora.  It also has some similarities to the track “Empty Hands,” also for the novella, which we did in episode 175 and the same descending note progression that we used there as well as in the song “There’s a Wild Heart Beating.”  Today, we are adding the flute section.

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!

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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.

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 #186: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 2

Episode #186: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast186_201903/Podcast%20186.mp3

This week, I’m working on the last music track to accompany The Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands, an introspective instrumental piece called “Memories of a Better Time,” which harkens to the love theme we made back in episode #120.  It fits in with a piece of the novella where the main character,  Logan, is thinking back to his childhood friend, Aurora.  It also has some similarities to the track “Empty Hands,” also for the novella, which we did in episode 175 and the same descending note progression that we used there as well as in the song “There’s a Wild Heart Beating.”  Today, we are making the backing tack and attempting to add the flute section.

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!

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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.

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 #185: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 1

Episode #185: Musical Interlude – Making “Memories of a Better Time” Part 1

https://archive.org/download/Podcast185_201902/Podcast%20185.mp3

This week, I’m working on the last music track to accompany The Thirteenth Hour novella, Empty Hands, an introspective instrumental piece called “Memories of a Better Time,” which harkens to the love theme we made back in episode #120.  It fits in with a piece of the novella where the main character,  Logan, is thinking back to his childhood friend, Aurora.  He isn’t terribly happy at this point in his life, as he is a reluctant soldier at best, though his time in the military gives him a window into a life that, as an orphan from a sleepy hunting and farming town without any resources or land of his own would have access to. This coming of age angst and ambivalence is what I was hoping to capture in the theme.

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!

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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.

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 #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 #178: Reworking An Old Track – “There Is Magic Inside” Take 2, Part 2

Episode #178: Reworking An Old Track – “There Is Magic Inside” Take 2, Part 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast178_201901/Podcast%20178.mp3

This week, we’re continuing work on an old track from episode 115 that I never really finished that we returned to last week.  Entitled “There is Magic Inside,” it is supposed to be quiet yet hopeful, building in complexity as it progresses to reflect Aurora’s growing appreciation and understanding of magic in one of The Thirteenth Hour sequels.  Today, we add a synth lead. I ended up shelving the guitar part I had originally.

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.

Also check out this new track from Starfarer, who was on the show back in episode 143.  Stay tuned for an upcoming t-shirt contest!

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 #177: “Arcade Days” Release and Reworking An Old Track – “There Is Magic Inside” Take 2

Episode #177: “Arcade Days” Release and Reworking An Old Track – “There Is Magic Inside” Take 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast177_201812/podcast%20177.mp3

Perhaps by the time you’re listening to this show, “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year will be out (it releases 1/1/19 at 12:30 AM).   Happy 2019!

Check out Jeff’s portfolio here.   See the links below for more of his work.  If you’d like one of his Starseed patches for your own, check out his etsy site.

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

I also started work on an old track from episode 115 that I never really finished.  I’ve always been meaning to get back to it since it never quite sounded right.  I did some retooling of it on Auxy as well as experimenting with a lead on the keyboard.  Stay tuned for more next week as well.

Also check out this new track from Starfarer, who was on the show back in episode 143.  Stay tuned for an upcoming t-shirt contest!

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 #176: Jeff Finley Returns to Discuss the Making of “Arcade Days” – a Synth Tribute to 80s Video Games

Episode #176: Jeff Finley Returns to Discuss the Making of “Arcade Days” – a Synth Tribute to 80s Video Games

https://archive.org/download/Podcast176_201812/Podcast%20176.mp3

Way back in episode 101 and 102, writer and musician Jeff Finley came on the show, and today he returns to discuss a project we’ve been engaged in for the past year. It all started sometime after we last talked – when he, Brent Simon, and I decided to work on a music project together (see Episodes 109, 110, and 111 for Brent’s interviews on this show).  Brent had sent us a bunch of old unfinished tracks, and we eventually took ideas he had started and created a song inspired by a few of the demo tracks.  This podcast episode is mostly about that process, as well as the creation of the music video that accompanies the track.  Both will be released 1/1/19 on Jeff’s Starbound Renegade profile (see links below).  We also touch on a number of other topics besides music and the creative process, including the state of social media and finding oneself.

Check out Jeff’s portfolio here.   See the links below for more of his work.  If you’d like one of his Starseed patches for your own, check out his etsy site.

Here are some of the pictures making up the pixelart music video accompanying the song.  Making these pictures actually turned out to be a lot of fun!  I was influenced by a number of 80s films and cartoons, like The Last Starfighter, Voltron, and Robotech (more below in the credits section).

 

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You can find more pictures and preview clips on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

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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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Videos are Now Also on Vimeo

Vimeo, a video sharing site like youtube, tudou, and facebook, to name a few, has a quite a few independent films in its catalog.  So I thought it might be a nice place to add content created for The Thirteenth Hour.  So far, I’ve uploaded the book’s trailer, the music video, and the bow creation video.  They’re already on youtube, but the more the merrier.

They’re available here: https://vimeo.com/13thhr

I have some ideas for a promo of A Shadow in the Moonlight which ties in a bow I recently made (the hunter’s bow from the story) – some shots of a hunter cloaked in black aiming his bow at an ethereal deer in a forested background. I don’t have any actors to use, so I may just end up using myself in a homemade costume, but there is magic in Adobe Premiere, me thinks, that may give even potential poo a glimmer of gold.  And I think a little movie (well, more like a 30 second commercial) might be fun to make.  So, when that’s done, I’ll upload it to vimeo as well.  As always, thanks for watching.

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The Thirteenth Hour Gets a Music Video!

It’s amazing how long it can take to put together a short movie.  The video in said title is technically not even a movie, really, it’s a music video that’s about 4 and a half minutes long.  But, man, did that sucker take a long time to put together!

I started working on it sometime in December and finally finished it yesterday!  Obviously, I didn’t work on it full-time and had a number of other projects and commitments during that time, but still, that’s about five months.  It really does give you a better appreciation for the kind of work it takes to film, say, an independent film or anything else without a large backing in terms of manpower, finances, and resources.

In any event, in The Thirteenth Hour, there’s a poem called “I’ll Fly Away” that the main characters, Logan and Aurora, read at one point.  It’s a wistful poem that introduces the idea of the thirteenth hour (you’ll have to read the book to figure out what that is), so I took the poem, retooled it a bit, and made it into a song sung by the main characters who you can see as little pixelated sprites in the lower left-hand corner of the screen (see below) while the background shows illustrations from the book and dreamy, surreal moving images that tie into the song’s theme.

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Here it is:

https://youtu.be/aKYmB4xZaMY

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Logan’s flying animation, originally used in the trailer, makes a return, and I had fun figuring out ways to add some spice to his flying scene.

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Making a music video is certainly different from recording a song, which I was already familiar with, since the music isn’t just the focus anymore; the eye needs to be kept busy as well.  Nonetheless, I actually learned a lot making this video (in terms of video editing and such) and might make more in the future.

You can find the lyrics and chords to this song, as well as other songs in the growing Thirteenth Hour soundtrack on the audio page.

A big thank you to all who helped by giving their opinions in the draft process!

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Thirteenth Hour Pixelated Sprites Preview!

 

 

 

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Check out the Audio page for more info on the upcoming music video featuring Thirteenth Hour characters anachronistically playing musical instruments that haven’t been invented yet!

 

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