Writing Music Monday: Between Pain, Love and Hopeless by Monoton

CoverAnd here we go back to the 1980s again.

As noted on many, many previous occasions, I love early- to mid-80s new wave synth music.

And Between Pain, Love and Hopeless by German artist Monoton (a.k.a. Andreas Drechsler) really hits my happy spot. It gets a bit repetitious on some tracks, but other tracks use the repetition to build something that, if you go with it, really works.

How much do I like it? At least two tracks will be going toward the marketing efforts for a book I haven’t even started writing yet. I already know they work perfectly for what I want.

And I’m going to put it on that book’s playlist for my writing sessions.

Between Pain, Love and Hopeless by Monoton is available for download from Jamendo.


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Writing Music Monday: My Own Album With Blackjack And Hookers by Andrey Avkhimovich

CoverI was in the final throes of banging out my dark fantasy/horror novella Spring That Never Came (it began life as a “quick” short story, and ballooned monstrously to more than six times the planned length, but that’s another story), writing the climactic battle, and I had need of something… other.

Something different.

Something epic… and dark… and not right… and not at all my usual thing.

Andrey Avkhimovich’s My Own Album With Blackjack And Hookers hit that sweet spot just when I needed it.

It is techno. And probably house, and EDM, and a bunch of other genres I don’t generally care for.

It is also dark and loud and throbbing.

And for what it is, it is really damn good.

Do you want or need dread? A sense of foreboding? Impending doom? Dark, dreary, and yet unmistakably cool?

Then you need this album.

You can download My Own Album With Blackjack And Hookers from Jamendo, or get the lossless FLAC files from the Internet Archive.


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Writing Music Monday: Galaxy by Jahzzar

Cover[Stupid me, I forgot to hit “post” last week. So, here, a week late, this fine fine album.]

We need to come to an understanding on something.

I hate disco.

Despise it.

There are a handful of good disco songs, but I mean that fairly literally — I can count the number of “good disco songs” on one hand.

So when Javier Suarez posted this “disco” album some time ago, I was leery. Figured it would be one of his projects that just didn’t click with me.

How wrong I was.

Galaxy somehow manages to be disco and excellent at the same time, and I still don’t know how Jahzzar did it. I can listen to the whole thing, beginning to end, without pause. Normally, I can’t even do that with a single disco track, let alone an album.

Of course, it’s not really disco. It’s Suarez taking influence from disco, as well as other, related sources, and doing his magic to create excellent, excellent music.

You can get Galaxy through Bandcamp in just about any format you want, as well as sending appreciative money Jahzzar’s direction. You can also download it from Jamendo in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis format, whichever is your default.


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Writing Music Monday: Flow by Zell

[cover] Zell - FlowHere is an album I downloaded more than a year ago, don’t recall listening to, and just listened to today because I thought I had queued up something else.

It’s not perfect, but it appears to be Christian Zell’s first release. And the one track I had issues with (repetitive) can be skipped.

The rest is perfectly inoffensive, and even pleasing, background music with a dose of ’80s–style synth for flavor. It worked for me today.

As for the artist, there is nothing of him beyond his works on Jamendo, and the fact that his name appears to be common in Germany, as well as being a musical name — there was an instrument maker with the same name in Deutschland a few hundred years ago. So, perhaps it is his real name, or perhaps it is a pseudonym. Either way, by using a Free Culture license, he might just achieve immortality through his work. 🙂

Flow is available for download through Jamendo, and possibly via many torrent sites (quite legally, via the Creative Commons license).


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Music Monday: little pieces for Christmas by Sam Leopard

[cover] Sam leopard - Little pieces for christmasOK, I was wrong, I’m goofing off and procrastinating, so I do have time to do a post today.

Little pieces for Christmas is almost as oddball as I am. It might just as well be titled “A New Wave Christmas”. It is heavy on the synth. Really heavy. Not quite ’80s sounding, but close.

Here’s what the artist, the clearly-using-his-real-name-no-really-he-actually-is Sam Leopard, has to say, thanks to Google Translate:

I change some registry with this album, I tried to christmas music and offers this series of simple pieces and good children. An album without frills, just the opportunity to celebrate the magic and atmosphere of Christmas.

So if you’re having a very non-traditional holiday, give Little pieces for Christmas a try.


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Writing Music Monday: Space Chem Soundtrack by Evan LE NY

[cover] Evan LE NY - SpaceChemHere’s a nice little album to listen to. The license locks it up so that you can’t do more than listen to or share it, but that makes sense — it’s the soundtrack to a commercial video game.

The soundtrack for Space Chem is by a Frenchman named Evan LE NY, and it’s entirely pleasant, even the so-short-you-might-miss-them tracks. It’s so good it could be the soundtrack to a film.

It has a feeling of epic, but also a “let’s get the job done” vibe (appropriate to the game, it turns out). Orchestral, with some choral elements, sense of wonder and discovery, and bits of suspense as well.

All in all, a worthy 24-ish minutes of writing music.

Space Chem is available from Jamendo.


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Writing Music Monday: globalenemy by subatomicglue

subatomicglue - globalenemy - CDThis one is a last-minute decision. I’d been planning to include a different album, a very popular one on Jamendo. But in looking at the album’s page, two of the reviews claimed that it stole tracks from other artists with no attribution. I went and listened, and they were correct.

Apparently some people, even when they get stuff for free, can’t bring themselves to give credit where credit is due.

One of the tracks was from this album, and it was one I liked, so I listened to the rest of the album, and ended up liking it as well. After it grew on me.

So. Here we are.

globalenemy by subatomicglue is all synth, often coming off as techno (but mostly not in a bad way). It was composed and recorded in 2000, and it tells a bit of a story (in, thankfully, a non-intrusive way; you can simply listen and enjoy without worrying about the story):

midnight mauraders, stealthy beings of the earth strive to bring existance as we know it to a shattering end. lite and airy with menacing undertones.

Don’t let that scare you, give it a try. It’s good, evocative, and sets a mood. Definitely worthwhile.

[NOTE: Although I found this album and group through Jamendo, I am not linking to it there. The album download is broken, leaving out five tracks in the middle. This, alas, is but one more unintended consequence of Jamendo’s 2012 redesign and “improvement”. The download is to subatomicglue’s own site, but since there has been no activity there since early 2012, either, I will likely upload the whole thing to the Internet Archive as a public backup, just in case the band’s site goes dark.]

UPDATE 2016: I have, indeed, uploaded the lossless files to the Internet Archive, so you can get the album as FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, or MP3 files.


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