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Music Discovery Challenge

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Happy New Year, everyone! By now, even the most resilient hangover should be cured, so how about we spice up 2019 with a New Year’s resolution?

As a lover of music, there are some seminal albums that I missed out on. Shame on me for that! Since I love discovering new music — new as in new to me — I decided to share what way I came up with to help in that endeavor, especially in genres I wouldn’t normally consider.

The 1047 Album Challenge

There is a book called “1001 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die” that I would recommend you guys check out. They revise this book regularly, replacing albums with newer releases that have stood the test of time.

Here’s a compiled list of what should be all albums featured in at least one of its editions, amounting to 1047 in total.

What’s the challenge? Simple: listen to all of these albums! You can copy the table linked above and start your own checklist. At the top, there’s some information to track your progress and you’ll find a random suggestion out of all the albums you haven’t yet listened to.

Timeframe and Goals

I will be aiming for one album a day. But the timeframe is all up to you. Feel free to set your own pace.

I do realize that most if not all of these albums do merit repeated listens — and perhaps you can’t do the more complex works justice by just listening to them once. I’m aware of that. But this challenge is a means to bring myself to listen to music I would never choose otherwise.

Also, I decided to start with a clean state. Obviously, I have heard some of the albums listed there, but I’m seeing this as an opportunity to try and rediscover those with fresh ears.

Care to join me in this challenge? Let me know via Twitter or Facebook!

Photo by Mark Solarski on Unsplash

Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 7 compilation released with an original song of mine!

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Chiptunes = WIN Vol. 7 album cover

Chiptunes = WIN releases a compilation of kick-ass chiptunes each year. A track of mine made it onto the seventh volume!

I’ve previously announced it on Facebook and Twitter, now it’s time to share it here!

Legendary chiptune community/netlabel Chiptunes = WIN has just released the seventh volume of their compilation — and I’m one of the lucky 51 people to have made it onto the record. This is a tremendous honor and with my first publicly released chiptune no less!

“Tides” is heavily inspired by ’70s heavy metal and modern occult rock, but composed entirely on a Nintendo Entertainment System — you know, the old gray lunchbox — or rather an emulation of its soundchip. I’m pretty confident it would play like that on the actual console, though.

Veteran chiptune composer Heosphoros put it best:

“I feel like [Tim] Follin just got back from a Judas Priest concert”

That being said: Do definitely get the whole compilation, this is as good as chiptune gets. There’s such incredibly talent on this record, I’m not sure where I fit in, but I trust the judges’ judgment. 😀

Castlevania heavy metal remix featuring my vocals released on OC ReMix

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As you probably know I’m a contributor to OverClocked ReMix, which is a jury-curated portal showcasing arrangements/covers (here: remixes) of video game music — and much, much more! It’s one of the greatest place on the internet if you’re into video game music, trust me.

Two of my songs already made it on there, one being “You’re Not Alone! / Our Darkest Dreams” of Final Fantasy IX fame and the title track to “Deflektor” which I made with my band Zero Division all the way back in 2010.

I’ve teamed up with Jorito, one of OC ReMix’s most prolific remixers, and lent vocals to his kick-ass heavy metal rendition of a tune from the original Castlevania game. Guitar duties were handled by the wickedly talented Tuberz McGee. Check both of them out and quick!

The tune, aptly called “This Wicked Heart of Mine” can be found here:

I’d be truly flattered if you checked it out!

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A Defence of Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is a phenomenon unlike any other: the media, social networks, businesses, blogs, co-workers, even local politicians — all seem to chime in to make Pokémon Go possibly the most-discussed (and certainly most-hyped) piece of software in recent years.

Either you play the game or you don’t. In any case, you can’t avoid it. And of the people who don’t play it, a sizeable number tends to have strong opinions about both the game and the people who play it.

Cliche suggests these players are virtually glued to their smartphone screens, completely disconnected from their surroundings like mindless husks. It also suggests that playing Pokémon Go is an inherently anti-social endeavour — you interact with your phone and not with your environment after all — and just the latest example of a society that increasingly devalues human interaction.

I found the opposite to be true.

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‘Vampires Dawn 3: The Crimson Realm’ Prototype Released with My Music

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I have been collaborating with German video game designer Alexander Koch — more well known under his pseudonym Marlex — and his video game company Dawnatic Games in the past and contributed music to the games Vampires Dawn II, Elemental Mage, Flower Power Gecko and Battle Towers.

I’m very happy to announce that after years of inactivity and uncertainty concerning the Vampires Dawn franchise, Marlex has released a prototype / playable teaser of the long-awaited sequel Vampires Dawn 3: The Crimson Realm, of which I wrote the title track.

You may see his announcement and download the prototype via this website.

While the details of my involvement into this project are still not set in stone, I’m positive the title music will not be the only track I contribute to VD3 and hope you’re as excited about the project as I am!