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Two pieces of news

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Hey all. Long time since I posted. Things are still very active in the background. However, let’s get some news out of the way.

Firstly, one of my aunts passed away yesterday. This is never an easy time for the family, but I choose to try to not dwell on the pain and instead on the happy memories. My fondest memory of my aunt was during one of our visits when I was a small child. We just finished dinner with our Nana; we then went downstairs to my aunt’s apartment, and she sat us on her couch and gave us Stella D’oro cookies. The real, Italian ones that you get in New York. I’ll never forget that day. I think from that day on I always knew her as Aunt Cookie.

Second, I’m nearing completion of another studio album. This album is completely new, original material. I’m 10 tracks in, with probably another 2 to go. I’ll be posting clips up soon, as well as a possible website redesign.

Stay tuned. More to come.

Growing the music

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I’ve been creating music using my synth workstation, the Yamaha Motif XS 8, for the past 7 years. It has served me well. I’ve learned the ins and outs of creating, meshing, and melding the sounds to get the exact reflection of what I feel, and to date I’ve been able to do just that without any external plugin or other instrument.

As with anything, you gradually outgrow the capabilities that you start with. Now begins the most radical shift in my music creation.

My signature sound is and always be a Yamaha, whether it be a C7 or a CFIII. How I arrive at that sound, however, will change. I have been vetting a number of powerful plugins that will truly usher my music into a new chapter, and eliminating my biggest obstacle: the dreaded polyphony.

6 tracks have already been laid for the new album. I may just shorten it rather than create a standard album of 10+ tracks and call it a release as-is, because I plan to build a full, proper studio to compliment my shift in music. This will ensure that you and I get nothing but the best, and that you hear exactly what the true nature and feeling of what I intend you to hear. This is what I call “growing the music”.

The wait will be worth it, so just have a little more patience. Great things coming soon. Don’t forget to listen to all my music here, and if you like it buy it, and let your friends listen too!

https://nuwrayn.bandcamp.com/

Until next time!

Update

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Been a while since I posted; been very busy, a lot has gone on in between now and the last time I wrote.

In between then, I’ve been busy upgrading my studio. New equipment, studio monitors, power racks, sound effects plugins and libraries. It takes a while to get them all set up and for you to get used to them. That being said, I still have a few more things to go, and I’ll be done.

All the while, I have not stopped making music. I am again 5 songs into a brand new album. So far, this is no deviation from my original style. It’s “more of the same”, but better. I’m quite sure you all will like it. Maybe soon I will post a clip or two for you to listen to.

In the meantime, I’m glad to see that everyone is enjoying my previous album efforts, like If You Were Here and One And Only. I’m happy to report that my music is indeed getting playtime worldwide, to include Japan, South Korea, Australia, and South America, just to name a few. It means a lot to me, and I hope that my music is changing someone’s life for the better. Even just one is enough for me.

Until next time!

New site design

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I updated my website in preparation for my new album, which I will be announcing this week. All the artwork has been created and the album is now awaiting distribution. I’ll push the update straight here once it’s done.

Reflecting on year…and announcing new albums

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As yet another year comes to a close, let’s take some time to reflect.

The past few years have been highly difficult. I’m surely not the only one that can say something like that, and not one to say things were really bad for me. I’m certain that others have had much worse. I am grateful and thankful for the things that I have, and am reminded each day to work harder, as nothing should be taken for granted.

2013 was, for all intents and purposes, a good year to me, by comparison to recent times. It is my hope that 2014 is an even better one. I’ll strive for it. We should all.

To close out the year and bring in the new one, I am announcing the titles of my two forthcoming albums. As mentioned in recent posts, I have actually been composing for almost three years, and have never stopped, since the release of my previous album, One and Only. The result is two brand new albums, filled with brand new, original material between them. There are no covers or remakes; it’s all new.

Without further ado, here are the titles of the albums:

Title: Let It Rain (The Great Sadness)
Composed: 2011 – 2012
Tracks: 15
Title: City of Lights
Composed: 2012 – 2013
Tracks: 12

Artwork has been completed for City of Lights, with the artwork for Let It Rain to follow closely.

Stay tuned for music clips and general availability, which should happen in the beginning of January.

Artwork being done…

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Hey all, just wanted to give a little status update. Artwork is being done for one of the two new albums to be released shortly. The direction of the artwork is unique; different than a lot of the standard fare these days. I think you’ll like it!