Dark Sphere originated as one of the first songs when I started using my new studio at the end of 2015.
I've had the idea for a long time and tried to ask singers to write lyrics and vocal lines for it, but that didn't work out.
That's why I recently added a guitar solo to it, one that deviates slightly from my beaten path.
The song has a dark atmosphere and you soon think of Black Sabbath-like solos, but the harmonic minor scale is also possible.
I went for the latter, something I used to do, but then I didn't realize it was about harmonic minor, I just did my thing.
…and I basically still do… \m/
Unfortunately the camera stopped filming me halfway through, because it ran out of disk space, but the footage of Melle Rodewijk smashing his drum kit should do the trick as well.
In the end it's about the music and a video is really just an afterthought, so please consider listening to it on Bandcamp as well.
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Revelation originated between Christmas and new years eve 2021, when I was playing one of my acoustics.
I thought it blends nicely with an electric guitar with some ICE delay from my Timeline delay pedal.
A few days later I created a rhythm and lead part and there we have another song ready.
I experimented quite a bit with the mix, because I wanted it to sound better, like I also did with "Mizar" a few weeks ago.
Especially the drums have been treated with extra attention.
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What started as an idea on the acoustic guitar, I quickly played it on a 12-string guitar for fun last Tuesday. Hence the actually totally failed shot, but oh well…
The 12-string guitar on its own sounds, apart from the fact that it was recorded with an inferior piezo pick-up, much too thin, so I also recorded a nice phaser guitar.
A nice mix of sounds gives a comfortable feeling.
Wednesday and Thursday I had some fun with the bass guitar and the arrangement, and I also added a lead part, which is often the biggest challenge.
Friday and Saturday the mix and video were fine-tuned and uploaded today. It can go that fast, but those are the exceptions.
A few clichés about the title:
I like to play it safe. That one was easy.
Music can make you feel safe, especially when pieces seem to fall into place.
Making music, on the other hand, is absolutely not safe, it does not bring any money, on the contrary.
Everyone needs a safe place, especially at Christmas, right?
Just grab that bunch of keys and throw it up and down in your hand to the beat of the music.
Happy Christmas guaranteed! :D
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Another version of Mizar, this time with my own variation on the solo of Barry Doedens.
Like the last few songs I've released, Mizar was created by rediscovering my Telecaster and it proves once again: “Good tools are half the battle!”
The title was coined by a friend of mine after I sent him an mp3.
He had read a book on astronomy and the name “Mizar” had stuck with him.
I thought it fit well.
Between 1:12 and 2:04 you will hear a contribution from the very talented guitarist, songwriter and producer Barry Doedens.
I was working on it a while ago, but it wouldn't go smoothly.
That's why I asked Barry, and a few days later I had a smashing solo in my mailbox!
Don't forget to check out Barry's Youtube channel, because there you will find some great songs by him.
Usually drum beast Erik Schenkel plays the drums in my music. In this case however I used the built-in Logic Pro Drummer, but in a different way than I did before. They call it evolution...
In any case, I am amazed by the result, because the drums sound very nice in my opinion.
Maybe someday there will be a version with a real drummer, but this is without a doubt one of my best productions so far!
The footage is shot with my DJI Mavic Air 2 and there's a lot to say about that, but I'll do that another time, okay? ;)
It has been almost three years since I released my first solo album “Landsphere”, produced all by myself.
However, when I asked Ruben Claessens - Isarin to make a new mix of one of those songs, which I personally thought could be better mixed, I became aware again of the fact that it often works better if you have your music mixed by someone else. Someone with an objective look who knows how to convey the right feeling with the music I recorded.
So here's a new version of “Burning Ships”, the 5th track of this album.
The ideas for this song come directly from “Burning Heart” and “Sailing Ships”, two songs written by Adje Vandenberg, a great source of inspiration to me.
It also represents a period in my life where I made some personal changes and started a new chapter.
Now I would like to have all my songs/albums remixed, but of course that takes a lot of time and therefore money. For that I will have to save up first and if you want to help me make this happen, you can do that by becoming a patron on my Patreon site.
Determine your own monthly amount and stop donating whenever you want.
If there is sufficient interest, I will have CDs and/or vinyl made that will be sold at a favorable rate.
Thanks in advance.
Drifting Ice was initially also inspired by my Telecaster.
During the corona lockdown I took the time to readjust this guitar and if it turns out that it worked well, it immediately gives inspiration for new songs, as if it were a new guitar.
The music seemed to fit well with the video images I made in February 2021 of drifting ice in Stavoren, a small town in Friesland located on the IJsselmeer, where I often went windsurfing.
Recently Erik Schenkel played a nice drum part again and I am very happy with the result.
Hopefully you too!
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During the first Corona lockdown early 2020, I watched a lot of YouTube videos, among others one of Rick Beato in which he discusses and demonstrates the Mixolydian mode.
Until this day I still do not really understand what's going on, but I started to jam along, especially the part from about seven minutes corresponds the idea for this song.
I thought it sounded kinda nice, so I asked Erik Schenkel to play the drums, and I think he did a very nice job, as he always does!
The Mixolydian mode is a very nice mode to think of when your head is in the clouds (and nature).
That's what I learned from it, thanks to Professor Beato, cheers!
You can watch Rick Beato's video here (starting from 6:56 min), after you watched Erik and me of course!
Special thanks to BokRock Studio Deventer (NL)
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Last week I released my first drone music video with the same music and now I combined it with footage of me playing the solo part in my studio.
Let me know in the comments or a message what you think of it.