Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and announce a couple of things I'm planning for 2010:

1: The release of Life in Stone sometime this summer.
2: The release of two singles before then.
3: One new EP before 2011.
4: My first set of live shows.

Whether I can reach all these resolutions or not is beyond me, but I've got hope!

Happy New Year from Mad Atlantic!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Silent Night

From the (hopefully) forthcoming Christmas album Last Christmas, I give you

Silent Night

Merry Christmas!

Mad Atlantic

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Not a whole lot is new.

Recording for Life in Stone is going well and I hope to finish before summer. No spoilers yet.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Hope you get everything you wish for!

On a side (yet moderately related) note, I just got a new piece of gear in the mail. It's a M-Audio Oxygen 61 MIDI Controller. Those of you who know what that is can appreciate what getting your first MIDI controller is like.

I hope you're all enjoying Spectrum. If you want another ambient album, just say so. I'll see what I can do. I like to create things for people, and writing and recording music is no exception.

Merry Christmas,

Mad Atlantic

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Spectrum Liner Notes

Wow.

Over the course of just a couple days, I've gotten a few posts from people I don't know. This is huge! Thank you all so much!

Machinelf commented about Jason Pierce's efforts in the bands Spectrum (I didn't know they existed) and Spaceman 3 (knew about this one). His current band, Spiritualized has actually been a huge influence for me. Spiritualized is one of the few bands making real neo-psychedelic music out there. It's like a cross between Pink Floyd, a symphonic orchestra, a Moog on LSD, and your craziest (but loveliest) dreams...Yeah, that explaination ought to do it.

Anyway, I wrote up some liner notes for Spectrum which might help enlighten you on the album:

"A book can be written to fill a physical length of time, from an hour, to a few hundred hours. A poem may only take you ten seconds to read.

But books, novels, short stories, poems, haikus, and articles all fill up just more than physical time. They fill mental time. A short story may describe a scene; a moment frozen in time. Yet to read of this instantaneous event, it may take you nearly an hour to finish. A short story of the same length may describe the creation of the universe (a time not short of multiple billions of years) and yet it's silly to think that it would take that long to read. The difference between mental and physical time in enormous.

Brilliant songwriters can craft a five minute piece into a meandering and enticing story. Most songwriters latch onto abstract ideas, thoughts, and emotion and describe them in song. But, the fewest number of songwriters try to describe a moment frozen in time; a piece of time taking no space at all; taking what is unmoving, and making it flow.

I am trying to do this, but without the aid of words.

I may have used the names of colors to name these tracks, but that is merely for identification.

Each song is individual to you. It should describe a moment in time for you. Whatever you think of, these are your songs. If you think of nothing, well, at least it was a pretty tune."

Mad Atlantic

Friday, November 27, 2009

Updates on "Spectrum"

Spectrum seems to have made its way into AmazonMP3 2 months early.

Technically, there is no release date, so wherever it is, it is...

If you want to check it out, you can here.

Happy listening,

Mad Atlantic

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Spectrum

So,

I uploaded the final tracks for Spectrum not three hours ago. All you need to know, you've already been told. I'm trying to keep this kind of a low-profile release, as it's not what I normally do, but...should you enjoy it, I can always do more (there is always a place for ambient music!).

The tracks are as follows:
  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Violet

If my assumptions are correct, this album will be on EVERY DIGITAL STORE by January. I mean that you may be able to find this on your phone's digital store.

I love this new service.

Well, there's the album art, and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and a Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving. Help bring America out of the recession! Just joking.

Mad Atlantic

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Been a While...

...but Mad Atlantic's back with a vengeance.

So, yes I survived Swine '09. And I've got something to show for it, too. I've started using a different service to distribute music...everywhere. As far as I know, nothing physical yet, but if sales jump that could change.

Oh, and I've got a new album. Surprise!

It's not my typical album either...it's an ambient album.

"Huh?" You ask, "what's ambient music?!"

A very good question. The father of ambient music (and a god among producers) Brian Eno explained ambient music as thus (pay attention to the last sentence):

"The concept of music designed specifically as a background feature in the environment was pioneered by Muzak Inc. in the fifties, and has since come to be known generically by the term Muzak. The connotations that this term carries are those particularly associated with the kind of material that Muzak Inc. produces - familiar tunes arranged and orchestrated in a lightweight and derivative manner. Understandably, this has led most discerning listeners (and most composers) to dismiss entirely the concept of environmental music as an idea worthy of attention.

Over the past three years, I have become interested in the use of music as ambience, and have come to believe that it is possible to produce material that can be used thus without being in any way compromised. To create a distinction between my own experiments in this area and the products of the various purveyors of canned music, I have begun using the term Ambient Music.

An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.

Whereas the extant canned music companies proceed from the basis of regularizing environments by blanketing their acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncracies, Ambient Music is intended to enhance these. Whereas conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest) from the music, Ambient Music retains these qualities. And whereas their intention is to `brighten' the environment by adding stimulus to it (thus supposedly alleviating the tedium of routine tasks and levelling out the natural ups and downs of the body rhythms) Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.

Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting."

So, there you have it.

I will post when this new album is released.

It is called Spectrum.

Mad Atlantic

P.S. If you would like one of the greatest albums ever made, please get Brian Eno's Ambient 1/Music for Airports. It was the first and most influential ambient album in history. It is amazing.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Swine Flu...and More Floyd

Well, the swine flu has gotten enough coverage everywhere else, so why not on my blog?

Anyway, to make a long story short, I have it. And so does my mom (who is feeling much worse). But, I figured that since I was home sick, I might as well put my time to good use. So, I've been working on some new tracks (I won't give specifics yet) and also playing around with my new toy: Ableton Live 8.

I think I haven't even scratched the surface of what it can do and it already blows me away. There are so many buttons, functions, and parameters that I don't have any idea what they do. But, I think I'll figure it out eventually. I really don't know why I didn't start using Live earlier.

So, here's the fun part for you (the reader).

I must have been crazy. Honestly. I attempted my own version of the classic Pink Floyd song "On the Run." It's pretty different, but give it a shot. I'm pretty impressed by how easy it was for a noob like me to use Ableton Live 8, and I've got to say, it was simple.

So here it is:

On the Run

Mad Atlantic

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just for Kicks: Pink Floyd: Gods of Rock

Well, not everyone crowns them as such, but I do.

And so does my friend Mike. We are, admittedly, Pink Floyd geeks. In every sense of the word.

So, what does a bored sixteen-year-old Pink Floyd geek and his friend do when there's nothing else to keep them busy (except for homework, but that takes the passenger's seat)? They start a Pink Floyd tribute band named after a title or lyric of one of the band's songs.

So, inevitably, just for kicks we are starting Interstellar Overdrive: one of the various Pink Floyd Tribute bands. What does this accomplish, you ask? Well, it's good experience and good fun. In the words of David Gilmour: "It's all very English."

So, while our search for members has already started, I can say that it is going fairly well. With the pianist, guitarist, and lead vocalists down, we are just looking for the others. I'll keep you updated on how it all goes.

I can't guarantee that anything will come of this, but if it does, that would be fantastic!

So, here's an MP3 relating in no way to Pink Floyd, and also relating very little to Mad Atlantic. I, Kaelin Bougneit, am the studio engineer for this piece; my first ever time producing/mixing for anyone other than myself (I also designed the album art)! It is the title track of the EP Fresh by my friends Dave and Max. They called themselves Fresh. So, it's defining in many ways...

(This one had to be hosted on a different site. Sorry...)

Fresh

Mad Atlantic

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just for Kicks: The Decemberists

The Decemberists are legends among indie hipsters like me. Their newest composition The Hazards of Love, a rock opera guest starring the talents of Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock and the Spinanes' Rebecca Gates, earns five stars in my book.

And I get to see them next week (concert review sure to follow)!

So, what does this have to do with Mad Atlantic? For starters, I recently listened to The Decemberists's song "The Tain", and realized that "Sir William" sounds a lot like some of the parts of the song. So, I started thinking: why not cover one of my favorite Decemberists songs: "Shankill Butchers".

It's a creepy acoustic song about guys who go out killing children who are up past bedtime...yeah...it's freaky.

I'll be honest; the original is much better, but I took it upon myself to learn and record this song in fifteen minutes, so enjoy!

Shankill Butchers

Mad Atlantic

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just for Kicks: Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums

Hey again. It's me. Just back to throw more useless information onto the Internet.

This time...it's a list...oooooohhhhh.

Okay, these are the Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums to Mad Atlantic (in no particular order):

15. Sigur Ros - Takk...
14. Brian Eno - Ambient 1/Music for Airports
13. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
12. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
11. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
10. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
9. Bright Eyes - Cassadega
8. Coldplay - X&Y
7. Snow Patrol - Final Straw
6. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea
5. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
3. Keane - Under the Iron Sea
2. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
1. The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

And just in case you were wondering (and so you can stop asking), the origin of the name Mad Atlantic came from the opening track of Keane's album Under the Iron Sea which ranks third here. That song remains in my Top Ten List of Favorites.

So, if you want to sound like me, listen to these albums religiously.

Mad Atlantic

p.s. Check out the NoiseTrade widget below. NoiseTrade is a site that offers fans the chance to pay what they want for music. In fact, you can even get it free! Just refer five friends to the album. That's all you (and they) have to do.

NoiseTrade Widget

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just for Kicks: Radiohead + Mad Atlantic (= a great combination!)

Hey,

Anyone who's joined my fan list will see that my new single "Absolute Silence" is coming in October. The 13th to be exact. It may be online before or after that, but that's the official date.

The band Radiohead has gotten a lot of coverage since it started the year I was born: 1993. But Radiohead is also a band that means a lot to a bunch of people: die-hards like me! To musicians Radiohead has been essential in the past, but new marketing techniques (such as giving away their new album) have paid off more than conventional ones, causing musicians to (again) rethink the industry.

Recently, I decided to offer people the chance to listen to my album for free a month before it came out. Though I had absolutely 0 fans, I was determined to try something new.

So this time, I will again.

I have quite a master plan for my next release, but I need everyone's help before it even gets off the ground.

I currently only have a few fans: all of you are family and friends (if not let me know by commenting below). What I need everyone to do is spread the word! Please, talk to people. Tell them about the album. Give them a link to the website. Post it on Facebook or Twitter. Whatever you can do and I will keep giving back to my fans. I understand what it's like to be a fan of someone's music, and wishing you knew more. I am always willing to do that. I will read through every word of advice you guys send to me. I will soak up criticism in the best way possible. But, I need people to fuel it.

Please just shout it out to the world: "I LOVE MAD ATLANTIC!!!" Or just blog about it; that's good too!

So, speaking of Radiohead, here's a cover of a famous song of theirs, originally performed by a computer voice on a Mac.

Enjoy!
Mad Atlantic

Fitter Happier

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just for Kicks: Mad Atlantic Gear List

I'm starting this chain of new posts every week (if I have the time) called Just for Kicks. Eventually, over the course of the next few months, you will have the delightful opportunity to take an embarassing journey into my back-catalog, to a day (not so long ago) when I was recording songs in terrible quality on a cassette recorder. But this week, to kick it off, I have the official Mad Atlantic Gear List! Yay!

Here goes:

System:
HP Pavillion a6110n PC (specs can be found here)

Guitars:
Acoustic-Electric (can't read who makes it, sorry!)
Mahar Electric (Strat Model)
Epiphone Gibson Special II Electric

Keyboard:
CASIO WK-1350

Speakers/Monitors:
SDTA Multimedia Speakers (60W)

Amps:
Fender J.A.M.
Squire Champ 15
Kustom Arrow 16DFX

Monitor Headphones:
Audio-Technica ATH-M30

Mixer:
Peavey PV6

Software:
Sony ACID Music Studio
Native Instruments Pro-53
Amplitube 2/Metal
Steinberg Hypersonic
Antares AutoTune
XLN Audio Addictive Drums


A Digitech RP250 Effects pedal, various shakers, tambourines, etc.


That's it! All of it. Soon I am aquiring an actual bass guitar (ooooh...) and a MIDI controller (aaaah...). I'll keep you posted (*wink*).

Here's the first track of a collection of my early works Fortune:

Ode

(Just click on it and press "Save")(Problems? Right click and press "Save Target As...")

Mad Atlantic

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

NEW SINGLE: Absolute Silence

The "Mad Atlantic" album had only one B-Side: a track called 'Absolute Silence'. I have decided to release this song as a single available on most major digital download stores.

The song will be available AROUND October 16th, though I'm not sure the exact date. Check back periodically.

I will send a link for a free new track to whoever figures out what the song is about and comments here!

Mad Atlantic

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Widgets

Did you notice the new widgets?

Download the exclusive song "Gangrene" when you join the Mad Atlantic mailing list! Just enter your email and get the song.

Mad Atlantic

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Just Wait...

Wow.

I said a lot didn't I?

I just want to tell everyone that Life in Stone won't be released until at least this time next year. I can promise a new single sometime before the album, but that's it.

Mad Atlantic

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A word from Kaelin Bougneit

Apparently, of the six people visiting my blog (three of which were probably me), "Sir William" is the most popular song. I'd have to agree (I voted for it).

Anyways, maybe I should stop kidding myself and just post when I have something real to say.

But, as it is, I don't have that much time anyways. Time is an essential part of being. And being is an essential part of life. And life (or death) is what music is about.

I may not have any fans, but that won't stop me from making music. It's my life, my obsession. And the one thing everyone should know about obsessions is that they cannot be stopped. The case is the same with me.

With every waking moment I feel like I am being drawn further away from that. Maybe it's a good thing for a while. With everything happening in the world, I cannot help but feel pressed; my time on earth is limited. War, death, ignorance, cruelty, and injustice are inevitable, but in the midst of all this is life. Without life charity, kindness, graciousness, and even revolution would never happen.

And yet, no matter what, the world will continue to spin, until powers greater than our own (respectfully, whatever that means to you) cease it.

I must ask: what does it matter to you? What does music matter to you? To anyone? To the world? What does art matter? Design? Creativity? Is it illusion? Does art make us pretend that we are somewhere else? Does it give us false hope? False premonitions? Does it give us security? Is it a drug? Does it help us escape the horrors we hear of every day?

Yes...and no. It is what you make of it.

An artist can put in years of labor over a single statue, painting, etc. and still be criticized for his work. He can be put down for what he does; chastised for his faults. But to him the work may be perfect.

"Delusions of Grandure" are what we all strive for, but few people reach them. They are not goals, but illusions. A goal is a spark of electricity in the neurons in your brain: intangible...illusion. We all suffer from delusions, and the ones who reach them are often the ones who realize how much they miss their old life.

An artist who reaches his delusions is often unsatisfied with his work, but often, he is praised for its "subtle perfection."

Others have made of it what they will.

And no matter what you hear about anything, don't let anyone jump to conclusions for you. Everyone knows that we all can do that ourselves.

Believe what you want to.

Think outside the box.

I'm writing today not as Mad Atlantic, but as Kaelin Bougneit, the kid (yes, even I'll admit that) behind Mad Atlantic. Mad Atlantic is a project; it's a work not meant for just one idea. Mad Atlantic is shape-shifting. Until I find other members, I am the one who controls that. What I write here today is bigger than that. It is all-encompassing.

Yes, this article may be audacious or even contemptious, but you have the power to make of it what you will.

Thank you for your eyes and (hopefully) ears. There's a bigger message behind the music.

Kaelin Bougneit

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Back in the Studio!

I'm back in the studio, though it's fair to say I never left, because I live here. But, after a little bit of thinking and getting laid off at work, I've got some new inspiration (and a lot more time.)

I know for sure the name of the new album, but just to keep people reading, I won't reveal it until much later.

I can promise a new single, though. Later this year or early into next. I can tell you that Mad Atlantic has been redefined. I'll leave it at that. Wouldn't want to spoil too much.

Cheers,
Mad Atlantic

P.S. Don't forget to vote for your favorite song from "Mad Atlantic".

Monday, May 18, 2009

Starfighter Pilot

This is a cover of an early Snow Patrol song: Starfighter Pilot. I've been working on it for a while now, and I didn't want to pay royalties on it, so I'm just putting it up for FREE! YAY!

This is a link to my last.fm page. To download it, just look for the track title and the buttons all over that say where to download it from.

Starfighter Pilot [Snow Patrol Cover]

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mad Atlantic Webstore

It's a work in progress, but I've gotten the Mad Atlantic webstore up and running on CafePress.com.

http://cafepress.com/madatlantic

A Note About "Sir William"

I've had some people ask me where I got the idea for Sir William from.

The answer is: Sir William is a metaphor for the popular media. He stands for how the popular media twists things that might not be great into something "spectacular" and "must-see." Sir William is a "hero" to the brainwashing media. As heard in all the newscasts during the song, Sir William is "amazing" and there isn't "anything like him." Then, all the "people who aren't like me and you" in the second chorus, all the stalkers and creeps, kill him. And just like that, the media will go out and find another "Sir William" the very next day.

Also, the song has kind of an error in it. If you listen during the second, slow part of the song, the vocals seem to duplicate themselves. That was accidental, but it sounded okay, so I kept it in.

Well, have a great weekend, and stay out of the rain.

Mad Atlantic

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Death Cab for Cutie at Van Male Fieldhouse, Carroll College, Wisconsin

I went to see Death Cab for Cutie live on Sunday.

Amazing!

I loved every minute of it, not to mention the fact that I was in the front row, although I did have to wait an hour in line in the cold and rain. But, it was worth it. Cold War Kids (awesome band that, surprisingly, people weren't nuts about) and Ra Ra Riot opened for them.

I also completely blew out my voice singing as loud as I could to every song.

The first two pictures are Death Cab and the last is Cold War Kids. I took them with my cell phone, which has a crappy VGA camera, but the quality isn't terrible.

By the way, this summer I will be arranging the rest of Mad Atlantic. I will be looking for dedicated musicians to learn and play live this summer and possibly record in a studio this summer. So, if you or anyone you know in the Milwaukee area is interested, contact me at madatlanticfans@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mad Atlantic







Monday, March 30, 2009

Liner Notes and Ringtone

Hey.

Here are the complete liner notes and lyrics for the new album.

http://madatlantic.googlepages.com/madatlanticlinernotes

and a ringtone of My Legacy free!

http://madatlantic.googlepages.com/MyLegacyRT.mp3

And Rhapsody and eMusic should have the album in 1-2 weeks.

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's...Halfway Out...

Well,

I'm really happy.

Kind of.

eMusic and Rhapsody have decided not to add my album until the 21st, but it will be on there. iTunes, Napster, and AmazonMP3 have it already, so that's awesome!!!

Make sure to check out the new poll. I encourage you to vote. The answers may affect future EP releases, contests, and even the sound of future albums.

I consider this album a test run; it's a sampler of my early experimental sounds, but it's nothing close to what I have planned for the next one (wink wink!)

Enjoy!
Mad Atlantic

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Five More Days!!!

Well, it's less than a week until the album comes out. Wow.

It's been a while and many long hours of effort, but finally it's happening. If you haven't heard the album yet, you can by clicking the link on the post below.

Most of the songs on the album are on my MP3 player's Top 20 Most Played Songs list. I must have listened to them all at least 200 times, no joke. The two that stand out have to be "My Legacy" and "Sir William" (for short). Is that because they're the best? I don't think so. I just think it's because they have the most to offer. But, they're all individually good. I like to experiment. I like to switch genres a lot. It's a good thing.

Well, I'll leave you to your thoughts.

Good night,
Mad Atlantic

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Listen to "Mad Atlantic" FREE!!

This is a big moment!

You can now listen to the entirety of "Mad Atlantic" free at last.fm before it even comes out! The site features full-length tracks from nearly every artist I've ever heard of and more.

Take advantage of this here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Mad+Atlantic

and feel free to check out the rest of the site!

To listen click on the play button on the cover art down under "Albums." Or click on the cover and press the play button on the player to the right.

Cheers!
Mad Atlantic

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Album Reviews: Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts and Jim Noir - Jim Noir


Both of these albums came out in 2008, but they took a while for me to fully appreciate.
Craig Minowa, Cloud Cult's singer/songwriter suffered the loss of his son in 2002, writing over 100 songs to deal with the loss. Feel Good Ghosts marks a return in his spiritual and mental health, so much so that the album made me cry over a dozen times. So much passion went into making it. Every song tells a story.
Jim Noir is most likely the most creative songwriter in history. His music is fun and ingenious in every way. His arsenal of old 60's Moog synthesizers brings out a depth which the music industry hasn't seen for 40 years. His music goes beyond pop songs and into the realm of some of the most creative, catchy, and undeniably amazing music in the world.
My suggestion is to buy them both without hesitation. Period. If I could, I would give them both a six out of five stars. I wasn't disappointed and neither was anyone else who I've showed these to.

Too Bad, So Sad!

Hate to be mean, but with the upcoming release of "Mad Atlantic", I removed My Legacy from the site. It's been up for almost a month, so I hope you all got it.

Those of you who did, I hope you loved it!

Mad Atlantic

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Mad Atlantic" Release Date Postponed Until St. Patrick's Day

Sorry.

That's all I have to say. I hope when this IS finally released we can all say that it was worth the wait.

Here's my excuse: I hadn't planned on having as much to do as I had. I had scheduled the time I was going to work on this around my mid-terms at school. Not the best idea.

So, not having any time to work on it, I'm pushing it back another month, and, with a bit 'o luck and a pot 'o gold (pardon the pun) this thing should be out March 17th.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day. I can ALMOST guarantee that this will be released this time.

Mad Atlantic