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