Notes from the Synthpop Fringe
So far this year I haven’t been able to get as much done musically as I would have liked. Nonetheless I have several projects in the pipeline, listed below:
I have been commissioned to create theme music for the podcast Preservation State.
This project will take up the remainder of May.
I am establishing a Patreon account.
The account is built and almost ready to launch, except I need to make an introductory video. I’m not used to being in front of the camera, so that should be super awkward. Find out more about Patreon by watching this video. Target for launch is the last weekend of May.
I am putting together the music for a new 10-song album.
Currently in the writing phase. Patreon members will get first listen of the new tracks as they’re created.
I want to assemble a video for the song “As You Leave” from the album Stumble.
I’m gathering archival video and photographs.
Lots to do. Wish me luck.
I’ve posted all ten Stumble tracks to a YouTube playlist. These videos are simply the songs playing over a static image, but they’re useful in offering another way to share the album anywhere you can post YouTube videos.
Okay, here’s some boring website minutia:
I designed the previous version of the dplex.com website in 2007, the same year that Apple introduced the iPhone. It served me well, but seven years is a long time for a website to go without a redesign. It wasn’t mobile-friendly, it had pages that hadn’t been updated in years (or in the case of the calendar ever been used), and it had all the assorted cruft that an aging website accumulates.
I figured that the release of Stumble would be a good time to unveil a website redesign. Obviously I didn’t think that strategy through, because recording and releasing an album is a big project, and so is completely redesigning a website. My enthusiasm for starting the website project, so soon after finishing Stumble, was lacking.
Nonetheless, after some procrastination I hunkered down and assembled the version of the website you’re now visiting. It’s responsive (adapts to a variety of screen sizes including mobile devices), easily editable, and features the legendary dplex color palette.
And now here’s some even more tedious technical details:
The new site uses WordPress as a content management system. The pages were constructed with the Bootstrap framework, and the fonts are being served by Adobe Typekit. I designed the pages in Adobe Photoshop and coded them using Bare Bones BBEdit and Panic Coda.
Hopefully this website will last me another seven years, at which time I’ll probably have to redesign it for smartwatches or something. I should also mention that my interactive design services are available for hire. Hit me up via the ABOUT page if interested.
It took a year longer than I had hoped it would, but Stumble is finally out in the world. Although I’ve been sporadically writing and recording music as The Daylight Complex for many, many years, this is the first time I’ve assembled a collection of songs as a proper album.
It’s also the first time my music has been available on the big digital stores like iTunes and Amazon, and the major streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio. (If you’re interested in showing your support and encouraging future releases, Bandcamp is still the best bang for your buck.)
Additionally, Stumble was my first opportunity to work with Boston music legend Peter Moore, who is someone I’ve admired for years as the front man of Think Tree and Count Zero. I used Peter’s studio Palace of Purpose to record the vocals for Stumble, and he was a great source of technical help, general know-how, and artistic advice. You should check out Count Zero’s most recent album Never Be Yourself to hear just how good Peter’s stuff is.
My hope for the album is simply that it finds its audience. I’m guessing that there are people out there (like me) who enjoy some straight up synthpop, and perhaps they’ll discover something to like in the ten songs that make up Stumble. So if you dig it, please spread the word, share the music, and let me know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, or SoundCloud.
Thanks for listening.