Saturday, July 15, 2017

Presenting: Volume IV





Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, we are proud to present Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV. Thanks to all the artists who submitted tracks, and who worked long and hard to make this a great album! This album turned out shorter than previous volumes, but the quality of submissions was fantastic.

 Volume IV is free to stream or download at Bandcamp, and will be available shortly on YouTube.

Silent Sci-Fi will return in January 2018. Watch the skies...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Artist Profile: Zalys




Name/Band Name/Pseudonym: Zalys

Instruments Played: keyboards, programming

Influences, Musical or Otherwise: movie soundtracks, video game soundtracks, dark ambient music, sci-fi, black metal

Bio: Zalys is a French one-woman dark ambient project created in 2013. The idea was to mix ambient music with futuristic/sci-fi themes and dark soundscapes with the two first albums "Wandering Through Space" and "Summoning the Phoenix" (2013).
The project developed into something more symphonic, electronic and contemplative with the two sequels "Towards the Sun" and "Infinity" (2014).
Then, as the OST influences became more predominent, two concept albums were released : "The Icarus System" (2014) (a space opera experience) and "Reminiscences" (2015) (a post-apocalyptical experience). Some orchestral experimentations were made with the EP "The Haunted Moon" (2016) using symphonic black metal inspirations. This EP included some covers of the X-Files ost.
Now, Zalys can be described as a space dark ambient project with symphonic and electronic influences like in the two last albums "Sublime" (2015) and "Fragments of Life" (2016)

Thoughts on your experience participating in Silent Sci-Fi: When participating in the volume IV of Silent Sci-Fi, I already knew the movie but did not remember the soundtrack so that was a good experience. So I imagined something a bit dark (for the aliens) and also orchestral (for the movie thing and cowboys). The beginning of the movie inspired me more : the guy with no memory with this strange bracelet. I started with the violin, then the harps and then all the instruments came together naturally.

Contact info:
https://zalys.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ZalysOfficial/
http://soundcloud.com/zalys

Friday, June 30, 2017

Volume IV Deadline Extension!



Ladies, Gentlemen, Mutants, Aliens, and Robots of all configurations, we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this important announcement:  In order to allow more people to participate in this project, we are extending our deadline for submissions to July 8. That's right- you now have an extra week to finish (or start) and submit your tracks. The album will be released on Bandcamp and YouTube the following Saturday.

On a related note, thanks and congratulations to Tiphany and Andrew for our first two submissions!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Final Week of Volume IV!





Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, we are down to the home stretch -  only seven days from wrapping up the writing portion of Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV! Our deadline is June 30, so whether you're in the midst of writing or recording, have a finished track, or are just about to jump in, we'd still love to have you! As always, you can use this Dropbox link to submit your track.




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Volume IV Mid-Month Update

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mutants, Aliens, Robots of all configurations, we are halfway through the writing portion of Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV! I watched the film a couple weekends ago and and have started assembling the ideas I came up with then. Hopefully all of you have watched the film by now and have some good ideas. If not, never fear! It's not too late.

For those who have a submission ready, feel free to submit it using this Dropbox link. And while you're at it, feel free to submit an Artist Profile or Bio for us to feature on the SSF blog!

Our deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. RSVP to this Facebook Event to ensure you don't miss it.






Note: By submitting a composition, you grant permission for me to release your track as part of the compilation entitled "Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV". You retain the rights to your composition and are free, and in fact encouraged, to release and promote it it on your own once the compilation is released. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vol IV Kickoff!!!

Volume IV Kickoff!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived. Today we kick off the writing portion of Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV. The film we will all be watching and using to inspire our compositions is Cowboys and Aliens (2011).




A slight departure from the mid-20th century Sci-Fi we've tackled in previous releases, this one should have plenty of interesting imagery to inspire your compositions. We can't wait to see what you do with it.


This film can be found in the following places, among others:

Amazon (DVD): Cowboys & Aliens
Amazon (Streaming): Cowboys & Aliens
Salt Lake Public Library: Cowboys & Aliens
VUDU: Cowboys & Aliens
Netflix: Cowbys & Aliens


Follow these steps to be included in the upcoming compilation:

1) Watch the film with the sound muted, and use it as inspiration for an instrumental composition of whatever style and length you choose. (Most of the submissions on Volume I through III were somewhere between 2 and 7 minutes.)
2) Record your composition and save/export the finished product as a .WAV file.
3) Upload your finished composition (and Artist Profile, if you so desire) via this Dropbox link before June 30th, 2017.

Optional: Submit a bio/artist profile, and we'll feature it on the Silent Sci-Fi Project Blog.


The finished compilation will be released on Bandcamp on July 7th, 2017.




Note: By submitting a composition, you grant permission for me to release your track as part of the compilation entitled "Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV". You retain the rights to your composition and are free, and in fact encouraged, to release and promote it it on your own once the compilation is released. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Silent Sci-Fi project, Volume IV Invitation




Ladies, Gentlemen, Aliens, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, we are less than a month away from kicking off Silent Sci-Fi, Volume IV! 

Whether you're a long time contributor or just found out about us, whether you're a recording pro or a hobbyist, if you are reading this, you are hereby invited to participate in the Silent Sci-Fi project, Volume IV, which will take place during the month of June. 

Silent Sci-Fi challenges musicians to watch the selected film, with the sound muted, and write and record an instrumental piece inspired by the film. The finished tracks will be collected by the Organizer and released as a free compilation album during July.

The writing portion for Silent Sci-Fi, Volume III, will kick off on June 1, 2017 with the announcement of our chosen film. As before, participants will watch the film without sound, and use that to inspire an instrumental track (any length, but 2-5 minutes is typical), which they will record and submit using this Dropbox link. As before, the challenge will take place over the course of a month, with the deadline for submissions being June 30, 2017.

Project Timeline: 

June 1: Kickoff- Name of film announced 
June 30: Deadline for submissions
July 7: Album release on Bandcamp 

You can hear our previous efforts here:


If this sounds like fun to you, you can follow the project on this blog or our Facebook page to receive updates or get more information about the project.  If you know someone who might want to participate, feel free to invite them.


-Brian Anderson, Organizer