Friday, March 30, 2018

Volume V Deadline Update

Ladies and Gentlemen, Alients, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, an announcement:

It has come to my attention that there are some participants who would benefit from a slightly later deadline. In the interest of trying to include all who wish to participate, I am extending our submission deadline by one month. Our new deadline is May 1st, 2018. Hopefully this allows everyone who wishes to participate to do so.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Artist Profile - Splendid Obsolescence

Splendid Obsolescence 

Austin, Texas USA

Sometimes cinematic, sometimes ambient, sometimes punk, sometimes new wave, sometimes industrial, and sometimes just weird at its base, Splendid Obsolescence exploits a wide palette of psychoacoustic tricks and equipment in unfamiliar ways. A bass guitar may be more reminiscent of a harpsichord or a simple reverb trail may seem to be a casual violin line to the listener.  At the same time, traditional instruments recorded in traditional styles may intertwine to create complex yet minimal soundscapes.Simply put, things may or may not be what they seem on the surface.

Fan reviews from Amazon describe Splendid Obsolescence releases as follows: 

“Mango Stress Test” ...for fans of liminal soundscapes (intelligent electronica)....Crepuscular, liminal, and deep... these iterations of soundscaping take your mind into some potent grooves and fascinating furrows...highly recommended, especially for those who like :zoviet *france:, The Hafler Trio, Aube, and Psychic TV.  -L. Holton


“Oracle of the Snowbird” ...A beautiful nightmare...Equal parts industrial and ambient music, Splendid Obsolescence's auspicious debut, "Oracle of the Snowbird," pulls even the most casual listener into some sort of hallucinogenic dream-state; very appealing, yet a tad unsettling at the same time. And the classical minimalist's "Variant" format allows each piece to degenerate and regenerate sounds/voices in a most unexpected way. The overall effect of these 8 Variants on the main theme is a truly unique, and somewhat terrifying one. A beautiful nightmare... -Lord Harold

All Songs:
Copyright Splendid Obsolescence
Splendid Obsolescence Publishing (BMI)
All Rights Reserved

All tracks available for TV and Film master and sync licensing.
All tracks available for master and mechanical audio compilation licensing. 


Splendid Obsolescence releases are also available to purchase and stream worldwide on Amazon, ITunes, and many other independent digital outlets.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3D Printed Robot Parts and Upcoming Deadlines

With my track coming along, I took a break to play with 3D modeling last month. Here’s SSF mascot Roadie, missing only his glass dome.

3D Printed robot parts for J1M (another of our mascots), courtesy of the awesome folks at the Salt Lake Library Creative Lab! Picked up February 23, 2018. I'll post pictures as J1M is assembled.

The Creative Lab also offers a recording studio to anyone with a library card. Worth checking out for any of our friends in Salt Lake County!

Remember, the deadline for submissions for Volume V is coming up! Upload your finished composition (and Artist Profile, if you so desire) via this Dropbox link before April 1, 2018.

The finished compilation will be released on Bandcamp during April 2018.

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

Volume V Kickoff!

Volume V 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 V. The film we will all be watching and using to inspire our compositions is Pacific Rim (2013).

A big, fun colorful Sci-Fi movie full of giant monsters battling robots, 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 or Streaming): Pacific Rim

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 IV 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 April 1, 2018.

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 during April 2018.

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

Friday, December 1, 2017

Volume V Begins Next Month!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mutants, Aliens, Robots of all configurations, we are one month away from kicking off yet another Silent Sci-Fi challenge! Volume V will begin on January 1, 2018, with a submission deadline of April 1, 2018.

Extended timeline aside, Volume V will function like previous challenges. The name of the film will be revealed on January 1, and participants are encouraged to watch the film without sound and write and record an instrumental track inspired by the film. Submissions can be of any length or style, but must be instrumental. Anyone is welcome to submit a track, so tell two friends, and let's make Volume V our best yet!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Volume IV Post-Release Thoughts, and Volume V News

Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens, Mutants, Robots of all configurations, thanks again to all those who contributed to this latest effort, and to those who streamed or downloaded it.

Between Volumes III and IV, I had the opportunity to participate in Steven Beaumont's Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Wasteland compilation, on Paraclesian Records. This was my first flirtation with making ambient music, rather than just listening to it, and it profoundly influenced my approach to my track for Volume IV, as well as the sound of the finished track. My tracks for Volumes I through III tended to be rhythmic, with driving virtual drums, and with two of them featuring dense walls of electric guitar. For the Paraclesian compilation, I eschewed drums or any kind of percussion, and tried to keep my guitars sparse, slow, and echoing. I also, for the first time, incorporated found sounds into my music, in order to create a story-telling soundscape as an intro, as well as a bed of ambient sound throughout the rest of the track. This was a deeply satisfying experiment, and I think it turned out reasonably well.

For Volume IV, I opted for sparse, brooding acoustic guitars, to try to evoke the loneliness of the desert, with the synths to represent the impending alien invasion. My hope was to bring a little spaghetti western flavor to the track with the acoustic and slide guitar, but with a hint of sci-fi in the synths. For percussion, I drew on my experience with found sounds in the Paraclesian compilation, and used the sound of cocking revolvers and jingling spurs to add some rhythm to the track.

Volume IV was an interesting challenge, which came at an interesting time for me. I learned very quickly during this challenge that trying to write and record a track during the first few weeks of marriage was probably not my brightest idea ever. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the time crunch many of our contributors have operated under. Huge thanks are due to my amazing wife Sara for her support and patience through this and all the preceding volumes.

My initial idea for Silent Sci-Fi was to require that artists to write and record their submissions within the space of a month, and for the challenge to happen on a semi-annual basis. I've realized, over the course of four volumes, that the one month limit is probably not realistic for most people. Participating in Steven Beaumont's Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Wasteland compilation, seeing how much more time he allowed and the sheer number of submissions his project received, further convinced me that a longer timeframe would allow more people to participate. Going forward, the challenge will run for three months, and will be held on an annual basis.

Silent Sci-Fi, Volume V will kick off with the announcement of the next film on January 1, 2018, with the deadline for submissions being April 1, 2018.

 Watch the skies, Silent Sci-Fi returns on January 1, 2018!

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...