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    Posted: January 25 2016 at 17:14
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

And here it is:   the-cacophony-of-light.bandcamp.com/

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2016 at 09:02
Just receive a proof copy of 'edge' from Amazon:

Which all looks rather spiffing.

It's strange. While I've heard this (literally) hundreds of times, I've never really listened to it as a 'listener' until today. 

Understandably I have listened to tracks and sections of this album rather a lot over the years but mostly through headphones and rarely from beginning to end in one sitting. When you're producing an album you tend to focus on the detail and don't really take in the whole thing until the final mix and mastering. Yet even there you home-in on detail such as the EQ and balance, the seamless transitions between tracks and all those other nuances that differentiate "a finished album" from a random collection of tracks. And you never get that "hearing it for the first time" feeling you get with listening to other people's albums.

Yet now I sit here writing this post while "edge" blasts out of my hi-fi speakers and it is like hearing it afresh for the first time. And I really like it. Not in a "I like this music I've made" kind of way, but in a "oh, I actually like it even though I made it" kind of way...if you get what I mean. (do other people get this with their own music?)....



...anyhoo...



...I don't know yet whether I'll publish this album on Createspace or not yet as to get Amazon to sell it (at zero profit for me) requires giving them my tax details and (frankly) I'm not interested in doing that. (at zero-profit they'd sell for $9.00, all of which Amazon pockets, and that seems a little expensive to me).

I am however considering getting 50 copies duplicated by one of the many online dupe-houses instead, they'll make 50 Digipaks for around 130, which works out at 2.60 each  ($3.70 or 3.50)... at those prices I can afford to give copies away to anyone who is prepared to pay for the postage... (or I can hide them away in the back of a wardrobe for prosperity).

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Listening to Edge now, nice stuff, well done.
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I just downloaded your album, Pilgrim, and am listening to it now. Have gotten through to The Valley of Humiliation so far. It sounds really fabulous. Nice ambient textures, very classy; matches the tastefulness and impact of your album covers. No track that I've disliked. The Wicket Gate was my fave so far; looking forward to a second listen later.

Whoa, I'm now up to Valley of the Shadow of Death. It really has some nice transitions at about 2:00 into it.
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bits - 2005

th-th-th-that's all folks


After the first year of creating music as the cacophony of light I produced a sampler album comprising of tracks from each of the albums I'd released in the previous year. This compilation I called some because it was some of the music I had written. The following year saw the creation of more albums and most of those contained long tracks that had to be edited to squeeze onto the previous year sampler, this album I called more because it was some more music. 

In January 2005 I looked back to 2004 and realised that having released 25 albums of 102 tunes covering over 24 hours of music producing a sampler album from that would require a bit of creativity. The solution I came up with was mix excerpts of all the albums into one larger piece of music, like a musical patchwork quilt. This album I called bits because it was some more bits of music. [The 2005 sampler was going to be a similar rewritten and re-recorded medley called done as it was some more bits done, but the ennui that caused me to stop writing music in 2006 also affected the production of that album so (amusingly) it never got 'done'.]

So bits seamlessly welds together a years' worth of music into  a single 75 minute epic piece of continuous music. [Re-splitting this into shorter tracks for Bandcamp isn't going to happen]. The 3-minute excerpts are arranged thusly:

00:00:00.00 00:02:45.00 (a bit of) geometric
00:02:45.00 00:05:45.00 (a bit of) derivative
00:05:45.00 00:08:45.00 (a bit of) quantify
00:08:45.00 00:11:45.00 (a bit of) reflects
00:11:45.00 00:14:45.00 (a bit of) rookery
00:14:45.00 00:17:45.00 (a bit of) ffrantic
00:17:45.00 00:20:45.00 (a bit of) ambivalent
00:20:45.00 00:23:45.20 (a bit of) kinesis
00:23:45.20 00:26:45.00 (a bit of) masks
00:26:45.00 00:29:45.00 (a bit of) shadows
00:29:45.00 00:32:45.00 (a bit of) benign
00:32:45.00 00:35:45.00 (a bit of) impasse
00:35:45.00 00:38:52.22 (a bit of) humdrum
00:38:52.22 00:41:45.00 (a bit of) untitled
00:41:45.00 00:44:45.00 (a bit of) carousel
00:44:45.00 00:47:45.00 (a bit of) laze
00:47:45.00 00:50:55.00 (a bit of) omni
00:50:55.00 00:53:45.00 (a bit of) nonentity
00:53:45.00 00:56:45.00 (a bit of) trilithon
00:56:45.00 00:59:51.00 (a bit of) voracious
00:59:51.00 01:02:45.02 (a bit of) xolotl
01:02:45.02 01:05:45.00 (a bit of) yaponcha
01:05:45.00 01:08:45.00 (a bit of) zephyrus
01:08:45.00 01:11:44.24 (a bit of) fluidic
01:11:44.24 01:15:00.00 (a bit of) landscapes


download: SOD2004COMP - bits: www.mediafire.com/?17ida9625i96rzf  - 99Mb



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The longest track I can squeeze into flac is about 50minutes, if I went Pro I may be able to get 60+ minute flac files but that' costs $10/month and as I'm making everything free-download then I don't really want to pay for the privilege.

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Have you tried if they fit the limit as FLAC?
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Originally posted by infocat infocat wrote:

Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

I intend to upload all 52 albums to bandcamp.
52 albums?  Are you the British Buckethead?
I'm not quite that prolific, though those 52 albums were recorded over a four-year period (so essentially one a month)

However, due to the limitations of Bandcamp I've had to revise my plans so probably only 43 albums will be published on Bandcamp. The missing 9 will most likely be the three 3-album box-sets because Bandcamp doesn't have a box-set feature and two of those sets contain hour-long pieces of music that exceed Bandcamp's file-size limit. Several of my single albums also contained hour-long pieces that I had to split into pairs of shorter tracks to accommodate them but I can't bring myself to butcher The Gaia Cacophony and the West Wind Cacophony like that, those you'll have to download from MediaFire as normal.



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Originally posted by infocat infocat wrote:

Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

I intend to upload all 52 albums to bandcamp.
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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

I intend to upload all 52 albums to bandcamp.
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the end is nigh - 2004

last but not least, two of my favourite cover arts...


1.  Omni 1 15:27
2.  Omni 2   20:07
3.  Omni 3 15:20

download: SO.D032CD - omni:  www.mediafire.com/download/3wyy3e4drfwqfyw/Omni.rar - 55Mb



1.  The Gaia Flow 30:06
2.  The Fluidic Process of Thought    30:55

download: SOD039CD - fluidic: www.mediafire.com/download/og14q4ry1v1h1pl/Fluidic.rar - 60Mb



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I intend to upload all 52 albums to bandcamp.

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will any of these be on the bandcamp page, q.m.
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odds and sods - 2002-2004
scraping the bottom of the barrel...

A collection of electronic music vaguely influenced by the electronic music of my youth...
Penumbra 03:31
Alpha Proxima 03:56
One Sadness 04:27
More To Life (than this) 03:03
Safely Tucked Up In Bed 03:45
Monochrome Colour Box 04:12
A Moment Lost (abridged) 04:06
Optimistic One 06:11
Premonition Too 04:26
10  Menagerie 04:18
11  Graphite Point 06:04
download: SOD004CD - penumbra: www.mediafire.com/download/ol9yldu35to5lvu/Penumbra.rar - 49Mb

Some days you wake up and think 'ffnaa-'

Some days you go straight back to sleep

Tomorrow Knows 11:28
Just A Phase 24:00
Stupor 21:12
download: SOD031CD - laze: www.mediafire.com/download/s503johw72bcbm2/Laze.rar - 64Mb

...this one had something to do with maths, infinity and the existence of time, but I've forgotten exactly what that was...
Divisor 02:45
Numerator 04:28
Operand 20:10
Denominator 14:30
Persecutor 13:04
Underture 03:45
download: SOD033CD - nonentity:  www.mediafire.com/download/48zues9zd3u9plq/Nonentity.rar - 66Mb


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two soundtracks - 2003

to life...

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if...

...real life was like a film there would be a soundtrack - incidental music that followed us around adding atmosphere to the everyday things we do. Whether this is an original soundtrack composed by a celebrated composer such as John Williams or Philip Glass, or a random collection of our favourite chart-happy pop-tunes would be down to the whim of the director, but it would be there, emphasising the drama that unfolds before our eyes.

But life isn't like that. Life really isn't a four act play. There is no narrative, no story arc, no plots and sub-plots. There is no Second Unit off filming the exciting bits while we get on with the story. There isn't a team of SFX experts seamlessly crafting the impossible and implausible into the mundane-ness of reality. We have no stunt doubles - that car crash will kill you - that wound will make you bleed real oxygen-bringing, life-sustaining blood.

And with that, there is no soundtrack to our lives. In some pythonesque moment you could imagine a full orchestra on a flatbed truck following us around all day - but there isn't one. Nor do we suddenly burst into song and break into perfectly choreographed dance in the middle of Woolworth's -

life simply isn't a musical.

But it would be nice.

Now and then.

incidental is the soundtrack to something... that film that's projected onto my eyelids as I sleep; the film of that book I've yet to write. A concept without a concept.


  1. incidentally
  2. the way of the world
  3. cynical sex scene
  4. a short walk to the edge
  5. love theme
  6. yesterday [was the last day of the rest of your life - part 1]
  7. obligatory car chase
  8. kevin's cosmic coffee-break

download: SOD014CD - incidental: www.mediafire.com/download/263s16tllen20z6/Incidental.rar - 76Mb



A hero's tale in the telling...

Eponymous chronicles the adventures of Eponymous - a Gaelic adventurer with a Greek name born in a time of distrust and war. The only son of an only daughter, begot in a moment of lost reason, unloved and unwanted. Cast out from society, he travelled through-out the empire, searching for heroic deeds to do and wrongs to address, as if to redress the balance that unlevelled his own life, Eponymous strove to find meaning in his life while avoiding death.

This is the music that documents his saga.

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2.

3.

The Eponymous Hero ~ 20:02

The Heroic Adventure ~ 20:01

The Hero's Return ~ 20:02


download: SOD015CD - eponymous: www.mediafire.com/download/1n02dzi9lxko6lx/Eponymous.rar - 68Mb


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whiling away the hours - 2002-2004

this is getting tedious now...

Four single-track albums of no particular merit other than they seemed like a good idea at the time. Even if you've 3 hours 50 minutes to spare I'd go find something else to listen to.

download: SOD006CD - drone: www.mediafire.com/download/d1bq3zzo3w2vap9/Drone.rar - 76Mb
download: SOD020CD - rookery:  www.mediafire.com/download/0d0huhjax9de52h/Rookery.rar - 57Mb
download: SOD041CD - goldfish: www.mediafire.com/download/9sa9z5xhbxr3ztl/Goldfish.rar - 81Mb
download: SOD044CD - goffish:  www.mediafire.com/download/lq376g76a5ty4t4/Goffish.rar - 68Mb

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Voracious - 2004
the voracious appetite of the consummate consumer...

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Eat The World
A Plague of Humans
Tastes Like Chicken
Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

31:03
15:14
4:32
6:50



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Ambivalent - 2004
Eno's you know...

Ambivalent is not ambient music and it has got nothing to do with Brian Eno. However, on April 1st 2004 the April-fool story on BBC Radio 4 was that Mr Eno had created a re-mix of the Archers' theme tune (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/reports/arts/archers_20040401.shtml), which alas he hadn't, so for a giggle I wrote 'Ambridged'

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Ambiotic
Ambivalent
Amblyopia
Ambridged

                08:00
09:48
23:54
12:50


download: SOD022CD - ambivalent: www.mediafire.com/download/c12h90fdjsdz5a8/Ambivalent.rar - 62Mb

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