Rain Clouds in the Summer

I haven’t been able to record in a long time because my TonePort UX2 isn’t working and the phantom power on my EMU (for my condenser mics) isn’t working either. I finally bought some external phantom power supplys, but haven’t tried them yet. I’m looking forward to giving it a go this weekend. I desperately need to get these tracks finished and start working on the production.

With regards to my other side projects, I’m still heavily looking into some type of app (leaning towards game) development for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The only problem here is the capital investment of buying a Mac. I’d probably get an 13-inch MacBook Pro or a Mac Mini if I wanted to save some $$$.

The other project is a website focused on NBA statistics. I can’t talk about too much yet, but I plan on launching it in the very near future.

All systems go

I finally got my computer back up and running. That means more music production (I’ve also kicked my buddy who I’m collaborating with on a hip-hop project in the ass to start finishing his lyrics). I can’t wait to get back going. I was in the process of finalizing the demos and getting recordings laid down. I’ll post more stuff as it progresses and make updates to http://arisingforce.com/

Top 5 Concept Albums Of All Time

I really like the idea of concept albums as a creative outlet. Putting one together requires much more planning versus a single song (in my opinion). There have been quite a few that I’ve liked over the years, so I thought I’d list them out starting with the one that inspired me to write my own concept album:

Top 5 Favorite Concept Albums
The Mars VoltaDe-Loused in the Comatorium
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
DeltronDeltron 3030
Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon
GenesisThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Honorable Mentions
The Beach BoysPet Sounds
GorillazDemon Days
Lupe FiascoThe Cool
Nine Inch NailsThe Downward Spiral
The Mars VoltaFrances the Mute
Pink FloydThe Wall
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Kate BushHounds of Love
Coheed & CambriaIn Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
StyxKilroy Was Here
Green DayAmerican Idiot
Saul WilliamsThe Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
MastodonBlood Mountain
My Chemical RomanceThe Black Parade
Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf
The StreetsA Grand Don’t Come for Free

It’s been a while

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote here. I’ve updated my site http://arisingforce.com/ with the beginnings of what it will become. I need to add a lot more functionality in the way of feedback. I’ve decided to release all of the music/lyrics/songs/recordings I’ve done up to this point and continue to release tracks while I finalize my album release.