Projects and Plans for 2015

Once again it appears that I’ve managed to neglect my blog. The past few months have been really intense in terms of workload. In addition to working at the day job and writing for Original Sound Version, I managed to land a few gigs writing music. A long story short, I’ve been juggling a lot of different projects, jobs, and responsibilities over the past several months.

Things have finally calmed down a little, so I can finally get back to posting updates here. Part of what I want to do this year is focus a lot more on my music writing and on this site. One of my new year resolutions was to post a lot more frequently and get more music content up on the site and out on the web. So expect to start seeing more updates from me in the coming weeks. Sometimes they’ll just be simple updates of what I’ve got going on with music projects. Other times it will just be a post on a game or music related topic that I just feel like talking about.

In terms of music, I’m finally getting to work on some new projects. The first of these is an intro theme to a podcast, which should be launching sometime this month. There may be a closing theme written, depending on what my collaborator wants to do. The other project is a soundtrack for a game that I worked on at a recent game jam. It was my first time attending a jam and everything went relatively well with the team and the game that we created. There was interest in continuing to work on it after the event, so I’m going to continue writing music and a handful of sound effects for the project. I’ll have more details on that as well, as we get closer to a final build of the game.

With all of that said, I’m looking forward to getting back to work on this site. This has been a long time coming and I’m glad to be finally shifting my focus onto my music and projects. I’m aiming to make my posts a weekly or bi-weekly thing, so with any luck you’ll be hearing from me again soon.

Plans For This Fall

It looks like I managed to let another five months pass by without any major posts to the blog. This is what happens when I give myself too many projects to tackle. I had a lot going on this spring and summer, but I suppose it’s time for another update. I managed to get out to PAX East this year, going for my first time as a member of the press and covered some interesting music related games. Most of my time was spent working and writing for Original Sound Version. The rest of the time was spent working on my music and other projects in the studio.

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I started learning to play guitar and electric bass. I had studied a bit of guitar years ago and for some reason I decided that this summer I should expand my performance skills to other instruments. I’m primarily teaching myself with the aid of some method books. I’ve also been getting some practice through the game Rocksmith 2014, which has helped with mixed results. At some point I may try to write a critique about its usefulness as a learning tool, but for now it will just remain a fun distraction. I’m hoping at some point to apply some of my newly developing guitar and bass skills to my future music projects.

My plans for this fall include returning to my seasonal day job. It’s a necessary evil, but until I actually start earning more of a living from music it has to be done. It will certainly divide more of my attention away from music and reviewing, but it will be nice to have a steady paycheck for a while. I’ll also be going out to a convention this week called the Boston Festival of Indie Games. It’s a one day event, on September 13th at MIT, that showcases the work of small developers from the New England area. I attended last year and even reported on a concert they held. It ended up being a lot of fun last year. Anyone in the area should definitely check it out.

As for the status of this site, I’m looking into making some major changes. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I want to change this over into more of a portfolio for my audio work. I’ve also been considering the possibility of just making a new site from scratch and just shutting down this current site. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve been relatively happy with the way this blog has turned out and I’m not sure if I want to do something that drastic. In any case, there may be some big changes happening in the coming months. I’ll be posting again if and when that happens.