Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Living After The Aftermath (score) Release Details

This was originally a concept album, random tracks for a "Web Series" that's yet to really be worked upon much. I have watched just about every zombie, virus, disaster movie and series every made, call it a morbid curiosity of human nature. How people survive, things they take for granted all washed away. I have a fair old imagination and im not a bad writer (though my grammar is a farce) But when it comes to scenes i can live them in my head, feel them moods and moments and create music that fits the vibe.

Hardest part is defining a decade of sorts, 70's 80's 90's, Tone of instruments, dramatic or cheesy. As i had nothing to work with when making this music besides what i have watched over the years makes this album rather unusual.

With such a wide span of disaster content out their (which i have seen most of it) i have often pondered on survival rates, peoples knowledge, like if you know what your doing the musics got a pace, few erratic moments, random pauses and what not. But if they don't know what they are doing and also holding you back, or they are alone struggling with something.. then its harder to score unless you have some form of script regardless of visual. To dig deeper into characters and scenarios for the wise and the stupid i decided to write check list, this was later published as  "The Jolly Rogers Cookbook Disaster Edition" (published on a disaster blog, it can be read here) It is the first basis, the things i would consider, then each consideration is a scene. I later wrote a 2nd about power after an apocalypse which again dug deeper on what you'd need to know and pace changing between a smash & grab hardware store or a pre made steal from a retail store.. Its the difference between characters.. A crow bar or soldering iron.

This web series was to be based on Internet users own stories told over a radio with no idea if anyone can hear them. Single tales sent out on dark nights making up one bigger story. Characters sitting in chairs talking into a radio mic in a building, or a car & then using the game to visually show parts of the action when its possible and back to the visual of the guy on the mic when it can't. With music, sfx and ambiance like drones helping really keep the mod genuine. More music was made than just this CD, in fact the tracks "We Are Not Of Your World 00+" and a lot of the "Drones Collection" where also created for these stories, but these where the initial tracks i chose for the first disc that could easily expand to more.

Official Release Date 29th July 2014

Track Listing:
01: The Abandoned City (002) 03:35
02: Exploring The Old Police Station 01:12
03: They Will Out Number Us By Dawn (001) 05:23
04: May Old Acquaintance Be Remembered (001) 04:58
05: City Of The Dead (002) 01:59
06: When The End Came (001) 02:40
07: I Can't Be The Only One Left Can I? 02:07
08: Contaminated The Land Contaigents In The Soil (002) 03:33
09: Walkers All Over The Town Get In and Get Out (001) 02:47
10: Were To Late Their All Dead (001) 01:23
11: Driving & Driving.. Day In Day Out 02:26
12: I Thought He Was Dead (002) 03:54
13: That Was Close We Should Make The Best Of The Time We Have Left 02:05
14: People Die Every Day, AKA The Presidents Speech 04:35
15: Leaving Another Home (002) 01:40
16: Rain Washes The Blood From The Streets (002) 03:10
17: Infiltrate The R and D facility (002) 02:41
18: In The Land Of Dreams 002b) 02:20
19: Ok It Looks Like Their Gone (001) 00:08
20: DRONE - Haunted Halls (001a) 01:44
21: While The Few Who Remain 06:56
22: Saxafulla Soul (001b) 04:10
23: Meet Back In 30 Take No Chances, Citys Not Safe But..Grab What Ya Can 03:38
24: When The Last Of The Police Pulled Out 01:36
25: DRONE- The Darkness (Single) (001) 00:05
26: DRONE- The Darkness (Single) (002) 00:03
27: Logo Theme (0012) 00:16
28: Logo Theme (0013) 00:48
29: Logo Theme (0014) 00:28
30: Small Parody Of The Opener (a blooper take) 00:39
31: Drone - Empty City 001 (guitar) 00:04
32: Drone - Empty City 002 (guitar) 00:04
33: Drone - Empty City 003 (guitar) 00:04
34: Living After The Aftermath (Teaser Trailer 1) Full 01:08
35: Living After The Aftermath (Teaser Trailer 2) Just Music 02:34

 Approx Running Time = 1 hour, 16 Minuets

MP3 Sale Links:
BandCamp Store
MP3/Flac/Wav Here £7.00  UPC: 840090120253
Amazon UK Store Here £7.45     ASIN:
Amazon USA Store Here $7.99   ASIN:
GooglePlay Android or MP3 Here £7.99 UPC: 840090120253
Spotify Here

Bandcamp album sale includes Bonus Extras

CD Sale Links: None at the moment
Compact Disc With Box Art Sold Via
N/A Hard Copy Sales

Their is also a SONG that would be classed as the full version of the series Intro Song
Intro Song on iTunes Here £0.69
Intro Song on GooglePlay Here £0.79

Link to the Official Blog here

Misc Art Work:

Sunday, 20 July 2014

TheWraith517 Goes Live For The Crowd

Who Would of Thought It... Hey...  lol

Sadly No Visual From The Event..
but who knows in the future.... 

Those that know me, no i can't actually sing infront of people, ive never been able to, so it makes open mic nights and concerts IMPOSSIBLE.. also fame sucks and i only use my name in places where im left no choice by the rules, everywhere else its just a USER NAME.. not an Artist Name..

So YES Folks,  this was faked and is the only way you'll ever probably hear me sing live lol...
This was done for a few people who interact with me on other projects, but also enjoy my vocals.. oddly lolz

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Mobile Music Creation Review Part 002

Looking for "part one" its here

Before we move onto Mobile Music Part 2 (using keyboards)  please remember when buying Apps that you can't judge a price just by other app prices, YES you can get a game for 69p,  yet a synth or guitar app is much more expensive, KoRG for example do the iMS-20 on the iPad for £20, and many would grumble and say how fkn much for an app?    But consider this....  the £20 app does everything the real KORG MS-20 does, and the real ones range from £500 to £1000,  if you've used the Korg VST apps on a pc or mac you'll know what i mean about realism in use & sound. (and you'll know they cost more than 69p on the PC and Mac in VST form, let alone real hardware) These companies also open them selves up much more to piracy when they turn hardware into software...  also remember with the likes of AudioBus an iPhone or iPad can use a keyboard to interface with other instruments & chain effects in to.

First i want to start off again with an IK Multimedia app (why?)  well simply because the Saxophone is really really epic lmao  SO.... lets Introduce SampleTank  personally i think many of the iDevice samples with sampletank sound much better than the PC version (i cant rate the mac version, i don't have one)
But the Miroslav expansion for sampletank on idevices is pretty epic compared to on my computer.
It offers a recorder, supports audiobus and Interapp audio (so you can use it within GarageBand  OR  Cubase or similar app)    Cubase only available for iPad at the moment

If you wanted to use a keyboard rather than your fingers on the pad..  The iRIG midi interface requires a 30 pin connection on the pad (those 30 pin to Lightning connector adapters do NOT work) if your iDevice has the Lightning connector your current only option seams to be the iKeys and the bigger version (they make 2 now)  if your device HAS the 30 pin port then you can use the iRig midi on ANY keyboard that has the basic Midi Ports (and you can use the iRig midi adapter on MORE than just IK software (it works on all the other midi supported apps) as does the iKeys keyboards.

It has a stack of instruments and the nobs panel scrolls sideways, the keys are a good size and it can also record internally or bridge into any Audiobus or interapp audio app

Next we have Alchemy Mobile... erm.. Helloooo their.... :D
This works on the iPhone AND   iPad and has many expansion packs, also supports the importing of your own sound files to manipulate and use as instruments, also records as midi and supports AudioBus and Interapp Audio. Has some pretty unusual stuff, some of it bright, some of it very dark and moody.

 Its 8 button pad is also a vector based control.. so you can get between the numbers as well

The sound banks are really impressive & now you can edit them and make / save your own

If i had "one" gripe about alchemy mobile it would be the fact the mobile sound library you buy are smaller than their PC and MAC counterparts, but that said.. its still a must have if your an iDevice muso...

Next up CMP Grand Piano this thing is like  OMFG
This works on the iPhone OR iPad and has a few addon pianos, also supports the importing of your own midi files, also records as midi and supports AudioBus and Interapp Audio.  Sounds Truly Epic
(keys are really small on it though)  especially the phone version. Ideally you need a keyboard plugged in, or drive it via audio bus with a different app.

The piano is a pretty big app, especially when you get the addon pianos, but bigger = better in these apps, this thing has the richest piano sound recordings i have ever heard. The control over its environment is also very impressive & she rings out like an angel...

You record direct with the app as midi and you can multi layer to,  my only gripe is it'll only save as midi, it has no mixdown or export as kinda option.  But you can interaudio it in garageband and hit record on garageband, then switch back to CMP and hit play.
You can also send & receive midi files into the app using iTunes

what a synth, theirs even fan made patches out their for this to pull of that amazing ambient intro & the brass on "shine on you crazy diamond"  downside?  only for  iPad  (at the moment anyway)  But i have heard their are limitations on iPhones compared to pads (duno how true that is)

iSem has a basic interface, easy to navigate,supports midi and audiobus stuff, allows you to save & share presets with other users (ive yet to sniff around for presets YET) but have requested the odd one offerd in youtube videos that people make...

Clicking the COG on the right side of the keyboard (next to the logo) will bring up the control box.

 Note that same information bar will also show any Interapp audio connection (like choosing iSEM within garageband or cubase)  re-entering iSEM will then offer that info for "play, stop, record" and control the host app its ported into at that time.

The Korgs...

As mentioned above, some apps are expensive, but the price is generally far from what the hardware would cost (and that's if you can find a real hands on one in fully working order)

And the Korg polysix

Remember the korgs are only for iPad

Before i highlight other random synths ide like to cover a tricky subject  "Money"  not all of us are made of it, so you people reading this have to work out what road you wish to travel,  PC,  MAC,  iDevice...
As a pc user my self (and a bit of a nerd tbh) i can say windows is problematic, especially for many people out their, and can be costly and still end up with stuttering audio and noise..
Apple macs are pretty costly...  an iDevice kinda sits inbetween.

Now i noted (in part 1)  i was using an iPhone 3GS with 8gb in my initial post and we all no that now no longer gets iOS updates meaning apps that require iOS 7 and above wont work on them
this isn't really true (in most cases) and i will explain the way around that (but their are conditions and factors you MUST look at before you do this)  though it is Very EASY....

What you can do "with your Older iDevice"  is look for an App you want (that says iOS 7+ only)
and hit the reviews and read back on previous versions  OR  google the exact app and see "IF"  they have been making this for a while  (IF they made a version for iOS 6 THEN YOU CAN GET THAT VERSION)

All you do is buy the latest release (using iTunes on a Computer)  then open the app store on the phone or pad,  click "Updates" then click "Purchased" then click "not on this device"  and you will see a download option.. when you attempt to download it, then it will say "incompatible with your device" Then It Will Say  "would you like to download an earlier version compatible with this device"   and you say yes..

BUT REMEMBER... this isn't gona work on an app that was only ever released AFTER iOS 7  right....
and yes i have done this with sampletank and CMP piano.  If your unsure you could explain my idea & ask them if that will work with their app or not  ;)

So whats next hey.. ok lets have this one Magellan an odd little thing, but rather fun

Load of presets (has in app purchases to) ide use this more for ambiance than anything, though if your into dance music, this could be just as important to learn as the iSEM

Next up we have an odd app for sure, this is Nave not many great reviews on this, i think they dev's got lost somewhere trying to make this more than what it needed to be.  Someone recently said "Alchemy Mobile" would be better if it had more of a editing studio feel, and i think if camel audio tried that it would pretty much drop dead on its face like Nave did...  It should of stayed as a standalone vst type of "Instrument"  and left the "Host Tasks" to a "Host App"  don't fix it if its not broke is rule of thumb.. or developers get super board, seams like a good idea, turn's into sleepless nights...

Another app ide recommend is AudioCopy lets you copy & paste stuff between apps (but don't close the copied from app until you've successfully pasted it to the other...

I guess now we hit that horrific nasty side of Apple... no USB.. dam iTunes... lmao

Ok i no iTunes is slow & buggy, and lets face it tryna get stuff ON and OFF the pad is nothing but a pain in the **** and it drove me *** nuts  lmao

So how to get files on and off the iPad / iPhone without iTunes?
Note most apps now have an "Open In"  option as well as that share to iTunes..

Grab your self an App called  File Hub once that's installed.. all you do is select the "Open In" then select File Hub and the app your on will mixdown and Export into a folder in file hub.. or it'll just export what ever you told it to "as is"

The Open In on an app, generally does the same job selection as  "send to iTunes" does,  so it'll export and land inside file hub,  then you just open filehub and select wifi & point your web browser to the URL for the iDevice (doesn't need the internet,  just needs a pc/laptop and iDevice using the same wi-fi source)

Even make a shortcut (in your favorites) so when you open your browser you can click right to the pad
You can send and receive files into file hub..  their are other apps that also do it  (i got that free using Appsgonefree  so its just what i use)  and to this day its never left me down and i use it all the time to get stuff on and off the pad..  really handy for exporting tracks out of garageband, for that i end up with the aif file in a folder on file hub called "Imports"

Alchemy have a sale on.. but it ends on the 7th  :'(

Will we ever see FM7 on iDevice?
or the Korg Legacy Cell or the Korg M1 ?  who knows hey...

So What About Audio Bus and InterAppAudio....   ?
The mighty cubasis...?
maybe in part 3....

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Using My Music In Game Missions GUi's and Addons

Some time ago now i released 2 work in progress game addons called
TheWraithScoresFX1.pbo     and    TheWraithScoresFX2.pbo

They work in all the bis games, but recently i just fail to have any time to really work on them and comments upon the bis release topics noted about the use & distribution of individual tracks within missions (rather than my addon's being required)

At the time i couldn't permit that as i was in limbo with just what to do & who to sign with (label wise) Nor did i have time to perfect addon volume levels in updates.
I have since then chosen a self employed aspect meaning i own and maintain all rights to my music. It was never really intended for retail anyway, but folks didn't want it until i put a price tag on it lol.  Since then ive had my music on sale in many online stores.. yet still been giving the music away via my facebook "group" in the files tab  (but only for video editors & none commercial use)

I Am Expanding That Agreement To Cover
USE & Distribution Of Individual Tracks!!
In Addons, Missions, GUi's for the Full range of bis games under the name OFP /ARMA

What ever happens (in the future)
all tracks within the FB group will remain their & remain usable under that agreement..
ANY changes to that agreement would only include "possible" future works...
 To which they wouldn't be uploaded their UNTIL i allow them to enter that license agreement & terms.

IE Only use music files downloaded from (The FB Group) don't just randomly rip things from my youtube channels...  if theirs a track on youtube you can't find in the group, comment on the YT video and ask if i can put that track in the group (if i legally can.. i just might) either way, if im alive you'll get a response... IF you "join" the facebook group, you may wish to disable the group notifications (sometimes i upload 5 to 10 files a day at random hours, save notifications annoying you)
In the group, click "Files" then use that search option (use the tabs at the top of this page your on now as a preview list and file name guide for music, drones & sfx to look for on fb to download)  ;)

Nothing will be deleted from the group or removed from the agreement....

Youtube Monetisation?
Sadly no (not at this time) BUT it is safe to use on youtube (you just get a claim, NOT a strike)  the claim has no bearing on the good standing of your account (and never will)  Over time "as i am in talks at the moment" with a company that should allow a video maker to enter the name of the track & a video link on their site (then the video maker will earn half the ad revenue)  but this system is not yet in place.  I will update this info when they enable it.

But besides that.. this is for missions & gui's and tbh making movies is a whole other ballgame right?  anyway i hope they enable that soon, will give incentive to use my stuff in movies.....

Q) So how can you help me in return for this really nice gift?
A) pretty simple really, you could do any of the following.. follow this blog , or subscribe to my main youtube here,   maybe like my   facebook page here   Or even follow me on twitter here lol,  Google  TheWraith517  and hit what ever where ever...   Please remember i don't get paid for this, i don't use stat boosting systems, i prefer an honest fan base, so please help my fan based numbers grow around the web as much as you can  (remember the facebook group is where the files are, not the page)