Friday, March 29, 2013

IceCrown - My New Solo Music Project is now Live

I was always fascinated with the idea of generating sound scapes because, that's how I wanted to listen to something. I always felt that music is also about involvement, immersion, emotion and expression apart from the other "tags" that go around music in general.

I grew up listening to early Rock N' Roll coming from AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and then progressed to Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and the likes. I had this phase where Metal was my staple food. At the Gates, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Eluveitie and so on. But, I grew up musically. When I look back, I'm happy for all that I've listened to.

I still remember how I was inducted into my liking for learning music - Echoes by Pink Floyd. Echoes sent a chill down my spine that I still vividly remember. It felt different, it felt as though a whole new world was just conjured in my mind, a world that was built by the listener and then shaped accordingly by Music. It felt as though music had a voice beyond all those lyrical compositions. This WAS music. It was calling me and I had to answer it. I discovered Pink Floyd when I was in college. Since then, I've not stopped listening to them.

So, today, after years of struggling and trying to learn music, I have to admit, I haven't gotten that far. But, I have been able to use my knowledge to playing covers and adding some of my own style to music that I have been listening to.

Apart from all the karaoke shows and the unplugged sessions that helped me learn more about music in general, I've always had a deeper affection for improvised, Avant-Garde music. This was a territory I never really had the time to get into. Finally, I've somehow managed the time to get involved in it all. It was indeed high time ;)

Thus, began my solo project Ice Crown. My fascination for ambient, psychedelic music took me to this area and I wanted to see how I could bring Ambient and Psychedelic soundscapes to music that I loved listening to.

Check out  some of the stuff I've done so far,

Thanks for listening!
If you like what I'm doing, please join me on Google+ and Facebook.

By the way, I miss percussion and drums. I'm still trying to learn how to program drums effectively on the many VSTs available online, but if you are a drummer or a drum programmer, I'd love to collaborate. I'd also love to learn more and share what I've learnt so far. I'd also want help on programming drums for some of my covers. Please write to me :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SuperGiant Games' upcoming release "Transistor" in Action

The creators of 2011's super-award winning indie game "Bastion" are working on a new game that they're calling "Transistor."
The creators I'm talking about is this small indie game studio - SuperGiant Games. These guys rose to critical acclaim after their extremely polished work with Bastion. (JUMP TO GAMEPLAY VIDEO BELOW)

If you haven't seen or played Bastion, I'd recommend you stop right here. Please check out Bastion to understand why "Transistor" is an exciting prospect for gamers and the studio.

Popular Video Games VBlogger Total Biscuit had the chance to speak with Greg Kasavin from SuperGiant Games about Transistor. What was also more interesting is the fact that he got his hands on a what I suppose could be a "pre-alpha PAX only" build which looked gorgeously stunning!