an independent musician

You can explore my music at these links:  Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Youtube

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Ionian Blue - an introduction

Welcome to my music blog

I enjoy creating music on a blend of hardware synthesizers and computer software, which has evolved out of my original passion for classical and electronic music.

Reccurent Dreams

 I wanted to make a piece in memory of one of the greatest electronic musicians who passed away last year: Vangelis. Particularly the initial pad, made with the FM-X engine of the Yamaha MODX6, is reminiscent of his sounds even though his pads were known for subtractive (e.g. CS-80) rather than Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis. 

As the composition progressed, the music began to guide me away from my initial direction with some melodies following even baroque elements. The fusion of repeating patterns, evolving pads from the Yamaha MODX and Roland JD-08, complemented by sampled orchestral and choir sounds, gave birth to the song's title. 

You can find this piece at the following links: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

I hope you like it.

Two friends

  This piece comprises a guitar and a violin. As it grows, a small orchestra of cellos, violas,a flute and french horns silently grows in the background but it is always the Two friends playing the guitar and violin that make this melodic discussion grow. The guitar and the violin have been "performed" with a Yamaha MODX6 and the background orchestral sounds are from Miroslav Philarmonic. I hope it brings into the listener's mind a memory of meeting again with a good old friend.

Allegory of the cave

Plato in his dialogue 'Republic' introduced, with Socrates' words, the concept of the illusion caused by the perception of reality through the limitations of the senses. 

I copy here from the Wikipedia:

In the allegory "The Cave", Plato describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners' reality, but are not accurate representations of the real world.

This piece of music adopts an ambient atmosphere and attempts to recreate a state of mind that vainly attempts to pierce through the limits imposed by our senses. 
You can find this piece at the following links: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

I hope you will enjoy it. 

Pines by the sea

Like most of my music, this piece was named after it was completed. The serenity of the melody reminded me of a beautiful beach on my favourite island. A place where a beautiful grove of pines is separated by the deep blue Ionian Sea by two stripes of sand and colourful pebbles. 

You can find this piece at the following links: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

I hope you will enjoy it. 

Quarter of Eden

The melody and the sound seem to be outwordly to me. Like it's coming from another, beautiful world. A quarter of Eden. 

Well... the actual inspiration for the name of this piece is much less inspiring. When I finished it in my DAW, I checked my distributor's website and noticed that the first two releases (Allegory of the Cave and Pines by the Sea) had reached an income of $0.25, i.e. a quarter of a dollar

Despite this mundane story of the release, I hope you can enjoy the the various melodies that combine to make this music piece. 

You can also find it at the following links: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

music workflow - the technical part

This post is not about inspiration, which is the most important aspect of music creation. It is about the equipment and tools that I use in order to create and finish a piece of music. The technical part of our creative process is integral to the inspiration we have when making music. As I read once on a wall:

"As an artist I aspire to become a craftsman. As a craftsman I aspire to become an artist."