Ah, the cherished 3-day weekend! My day job doesn’t allow for many days off, so when a 3-day weekend rolls around it is a perfect time to relax and try to work on some new music. Memorial Day weekend has always been one of my favorite times of the year, not just because of the long weekend, but because it is a time for our family to get together and socialize over a great meal and catch up with each other’s lives. My dad was a veteran of the Navy as well, so we take this time to remember him (I miss you dad) and to remember those who have given so much.
A few weeks ago I decided I would start writing as a way to get things off my chest and as a form of self therapy. Since my music is an extension of my personal thought, emotions, experiences, defeats, victories, etc., I thought it would be nice to have an online diary of what I was feeling during a particular time in my life. My past blog posts have dealt primarily with music and things that make me happy. But today I’d like to complain to the digital gods, if I may?
I spent a lot of time trying to find the good in everything and also trying to convince others to find the good in any situation. But, for the last couple of week I’m just not feeling it. I’m not feeling all that positive about the future and I’ve not been in the best of places mentally. Of course, none of what I’m about to write about is unique at all. Everything affecting me has been affecting humans since the dawn of time. But goddammit, I’m just tired. I’m tired and I want to say something about it.
higher & higher is a journey into my past and a nod to my roots as a musician. although there are many electronic elements to this track, the focus is on both acoustic and electric guitar.
i spent the majority of my life as a touring and studio musician (guitarist). as sumo blanco, i’ve produced mostly edm, but over the last few months i’ve had a huge change of heart and i’ve felt the need to make music that was more organic in nature. higher & higher is a reflection of that need.
as i was sitting and listening to music last night, it occurred to me that there are 5 key tracks that totally changed my perception of what i thought could be conveyed through electronic music. in fact, these are the very tracks that pulled me out of the mundane, monotonous hell that EDM had become and renewed my interest in making electronic music again.
i hope you find the same inspiration in these tracks that i have.
1.【sakuraburst】「data corruption symphony」
「data corruption symphony」is the holy grail of sound design. it’s a twisted auditory maze of beats, sounds, and melodies that all somehow work together perfectly. from delicate chords and melodies to the hardest of drops, and foley aplenty; this track has it all.
before i get too deep into this, let me preface this by saying that the ethereal existence (ep) is a very short two-song ep and is something I wanted to release as a way to dip my toes back into the musical waters. i’ve not really written anything new in about 18 months, mostly because of hectic work schedules (full time programmer) and the general bs that life can throw at you.
anyway, i finally started sitting down again and making music… bought a few new vst synths and other plugins, and really started feeling inspired again. however, one thing was very evident when I started writing and producing again; i simply had lost all of my will to produce anything remotely EDM related. i’m certainly not judging anyone else for making it or anything of the sort… but i knew… i just wasn’t feeling it anymore.