Boogie2988

Bit of different post today, this is part of my personal blog section where I just talk about what’s going on in my mind and life. I got introduced to a Youtuber by the name of Boogie2988 by an old friend. At first I didn’t understand it, just seemed like some big guy talking about losing weight. Then I watched a few more videos by his Francis character and got into the more funny side of his channel, I then clicked subscribe. Ever since then I have watched almost every single video by him (there are nearly a thousand).

If you don’t know about Boogie2988 or haven’t seen any of his videos, I’ll post a load of links at the bottom of this post to my favourite videos and the videos that I talk about in this post. But why I am talking about Boogie today is because Boogie has had quite an influence on two of my views on; life in general and views on people who may be different from me. Not going to lie, but before I got into Boogie, I was quite homophobic, found overweight people disgusting and didn’t really take much time in caring about what I was necessarily doing with my life in terms of health and appreciation. Boogie actually changed my opinions on all this. It’s rediculous that I believed those things above but I did, and I can see now why that can be considered a wrong way of thinking. Just to clarify I don’t believe ANY of those things anymore.

I do owe Boogie a lot I think and it’s weird to think that his videos have become a part of my daily routine, going on Youtube and checking what his latest videos are. He doesn’t just talk about serious stuff, he does a lot of fun and funny videos, but he also talks a lot about games and the internet and I value his opinion so much.

Now the reason why this blog has come out today if because at the moment I feel Boogie needs a bit of support. Due to the changing nature of Youtube with the G+ integration, all the negative comments that he gets, relating to his weight mainly, now all appear at the top of the comments?! So all the nice comments get hidden away under all this horrible stuff. Yes he made a video saying that he looks past all these and that may be true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s just a defensive mechanism. By sharing this blog I hope that I will attract more people to watch his videos and help support him in what he does. He always stressed how much of a rubbish life he’s had up until recently when he got married, so all these negative comments really aren’t going to help in what he’s going through.

So, my proposal is to click the links bellow and watch. Take particular notice of his ‘Draw my Life’ one mainly, you’ll see what I mean by a rubbish life. The second video will be to his latest video which you may agree with is a defensive mechanism by hey maybe I’m wrong. All the others are to my favourite videos by him. Hope you all like him and maybe if you like him enough, you too will subscribe to him and maybe he will change your life like Boogie has changed mine in a small way.

Links to Boogie’s Videos

Draw My Life

On the Topic of Viral Videos

Francis gets The New Furby

Francis HATES that Disney bought Star Wars

Fat Guy Destroys Xbox

Story Time, It’s the Food?!

Story Time, Sick and Nearly Dead

Story Time, What it’s like being broke

Will you Marry Me?

 

American Dollar

This will be my first post about an artist that I would categorize under my ‘Ambient’ artists. The main reason I am posting about American Dollar today is because I am currently listening to them. However, it is also quite relevant as these guys started my passion with the Ambient genre when I came across them whilst artist surfing on Spotify.

So without further ado, my favourite album by American Dollar

Album – Atlas

Atlas Album Cover

I think this is actually the first album I came across of theirs, though I’m not a hundred percent sure on that. What I love about this album is it’s ever changing themes. The first song could be related to an almost hip hop sound. The electric drums and the lopping of the piano riff. Great opener to an album as it jumps you right in. The second song is probably my second favourite song by American Dollar, The opening of the sequenced E piano synth, and then the elctronic drums and strings fade in with a drone building the song up…then bam! In come the acoustic drums and lead guitar. Fantastic post rock stuff! Man I do love this music…anyway, this whole album is full of this excitement throughout, I could talk about each track like this but I think it would be paragraph after paragraph of me just explaining the exciting parts. But this is why I love this album, great chilled listen, great ambient work and yet manages to get my blood pumping.

Spotify Link – The American Dollar – Atlas

Song – Starscapes

Ambient One Album includes Starscapes

This was a tricky decision as I love so many of their tracks. So why I chose this song? It sums up American Dollar’s sound. It doesn’t have the drums which I love about American Dollar but as an ambient song, it is their best.

What makes this song so great is that it sounds like it could have been mixed live. They could have easily just had loops on each channel fader and then faded in each section one at a time, adding effects as they went. The stereo field is amazing aswell, I find myself sometimes closing my eyes and losing myself in all these great sounds coming in around me from all angles. One other thing I really do admire about this song, is the organ sounds they used (could have possibly been an FM synth, but it has an organ timbre so I’ll assume it’s an organ), it is a very bold choice to have such an upfront sound like that in a very chilled song, yet it works so well. These big sounds are what I love about American Dollar, they know when to bring in big sounds like that without compromising the overall feel of the track.

Spotify Link – The American Dollar – Starscapes – Ambient

And so that brings me to the end of this blog post. I’m gunna sit here and carry on listening to American Dollar, I suggest you go and listen to them now…and just sit back, relax and let this music flow all around you…as that is what this music is intended for. And of course, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy it.

Motivation

This is a general blog update just what’s going on in my life at the moment so most people will find this boring but if you’re interested in my life and what’s going on, please read. 

I’m at very high point in my life at the moment. I am in my second year of Uni, living with my girlfriend, I recently upgraded my PC (which I did myself) I have pretty much everything I want at the moment in my life. Yet I find myself having this feeling of missing something and I think that can only be one thing. Motivation.

Last year when I got myself an assignment I would be excited to get on with it, I normally found myself getting an assignment done a few weeks before it was due just because i wanted to get it done. I gave myself a task last year to watch all of Stargate SG1 and I did it through motivation. I was excited to compose music with my DAW, Pro Tools, and enjoyed playing around with it all and trying new ideas. 

Yet this year, I find i’m not doing any work, I have a deadline in for 6 days time and I have done hardly any of it. I haven’t even opened Pro Tools while i’ve been here, I’ve played the piano no more than 5 times and spend most of my days just sat around playing games and watching T.V shows. I honestly don’t know where I’ve gone wrong. Is it that I don’t find my course interesting anymore? I feel like I WANT to compose, yet I don’t have any motivation to turn on my Mac and compose things. 

I can only think of one rational reason for this. It is the Mac. I have a new fast, amazing PC and if I want to do anything I have to turn on my Mac and completely change my work flow. And with regards to my work, that work is meant to be done with Logic…..and I HATE Logic and guess what, Logic only works on Macs (thanks Apple). The Mac could be a bit scape goat but it’s the only thing I can think of.

So as my blog as timestamp, I will say this. After I publish this post, I am going to get myself motivated. Get my Logic work done and out of the way so I don’t have to go on my Mac, and move Pro Tools over to my PC. I think this way I will be more willing to compose and do work if it’s all in one place. I also believe that if I get more motivated with my work, I will become more motivated with life as well. My work and music is very important to me and I think as I’m not motivated with that, it’s having an effect on my life. 

So, if you actually bothered reading this, thank you, if you can think of another way to get me motivated, please leave a comment. Even if this post is a few months old, go for it. I would love to here what everyone else does to get themselves motivated. 

Owl City

Owl City is one of my primary inspirations to compose music. His style of composition and how he got into composing music is very similar to what I compose and am interested in. His composition style he stated once came about from composing instrumental pieces and then adding lyrics later. He loves music technology and now owns a private studio which is something I would love to do. Away from Adam, let’s talk about his best music.

Took this picture when I saw Owl City live

Took this picture when I saw Owl City live

Album – Maybe I’m Dreaming

It was actually a tricky decision to pick the best album but I have a very good reason for choosing Maybe I’m Dreaming which is his first. Owl City’s style has changed so much over the years that it made it hard to pin point what his best is. Maybe I’m Dreaming highlights Owl City, I think, at his best time. When it was just about writing good music for fun. It comes through in the album. Songs like ‘Sky Diver’ really show that instrumental music composing style he loves, same with ‘This is the Future’. Other songs like Technicolor Phase and Air Traffic really show where his style of mixing and lyrical style shines through, with his sweep panning and delayed vocals. I can listen to this album from start to finish without skipping and as I said earlier, it really does show Owl City at his best.

Spotify Link to album – Owl City – Maybe I’m Dreaming

Song – If My Heart Was House

This has to be his best song. It would be too cliché to say ‘Fireflies‘ and I don’t think that is his best song to be honest anyway. This comes from the Deluxe Ocean Eyes Album which I can’t believe isn’t available to purchase in the UK. The extra bonus songs are brilliant, Hello Seattle Remix is on my favourite EDM pieces to listen to. But away from the album and back to the song. The lyrical style sums up his random metaphorical writing style which I really enjoy. The whole whimsical writing style is what seperates Adam from other pop artists. Whereas mainstream pop is just music to give a catchy hook, his writing style is meant to have a crazy metaphorical meaning, and I love my metaphors.  The musical side is also brilliant, I love the drum sequencing throughout the whole piece and I wish I came up with the drum pattern myself. The synths flow so well together and throughout the chorus, the bass synth pounds out the speakers which gives me chills. The piano which comes in right after first chorus is truly beautiful.

Youtube Link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dixKa4emCw

Thomas Newman

Was listening to some Thomas Newman today so I decided that this would be the day I talk about Thomas Newman.

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If you haven’t heard of him, he is a film score composer and has done such films as Finding Nemo, American Beauty, Wall-E, Skyfall and others. He is my favourite composer. Almost all of his compositions I can recognise from his distinct composing style. I find that he is so good that a few films I went and saw specifically because he composed the music for and some of the time I didn’t even enjoy the film, I just listened to the music. 

Soundtrack – A Series of Unfortunate Events

Obviously the film itself isn’t fantastic, I do actually really enjoy this film, I love the filming style and come on, Jim Carey is epic. But the main reason I love it is because of the soundtrack. It is by far my favourite Thomas Newman soundtrack because I can listen to it from start to finish. Such songs as ‘Chez Olaf’ create such a fantastic perspective on the Count Olaf character, and the Baudelaire Twins is equally as brilliant creating their characters together. ‘Lovely Spring’ is such a fun song also, a song I commonly sang with my friends back when this film first came out. But the song that really gets me is ‘The Letter that Never Came’ a truly beautiful song, fantastic melody, great arrangement and the almost brings a tear to my eye. Fantastic soundtrack.

Link to soundtrack via Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/3APjdBSpcHFNPYwQwlUZlb

Song – Nemo Egg

Bit of an obvious one but it really is his best song. The duration is only 1:16 but it goes to show, a great song doesn’t have to be long to be great. The melody on the piano and the build up of ambiance in the background with strings creates a perfect theme for Finding Nemo. When I first purchased this song, I would sometimes loop it for when I was going to sleep as it was almost like a lullaby to me. Music that touches your soul in some way becomes very personal to you, whether it’s because of lyrics, or because the way the music flows together makes you feel something special. Nemo Egg is one of mine. And I thank Thomas Newman for composing such a beautiful piece of music. Even if it is only 1:16 in length.  

Link to ‘Nemo Egg’ – http://open.spotify.com/track/0VEf913GDXMlb196o6VOCV

Bon Jovi

 

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I thought I’d start out my blog with my all time favourite band. Bon Jovi. I’ve been listening to Bon Jovi since I was 13 and was the first band I ever went crazy about. Bon Jovi has meant many things to me, their music has inspired me in many ways as a performer, composer and overall musician. In fact, the majority of learning of the guitar was from watching live videos of Richie Sambora playing Bon Jovi concerts. 

Album: These Days

My favourite album has to be These Days. The reason I recommend this album above all the others is because it isn’t expressed as being the best album because it has the most hits, in fact not many of their hits came from this album. I enjoy this album the most because of it’s writing style, lyrical content and overall production sound. The mix on each song is amazingly well balanced and effects added work perfectly to compliment the songs. A few notable songs are: 
Hey God, This Ain’t a Love Song, Hard Letting You Go, and My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms. These are the songs that best high light the overall sound of the album and I hope you agree that these songs sound fantastic.

Spotify Link to album – http://t.co/pGO7WUnaOM

Song: Dry County

My all time favourite song by Bon Jovi (and possibly all time) is Dry County from the Keep the Faith album. This is the longest song by Bon Jovi being the length of 9:52. This song is a very personal song to me it is a song about inspiration and escapism. The overall mix might not be fantastic so generally the reason I love this song so much is the lyrical content and musical composition. When I heard this song live in 2011 at Hard Rock Calling Festival, I swear I nearly cried. I shouldn’t leave out that Dry County also has probably one of the greatest guitar solos of all time by Richie. 

Link to full length song on Spotify – http://t.co/ZJeUWfWpfZ
Link to shorter single version on Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ja1aHnj7Wk

My blog

This blog is created mainly document my findings in artists and music I find. Through this blog you should be able to find a collection of songs, albums and artists I enjoy. This is the main plan for this blog and I hope it keeps up to it’s name.