Believe it or not (and if you do, please help me
believe it too), but I just published an album. It’s a 4-song EP entitled
« The Abode Of
The Blessed » that I recorded in an overnight session last weekend
and produced this past week.
But first things first. Before I go into more
details about the music, here’s the abridged version of what happened
since my last post.
After publishing « Takers Economy
» at the end of August (see this blog post
While the introductory movement of « Polygraph » describes a heated yet
still somewhat civilized exchange, the second chapter, « Confrontation, » aims
to depict the often difficult yet cathartic experience of having to stand
one’s ground and defend one’s views when criticism or outright
attack threatens one’s balance and inner peace.
The section was originally conceived as an instrumental wherein a dialogue
between guitar and saxophone represents the conversation as it devolves into
somewhat of a shouting match. Eventually though, I experimented with replacing
the already written notes with words, more as a lit (...)
I’ve spent the past days adding static pages to the blog and revamping
the design. After quite a few years of blogging about my music, and more
recently publishing the episodes of The Threshold Series, I have accumulated a
lot of material. However, blog posts being what they are, one would be
hard-pressed to recreate the whole picture merely by browsing the archive.
I use many online services to share my creations. My demos are available on
SoundCloud, MySpace, ReverbNation, and a variety of other such music
communities. And similarly, my written works are dispersed on my Issuu channel,
on the Facebook pages dedicated to my ebooks, or in blog posts here and
elsewhere, notably in the many Ning networks of which I am a member.
The objective of the overhaul is therefore to hav (...)
Chapter 18 : Lightning Strikes
Richard Ramsay is the star of the eighteenth
episode of The Threshold Series, the concluding chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto
A New World. »
We find the veteran politician staring outwards
from a window of the sky lounge of his private yacht, musing about the weather,
while on a visit to Bahía Alegría.
« The former Chancellor had needed to take a short vacation from all
the craziness, to let the dust settle after the spectacular collapse of the
schemes of his party. But apparently, even right in the heart of the bay of joy,
satisfaction didn’t come easy for him. The ordinarily hot and sunny reso (...)
Chapter 17 : Where Will You Be
The central character of this week’s
instalment of The Threshold Series is Rahu Lüli, the young cenobite from
At the beginning of the chapter, the teenager is
getting ready to leave the monastery, and he ponders the events that have led
him to believe that he has found the identity of the next spiritual leader of
the remote community.
« As he finished putting his things in his backpack, the novice
recalled how he had come to the decision. After what Kasulik Sõber had
revealed, when he had climbed to the plateau where the solar panels were
arrayed, the visions of the unknown lady had incr (...)
Chapter 16 : The Solid Time Of Change
The sixteenth chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A
New World » features the scientific facilities of Veshtar, and revolves around
At the end of an all-nighter, weary of responding
to video emails, the famous space engineer takes a break to rest his eyes, and
ponders the recent developments in the political arena.
« Over the years, the physicist had learned the hard way that there
were transition phases, or at any rate that’s how he referred to them.
During these episodes, life required him to plough forward at all costs, no
matter how exhausted he was, and no matter which obsta (...)
Chapter 15 : Tempus Fugit
This week’s instalment of the Threshold
Bookcast takes place in Hasania, the so-called artificial state governed by Omar
As the chapter begins, we find Richard Ramsay,
the legendary Conservative leader, entertaining himself around the estate of his
wealthy hosts, while he waits to meet the patriarch of the dynasty.
« The veteran statesman had never interested himself in the process by
which artificial islands were brought into existence, or rather, not more than
superficially anyhow. His agenda was usually too crowded for him to take the
time and learn about the details of such realizations. He (...)
Chapter 14 : Silent Talking
The fourteenth episode of The Threshold Series
focuses on Olivia Romero, the Chief Environmental Adviser of Neo Apollonia.
At the beginning of the chapter, the former
activist is walking towards the church of the Community, all the while pondering
the circumstances which have led her to spend most of her life on Ovel.
« Such preoccupations wouldn’t have crossed her mind back when she
had first set foot in the megapolis, the quinquagenarian fondly recollected. It
had been almost forty years already. She was among the original generation of
Ovelians born aboard a space station. She had not ev (...)
Chapter 13 : Keys To Ascension
Rahu Lüli, the teenage monk from Kõrgus, is
once again the central character of the weekly instalment of the Threshold
This time, we find the novice reminiscing as he
explores unknown territory uphill, following a hunch that has occurred to him
prior to the morning ritual.
« Gazing up, the apprentice had detected an odd detail. Something was
decidedly wrong about the view, and it couldn’t but have a meaning. Over
the years, the pitch black walls of the cylindrical hole had obviously been
darkened by the combustion fumes rising from the cauldrons of scented oil. Yet,
the fact that (...)