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More than a century prior to Róçtok's takeover of the Eastern Union of Kingdoms, the world of Folúp' was almost pushed to the brink: Mysteries unravelled, histories rewritten, and civilisations rediscovered. And this story shall also be told; the puzzle will soon be finally solved, one piece at a time...

Tales of Amis'fiça: Black Millennium — Act Two: Found (2024)

01. No Ruby Slippers 3:06
02. The Nexus 6:08
03. Iron on Iron (Battlecry) 8:21
04. One Million Words 7:35
05. Nadir... 6:25
06. ...Zenith 6:08
07. O Naïve One, You and Your Friends are Far from the First 9:51
--- I. The Escape
--- II. Heart of the Matter
--- III. Collision Chaos

08. The Silent Hero 5:31
09. Homeward Bound 9:34
10. Someone Else's Story — III — Tkáyo's Voyage 9:50

We rejoin our heroes as they continue their quest to rescue Nason', Girudì's fortress inching ever closer. But as they approach their destination, Tkáyo still cannot help but feel responsible for everything that has befallen them...

It was kind of obvious that calling the previous album "Act One" meant there was going to be a sequel, wasn't it? Believe me, I'm nowhere near done with telling this little story arc.
Might be a bit more of a wait for the next album, though... got one or two ideas that I'd like to get out of the way before tackling that one; Probably looking at 2027 at the latest.
Music Showcase / Not a Number: Absolution (single)
March 02, 2024, 09:37:53 AM
Absolution (2024)
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01. Absolution 5:22
[spoiler]02. Absolution [Instrumental] 5:22
03. Absolution [A capella] 4:41[/spoiler]

Recently been obsessed with watching Murder Drones on YouTube; and with the last two episodes on the horizon, I couldn't help but get inspired.
Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) Redux (2023)

01. Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) Redux 4:48
[spoiler]02. Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) Redux [Instrumental] 4:48
03. Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) Redux [A capella] 3:51
04. Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) [original 2013 mix] 4:38
05. Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead) [2023 Rough demo vers.] 4:42[/spoiler]

Today marks the tenth anniversary of "Olduvai (Knee-Deep in the Dead)", an admittedly-unknown song from my back catalogue, one that I don't recall ever sharing (I don't even think I had shared it on the old TIMGUL site... it's certainly not in the archives). But, much like what I had done with Aphelion back in 2021, I had long felt that this track also needed the sound it truly deserved.

For archive's sake, I have included the original 2013 version of "Olduvai" alongside the 2023 Redux, both as a pay-what-you-want download, or you can purchase it for exclusive extras.
I did also upload it onto Spotify, but I think the distributor's being a bit slow.
More than a century prior to Róçtok's takeover of the Eastern Union of Kingdoms, the world of Folúp' was almost pushed to the brink: Mysteries unravelled, histories rewritten, and civilisations rediscovered. And this story shall also be told; the puzzle will soon be finally solved, one piece at a time...

Tales of Amis'fiça: Black Millennium — Act One: Lost (2022)
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01. The Next Piece of the Puzzle 2:56
02. Someone Else's Story — I — Extras 7:16
03. The Great Migration 5:44
04. Someone Else's Story — II — Hand of Steel 8:37
05. Against the Shadow 2:51
--- I. An Incoming Storm
06. Against the Shadow 4:41
--- II. Within the Inbetween
--- III. Welcome, Traveller

07. Lost & Found 9:56
--- I. Hey, You...You're Finally Awake (A Million Miles Away)
--- II. Enter Miyalu
--- III. Silent Connection

08. The Curse of the Isles of Amis'fiça 10:03
--- I. Exception to the Rule
--- II. Darkness' Descent
--- III. The Curse
--- IV. To the Lands that Lie Beyond the Wall

09. On the Wings of a Dragon 5:51
10. There's No Place Like Home 4:18

Deluxe Bandcamp Edition bonus tracks:

11. The Nexus [demo] 6:08
12. The Next Piece of the Puzzle [instrumental] 3:09
13. Someone Else's Story — I — Extras [instrumental] 7:08
14. The Great Migration [instrumental] 5:20
15. Someone Else's Story — II — Hand of Steel [instrumental] 8:06
16. Against the Shadow [instrumental] 7:04
17. Lost & Found [instrumental] 9:41
18. The Curse of the Isles of Amis'fiça [instrumental] 9:43
19. On the Wings of a Dragon [instrumental] 5:51
20. There's No Place Like Home [instrumental] 4:16

"Have you ever noticed that all stories start in the middle? Not its premise, of course; but the surrounding context and the stage presented are always set long before any tale's commencement.
But ah, do I detect an air of bewilderment amongst the audience that I am granted? Perhaps this is our paths crossing for the first time, be it for you, or indeed... for I? You must forgive me, for the directions in which time herself has shown she can flow are not as uniform as one would first assume.
Nonetheless, while I sense no ill in introductions, one could argue it unnecessary to give you mine. Not that you are not deserving mind you, but while I am not exactly of... "your" world, it would be foolish to say that I am of... "this" one either. Think of me as "The Weaver" of this "web" being re-spun before you.
But this path has already been predetermined; neither you, nor even I can alter its course or outcomes, with the fates of its world's peoples locked forever, set in stone. Of course, it is always said that the journey is more than the destination..."

You didn't think this story was going to be over after the conclusion of the Messenger Trilogy albums, did you? Oh no, I've only just begun to tell the stories of this world.
Obviously, as the title implies, this is just the first half of this particular story, but I have been busy working on Act Two — no idea on when it'll be finished, but I'm hoping for the end of next year, barring any delays.
Aphelion Redux (2021)

01. Aphelion Redux 9:26
[spoiler]02. Aphelion Redux [Instrumental] 9:26
03. Aphelion Redux [A capella] 8:17
04. Aphelion Redux [2021 Rough Demo vers.] 9:31[/spoiler]

Today marks the tenth anniversary of my debut EP, Day One.
And honestly looking back on it, I feel the years have not been kind to it. My vocal range was much narrower back then compared to now, the mixing was pretty lackluster (it sounded great through my headphones, but PC speakers? oof), and overall far too rough-sounding. Don't get me wrong, I'm still pretty proud of that release, but over time, I've always felt that I could have done much better, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it the sound I was originally aiming for back in 2011.

Initially, I was going to remake the entire EP, but the other three tracks in DAY ONE wouldn't be able to exist in the same form if made today. Not to say those ideas won't get repurposed elsewhere; I still have an old harddrive from that time full of unreleased songs and unfinished projects, they too might get the redux/repurpose treatment soon...?

As for DAY ONE itself, I'm still keeping it public, but only for archive's sake:
ele.mental [EP] (2020)

01. VOID 4:43
02. EARTH 4:42
03. FIRE 4:11
04. WATER 4:24
05. AIR 4:47
06. ÆTHER 10:46

Given how... "current circumstances with the world" has made me limit what time I spend outside (and I hope everyone is staying safe and sane too), I figured I'd make use of that time.
Lyric- and songwise, this is completely unconnected to the overall "mythos" that I've been telling with my original music thus far (from the three albums I've already released to the ones I have planned), but this was certainly a fun project while I put together ideas for the fourth album. The fact that this only took me a few months to write makes me think I could make Album 4 on a slightly smaller scale (ie., two short albums rather than one long one). Heck, I might even do something like this again in the future.
hey not a number remember when you did those albums a couple years ago
yeah what about them
you know they're called "trilogy part 2 and 3" right
uh huh
so about "part 1-

The Messenger Trilogy, Part I: Fall of the Messengers (2020)

01. Prelude to the Fall 2:01
02. Long Live the Kings 3:34
03. The Secret Princess 4:21
04. Willing Duke I: Mine By Right 4:35
05. Willing Duke II: An Act of Treason 4:41
06. Defender of the Glory 4:04
07. Suburban Girl I: The Innocent Lies 5:11
08. Cold Sweat 6:05
09. The Resistance 7:57
10. "So They Say..." 3:05
11. Suburban Girl II: The Guilty Truth 2:30
12. Upon a Furrowed Brow 6:49
13. Willing Duke III: Midnight, Tonight (The Last Stand) 9:29
-- I. On My Mark
-- II. The Last Stand
-- III. Have At You
-- IV. Hanlon's Razor

14. Rise of the Second Eastern Union 4:24
15. Take Your Place 9:12

For those wondering about the other two parts of the Trilogy, I already made a thread for those in case you want to hear the rest of the story.

And with that, the Messenger Trilogy is finally finished, which is a sentence I never thought I'd say... but at the same time, this project is far from over; this was just an introduction to the world in which it all takes place in; the starter's over, it's time for the main course (which I have no idea when it'll be all done - I'm aiming for the fourth album to be done by 2023 - three years should be plenty of time)

Unforgotten EP (2019)

01. Unforgotten Realms 1:23
02. The Ballad of Bopen 4:23
03. The Song of Dragons 0:41

3-track tribute to URealms Live, a Tabletop RPG-type show on YouTube/Twitch (think Dungeons & Dragons meets Whose Line Is It Anyway?).
They finished their third Season not too long ago, so with Season 4 on the horizon I figured I'd do something special (and unofficial, these are just covers/adaptations of works from the show).
Tracks 1 and 2 from downloaded from Bandcamp for (minimum) free, however purchasing the full EP also includes instrumentals and stems to the tracks.
Additionally, Track 2, "The Ballad of Bopen", has its own music video:
It's not quite 2019 yet in my timezone so the joke still holds

Also available on Bandcamp:

Original for comparison:

Metal cover to "I Am... All of Me", originally by Crush 40, from Shadow the Hedgehog.

Also available on Bandcamp:
Rock cover to "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Uploaded on the 21st night of September because that is literally the only reason I did this.

Also available on Bandcamp:
Music Showcase / Not a Number - Listen/Go
September 10, 2018, 09:08:14 PM
• Listen/Go ~Play Along Mode~ 2:19
• Listen/Go ~Challenge Mode~ 3:33
A short rock instrumental, inspired by rhythm game music (in particular, "Two-Torial" from Sound Voltex, which I would link if YouTube BBCode tags would behave on my end).
As the tracklist above implies, there are two separate versions to the song: ~Play Along Mode~, a simple playthrough of the song; and ~Challenge Mode~, which.. well, if you have some drums on hand, you might want to sit at. ;)

~Play Along Mode~:

~Challenge Mode~:

Bandcamp download:
Also, similar to 3-Sphere, this is not likely to go on The Messenger Trilogy, part I, but it was still a blast to put together.
Music Showcase / Water (Andrew Huang) – Rock cover
August 22, 2018, 09:21:09 PM
Almost forgot to post this here...
Rock cover to "Water", originally by Andrew Huang.

• Water -- Rock cover 4:34

Bandcamp download:

Original for comparison:

Music Showcase / Soulless 4 – Orchestral Remix
August 04, 2018, 05:11:51 PM
Orchestral remix to Soulless 4, originally composed by ExileLord.

* Soulless 4 (Orchestral Remix) 12:21
At over 12 minutes in length, this is officially the longest song I have ever produced, beating my old track Phoenix which, at 11:43, had held onto that title since 2009.

Bandcamp download:

Original for comparison:

Should I ever remix/cover Soulless 5, it won't be for a long time, since a) I have other covers in the pipeline I want doing, and b) it's 17 minutes long. This remix alone took me two and a half months to put together.So with all that said, enjoy. Or endure, whichever applies.
Title says it all, really: Orchestral Remix to "The Muffin Song" from asdfmovie7.
• The Muffin Song (Orchestral Remix) 3:11

Bandcamp download:

Original for comparison:

Music Showcase / Not a Number - 3-sphere
May 19, 2018, 03:20:27 PM
3-sphere 1:15

SKETCH 01 to 3-sphere.

Probably not going to actually do anything more with this, since it doesn't fit in with what I have planned for The Messenger Trilogy, part I at the moment – I could keep it until Album 4 if I don't use it there, but that's many years down the line from now.

Either way, this is just an idea that I wanted out of my system. Got a little inspired from Hack Music Theory's video on TesseracT (who's video in turn was inspired from TesseracT's "Luminary") and, to music-theory-geek-out for a moment, wanted to write a song in a similar style that also didn't put emphasis on the "1" beat, as well as faff around with some polyrhythms (the middle section in particular having an instrument in 15/8 over the song's 12/8).

Maybe I'll do something with this in the future, maybe it'll get worked into The Messenger Trilogy, part I somehow, who knows.
Music Showcase / I wrote this song in 60 seconds
April 14, 2018, 11:12:44 PM
...and boy, it shows.

Stream/Download links:
FurAffinity –
Bandcamp –

Video detailing the production process:
Since finishing the second album The Messenger Trilogy, Part III back in September, I figured I'd make a thread for development on the third album, that being Part I (yes, these are being released out of order, it just makes more sense from a narrative standpoint). This thread will probably be solely for any WIPs that I write for Part I, and will be creating a new thread for when the album itself is complete (which I don't know when that will be; I'd like to finish it ideally by late-2019, mid-2020 at the latest).

For now, here are the current list of WIPs for The Messenger Trilogy, Part I:

• 02. Long Live The Kings 1:58 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-01-15)
• 04. The Willing Duke I: Mine By Right 4:36 [SKETCH 01] (2018-11-12)
• 05. The Willing Duke II: An Act of Treason 4:26 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-01-17)
• 06. Defender of the Glory 1:35 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-02-17)
• 07. Innocence 1:59 [SKETCH 01b] (2017-12-15)
• 08. Cold Sweat 2:30 [SKETCH 01c] (2018-11-04)
• 09. The Resistance 4:57 [single edit] (2019-03-29)
• 10. "So They Say..." 3:03 [SKETCH 02b] (2018-11-28)
• 12. Upon a Furrowed Brow 6:53 [SKETCH 01] (2018-05-10)
• 13. The Willing Duke III: Midnight, Tonight (The Last Stand) [I. On My Mark] 1:25 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-01-03)
• 13. The Willing Duke III: Midnight, Tonight (The Last Stand) [II. The Last Stand] 1:47 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-01-03)
• 13. The Willing Duke III: Midnight, Tonight (The Last Stand) [III. Have At You] 1:52 [SKETCH 01a] (2019-01-04)
• 15. Take Your Place 1:58 [SKETCH 01] (2019-02-03)

List will be constantly updated as new WIPs are added.
I realise some/most may not remember me, but those who do will be glad to know I've still been making music in the years you may have missed me, finishing my first two albums:

The Messenger Trilogy, Part II: Decet Hostium (2015)

01. run /INTROD~1.BAT 2:22
02. Overture for the Upgraded 1:21
03. Pareidolia 5:38
04. To Arms, Brothers; We Are At War! (pt I: Fate Denied) 3:53
05. To Arms, Brothers; We Are At War! (pt II: The Rebellion) 5:43
06. Cure? 5:37
07. Man Becoming Cold (The Surrender) 2:15
08. Frozen, Unconscious... Immortal 7:24
09. Rogue Terminal 5:25
10. Machine Becoming Warm (The Uprising) 2:09
11. VICHAMA The Destroyer 4:16
12. Release Candidate 8:14
13. The Ghost Inside 9:05
The Messenger Trilogy, Part III:
The New World and The World Beyond

01. S.O.S. (intro) 2:14
02. The New World 8:34
-- I. Welcome to the End
-- II. The Silver Lining
-- III. Atonement
-- IV. Welcome to the End (reprise)

03. What If..? (The Drake Equation) 5:46
04. Fermi Paradox 8:43
-- I. This Black Universe
-- II. Faster-Than-Light
-- III. Transmission
-- IV. Re:Transmission
-- V. A World Out There

05. Exodus One 5:30
06. T Minus I: Come So Far 3:01
07. T Minus II: Blastoff (Another Dark Sphere) 3:54
08. New Horizons 10:52
-- I. Intermission – The Uncharted Symphony
-- II. Black Hole
-- III. In Chaos
-- IV. The Other Side

09. Follow The Signal 4:00
10. Anomaly 5:27
11. Godspeed (The Absconding) 4:54
12. The World Beyond 10:09
-- I. Destination
-- II. Revelation
-- III. Conclusion

And in case you're wondering "where is 'The Messenger Trilogy, Part I'", it's going to be the third album. Don't know when it's gonna be finished though, I'm aiming late-2019, mid-2020 at the latest.
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