Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) –The Fans Speak (Day 19)

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Greetings All,

Once again, I’m really happy at the results of the Halcyon Sky EP. It was truly created to be a musical gift to all of you, but the responses, the comments I’ve received are nothing short of great and with that said, I’m grateful. I thought I’d share with you some of the commentary:

“You have no idea how much I needed to hear this music today The music is amazing. It’s exactly what I need in my life right now….: – J.M. – Lincoln Park, MI Halcyon Sky is lovely nice.

“Thank you for sharing it is fabulous!” – C.H. – Worcester, MA

“Love it. As cool as the other side of the pillow.” – D.M. – Argyle, Maine

“I love it! Congratulations!” – K.S. – Bradenton, FL

“and to let you know the title track Halcyon Sky was my first choice…..simplistic beauty…” – J.J – Tulsa, OK

“Very chill. Love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.” – JC- Austin, TX

“Congrats on the release. This has a Beautiful, chill vibe” – Q.S. – Washington, DC

“Nice!” – A.R. – Upper Marlboro, MD

“I have been waiting for this and so far what I hear is worth the wait Great stuff bro Loving it. – D.P. – Clinton, MD

“Halcyon Sky is lovely nice.” – C.B. – NYC

Doug, here’s to you and your efforts with this fabulous production! Sounds great and I’m wishing you all the best of success with Halcyon Sky!” P.C. – NYC

“Anxiety attacks are not my friend. Halcyon Sky helps. Well done, Doug! Well done” – A.T. – Atlanta, GA

“Looking forward to listening to your new EP, Doug! Congrats! (P.S. Aren’t we overdue to work on some music?! LOL)” – J.H. – Greensboro, NC

I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed twice, so far, about the EP. You can read (audio coming soon) Felicia’s interview and listen to Calandra’s interview at their respective locations:

New Music – Halcyon Sky – Felicia Hodges/Tigerlily Communications

Artist Conversation with Mr. Fresh – Halcyon Sky EP

Below is a very short promo video for the project, featuring a little studio footage.

You can stream/download the EP, here.

Once again, thanks!

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Welcome to The Sunday Soundtrack – 24 Aug 14

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Greeting Listeners.

Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. It’s always good to be back, especially as we come to the close of another summer soulstice. I don’t know about you, but I definitely would like there to be a “restart” button, I’d be pushing it with a vengeance! LOL.

I bring to you seven tracks, many of them are marked as first time appearances on the podcast. I hope you enjoy them as well as I do. Without further adieu….the tracklist:

1. Let Go – Inside Out/Kuba
2. Aerosol (Ice Lounge Mix) – Sunrider/Jens Buchert
3. Cosmopole – Cantoma
4. Deep (f/C3) – Halcyon Sky/Mr. Fresh
5. Zauis (Ski Oakenfull Mix) – Sousode Records Compilation/Incognito
6. Chamorrita – What Love Is/AfterSix Productions
7. New Dawn – Halcyon Sky/Mr. Fresh

Special shout outs to Cross Country Collective (Trel Robinson and Todd Kelley), Calandra Branch for conducting the interview of me for my debut EP, Halcyon Sky, my newest drop deliverer and CEO of the PR firm, Tigerlily Communications, Felicia Hodges, and of course…to all the fan, both of Halcyon Sky and The Sunday Soundtrack.

Have a great day!

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) –The Release/The Thanks – Day 18

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Greetings all…

Hope everyone is enjoying the day, night, evening, or whatever time it is as you read this. As some of you know, I’m happy to have released my debut EP, Halcyon Sky. In some ways, it felt like giving birth, metaphorically of course. The thought process and conception for this release started back in January of this year, but officially work on it started a month later. As mentioned in a few Facebook posts (and probably in the early days of chronologing the journey here), the inspiration for it came from my love for the genres that influenced me to conmpose these seven tracks. It doing it, at times it felt like work but all in all, I wanted to not just release the EP, but do in based on all the tasks involved and staying to schedule. This release was not manifested without some lessons learned. As a matter of fact, there are two or three lessons learned that almost caused me not to release the project at all.

I understand that I’ll be interviewed not once, but twice, so I’ll leave a lot of the background out of this blog post in anticipation of answering interview questions that will allow me to elaborate further.

I do want to take a moment to extend my thanks not only all those that encouraged me along the way, but to those who supported the project by purchasing it a price they chose to. I highly appreciate that as I released this to be a free project, a first time musical gift to the masses. It was not my intent to make any money off of it, but to instead share musical compositions that reflect my deep fondness for the genres of chillout and downtempo. I decided that all proceeds are going into the ASIA fund. What is ASIA? I’m glad you asked. Stay tuned for the upcoming interviews to find out. For all those who have and will support the project by purchase, I’m working on a bonus track exclusively for you. When completed and uploaded, please be on the look out for a download code in your email.

Once again, thanks for all the positive comments, FB likes, the whole nine yards. Special shout out to my boys, “bandmates”, C3 – Todd Kelley and Trel Robinson, for mad puttin’ down on the track “Deep”. More to come on that as well.

Have a productive and positively prosperous day.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Available Aug 9, 2014 – day 17

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Greetings friends and fam and an early good morning. Many of you have read blog posts I’ve done journaling the release of my debut project, Halcyon Sky. The wait is just about over. Halcyon Sky will be available for download this Saturday, August 9 (coincidentally, that date, I just realized, is another special date).

For those who are not familiar with the blog posts and background of the project, here we go. Some of you know I’m the originator of the chillout, smooth electronica, and downtempo podcast called The Sunday Soundtrack. It was about 10 years ago that I became really enamored with those genres of music – very smooth, cool, laid back, easy, and relaxing. Music is a universal language and those genrutes, reminiscent of tracks you’d here along the beaches and venues of Ibiza, became a favorite of mine.

Being a musician since I was a teenager and jumping into the foray of musical production since the 90s and watching the technology advance, I decided to one day release a project such as this.

Halcyon Sky is a collection of seven tracks of instrumental chillout, my take on it, based on the years I’ve been listening to it. I have the distinct pleasure of featuring one track entitled “Deep” by C3 (better known as Crosscountry Collective – Trel Robinson, Todd Kelley, and myself) Better yet, it’s really just a set of tracks I wanted to share with the world. Nothing needing some spectacular trumpet fanfare of introduction or anything I hope to make some tremendous profit off, just a gift share. Those who are fans of these genres will enjoy this project the most. Those who are new to these genres, well, I hope you’ll enjoy some, if not all of the tracks on this project.

I’m also happy to say that you’ll be able to read two upcoming interviews by Calandra Branch and Felixia Hodges about this project’s origin and a few other goodies I’m sure :)

Halcyon Sky – available August 9 on bandcamp.com

Thanks for the read. Enjoy the day.

Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 16

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1:47am. Yesterday was a day primarily devoted to moving the EP along. A few months ago when I started this journey, I had the EP scheduled to drop yesterday, but time flies whether you’re having fun or not. Returning to work after a 15 month layoff made me realize that, ideally, I have less time on my hands to complete this now, than before but I’m not complaining due to the reasoning why.

The website is done and four of the ten tracks are ready to be mixed down, so even though the drop date is slipped, all in all, the progress isn’t bad. The track edits are finally done for the song I was working on, a song that I actually started to compose two summers ago. while on vacation in a hotel room. Today, it was back to a track I composed about four years ago originally entitled “Third Sky”, which is being renamed for this EP. Though the arrangement, the drums, and the synth pads are fine, the bass guitar is decent, but it needs to be redone. The guitar I *maybe* can live with but wont listen to again for a day or so. Either way, those are two tracks I didn’t really plan time to redo, but upon listening again…

The other five tracks are sufficiently prioritized such that I can reschedule a more realistic drop date. That planning will have to wait until tonight. Sleep time is definitely now….hmmm..I just realized I ate almost a whole pack of Club Crackers while typing this post…

Have a great Sunday.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 15

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Greetings, Sitting in the public library in between stops, basking in a little satisfaction. Ahh yes…forward motion. Last night I wrapped up mixing one of the tracks on for the EP. It’s a track I composed about two years ago and thought it’d make an excellent song for the project. Though it’s in it’s pre-mastered state, a good thing to do for any track at this point is to play it on various systems – mp3 player, CD player, over computer speakers, studio monitors, etc. This is to try to achieve the best sound possible across the many mediums people listen to music on.

I burned it to CD and took for a ride around the city today….I like! Not too bassy coming out of the SUV’s sound system, percussion is nice and organic sounding, acoustic guitar is sweet. next is an mp3 for the iPod.

So, I can pretty much scratch this one off until I get to the part of the schedule where I master all the tracks over a few days. Forward motion. On to the next track in the priority list tonight.

In the last post, I mentioned starting design of the Bandcamp page. That actually is now completed as well. I like banner artwork and the color scheme design. Onward.

Have a good one….

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 14

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Greetings all…
For those of you in the US, I hope you are enjoying Memorial Day and taking a moment to reflect upon why this holiday was created. It’s been pretty quiet here and I’ve decided to stay out of the heat.

The EP all of the tracks in various stages of development and with that, I’m backtracking to something I should have done at the onset – develop a production schedule. That said, it’s done. Working backwards from the target drop date, all the tasks needed to be done to meet that drop date are now scheduled, soooo…here we go.

Special initial shout outs to Stephanie Labeda for the artwork and my boys Todd Kelley and Fave (C3) for the completed collaboration on one of the tracks.

That’s it for now…

Have a great one….

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 13

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[12:39 am] I don’t know if I can actually count yesterday as a true day 13 of working on the EP because I’ve nothing but tech difficulties in studio – I should say technical difficulty as it only pertains to re-setting up a wireless mouse. Non-powered USB hubs can be finicky and I think this is the case because connecting a portable USB hard drive doesn’t always seem to work. That being said, I’ll probably hit up eBay or Amazon to see if I can find one on the cheap. In any event, not actually working on tracks allowed me to take time to think about a realistic release date. Now that I’ve settled on one, it’s time to define the schedule to meet it. Every track on the EP is in some state of development, so I believe it”l be easy to (ideally) stick to schedule.

Initially, this EP was supposed to be comprised of tracks totally done by me only, but I already have (as some of you read) the (desired) collaboration with Todd and Fave of C3. I’m considering doing one more with a DC metro area artist whom I’ve had a few lengthy discussions with…good ones at that. That, in itself, will alter the drop date, but maybe I may go ahead with that.

Been an *interesting* weekend from a mental standpoint and kinda glad it’s over (who really ever said they were glad to see the weekend go, but….). Anyway, classical music is playing in the background. I get in the mood at times and this is one of those times.

Time to turn in….

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 12

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Last night, I continued with the track I mentioned in the last post. I decided to add a synth solo at the section of the song right before the outro, using the same patch from Massive that played the synth hook in the beginning of the song. It came out nicely, after adjusting some MIDI velocities on that solo.

As for the bass synth track, I think I’m going to start with Logic’s Basement Bass, from the ES2 synthesizer. Once I compose and lay that track, the song will pretty much be on its way to the mix phase (that’s if I don’t add this guitar track I am conceptualizing in my head)> If I can reproduce what I’m hearing in my head, I think it’ll add a nice touch to the track.

As I am documenting the progress of the EP development in these blog posts, it reminded me to take advanrage of Logic’s notepad functionality to enter things such as what sample library and samples I’ve used, settings, and anything else of interest.

Well, that’s it for now.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – Day 11

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Greetings all. It’s been a very quiet Friday evening so I took advantage of that fact to get some progress time in on the EP. Tonight I continued on one of the more chilled tracks and have finished the entire arrangement. I got a little work in on it last night and afterwards popped in a sample library disk from the lastest issue of Future Music Magazine. On this disk there are some vocal samples from a collection called Terry Grant – Voices From The Edge. While I won’t give the title of the track I’m working on, these vocal samples AUTOMATICALLY and coincidentally fit the theme of the track perfectly. All that was required was for me to chop them up and place them where they fit best in the track. With some added stereo delay, the fit very nicely. All that’s left now is to record the bass synth. Logic has a nice stock bass synth from its ES2 synthesizer that I’ll use for the last track, then it’ll be time to mix. Once you finally hear it, come back and read this post if you remember. It’ll all come together.

9:24 pm…I gotta make a run. Have a good and safe weekend….

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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