Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for all the support for "Halloween, I'm Afraid" people! Going into write/record mode now for next years follow up album "More Halloween, I'm Afraid", 4 songs are "in the can" already as they say. Sometimes inspiration can be triggered by a single photograph, here's one that has me thinking already, it looks like some kind of ghost tree....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great Podcast Discovery - Aural Apocalypse

I'd like to share this podcast with anyone who likes my music, when I found it a couple of weeks ago and listened to a few episodes I was elated to find people who make and like music in the same vein as I do. DJ Merrick starts each episode with her cryptic message, "Aural Apocalypse - A Soundtrack For the Final Days", and proceeds to play music by artists from all over the world creating the darkest sounds you will ever hear. While my music isn't as dark as most of the music I hear on these podcasts, I do think a couple of my songs would fit right in, such as "Overmed Daydream" and "Electro Acoustic Lament". Several of the songs I've heard here combine acoustic instruments with synths and/or industrial noise to create an amazing, inspiring atmosphere. You can find it online here: Aural Apocalypse Website

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Progress Report - "More Halloween, I'm Afraid"

I have four songs written and recorded now for the follow up album to "Halloween, I'm Afraid" and have a lot of ideas and little snippets of music to work with so far for more. My website is getting a lot of traffic, I seem to have caught on to a trend I wasn't looking for. People who are not only halloween fanatics, but progressive rock fans as well. The funny thing is, when I first got into the whole "Dulcet Jones" thing and began creating this music I wasn't aiming for the halloween market at all. I've always been really into halloween but that wasn't in the forefront until after playing several of my new tracks for my teenage daughter and having her say they all sound spooky. That's why several of the songs on "Halloween, I'm Afraid" don't have particularly halloweenish or spooky titles. My daughter is now doing the artwork for my album covers, having graduated from a reputable college in graphic design, that's her handiwork on the cover for "Halloween, I'm Afraid", and she has already made a really cool cover for the follow up. And speaking of halloween, there was a "Zombie Walk" through the local downtown here yesterday, here's a pic:

The Official Dulcet Jones Website

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Unusual Ghost Riders

As the countdown to Halloween closes in I am remembering to take my camera with me when I venture out, yesterday I spotted this scene along a road near a rural Ontario town. I suspect the builder of this has some welding skills, it looks like metal work from the side of the road. Things like this inspire me to create more spooky music......

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Little Neutrino" - Klaatu, One of my Influences

Among all of the artists and bands that have had a big influence on my song creation process there are a number of specific songs that stand out. "Little Neutrino" from the first Klaatu album is one of them. A song that came from the 1970's that featured acoustic instruments and synthesizers plus a creepy vocoder effect on the vocals that gave it an alien feel. Add to that the lengthy outro where the sounds of rockets and colliding metal drift in and out adding to the spacey atmosphere in a way I had never heard before. This song was a bit of an anomaly for this record though, most of the other songs were a little more upbeat and, while very progressive, had more of a pop sound, especially in the vocals. Another oddity attached to this record was a short splash in the press where several stories cropped up claiming Klaatu was actually the Beatles recording under a different name. Many things gave this theory credibility, the fact that no musicians names were listed on the cover and they had one vocalist who sounded a lot like John Lennon, and another that sounded quite a bit like Paul McCartney, plus some of the song writing had a Beatles feel to it. It was eventually revealed though that the members of Klaatu were in fact a couple of Canadian session musicians. The success of this album urged them to round up some more members and release more music. This link is to the YouTube video;
Little Neutrino