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Madeline

Madeline gives my mixes a final review and approval.

Spalding Gray, in a stage monologue adapted for the screen, referred to his only published novel as a "monster in a box." I can't exactly claim my circumstances compare to Gray's, however I have referred to this project as my own "monster" and given it a hyperbolic title: No One Expects An Inquisition.

And yes, that title was lovingly ripped off from a Monty Python sketch.

Suffice it to say that it has never taken me so long to record an album. Five years is an eternity in the world of popular music - and I'll have only ten songs to show for it. Admittedly there's a voice inside my head chastising me for those ten songs when in two years I thrust The Forever Syndrome out into the world with a whopping fourteen tracks. Hindsight tells me that album could have used a bit of trimming; I have a tough time listening to it all of the way through. Then again, who buys albums any more? I fully expect Inquisition to be picked to pieces as individually downloaded files - the same à la carte that has been the fate of The Forever Syndrome. Far be it from me to tell people how to listen to the music they enjoy, especially if it is my music; I'm just pleased that people are listening.

I'm just kind of shocked at the moment. I listened to the ten songs on Inquisition from front to back and just said to myself, "it's done." I played them for my fiancée and she said, "it sounds good." My daughter didn't say much of anything coherent, however she refrained from crying for the fifty minutes the album played, so I'll take that as a tacit sign of approval on her part.

A lot has happened since I began work on Inquisition. The session files have been through four living spaces, three girlfriends, two keyboards, two laptops and one rebuild of my desktop PC. No one expects an inquisition, indeed!

But now, here it is...done. It's waiting to be sent out into the world to see if it can stand up and accomplish anything worthwhile. If you've been to any of my shows for the past few years, you've already heard at least one song from it. I'm sure I've posted tentative track lists before, but here's the final version:


  1. Triangle
  2. Impact
  3. What Might Have Been
  4. Vertical
  5. Amnestyville
  6. Retribution
  7. Resolution
  8. Lungless
  9. Two Thespians
  10. Ayn Rand Shrugged

In the next few weeks I'm going to be putting together the artwork and then shipping the disc master off to be duplicated. Fates willing that won't take another five years to accomplish.

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I've been working on a new LP (working title: No One Expects an Inquisition) for what seems like eons now. Maybe someday I'll finish it. However, as of now I've just finished one more song for it. And seeing how there's an "issue" with the "deadline" for the debt ceiling "crises" in two days, I simply can not resist blasting this little piece of contempt for libertarians onto the internet:

Ayn Rand Shrugged

Right-click and save, you know the drill. I'll likely leave it up for a week or however long the United States government deigns to continue fucking over 99% of it's citizens.

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Not cool, Quickwork Consultants, not cool at all. The following screencap was taken moments ago from the new and used section for The Forever Syndrome on amazon.com:

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"$140.24 + $2.98 shipping" - really, now? Give me $140 and that gets the purchaser 14 copies of my CD.

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It has been two months since I have written anything substantive. With Twitter and Facebook updates at my disposal, I've been treading the path of literary laziness, indulging in brief bursts of verbiage at the expense of in-depth expression. I am ever so slightly ashamed.

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I feel like hell right now. For nearly a week, I have been running on a continuous high of adrenaline, but now that I've stopped and been still for a bit, the chemical stew has withdrawn and I feel enervated. What is the lesson? If you can help it, don't stop; don't ever fucking stop.

And I would have gone on if that had been a viable option. Unfortunately, at present, my music remains an expensive hobby and not a means for supporting myself. Now and again, the thought occurs to me as to whether or not I really want to turn my passion into a viable career. Consider the number of famous musicians claiming that they hate music - it's no longer art (if ever it was), it's job to them. On the other hand, if one loves what one does and gets paid to do it, then it does not technically qualify as a "job" or "work," correct?

Presently I am not paid to do what I love. I pay to do what I love and I do it all too infrequently. Attempting to become a player in the business of music is much like gambling (or, playing the stock market). It's stupid, risky and more often than not lacking in a big, if any, payout at all. Despite the counterintuitive nature of the exercise of attempted self-promotion, there remains to compulsion to push ahead. Give up? Fuck off!

Nearly two weeks ago, I stood at the threshold of three weeks of paid vacation from my place of employment. It had been a long, hard, rough and bloody road to get to said three weeks and when I woke up on Monday, October 26th, the sweet smell of freedom hung upon the air which filled my lungs. It was glorious indeed. It also meant that I only had two days remaining in which to prepare for my tour.

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I now I have three brand new songs pretty much completely finished - keyboard, drum programming, vocals, the whole shebang. Looks like I've started work on a new album...

Progress!

Nov. 29th, 2008 03:45 pm
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Vocals recorded for two songs today! Hooray!

One came out perfect in one take. The other needs to be rerecorded because I'm not satisfied with the current results. It would figure that the one needing the redo is the one I wish to collaborate on.

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So I was thinking, "hmm, my website could use a fresh coat of virtual paint, so to speak." Thus, I opened up files on my hard drive and started tweaking things. This lead to me thinking, "well, if I change this, I may as well change this as well, and if I change that..." and so it went.

So, maybe in a couple of weeks I'll upload a website with a "fresh coat of virtual paint." Or I'll become so annoyed and frustrated that I'll leave the damn thing just as it is.

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Up until now, the only song I've rendered almost entirely in FL Studio (save for the vocals and a synth solo) was "Say It Japanese," the B-side to the "Michelle" single. Well, if my tinkering today is any indication, another song is going to join it's ranks. Suffice it to say that I don't plan on making a habit out of this when recording and I plan on playing this song live. However, the mechanical perfection of dehumanised beatlocking seems to fit this piece.

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These are the songs I played at Pegasus tonight:

Michelle
Psychosexual
Shameful Ground
Beloved
A Place Outside



Thanks to everyone who came out. I'm going to bed now.

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Sunday nights are boring, what with having to go to work the next day...but you know, you really should go out and do something. The weekend is your time and you should not give any of your time to "the man" until he's paying you for it on Monday morning. As such, I'm asking you to spend your time this evening doing something fun: ThouShaltNot is playing at The Pegasus Lounge. The Dark Clan is opening and both Wreckcreation and Illusion of Joy are on the bill as special guests. The doors open at 8:00PM, at which point, if you've purchased a ticket in advance, they'll just let you in, otherwise, you pay $12 for admittance. Sound good? Do take my suggestion for what to do with your waning weekend under consideration.

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Here are the songs I played last night at the 31st Street Pub as one of the two opening acts for Christian Death:

Beloved
Shameful Ground
Psychosexual
October
Oblivion
A Place Outside




I have to say, despite being exhausted as hell, I had a great night. I thought I wasn't into Christian Death, but after seeing them live...fuck - I have to really reassess my stand on the group and dig far deeper into their discography. They were awesome live and I kept hearing song after song that I was really enjoying. Also, I talked to a couple of the band members after the show - including Valor - good people.

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So, you all know that I - as in Illusion of Joy, because the "band" only has one member - am one of two bands/musicians (Illusion of Joy not technically being a band, what with only having one member) opening for Christian Death at the 31st Street Pub (located in Pittsburgh's Strip District - $15 at the door/21+ only). None too shabby, methinks...I mean, Christian Death isn't exactly an unknown entity in the Goth scene (to put it mildly and play it coy).

The doors to the venue open at 10:00PM - I'll be playing not long after the masses start shuffling in. Everyone reading this (within reasonable travel distance) should be among the shuffling.

Also, I really should not be drinking a caffeinated beverage right now...

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These are the songs you heard at the Shadow Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA:

Michelle
Psychosexual
A Place Outside
The Forever Syndrome
Disconnected



It was a very late show, so much, much gratitude to those who stuck it out and stayed around.

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Illusion of Joy will be taking the stage on Sunday, May 25th at The Shadow Lounge along with Gramsci Melodic, John O'Hallaron and whomever else the promoter puts on the bill. This is an all-ages show where the doors to the venue open at 6:15PM and tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. However, you have a chance to obtain tickets for free.

I have two pairs of tickets to give away. All you have to do is comment on this journal entry with your name, full mailing address and email address to be entered into a drawing for one of two pairs of tickets. Anonymous comments are enabled, allowing both LiveJournal and non-LiveJournal users alike to participate. All comments will be screened, so you are not giving away your personal information to the world. Furthermore, your email address will be used only once, to notify you if you've won the drawing. Your mailing address will be only used to deliver your tickets to you, should you win. Neither your email or postal address will be given or sold to a third party or used for any purposes other than this drawing.

Entries will be accepted from the date and time of this journal entry (May 19th, 2008; 5:30PM) until 11:59PM on Tuesday, May 20th, at which point the drawing will take place and the two winners will be notified via email and their tickets mailed the next morning.

So, what are you waiting for? Free stuff is good! Comment below to be entered...

Flyer

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This is what I played this afternoon at The Shadow Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA:

Shameful Ground
Beloved
My Heart Is Empty
Oblivion
A Smart Kid [Porcupine Tree cover]
A Place Outside




Thanks to everyone who came out!

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You all realise that I have never played live in my adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, right? Well, ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls and all others, this is about to change...

On Sunday, April 20th, Illusion of Joy will be playing along with Noland Jenkins, John O’Hallaron and a handful of other musicians at The Shadow Lounge, located at 5972 Baum Boulevard. The doors open at 6:15PM with the show starting at 6:30PM. Tickets are $10 at the door, but only $7 if purchased in advance. This show is for those 18 and over only; 21 to get intoxicated. You can purchase advance tickets by hunting me down in person if you're local, or you can buy them at my website, through PayPal. Unless you order them the weekend of the show, they will be mailed to you.

So, there you have it - the local live début of Illusion of Joy. Show up for the miserableness, stay for the angst. Rest assured, I'll be posting another reminder...because I'm annoying like that.

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There is a curse connected to the little button in Adobe Audition that is marked with a red circle. This curse is as follows: any song which has been played perfectly dozens, if not hundreds of times prior will suddenly become riddled with mistakes and slips of the fingers once said button is pressed. This will cause the musician thus afflicted to take a time-out so as not to engage in activities such as punching walls, which would ensure that no song would be played perfectly, regardless of whether or not the accursed button was pressed. It's all true, I assure you.

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Since the fixes for the errors were becoming increasingly convoluted, I just said, "fuck it," uninstalled the board, reinstalled, patched and went through the process of setting everything up again. Unfortunately, any registrations and posts that were there are gone now, so if you were registered, your profile no longer exists and you'll have to re-register.

I suppose I should consider it a small blessing that I didn't have to burn and rebuild an established board with hundreds of members and thousands of threads. Hopefully that will never happen and this new installation is far more stable than the old.

Feel free to play guinea pig.

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What's black and white with varying shades of grey and just won't fucking work right? My web forum! Yesterday I was all happy that everything seemed to be working properly. Today, I tried to log into my administration panel only to discover that I've been locked out. No, it's not hacked, it's a critical error affecting Version 3 of the board software which, because of my custom layout, I get to fix manually by tweaking the code to 77 individual files and FTPing them to the pertinent directory.

Tell me again why I wanted this little toy on my website? After this is all said and done, I expect you to all register accounts on it - even if for no other reason than to tell me what a dumb fuck I am!

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