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SEO

Posted by Ad on May 6, 2011

So there’s this thing websites do… or actually, the ppl running the websites, do. It’s when they utilize a variety of techniques to make their site seem more popular and more important to search engines. This is bugging me, and has been for some time. I like reading about ppl’s thoughts on my music. I like it when ppl mention me or my music. I like it when I inspire jewelry (really made my day, also mentioned on my twitter).

What I don’t like is having to spend so much time rewriting my searches so I can actually find this. Google’s selective searches do a decent job at filtering out some of the sites that pop up, but how do I know I’m not missing out on sites with genuine interst in my work?

So instead of blog and forum posts that mention my music, I get hundreds of free mp3 sites that offer for free a free mp3 of my music as free mp3s. I can’t think of any way it’s ethical to distribute my music on a site that does more to get in the way of my searches than to actually provide ppl with my music. I tried out a few of them, and in most cases they wanted me to install some executable. Even if this isn’t spyware of some kind, most of my music atm is free and shouldn’t require any hoops to get to. Especially not when someone else stands more to gain from those hoops than I do. I mean, I made the music.

And they hide behind the “we just provide access to the content, it’s not on our servers” excuse. I can understand the youtube newb uploading an album or music video of his/her favorite band/artist without considering this is possible sales and views lost from the artist/band (then again, piracy does increase interest and thus sales… at least with Minecraft). This is done out of appreciation for the music. Ripping game contents to share with other enthusiasts and provide a resource for potential enthusiasts? Fine with me. The modding community? I kind’a wanna join it. Free mp3 download for free get rozovian music free download downloads? Leave my music alone you soulless webcrawling zombie algorithms.

When I have an album out, I’ll want ppl to buy it. I’ll want ppl to tell me what they think. I’ll want ppl to stream it from places where I actually get some revenue back. I want _people_ to hear it. I want ppl to hear it from _me_, not from some spamtastic adful directory (that looks like crap anyway).

Some years ago, the only web find for “rozovian” was some Russian philosophy book (not why I chose the name). Then I got on fictionpress with my teen ambitions, I had a depressing blog about being me as a teen, I had a mikser.net account with two semi-decent original tracks, and I had some accounts on some forums. And then ocremix happened. Now I’m all over the web. Almost every mention of “rozovian” online is me and my ocremix tracks. For better or worse. Even that vid of some dude’s oil change tutorial with my music in the background is all over the place. And apparently on every other oil-related site out there spamming themselves with quasi-related content in order to look important to Google.

At least ocremix is big enough to be the top result for “rozovian”. At least for me.

And yes, I’m intentionally adding lots of links to me. Not accidentally. I want the algorithms to know they’re all me, and think they’re all more important. At least more important that free mp3s blah blah blah.

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Quick update

Posted by Ad on July 14, 2010

Just saying that I still need a muse, OCR has put up two of my mixes in the past few months, and I’m working on an original album.

Okay, I would be working on my original album, but I need a muse. Need something to get the tracks done. I’ve started a handful of new tracks but most of them are 20-second sound tests or sketches or something. Need to write whole ones too, finish them, and make an album out of it all.

Oh and I should be working on the ocr albums I’m involved in. I could finish my involvement in two of the project with just an hour or two per track. And most of that is load time / rendering / converting.

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maybe I need a muse

Posted by Ad on May 25, 2010

Okay so, the last few… ugh, months, really, I’ve been having a hard time finishing any tracks. I’ve got some plans for original albums, small vgm remix albums, and of course finished the project tracks I’ve promised ppl. Ugh, promises.

That got me thinking… I sometimes write better just because someone inspires me. I wrote my Bionic Commando track by listening to Rebecca Mayes’ take on the new Bionic Commando game. Which reminds me, the remix isn’t actually done yet, I was gonna redo the drums. *sigh*

I always thought I was a bit of an asocial person, but I’m generally more energetic and inspired when I’m around ppl a lot. Maybe it’s cuz my mind wants to run away from the impersonal crowd and into something personal, like music. Or maybe I’m motivated ad inspired by ppl.

So, I need a muse. And a job. 😀

Maybe I should just pick some random person that I know or know of and see where that takes me. maybe I can finally finish that memory-hogging process-clogging time signature experiment for the BadAss project. lol. To think I considered finishing it for bLiNd’s tribute album. It’s _still_ not done. I need more memory for Omnisphere.

Also, I made it home from England without much of a problem. It cost my dad a bit to rent cars tho. Fortunately, I’m not paying. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of money anyway. Anybody with money and who need music for something interested in hiring me for something? Anyone? Hello?

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London, school, stuff…

Posted by Ad on April 10, 2010

No, not yet. Going later.

I’ve gotten a lot of music projects out of the way, but some of them still weigh me down. I guess I can share some quick thoughts about them:

Rap beats for a couple of friends. Fun to try something new, but it’s really not a style I’m used to. Makes it difficult.

Two remix projects I’m involved in. Neither remix is turning out as I wanted it to, and they’re both using some big plugins so they make the whole computer run slow. I should just extract the midi, write them with terrible instruments, then move the midi back in. That’s actually not a bad idea. Hm…

Seiken Densetsu 3 Remix Project – Songs of Light and Darkness Lost and Borked Files. I’m starting to hate it. Way more trouble than it’s worth. Stupid Rozo, promised to run it and cover all the tracks. No more promises. I promise.

What else… yeah, Pokémon remix project, need to fix those. Assorted non-project mixes. Need to downprioritize those. Bionic Commando… I’m not happy with it, should redo it. I have a lot better sounds now. Just need to re-render the drums and replace the audio, that might be enough. Oh and take off the limiters from every friggin’ track in it and most of my other slightly older works.

And I should apply for schools. You see how big a priority that is for me.

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Not Productive

Posted by Ad on February 24, 2010

I’m not. Well, everything relative, but I need to be more productive. I’m involved in a plethora of different projects, and need to get some of them out of them way.  Here’s my plan:

By the end of the week, I’ll have done:
– one new rap beat, or at least the basis for one
– either all the music or the jingles mixed and converted  for the OST I’m working on
– Blue Haze completely fixed up
– one vgm remix project song out of the way (besides Blue Haze)
– schedule another recording session

5 items on the list, which makes about 8 songs total. And it’s probably just about a third or a quarter of all the projects I’m really on. Depends on how you count tho. Let’s see if I can stick to this plan.

So how many songs am I really working on, total? Let’s see, 3…12…15…18… 18 that I have a need to finish, plus a few dozen more that I want to finish. And that’s counting the aforementioned jingles as a single song. *sigh* How’d I put myself in this position?

edit: make that 19, and probably more still.

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Having a pro moment

Posted by Ad on January 28, 2010

No, nothing big and profitable. Unfortunately. 😀 Just a short student animation that I now saw a clip from with my music. I had scored it to an earlier rendered version with low resolution, so to see it big and shiny was cool.

On one hand, I’m starting to feel I don’t have what it takes for the music industry, at least as a composer. On the other hand… this was easy. Had a short deadline, but made an ok score in time. And it didn’t feel difficult (despite that it was tricky to get the ideas out and to try to time things to the cuts).

If it ends up on youtube I’ll link it. Later. If I remember. Maybe.

Working on one of my secret projects has taught me how important context is. With that project I’m having a hard time making the music really sound right for the setting. Despite Omnisphere’s gazillion sounds I can’t get it right. Must be the arrangement that’s causing trouble. just don’t know how to fix it. Oh well…

Too many projects, not enough profit. Can’t take on a new practice project until I’ve cleared some others, either. Been meaning to rip scenes from various shows and movies and try scoring those, see how it ends up being. Well, once I clear some of the projects out of the way, maybe.

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Assorted music plans…

Posted by Ad on December 28, 2009

The thing is, I have a lot of ideas for albums. I’m just not sure I’m pro enough to really make one. I’m just throwing this out there for the ppl that know this stuff:

Am I good enough yet?

By that I mean, do I have the tools and the skills and the knowledge and discerning enough ears to make a commersial album, be that one intended for licencing or for listening? If, I don’t need to do the mastering myself.  What do you think?

In any case, I’ve also got plans for a website, need a few demos for it. Since I want to compose for games, I want to show I can do different styles. I have a few ideas, but what do you think would make good examples/be good challenges for me?

All this assuming I have readers. 😀

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Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD2

Posted by Ad on July 25, 2009

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.
There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaint about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and now a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, and they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.
Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.
The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that serious?
Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.
Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.
One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. Th combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.
Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.
Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.
Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. it continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.
Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀
Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.

There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaints about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and next a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, as they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.

Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.

The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that seriously? 😀

Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.

Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.

One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. The combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.

Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.

Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.

Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. It continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.

Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀

Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

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…it’s supposed to be out now…

Posted by Ad on July 19, 2009

I’m talking about the new ocremix.org free video game arrangement album Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. I’ve got a tack on there, and have so far gotten some nice feedback from people who’ve heard it. Now I’m waiting to hear it in context.

Despite having accesss to most, if not all the tracks on the album earlier, being one of the remixers (or arrangers, or… whatever) on the project, I’ve kept myself from listening to them. I only know two of the remixes – mine and the other one I contributed to, the latter of which I heard in an earlier version of. This is gonna be exciting…

I’m talking about the online listening party we’re having in… in a minute. Gonna be interesting to hear all the remixes, and to hear what the others think of mine. I’ll probably highlight a few tracks in a later post. Now… it’s Final Fantasy IV remix marathon time! 😀

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Make that 3… or 4

Posted by Ad on July 14, 2009

I already mentioned this on my swedish blog, but it’s worth saying here too. I’m now working on music for two games, and then there’s the Seiken Densetsu 3 remix project… Should I count the other remix projects when I’m only contributing one or two tracks there? That makes it 2 more unless I’ve forgotten something.

In any case, I’m considering making an album, but I’m having a hard time deciding if I should make a free release or try to go commersial. I’ve got thousands of tracks saved, many of which could be worth releasing (and many of which aren’t). Free means free publicity, commersial means money. No publicity, no money. Hm…

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