Friday, May 15, 2009

Writing, Music, and Loud Jets

I'm back from vacation. Good times, lots of relaxation, and lots of writing got done - just not on the blog unfortunately. I've got a few blog post outlines nailed down but I've had a lot on my plate.

I just finished two stories, both of them steampunk fiction pieces. One 6000 word piece has already been picked up by a publisher (details forthcoming). The other's a 15,000 word piece that I'm tweaking just a little bit before I send it out to publishers.

I've also got a Top Secret project in the works. It's ATC related, but that's all I can divulge at this point. It may or may not see the light of day, but I hope it comes through. It'll be quite cool if it does. More on that when the time comes.

Tunes for Sale

Amongst other things, I enjoy creating music. I've just released my first album, a collection of songs I've been working on for a while under the name Escape the Clouds.

It's been a true labor of love for me. I wrote all the songs and played all of the instruments. This is actually the first time I've put my music out there for sale, in all the years I've been writing songs.

You can listen to a few tracks here: A quick description:

Escape the Clouds' debut album Bring the Rain includes 11 instrumental tracks that blend equal parts hard rock, industrial, and world music. Sample the tracks at! An additional bonus track is included for those needing a pop/punk fix!
If you like what you hear, here's a link to purchase it. I posted it for $7. The tracks are in 192k MP3 format, so they'll work on pretty much every type of iPod or other MP3 player.

For those of you who decide to buy it, consider it a donation to the blog. I'll definitely appreciate it.

Cover art (can you guess the aircraft type and what happened to it?):

Since the late 90's, I've dabbled in music, starting originally with bass guitar and then the electric guitar. Later on, I began learning synthesizer, drum, and sampler programming. In a past life, I played in a couple of bands that had gigs throughout Miami and Miami Beach. More recently, I've been exploring a lot of "world music" sounds. My many influences include Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward, Rachid Taha, Asian Dub Foundation, and Cirque du Soleil soundtracks.

I hope you guys and girls like the songs. I'd love to hear any feedback you have on it, whether or not you bought it. Please feel free to friend me up on MySpace as well.

Live Target

What? You thought I'd leave the post without anything ATC related?

I'd just like to add that I really do like working on an airport. That's not just because I like airplanes, but because it's kind of cool to be a radar controller and still be able to see the aircraft you're working. It's a good reminder that they're real airplanes and real people, not just targets on a scope.

Like this morning, I worked a bunch of itinerant Navy T-45 Goshawks who landed here at Pensacola Regional. Later in the afternoon I was standing out on the TRACON's outside staircase when one of them headed for home. Loud little bastards, but man, would I kill for a ride in one of those!


Bart said...

Looks like an idea how it got its wings clipped though!

I've enjoyed reading your blog over the past 8-9 months, I'm on my way out to OKC myself to start enroute training this upcoming Monday.

Callsign Echo said...

Emergency landing, and he had the wherewithal to steer between the trees! lol