Tunes and Notes
Am I a trained composer? No. Do I love music, though? Absolutely. One of my hobbies is the collection of musical instruments. I have a couple interesting things, and am always on the lookout for more. One of those things is a MIDI keyboard, which I use in unison with a DAW called Waveform to tinker around with melodies.
Sometimes I record live instruments, like my guitars, to create pieces in an effort to bulk up a fictional world from one of my stories. The Plight of Steel, for example, got a little album of troubadour songs, which can be found on this page.
This is a little album featuring ambient sci-fi pieces, based on the type of stuff I listen to while getting in the right frame of mind for writing books like Ceres.
Some are ominous and somber, while others are more chipper and fast-paced. Most of these are not set to a tempo – I wanted an organic feeling to them, which I’m sure you will hear.
In the large and very complex world of The Plight of Steel novels, there are bound to be songs written by various bards and troubadours, most of which are featured in the books.
I used my guitar and Merlin (a lute-type instrument made by Seagull) to create these melodies, adding a bit of scale to my story, and a sense of pseudo-realism.