Heart Beat Circuit now on YouTube!

I’m happy to share that Heart Beat Circuit is now listenable (in full) on YouTube. I’m hoping that by sharing it more people will discover Brave Wave and the amazing work they do, and I’m also hoping I might garner a few new fans as it seems to be getting harder and harder to get heard online these days.

Thanks to everyone who’s bought the album so far. Streaming will also help support Brave Wave, who have been heroically supportive of me so far. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 studio investment fundraiser

Hiya!

I have made this in the hope of raising £600 to buy a Roland AE-10 electronic sax .

Basically since I got arthritis in 2015, practising the real sax has become a bit tough. My aim is to get one of these new electronic saxes for my studio recordings and for future live shows , as they’re easier for me to play and more sonically flexible. I love my sax but often if I play it, whatever song I’m making sounds more jazz. With the Bluetooth MIDI outs on the AE-10, I can transform the sound into anything I like – from an ambient pad, to a kind of Blade Runner-style synth lead.

l am optimistic that it would bring me closer to capturing the melodic approach I’ve developed on the sax and I have a lot of productions that really just lack an organic sounding melody, so using my breath to define phrases and vibrato to make them more vocalesque, I can do it in a way that is more intuitive to me than twiddling a joystick on a keyboard.

Please don’t feel obligated to support, I don’t want anyone to go to undue trouble, this is just for fans that feel particularly comfortable with supporting my quest to finish more music and stay creative!

If you’re able to donate or just share, it would mean a lot!

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/birthday-2018s-music-investment

Or if it’s easier, it’s also possible to support via Ko-fi .

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I am so strong, indefatigable Pokemon-level strong!

This year I am responsibly becoming a Hot Papa and so every yen I make I wish to use to help bring my family more happiness and security. I have a lot of amazing fans and a good reputation among my peers and senpai as a very capable,  very good soundtrack composer.  Next year I wanna maximize my home studio time to have productive sessions that help me complete more music and also hopefully level-up my YouTube so I can reach new fans.

At at the moment I have a lot of near-finished productions that really just lack a final melody. I have traditionally relied upon synth keyboards, but actually increasingly I find myself disappointed by the lack of intuitive, vocalesque articulation options that the traditional keyboard allows. With my arthritis as it is, I can’t always play guitar or sax as much as I’d like, so i’d like to vary the instruments I play as much as possible to minimize over-working certain joints.

Thank you for reading and for all my friends and fans for standing by me. I will keep believing in my music and keep trying to improve it and myself. I still get lovely messages about the Highway Blossoms soundtrack and the Heart Beat Circuit album, and that rocks my world! I just wanna make more stuff that means something to people, so I’ll keep on truckin’!

g xxx

 

Heart Beat Circuit is 3 years old today!

My album Heart Beat Circuit is three years old today. Yay!!! It still means so much to me and I am overjoyed that I was able to share so much of my music as well as write alongside some of Japan’s greatest game music composers.

I was super amazed to see this video of incredible dancer Can Nyugen from the dance group Poreotics dancing to my song Krystal this week! Wow!

 

Hope everyone has a lovely day! g

 

 

My ‘Heart Beat Circuit’ album is 2 years old today!

I released my debut album on August 20th, 2015. It was a big, life-changing moment for me, up there with completing my Master’s Degree in Music Performance. The album featured collaborations with the wonderfully talented Japanese composers Manami Matsumae, Saori Kobayashi and Takahiro Izutani, and was featured in RocketNews as well as Time Out magazine. It’s now half-price too! The CD is $7 and the download is $6.

Since then I’ve made several game soundtracks, podcast themes and managed to get back to making music regularly again (after a year of not being able to play due to health issues).

I have also started a Patreon (www.patreon.com/smokethief), which is my only regular source of income from music. It’s my hope that my hard work and determination will inspire more support for my music. The internet is a big place and it’s hard to get music heard these days,  but I’m confident things are ‘on the up’ again (as we say in the UK!).

Thank you to all my fans and friends who’ve shown support for what I do over the last few years. There have been quite a few obstacles, but I really hope to bring you more music as soon as possible. Thanks again!

All the best.

George / Smoke Thief

 

 

 

 

 

Plugin upgrade fundraiser

Hoping to fundraise a plugin upgrade, any shares = i💕u!

https://www.gofundme.com/smokethiefkomplete

32-bit plugins are hela-outdated now and no longer work with Ableton Live software! Also tbh I could do with Battery + all the lovely drum samples to aid me in finishing my hela-delayed album.

Thanks for ur support! Doing a production sesh today 🙂 yeaaaay

#vgm #composer #gameaudio #kickstarter #create #dontgiveup #japan #tokyo #musician #dreams #ambition #selfcare #chill #relax #hiphop #beats

 

Update

Hey, how’s everyone doing?
 
I’m hoping to drum up some more support for my music using Patreon. If you’re a member of the ‘Smoke Thieves’ Guild’ (Patreon), you can suggest ideas/themes/concepts for live improvs and I will do my best! Some weeks will just be me working on the album as gallantly as I can!
 
 
Thanks for your support. If anyone doesn’t want to sponsor regularly but would like to say ‘hey George, I believe in you and your music’, you can support my music-making via a singular donation on ko-fi!
 
Thanks so much for your support during the roughest year ever! Gonna get through, gonna keep truckin. love and lava lamps XXX
 
 
毎週恩人のおかげでライブストリーム(ギター、ループペダルとか)頑張っております。
もし私の音楽作るのどんどん支えたい、パトロン(www.patreon.com/smokethief)で出来ます。毎月百円とか出来ますね!しましたらライブストリームの曲のテーマとかイメージを好きに想像出来ますね!
 
もしドンドン払ってるが無理でしたらでもまだ応援したい、コーヒー(www.ko-fi.com/smokethief )で一回サポートを出来ます。
 
今年いろいろな大変起きたけど諦めたくないきがある,負けないつもりだね!ガッツー!ひゃー!
 
皆ありがとうね!
ファイトします。
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Working hard on Album #2

 

I’m moving full steam ahead recording my 2nd album this year. Cos the project is so ambitious and I’ve hit more than a few obstacles, it’s been taking a while, but I keep on rockin.

Trying one last summer of epic field recording in forests and narrowing down the tracklist. Whatever happens on that front, I will be making studio sessions my main aim from October, with the hope of sending off the album for mastering in December (if funding allows).

I haven’t secured a label to release on, so if anyone can help in that regard, it’d be a big help. I would love to make some music videos and make some collabs with Japanese artists.

Any help/shares/leg-ups = ♡

Regular support + lots of music + exclusives = patreon.com/smokethief

Buy Smoke Thief a coffee! = http://ko-fi.com/smokethief

Thank you everyone!