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Paul Muzea

ambient, world and otherworld music

Musical Playground

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on June 7, 2013
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Since the CD release I haven’t posted much new material; lately I’ve gotten into “experimental” mode- that means trying stuff I’ve never done: alternate tunings, attempts at using household items as percussion instruments and the like… sometimes (most times) things don’t work out the way I intend. Sometimes they work out better,  sometime they don’t work out at all. That’s ok by me.

I see the sonic realm as this vast playground where you can do whatever you want, you can explore to your heart’s content. If you fall down sometimes, so what? As long as you have fun.
And I have also been seriously considering realizing the life-long ambition of building a power/electro/jazz/fusion band for performing. This is all in the planning stage. This will be a deep commitment on my part-much deeper than pure studio-built music. I have about 3 performance-ready tracks (none are yet posted, as they will all be performed with live players, and maybe one low-profile daw/droid) , when I have seven or so I think I’m good and ready to get the plan in process.
But for now tracks move forward. Here’s a little sample.

Spring and Live Music

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on April 25, 2013
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P1000025Spring and the new CD
The mountains of the Catskills in upstate New York are still brown and bare, but there are splashes of bright green everywhere and life force of spring in the mountains is poised to explode.
And the CD “The Sky Suite” is done. After the mad push finishing it up, production here has gone into slow gear as I regroup, recreate and start getting together ideas and concepts for the next CD “Indigo Project” which I’m shooting to have complete by year’s end.

So as I regroup, I take time to enjoy spring and the company of fellow musicians in exchanging ideas and music.
One of the greatest inspirations in music is hearing the inspirations of other musicians, especially live. Music is, after all the ultimate social networking, reaching far deeper into our beings than words can.
When you have the opportunity to “be” with real music, that is, hearing real music, real time from real musicians, you’re reminded that recorded music: cds, streaming and mp3’s are only a reflection of the real thing. Music is a purely human phenomenon, and best served up by real humans.
So that’s my plug to support live music when you can.

But, thankfully we do have the option of having music anytime in the form recorded music, and “The Sky Suite” which I have not yet figured out how to perform live, is available online at Itunes, Amazon, and here:

http://muzea.bandcamp.com/

Give a listen.. and if you like, I would suggest getting the Physical CD. Mp3’s are great, but in order to get the real time flow of the full, uninterrupted Suite, without the silence inherent in mp3 singles, you can’t beat the smoothness of the CD.

Thanks again for being a fan.

Paul Muzea

About the new CD..

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on April 4, 2013
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Well, my originally goal had been to have the CD “The Sky Suite” done by end of 2012. That’s come and gone. The obstacles, the countless remixes and remasters are also now gone, and I’m happy to say the CD is now available online as a download, and soon to be released as a physical CD.
For me the whole process of mastering is tedious at best, but still there is something so magical about witnessing a bunch of tracks and sound layers getting “glued” together as a real album, and I’m pretty happy with the result.
In any event I hope you get the opportunity to get as much enjoyment out of these tracks as I do. All the tracks are on ReverbNation for a listen, and the download is available at BandCamp

muzea.bandcamp.com/

Up next:
Spring has sprung here in the Catskills (sort of) and after pretty consistent 7 day work weeks for the past 4 months, now that the CD is done and opening day (for fishing) has just passed, I think I’ll just steal a day or two for myself, take my backpack and fly rod and disappear into the wilderness of the Catskills, and hopefully come home with some new sounds and melodies in my head- it’s called re-creation for a good reason.

Then on to the next CD: “Indigo Project.”
Lots of prelimimary work done already, and all the tracks are pretty much sketched out. Who knows, maybe end of 2013 for finishing that one might be in stars
… and lots of music beyond….

Spring(and the CD) are in the air…

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on March 10, 2013
Posted in Music in progress 

That smell of spring, it’s in the air
The nights here in upstate New York are still cold. Not bitter just-colder than march normally lets them get. But the days are getting comfortably cozy- and oh, that warm spring sun! This happens every year- winter’s tenacious, nasty grip is gradually weakened to the point where it can’t hold on and the old man is dragged off, blowing and moaning, to make room for a more gentle seductive mistress, spring. Each year that spring mistress seems more welcome.
And work on the new CD continues. Slowly. With many obstacles, some foreseen, (like long scheduled paying projects) and some unforeseen. Steinberg Wavelab has turned out to be a great mastering tool, better for the task than using Sonar X2 which is the recording and tracking software I normally use and I had originally intended to master on. But the learning curve of getting comfortable with Wavelab has been one of those unforeseen obstacles that has gotten in the way of the CD release. It was still worth the effort.
All the “little” things that go into making a CD, usually handled by a small army of creative souls (artwork, copy, layout, song order, printing, duplicating…) take their own time. This small army if just an army of me-and everything always takes longer than you expect for it to. Then there’s the learning curve for the new graphics software. Heck I’m a musician, not a graphic artist.
This is the absolute un-fun part of a CD (well maybe a little fun-but making music is still way more fun…)
I still remain Psyched and on schedule for early spring, maybe late March if all goes well. The tracks sound great; nice levels and balanced. The CD cover and copy looks really cool. Now it’s all about getting it ready for printing and duplication.
Then back to creating music. Which is what it’s all about….
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Ground Hog Day

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on February 2, 2013
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4AM
5 Degrees
Waning half moon
high in the sky
the air is still
but still has a bite
a fresh pure clean blanket of snow
covers the world
the landscape is lit
almost as if by
eerie pale blue daylight
and the snow sparkling
in the moonlight
is unmistakably
unavoidable
almost unbearable
in its intense beauty
its intense silence.
February 2. Winter is half done.

Another Year-Made it

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on January 5, 2013
Posted in Progress in music. 

It’s a new year and we made it (Here’s to a good, rockin new year to all).

This was to be the time I was plugging my CD “End of the Sky”. My intention  was to have it done and in stores by end of  2012. Life, as I know it, got in the way.

Instead I have seven wav files, all mixed and good to go to production.  They all sound great.

Except for one. The biggest baddest track of all: serious huge percussion, laced with lots of swirling synthesizers and dancing guitar parts in a humongous canyon like space. Not that it sounds bad-it sounds awesome- in my head. It’s that little detail of getting into an mp3-that the problem.

I thought this one was ready to go at one point. I was building the master CD files. I gave this one listen, not even a critical, hard one. Ouch! back to the mix.

To date: 212 hours, 51 different mixes.  78 tracks (not counting the ones deleted). It has been through 4 major metamorphoses.

I’m not going to say it’s close to done because I’m not sure what it will take to get that sound.  And I’m not giving up-I know when it is done it will be well worth it.

There are several ways to look at a problem, in the studio and in life in general:

  • View it as an insurmountable obstacle. Have someone else do it or just give up
  • Do it half-assed
  • View it as a challenge. take the time to learn. Make mistakes, do it again and again until you get it right.

I choose the last one. It’s not a choice really. I always remind myself to be true to the music -I owe it that. I owe to anyone who enjoys my music. And I owe it to myself-I really love doing this, even when it’s not going right.

So once again: Looking forward to my debut CD “Cry of the Sky” being out in stores in early spring.

And when it is, I’ll make it available as a free mp3 download to fans on facebook.

As always, thanks for listening

Here is a track from the CD that is good to go.

Winter Solstice

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on December 23, 2012
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Winter Solstice

longest night of the year
cold. windy. blustery. lonely.
with nothing more or less than the sound
roaring in the dark
of a million whispering trees
Moonlit night

Instead of…

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on December 16, 2012
Posted in Much ado... 

Do you know when you get to feeling like doing something else rather than what you actually are, and have to be doing?  I doubt there’s anyone who doesn’t.

Or how about when you feel you should be doing something else instead of what you are actually doing.  And I don’t mean watching  TV, or mindlessly surfing. I mean when you are doing something that’s really important to you. The things that bring you and perhaps others joy and that bring in little, if any income, vs the things which you do to survive (aka: day job).

Only the few fortunate really do what it is they are impassioned about and get paid for it.

The rest of us have to fit in what we love when we can in the constant balancing act of life. And it seems to get worse as you get older.

The first thing that we wind up giving up: sleep. Many artists/composers/writers/bloggers are sleep deprived. Most folks stay up late. I wake up the middle of the night, in the quiet open spaces of the wee hours of the day to create music. It took me many years to realize what works for me.

For many it’s inspiring to see how people fit what they love to do into an already demanding schedule of have-to-dos

So, if you have a passion and path you follow, and are inclined to share, I’m curious. What is it you love to do and how do you fit it into what you have to do?

The Sky Suite

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on May 22, 2012
Posted in Music in progress 

The concept originated one late fall afternoon while I was out along the upper Delaware River. I heard a hawk shriek high in the wind and started thinking of the trip of that hawk. And thinking beyond.

“Cry in the Sky” is the first part of the complete Sky Suite, the complete work to be release on the forthcoming CD “Indigo Project”. To date the entire suite runs about 40 minutes. It is meant to be listened to in sequence, as in a way it is telling a narrative.

The concept starts with the lone shriek high in the sky of a hawk. The perspective shifts to that of a hawk, looking down on the expanse of wilderness below. The hawk rises in the sky, higher and higher, and the perspective broadens, taking in more and more of the expanse below. Perspective and consciousness expand and the hawk continues to rise, not unlike Icarus ascending, but there are no waxed wings to fail. In the sequel track “Beyond the Sky”  the perspective moves higher and higher, away from the comforts of earth into the unknown and the hawk is no longer limited by physical constraints as consciousness expands. Into space, on and on, ever expanding perspective and consciousness. Into and beyond the stars, into the infinite. The suite returns home and closes with the track “Kiss the Sky”.

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Posted by paulmuzea_wp on May 16, 2012
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This is by far my favorite time of year. The intense life force of the landscape is unmistakable and contagious.  We had two days of sorely needed hammering rain in upstate NY  and all the trees and vegetation are exploding with life. The smell of the night air is intoxicating with dozens of scents that would make roses pale.  To be on a motorcycle in the middle of the night taking all those scents is like being high. I don’t care if I get soaked.