Songs of the Uncanny Valley

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I have made an album. It is entirely instrumental electronic music, largely inspired by video games but not beholden to the formatting constraints I’d worry about if I were actually composing for a game soundtrack. Right now I’m still too close to it, still too confused and agitated and worried to say anything particularly clever or cogent about it, so I won’t. If you’d like to listen to it, click on this text.

I’ll be honest: I’m a little scared. This has been a substantial amount of my life for the last few months, and I’m scared to let go of it, scared to show it to anyone. But I have to. Art loses its value when it is hoarded. Hopefully this won’t be the last time I feel this fear: Hopefully, as I progress, I will be forced to part with greater and more ambitious projects, and I’ll come to value this mental distress as a sign that I am, in fact, doing something right. I will learn to descend through this worry and reveal the fruits of my labors.

I’m still learning. For now, it’s just really hard. But I’m doing it.

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3 comments
  1. “Art loses its value when it is hoarded.” I like that. Saving for future use.

    I gave your soundtrack a listen to. I enjoyed “This Bridge Leads to Eternity” for its church-like organ and gritty electronica. “Boundless Ice” was fantastic and deliciously eerie. The piano throughout the piece was excellent- it really gave it that creepy vibe. “None of This Blood Is Mine” has a dark, industrial buildup which I also really liked. I’d say you have a pretty strong album here.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. As with every other medium, the more practiced I get in it the more I feel I have left to learn, but it’s a fun experience all the same. Hopefully, in a year or so perhaps, I’ll find the energy to do another.

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