Songs of the Uncanny Valley


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.

  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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