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Enter ‘The Cave’

So, as an anti-christmas present I bought myself a bow and some mallets. Started bowing stuff, cymbals, glass objects, zithers, mbira… it was good fun. I decided it’d be nice and stress-free to do a little soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist.

Anyhow, I was at GDC this year and, thanks to a brilliant session about aleatoric and atonal music, was inspired to buy a cello, the cheapest one possible. That’s what I got – the endpin is busted and two of the four fine tuners had funky plastic parts that snapped right off when putting the thing together. I have been having fun with my sweet two-stringed cello. Not sure if the neighbors agree. The “songs” are quick and dirty and might cause you pain if you like your purity. Easy listening fans … might want to check out my other offerings.

In this piece we’ll find tunnels inside an old abandoned drilling site, tunnels that lead to a vast and strangely formed serpentine cavern that seems to stretch out forever. In the bottom, an ancient vessel, the likes of which our eyes have never graced. The vessel, with very little persuation, takes us far away; horror and adventure ensues. The usual fare.

I call splitsies.

Future Cities was getting unwieldy and I was having a real hard time balancing the two types of songs (okay, tracks) on it. Almost as if it was two separate albums!

So we have…

Future Cities Previews by Ghost Monkey

and her even more quiet and introverted sister

Future Ruins Previews by Ghost Monkey

I’m not sure how I’ll go about the whole thing. I’ve been thinking of releasing Cities for sale, yes, but would people pay money for the Ruins? I guess I’ve grown far too accustomed of giving away all of my non-game music for free!

Let’s see what happens. Oh, and if you’re keen on the whole Ghost Monkey thing and somehow ended up reading this far, there’s a facebook for you, too. Also, occasional stuff @twitter.

t.. / poly / ghost monkey

Battery Status: [♦♦······················]

Every morning my eyes hurt a bit more. Of course coffee, the universal remedy, will stabilize me some but it’s getting slightly annoying anyhow. I can usually go with very little sleep or rest, now I kind of miss free time and my six hours of sleep. Next month, I suppose.

We’re finishing Zen Bound 2 for Apple’s magical new device, meaning I am working on skinning all the nice trees, creating backgrounds, textures (luckily done now) and all kinds of UI stuff. During the days, that is, and some of the evenings. Nights are for making some more music for the same, though I did get to play Bad Company 2 for two nights this weekend. And go out once. Not bad for a month or so. The game will be good, better, actually.

I want a maxiPad, let’s hope they’ll be out here sometime, or that someone goes to visit the land of the brave and catches one of those magical (currently also mythical) beasts for me once they come out. Two, actually, if it really is the interwebsor and multi-touch midi-over-wifi controller Stevesy would no doubt like it to be.

I understand why everyone and their dog (Oppensauce) is bitching about Apple’s content control and the lack of Flash but personally I don’t really care. I haven’t seen a single good porn app, ever, and every useful bit of gadgetry I’d care about seems to be no problem with the folks at Uncle Steve’s Factory, bar from the obviously business-breaking ones and …

… oh yeah, Flash. I’ll miss so many banners! And artsy, slow-to-load websites. Damn. Snap. Seriously, the device is going to have good games and makers of good Flash games seem to end up converting their game onto the device (here’s a kicker, they can finally sell single-player Flash games, something people have tried for eons, mostly unsuccesfully) and I have two macs to play Robot Unicorn Attack on already if the URGE strikes me. When work slows down, I promise to play it. And Nitrome stuff.

Would be wrong not to.
Erasure’s Always will follow me to my grave.

The other half of my job, additional music for ZB2, it’s a bit different; I didn’t just want to do more of the same, Zen Bound Template stuff (hah, I’ve heard people try that), the way I figured it is, people who only want to listen to Bound can use iTunes to do just that. Meanwhile, I’ll do it the hard way, see if i can make something different that actually complements the original songs.

I didn’t expect ending up with anything this fluffy though, I always thought I’d make °2 more minimalistic, this is shaping out to be more about simple melodies, drones and chromatic percussion. At times it almost feels like some odd sacral childrens music. ;D

Let’s hope you end up liking it.

tuukka / polyfonken / ghost monkey / all that

Ghost Monkey! Ghost Monkey?

♠ Ok, I’m not stupid, it’s kinda music but what IS this Ghost Monkey anyhow?

Ghost Monkey is me, sometimes with friends. It’s not exactly outside genres but I do like to try out sounds I don’t get to hear elsewhere. You get a mixed bag of slow stuff and rough stuff. Serves you right.

I started making music partly to get rid of the constant MTV noise around me, lately I’ve just stopped watching MTV or listening to FM radio! I make music because I love it, if it makes your day better, my job is done and paid in full.*

♠ Thanks.

It’s okay. Here’s the goods:

The Album Page.

Get your music here for free. What is this shit?


And this stuff seems … unfinished?!

I rarely go to MySpace, lately, to be honest but it’s nice to have so many friends!. See, now, you found me, now you get it here!

* Unless someone good decides to publish it, fair deal, then you get to have Finished Products in digital form and hopefully on wax.

<3 tuukka / poly / all that