Monday, June 30, 2014

The Idea

I am always surprised by the number of people who tell me, "Hey Jon, I totally listen to your music while I study...or run...or read...or write..." Or whatever. It always catches me off guard - and it always makes me smile.

But it also got me thinking - I wanted to create something that people can use specifically for those things - studying, writing, exercising, reading, sleeping... for life, I guess you could say. For whatever you, as the listener, wants.

So I created Galaxies.

Galaxies is unlike anything I have ever done before. For the past two or three years, I've been in this epic-music/in-your-face/the-world-is-totally-coming-to-an-end kind of style. It's fun music to compose - but I wanted to try break away from that for just a bit.

If Galaxies could be described in one word, it would be ambient. But to go further - it's music that is meant to enhance (not distract) you from what you are doing. It's meant to act as a musical white noise - you can just pop in your headphones or turn on your speakers, and block out the world around you and do what you need to do - without being distracted by what you are listening to.

It's a two disc album. The first disc has twelve tracks in the twelve major keys, and the second disc has twelve tracks in the twelve minor keys.

Each track is named after a galaxy. When writing the tracks, I would stare at pictures of galaxies and write what I saw. Maybe I have synesthesia. Who knows. The music is closely tied to the pictures of the galaxies.

Each track averages at around eleven minutes, bringing the album to about 4.5 hours. (4 hours, 37 minutes, and 34 seconds to be exact.) Plenty of music to choose from.

Here's a track from Disc 1:

Here's a track from Disc 2:

I just finished last week, and it's currently being processed for release. I'm expecting a late July release, fingers crossed. I'll make sure to post when it is.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco