New split EP! DFxO! That’s Dystopian Futures X Ospreyshire, for those scoring at home.

This is what I referred to last week!

I, Ospreyshire got to be involved with a split EP and it’s the first time I’ve ever done a collaborative album with anyone. The other part of the split involves the Scottish experimental punk band Dystopian Futures whom I’ve mentioned on this blog before and I’ve even made a music video for them on their first EP. Dave Emmerson (lead singer/bassist) and I are good friends. We had an email conversation a while ago about potentially collaborating and once the Coronavirus was unfortunately spreading worldwide, he came up with an idea of coming up with a “lockdown” project. Despite him being in the UK and me here in America, we sent each other songs.

I got to remix Dystopian Futures’ song “Apocalyptic Romance” which was really fun. I added some digital synths, random sound effects, a lo-fi recording of me playing a keyboard and I do back up vocals in the middle of the song. Dystopian Futures also got to cover the song “Corona” by the Minutemen. Some of you might recognize that song as the theme to Jackass.

For me, I got to bust out with two new Ospreyshire tracks. The first one is “Is This a New Normal?”. I used an organ setting on my keyboard while adding my trademark acousmatics in it. I also freestyled all of the lyrics which was a first for anything I’ve ever done as a way to reflect about how I felt about the pandemic. The second one is “Art In the Midst of Pandemonium and Pandemics”. I wrote down the lyrics to this one as well as doing some avant-garde soundscapes by multitracking live sounds of me playing bass in traditional and unconventional ways. This was also an Ospreyshire first since it involves a guest vocalist with the aforementioned Dave. He got to write and record his vocals in the song and it really tied in well. I liked how he referenced all the other songs in the split EP with his verse.

Just so you know, this split EP is either FREE or pay-what-you-want. Whether you want to chip in some money or not is totally up to you to get some new music.

Have a great day, everyone!

DEAR INNOVARE IS HERE! You can stream and buy it now!

It’s finally here!

My first full-length album “Dear Innovare…The Souls Of Ignored Pioneers Shall Be Ignored” finally drops. It’s only $7 for 41 songs. If you pre-ordered it, then you should get the whole album now.

If you didn’t buy it, then please support me whenever you can. Regardless if you do or not, you can stream the FULL ALBUM on my Bandcamp page or this album player on this post. This thing was a fun experimental genre roulette while making songs involving various inventions, artwork, medical breakthroughs, music, film, architecture, and even anime. This is a unified theme of creators who were overlooked for their creations and/or had their works stolen.

Feel free to check out this album!

Dear Innovare is released TOMORROW!

https://ospreyshire.bandcamp.com/album/dear-innovare-the-souls-of-ignored-pioneers-shall-be-renowned

Happy Boxing Day, everybody! I hope you all had a great holiday season so far.

This is a friendly reminder that my first full-length album Dear Innovare…The Souls of Ignored Pioneers Shall Be Renowned is released tomorrow! It’s only $7 for 41 tracks, so that’s a better offer than many other musicians will give you. The concept is useful since it involves all these forgotten creators and artists (some of them had their works stolen), so it’s both educational as well as innovative in a musical approach!

Don’t forget that I was also part of a Descendents tribute album!

1 more week until Dear Innovare is released AND I’m part of a Descendents cover album!

Zap Records Coverage Cover

One more week until my full-length album comes out! I hope you all preorder it. You also get the first song automatically if you do. Feel free to check it out here: https://ospreyshire.bandcamp.com/album/dear-innovare-the-souls-of-ignored-pioneers-shall-be-renowned

In other news, I have the first ever Ospreyshire cover song out on ZAP Records’ Coverage compilation! This is a FREE album that features various artists covering songs from Descendents. For those of you who don’t know, I’m talking about the punk band and not some crappy Disney Channel movie series about the teenage sons and daughters of random villains in that franchise! Anyway, this was so awesome being a part of this compilation and I’m thankful for Dave for reaching out to me. The song I covered was “Tack” from their “Cool to Be You” album. I give this perky punk song the Ospreyshire treatment and turned it into a dark ambient song. Changing the tempo and lyric order really changes the meaning of the song and I made only minimal changes to the original vocal melody. Feel free to listen and download my cover and the rest of the album.

2 Weeks Until Dear Innovare Drops!

You read that. 2 more weeks, everybody! It’s only $7 for 41 tracks for the first Ospreyshire full-length album. You can listen to the first song for free and if you pre-order it on Bandcamp, you get that song automatically.

12/27 can’t come soon enough!

Dear Innovare pre-orders are up on Bandcamp and the first song is streaming!

It’s almost here, everyone! My full length-album Dear Innovare…The Souls of Ignored Pioneers Shall Be Renowned is available for pre-order on my Bandcamp page! It’s only $7 (or more if you’re generous) to buy. $7 for 41 tracks. Come on, that’s a steal and you all know it. Feel free to check out this concept album which is an homage to various inventors, artists, doctors, musicians, and filmmakers who did innovative things and/or had their works stolen by others.

The first song “As Mediocrity Pays to Greatness” is like an overture at first. If you pre-order the album, then you get an automatic download of that track and you’ll get the rest on 12/27 when it officially drops.

I’m so exited to finally release this!

Pathos Formula Wave: One Score of Rage Lyrics

I’m so so sorry for not doing this sooner. I forgot to include lyrics for the last EP I recorded a few months ago. They’ll be on the Bandcamp page and on here if you ever wanted to know what I was saying.

If you do want to listen and/or download at your own price, then you can click here.

Nonet #1: A Friendship Becomes Astray

You wanted the shiniest medals
As you planted a holy facade
Alas, you were so much less
Sorry for believing
And for my silence
Uprooting will
Be at hand
You false
Friend

Nonet #2: Hate as a Trendy Endeavor

Hatred was the quickest endeavor
Draining a county per second
Growing the most toxic prairies
The unsound are exalted
The congregation howls
As exaltation
to trendy gods
Forsaking
Purest
Hearts

Nonet #3: Crimson Stained Flowers

Pearly flowers shower over you
While basking in crimson waters
Some drones have dubbed you a queen
Wearing a defiled crown
Do you understand?
You say you don’t
But you lie
As you
Smile

Nonet #4: Abject Disrespect

I hope a bleak future awaits you
As you survive a great penance
I want you to think of me
As misfortune will land
Abject disrespect
Will come for you
This mirror
Told you
So

Nonet #5: Dog Whistle Language Waltz

Misinformation is your gospel
Dog whistles are your sermons
Someone should have severed your
Loathsome arsenic tongue
So, great architect…
Will your churches
Be rendered
Unto
Doom?

Nonet #6: Not Another Piece of Art Bashing a Jock (Oh Wait. It is. Can You Not Read the Sarcasm?)

This ego and a stadium are
The same size and beckon spotlights
Touchdown minds and field goal hearts
Embossed like big letters
Along with colors
For the home team
Varsity
Buffered
Pride

Nonet #7: Valleys of Endless Pretension (A Post-Rock Fanatic Satire)

Swarthy monochromatic get ups
Scream “I’m a talented composer!”
Drowning in delay pedals
Incalculable times
Pretentious bridges
Turning noses
Skyward and
Faking
Art

Nonet #8: An Expose on a Feedback Loop

You have no light to complain about
The sound of my voice as you scream
Constantly while bossing me
And being petulant
You need to grow up
Stop projecting
All your faults
Onto
Me

Nonet #9: One Score of Rage

Once core of rage under lock and key
Re-contextualized into
An unbound sonic thesis
Despite my placid moods
I’m far too patient
Which was a curse
For being
Silenced
Then

Dear Innovare Album Cover and Tracklisting Reveal

Untitled Design

Big news for the upcoming album. I’m going to reveal the cover and the names of all the songs. Yes, this album cover continues my minimalistic trend. I did the photography and design for it. I used a lot of greens since that color can be symbolic of new life much like how innovators make new life with their inventions, art, etc.

Now without further ado, here are the names of the songs!

1. As Mediocrity Pays to Greatness
2. Ishango
3. Onesimus the Unsung Hero
4. About a Benjamin I: Banneker
5. Incandescent Electric Freeman
6. Lebombo
7. Lifeblood: Monologue
8. Closed Circuits, Open Mind
9. Restoring Sight While Laser Focused
10. Keep On Building, Otis!
11. T. Jennings: Cleaning Up The Patent Competition
12. Boyd Bedsteads
13. Sincerest Form of Laziness
14. A Chastened Futurist from Smiljan
15. Art Theft: Benin
16. About a Benjamin II: Montgomery
17. Scraping for Blanched Crops
18. Larceny by Dirigible I
19. Art Theft: Nigeria
20. About a Benjamin III: Boardley, Not Bradley
21. Larceny by Dirigible II
22. Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone, The Millionaire Cosmetologist from Metropolis, Illinois
23. Art Theft: Senegal
24. Larceny by Dirigible III
25. One True Mayor
26. Soshi-sha Ja Nai. Anata Wa Akumu Da!
27. Halstead’s Trophy
28. Larceny by Dirigible IV
29. Of Laurels, Weapons, and Bird Icons (Nationwide Deathmatches Duplicated Part and Parcel)
30. I, Axum
31. Larceny by Dirigible V
32. Albert Hollie
33. The Tulsa Strike Back Groove
34. Jo Anderson and The Reaper
35. Cameroonian Originality March
36. Pugnam Contra Fures Leonis Pt. I: Uncrowned King of Johannesburg
37. Pugnam Contra Fures Leonis Pt. II: The Queen Is False and Her Hive Is Deluded
38. Pugnam Contra Fures Leonis Pt. III: Rise of the One True Emperor
39. The Realest Man from Colchester, Ontario
40. GTW: Granville Tailer Woods
41. Ode to the Innovators

Alright. Which song titles look the most interesting to you? What do you think some of the songs could be about (the ones without the obvious name-dropping that is)?

 

Recording is done and the album title is revealed!

WOOHOO! I finally finished the last song yesterday. Coincidentally enough, that was also my birthday, too! This felt great despite some of the stress and depressed aspects of my life so far.

41 tracks for the first ever Ospreyshire full-length album. I never thought I would make an album with that many songs in my life even if most are on the short side. It was also a genre roulette of sorts as I did new things as a musician. Sure, most of the songs are still lo-fi, but they have higher fidelity and integrity than mainstream artists. I can guarantee you that much.

You’re probably asking, what’s the name of this album?

This concept album which deals with unknown inventors, artists, and creators who have been plagiarized is this…

“Dear Innovare…The Souls of Ignored Pioneers Shall Be Renowned”

Expect more news about the album over the next few weeks.

Inspiration for Pathos Formula Wave

I didn’t expect to get some attention for my new EP, but I appreciate those who’ve listened to it. If you haven’t then here it is.

I wanted to strip my sound down for this concept. This involved a restricted setting with the recording and writing process. For starters, every song had to be based on the same poetic format. In this case, I chose the nonet. That’s a nine line poem with nine syllables each. There are also nine songs on the EP, so one can say I went up to the nines, right?

The recording process is even more minimal than previous recordings I’ve done with my last EP, singles, and compilation contributions. I only used my voice and acousmatics for this one to see what sounds I can get or manipulate. Some of the found sounds are more obvious than others like using a bathtub in one example.

Besides the composition, I thought this EP was therapy for me. I have to be honest with all you readers. I have a lot of issues with internalizing my anger and sadness. A ton of people have enraged me for most of my lives. Most of them are people I haven’t done anything wrong to. I won’t name names, but the tracks involve people who’ve bullied me in the past, some racists who’ve given me hell, and former co-workers who questioned my worth while getting special treatment. This has been a long time coming. The times when I was open with my anger, people treat me like I’m Satan himself. Not to mention a lot of those same people never owned up to THEIR actions and wrongdoings which frustrates me more. You really want to get on my bad side? It’s when others don’t take responsibility for their words or actions when they do something hurtful. I was sick of hiding these feelings for years now and they manifested in spoken word form.

So what do you think? What was your favorite song on the album? What are your thoughts on how I created this EP?

Maybe this could lead to something good and that’s saying nothing about another album I’m writing and recording. Wink wink.