Availability (The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10YRAE)
10 years ago, I released what I considered my first “real” album called The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. It was my attempt at a “space music” styled album. The end result was one continuous piece of music split across 6 movements (and an intermission) which resulted in just over 60 minutes of continuous music. It was certainly ambitious at the time.
Although it had some faults, it still proved to be one of my most popular albums even to this day. For the longest time I wanted to “correct” those faults and also apply what I have learned over the years in composing and producing music. Roughly 2 months ago I began that process.
I set out not only to enhance and strengthen the album as it was, but also extend the experience with new material. The end result is over 2 hours of music.
Today, I’m happy to share with you the fruits of my labor.
Today I want to share with you the digital version of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition.
As the album came together, another challenge presented itself to me. How exactly do I release this album in the intended listening experience, which is not one… but two continuous sets of music. Various movements bridged together to create a cohesive whole. Releasing continuous sets such as this also brings on the challenge of how to break it up with markers in the release to allow for shuffling, or advancement to a particular piece without it sounding “Jarring” or “Out of place”. Don’t get me wrong, I loved how the original was created, and I have received feedback from numerous individuals that it was “Their” preferred listen experience as well. However, there are times when they just want to “Shuffle” all of my music, or times when they would like to hear just “One” movement in the suite…yet when doing so, it appears the song just suddenly begins, or suddenly ends and you can tell that it’s part of a larger whole.
In additional, there are distribution issues to the various streaming services. If I mark a large track as an album only track, the whole album will not be presented through streaming services such as Spotify. I couldn’t mark these large segments as available for only a buck just so they could be distributed to Spotify and the like.
I’ve struggled with this problem for the past few weeks. I’ve struggled with the question of “How do I release and express this experience as it was intended while still accounting for the person who wants to just hear an individual movement alongside other works without it seeming disjointed?” I saw no other way to accomplish this, than release the album in two different forms.
So therefore, I also want to share with you the digital version of “Singularities – Music from The Maestoso Interstellar Suite“.
Whereas, The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10YRAE is now presented in 4 specific parts containing their respective movements all bridged to form one unique listening experience, Singularities brings you that music in a different way. Singles of the individual movements with unique track beginnings and endings.
Much like how the universe is believed to have formed as the primordial elements coalesced through gravity over time, so do the songs that form Singularities. A separation of the individual units from the whole of creation.
This album is a labor of love for me. I was fortunate to have the time just after releasing Skylines to immediately jump into this project and time to create the new material at “light speed” so to say 🙂
A new prelude begins the experience and eases you into the parts and movements on a musical tour through interstellar space. A postlude concludes the listening experience, and a few surprises in between.
They are both available today via Bandcamp, and will also be available through CD Baby, iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Groove Music, Google Play and more in the next few days.
I want to dedicate these albums to the brave individuals past, present and future who put their lives at risk in our attempt to reach the stars. I truly hope I live to see the day where we reach another celestial body once again. Whether it be our moon, or Mars or even further. That experience would be ever so delightful, and I’m thankful for those who reach out where I can not.
Carl Sagan once said “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” And whether you choose to purchase The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 year Anniversary Edition and listen to the experience as originally intended or purchase Singularities – Music from The Maestoso Interstellar Suite (Or both if you would like all of the experiences :)), I hope you find peace and relaxation through it all and your imagination carries you to worlds that never were as you begin this interstellar voyage with me.