Expanding my horizons and the Microsoft Cloud Show


I’ve known for a long time that in order to be successful in the music industry, especially for someone who doesn’t tour right now, that I needed to expand my horizons in order to get my music heard.

That’s why I’ve been working with other people to collaborate on music as well as offering my music for use in projects etc. that I have great interest in.

I thought I would share some of those collaborations and tidbits with you that you may have missed.

Smoking Land

First comes a student short film created by Axel Henneberg.  .

Axel is a film student of the Prague film school, and he has used some of the music from my award winning album “Ambient Highways” for his short film titled Smoking Land.

Smoking Land – A Noir Short Film by Axel Henneberg


A Room I Once Entered

Next up is a collaboration I did with David Gerard who goes by the name Ambientism.

David releases a collaboration album annually called “The Electronic Consortium” consisting of various artists he has collaborated with over the previous year.  David reached out to me to see if I would be interested, and I certainly was.

Here is A Room I Once Entered in which David and I collaborated

VR – Outward

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve started working with Geoff Varosky on a collaboration project we’re calling “VR”.

Geoff currently produces and releases experimental ambient music, ranging from long slowing soundscapes to beat and heavily sampled ambient house via Musical Nature which is an ambient project in experimental sound.

Together, we are “VR”.

VR is obviously a combination of the initials of our last names (Varosky and Richie), but as most know, it is also the abbreviation for “Virtual Reality”.

Virtual Reality typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate realistic images, and considering that we are both individuals who have been involved in software development and software architecture, it seemed a good fit for us as well.
VR (us) will bring you music that will immerse you in a virtual world of the mind, where our musical stories will be the backdrop for your imagination.

Here is a sample of the type of music you can hear from us in the not too distant future.



The Microsoft Cloud Show and Mastering the SharePoint Framework

Last, but certainly NOT least, I’ve been working with Andrew Connell and Chris Johnson on a couple of things over the past few months.

First, you were probably first introduced to me on this blog via my various SharePoint related posts I’ve made in the past.  Even though this site has morphed more into supporting my music, I hope you’ve decided to stick around 🙂 .

BTW, if your interested on where I’ll be placing more technical/SharePoint related content in the future…. be sure to check out code.krichie.com as that’s where I’ll be placing those things in the future.

I’ve known Andrew and Chris for many, many years and I’m super excited to inform you that they’ve chosen my music as the new theme music for their weekly podcast The Microsoft Cloud Show. I absolutely loved working on the piece of music they chose for the shows new theme, and upon listening to the first podcast using it myself, it was really cool to hear the specific sections of the piece they incorporated into the show. So go check out episode 186 right now and listen to them rip on me a bit and then geek out about home automation! :).

Secondly, Andrew recently started a new business venture called Voitanos. Voitanos is your host for on-demand technical training and educational resources for Microsoft’s Office 365, Microsoft Azure and cloud-related technologies. Whether you are looking to learn something new for a project, get up-to-speed on a new technology or level up your skill set, Voitanos is for you

The first set of deliverables Andrew is producing it is called Mastering the SharePoint Framework.  And guess what, it utilizes some of my music here and there for the background music!

I myself will be going through the Mastering the SharePoint Framework course, and I’m truly excited not only to be participating, but being a small part of the course material :).

Many thanks Andrew and Chris!

16 years

Lastly, this bit of news couldn’t come at a better time. Want to know how long I’ve been involved with SharePoint? Oh, just over 16 years.  Yep, 16 years ago today we announced Release to Manufacturing of SharePoint Portal Server 2001.

I remember taking a quick ramp up course on a product code named Tahoe in early 2000/2001 during my first tenure with Microsoft back in the day as it utilized the Web Storage System from Exchange.  At the time I was an Escalation Engineer for Outlook and Exchange.  Little did I know just how dramatic my life would change after that moment.

Happy Birthday SharePoint Portal server!

Be sure to also read Bill Baer’s post on the history of SharePoint right here.

That’s all for now! Back to a dedicated study day for myself.  I’ll be finishing up chapter 3 of the Mastering the SharePoint Framework course today as well!

– Keith




Special airing of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10YRAE

TMIS10YRAE Official Cover 244pxPlease join me for a special airing of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition presented by One World Music Radio tomorrow Thursday, June 16th 2016 at 2PM PST/4PM CST/5PM EST /10PM UK.

I’ll be discussing how the album came together with an introduction to each part of the suite. This is something you don’t want to miss!

I’ll also be in Facebook Chat while the show is presented to provide even more insight as the music plays.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the add yourself to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/536161776574795/

I’ll try to keep that event posting up to date with any changes.

At the time of the event, just tune into One World Music Radio at http://www.oneworldmusic.co.uk/ to listen.

This album is a labor of love for me. This album is not just a re-master and re-release of the same album from years ago, but is a brand new experience for listeners. The original material was cleaned up, enhanced, and re-mastered as well as extended onto a second disc of completely new material. A two-hour space music epic consisting of 4 parts to ease the mind and calm the spirit. A new prelude begins the experience and eases you into the parts and movements on a musical tour through interstellar space.

Carl Sagan once said “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

I hope you’ll join me for the music, and the chat, and find peace and relaxation through it all.

Let  your imagination carry you to worlds that never were as you begin this interstellar voyage with me.

Keith Richie

Dodici Movimenti: Can you help launch this space music epic?

If you have been following along, you know I’ve been working hard on my next release, The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition.

This album is not just a remaster and release of the same album from years ago. This album is a brand new experience for listeners. The original material was cleaned up, enhanced, and remastered as well as extended onto a second disc of completely new material. A two-hour space music epic to ease the mind and calm the spirit. A new prelude, postlude and other surprises enhance the experience and ease you into the parts and movements on a musical tour through interstellar space.

I have completed the initial compilation of all the new material for release, and I could use your help to launch this space music epic! As I have mentioned before, I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help with getting this release out the door at the time around the exact 10 year mark.

To hopefully entice you and show you how the album is shaping up, I’d like to present you with a sample/teaser video showcasing the various movements within the suite titled Dodici Movimenti.  Give it a watch when you have time!


The full disc and track list is as follows:

Disc I

  • Prelude
  • Part I – Movement I (Event Horizon)
  • Part I – Movement II (Naked Singularity)
  • Intermission I
  • Part II – Movement III (Inertial Frame of Reference)
  • Part II – Movement IV (Redshift)
  • Part II – Movement V (Time Dilation)
  • Part II – Movement VI (Causality)

Disc II

  • Part III – Movement VII (Cryosleep)
  • Part III – Movement VIII (Dark Matter)
  • Part III – Movement IX (Gravity Waves)
  • Intermission II
  • Part IV – Movement X (General Relativity)
  • Part IV – Movement XI (Escape Velocity)
  • Part IV – Movement XII (Aphelion)
  • Postlude

I hope you enjoyed this teaser of what’s in store for the album release. Please consider backing the campaign if your are inclined to do so.

If you have already shown your support by backing the project. Thank you so much!!

Here is the Kickstarter intro video to the project if you are curious.




Thanks in advance!

Keith Richie