Announcing VR:1

You may remember this post from a few short months ago where I announced a collaboration project with my good friend and fellow SharePoint/Musician Geoff Varosky that we are calling “VR”.

Well, today I’m very happy and proud to announce to you the fruits of our collaboration in the form of the VR:1 pre-release album.

VR:1 is a work in progress album as we finalize the mix/mastering for wide release.  This debut album constitutes the collective energy we both share in regards to ambient and electronic music, and is an absolute pleasure to work on.

Please give it a listen through and let us know your thoughts!

Disclaimer: As noted on the bandcamp page for VR:1, this is a “work in progress” album, and any purchase towards this album entitles you to the final version once complete.  Therefore keep in mind that the final set of songs/versions of songs/ etc. may change before release. Your contribution will help us complete the album for mass distribution.

Enjoy and let us know what you think!

– Keith and Geoff

 

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

 

 

 

Help me reach my goal for Gunslinger!

You may or may not be aware of my current Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to have a physical CD produced for my next album Gunslinger – A Journey to The Dark Tower in Music: Volume 1.  Gunslinger is the first in a set of releases that I’ll be creating inspired by The Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King.

As of today, I’m only at 42% to my goal with only 10 days left in the campaign!

My goal is to have a physical CD produced for this album that I can use for promotional purposes. By helping me with this goal, you’re not only getting a copy of Gunslinger, but also my previous album Mister Stichs!  How’s that for a deal!

I have released several albums over the years with my most recent releases being Digital only. My latest albums such as Mister Stichs, The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, Skylines and Ambient Highways were released in digital form and are proving to be very successful albums thus far. Yet I find that I need physical CDs in order to send to various music review sites as well as radio stations for potential airplay.  This is generally the desired media they need, and sometimes the only media they will accept.

Yes I know, even though “The World has Moved On” away from actually buying physical CDs (and even then downloading music!), the fact of the matter is, they are still needed to have a strong impact promotion wise.  That’s why I’m asking for your help.

There are many ways you can help with your pledge.  It’s not just about getting a physical CD for yourself.  You don’t have to, to help!  In fact, I have a reward titled “The World has Moved On” for that very reason!  It’s a way for you to help, and get a digital copy of the album for yourself in return.  Of course, if you want a CD, you can even get an autographed copy signed by yours truly!

So, can you help?  If so, please visit the campaign page by clicking here and selecting a pledge level that suits you!

Are you someone who has already pledged or, are you someone who just wants to spread the news?  Then please share this link to the campaign with your friends, family, and social contacts you think may be interested. Especially if they are fans of The Dark Tower!

Thankee Sai and long days and pleasant nights!

Keith Richie