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  • Gatlinburg Fall Colors/Smoky Mountain Autumn Song. SNESology chiptune.

    Boy does it feel good to make a new post on here. About time for something new:



    The Gatlinburg Harvest Festival and Halloween season is pretty much my favorite time of year, and when I was growing up in the Smoky Mountains, I used to play games like Secret of Evermore and Castlevania in due season.

    Today, I can't separate the games from the season, and when I learned the Secret of Evermore sample set came out, the first thing I did was start a track that I wanted to dedicate to the area and season. I think this is the first Smoky Mountain "chiptune" in existence!

    While it's definitely not an uplifting track, it's not meant to be sad either. It's designed to be very haunting and provides cerebral images of a wet thicket with mist and multicolored leaves surrounding you as you hike your way through the city and mountains. There is a touch of bittersweet as we all wish this season could last longer, but it never does. Still, at the end is the sunlight coming through the mist, and the season will return again as it always has. Enjoy!

    NOTE: All pictures used in this video are, to my best knowledge, public access and press images I am free to use. I think some of these images are ones I took too. I don't think I am infringing on copyrights here, but if so, please contact me here and we can discuss it on reasonable terms.

    ESPERS is now on Earbits Radio


    This was a nice surprise in my recent journeys to getting my music broadcast - Earbits radio took me on to their internet radio station a little while ago and my ESPERS album is now fully loaded onto it. What's really nice is I was able to upload the full quality .WAVs of the songs on there, most places only do MP3s.

    If you're already familiar with Earbits, the link to check it out is here: www.earbits.com/artists/12-followers-meteo-xavier.

    For those of you who don't, Earbits is commercial-free online radio for top independent music and it's definitely worth looking into. There's a bunch of great indie artists on there in a variety of mediums outside even the loose genre standards of today and its exploding in popularity for a reason. It streams out a lot better than many other internet radio stations (in my experience) and its quite a smooth experience. My family heavily indulges in internet radio stations and I plan to turn them onto it soon.

    Check out Earbits at www.earbits.com.

    Espers - Remastered Version Release



    For those who may be interested - Espers has been officially remastered and re-released on Dope Records for the digital price of $8. You can find the Bandcamp link here.

    If you're wondering why it's being released again just 18 months after I first made this post - the truth is that it wasn't fully released in the first place. When I made this post, it was going to be released through Aardvark Records back in March 2010, we took steps to get it out there... and then it was just quit halfway through. For a variety of reasons, none of which were bad-blooded but detrimental to release all the same, the previous label was unable to fulfill their contract to me, so I found a new label, the IDM and experimental Dope Records in Israel and today it gets a fully label-supported, full release.

    This version sports new artwork by Fariz Suleiman and new mastering by Russian Composer and IDM/Industrial artist Tokee. Zircon's previous and miraculous work still exists here, we just gave it an update for better volume, bass presence and clarity.

    About the album:
    Espers is a loose concept album that I started April of 2009 just to get something done. Most of what I had were ambient/new-age instruments and samples, so I went along with that and worked endlessly to try to make one of the most unusual and unique ambient/new-age albums around. It was an extremely difficult production, but it was totally worth every step of it. I was inspired by a lot of Peter Gabriel, Metroid Prime, Chrono Cross and Steve Hackett and I about destroyed my computer trying to honor those influences.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Tritochiark - Vestigial Dreamcatcher for the Heavenly Integer [8:07]
    2. Ornamekias - A Slight Wave From the Hill Above [6:51]
    3. Amenemhetopelzai - Ancient King Lost In Memories [7:43]
    4. Saelmeth - The Rusted Voice of a Forgotten Godwraith [6:28]
    5. Icidina - Royal Highshiva of the Glacierplains [7:04]
    6. Maria Le Pitruzelluca Celeste XVII - The Sound of God's Love Made Flesh [7:43]
    7. Navi Whisperwilde - The Forest Sprite and the Mana Spirit in Eternal Recurrence [7:04]
    8. Sagetellah - The One Who Waits for the Life to Come (Featuring Michael Huang) [9:57]

    TOTAL TIME: 60:53 minutes.

    CREDITS:
    * All tracks composed by Meteo Xavier.
    * Piano Performance and re-interpretation by Michael Huang of www.sonic-expression.com.
    * Post-mixing work and initial master by Andrew Aversa of www.zirconmusic.com.
    * Final master by Anatoly Grinberg (Tokee).
    * Computer and samples provided by Brad Burr.
    * Artwork and digital sleeve design by Fariz Suleiman of http://doperec.com.

    And let me know if I forgot to thank anyone. Credit goes where credit is due.

    Please support this album not for my sake, but for Dope Records. After 4-5 years of insanity and hardship from a variety of other music people, game companies, commissioners, and so forth, the guys at Dope Records are my karmic reward for enduring all of it. These guys have been nothing short of fantastic and supportive to me from day 1 of meeting them and I humbly ask this community to share some support back.

    FREE Album Release: IMPULSE by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier


    First off: for what few of you read my blog here, sorry for not updating for a while! Had a lot of things to do and it's all only now just coming out.

    Second and foremost: My third album and first published real soundtrack, IMPULSE, is now available for FREE at Ocremix and Bandcamp!

    You can stream the whole thing right here:



    About the soundtrack:
    The IMPULSE soundtrack started in February 2012 when I responded to a post on Gamedev.net. The game itself was a free-range development deal where composers could contribute tracks as they wanted and I volunteered to contribute 9 tracks. I haven't gotten to work on a spacey-puzzle game like this before and I'm still extremely excited I got to. This meant I could experiment with very different textures, structures and all kinds of fun stuff I could practice where I couldn't before. This is the first production I've ever done where I had full artistic freedom, could use all my highest quality sets, and make no compromises for sound quality. No excuses this time around, it was time to really step up to the plate and show what I could do.

    Download it at http://meteoxavier.bandcamp.com/album/impulse-ost and http://ocremix.org.


    Game Information:
    IMPULSE
    by Deck16
    Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and "(hopefully) 8".

    IMPULSE is a spaceshooter/puzzle that developer Deck16 describes as a cross between Super Meat Boy and Lunar Lander and N+ and Asteroids. It is a simple, freeware game where you push a craft toward the end goal while dodging a variety of enemies, obstacles and level designs that resemble mini-golf courses.

    This is a game based on the old-school premise of computer gaming - basic design with very flexible results. The goal remains the same, but the levels are incredibly different with various degrees of gravity and either limited or limitless fuel adding to the conflict - nothing is quite the same from level to level and there are many of them to push through. You might be trying to navigating anything from a tunnel to a giant vector maze, or an optical illusion to the labyrinth from Pac-Man, or even a battleship to the game title itself.

    A simple premise with extreme variety is the name of the game with IMPULSE and it's free to play with a level editor to make your own.

    Trailer Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i7RM-xtRw8&feature=player_embedded

    Main page: http://deck16.net/impulse?a2279b00

    Reviews For ESPERS

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It's been a while again since I posted, but I wanted to share the reviews ESPERS has been getting so far. It's been a slow run, but very worthwhile all the same!

    Here are some reasons why you should check out ESPERS:

    * ALBUM OF THE WEEK at College Info Geek.
    "Espers is an ambient album that needs to be listened to with a good pair of headphones. Utilizing layer upon layer of varying instruments and samples, 12F/MX creates an immersive soundscape that makes you feel as if you’re in a different world. [...] In particular, the last track, “Sagetellah – The One Who Waits for the Life to Come” is extremely enjoyable and demands repeated listens. [...] All in all, Espers is an extremely well-produced and enjoyable album, especially since it’s an independent project made by one person (I believe)."

    * ALBUM OF THE WEEK at Indie Music Digest - 8/10
    "Espers by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier is a compelling musical journey. Its strong suit it’s amazing sonic ambience the song for song musical flow. 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier gets high marks for his brilliant musical transitions and connecting passages - nice touch. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing theatrical ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully snd unobtrusively."

    * CATCH OF THE MONTH at Indie Shark - 5/5
    "Espers by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier is a rock solid release. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production gets it’s point across well. Again the most amazing thing about this CD is the composition genius of 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier. He’s clearly a premier talent. Fans of all things ambient will love this CD no doubt."

    * RANDOM.ACCESS - 9.3/10
    "Espers provides a generally relaxing experience similar to that of famed new age artists such as Enigma and Mike Oldfield. in his own heyday. [...] Espers is a novel way to chill out from the many unnecessary stresses of life. Every song has character. It is a highly-recommended work of art and indeed a solid addition to any aficionado's music library."

    * Music Skope - 3.5/5
    "“Espers” by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier is clearly a solid release with many feel grooves with a pleasant atmospheric quality to it. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well Nikelback."

    * Music Emissions - 7/10
    " 12FMX is a fascinating artist. Like I said most famous artists out there have 'it' I'm not so sure what it but 12 Follwers/Meteo Xavier clearly has whatever 'it' may be."

    And of course there will be more to come. If you think I'm just blowing smoke here, take a listen for yourself:

    Youtube Videos

    Been a while since I made a post, so I'm going to post the ESPERS videos that are on Youtube. I've been using them as a means to really learn how Youtube marketing works and to experiment with the views and demographics in particular because it always seems like it gives different numbers, and freezes them if you put your own in after 300.

    I'm still learning that aspect of it, but in the meantime, here are the videos for ESPERS. my Sonic 4 and my Super Metroid/Metroid Prime remix. Enjoy!



















    ESPERS is now on Bandcamp

    And now I have a way where you can listen to it straight from my website here. Priced $5.99 just like CDbaby and I believe you get your choice of 320KBs MP3s, FLAC, WAV or other versions of it.Enjoy!