2001: Time Out, Twenty One Years Later

I am not a musician just an enthusiast but I really like this tune. It is very unusual and puts you in a different sort of mood. I would like to hear more music like this but it is very rare. I listen to as many artists and songs as I can and RedHeat is definetely one of my favorites.

Pros – This should be a classic. It stands out among the crowd!

Cons – As long as it was I was left wanting to hear more!

Reviewed by Steve on 14-feb-2002 

Your Time Out is really a fantastic piece of music! I love the sound of piano! I just can’t stop listening to it no matter what I do… Keep up good work! 

Reviewed by centti on 17-oct-2001 

Studio Notes

Finally – The completed version! Time Out has to be one of the most uplifting symphonic electronica songs I have written so far, it’s beginning is very slow and quite abstractly put together, but you’ll soon find that about 1 minute in you’re in for some action. If you like piano pop then check this song out as the piano is one of the major parts accompanied by synthesizers and some fantastic pad sounds. If you find you like this, I’d appreciate some comments!

Original release note, 2001

This is a piece of music that really helped me recall/restore the person I used to be after it all went tits-up for me ten years ago.

March 2022

Equipment used:

Music:

  • Roland XP60 Synthesiser
  • Emu ESI4000T Digital Sampler
  • Unitor AMT8 Midi Patch-bay
  • Terratec 24/96 Audio Interface
  • Cakewalk Pro Audio 9

Cover Art:

  • Apple iPad Pro 4th Generation
  • Shapr3D iOS CAD for 3D Design & Visualization
  • Procreate iOS
  • MOLDIV iOS

Cover Art

Performed By: Redheat

Album UPC: 194171475375

Label: Sonic Soundscapes

Released: 2001

ISRC: ushm21987359

Year: 2001

Genres: Symphonic Electronica, Progressive Electronic, Electronic Pop

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Red Reflections: Renewal Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Red Reflections track, a timeless beautiful new-age track from RedHeat – Sonic Soundscapes. Featuring brand new cover art reimagining its musical soundscape in unprecedented detail.


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Grand Theft Lumber: Early Chronicles of the GTA Adventure Community

History

“Probably a Tree” – a song about the trials and tribulations of easy to miss but hard to avoid trees in the game “GTA V”.

I had been responsible for coercing many of our clan’s players to deliberately crash their aircraft in the game for the cause. Composing the music, performing the instruments and singing all of the vocals in the song turned this into a fairly major project for me.

Video footage included several coordinated scenes with direction and effort made by many crew members. This was a LOT of fun during our nightly sessions.

The song and video then went semi-viral around the Reddit GTA community and also reposted by Rockstar Games’s own social club.

I believe the limiting factor in the video’s spread via Rockstar themselves was probably due to the R-rated single F-bomb in the lyrics, although since the topic of the video is about trees, the word was actually fir-kin. I guess a major screw-up on my part for thinking I’d get away with that. 😝

Instruments physically performed in this piece include: the Chinese Erhu, a traditional bowed instrument. The melodica, a wind instrument similar to combining a keyboard with a harmonica, and a regular hand played Concertina. The remainder of the instrumentation was then put together in the digital audio workstation: Renoise.

RedHeat Productions

The original logo was also one of my original contributions to the crew that has apparently stood the test of time. The crew emblem/logo can be put on cars and clothing in-game and is still in use on the GTAX/GTAA Crew (Clan) subreddit.

A few scraps of video of the Rockstar emblem creator used to put together a replica of the Reddit Snoo plus some crew-appropriate attire:

Legendary status accomplished!

Shenanigans afoot

The game Grand Theft Auto V is now multiplatform cross-play on newer consoles and so the two crews merged from the same subreddit- The GTAX Adventure crew for Xbox 360 with the GTA Adventure Crew for Playstation.

There have been other productions created from various crew events- here’s a couple of them for the sake of nostalgia! 😃

Please note that the quality of the video here is absurdly poor as I did not have video capture ability for my Xbox until much later, so these were shot by pointing a HD handy-cam video camera directly at my television screen! 😯🤣

Here are a few more- mostly for the memories.

When we could load North Yankton into multiplayer!
GTAA Does Top Gear Challenge including interviews
Creating a ring of Titan planes to use as a bike track

The Dam Busters was our first real accomplished video coordination effort, following the theme of the original movie including the long title sequence, as was common in that era.

Main Feature Film

Probably a Tree

Keep your eyes peeled- The track is included on the Not Safe for Life compilation coming out (by request of Commissioner Zdah) on April 1st 2022 on all streaming platforms. If you want a preview of the entire compilation, look no further:

Cover Art


Thanks for dropping by, these days while I do now have an Xbox Series S I haven’t really felt the pull of GTAV since I arrived very late to the platform, however I do still game and have spent quite a bit of time in No Man’s Sky.

If you would like to add me on Xbox, my tag is ”redheat” 😃

RedHeat – An Interview with The Leek

Interview with the leek

Introduction

Date: October 6th 2002.

There are few artists that now how to push the limits of new-age electronica and find new niches to excel in. One has to have a good grasp of composition, production, mixing, and arranging, as well as be an excellent musician in their own right and this one certainly fits the mold.

Recording as RedHeat, Red excels. His music is lively, adding together orchestral beauty with new-age know-how.

Currently residing in the Netherlands working as a product support engineer. On the other side, though, there is RedHeat, or perhaps it is safer to say that his work with UNIX mainframes is something he does on the side and the music he composes is at the foremost of what he does.

Listening to his melodic tracks, I get the distinct impression that he puts a lot of intensity into his work. One can almost see the symphony orchestra that plays at his command, pulling out emotive after emotive chord.

The drums and cymbals crash in, a haunting melody coming from the string section, a soft and muted synthesizer fills the voids, and suddenly, I am flying between the clouds over a land that time forgot. No, not the land of times past. Not the times of our midieval ancestors, but that simple time where everything seemed possible.

Whatever Red is doing over there in the mainland, it seems to be working. Light, darkness, love and depression seem to flow from his fingertips as easily as one might breathe.


Q&A

What do you do for a living?

At this moment, I work at Ericsson Euro Lab Netherlands. I am what’s called a ‘Product Support Engineer’, what that really means to a human is that I busy about looking after Unix mainframe computers, solving problems and providing support for systems either in a standard ‘environment for all or specific ‘project environments’. It’s quite technical but I enjoy the work I do!

First, the obvious question.. why the name RedHeat?

The bugged out camera took this red & black picture

Well, back about 6 years ago, I was making myself a CD cover for some music I had put together using my old Commodore Amiga. I had to take some photo shoots for it, but unfortunatly my digital camera broke/was buggy and started taking red coloured images only! I thought the pictures were nice and they inspired the name… I also felt that the name identified well with the music I began producing later on, with it being quite intense and atmospheric, so I kept the name.

Heh. Something of an inauspicious beginning. Your music is mostly described as ‘new age’ or ‘ambient’. Do you feel comfortable with that label?

Actually, the genres I write music for do tend to find their way into the new age and symphonic category, it is unfortunate really because in many of my pieces they can cross several genres within the space of 5 minutes.

I try to categorize my music in a way people will respond to so that they don’t feel mislead. Regarding the actual music, it took me quite a while to figure out what I was good at. Back in the early stages of my musical hobby, I tried genres like Trance, Dance and some Experimental along with a few ambient and abstract styles (If you’ve ever found my ‘oldstuff’ page, you’ll see what I mean). Although I enjoyed making the music, I didn’t feel quite at home with it…

But as time went on, I composed more, each time developing my skills a little more. This eventually led to me finding my ‘niche’ in the music genres that I felt ‘Yes this is what I like!’. I guess my influences have had a role to play in shaping the musical mind that I have, this is probably the result of many years listening to my favourite artist Mike Oldfield.

So is Mike your main musical influence?

Yes definitely! Well, as a child of about 6, My first ever cassette was Mike Oldfield’s Orchestral Tubular Bells. It was given as a present by my mother who thought that the style of music Mike made was something I would enjoy – she was very right. In my first cassette player I practically wore the tape out! Back then I also had a small keyboard with which I could play around with, I guess it was the combination of exposure to the complex arrangements of Mike’s music and the ability of mine to replay that myself on the keyboard that gave me the feel for his music up until this day. You may notice that in a lot of my music, I have orchestral influences and occasionally repetitive arpeggios, well this is probably the manifestation of these influences. I have only my mother to thank for introducing Mike Oldfield to me at such an early age.

What about non-musical influences?

I’d have to say my most influential non musical ‘driver’ would be the fact that I use music composition as a way of relaxing, letting out stress and probably expressing my inner emotions. I always like to please the family members and fans too, they have always been a strong influence in my mind – I write to please myself and others too so when I’ve done that I feel immensely satisfied. I also enjoy the fact that whatever I create will always be exactly what I want to hear in music!

Exactly. You’re slated to do a collaboration with Priscilla Hernandez. How is that going?

Well so far Priscilla has written some beautiful lyrics and with such a wonderful voice as hers, I’m hoping to make a great mix in with the track she picked out, ‘Outer Circle’. This is quite an old track but this project will see it re-mastered with some great new instrumentation! Priscilla is very talented and together we hope to show the world that we can make something good! Priscilla found my music and became a fan! (so she tells me hehe), she lives thousands of kilometers from me, so this sort of collaboration would not have been possible without the Internet.

She is a good vocalist. Is the collaboration going to be available on mp3.com?

Oh absolutely, I’ll probably be uploading it to my own RedHeat website, and also to a new site I have set up specially for additive collaborations with me (additive being submissions of extra layers to my existing tracks). The Sounds of Distant Artists page will soon be available, and not only will the new ‘Outer Circle‘ be featured there, but also a recent collaboration to my song ‘Retrospective‘ by José, an artist called ‘Keol’, José created a wonderful guitar piece to it, I re-mastered the track specially so that the guitars came through nice and strong, so this will be a ‘special edition’ of ‘Retrospective‘ added to by Keol (a great guitarist who is very much into Mike Oldfield himself).

Sounds like your pretty busy. Any new RedHeat projects on the horizon?

Well, at this moment, I’m letting those emotions build up ready for the next outburst!! – I expect the next release to be as big, if not bigger, better and more exciting that my last one… its always about going that one bit further each time. Don’t ask me when I’ll reach the furthest – I doubt that will ever happen soon 🙂

Heh. Okay, I won’t. Turning the tides just a little, who are you a fan most of in the ‘indie’ world?

Thats a tough one, there are quite a few, although I tend not to listen to much music these days; but I’d have to say that the artist known as ‘Galbatron‘ have had my attention for quite some time now, the music they create is quite similar in style to mine but a little more strength on the symphonic electronic side.

If you had a small major label come up to you and offer you a deal, would you take it?

Well I have usually had the attitude that I’d like to keep my music as a hobby – it’s been the only way I can relax! I’ve been wary of labels and contracts regarding my music. If a label came along and tried to sweep me up into quantity productions and other contract-pressure related stuff, I’d probably turn it down. If I am to succeed, I need to feel happy about my music, I still need that satisfaction of a well produced piece. If the label was understanding enough to work something in this way then I’d probably sign up with them. I think I’m just about ready to go out into the world and show people exactly what I have got and what I can do.

I think that’s what most of us are looking for. Would you ever consider joining others in a band on a permanent basis?

I’m afraid that I need control over all aspects of my music, even now I mastered the collaborations just to get the way I want them to sound. I’m probably what you would call a control freak, but being a solo artist is exactly what I want, so I feel totally accredited to the music I create having ‘built’ it from scratch. Much like building a miniature model aircraft or something, I want the satisfaction that ‘I made this, all by myself!‘ 🙂

What kind of instruments and software do you use?

Well, from the beginning I started out in 1998 with my first real synthesizer workstation, the Roland XP60. Its got several expansion boards inside which have given me some really great and versatile sounds – I have always used this synth in every piece I have made.

The other gear I have I bought because I wanted to make some real analogue sounds – The Korg Z1 makes lovely smooth synth leads and can scream some awesome synth if I want it to.

The other analogue modeling synth I have is my trusty Clavia Nord Rack, It’s Swedish made and built like a brick – It has provided some of the most excellent synth sounds especially in tracks like ‘Starlight‘ and ‘Retrospective‘.

The final keyboard I have is the Korg Karma which I bought quite recently, although I really got it for it’s great sound banks, the sounds from it have been used in ‘Retrospective‘ providing the orchestral strings throughout the song. The last sound-generating piece of equipment is my Emu ESI4000T digital sampler, it has provided me with some fantastic ways of experimenting with sounds from so many sources. All of the choir vocals you hear in my music are played on this instrument, thanks to some wonderful music industry sample CDs.

All of the gear I sometimes pipe through my Lexicon effects processor which creates some brilliant ambient atmospherics.

The software I use to write the actual music is Cakewalk Pro Audio, I usually master/record my audio with Steinberg’s Wavelab or Cool Edit Pro.

Sounds like a good setup. Okay, last question. Do you think being on mp3.com is worth it?

Being on a website like mp3.com is only as useful as the work you put into it and any promotion around it. My own personal drive behind using mp3.com is the exposure and the ability to offer music to my fans and friends at a click of a button.

I’ve been on mp3.com way before they introduced any payment system for the artists so earning money via mp3.com was never an intention, however whenever the occasional bit does arrive in the post, it always helps taking my fiancée out for a night 🙂

Hey. Thanks for your time!

You’re welcome!

RedHeat – An Interview with Sam Martin

Interview

2002, updated 2022

What is the story behind the artist name ”RedHeat”?

“Well, back in 1996, I was making myself a CD cover for some music I had put together using my old Commodore Amiga. I wanted to take some photos for the cover art and I had recently picked up a brand new first generation Mustek digital camera from work that had been returned by a customer – it used a serial port for downloading the images, thats how long ago it was. Unfortunately, it really was faulty and would sporadically take pictures that only had the red channel stored. Being already digital and without a scanner I decided to make do with these images, and as the “selfie” pictures I had taken were otherwise nice they immediately inspired the name.”

How did you get into doing your own music?

“Making my own music has always been a method of escapement and stress release for me. It all started when I first saw an Amiga computer back in 1994 while volunteering for the Midland Owl Rescue– Bryan had one and was eager to show it off in funny ways at every opportunity. Bryan showed me Octamed and it amazed me how samples could be used as instruments in such a variety of ways, this got me pestering my mother for one for Christmas so I could start making my own music.”

“Looking back, it was really quite restricted with only 4 simultaneous audio channels. After messing around with that I released a few tunes onto the Amiga scene, mainly via the magazines who strangely enough made me ‘mod of the month‘ winner in one of the 1996 Amiga Format issues. It was mad, because it was so bad it was good!”

“Towards the end of ’96 it was almost time to do final exams so my music took a bit of a back seat for a while and it wasn’t until about 2 years later that I thought about making music again.”

“The first studio setup began taking shape in late 1998 which was literally after I moved country to the Netherlands (a giant leap into the unknown) to begin a life with my girlfriend/fiancee. At some point I released my first ever piece of recorded music called ‘Dashaka’, it was a terrible attempt at a hip-hop style instrumental, and I believe, looking back, the bass-line was way off key.”

“After a few more experiments learning to record and sequence on the PC using Cakewalk, I came across the fledgling that was mp3.com, this became the main platform for my music distribution up until 2003 when it went bankrupt and shut down, taking a few thousand dollars worth of my gradually built-up CD sales revenue with it. This was before Paypal existed, so I’d have to cash a paper cheque at the bank, and coming from America those cheques costed a lot of money to pay in- sometimes it wasn’t even worth cashing them.”

Mike Oldfield has been a major influence in your music, how did this come about?

“As a child of about 6, My first ever cassette for my portable cassette recorder was Mike Oldfield’s Orchestral Tubular Bells. It was given as a present by my mother who thought that the style of music Mike made was something I would enjoy – my mother was right.”

“At the time I had been gifted a small Casio keyboard that I could easily recite parts of Tubular Bells to myself, that gave me the feel for his music up until this day. Unfortunately I struggled learning to read music at school and that has been a significant drawback as everything I have learned is by ear alone, which is okay but it has its limits.”

Do you work with other musicians?

“No, not really. I don’t work directly with other musicians, as my creative moments are fast and fleeting, I also like to have total control over everything in the music. I usually sit down and play something and then develop it continually, ideas that spawn from the process. I usually don’t have ideas before I write the music, nor do I plan any of the outcome… it all kind of happens and fits together – it amazes me sometimes, there are times I listen back to a track I made a while ago and genuinely don’t recall how it happened. Regarding working with other musicians- I have spent numerous hours coaching and helping my musician friends who have also been very valuable by giving me creative feedback on my material, helping me improve.”

Have you ever thought of making a full-career out of music?


“Yes, but it terrifies me. I’ve always thought of my music as a way of relaxing and something to stimulate my mind. I doubt I would opt to make music for a living as I know that under pressure of contracts my creativity is badly affected, I’ve had experience before when ones makes their favorite hobby their work, eventually it’s no longer fun to do and it kills it, but I will continue to make music, for as long as I am able to.”