What if there was an alternate reality where…

Studio Notes

Hmm. Thought experiments.

What if? What if I could stop this?

What if I didn’t say anything?

What if there were reprisals?

What if I put my mental health at risk?

What if there was no support network for after the ordeal?

All valid thoughts. All eventually had answers.

So far, so good, this month has been great! After dealing with a few unpleasant things over the last few months, this month has been the best in a long time.

I’ve just got back from a brief family visit to England and am now looking into what is probably going to be the most strenuous change of lifestyle since I moved abroad.

RedHeat, June 2004

A man who I knew would still be preying on young boys was found still abusing children but nobody had come forward to do anything about it. Without any evidence, the authorities would not intervene, until I arrived in England, back on the scene. He was sent to trial and then to prison on my testimony.

Take that, you bastard.

This caused so much turbulence in my life, it took many years of help to overcome the trauma of the trial as well as the brutally refreshed memories of the past. The truth is the abuse happened to me and nothing will change that but what I didn’t understand for so long is that I have nothing to feel guilty about. What I did was right.

I am finally at peace.

The piece below is from some time between 2003 and 2004, it took months to set the above in motion, so naturally it reflected in my music. Looking back from 2022 it is clear there is a shy tone of despair in this piece. Just know that everything turned out alright.

A fairly simple piano piece with light instrumentation.

Equipment used:

  • Roland XP60 Synthesiser
  • Emu ESI4000T Digital Sampler
  • Emu Ultra6400 Digital Sampler
  • Unitor AMT8 Midi Patch-bay
  • Terratec 24/96 Audio Interface
  • Cakewalk Pro Audio 9

Cover:

  • Apple iPad Pro 4th Generation
  • Shapr3D iOS CAD – 3D modeling and visualization
  • Procreate iOS – Composition
  • MOLDIV iOS – Post production

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Performed By: Redheat

Album UPC: 194171475498

Label: Redheat

Released: 2003

ISRC: ushm21987507

Year: 2003

Genres: Instrumental Piano

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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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A Return to Marwinia: the Forest’s Promise of an Escape, the story behind RedHeat’s: The Escape from Marwinia.

A hop, skip and jump, falling, fighting, victories, frights, revelations, reconciliation and ultimate involuntary sacrifice to the madness of the sentient forest.

Originally composed in 2005 and recorded while performed from a combination of orchestral and electronic instruments, the evocative soundtrack whisks the listener on a journey across a bizzaare twisted world where fantasty meets a crazed glimpse into the mind and life experiences of the artist.

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Listen if you dare venture out from this cursed land

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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.

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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:

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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” 😃

Outer Circle Dance Edition Released!

Hurray!

Finally got the mix done and now available for download 🙂

The dance edition is a totally new piece of music, but with some of the lyrics from the newage-ish original “Outer Circle Vocal” version resung, rerecorded and written into this piece specifically.

Big thanks must go to Pricilla Hernandez (Yidneth) for taking time to re-do the singing, and also again big thanks to AcidSoul who helped by mixing the vocals into the instrumental track I composed.

Without his help none of this would have been possible 🙂

I know this is a little off the norm for you guys who like my new-age stuff etc… but this is me, right here, right now. Enjoy!

Outer Circle – lyrical?

The lyrical version materialised unexpectedly via an unsolicited contribution appearing in my mailbox by a young lady- Priscilla Hernandez. As someone who is not a fan of vocal work it was a little awkward, however as it was kinda cool that somebody had taken my song to heart it grew on me a little.

My New Age instrumental Outer Circle with the added vocals:

Outer Circle “Dance Remix” (beta preview)

This is a bit of an experiment with composing in the Trance/Dance genre… WITH vocals hehe… 

So, if you’re interested, it’s on the download links area, Outer Circle (Vocal, Dance).

Please note that this is probably a one-off as I don’t particualy find this style of music challenging or as stimulating as the other stuff I do, but it’s just one of those things I have to get out of my system 🙂

Outer Circle – lyrical?

The lyrical version materialised unexpectedly via an unsolicited contribution appearing in my mailbox by a young lady- Priscilla Hernandez. As someone who is not a fan of vocal work it was a little awkward, however as it was kinda cool that somebody had taken my song to heart it grew on me a little.

My New Age instrumental Outer Circle with the added vocals:

Like Many, Red Bottles.

People, hurry up the party at the village its just begins This is a pretty song, the music has the classical feeling of the popoular songs with a dance background, but I can’t think about this like a song because it seems a jingle, its so short. I really love the bells at begins and the dance drums, all the instruments are balanced well and the song give me a professional impression. But I can’t say other its so short!

Dreawlk- CTGMusic, 2004

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Studio Notes

Red Bottles! is a short, cute furry tune with no hope whatsoever. Just for fun…. no, really. fun. To be taken lightly!

Original release note, red-heat.com.

Equipment Used

  • Roland XP 60 Synthesizer
  • Cakewalk Pro Audio 9
  • Terratec 24/96 Audio Interface

Performed By: Redheat

Album UPC: n/a

Label: Redheat

Released: March 2004

ISRC: n/a

Year: 2004

Genres: Dance, Electronic

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New Composition: Sudden Uplift

The beat that starts this beautiful song off is not imposing like many of its genre. it is merely a calm repeating drum beat which after a short while starts changing itself ever so slightly. after a little while of pure beat a nearly perfect piano melody is added to it to produce one of the most emotionally stiring musically euphoric peices of sound ever composed. 10/10

Reviewed by Leo Staley on 5-jan-2002 

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Studio Notes

This tune is big. It starts out quiet, slowly building up pace and texture, then it shoots though the roof with an awesome piano ending. If you like to be motivated and you kinda tired, then play this tune and it will surely pick you up. This is the first tune I composed using my ESI Sampler unit and XP synth combined.

Original release note, red-heat.com, 2000.

Equipment used:

  • Roland XP 60 Synthesizer
  • ESI 4000T Digital Sampler
  • Cakewalk Pro Audio 9

Performed By: Redheat

Album UPC: See Outer Circle

Label: Redheat

Released: February 2000

ISRC:

Year: 2000

Genres: Symphonic Electronica, New Age