Thursday, September 7, 2017

atmospheric - a new album by sethifus (and a self-indulgent article about it)

I have a new album!






It's an album of instrumental tracks with calming sounds and guitar. I recorded it to help stressed out people calm down. I use it at work every day. It helps me calm down.

Here's the youtube video playlist:




That's pretty much all you need to know about "atmospheric".

If you're at all like me in that you like to know the story behind things like this album keep reading. The rest of this article is going to be just that. I'm going to go on and on about this album because I really like it. I'm proud of this album and want to talk about it.



It all started with this:



This is "Lynn Monologues". A 5-song EP of solo guitar I recorded a couple years ago (2015).

I recorded each song in one take. It shows.

I still think it's a pretty good album for what it is. (one of those songs has the same basic guitar part one of the songs on "atmospheric").

After that I recorded some other albums. For 2 of them I recorded the first 2 songs on "atmospheric".

First "Popcorn" for "SIP":




And second "Out in the Rain" for "SHOES":






After that I decided to do a full album of that kind of song.

I decided to give myself a couple of restrictions because... I guess because I keep hearing that having limits helps fuel creativity. I did the same thing with my comic "IMPENDING DOOM!" which I thought was pretty neat, but I'm biased.

Restriction 1: The background sounds for each song (except the bonus track) had to be natural sounds that I didn't doctor too much.

Restriction 2: The only other sound could be guitar.


That was it! With those limitations I recorded 12 more tracks like the first two (and one weird bonus track).

I think it's pretty good. But I'm biased (as I've said).


I tried to make all of these tracks soothing. I picked noises I thought could help whoever listens to them calm down, fall asleep, meditate, or whatever they want to do with calming music. (Just... you don't need to let me know what you do while listening to it...)

As I recorded I realized that I wanted to make music that could be on a loop in the background of a level in a video game:






or in the background at a section of a theme park:







Or anywhere that needs a bit of atmosphere.



I ended up using a lot of water sounds. I have a few other ideas that I didn't include... maybe I'll make a sequel album.

For the guitar parts I tried to write riffs that sounded nice, weren't too raucous or loud, and could help soothe without distracting too much from whatever was going on. (again, I don't need to know)

Huh... I thought I had a lot more to say about this album, but I think that's all I got.




Any questions?








Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Worn: Scrooge's Worry Room!




This is the first in (hopefully) a series of articles I plan to write about things that have been worn, broken-in, and loved into something much better than the original items.

I am fascinated by this concept. So much so that I wrote a song about it (see the above video). That song is the theme song for this (probably) ongoing series of articles.



For this first "The Worn" article I'm going to focus on the first time I remember noticing the concept of things wearing down over time. Scrooge McDuck's Worry Room!





(pictures from HERE)



Whenever Scrooge got worried about something and needed to think he would go into his worry/thinking room and walk in a circle, wearing a groove in the floor.

I wanted one of these!

I went so far as to try to walk around in a circle in my basement to try to start my own rut. I gave up soon after.


This idea has stuck with me since I first saw it on DuckTales all those years ago.

On another episode Scrooge had a Lazy Susan Turntable thing he walked on in his worry room.



(Picture from HERE)

I liked this idea too, but I prefer the idea of doing something so often it changes the environment you do it in.



This was the beginning of my fascination!

In elementary through middle school we had neighbors who would walk through our backyard every morning on their way to school. They stuck mostly to the same path. By the time we moved into that house there was already a path worn where they walked.

This path reminded me of Scrooge's worry room.


Now that the new DuckTales is coming out soon (I really enjoyed the first episode!) I decided to start reading through the collections of Scrooge McDuck comics that are in the public library.

They have pictures of his worry room too!





(pics taken by me!)

I guess the second picture isn't the Worry Room, but it's the same concept.


I still love this idea and would still like to have a Worry Room of my own! Since I doubt I'll ever get to swim in a ball pit money bin, maybe I'll have to figure out a Worry Room...








Monday, August 14, 2017

Indiana State Fair 2017!

Princes Melawesome and I went to the fair this last weekend!

I love the fair!

I ate a bunch of stuff, but didn't take any pictures of it.

Well, not most of it.

But I did take some pictures!

Here are all of the pictures and 1 video I took!

I'll comment on them.




The fair has anew chair lift ride!

We went on it.

I was so excited about it, I took a video!





We rode it again before we went home (the other way). But I didn't take a video of that.


In the arts building I saw this Doctor Who blanket!





I took the picture to send to my parents.

We also found the cheese sculpture!





If you look at the ice cream scoops, you can see that they are starting to come apart!

I got my yearly glass of tomato juice!





And then we started looking for the giant pumpkins!



We found some scarecrows!






And some big, but not giant, pumpkins.








(I don't know these people)





I needed to find the giant pumpkins because after I find them I feel like I can finally get excited for Halloween!

We couldn't find them last year... and maybe the year before (I can't remember for sure), but we found them this year!
















I am going to have to join the Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association!



After we gawked at the giant pumpkins we headed to the Wine and Beer expo building!


I got a flight.





And then we rode the chair lift and went home!



While we were on the chair lift Princess Melawesome and I talked about how we don't understand the appeal of the Dairy Barn.





I mean... it's ice cream.  Ice cream is good, but not so good that it should be busy all day long. And it always seems to be busy all day long.

We like the Dole Whip better.

It feels sort of like our version of Ben not getting why everybody loves Lil' Sebastion so much...







That's the fair this year!!!!!!! We did other stuff and walked all over the place, but this is all of the pictures I took!


Now... on to Halloween!!!!!!










Saturday, August 12, 2017

More Ads for SHOES!!!

Here are some more ads for my new album SHOES!








I wanted to ad them here before I put them up on all my social medias.


Be patient, dear readers, I will be done spamming about SHOES soon.





Friday, August 11, 2017

Rejected by the New Yorker! Volume 8

Just one comic this time.






I'm going to try to come up with 10 ideas each month to submit.

We'll see if I can even think of one...






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SHOES! the Album!

I finally released my new album!







I've been planning to release an album called "SHOES!" for years and years and years.


At least 15 years.

Today, it's finally out!



I'm going to be putting these ads on my social media for the next few days... weeks... months... whatever.

But I want to share them with you right now!










They may not all be legal, but I doubt this album will sell very well (based on all of my other albums).


SHOES!


Here's the whole album in youtube video form!






I'm really proud of this album.... just like the last album... and the one before that...



Please buy it!






Monday, August 7, 2017

3 Taste Test/Reviews!

I recently went to the best grocery store I've ever seen!

JUNGLE JIM'S!!!!!

It is amazing!

It's a huge store that has pretty much anything I could ever think of or want from a grocery store, plus it has animatronics and other weird decorations!

I was too overwhelmed to even know where to begin taking pictures. So check out the website  and if you ever find yourself in the Cincinnati/Fairfield Ohio area I highly, highly recommend, can not recommend enough that you check it out.

It's about 1 hour and 45 minutes from my house, and I will definitely be back.

Several times.


On this trip I got this haul:



Yes! They have Jelly Babies! When I see a package of Jelly Babies, I buy it.


I also got Jolly Ranchers Watermelon-flavored soda!

I didn't review that in a video. I drank it on the drive home. It's good! I'd drink it again.


But I did review the other 4 cans!

Here are 3 new taste test/reviews!















It's fun to do a bunch of reviews in one day!

Plus now I'm all hopped up on sugar!


I think my favorite part of these reviews is that I got to use my new Ponder Couch Spit Bucket!





Is there anything you'd like to see me review? Drop me a line at sethifusp@gmail.com!






Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Soothing Background Sounds...

I've been working on ambient songs for my album of instrumental songs.

Here're a few more:










All perfect for meditation or nap time or playing while you work!





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rejected by the New Yorker! Volume 7...

I sent a couple comics to the New Yorker a looooong time ago.

They finally got back to me today!

I got rejected again...


Whelp, here are the 2 newest rejections...









I'll get one in one of these days!!!!





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Playing Catsup!

I've been making stuff! 😀

And not posting it here! 😟

Here it is!




A song I wrote as I recorded it!

It's... you can tell.

But it's going to be on my new album anyway!




I've started working on another album (besides the one I mentioned a sentence ago)! This one is going to be all instrumentals over soothing background sounds!

The video above is one of those songs.

And here's another!





A couple of the songs from my post about Instrumentals will be on it too!




I finished the second of the 3 albums I've been working on! (neither of the other two albums I mentioned).

This one is all music box songs made with the software to create 3D printed records for the Fisher-Price Music Box Record Player!

Since I can't get the 3D printing software to communicate with the song-writing software, this is what will be available for now!

The video above is the full album!

You can download the full album or any of the songs you like by clicking HERE!


That's all of the stuff I made that I can show you, until the first album I mentioned is finished...






Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pumpkin Update! 7/15/17

I've grown my own pumpkins for the last 3 years, and this year's first is almost ready to be cut from the vine! I am growing 3 types this year. 



1. The giant kind you see at the fair. When I see the ribbon-winning pumpkins at the fair, my Halloween season officially starts! None of mine are growing on the vines yet, but it is getting flowers and I see bees out there every day.





 2. Mini pumpkins! These I think are technically not pumpkins, but they look just like them! A mini pumpkin is the first one that is almost ready to be picked! 




(hand in shot for size reference)


There is a 2nd mini pumpkin about the size of a grape tomato! 





3. Regular-sized jack-o-lantern pumpkins! These are the pumpkins I've grown every year! I planted seeds I saved from last year's crop. There are two pumpkins about the size of promotional mini basketballs or a decorative foam skulls from Michael's. They're still as green as watermelons, so they'll be much bigger by the time they're ready to be picked!








I am so excited for Halloween season this year!

Here are all 5 of my Pumpkin Carols (songs I wrote about pumpkins)!








I hope to someday make 7" records of my Pumpkin Digital 7".

Read more about it here!



Pumpkins!