Friday, November 30, 2018

Electronic Music Record Release of the Day Give-Away: "Sweetmeats For Little Turks"

Welcome back to the Gauntlet of Balthazar for what appears to be yet another brand spanking new music release.

However, this time rather than embedding an issue of a single track, it's a compilation album of the very best of the Bandcamp hosted 391 & the Army of Astraea Electronic Music Piece of the Day Give-Away's. To make a firm distinction this release has been slated as first and foremost a "SoundCloud" first debut.

"Sweetmeats For Little Turks" is the name of the collection, and if that moniker's deceptively overt meaning perplexes you, then there you have it. But to slightly demystify, the cover art is taken from one of my very favorite late-nineteenth century dog-eared books of travelogue etchings.

The album contains what I feel are the top twenty most "successful" tracks of the fifty or so that have been issued in the series thus far, and to wit, the collection is sub-titled as "Volume One" simply because I expect that future releases will continue to be forthcoming.

Anyway, enjoy, follow, share, what have you, and as always...Till next time.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Electronic Music Piece of the Day Give-Away

Welcome back to the Gauntlet of Balthazar and the Bandcamp hosted 391 & the Army of Astraea Electronic Music Piece of the Day Give-Away.

Today's offering is entitled "Subway Hat", and the track, to my best assessment, owes it's existence to the influence of Industrial-Jazz combos like Borbotomagus and Clock DVA. It attempts to capture the intoxicating feeling of urban chaos and the sometimes disorienting interactions between biological life and mechanical devices.

As usual enjoy.

Till next time.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

From the Writer's Studio: A Little Re-Up of an Old "Classic"

Greetings Gauntletarians new and old, and welcome to another installment of the "From the Writer's Studio" feature of the Gauntlet of Balthazar.

While "From the Writer's Studio" often features articles dedicated to dissecting existing films and series for their writing stances, foibles, and issues, or just tackles specific elements within screenplay and narrative writing, it also has come to envelope the film and promotional videos that my company, Nevekari Enterprises, releases.

As one of the partners in that business, as well as a writer, I see little distinction between what we place on the page in written word and what ends up on film. Then again, as the person responsible for the musical scoring of our releases, I see little distinction between the general arena of sound production and soundtrack as composite elements within the filmic artistic whole, so perhaps my perspective is not as compartmentalized as many other people's inside or out of the field.

Thus, what I'm saying, I guess, is that even an interview about one of our early projects, such as the one I'm about to tell you about, which has been recently re-mastered and re-up'ed, is, in my opinion, as valid a discussion of any of the elements of writing style, technique, and intention, regardless of the shameless self-promotion of the entire affair.

Therefore, I am very pleased to announce the release of a brand spanking new version of the lead interview culled from our 2012 in-industry promotional DVD release - "Partisan Earth", finally presented on our own Youtube channel and homepage.

As always, please do watch and enjoy, and I implore you to hit "like" and "subscribe", and "share" and "comment" (here or on Youtube) if you'd like, and please don't forget to click on the "notifications" bell icon, so you can hear about as our new releases make their on-line debuts.

Oh yea, if I forgot to mention it - whether you are a Space Opera fan or not, when Partisan Earth finally comes to the small screen, it will become one of your favorite series of all time. Just sayin'.


Till next time.

Friday, November 16, 2018

From the Writer's Studio: Introducing "Nevekari Talks"

Hi all, and welcome back to the Gauntlet of Balthazar for the debut of a new series of promotional videos that we have unveiled on Youtube this month.

As the name states, "Nevekari Talks" features myself and my partner, and occasionally actors we've worked with, discussing the origins, story, crafting, potential of future development, and the various input that all the persons involved may have contributed. You can read more about the series in general and this first installment in this article / press release.

The first installment, of this series, Nevekari Talks: The Supplicant, focuses on our award-winning and multi-nominated screenplay; "The Supplicant", which is a feature film script adapted from the ancient Greek tragic stage play, "The Suppliant Women", penned by Euripides.

I think this one came out fairly nice, and I hope that each succeeding episode will display some visceral growth in our abilities in the realms of film-making, editing, sound and score.

So please do watch and enjoy, and if you are able and care to support us, please like, subscribe, share, and by all means, hit the notification bell as well, and of course, feel free to leave us any (constructive) input you see fit.

I must add (in my opinion) that Youtube's increasingly pervasive interest in forcing viewers to jump through so many hoops, not to mention having to be first signed in to your Google / Youtube account, only serves as an impediment to creators getting their message out there, let alone annoying users. But, hey, what do I know?

Till next time.