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Lights, Camera, Action!

It was a fine day for Eternal Tears of Sorrow. The very first official music video. As a matter of fact, we do have some semi-official videos but unfortunately they’re not really 100% professional quality videos. I really don’t know why. The odds and the gods of metal have always been against us.

We shot one in 1999 for “Burning Flames’ Embrace” which was a bit weird. We had a brand new line-up playing a song of the original line-up, for instance, our drummer Petri Sankala had to play the drum machine things in the video. And, of course, the overall cost of the video was 666 Finnish marks. Then, there was supposed to be a live video for a song on “Chaotic Beauty“, somewhere in Helsinki supporting Nightwish. And then, there is a nice live video for “Summon the Wild”, done a couple of years ago.

We all woke up at seven (if not earlier) to get to the place at 8.30. The production team (Mutant Koala Pictures) had arrived a bit earlier, which is natural as they had a lot of equipment with them. An hour later, we started. Hearing the same tune over and over for six hours might normally be quite boring, but we all had adrenaline rushing in our veins. Can you believe it was actually the first time a photo was taken with each member playing his instrument, including the keyboard wizard mr Janne Tolsa? But I’m sure it won’t be the last ;). And you’ll get to see this photo later, as well as the whole video.

Anyway, it’s been quite natural that after two days of action I’ve needed a total rest day, no matter how fun the action has been. Friday was fun and Saturday was fun. Quite different from each other, but fun. (Did I already mention the word “fun”, by the way?) In my first blog entry of 2012, I wrote:

If everything goes “as planned” (yeah right, like I would ever have a plan?), I will be happier by the end of the year. Or at least I will have learned new things about life, love, the universe and everything.

Well, I’m already happier than in January. Much happier. That’s weird because I don’t know what has made the difference. Maybe it’s just as simple as seizing the day, enjoying the moment and always trying to think positively (as my mother says to me almost every time I call her). One third of this year is gone and I just can’t wait for what’s ahead.

“Life, love, the universe and everything.” Sounds like fun. Welcome, May, you will be a nice month!

 
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Posted by on 30.4.2012 in In English, Music

 

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Easter!

Easter

Easter (Photo credit: 427)

Easter is just around the corner! Oh boy, time really flies. Each day seems to be an exact replica of yesterday, but fortunately this year is going to have a lot of events that break the monotonous routines.

First of all, I need to get my car fixed. On one hand, it’s nice to walk at least 4 km every day (especially now that spring is here) but on the other hand, it’d be nice to get it fixed (even though the public transport is quite good here in North Finland).

But anyway, Eternal Tears of Sorrow is going to the studio next week to record the second half of the seventh EToS album. We’re going to record the basic tracks: drums, bass, guitars. And vocals & keyboard will be done a bit later this year. Also, we’re going to shoot our very first (!) official music video at the end of this month. And the single… Well, I can’t say when it’s coming out, before the midsummer, I hope. It’s going to be a nice album and once again, it’s going to be a different compared to “Children of the Dark Waters“. It’s still a bit too early to say, how different, but well…

The other music projects are doing fine as well, even though they are progressing much more slowly. There have been some questions I’ve been trying to solve this week (at least by thinking). “Can ambient music be done without keyboards or samples?” among others.

Those were the days: Amiga and ProTracker.

It’s not actually weird for me to write music with a computer. That’s what I’ve been doing since 1988 or so. That’s when Altti invited me to his home and we made a rudimentary cover of “Smoke on the Water“. Oh, those were the days. ProTracker, tracker music, MODs, Amiga.

Ever since, I’ve written and demoed every song on my computer, excluding “Chaotic Beauty” (2000) and “A Virgin and a Whore” that we wrote and arranged at our rehearsal place. On “Sinner’s Serenade” (1997) you can even hear the Amiga samples :). And On “Vilda Mánnu” (1998), we spent two whole weeks trying to convert module files into MIDI files that we could use at Tico-Tico Studio.

Now, in 2012, practically every band, no matter if they play electronic music or the most extreme kind of heavy metal, write their songs at home with their computers. There are computers in every single recording studio. Well, the modern world is thoroughly digitalized, which is mostly a good thing. In the 90s, if you wanted your band mates to hear your new songs, you had to take them with you on a diskette or a cassette. And you had physically move yourself to your band mate’s home, or invite him to come over :). Now, we have email, DropBox, SoundCloud and so many other ways to let the rest of the band hear what you’ve been up to.

Commodore Amiga 500, 16-bit computer (1987)

Yeah, when it comes to music, it’s much easier nowadays. Still, I sort of miss the old days. You’d to call your band mate using the landline telephone to know if he’s at home. Then, you’d take a diskette or a cassette with you and play the demo at his house. You could spend an entire evening just to demonstrate a new song because in Finland, it’s customary to offer coffee to your guests.

Now, it’s nothing but putting an MP3 file into your DropBox folder and sending a Facebook message “I’ve got a new demo, let me know what you guys think about it”. It’s much less personal nowadays. Just sending files and messages. In the “best case scenario”, you may even call your friends. Or is it just me? Perhaps I’ve become a lazy, fat, nostalgic bastard :P.

Anyway, I uploaded another “dark ambient” song onto SoundCloud. Listen to it if you’re interested in such genre.

Happy easter! (Or whatever you’re going to celebrate this week.. If you’re not celebrating anything, have a nice week!)

 
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Posted by on 3.4.2012 in In English, Music

 

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