As the title implies -- BAM! Etc.
Srsly though, I'm amply jazzed on the fact that I finally got off my proverbial posterior and started diverting some of my creative grind into the oft-overlooked (on our musician types' part) yet incredibly crucial aspect of self-whoring (a.k.a. "marketing"). At the very least, an online hub for all that is my repertoire of artsy spewings, a tiny pocket of teh interwebz that I shall call my own and mine home. Here I shall make my stand. Here I shall stage my beach head in a full-scale online assault on the senses of all those who fall prey to my wiles and are haplessly lured into imbibing my nonsense unto their beings via aural and/or visual means. (if you're reading this, by the way, I love and appreciate you to no end -- thanks for being here, fren!)
So, like, welcome, or whatever.
I'll elaborate further on the name "Alyag" in another post down the line, but in the meantime, know this: it's been an alias of mine (pertaining most of all to my imaginative explorations) for many, many years -- so much so that I defaulted to it as a musical moniker when I'd first began experimenting with electronic music back in 2005 (using, ahem, a pirated copy of Reason... shh!). In 2008 I'd finished the first Alyag "EP", a 7-track collection called Falling Into The Abyss (the title track having since been made available for listens via mine SoundCloud). It certainly wasn't anything special to write home about, but it was definitely a welcome, muchly stimulating aside to my primary project at the time -- a growly Scandinavian melodeath metal band-later-turned-solo-studio-endeavor: Celestis. (again, more on that later)
The one really neat thing that came of that 2008 release was one track in particular -- a very chill, atmospheric piano-trickled track with some very pretty guitar leads (plus the occasional bout of shreddy weedlie-wahs) called Waters Of Eternity; a track that I was fond enough of to reproduce eight years later. (I've since pondered doing the same to Falling Into The Abyss, buuut... meh.) The other neat part was that the entire project was a pleasantly stimulating deviation from my usual ra-ra-ra-angry-walls-of-guitars-smashy-drums-screamy-growl antics (which I still love so very dearly to this day), and had allowed me to vent my more experimentative fringe ideas that wouldn't have fit within any other mold o' mine at the time. Something something seeds planted.
Fast-forward to Shambhala 2016, an ineffably cathartic experience I was deeply involved with. One night during showtime it had dawned upon me that the electronic music I'd loved so very dearly for the entirety of my incarnation upon this particular plane, which had also intimidated me as a producer for so long (watching my sound designer pals go to town on reverse-engineering patches in Massive and Sylenth and whatnot, and failing miserably to wrap my head around all the automation and signal flow)... that, THAT was my true calling. In the months that followed, I made it my sole missive to sink my claws into Ableton as aggressively as I could (mad props to Mr Bill, Noiselab, Au5, and Slynk for their tremendous tutorials)... and a year and a bit later, here we are. No other artistic undertaking has ever made me feel nearly as elated, as motivated, as driven toward unabashed exploration, experimentation, and learning as this project has within the past year and a half. And this site is to become an extension of all of these efforts; a collected, focused showcase of everything I strive toward and am most creatively tickled by.
And so I invite you to join me on this journey of mine. Part of the primary focus of this site will be the e-mailing list -- still, by far, the best way to receive regular updates on the things that interest you most amidst the hella saturated static noise of contemporary social media. To sign up (if you haven't been so gracious already), simply head over to the home page, and submit thine glorious addy via button-clicky... I'll do my utter best to keep you appraised of all my shenanigans. And if you've words to throw at me, fire 'em away via the Contact page! I always look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks so much for being here, and for your attention to my ramblings, and hopefully you'll continue to be around to see all the latest. Cheers, friend!