First Dereification song available for streaming and download

Today I published my first song on Bandcamp, under a name I’m going to use for most, if not all, of the instrumental music I see fit to sell: Dereification.

The project/band/artist name describes my philosophy towards instrumental music (and other things) pretty well.

Also, the name “Dereification” just sort of has a metal vibe to it, right? I mean, it’s not hard to imagine that hunk of jargon written illegibly in white across the front of a black t-shirt. Not that I have any (sincere) plans to design such a thing.

I was originally going to write and release a whole EP this summer, but I decided I prefer the idea of releasing singles, for a few reasons. First, recording was taking longer than expected and I was just getting anxious to get some music out there. Also, it’s not as though I’m working on a concept album. These are just arrangements of sounds over time, and—so far—I don’t have any grand concept linking them other than “I have this guitar here and these notes written down”.

So I plan on just releasing music as I finish it (or, more accurately, when I decide that it’s ridiculous to keep fiddling with the mix).

It’s been a while since I’ve tried to sell any of my work on the internet. However, you can stream this song for free, which I prefer to holding the song hostage behind a paywall. I really like the way Bandcamp works, especially with their pay-what-you-want pricing.

You can listen to the song for free and download the song for $1 or more. Any purchase at any price is hugely appreciated. I’ve invested a non-trivial amount of money into recording this (and future) music, and it would be nice if playing/writing/recording music wasn’t a total money sink.

I don’t like to pirate software. All of the software instruments used on the recording are properly licensed, and—while I didn’t spend a fortune on these things (I’m using EZDrummer and not Superior Drummer, for instance)—I did spend some money on this. And hey: changing strings on an Ibanez RG8 ain’t cheap.

Basically, if I can sell enough to at least subsidize my string replacements for future recordings, I’ll be happy. I mean, sure, those Strandberg guitars sure are fancy and expensive, but this isn’t how I make a living and I’m very happy with the guitar I have.

I’m very grateful for any and all support, which includes listening to the song for free. I appreciate your time and attention, and I’m looking forward to releasing more music for you to hear. I’ve got a few things at various stages of completion that should come out fairly soon. One track has the drums completely sequenced and rhythm guitar recorded, so all that needs to be added is a bass track and some lead guitar.

Today’s song, however, doesn’t have lead guitar. I toyed with the idea of putting a solo somewhere or perhaps even some different textures, but I just love this song as a groovy, riff-oriented track with a simple arrangement.

So here it is: “17 7 14”, available at Bandcamp now!