Music updates, 24th Sept 2017: New playlist, All tracks page

I’ve been tidying up my personal site, updating the layout to work better on mobile devices, and adding a bit of new content.

Earlier in the year, I did a big update to the site to move away from static pages and put some of the content into a MySQL database. I didn’t blog about it at the time, as the visible changes to my site were virtually non-existent. However, those changes made it easier to work on the updates I’ve been working on today.

New playlist – Best of Symmetry

In March 2016, I released a pair of albums – Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2. Although I was happy with how these turned out, there are quite a few tracks I skip when listening to the albums now.

To solve this, I’ve selected 10 of my favourite tracks from the 22 on these albums, and created a new playlist: Best of Symmetry.

All tracks page

If you’ve ever wanted to see a complete list of all my tracks, well, look no further! I’ve added a new All tracks page that lists my tracks in alphabetical order.

I may improve this further by listing the album that each track appears on. For now it just shows the year of release. There’s quite a difference between the tracks I released from 2005-2009 and the tracks from 2016 onwards, so it might be a bit jarring to listen to the tracks in the order shown.

There are 172 tracks listed – I hadn’t realised there were so many. The list does include remixes, which will increase the overall total. I may do more in the future to highlight remixes or list them separately.

Future change: New tracks?

One other thing I’d like to is include new tracks that do not yet have an album.

In the past I’ve always followed the process of releasing tracks on albums, mainly because I don’t have a logical place to list the tracks that aren’t on an album. But that could be easily addressed with either a “New tracks” page or a “Non-album tracks” page.

There aren’t a lot of these tracks right now, other than “Top Brass“, which is on my Soundcloud page. I do have a few tracks in progress, and would prefer to share them as I complete them, instead of holding them back for an album.

For now, I need to get some of my current “in progress” tracks finished so I can share them. In the meantime, I might add one or two more playlists.

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Music update: FAWM complete!

Tonight, I completed FAWM! (Here’s my original post, for context.)

Basically, I wrote 14 tracks in 18 days – I finished with 10 days to spare.

I might do a couple more, but for now, that’s the challenge done.

A couple of links to check out:

I’ve also refreshed my Music page. See below for a quick preview.

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Music update: 2016 albums and what’s coming up in 2017

I’m quite pleased with what I achieved in 2016. As my Music page shows, I released four new albums:

  • Symmetry 1
  • Symmetry 2
  • Revisited
  • Voyage into Space

I released Symmetry 1 and Symmetry 2 simultaneously, under the name “GFD”. Towards the end of the year, I released Voyage into Space, also as “GFD”.

Meanwhile, the Revisited project was an opportunity for me to bring some of my oldest tracks up to date. Although a few have been remixed before, I felt that they were worth another look. I remixed 10 tracks from A World Beyond, and 10 tracks from Besidewalk Plight.

In 2017, I’ve decided to have another try at FAWM – a site that challenges you to write 14 tracks in 28 days. Way back in 2007, I successfully completed this challenge – the music I wrote ultimately became The Unravelling of Travelling. Ten years on, it feels like a good time to do it all over again. If all goes well, the music will form the basis for my tenth album, which I’ve ten-tatively called… Ten. (I’ll stop now.)

After that, I’d like to come back to the Revisited project. Instead of making the current 20-track album even longer, I’m expecting to kick off an altogether new album, called Revisited 2. The album will include remixes of tracks from Twice Midnight, and The Unravelling of Travelling.

I’m excited to get started!

Revisiting the Revisited album project

Last year, I remixed 20 tracks spanning my first two albums. This collection formed the first part of the “Revisited” album project.

I also put the original tracks back online, and added music players to every album I’ve released. These can be found via my Music page.

I’ve recently started working on the next phase of this project, which will be a remixed version of “Twice Midnight“. As with the previous “Revisited” tracks, I’m hoping to improve on the original material quite a bit. I remember finding the album quite boring to work on when I first put it together. I hope that by removing a couple of “filler” tracks and not trying to rush the process, the album as a whole will sound a lot better.

I’ll share tracks on the blog as soon as they’re ready. Until then, I’d like to recommend a few tracks to check out (note: these will autoplay when clicked):

Thanks for listening!

More new music online

I’ve just uploaded a bunch of new tracks:

Revisited

8 new remixes – listen here.

  • Stormy Shores
  • Clear Blue Skies
  • Morning Exploring
  • Rainforest
  • Candlelit Cavern
  • No Way Out
  • Into Darkness
  • Twisted Vision

Voyage into Space

A new album with 9 tracks – listen here.

  1. Rocket Fuel
  2. Leaving the Planet
  3. Industrial Evolution
  4. Crystal Beach
  5. Comet Chasing
  6. Lost in Space
  7. Meteor Shower
  8. Uncharted Territories
  9. Ninth Dimension

Not sure where to start?

As there’s a lot of new tracks, I’ve also uploaded a selection to Soundcloud.

Enjoy the new music!

Music site updates – new albums and tracks

I’ve just finishing moving all of the content from my old music site (GFD Music) and merging it into my personal site. It didn’t make sense to have both sites, so I’ve combined the two.

Here’s a quick look: Music by Ben Barden

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Lots of albums! Albums 5, 6, 7 and 8 can be played online; I’ll be putting the earlier albums back online soon.

Album 8 (“Revisited”) is my latest project, currently a work in progress.

Album 9 (“Voyage into Space”) is upcoming.

Music update: new website and albums!

Over the last year and a bit, I’ve been through a very productive and enjoyable period of music composition.

My last album, “A Change of Scenery“, was finished in November 2009. After that, I went for 5 years with very little interest in writing music. Some of this was because I was totally tied up with working in London – not to mention commuting.

It took until November 2014 to come up with the track that kick-started my return to music – the aptly named “November Dawn”. Since then, I’ve been putting the finishing touches to what was going to be my sixth album – a double album called “Parallel Paths”.

However, with such a large gap since my fifth album, along with a change in the style of music, it felt like a good opportunity to start over.

Introducing… GFD Music.

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New music can be found under Albums, with the double album split into two “sister albums” – Symmetry 1, and Symmetry 2. A total of 22 new tracks are available to play or download.

There’s a music blog, a Soundcloud page for sharing individual tracks (although it’s not yet linked from the website), new graphics (album covers and track artwork), a Twitter account, and a Facebook page.

Please follow, listen, and spread the word if you like the music. Thank you!