I have updated my science fiction concept album Spacewreck, which I originally released in 2005. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for some time. The 2017 version features a few minor improvements, most notable of which is a different sound montage at the end of the track ‘Space Will Freeze Your Memories’ (which previously made liberal and, I’m sure, illegal use of film clips).
The title derives from Spacewreck: Ghosts and Derelicts of Space, a collection of science fiction art issued by the Terran Trade Authority back in 1979, and which I recall spending many hours poring over. You can learn more about this book at terrantradeauthority.com.
Prompted by Google’s mobilegeddon, I’ve updated Mewsings’ look, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Hope you like it. It should be more readable on tablets and mobiles, now. I’ve also been updating other parts of the site in a similar way, so now my Spacewreck music project’s mini-site is mobile-friendly, as is the Alice at R’lyeh mini-site. I’ll be working on a major overhaul of the rest of the site at my usual slow pace… I have to say, making a site mobile-friendly isn’t very difficult if you’ve got a CSS-based site to start with. I found the Responsive Web Design Fundamentals course at Udacity all I needed; it’s quite short, and free.
Meanwhile, I’m still working at bringing out a novel or two this year. (Not writing them — that’s already done. It’s all the details of publishing that’s taking the time.) First to come will be The Fantasy Reader. Here’s the cover:
I’ve taken my Spacewreck project’s music files off this site and uploaded them to the Internet Archive, which means you can download the music in a variety of formats, or just listen online, all supported by a Creative Commons licence (go to Creative Commons Videos and scroll down to Get Creative for a good intro on what Creative Commons is all about). As I did this I realised it’s exactly 2 years to the day that I uploaded the Spacewreck portion of this site! I’m working on another music project (rather slowly) at the moment, called Citymusic (I like singlewordsquasheduptitles, I guess), which is in the polishing-off stage. This means, like all big projects, that it’s 95% finished, but 50% done. But it has a cover, at least, so here it is (largely thanks to a few quid spent at iStockPhoto.com, who also provided the spooky house for my Halloween poem out of the spare change):
When it’s done, I’ll upload that to the Internet Archive, too. Meanwhile, I want to get this blog running again, but want to revive the comments capability first. I took them off last time because I was targeted by spammers, so I’m looking into ways to prevent spam without having to make people who want to comment have to jump through hoops and submit to a blood test first! I’ve found a couple of free services on the Hinterweb to help with this.
If this rambling post has any unifying theme, it’s that the internet has opened up so many creative possibilities. The Internet Archive offers free hosting for large music files, Creative Commons provides the sort of basic legal framework required for creative rights management in the digital age, sites like iStockPhoto provide low-cost resources that enable you to give your project that professional, quality touch… And I’m sure things will only get better.