Grab your copy of Cynicism Management - the novel in Aventura eBookstore, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. For the links to all the (freely downloadable) music that goes with the novel check this blog post.

MASTERED TRACKS by Cynicism Management

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Final tracks for the Aperçus album

Here are the final two tracks for the Aperçus album by Ray Kosmick (to be released later this month). Actually it's one track, but Fractures Rend is a slightly reworked excerpt of a longer composition, entitled Fractures. This was done because the shorter "cut" wraps up this rather diverse (loose?) collection of tracks nicely, while the complete Fractures will serve as the opening track.


Monday, 9 February 2015

New Ray Kosmick track

Here's a new Ray Kosmick track, entitled Backyard Barry. I've decided to record a couple more and release them, together with all of my original contributions for the Survarium Music Contest, on a digital album entitled Aperçus I (just stumbled upon the fancy French-origin word recently, so I might as well make use of it :))

Friday, 23 January 2015

Caveman released!

Yesterday "Caveman" released a self-titled extended EP, making it available as a free download on Bandcamp, Jamendo, and SoundCloud.

"Caveman", based in Berlin, is a collaboration between the German singer-songwriter Carlos Kolmer, Slovenian producer and multi-instrumentalist Borut Praper, and Slovenian singer Monika Fritz. The project began soon after Monika and Borut moved to Berlin and ended up being Carlos's neighbours by pure coincidence. The first result of the work, carried out in 2013 and 2014, is the six-track extended EP, entitled simply "Caveman".

CARLOS KOLMER: music, lyrics, arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, co-production
MONIKA FRITZ: backing vocals
BORUT PRAPER: co-arrangement, drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, additional electric guitar, EBow guitar, production, mix, mastering

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Won the Survarium Music Contest

Great news - at least for me, ha! By some miracle I actually won the Survarium Music Contest, which I've entered recently by submitting several tracks under my "Ray Kosmick" moniker.

The Survarium Music Contest was opened by Vostok Games and called on the game community to produce music for the upcoming massive multiplayer shooter Survarium (which is currently in beta and already looks and plays great, by the way, you should check it out). The competition was in two categories: covers of the game's main theme, composed by Dargalon (first prize); and new original tracks for the game (multiple second prizes). The winners were selected by the developer and will be included in the game soundtrack.

After a few months and 9 entries (one of them a collaboration with the Slovak producer and composer Alyctro), I managed to win the first prize for my cover of the main theme (a nice pair of Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones which actually came in the nick of time, because I actually need them :D)... AND one of the second prizes, as one of my original contributions (Nightfall 2) is going to be included into the game soundtrack as well, so I'm also getting a load of in-game currency and a special decal! Too bad I can't shoot for shit and everybody manages to kill me on sight :)

So, without further ado, here are the winning tracks:

And a playlist of all the entries:

So now I'm off to be shot in the game's beta a few more times...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Coenurus - drum sessions done

Phew, finally finished recording & editing drums for the upcoming Coenurus album - about a dozen tracks, many of them very intricate and more than a little "peculiar" :)

Well, just in time for 2015, too! Now Rich - who's actually "Coenurus", I'm just contributing the drums - will take over (record everything else and mix the monstrosity). Well, it's been quite a psychedelic ride!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Survarium - final track

The following track is my final contribution to the Survarium Music Contest. It is the result of an interesting collaboration with a Slovak composer and producer Alyctro.

Alex Turčáni (Alyctro): original idea, music, production, graphics; guitar, bass
Borut Praper (Ray Kosmick): arrangement, production, mix, mastering; drums, keyboards, additional music, bass & guitar

Friday, 14 November 2014

Survarium - another couple of tracks

After the last two somewhat sentimental miniatures, here's another couple of less catchy tunes for the Survarium Music Contest. I think this is it from me for on this occasion... Well, apart from a promising collaboration we're still working on with Alyctro, which should be finished next week. Just in time, actually, as the contest ends on 28 November.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Survarium - two more

Here are two more contributions for the Survarium Music Contest - a relatively cheesy semi-orchestral piece and a saccharine orchestral miniature this time...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Survarium - another track

Submitted another somewhat dark and dramatic track for the Survarium Music Contest recently:

Got one more in the works which I may send in or not, depends on how it turns out...

Friday, 17 October 2014

Survarium - more tracks

I submitted two more tracks for the Survarium Music Contest. Nightfall 1 is an original track, a kind of an electronic, atmospheric and rather dramatic little composition trying to convey a bit of suspense... And I've also edited the Main Theme Cover and produced a shorter version of it, as the initial submission was quite lengthy. Here they are:

Survarium is an upcoming massive multiplayer shooter that looks quite interesting to me. It's somewhat reminiscent of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, which I liked a lot (both games include references to the Russian sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic and I'm sure Survarium looks to Stalker for inspiration). It's very neat how these guys get the gaming community involved... Besides, it's fun, so why not. I'll probably submit another short "miniature" of a track or two if I have the time. Who knows, maybe they'll find it useful, although people have already submitted heaps of tracks, so they'll have a LOT to choose from.