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Introspective Journeys
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I now produce under my real name, Mark Ridlen. Check out my recent work here: http://soundcloud.com/mark-ridlen

Introspective Journeys is a one man electronica project that generally goes the way of symphonic/progressive. I have been into writing old school electronica lately, as well as my own blend of orchestral and techno. Like alternate time signatures like 7/8, 12/8, 6/8, or 10/8? I tend to use plenty of those in my music.

You might want to check out my industrial/rap sideproject, Isotope Lab. http://www.soundclick.com/isotopelab

Big thanks to all my fans (yes all three of you!). I'm getting about 12-60 plays per day, and I would just like to express my thanks for your listening to my music.
Why this name?
Introspective describes the music perfectly. It gets happy at times, but in general, it is very thoughtful and interesting to listen to, and then sometimes, it isn't "music".
Do you play live?
Yes, but under the name "Truth and Regret."
http://www.softcheese.net/~mridlen/TruthAndRegret/
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Re: the internet: It suckifies an already sucky industry. It allows the music industry to charge you for a site that you will not make any money on, and it is even harder for budding bands to make it big time now. Mp3 on the other hand, is great! It allows me to let anybody in the world hear my tunes, and allows collaboration and other cool things like that. Many I'm sure would dissagree with me, but downloading "illegal" MP3's allows you to have more input (as to what CDs to buy, and such).
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes, but only after making sure that they aren't going to screw me over. My type of music is more innovative and original that all the music I ever hear on the radio, but they wont sign it because it wouldn't sell. Why wont it sell? Because they are spoon feeding the general populous to like a certain type of music.
Band History:
Started a few years back. Used to sequence for Yahmaha DJX, but now using Buzz (http://buzzmachines.com).
Your influences?
Lately I've been listening to Linkin Park (one of the more innovative bands these days), but I also like Juno Reactor, Galbatron (mp3.com/galbatron), Pink Floyd, and William Orbit to name a few.
Favorite spot?
Arizona (USA) is a great place, but Cozamel is at the top of my list.
Equipment used:
Whatever I have. I prefer software. Right now I'm using Jeskola Buzz. It works wonders. At first I didn't like the tracker interface, but it is growing on me more and more. In fact, I would reccommend it highly. Some people have a genuine hate of that program, but I (and my 150 synths, and my 300 effects) have the last laugh. I am using a Terratec 24/96 card for ASIO, and it is working wonders. I'm working on recording vocals right now. Buzz also works great for an FX processor, in conjunction with my Johnson uk-120 ukulele (no, really!). I'm running a Yamaha DJX as well as a Yamaha CS2x. I hope to own a modular someday.
Anything else...?
Mind of the Machine, a free album has been released, feel free to download and donate at: http://softcheese.net/~mridlen/
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