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NEWS   "MUSE" (EP) 2010 Announced!

Featuring 5 tracks, the "MUSE" EP will take you on a journey from a desire to be known by God ("MUSE") to a full-blown "new creation" battle song ("Aliens"), with many steps in between.

Track list: "MUSE", "Nothing", "On Your Side", Valley", "Aliens".

Demos are up now, finals are currently in production. I hope to have the project ready by late 2010. Thanks for your support!

~Michael
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Welcome to Michael Blue's SoundClick page!

I have been writing and recording since the early '80s and have recorded literally thousands of tracks. Mostly scratch demos of simple song ideas.
My primary instrument has always been some form of synthesizer or keyboard workstation, though I also play guitar, bass, saxophone, percussion and others.
Essentially, my "style" is hard to pin down. It has been described as a blend of good old-fashioned '80s electronica and modern acoustic ambiance, with some orchestral thrown in for good measure. This generally makes for an unusual sonic experience, without the overworked "trying to be different" feel.
I have been actively involved in the worship community at my local church on and off since the '80s. I have also been involved in other church-related musical endeavors, including a local-access cable TV program called KDOT.

Currently I am working on my first Indie release; "MUSE" (EP), and hope to have it completed and ready for distribution by late 2010.

This site gives access to some "behind the scenes" listens to some of the scratch demos that will eventually be reworked into tracks for the project, as well as some other demos and scratch pieces I'm working on. I use SoundClick as a tool to distribute for critique as well as to work with non-local artists on projects. You can be sure to see updates fairly often in addition to a fairly unusual mix of music, from electronica to pop to film soundtrack.
Why this name?
"Blue" was a nickname given me in Jr. High Jazz Band by a fellow saxophone player. It really didn't "stick" early on, but I always liked it, and when I attended my first Wesley Weekend lock-in, it was suggested to me that I put a nickname on my name badge, instead of my given name, and I quickly became known simply as "Blue". To this day I think there are people who know me, but only by that name. I eventually added it to my given first name and created the pseudonym "Michael Blue" for writing, recording, and general "internet anonymity".
Do you play live?
Currently I'm only playing live in the worship community in my local church, but I have started producing projects for other local artists, and may play live to support their endeavors as needed.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The music industry is simply unrecognizable from the industry when I was younger. Even the last 10 years have made an enormous difference in how people market and purchase, transport and share music. Indie artists are have a much easier time successfully reaching a global audience, as distribution is no longer the massive undertaking it once was.
This is a good thing, and as Eric Clapton says; no matter what happens to the big record companies, etc, "music will survive".
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
I believe so. Of course, this was always a dream when I was growing up, but being a little more mature (or is it cynical?), you begin to realize some of the demands made on artists by labels, and some of the compromises and sacrifices to creativity made for the sake of commercialism. If I had the opportunity without a loss of freedom of expression, I would certainly entertain the idea.
Band History:
Well, my history is what you make it. This is ground zero; the beginning or the end. This initial project will resound for me as an artist throughout my life, as it is my freshman effort. Whether it succeeds or fails will greatly affect how I proceed in this ministry.
Your influences?
I've had SO many differing influences over the years, where do I start? Let's see...
...Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Daniel Amos (Da), Mark Heard (iDEoLA), Jeff Buckley, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Taylor (Chagall Guevara), Michael Knott (LSU), Mad At The World, Genesis, Tori Amos, Leslie (Sam) Phillips, Adam Again, Charlie Peacock, Phil Collins, Michael Roe, Pink Floyd, Sixpence None the Richer, REM, Goo Goo Dolls, Eric Serra (RXRA), Vertical Horizon, Robert Plant, Jan Hammer, Russ Ballard, Sarah McLachlan...
Favorite spot?
I dunno, I haven't traveled enough probably, but right now I'd have to say I have a soft spot for Colorado Springs...And New Zealand...Yeah, I just don't know. :)
Equipment used:
Korg OASYS 76, Korg Triton 76 Pro, Korg Electribe ESX-1, Korg X3R, E-MU Planet Earth, Yamaha DX7, Ensoniq Mirage Rack, Cort B5FL 5-String Fretless Bass, Headway Riverhead Bass, Nikko 6-String Acoustic-Electric, Armstrong Tenor Sax, Bundy Alto Sax, Alesis MultiMix 16 USB 2.0 Mixer/Audio Interface, AKG Perception 220 Mic, M•Audio BX5a Monitors, Alesis MicroVerb 4, Digitech MV-5 MIDI Vocalist Vocal Harmony Processor, Digitech BP200 Bass Effects Pedal, Audio Technica MB1000H Blue Mic, Sony MDR-7502 Headphones, Yamaha MT100 4-track cassette recorder, Peavey KB 60, Furman PL-8, Ultimate XL3000 Stand, Ultimate 3-Tier A-frame Stand, Tubecraft 2-Tier Stand.

Recently I added PreSonus StudioOne Pro and the included Native Instruments VSTs.
Anything else...?
Always looking for people to collaborate with, new artists to produce, and people to jam and hang out with. Feel free to contact me for any reason if you like.
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