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.
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.
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.
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...
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, MâAudio 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.
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.