Halloween Soundscape, Dark Ambient Music for Halloween

A reminder for Halloween about my (Gymshoes) Halloween Soundscape album. With Halloween tomorrow, as you’re reading spooky stories, decorating, and preparing to unsettle unwary trick-or-treaters, grab some Halloween Soundscape tracks to set the mood. This isn’t some cheesy sound effects album—this is something you can listen to! πŸ˜€ I’ve piped it outside on Halloween night (gave the trick or treaters goosebumps), played it in the background inside, curled up reading a scary book with Halloween Soundscape on the stereo. It’s an evocative Halloween soundtrack for whatever your plans are. You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes Music site. Halloween Soundscape is available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody and mySpace Music.

If you already have my Halloween Soundscape album don’t forget to share the links above with your friends!

Here’s a playlist of a couple of videos I did for Halloween Soundscape. Note: The actual track for “The Witching Time” is much longer than the music in the video.) Track length is one of the things that makes Halloween Soundscape such a bargain: the tracks are long, but album price is set based on the number of tracks, not the length of the album, so it’s a steal. πŸ™‚

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30 October

Moving the blog

Though we’ve had a domain name for a while, the blog hasn’t actually been located here. The content has been hosted by wordpress.com, which is where the blog started. I framed the wordpress blog to tie it to the domain a year or so ago. Now I’ve moved everything to the domain site, having exported/imported what’s there to here. If you followed this on a feed before today, your feed will go dead when I delete this blog from wordpress.com—which I will do after I’ve looked everything over carefully, and made sure I didn’t leave behind anything important. So you’ll need to re-add it to your feedreader from here. Sorry for the inconvenience; it’s just another step in in making Undead Monkey more undead. πŸ™‚

The appearance of the site will change in the next week or so depending on how much time I have to fix up the theme I want to use and I’ll probably try out a few themes along the way.

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9 March

Undead Monkey on Facebook

Hi everyone! I’ve hit the ground running in this new year by finishing up theΒ  Facebook Page for Undead Monkey music. πŸ™‚

http://www.facebook.com/Undead-Monkey

If you have a Facebook profile, click through and become a Fan! πŸ™‚ There’s streaming music as well as a discography. This blog is imported to the Facebook page so you won’t miss any news. I expect to also post some notes there that won’t be elsewhere. You can post all over the place…besides comments to notes, drop in and write on my Wall or participate in (start!) discussions on the Forum. πŸ™‚ Become a Fan and post to your friends so they can become fans too. πŸ™‚

(I’ve also got a Facebook Page for my solo Gymshoes music)

See you on Facebook! πŸ™‚

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26 January

Happy Holidays: It's snowing in cyberspace

That’s right, we’ve got snow on the blog until January 4th. It’s a cool WordPress option. Really stands out against this dark theme. 😯 At least it melts quickly. πŸ˜†

Undead Monkey wishes you, your friends, and your family an exuberant uplifting holiday season. πŸ˜€

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8 December

Undead Monkey again looking for a drummer

We are once again looking for a drummer. See original post for info. The only things I’d add to that are: we aren’t interested in anyone who is already in a band, unless they really are leaving it. We’ve twice gotten stuck by musicians who are not fully committed to this band. Secondly, rehearsals are not optional. If you don’t have time for the band, don’t answer the ad. I hate to sound all scary and negative, but the band’s ad for a drummer really is pretty upbeat (pun intended). πŸ˜‰ I think I just set a record for linking to an earlier post. πŸ˜†

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15 October

The Undead and Ike

Hurricane Ike scattered the Undead, but we are alive and well. The power outtages, damage and debris throughout the Houston area have meant that we’re doing “hurricane stuff” and not music stuff. But we’re OK and hope to be back rehearsing as soon as we can dig out and plug in again. πŸ™‚

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23 September

Welcome our new drummer, Eon

We now have a new drummer…..give a big Undead Welcome to Eon. The jam session/rehearsal Saturday was just awesome. πŸ™‚ He isn’t just monkeying around! πŸ˜‰

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27 August

Undead on the Web

With the conversion of the Undead Monkey to a live local band, we’ve now gone live with our own domain name: theundeadmonkey.com. Click it and you get….this blog. πŸ˜€ This very same blog. This gives us a bigger tree to swing from, a few more options, and a whiff of legitimacy. So bookmark it; it’s our new home. πŸ™‚

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22 July

Looking for a drummer

I (Gymshoes) am forming a new band under the Undead Monkey banner. It will be a live, local band, not an internet band as this originally was. I’m looking for rock drummer, 25-43 yrs old, for band. Eventually 1-2 pub gigs per month. Record and sell songs online. Must be available on weekends for rehearsals & song development. SE Houston, south of beltway 8, Webster, Clear Lake, League City, Friendswood, Pasadena, Pearland etc. No druggies, tokers, smokers, alcoholics. No drama. No negativity. Must have whatever gear you need to do your thing. Must communicate well with other band members, have enthusiasm, energy, creativity, imagination, a good sense of humor.

Including a handful of Undead Monkey songs that’s already been recorded and released online—as well as solo stuff—I have about two dozen original songs. I’ve got my own label for my solo stuff which could also release band music (if we wanted to go that route). I’m in this for fun but I’m serious about it, too.

Everything Flows From The Drums: I want to build this band by getting a drummer first (well, second counting me, LOL) because I feel like everything flows from the drums. I’m not looking for someone to just keep time, but for a drummer who will contribute something that will (along with contributions of other band members) make the songs realize their full potential. Someone whose drumming contributes substantially to the development of the songs. Creativity as well as time-keeping. I don’t want the band to be dependent on generic drum loops or have an ever-changing drummer sitting in. I think if I can find the right drummer that I’ll be able to pull together a terrific band, write better songs, and we can all have a lot of fun making great music together. πŸ™‚ The vibe of a band, IMHO, is really dependent on what the drummer brings to it. πŸ™‚

Location: SE Houston, Houston addys south of beltway 8, Pasadena, Pearland, Friendswood, Webster, League City, Alvin, Clear lake, Kemah, Seabrook, etc.

Contact me: theundeadmonkey at gmail dot com

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13 June

Resurrection and Reincarnation

Yes, that’s right the Undead have reawakened, sort of. I started this band as an outlet for doing non-Gymshoes music with other musicians. The internet band thing didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped; the ever-changing assortment of musicians kept drifting away due to lack of time, so I decided to pull the plug on the band rather than continue to replace musicians. I’m still writing songs though, and there were quite a few that the Undead never recorded.

Recently I’ve been working on putting together a live local band. As part of this process I’m registering and placing ads with various online resources. Most places the options are to register either as “musician seeking band” or “band seeking musician”. Since I’m forming a band rather than looking to join one—and since I can’t think of any other cool band name, I’m using the Undead Monkey name. Which is appropriate since I started UM as a band for my non-electronica, and since the new band will be doing what is—or would have been—the Undead songbook.

Though the new band will be formed under the Undead name, after we’ve gelled and the lineup is solid I expect we’ll come up with a new name.

Check back here for more on the band formation process. I’ll be posting ads, ideas, and updates periodically. πŸ˜€

Gymshoes

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12 June