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Nothing Expected

NothingExpected.com

I announced my plan for 2009, but then I was worried about meeting the February deadline I set for myself. Well, there was no need to worry.  I realised that the whole site revamp I wanted to do wasn’t going to happen by February, but that was no reason not to go ahead with my 2009 plan.

So, without further ado, I’d like to announce the launch of NothingExpected.com. NothingExpected is a podcast/blog where you will find all of my 2009 creations available for free download. The site is still a work in progress, but it’s up and running and the first release is available. Visit the site, listen to the music, and subscribe in your reader or podcatcher of choice.

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Mice, Men, and Delays

The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. My plans haven’t completely gone awry, but days after posting about my plans for 2009, a possible delay has come up. Not all delays are bad ones, and this one in particular is quite good. I am moving my studio. The new space will be larger and a better fit for a studio – but moves take time. Already, the effort of preparing the new space has left me no time to work on the site upgrades I was implenting for my year of free releases. I will still aim to start releasing material in February but that deadline will be tougher to meet than I had anticipated. Well, stay tuned.

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New for ’09

In July of 2006, I released my first album, Meeting of Minds. In April of 2007, I released a free EP, Rough Drafts. In August of 2007, I released my second full length album, Reverse Psychology. I think 2 1/2 albums in 2 years is pretty good, but then you didn’t hear much about music from me in 2008.

Well, 2008 is just about over probably over by the time you’re reading this, and I’ve decided to change up the way I’m doing things for 2009. Previously, my process has been to create rough versions of songs, figure out which ones are being used on the next album, then finish those songs. In 2009, I will be working on completing 1 song at a time. Every song I do complete will be available for free download online. There will definitely be some sort of podcast available, but I haven’t decided if it will be a part of this blog, my main site, or if the songs and related info will be posted in a new, seperate blog.

Two songs are already just about complete and several others are close to completion. Before I start publishing these songs, I need to complete some site renovations and deal with moving my studio, so you likely won’t see anything until February at the earliest. Once I get started, my intention is  to publish songs frequently – at least every few weeks – though I’m not planning to aim for the insane 1 song/week that I’ve heard of some people striving for.

For those of you who know my music (or those of you who don’t), if you have any ideas for a site name to go along with this concept, please leave a comment or send me a message.

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Making Changes

I just finished moving this blog from blogger.com to WordPress. If you notice any issues, please let me know.

Some changes to note:

  • The address of the blog is now www.ahdchild.com/blog. If you use any of the previous addresses, they will redirect to the new one, but you should update your bookmarks just to be safe.
  • If you subscribe to the feed, you should be using http://feedproxy.google.com/ahdchild. Any of the previous addresses should redirect to this one, but once again, you should update feed settings to be safe.
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Podcast

I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna start a podcast. It’s gonna be all about sharing songs I like with other folks. Of course some of my own material will get slipped in there as well. The genre will be all over the place – like my musical tastes. I’ve been toying with the idea of a name thats related to the expected variety of genres. Hmmmm . . .

Stay tuned for more info.

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Interview

Recently, I was at a mass interview/discussion with some other artists. Here are some of the questions we were asked along with my answers

Where did your name come from and what does it mean?
When I was younger I had dreams of being a grafitti artist. I wanted to put up these meaningful symbol-filled murals and stuff. The first step, of course, was coming up with a tag. I made 2. The first was already my generic internet tag. I came up a way to write it that I thought looked good. The second was Ahd. I liked the word “odd” as a name, but I couldn’t write it in a way I found apealling, so I went with an alternate spelling. “Ahd” was the short version and “Ahd Child” was the full version. The way it’s written in my logo is the same way I wrote it back then. When I started making music, I went by my internet tag first, but many people didn’t seem to know how to pronounce it, so I switched to Ahd Child (which isn’t a whole lot better in that regard, but oh well).

How and why did you start writing/poetry/music?
It seems like a lot of other people (at least in hip hop) were inspired to start rhyming by one particular person. I had no plans of writing poetry or music. I started writing poems in high school because one day I had an idea for a poem. Years later, after I hadn’t been writing for a while, I got an idea for a verse. I got home, finished writing it and recorded it using an instrumental from a CD single (remember those) and a free program I had downloaded. From that point on I started writing and recording songs for fun. As time went by, I got better and began to make my own music. Eventually I realized that this was something I could take seriously.

Why do you share your work (on stage, in writing, etc.)?
When I first started making songs, it was for fun. I’d share them with friends to hopefully get good reactions, and that was it. I just wanted people to hear this cool thing I made. Nowadays, of course that’s still part of the reason I share – it feels good when people complement your work – but it’s not the only reason. In every song I make, I try to communicate some idea or emotion. I try to make people see things in a way they haven’t before. I share my music because it is what I have to say to people – it contains my words to the world. It still feels good when someone says “I like your song” but it feels better when I hear things like “you really made me think.”

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Lifetime Achievment Goal

It hit me the other day that it would be cool if after a musician’s death, they had enough of his music to do a 24 hour tribute. Now that’s a new goal for me. I want to release enough music to fill 24 hours without any songs being repeated. Between Reverse Psychology, Meeting of Minds, and Rough Drafts, I already got the first 2+ hours out of the way. Now some (very roughly estimated) numbers:

  • I have to release 21+ more hours of music to meet my goal.
  • Over the past 2 years I’ve released 1 album per year.
  • Each album is around 60 minutes.
  • I need to release 21 more albums.
  • If I stick to doing an album a year, I can meet my goal before I reach retirement age.
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blog.ahdchild.com

Look at your address bar. My blog has moved. The new address is blog.ahdchild.com. In the past, if you went to that address, it redirected your browser to the old blogspot address. Now there’s no more blogspot address. Don’t worry, if you go to the old address you’ll still end up here.

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