Released my first album of music, Passages Dark and Light, on Bandcamp. The album blurb reads:
“Passages Dark and Light is my first album. It consists of the full soundtrack of the 2nd anniversary episode (4.9) of my podcast What Now with Simo.
For this episode I created a more serene version of the theme tune as well as the extended piece ‘Passages Dark and Light’ made up of peaks and valleys. The first track presents a version of this with just the peaks without the meditative guitar valleys.
‘Lovecraft’s Garden’ accompanies in that anniversary episode my reading of H. P. Lovecraft’s poem ‘The Garden’.”
That 2nd anniversary episode is available for example on YouTube.
I recently decided to start uploading all future and earlier episodes of my podcast also to my YouTube channel. This process will take a long time, but the latest two are already up, including the extra long and extra musical 4.9: “2nd Anniversary Special”.
That one is also the first of my episodes to be recorded with my new Shure Super 55 Deluxe microphone, and my voice has never been captured better. If you have a smart TV with a good sound system and capable of accessing the YouTube app, that’s one of the best ways to experience the episodes.
Started season 4 of podcast What Now with Simo with episode 4.1: “Welcome Aboard, a Look Back, and a Look Forward”.
A special 2-part episode of What Now with Simo coming up featuring composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, sculptor, poet, and adventurer Pierre Estève (you can hear and purchase his music on Bandcamp).
We’ll record our discussion early in the first week of August 2021. Please send in any questions you’d like me to ask him before the evening of Tuesday the 3rd. (See the banner larger at the bottom of the Podcast page.)
An Iceland Symphony, Op. 1 hit #1 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in the category of Opera & Classical Songbooks before I had even made an official announcement about the book’s publication! Waiting for those preview pages to become available on the product pages.
I had the great pleasure of having a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion with actor and writer David Lee Homb — well known to adventure gamers for his role in Sierra’s groundbreaking horror adventure game Phantasmagoria — for a special two-part 1st anniversary episode of What Now with Simo. David has also kindly given permission to include a full transcript of our talk in the next book of transcripts. (See the banner larger at the bottom of the Podcast page.)
Episode 3.1 of What Now with Simo. Starting with this episode, my journey through the history of recorded music, films, TV, books, comics, and more will be featured regularly, starting with January 1952. An associated playlist of carefully selected items will also get built up on Spotify as I go along.
My podcast What Now with Simo has just passed 5,000 unique listens. This number excludes partial request, bots, and repeat listens. Last episode of season 2 on the way, then the book of transcripts for season 2, and season 3 starting 1 January 2021.
My podcast What Now with Simo is now also on Amazon’s main site. I was one of those they contacted prior to launching their podcasting platform.
My odyssey through the history of recorded music has reached the 1950s, the decade when everything in music blossomed and exploded, including record cover art. From now on I’ll be sharing exceptional and sometimes questionable or ludicrous examples of this art form on Facebook.
For the 100th birthday of one of my very favourite writers, Ray Bradbury, I was invited to record this guest podcast episode for the Cabrera Brothers’ Free Bundle Originals. A very personal introduction to a series that has accompanied me through life at important moments like a dear friend, from childhood to Paris and beyond. Recorded raw, straight from the heart.
I was invited to write this guest blog for the company I translate films and TV series for. I discuss some of the challenges and joys involved, and how this work also feeds into my development as a writer.
My books featured in the Artist Alley for this year’s virtual Finncon — due to the virus, not a physical one this time around. This was my first time being involved as more than a guest.
I joined the Senscape team to work under designer and main writer Agustín Cordes on Asylum, a horror adventure game of epic proportions and quality.
I’ll be contributing writing as well as revising texts under his brilliant direction. I previously worked with Agustín on the free horror adventure game Serena, which was a pleasure from beginning to end.
Published word-for-word transcripts of the first season of my podcast What Now with Simo in book form. Available both as a handsome 6x9-inch paperback and an ebook, and including an introduction and some footnotes.
This is the first in this series of books, which will build up into a library as time passes. A chronicle of my life, thoughts, and daily musings, and a record of my having been here.
I started my podcast What Now with Simo:
“A freeform, wide-ranging podcast on any topics foremost on the host’s mind at the time of recording. Particular favourite topics include creativity and all the arts — music, films, screenplays, fiction, poetry, comics, games, comedy, and everything in between. Messages from listeners welcomed for possible inclusion in an episode. Note that sending a recording for inclusion in an episode of this podcast does indeed implicitly give me permission to do so.”