Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar

Released: 1/2/2011
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“A small band of galactic travelers are bound together by mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, in the darkest reaches of the universe, an unparalleled force dwells on ambiguous intentions.”

I started writing this album in 2006, four years before its release, and around the same time I finished Level. Some of the tracks have been revised significantly from their original formats, however a few of them initially slated to be a part of this album are absent. I could not give them the proper treatment without drastically impacting the original nature of those pieces, so I’ve left them off, deciding instead to release them in their original form in the near future.

Some of the tracks are products of a wonderful competition I participated in called “30 Songs in 30 Days”. For those of you who enjoy making things, I highly recommend these types of events; creating lots of varied material in a short amount of time is an amazing experience and one everyone ought to explore.

My wonderful family for their unwavering love and support, Sean Sinclair for being a great friend and always lending a critical ear, Nathan Antony for kicking butt, Dr. Jeffrey Baust, Michael Brigida for showing me the synthesis ropes, and the rest of my wonderful teachers at Berklee College of Music, the BOSTON8BIT crew (James, Lydia, Chris, Carl, you know who you are!), Steve Jenkins for his hospitality, generosity and friendship, Marc Beaudette and Matt Doughty, Jake Kaufman for generally being awesome, Grant Henry for the same reasons, Andy Baio, Samuel Ascher-Weiss, Joey Mariano, Alex Mauer, Eirik Suhrke, Joseph White, Jeff Lindsay, Ben McGraw, Chris Lobay, George Kokoris, Duncan Watt, LN Lurie, Abe Stein, the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, Jenn de la Vega, Tom Colletti, Anthony Colletti, and last but not least, to all of you who help make my dreams come true by supporting me through my music. To all my friends who in haste I have forgotten, I apologize in advance! Thank you all for your support, and enjoy the music!

Mastered by Sean Sinclair
“Wagering Lights” co-written by Derris-Kharlan
All Other Credits to Rich Vreeland