12/21/08

Ego Boost - 12-21-08

Okay, I've been a little bit down and depressed lately - can't play guitar with this stupid cyst, lost power for 5 days, holidays coming up (always get the holiday blues), so I need a boost. Yeah, I'm posting the latest numbers on downloads of my albums.

It's not like it actually means anything; it just makes me feel good that people like my music.

Here goes:

Bryson's Universe 4,222
Aetherial Art of Decay 3,541
Leprosia Doom 1,722
I Am Become Daevel 1,455
Dimaensia Nexus - Improvisations for the Ancients 816
Ugotllathath 733
End of an Era 727
1st iZ LaZt - The Daevellation Suite 588
Deus Fetor, Pt2 422
Loco-Motives 409
Cyberthief Strikes Again 126

Total: 14,761 downloads

Don't know why so few people have downloaded "Cyberthief". I actually like some of the tunes on that one. Some very weird covers. Very weird. And I think the production on it is actually pretty good, too. Oh well.

Well, the song titles are hyperlinks to get to the download pages, so go ahead and help yourselves.

I personally want to thank the 14,761 obviously mentally deranged people who have downloaded my albums. Please seek professional help. Really.

12/17/08

Dec 23rd Orthopedic Specialist


I am seeing an Orthopedic specialist on Dec 23rd - so the cyst will either be drained, or removed.  Oh, what fun it will be either way.  If they do drain it, there is a 50% chance that it just fills up again, so they may just remove it.  Or decide to leave it and show me how to work around it.  It isn't fatal or malignant or anything.  They're actually quite harmless except for the pain they cause.  Here's a good link:


See - not so bad.  Treatable.  And mine is actually quite small compared to others that I've seen online.

Thanks again to everyone for your support and who've left comments and encouragement.  I WILL get back to my guitar playing ASAP.

12/11/08

All projects on hold...


Well, all of my music projects are on hold for now - I have developed a ganglion cyst on my left wrist where the thumb meets the wrist joint. Not fun. Painful. Well, at least it is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome.

I will be seeing an orthopedic specialist later this month, so hopefully it will be taken care of soon.

Meanwhile, playing guitar will be a bit painful, and my fingers are a bit weak. I'll probably have to wait until the cyst is fully drained or surgically removed before I can actually play guitar to the best of my ability.

I will keep working on the basic audio tracks for the Doom 2 Variations, so I'll have everything ready for when I can play again. I'll keep everyone apprised as things progress.

ThanX.

12/5/08

Doom 2 - The Soundtrack

My next project is underway - I have chosen to do my own versions of the Doom 2 Video game Soundtrack. Based on the original music and actual MIDI files by Mr. Bobby Prince, I have begun re-arranging the tunes a bit, re-assigning some of the instruments with more symphonic and orchestral sounds, using better drum samples (Toontrack EZ Drummer!), and adding my own real guitar and real bass (here and there).

The music will not be as "metal" as my most recent projects have been. I'd like to remain as close to the originals as possible, keeping the original flavor, but beefing them up a bit with the various guitar parts. Some of the songs that are basically just simple backing with be used as vehicles for some guitar solos, which I haven't really played in a while, so it's time to do some "woodshedding".

I am pretty much going to include all of the tracks ("maps") EXCEPT one or two, depending on how much room I have on a CD. I may leave off the original INTRO, and just use the short "Intermission" track as the new intro. It really depends on how much room on the CD, and how lazy I get towards the end.

My thanks go out to original composer Bobby Prince, Sonic Clang (who did the Classic Doom 3 music), and I know there are a few other guys who were involved in the initial game music development. This music is a tribute to your art and skills, which I greatly appreciate.

11/23/08

The Ripple Effect Interview

Once again, The Ripple Effect music review blog-website has posted an article featuring yours truly. It's an interview which is part of their great series of interviews called, "Sunday Conversations With...". They ask the various artists questions about music, composing, their first songs, heroes, etc. Pretty cool stuff.

I'm still contemplating why anyone would want to read or write about me, let alone actually listen to my music. Bit I'm glad they did. Maybe I'm not as much of a hack as I think I am.

Many, many kudos to the folks at The Ripple Effect for continuing to feature such interesting and unique artists. I genuinely appreciate the support.

ThanX.

11/13/08

A new member of the family

My new baby...








A Schecter Omen 6 - Black Finish.
24 Frets. Stock Schecter Pickups.

This is the first 6-string guitar I have bought since 1988. It was time. My Yamaha is still in great condition, but I decided it was time for more of a "shredder" guitar, wide flat neck, big frets, high output pickups. This is a solid, well-constructed guitar that is made for heavy sounds. I have yet to do any recording or real playing with it yet, but I plan on running it through the full studio setup this week.

I tried about three other guitars before settling on this one. An ESP LTD EC100QM, which is similar to a Les Paul, but was just muddy-sounding, and I hated the neck. Felt like a baseball bat. Would not stay in tune at all, especially in Drop-D. Then I tried two other Schecter Omen 6 guitars. A Natural, dark red stain version, with major fret-buzz on the high E string, and a White version, that just didn't do it for me. Then I looked around and saw a Schecter Damien 6, which would have cost another $100, and then spotted a Black Omen 6, way back behind a bunch of cheap Jacksons. Plugged in, tried a bunch of tones through a Line 6 Spider amp. Yup. That was it. That's what came home with me.

11/2/08

Free Music Shout-Outs

I decided to give a few shout-outs to some other musicians like myself who create and distribute their music for FREE. Yep. We give it away. We're not whores, we're just a little slutty. That's better, right?

Inappropriate, I know. Sorry. I apologize to all the clean-minded, innocent young folks for my horridly "adult" language. Anyway - I'd simply like to recognize some interesting musicians who may not always be the most technically skilled, but are still creative and capable of making some interesting music that I guarantee you will never hear on the radio. They deserve our appreciation, so let's visit their various websites/pages and give 'em a try. You may find something you like, and it's FREE.

Vortech - now here is a guy that IS very technically accomplished. A one-man band with some guest vocals, Vortech create technical death-metal very inspired by Morbid Angel, but with an industrial undertone via some interesting synth backdrops and atmospheres. Heavy, fast riffage over blast-beats and deep-growl vocals. For fans of Morbid Angel, Zyklon, Deicide, Vader, etc.

Disciples of Zoldon - another tech-death one-man band. The lyrical themes revolve around the fictional God of Metal, Zoldon. I like when an artist uses their imagination to create a whole backdrop for their music, not just spew out violent, Satanic chants.

DIS - otherwise known as Aaron Schilling, from Nunya, Indiana, yet another one-man band with supreme technical mastery of his various instruments, played, programmed, or otherwise created. His project is reminiscent of a more death-metal oriented Emperor. Part Symphonic Black Metal, part Technical Death, always interesting, always heavy, and not at all cliche. I've been a fan for years, first finding his stuff at Soundclick (it's still there!) and now through Myspace and The Internet Archive.

David Fang - on a lighter note, how about some great symphonic classical music? David Fang composes soundtrack music for various video games, but his best work is composed in tribute to the TV Series, Andromeda. He has two different soundtracks available, both over an hour and a half long. You can find download links through his Myspace page, and his Soundclick page. You won't believe the great, full sounds he creates with a computer, some great orchestral sample sets, and super compositional skills.

Thulnar - still along the symphonic lines, but with some black metal mixed in, this Italian duo create an interesting mix of, well, symphonc black metal. Imagine a cross between Austria's Summoning and Italy's Rhapsody In Fire. Or if Rhapsody In Fire created a black metal album, this is probably what it would sound like.

Novistador - one-man band black metal from the frozen wastelands of Canada. Icy riffs played over blast-beats, the guitars feature a warmer, "woolier" tone than usually associated with most raw black metal. Some interesting harmonies greet us over spacey atmospheric backdrops. Harsh vocal screeches vomit forth from the glacial cavern-demons. The production on his self-titled full album is raw, yet clear, allowing us to hear every instrument. The linear song structures are just different enough from most "normal" metal to keep you listening. Highly recommended.

Jacker - here is a musician that does some great progressive-metal (in the vein of Dream Theater), without any real guitars or drums. You heard me, NO real guitars or drums (well, except for ONE guitar solo provided by the singer on one song, but THAT's ALL!). Actually very little is known about this artist. I discovered him through the Toontrack (makers of Drumkit From Hell) Forum, and didn't even realize there were no real guitars in his music until I had listened to most of his album, "The Devil Inside". He offered free downloads of the songs from this album, plus a bunch of other bonus songs at a French Music website called Audio Fanzine. I noticed that this page has recently disappeared, and his posts at the Toontrack Forum are no longer updated, so I uploaded the original album to the above link so that anyone willing would get a chance to hear his incredible music. I hope he hasn't vanished from the music scene, because it would truly be a great loss to us all.

That's all for now. Musicians like these are why I am still interested in music after 32 years of head-bangin'. And it's all FREE. Yep. These are not illegal downloads. They are authorized by the musicians themselves because they enjoy making music for people to hear. Like me.

ThanX.

10/11/08

Decibel Magazine demo review!








Hey! Decibel Magazine's November 2008 edition has a short feature/review on my "Ugotllathath" album in their demo review section called, "Throw Me a Frickin" Bone." Reviewer Cosmo Lee apparently actually doesn't hate my album. Cool.

Here's the quote (yeah, I am copying it verbatim - it's about me, so doesn't that make it okay to copy??).

Dimaension X "Ugotllathath"
The artist's self-description: "minimal heavy metal drone with maximum extreme drumming - imagine Flo Mournier jamming with Sunn O)))." With song titles from a random Lovecraftian name generator, this screams "worst thing ever." It's not. It's pretty rad - space-y, synthy, super-energetic. Imagine Hella, but heavier and less annoying.
http://myspace.com/dimaensionx

Pretty cool, huh? I can't wipe the grin off my face. NO, really, I am glad that someone out there in the actual metal world seems to appreciate something I've done.

Many thanX to Cosmo Lee for actually putting in the time to listen.

9/28/08

1st iZ LaZt fully up and ready

I finally got everything straightened out at The Internet Archive. The album is now fully uploaded in multiple formats as single files, and as a whole zip folder download in two formats (VBR 192kb and lo-fi 64kb).

1st iZ LaZt

The more I listen to my own album, the more happy I am with it. Granted that there is only one "guitar solo" on this album, but I think the album works overall as a cohesive symphonic rock ensemble recording. It's mellow in parts, but not too sappy or new-agey - at least I don't think so. There's plenty of heavy rhythm guitars "chunking" away, along with mucho double-bass drums, so it should be "metal" enough.

Maybe.

I also like my "cover tunes". Hopefully I won't get into any trouble. I'm not selling them or making any profit. I want to pay tribute to these artists for their various contributions to music.

Hey, while I'm here, let's get an update/ego boost of my album downloads at the Internet Archive, shall we. I need an encouraging pat on the back.

Bryson's Universe - 3,588
Aetherial Art of Decay - 2,937
Leprosia Doom - 1,592
I Am Become Daevel - 1,382
Improvisations for the Ancient Ones - 771
End of an Era - 669
Ugotllathath - 530
Loco-motives - 370
Deus Fetor, Pt 2 - 356
Cyberthief Strikes Again - 73
1st iZ LaZt - The Daevellation Suite - 63

Wait, does that mean that my albums have been downloaded a total of 12,331 times?  Dang! Now imagine if I actually posted these at CD Baby and charged for 'em?  Nah, then nobody would buy 'em.  I'm glad to let'cha'll have 'em for freebie.  I greatly appreciate anyone who actually puts forth the effort needed to wade through my catalog of atonal crapola.

That's all for now. As I said before, I may be taking a little break from creating any new music for a while. I might actually use this blog like a blog, i.e., do some music reviews, and give some shout-outs to other artists/bloggers whom I admire and enjoy.

That's all for now. ThanX.

9/23/08

1st iZ LaZt - Available NOW!!



Yes, kiddies, the full album is finally uploaded and available for all.

I did do a bit of adjusting to the finale of the album - the guitar solo was just a bit too loud, so I dropped it down in the mix a bit, to give the bass and drums their proper due respect, and I think the songs sounds way better.

Here's a direct link to the album:

1st iZ LaZt

or here is a Mediafire mirror link

You can also visit my discography and find it there, along with the rest of my albums.

I think I'll be taking a break from music for little while. I need some new inspiration, and need to recharge the batteries a bit. Oh, in the next few weeks, the Ripple Effect is supposed to do a short interview with me (that reminds me, I gotta contact them with some more details).

Check out their music review blog!

Please download the album, burn it, rip it, re-post it at your blogs, review it, etc.

ThanX for your time and support!
Dimaension X

9/21/08

New Album Posted! ... Almost.

The new album is almost posted. Almost. I just completed uploading the files to The Internet Archive, so it usually takes them a few days to straighten out the files, and format them into their proper formats, setup the Flash Player, etc.

So, ... I will post the link here, but just remember, the page may look a little funny, and may not be ready to play the songs or download them properly, but you can take a look and bookmark it. if you wish.

I am adding it to my discography, too, along with the front cover pic, and a short description of the album, which is not easy, since this one is hard do describe in a short space.

You can also listen to the songs in the player at the lower right of the page - note that the Internet Archive has lost the ability to show which song is playing, so you can visit the actual page and stream it there, too.

Here's a link to the album.

I'll try to post again once the Archive is completed it's formatting, etc.

ThanX

9/20/08

New Album almost done!

Yup, I am close to completing the latest album - seven songs are mixed and mastered, one and a half originals, and a cover tune to go.

All will be uploaded and posted soon. This album has almost NO actual guitar solos, though. It is much more of a symphonic-rock ensemble recording, focusing more on mood and atmosphere, and sound in general, rather than being a "metal" album.

There are plenty of thick and crunchy rhythm guitars and fast double bass drums, and even live bass guitar on every song this time, which I was very insistent on having. But I wanted this to be a true "symphonic ensemble" project, thematic in nature, perhaps even soundtrack-ish - a movie for your ears. It may need that extra amount of time and attention to really listen to this one. Yes, Metalheads, I am asking for patience as you digest this one.

But please, turn it up loud. Even though it has its mellow moments, it has plenty of heavy moments of epic proportion, if I do say so myself.

Then again, I am biased, but if I didn't like it, I wouldn't post it.

I will be recording the last songs this weekend, and hopefully mixing and mastering the rest very soon.

A major shout-out to the developers of Reaper. This is truly one great program that I highly recommend to all musical folks into home recording looking for an inexpensive alternative to ProTools, Logic, Cubase, etc.

Reaper - Audio Production Without Limits

9/13/08

A few new songs posted at last.fm

Well, a "fan" suggested that I upload a few of the new songs to a better location where they don't have to sign up for a membership to download them - so I figured I'd start a new post of the first couple songs at last.fm.

Well, at least the first five songs, ... and please note that they haven't been mastered to a better volume yet, ... they are basically just demoes so far, but they should at least give y'all an idea of what the general album will sound like.

Five more songs to go. Gimme some feedback if you can in the comments section, or at my Myspace page, or on the last.fm pages.

last.fm album page

9/9/08

New Review of "Ugotllathath"

A new review of my latest effort at:

Final Alert's Musical Explorations

I am very surprised at the positive response to this album, since it was really thrown together in a relatively short time, and is downright sloppy in spots. But that's the nature of experimental improvisation, and thankfully there are folks out there who can appreciate it.

More notes and thought later.

ThanX for the review (I am truly blushing...)

8/30/08

Three Demo songs posted!!

The first three songs (demo versions) have now been posted at Soundlick.com. Here's a picture of the cover art (as is in progress, anyway - it may change as time goes on), and a link to the songs.

The new demo songs!!


Please note that the 2nd song gets cut off after six minutes, so I've got to figure out that enigma. They seem to sound really lo-fi, too. Try playing the individual songs in hi-fi. they seem to sound better that way. I'll upload the final versions eventually, anyway. Hopefully these songs give you a good idea of what the new album will sound like. I'm definitely doing more with the symphonics and orchestral stuff, which I really enjoy more and more. I still love my metal, but I also like other sounds and styles

Hope you like 'em so far!

Please leave a comment in the Comments section.
ThanX.

8/27/08

The New Newer Album

Today I finally got started on setting up the final backing tracks for the new New album. Yes, the newer new album. I think I referred to it with a working title of "First iz Last", or something like that.

I rendered out the MIDI tracks to audio, and imported them into Reaper, each with an appropriate click track. Looks like nine original songs (with a surprise snippet here and there of a more familiar song), and one "sort of" cover tune; just the solo section from Zappa's "Eat That Question". Oh, I forgot, ... there is one cover tune that you should recognize, actually a combination of two TV themes, plus some original music tying the two together.

I wanted to note once again that this one has the more symphonic and orchestral style pushed up front a bit, and my guitars will be more of an accompaniment than the focus. Certain sections will feature more guitars, but all in all, I think this will be a pretty good sequel to "I Am Become Daevel".

After this, I'm not sure what's next. Maybe more minimal drone-doom, maybe a focus on improvised guitar solos, maybe a purely symphonic album with no guitars, maybe some jazz-fusion??

Let me know what you think!!

I had one more song which I may still try to work out, but I'm having difficulty with some of the guitar arrangements. The parts are just a bit too tricky for me to actually play, and the synth parts alone just don't sound right. I may just leave this one out, or do a lot of re-arranging so I can actually play the song.

The unfinished backing tracks actually sound pretty good on their own. Hopefully my guitars won't screw it all up.

8/24/08

Contact

Here's an additional list of various links and ways to contact me, should you feel the need to communicate beyond the galaxial borders of this plane of existance.

Here (yes, I know you'r already here!!)


At Soundcloud

At Last.fm

At Soundclick


You can always leave a comment in one of the various posts, too. I look forward to hearing from anyone who wishes to post my music at their blogs, review my music, or just say "hello."

8/19/08

Ugotllathath - Download it NOW!!










POSTED!! Yup, it is now available at The Internet Archive, along with cover art in several audio formats (two types of mp3, and ogg vorbis).

This was just one of those projects I needed to get out of my system. I realize most "traditional metal-heads" may not like it at all; some may even hate it. But I don't listen to metal music alone. Back in the early nineties I pretty much stopped listening to most extreme metal and instead listened to a lot of experimental, avant-garde, free jazz improvisation, and jazz fusion. I also recently got into some of the drone metal bands like Sunn O))), Khanate, Nadja, and Jesu, which are really the biggest influences for this new album, along with the more traditional older black metal like Burzum, Darkthrone and Mayhem.

Here I am, just after turning 45 years old, still listening to this kind of music, creating my own twisted version of these genres, and still loving every second of it. Something must be seriously wrong with me.

Please, those of you who are also somewhat mentally damaged are invited to download this new garbage, re-post it at will at your own blogs and web-pages, and annoy your neighbors, family and friends by blasting it LOUD!!

Download Ugotllathath - The Sound of the End of the Universe

8/18/08

Ugotllathath - The Sound of the End of the Universe

Is is done!! "Ugotllathath - The Sound of the End of the Universe" has been completed!

I finished recording all of the tracks, mixed them down (not ALL of them were done today - some here and there over the past few days, etc.), completed the cover artwork, converted the mp3 files for posting, and will begin to post the files ASAP. Be warned - this one is very experimental, a return to the more free-form, improvisational sound of "Aetherial Art of Decay" and "Improvisations for the Ancient Ones", combined with the sustaining drones of "Leprosia Doom".

There probably isn't a typical metal riff on the whole hour-long recording. And the solos that are there are very much based on free improv; not meant to be thought out at all. The whole point of the musical exercise is spontaneity and openness, while simultaneously being crushed by pure noise, feedback and sound.

I'm not really sure how most people will react to this one. In my own mind, it is just what I needed to get out of my system before attempting to tackle the very arranged music of my other upcoming new project. I really needed to just blast out some very fast blastbeats and loud guitars, and so on. I may also have another project coming focusing again on wild, out-of-control improvisational guitar, but it may be a short one, an EP, perhaps. And maybe more "ambient" synths (Phrozenlight, watch out!! - yeah right)

I will post the mp3's and various links within the next few days (hopefully). I'll be sure to let everyone know how to get 'em.

ThanX,
Dimaension X

8/10/08

Ugotllathath - The Daevel Drone Suite

Latest updates on the new, very experimental project from Dimaension X:

Please pardon the potential long-windedness of this post - I guess I just have a lot to say about the ongoings of this current project, which I managed to get started on recording the guitars this past Saturday. Here is some more in-depth info about this project. Keep in mind, that this one is an “experimental” project, and may not be like any of my other music. Or it might be EXACTLY like my other music.

This particular project is a combination of approaches:
Combines the sustaining doom-drone of “Leprosia Doom” with the improvisational nature of “Aetherial Art of Decay”. Instead of all the music being completely random, I decided to have some Chord Progressions created from my usual Word/Phrase technique, but the chords are from an entirely different set of song titles. I had come up with a series of song titles from the random black metal song title generator on the internet (search around, you’ll find it) and created chord progressions from these titles. And then got bored with the project in general.

I needed to do something a bit different to distinguish this project as its own manifestation. The original songs had about 3 sets of chords each, but I was finding this to be too complex for its own good, and wanted something far more simple. I had also just discovered “Pentemple”, the latest recording from Sunn O))), which I found fascinating. They had once again decided to visit the realm of black metal combined with their usual doom-drone. But this time around, they have Sin Nanna (of Striborg) on drums, providing wild blast beats and other improvised percussive chaos. His drumming adds such a unique feature to the already odd music, bringing Sunn O))) to a whole new level of extremity-en-musique.

So thus I began to deconstruct the current project, and re-focus once again on my own version of doom-drone, but this time with blast beats instead of ultra-slow drums. Even though blast beats are themselves very fast, I find they often provide almost the opposite feel, almost a hypnotic “floating” sound in the background - listen to Darkthrone’s “Transylvanian Hunger”, for example. Here we have 8 songs that are all almost the exact same song, with simple, repetitive chord progressions over blast beats, almost all the same tempo. But this recording is hailed in the underground metal scene as an absolute classic, and I heartily agree.

So, … as I re-approached the project, I decided to use far fewer chords, opting to use only the first page of the FOUR pages of chords I had originally composed, leaving only nine sets of chord progressions. Nine songs.
The chords would be similar to “Leprosia Doom”, in that I would write long, sustaining passages of these chords, holding them over two, or more measures. Once again, I would use “dirty” sounding synths as a backdrop, providing and almost guitar-like sound to start. I also began creating the blast beats under these synths, practically independent of any time signature or tempo in mind at all. But blast beats alone do not make an interesting song cycle, so as I went along, I decided to create some more “normal” beats, fills, percussive patterns, etc.

I actually had no idea of what the guitar parts themselves would be like, other than holding these sustaining chords. This would be the “improvisational” aspect that would occur at the actual recording stage. No real idea what the heck I would do until I actually did it. And then try to add a second or third layer as I go along.

That’s the idea, anyway. So when I decided on a whim to go ahead and actually start recording yesterday, I made a few decisions: Just play whatever comes to mind, don’t worry too much about it, and just play whatever comes to mind. Whether I feel like adding a solo, some slide guitar, some clean, some out-of-tune, some super-distorted, some slightly overdriven, … whatever. It all doesn’t even have to be “heavy”. After all, I’m Dimaension X, not Sunn O))), right? The whole point is to create my own thing, not copy someone else’s.

I got about 7 songs done, or at least I can say I recorded guitar parts for 7 of the songs. I really didn’t put too much though into the parts, just picked a guitar tone, listened to the track a bit, and just played along. This isn’t going to be a very “technical” or “melodic” project. It is an experiment in sound and atmosphere.

Nothing more or less.

8/7/08

*REVIEWS*

Here is a list of a few websites that have honored my with a review of my music. This will be updated as more reviews (both positive and negative allowed) show up.

26/02/2012
Two more of my albums at Sonic Curiosity (reviewed by author/artist Matt Howarth):
The Cerebral Heavy Metal of Dimaension X

27/05/09
The Doom 2 - Variations - um Tributo a Bobby Prince
A review from a Brazilian Videogame blog (in Portugese!)

02/24/2009
Under The Influence
An interview with Valerie Sampson at WCUW 91.3

11/7/08
09-09-2008 - Latest Review Update:
Final Alert's Musical Explorations Blog

Leprosia Doom & Brysons' Universe at Sonic Curiosity

I Am Become Daevel at The Ripple Effect

List of Albums and Links at Metal Madness
- (you will have to scroll down about halfway to see my listing - and while you're there, check out some of the other great bands - ALL FREE Downloads!!)

Leprosia Doom at The Internet Archive
- (at the bottom of this page is a review)

Bryson's Universe at The Internet Archive
- (again, at the bottom of the page)

Hopefully we'll get more reviews of the other albums so you can get an idea of what I sound like, etc.

thanX -

8/6/08

The Updates in progress...

As you can see (those of you rare freaks who actually read my blog), the blog/website is undergoing some revisions. I have added some features to make it more responsive, like an actual website, like a table of contents, bio, discography, and a gear page.

As time goes on, this will continue to develop, and as new posts are added, they will be featured as the "Latest News" on the Home page. I plan on adding links to my actual albums from the Discography page, so you can click on them and be transported to the actual download pages at the internet archive, etc.

The Biography will face the most changes, as I edit it to my liking. I'm not real happy with it right now, but we'll make it work. I may also dedicate a post/page to my "Word/Phrase" Composition method, with better examples of my music.

And so, it continues onward... (I'm running out of "epilogue-like" ending phrases).

*BIOGRAPHY:*

(NOTE: as of 01/18/2009, this bio is on-going and may be in a state of update, etc.)

Please visit here to listen to an interview with Dave/Dimaension X


Dimaension X (located in central Massachusetts), formed in 1991 by multi-instrumentalist Dave Lanciani, is an instrumental band that fuses elements of heavy metal, space rock, and jazz-rock fusion. In Dimaension X, Lanciani (currently) records and plays all instruments entirely on his own. Additionally, Lanciani has collaborated with several bands via the internet, and is currently collaborating on a multi-media CD project with a comic illustrator. He has been playing guitar longer than any other instrument, and is completely self-taught in all other instruments (bass, keyboards, and drums). He cannot read or write formal music notation, but does use some simple music theory, such as modal improvisation, chord structures and progressions from major/minor keys.

Music Style
Dimaension X's music combines electronic elements, such as arpeggiated synthesizers and ambient pads, with extreme heavy metal elements, such as blast-beats, double-bass drums, and heavily distorted tremolo picked guitar riffs, and jazz-rock fusion elements such as extended guitar or keyboard solos, drum solos, ostinato bass lines, and improvisation. He has also begun to incorporate string and brass sections from classical music, along with timpani drums and other orchestral percussion.

His most recent project involves working with a live rock band, creating new, all original music. Stylistically somewhere between the Sex Pistols, Entombed, early Judas Priest and Motorhead, this new (as-of-yet unnamed) band plans on getting a few live gigs under their belt and recording a demo for local distribution.

Word/Phrase Composition Technique
Dimaension X is also known to have created his own method of music composition, using techniques similar to serialism or the twelve-tone technique. Known as "Word/Phrase Composition", notes or chord progressions are "randomly" created from words and phrases. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a musical note, octave root, or rest/space/sustain. The notes are used as a "starting point", and are not necessarily the final choices for chord progressions or basslines/riffs.
The following chart outlines the basic alphabetic letter/note relationship:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A B C D E F G A - A B C D E F G A - A B C D E F G A
(the 2nd A would be the higher octave root note, the dash " - " would be no note, therefore a rest or sustain of the former note) The name "Lanciani" would create the following note choices:
L A N C I A N I
C A E C - A E -
Therefore, a chord progression of C, Am7, Em, C may be used in a song, or perhaps the notes C,A,E,C, (rest), A, E (rest) would be used as a bassline for a solo section. The actual use is entirely up to the composer, along with the music style. The notes/chords are merely meant to be used as a "jump-start" to get the creative "juices" flowing. The rest is up to the individuality of the composer.

Many of the albums in the discography were composed in this method, including "Bryson's Universe", "Deus Fetor Pt.2", and most of "Leprosia Doom".

DISCOGRAPHY:

Each album can be downloaded for FREE, by clicking on the title - this takes you to that album's page at the Internet Archive, where you can preview the album, download the whole album, download individual songs, cover art, post a review, and explore other music by artists.

 
Dimaex5000 EP- (2017) - Dimaension X dives into the Trip-Hop genre, ... sort of.  A short EP album, very beats-driven, simple basslines, accompanying guitar, and weird voice samples.

Here is the link to the page at the Internet Archive  CLICK HERE!!

Or download a ZIPfile directly BY CLICKING HERE!!

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Darker Dreams - (2017) - A step towards something a little different.  The guitar are less emphasized, while piano and other more "organic" instruments like violin and a few other stringed instruments are brought forward and present the melody.  Not metal, maybe not even "rock" music.  More like melancholic ambient post-rock with influences from cinematic soundtrack music.

Here is the link to the page at the Internet Archive (CLICK HERE!!!)

Or download a zipfile directly (BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!) 

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Abjuration of the Black Goddess - (2017) - A long conceptual piece of blackened atmospheric death metal -  with spoken-word narrated sections (generated by an online text-to-speech generator).
This is a long, conceptual piece of music. Originally my guitar was tuned to Open C, then eventually morphed into Drop-C. And I think I did a few parts in Drop-D, but transposed the audio tracks down a whole step. Bass guitar is either Cakewalk Studio Instruments VSTi Bass, 4Front VSTi Bass, or regular electric guitar transposed down an Octave.
The Ambient, atmospheric synth sounds are all guitar. No Synths used. In fact, this part is just my piece I just posted on YouTube entitled "Dark Drone 1" chopped up into pieces and distributed between the metal bits.

Then I added the spoken word bits after this. The words are from a section of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

To go to the download page to stream or download, click HERE.

To download a zip file directly, click HERE.

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Oakwind Hollow - (2017) - Dimaension X delves into the world of Prog Rock. After listening to lots of Yes, King Crimson and Steven Wilson, it was time to give in and try something a bit more "proggy". Less emphasis on Berlin-School electronics and more on band interplay and rocking it up a bit. There's still plenty of Moog Synth, but now some Mellotron and B3 organ, too, along with the usual guitars, bass and drums.

To go to the download page to stream or download, click HERE.

To download a zip file directly, click HERE.


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Ghost/Echo (2017) - More sci-fi electronic synth rock madness from Dimaension X.  The titles and general themes are based on an interesting rules-lite RPG named Ghost/Echo by a game designer named John Harper.

Similar to the last two albums, there are synth-sequences, guitar melodies, a few solos, some cool drum beats, and more.

To go to the download page to stream or download, click HERE.

To download a zip file directly, click HERE.


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Dark Spaces (2016)Once again, I'm diving into the synth-rock world occupied by bands like Zombi, Goblin, Celldweller, and other similar bands.  Lots of  percolating sequences, sweeping atmospheres, rock guitars and heavy drums.

To go to the download page to stream or download, click HERE.


To download a zip file directly, click HERE





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Brain Tree Split (2016)A rock-oriented album for Dimaension X, heavily influenced by the electronic rock of Zombi, Trans Am, Neu!, a bit of Kraftwerk, Hawkwind and the like. The Synths take the driver's seat on this one, but there are a few spacey guitar solos here and there.


To go to the download page to stream, download, etc, click HERE

To download a ZIP file of the whole album and covers directly, click HERE

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Plagues of Aegyptus (2015) - Epic ambient tribal drone doom metal - a musical interpretation of a section of the Book of Exodus.  That's the best description I can think of.  Imagine a hybrid of Godflesh, Summoning, Morbid Angel and Evoken. With some Sunn O))), Boris, and Thorr's Hammer thrown in the mix. I've also been listening to some experimental drone by Scott Lawlor with narration by Rebekah Hillgraves.

It's thick, muddy, messy, creepy.  Perfect for a Halloween party soundtrack.


To go to the download page to stream, download, etc, click HERE

To download a ZIP file of the whole album and covers directly, click HERE

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The GWEN Towers - 2014 - This music is a created from the leftover letters/notes that I did NOT use in my Improvisario and Industrialisimo albums.  May as well, use ‘em, right? Plus 90%of the other stuff I just made up on the spot. And some free improvisational playing.  Yep - just a smorgasbord of stuff. I wanted a very free-form, experimental feel for the music here. Just sit down, and record whatever comes out, whether it's all just guitar, synths, drums, etc.

To go to the download page to stream, download, etc, click HERE

To download a ZIP file of the whole album and covers directly, click HERE

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Improvisario by Dimaension X (2014) - the first original project by Dimaension X in quite a long time.  This one is a bit interesting - I took a 12-tone Row Matrix, further scrambled those notes (by starting in the middle and going out in a spiral pattern), then limited myself to improvising a short piece of music (between 20-30 seconds) in the key of that note (major or minor), and then would splice them together into longer songs afterwards. And nearly every note was played on my new Agile AL-3010.

To go to the download page to stream, download, etc, click HERE


To download a ZIP file of the whole album and covers directly, click HERE








Industrialisimo by Dimaension X (2014)  -  what happens when you dose yourself with just a bit too much Godflesh? And you manage to find some nice Alesis HR-16 Drum Samples (which is what Justin K. Broadrick used on most of the early Godflesh albums).  Yep - this is what happens.  I wanted to create some "industrial-metal", but within the context of Dimaension X.

To go to the download page to stream, download, etc, click HERE

To download a ZIP file of the whole album and covers directly, click HERE


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Trance Ill Vain Ian Hungary (2014)

That's right, kids!  Presenting our special bootleg - The Symphonic Darkthrone!  the music from your favorite 2nd Wave Norwegian Black Metal band is presented in all its Orchestral Glory!  Performed by the Dimaexian Orchestral Ensemble, conducted by his Maestro, Davide Lanciani, and recorded at the Nexian Performance Hall.

Original music composed and performed by Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, i.e., Darkthrone, circa 1994. All rights to this music are owned my Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, and not Dimaension X. This album is meant only as a Tribute Album, and will not be used to generate any financial income (unless you go out and buy the original Darkthrone albums).

To go to the Download page at the Internet Archive, click HERE.

Or download the whole album, covers, etc., in a zip file HERE!

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Mental Toss Flycoon (2013)

Finally uploaded my tribute To Frank Zappa (and a few more). This is a collection of Zappa cover tunes I've done over the years.  It was time to get them all in one place.  I hope I do the Maestro Zappa justice.

I also include a tribute the the Buffy/Angel TV Theme songs, Focus, and Beethoven.

My two personal favorites are Ink Ero Des and Orange County Lumbertruck Runs Over a Weasel. Ink Ero Des (Zappa's Inca Roads) is almost sad sounding, and OC Lumber truck has such a great, downright "uplifting" melody. Yeah, that's pretty weird for me, but there, I said it.

Here's to you, Frank. You are missed.

To go to the Download page, click HERE.

Please note that NO MONEY is to be exchanged at all for my versions of these songs.  Please buy the original Frank Zappa albums, and support the Zappa Family Trust to keep the music alive.

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Drone2012  (2012)

All music herein remains untitled ...

All music herein shall move, yet remain still...
All music herein shall be created to be deconstructed...
all music herein shall not only be heard but shall be
experienced by all tactile senses ...

An experiment in drone-doom-noise. I'm mainly toying with feedback, delays and other effects in real-time. For a lot of this I just propped my guitar up in front of the amp and let it do the work.

Click HERE to go to the Internet Archive page to stream preview and download, or click HERE to download directly.

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fUTUREGRIND EP (2011)

A Dimaension X EP - just a bunch of songs that I recorded a few years ago that I never officially released. I was in a very heavy metal mood when I did these - they are very METAL!

The first few songs are actually recorded in Open C/D (C,G,C,G,C,D), which is the same tuning I used to record my "Light At the End of the Tunnel" album.

Click HERE to go to the Internet Archive page to stream and download, or click HERE to directly download the whole EP and album art.




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A new collection of songs with no real concept in mind othe
r than it's a bunch of new Dimaension X music. Some orchestral bits, some guitar-y thrashing, some extended solos, some atmospheric synths. Just some stuff I've been working on in what's left of my free time between my job, the band (Deadside Manor), and the rest of my life.

Download directly from the Internet Archive HERE.

Download from Mediafire HERE.


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E-Crisis-1 (2011)

Another foray into progressive ambient rock fusion.

Originally recorded in 1999 on cassette tape, these songs have been completely reimagned, reconstructed, and re-recorded using today's technology. Dimaension X is back for 2011, presenting the music world with another dose of his unique brand of progressive ambient rock-fusion.
Atmospheric synths, rock drums, heavy guitars, extended improvisational guitar solos... the original music created back in 1999 was mostly improvised and recorded "on the spot" as conceived, so the newer versions may be a bit more "composed" and thought out", but still retain a spontaneous feel.

Download directly from the Internet Archive HERE or direct from Mediafire HERE!


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This album is a return to heavy rock, but not quite metal. More "post-metal". Yeah, that's an over-used term for semi-shoegazer heavy metal, but "post-rock" and "post-metal" bands were a big influence and inspiration for this album. Along with Devin Townsend, and his Open C tuning. I did (nearly) the whole album in a derivative of Open C (C,G,C,G,C,D is how I tuned my guitars).

Also available at a Mediafire Link - HERE


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Laws of Repulsion (2009)

This album is my return to my love of free-form jazz-rock-fusion and improvisation. My tribute to some of my old favorites - Sonny Sharrock, Bill Laswell, Last Exit, Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Greg Ginn's Gone project, Joe Morris - and some new ones - Nels Cline, Marc Ducret, Marc Ribot, Gregg Bendian, and too many more to mention.

Basically, the music is in the form of a guitar/bass/drums power trio with some extra synthesizers sparsely added here and there to spice up the intros, outros, etc. But what you have as a result is a bunch of very freely improvised jams, mostly first takes, ... to borrow from a John Scofield album title - "loud jazz."

I'll also be posting this album at last.fm and most likely provide a Mediafire "mirror" link.


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Gothambia Redux (2009)

A dark and moody mix of progressive rock and jazz fusion. A mix of old and new songs. Guitar and piano solos. Real bass guitar. What else?
Three completely new songs.
Three songs that were originally on my “End of and Era” album (2005), but I never liked how the drums sounded on any of the songs, so I took my favorite songs from it and re-recorded them from scratch.
And Three very old ones from my 1995 cassette tape. The original versions were interesting, but my guitar playing was just not all that good back then, and of course the recording quality was not great - lots of tape hiss, fake drum sounds, etc.

Here are a few mirror links:
Download from Mediafire Here, or from Last.fm Here.


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The Doom 2 Variations (2009)

A re-creation of the Doom 2 videogame soundtrack. Original music composed by Bobby Prince, and re-arranged and performed by Dimaension X. Now you can listen to those original songs from the game presented with a modern sound. Plus additional guitar solos and parts that were never in the original songs.

Megaupload link
Mediafire link (pt1)
Mediafire link (pt2)

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Ambient (2007)

An all-synthesizer project from 2007 (I just got around to posting it now)

This project was done on all keyboards, no bass or guitars at all. It is more of an ambient project, inspired by Tangerine Dream, Phrozenlight, Fripp & Eno, etc. I was just in the mood to do something like this which is way more "mellow" and less song-oriented than my usual fare. My metal fans may be bored stiff listening to it, while the more avant-garde minded might like it a bit more. Like I noted above, fans of Tangerine Dream an other heavy ambient bands will most likely like it.

It is definitely more of an improvised project, though. Very little though put into it at all, just pick a sound and start touching the keys. Thats about all. Please put your headphones on, turn down the lights, close your eyes and hit play.


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1st iZ Lazt - The Davellation Suite (2008)

Or a mirror link at Mediafire

Symphonic Rock from 2001

This album is actually the last of four exclusively MIDI/Synth albums I did about seven years ago. Revamped, and re-recorded with real guitars, bass, better drums and orchestral sounds, this excursion into symphonic rock territory also contains a few cover tunes and snippet tributes to various musicians. The music is "less metal", more focused on the mood and atmosphere of a symphonic rock ensemble creating a soundtrack for an imaginary movie. Only one guitar solo this time, right at the very end, so please don't be too disappointed.

If you liked Miles Davis' "Aura" album, you might like this one.

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Ugotllathath - The Sound of the End of the Universe (2008)

Minimal Metal Drone meets Maximum Extreme Drum Seminar

That's the only way I can even begin to describe it. A combination of the heavy droning, sustaining guitars and synths of "Leprosia Doom" and the free jazz improv and general reckless abandon of "Aetherial Art of Decay". After listening to this one a few times, I realized it's really more of a "drummer's album", chock full of extreme metal blast beats, thundering double bass drums, percussive solo breaks, etc. Flo Mournier was a big influence in this one, Dave Lombardo, Sin Nanna (Striborg, Pentemple), Martin Axenrot, Hellhammer, John Bonham and Phil Rudd.

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I Am Become Daevel (2008)
"I Am Become Daevel" - the new album, something old, something new

... the years 2000 - 2001 were musically interesting, ... I was discovering some new bands (to me, anyway - Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Krisiun, Enslaved, Gorguts, Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Sigh, Darkthrone, Children of Bodom, and AYREON!!) and experimenting with Drop-D tuning on a 4-string guitar (a la Max Cavalera).

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Aetherial Art of Decay (2007)





An amalgam of Free-jazz-improv and extreme metal.

Imagine Bill Laswell and Marc Ribot or the late Sonny Sharrock jamming with Gene Hoglan at The Knitting Factory with Dimmu Borgir's Mustis providing sporadic symphonic synthesizer arrangements. Sort of.

All of this new music is pretty much improvised and recorded on first or second take, with a few overdubs of some extra synths or guitars here and there. Nothing was really planned out.

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Bryson's Universe (2006)Progressive Space Blues Fusion! A song cycle based on Bill Bryson's great book, "A Short History of Everything". A combination of Ozric Tentacles, Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind, Frank Marino, Sonny Sharrock, Pink Floyd? These long jams are comprised of a bunch of smaller jams that have been spliced together to form longer songs. Each smaller section is based on a chapter from the book. Find it, read it, and take another look at the very galaxy we all live in as you listen to this music.

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Leprosia Doom (2006)
An instrumental "concept album" - heavy drone-doom metal - minimal feeding-back guitars, simple bass, heavy drums, based on bands like Khanate, Sunn O))), Jesu, but not quite as heavy or down-tuned. Very simple and droney, but a few pieces are of my more common style, with improvised guitar solos, and spacey synths. A few might even be considered heavy metal, or death metal.

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End of an Era (2005)
This is the last of my recordings with the Johnson J-Station guitar processor and Roland Virtual Sound Canvas. I'm still a bit Zappa-influenced here (various marimbas and extended guitar solos), but the music is still a bit heavy, progressive and odd. I perform a cover of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", in a more "metallic" format, along with some Beatles hidden in a reggae-ish guitar solo section.

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Cyberthief Strikes Again (2004)
Cyberthief Strikes Again - This is my first recording from 2004 where I began using Cakewalk 2004, better software, and the Johnson J-Station guitar pre-amp/processor. I did a lot of cover tunes in this one, including parts of songs from Frank Zappa, Rogers & Hammerstein, Led Zeppelin, Darkthrone, Queen, The Sweet, Slayer, Motley Crue, Metallica and Focus. Plenty of odd blast-beats, weird riffage, too-long guitar solos, etc...

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Deus Fetor, Pt 2 (2003)
This recording was done soon after Loco-Motives, except without the wacky voice samples and with the old equipment back in June of 2003. Old General MIDI sounds from my computer's actual soundcard, and guitar thru my Johnson J-Station, which sounds suprisingly good! A bit less humorous without the weird voice samples, but also a bit better, no "jaunty" piano songs, or overly extended meandering (well, a little bit...)

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Loco-Motives (2003)
This is an older CD I recorded in 2003 when I still was using Cakewalk Home Studio 7 (only 4 audio tracks!!) Lots of "bouncing" and grouping audio files. I was experimenting with Blast-beats and Samples from some weird video games. It's sort of Instrumental Progressive Death-Thrash, but not really, but maybe more?? No Cover Art for this one, ... sorry folks. All instruments except Guitar are from the General MIDI sound library available on most computers back a few years ago...

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Dimaensia Nexus - Improvisations for the Ancient Ones (2002)A bit of a side-project for Dimaension X (hence the name "Dimaensia Nexus"). This project is kind of a cross-hybrid of technical death metal/grindcore, with some ambient synths and free jazz improvisation. The drums were played/programmed first, but with no idea of what I would then do with guitar or bass or synths. I then when back and improvised guitar processed thru an octaver to get that unison guitar-bass sound...

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Learning Curve (2000) - (also posted at Last.fm, download by individual songs). This album was originally recorded in 2000, using Cakewalk Home Studio 7, my trusty Yamaha SSJ-550 HR (pre-Dimarzio pickups), a Zoom 505 Pedal, and my Radio Shack Casio-clone MIDI keyboard.

You can also download the whole thing directly by clicking HERE!


As on 08/06/08, the Internet Archive seems to be having some technical problems, so you may have some difficulties navagating to it. Give it some time to recover.

I am also going to come up with some "mirror" download locations through Mediafire, which is WAAAAAAYYY better than Rapidshare (now a bloated, slow mess), or Megaupload (buggy anyway). Zshare also works okay.