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Candle Hour Music: Looking Back

Updated on September 7, 2012
Candle Hour - Airplane
Candle Hour - Airplane | Source

As many of my followers know I release music under the band name Candle Hour, my first album released a little over a year ago. As I am preparing to release another disc in the near future I felt it important to look back at what Candle Hour has created before moving. I know this is a bit of a puff piece but that isn't what I normally write very often so I hope you will indulge me in this case.

My last album known as "Airplane" was a mixture of electronic and rock elements. All instrumentals and ambient music and no real vocals to speak of. A few years ago I had begun to experiment with my keyboard and guitar and then with VST synthesizers on my computer. Combining the two I created Candle Hour and spent a lot of time on my computer crafting Airplane. When it was released my first single (and actually the first song I created) was called, "Without A Parachute."

WITHOUT A PARACHUTE

I wanted to create music videos from the start. I knew that for the album to be heard it needed to be seen as well and I hungered for a chance to display more creativity as part of the project. But I knew music videos done cheaply often do not look very good. Using a little ingenuity I came up with a simple yet interesting Idea. I would make a time lapse video, speeding everything up and using an effect to render the video to appear as though it was animated, as if each frame had been drawn. It was only a trip driving around my home city but I think with the effects and speed it fits the song very well. If you want to check it out the video is to the right of this paragraph.

OVERTURE

For my second single in video I wanted to use a song that would highlight the softer and somewhat more erie side of Candle Hour. I also needed something that would be in contrast to "Without A Parachute," which was a heavy and rather drum pounding number. The song I chose this time was, "Overture," is flowing sound much like that of a far away signal of some cosmic civilization. I the case of the video we used footage from (the now in the public domain) Alice in wonderland. The very first Alice In Wonderland to be put on film in 1903. Footage that is now 109 years old! It worked very well with the song and many loved it. Check it out the video to the right.

ATMOSMUSIC

Probably the single and video I am most proud of it combines time lapse and non time lapse footage of video I took while viewing many types of micro-organisms under my microscope. I had spent hours upon hours filming these little creatures and then many more hours going through footage finding the most miraculous instances. The song itself contains human tongue clicking sounds mixed with drums and other types of unusual electronica and I still think is my best number. Check the video to the right of the paragraph.

MARCH TO THE END

Last but not least my fourth and final single from my album combines marching style drums with hard crushing electric guitars. I reminds me of some fantasy realm army heading off to battle. The video in this case incorporated many scenes of destruction focusing on video footage of atomic bomb blasts, both tests and actual live explosions. For this one the name and video were primarily chosen to illustrate the direction that humanity is going in. Or at least my opinion of where we are headed.

That's it my first offering as an artist and on to new things. For any interested in this type of music and looking forward to our next release the first single should be released with the next few months. Thanks for reading.

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    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Credence2 - it is nice to create art, I do have a day job and work quite a bit as a seller on Ebay as well. But when I am not working I enjoy creating art :)

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      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Great videos and great fun here terrektwo. Looks like the creation of art forms is an occupation of yours? With so many of us having to do what is necessary, it is nice to be able to do what it is that is your calling and perhaps make or dollar or two while you are at it..

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Gypsy Rose Lee - thanks for the confidence boost, maybe we will this summer. Thanks for commenting!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great music. To promote yourselves you should consider doing some performing in the various festivals and fairs that go on all over the U.S. in the summertime.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      picklesandrufus - Thanks for voting my band up :) Glad you liked it!

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      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      wow, they were impressive! I enjoyed both the music and video. vote up!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Jools99 - Glad you liked the songs and video, I really was proud of the effect Without A Parachute had as well.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      hawkdad73 - glad you found it and hope you like it, more music coming soon :)

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      Jools99 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      March to The End was my favourite tune and I liked the video but my favourite video was Without A Parachute - the part where you stop at the red lights looks amazing. Great hub, voted up, +1 etc.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      carolyn a. ridge - thanks very much we aim to please figured I would showcase the videos before I released my next album.

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      hawkdad73 

      6 years ago from Riverside, Iowa

      Thanks for this review. I found Atmomusic on Spotify. This gives me more to listen to.

    • carolyn a. ridge profile image

      carolyn a. ridge 

      6 years ago

      WOW !! Great music, great hub! Take it to the limit! This is the first musical hub that I've seen, and I am truly impressed. Happy New Year, and best of luck to you, in the future!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      writer20 - if you can sell it to him why not. I'm not so interested in selling my music but have released in myself under the band name Candle Hour. I couldn't actually sell my music as I couldn't handle someone else taking credit for it.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      If only mu computer was faster to listen to your music. You Tube just keeps stopping.

      Good luck selling your music to a muscian.

      One of my hubbers suggested I send a poem to a country singer, who's in here in Las Vegas at the Wynn Casino for a while. I plucked up the courage and sent not that I expecting an answer.

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