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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 20 days ago
This group might end.................... ....unfortunately, but not without giving people a longshot chance to save it. Sort of a joke that I am even mentioning this, but if someone or a group of people could pay my PLUS membership, then the alt-music group will remain as is. Details later in this post...and I am serious about continuing if I personally don't have to pay for membership. (This effort has a snowball's chance in hell, I expect to be having to close the group....) I could pay for a PLUS membership if I really wanted to. But I just don't feel like it right now or for the foreseeable future... I've been a paying member for about 75% of the almost 5 years I have been on the site, even during long periods (like now) when I have been inactive as a collaborator. I still have plenty of time, inspiration and ideas for the group. There is enough material still for monthly features like I had been doing in 2019. I know I said I would be running the group "until myself or kompoz is no more." I apologize for that. This decision has nothing to do with me being close to finally having some gear setup in d-Attic - I was hoping to continue the group regardless. The group started well enough with a lot of enthusiasm from others when I started in late March of 2019, but I was hoping for more participation via posts from others besides me, which definitely waned as the months rolled through the summer and beyond. Its a shame only -one- artist posted collabs looking for help in the group of over 50 members, when there are clearly more people clearly working in alternative that did not take advantage of the group. Since I don't want to pay for another yearly subscription, the future of the group is in jeopardy. Most all of you probably don't care. But a lot of the reasons I don't wish to continue apply to other groups here as well. For starters, unfortunately, without being a paying member, one cannot post in, and effectively moderate a group they themselves have created. I know this is definitely the case because during a relatively brief period when I was not a paying member, the site did not allow me to even *post* in a group I myself started (which I have now already closed) True story. Also the mechanics of the Group notifications are not ideal. Notifications and being able to follow profiles and groups is one of the strong points of kompoz in my opinion. Personally I rely on a link to my Notifications page a lot, to keep up with what is going here. But as it is now, *every*like*or*comment*on*every*post* in the group goes to your notifications if you follow the group. Personally I am less motivated to wade through Community posts that I am not interested in, and having interest groups should get people with the same interest a captive audience. But the faulty mechanics make it such that more often than not I am *not* following groups I joined, which then turns off all group notifications for posts. Which is kind of sad. Not sure it was intended to work that way. Really it should be fixed... I believe that some interested in this group may not follow the alt-music group for this same reason (notifications), and that is one of many things that has affected participation. In my opinion, how group notifications should really work is: if you are following a group, you should be notified once on all *posts* only, and opt in to activity on it by commenting on, or following, the post itself. (BTW This is how Community works except that you are not notified on every post, only ones from profiles you have followed.) Anyway....so now is your chance to act, before this group is closed down on Mar 29, the one year anniversary. This is not some ego trip, its actually a last-ditch effort -- and one that I would follow through on FYI. ...I just want to give people an opportunity to continue the group as is, without me deleting it. Although I think its a SERIOUS longshot (I'd say about 49-1 odds LOL :D ), anything is worth a try.... the main reason I am putting this out there is so that later, no one can say I didn't try or give enough notice. I see 3 highly unlikely options if people want to try to keep this group as is, with me as owner: 1. Gift me (or be part of an organized group to gift me) a PLUS (the least expensive) yearly paid membership by March 29: https://www.kompoz.com/music/giftcards/buy 2. Donate to a fund to pay the renewal fee. I will gladly refund any donations if we don't get the $49 to renew, or if a gift membership appears from within kompoz as mentioned in Option (1). I have a P.O. Box listed on my profile (at the end): x238/d-Attic P.O. Box 192 Woodstock, NY 12498 UNITED STATES Please let me know via PM on kompoz that you are sending something to the P.O. Box, and make sure to give me a return address. I realize for non-US members this is not the best way, but its all I have...let me know if you think some other method will work. 3. Let site management know you are not happy with the policy I mention about kompoz group admins needing to be paid subscribers. and the group notifications not working ideally. Obviously that potentially affects other groups on kompoz as well. The "official site policy" is to to keep the unmanaged, largely unmoderated Community page clean, in favor of interest groups. But we have to be a paying member to run an interest group? And then have the notifications work less fluidly than even the Community page? I think there is room for improvement somewhere here... Donators will be named in a pinned post at the top of the group for a year, if there are enough donations to continue. Up until my paying subscription end date, please enjoy whats posted in group! There won't be any more long posts on this from me, I think I have covered everything pretty well here, so you will be rid of those as well soon... I will post in the next few months with updates, if any...probably there won't be any, except confirming the group is closing. Anyway, if you liked anything, make sure to save it off, because it won't be there after...

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 1mo+23dy ago
2019 Features in review.......... As one often sees this time of year, there are many "Best Of" the year lists. I am not saying that what I have done here is that, but I *have* pinned all of this year's alt-music features. There were many more projects I could have featured, consider yourself lucky if I didn't feature yours... From time to time, depending on my varying but usually dark mood this time of year, I might change the order. To keep record, I have started out in reverse chronological order by month. I don't get paid for this, so this was a big effort :D ... Consider it a holiday gift :-) You are most welcome ! P.S. - Also I would like to thank everyone who posted, commented on, or liked anything in this group. Your contribution helped make this group a moderate and semi-lukewarm success this year :)

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 2mo+28dy ago
*** Nov 2019 feature ***... IntervaloLucido (Alexander Lopez) is a relatively prolific artist here on k-town who works mainly in the alternative genre. Consistently posting projects with complete arrangements, holding down guitar, synth and drum parts, and with modest creative briefs like "another song" (seriously?), he is just the kind of kompoz artist that people might miss. Although maybe not, looking at the variety of kompoz collaborators he has worked with. Recently ipft (Ian T) starting writing lyrics and singing vocals for his tracks. I count 4 so far. Ian joined kompoz as a guitarist and writer. Personally I still have a JustVera spinoff project he did a very tasty guitar lick on that I still haven't been able to get back to finishing... :-/ But that's besides the point ... Ian, now working with several kompoz members, is one of the more prolific and polished *vocalists* on kompoz, particularly in the Indie/Alternative/British Invasion type thing. I've featured here what I think is the first project they collaborated on, "Tunnels", from earlier this year. But there is easily more with Ian as vocalist that I could have featured that are in various stages of completion, final mixes, what have you... I wasn't sure these 2 were done: "Gone Too Far" / "Out of Friends" https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/942020/file/946477 "Plastic Choking your Sushi" https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/956451 And here's "Tunnels". I think these guys have something here... :) IntervaloLucido (Alexander Lopez, Guatemala) Creator, guitars, keys, drum parts ipft (Ian T, Liverpool United Kingdom) - lyrics and vocals alessioferrettinews (Alessio Feeeee, Passogatto, Italy) - bass HLowe (H Lowe, Sarasota, Florida USA) - lead guitar

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 3mo+26dy ago
* October 2019 feature * Well, its safe to say I would have liked to have featured this project under better circumstances. However, the 2 major contributors in this effort seem to have left kompoz. All we have is their digital ghost. Just so everyone knows, I planned this as the October/Halloween month feature when I started the alt-music group back in March, since I haven't been able to reach the 2 main collaborators, and didn't think it was likely I would... The 2 collaborators I could reach, OregonGuy and Leafdriving, have no idea what happened to them. This might be a "1-N-Done" in its truest form. Chilling actually, considering the project was a strong kompoz debut. Work had just stopped on this project in January, which is only 9 months ago. Dan Mojava also hasn't been active on his soundcloud, bandlab, or metapop accounts since. Kompoz' beloved Mykk's account(R.I.P.) was also involved in a version of this originally, just adding to its mystery. In this scary month of October, perhaps its fitting to reflect on this.... "Unseen World" Mojava (Dan Mojava, United Kingdom) - lyrics and vocals ganzfeld__(Pitcairn) - synths, guitar, mix engineering (was this a real account? -- its been closed since sometime in April) OregonGuy - (Terry Campbell, Oregon City, Oregon USA) - electric bass Leafdriving (Lief Kelly, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada) - some of the vocal processing concept If anyone knows the whereabouts of mojava and gansfeld__, please do share.... I'm scared they will come to take me away to the unseen world in my sleep.

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 4mo+25dy ago
*** Sept 2019 feature *** At one time in alt-music history, a track like this would have easily fit into U.S. alternative radio formats. Bouncy, slightly offbeat, and topical, this song was finished and posted in Community earlier this year. Perhaps it got overlooked by some, since its not performed by kompozers usually known for alternative music. Yes, last month there was a warning that the features would be unpredictable.... :) And to make sure its even more unpredictable, coming soon there will be 2 extra bonus features this month. Stay tuned... "Humanity Insanity" gabrojazz (Gabro Jazz Venezia Venice veneto Italy) keyboards, drum programming, engineering and production TurquoiseRose (Olivia Francis Amarillo Tx USA) - vocals & lyrics NicolaOffidani (Massignano AP Italy) - guitars JeanRECOVERED (Jean Toudou, Spain) - bass

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 4mo+25dy ago
*** Sept 2019 Bonus *** The alt-music group welcomes new female vocalist Okobox to kompoz. Her ethereal first vocal track has 2 very good versions so far. Since there is a spinoff and both versions fall into the alt category, the group will feature both. Also, personally I happen to like both of the versions. This spinoff is a dark, moody version which interestingly contrasts the vocals. Okobox (Olivia Brame, LyonFrance) Creator - lyrics and vocals Leafdriving (Lief Kelly, Wellandport Ontario, Canada) synths minime (minime c, Dingenskirchen, Germany) Guitars, bass, and drums

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 4mo+25dy ago
*** Sept 2019 Bonus *** The alt-music group welcomes new female vocalist Okobox to kompoz. Her ethereal first vocal track has 2 very good versions. Since there is a spinoff and both versions fall into the alt category, the group will feature both. Also, personally I happen to like both of the versions. "Amazing Creatures" A lighter ambient version where the wonderful vocals are front and center Okobox (Olivia Brame, LyonFrance) Creator - lyrics and vocals Gemini (Nigel Robinson, Scotland, United Kingdom) - synths Ghostnote (Nicolas Karlen, Lausanne Vaud, Switzerland) - drum programming and Rhodes TSTstudios (Tommy Hellsten Uthai Thani Uthai Thani Thailand) - engineering/mastering

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 4mo+25dy ago
*** Sept 2019 Bonus *** Aaronmyke until recently had not been active on Kompoz since 2013. Welcome back Aaron ! One of the great new projects he put up has gotten got quite a bit of activity. Since there is a spinoff and both versions fall into the alt category, the group will feature both. Also, personally I happen to like both of the versions. This version features the haunting female vocals of Xris, also a relatively dormant member since 2016 "The Void" Aaronmyke (Aaron Myke, Brantford Ontario Canada) Creator, keyboards, Mysterian (Ian Middleton, Bengeo United Kingdom) - guitars ondjpayn (Andrew P, Melbourne Victoria Australia) drums Xris (Xris A Chicago USA) - lyrics and vocals

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 4mo+25dy ago
*** Sept 2019 Bonus *** Aaronmyke until recently had not been active on Kompoz since 2013. Welcome back Aaron ! One of the great new projects he put up has gotten got quite a bit of activity. Since there is a spinoff and both versions fall into the alt category, the group will feature both. Also, personally I happen to like both of the versions. Mysterian spun this version -- "I get curious looks" is apparently the title of this "dubbier" version that features Maja on vocals Aaronmyke (Aaron Myke, Brantford Ontario Canada) Creator, keyboards, Mysterian (Ian Middleton, Bengeo United Kingdom) - guitars ondjpayn (Andrew P, Melbourne Victoria Australia) drums Maja (Delphine Andre, Pau Aquitaine France) - vocals Teek (Tez Katajala, Melbourne, Austria) - lyrics

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 5mo+29dy ago
* August 2019 feature * There are several artists on kompoz that create work in the alternative genre, but its really not their primary "M.O." This months feature is one of many examples of that. In this feature choice allow me to be "Predictably Unpredictable," to quote the artists.... It is summer in August....outdoor barbecues, concerts and festivals are well underway. This track sounds sort of --and I do mean sort of... :) --- like a more "alt-ified folk" track in the vein of a popular and currently U.S. summer touring concert act that once dumped 800 pounds of sewage on Chicago. Somehow as an even more brilliant feat they've now brought Bernie Worrell back from the dead to record in the studio with them. :D The accompaniment here pushes this catchy but quirky folk tune a little more atypical than expected. As is often the case, it starts with a great song...just a great overall package here. "Predictably Unpredictable" jubal (Jeff Corzine, Port Richey Florida USA) - vocals, lyrics, guitar kman (Harburg, Hamburg Germany) bass guitar, keyboard alyo (Alex Zulaika, Donostia Gipuzkoa, Spain) - drums/percussion

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 6mo+27dy ago
*** July 2019 feature *** Here's a very recent kompoz alt-rock project that deserves a listen. If you haven't heard this recently with the vocals on it, you are just missing out on one of the best kompoz projects so far in 2019 imho "Just Let It Rain" jannik (Jannik Gade Noldoy Faroe Islands) - all music, mixing, mastering mack (Markus Palsson klagstorp trelleborg Sweden) - vocals Joel Sattler - lyrics

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 8mo+2dy ago
*** June 2019 feature *** This month's feature is the first throwback feature since I started the group. Not sure why. Is it because the vocalist, skookum (Janine B) has started being active again on kompoz recently? Or is it that I haven't featured a synth-based project yet? Who really knows.... All I know is that you should cancel your plans for the next 4:52 and listen to this. Creative brief from the project creator and brainchild N1nestein: "I was asked to come up with a song celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Cyberpunk movement started by author William Gibson. The song will appear in an Argentinian compilation in Spring 2014. I was a huge Gibson fan and being at the forefront of the tech movement, I went from punk to "Cyberpunk" in many ways. " I know nothing else about the project really, except a guess that it *might* have fallen under the radar in 2014 when it was done? -- It was started prior to the kompoz 2.0 upgrade. Seems weird to me that such a strong project has only 3 shown likes at the time of this post. Dashboard has 19 but only 3 are visible...it appears 16 ghosts, or maybe people that are no longer on kompoz, once gave this a like. Or the K2.0 upgrade did something weird...I was not here at that time so don't know. Anyway a great, possibly "lost" alt project here. A definite nod to 80's indie/goth synth with very fitting vocal performances. I think definitely worth a listen for those looking for a futuristic step back in time. Don't miss out ! "Neuromanced" N1nestein (Don Weismantel, Gurney IL USA) - songwriting, synths, programming, production Skookum (Janine B, Canada) - vocals

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 9 months ago
*** May 2019 feature *** engels (Sergey Engels) is fairly prolific here at kompoz, having just released an internet album "Ghost of Altalena" with many kompoz member performances as well. You never know exactly where his original stuff is gonna land genre-wise, or whats gonna happen even within a given project from measure to measure... Here is a feature-worthy one I thought of, which I think is definitely one of his best alt projects. It shows a lot of talent, but didn't make it onto the album. engels (Sergey engel -- Jerusalem Judea, Israel) - guitar, bass, vocal DrumTorque (Pepino Lorenzo - Guadalajara, Mexico) - drums "(She only hugged him when he was) ILL"

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 9mo+29dy ago
** April 2019 feature ** This track originated by PeterRand strongly says "alt" as much as its all-caps title. With great performances all-around that channel alt in a way that it sounds like it was just plucked off the radio, here is "I GO HOME ALONE" Maja (Delphine Andre) - Vocals (Pau Aquitaine, France) Teek (Tez Katajala) - Lyrics (Melbourne, Australia) RafJ (Raf Jammers) - Guitars and Bass, engineering/mixing (Limburg, Belgium) PeterRand - (Peter Rand) - keyboards, programming, original songwriting/music, keyboards (Wirral Merseyside, UK) Gemini - (Nigel Robinson) - mastering (as a result of this feature) (Scotland, UK) This is the first of many monthly alt-music features. I plan to be doing these features here until kompoz or myself is no more.... Lets keep it going with some new projects ! Update 4/18/2019: I've now changed the feature post to the mastered version by Gemini, who came in and mastered it after this feature was posted. Just an example of how this group can introduce you to like-minded collaborators ;) (or mastering engineers) Also I added the origin countries of the collaborators (not an original idea...) ....shows just how diverse geographically a collab like this can be.

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 1 day ago
Obligatory Grammy Post................ I decided this was too outrageous for the thin-skinned consumers of the Community page. Hell, someone might have reported it....

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xterrabill / Bill beamba fictitous 8 days ago
anyone watch "sound tracker" with sami yaffa?

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xterrabill / Bill beamba fictitous 13 days ago
as lin used to say "if your elvis is dead, try ours"

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rhythmicdevil / Steven Wright 29 days ago
These guys were masters at manipulating sound with analog tools. They stuff they did would be relatively easy now with digital tools and DAWs. Their songs definitely stand the test of time though.

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rhythmicdevil / Steven Wright 29 days ago
Haven't listened to this in a while. The remaster sounds great.

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 1mo+13dy ago
Alas, its Tuesday :-)

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 2 months ago
She is Black Friday ! .........

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 2mo+17dy ago
Think Tree "Hire A Bird" ............. I had the pleasure of working side-by-side with this singer/bandleader, and was reminded of it yesterday after seeing a chiropractor....long story...

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 3mo+5dy ago
** Halloween Special ** ... Yes, its already that pumpkin time of year...of course of all places, the alt-music group has a special for the occasion, and a personal story to relate... If you are not into or simply unimpressed by long-winded stories about how I met this person or that person in my music travels, then just go ahead to the video...Its not an obvious choice, you will be glad you did. I understand. :) I met Lux Interior (R.I.P. 2009), lead singer of the Cramps, back in the 80's. He came to the store I was working at, which employed several musicians -- it was early on a dark cold Boston New Years Eve night. And he arrived sort of looking like the short, mild mannered version of the grim reaper, in a long buttoned black trench coat, black army-style boots, caked white make-up with black eyeliner, you know....in fact he looked a more than a tad unhealthy when I greeted him, as he literally hid in the corner of the store and waited for my manager Richie. Based on that encounter, I would not have guessed he would have even made it to age 62 as he did. There wasn't youtube or anything back then, I only could go with the album covers to figure out .. "Yeah, thats the guy from the Cramps" ....Richie comes out and he isn't sure either..."Are you Lux?". They laughed. Not many customers came to the in-store or were in on it either. A bunch of workmates soon left to go to the Cramps show that night with him, leaving me to close the store alone that New Years night :-| I had just started working there so this was some kind of new-guy hazing....Worry not, I was able to parlay the guilt trip on my manager from leaving me out on that one....into being able to later get in free and backstage to other gigs of indie/alt bands that toured through Boston. But actually that night totally sucked. Especially when I realized what had happened.... Its really funny to me that Lux was so mild mannered, because live on stage and in this video, well...he is...... positively, um.....possessed. Would have been fun to see that transformation in person. R.I.P. Lux, I never met the real you...

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xd238 / Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic 3mo+7dy ago
Squid - "The Cleaner" ............ The children of The Fall, Talking Heads, and The B52's got together and made this little ditty. Remember, you heard it here first :D

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Created March 29, 2019 by xd238


"Alternative music is a music genre for those who have no music genre."

 

Think the type of music played on alternative radio stations now and in the past and you have it.

If you like or perform alternative music, likely you know................................and it doesn't have to be explained...

 

A good guide for what alt-music is for the purposes of this group is artists nominated for the US Grammy for Alternative

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Award_for_Best_Alternative_Music_Album

 

 

All-Music's definition of Alternative Rock sub-genres 

https://www.allmusic.com/genre/alternative-indie-rock-ma0000012230

 

 

I am basically a DJ role and curator/moderator in this group. There are many kompoz artists posting great stuff that many never hear, and aren't active on the Community page, I see this as a chance to bring those out.

 

Aside from being a group to showcase and get help for your alt collabs with a like-minded audience, the group will have an additional purpose.

 

During the first week of every month, I will pin a feature to a kompoz track in the genre.  ( Or it will be something relevant to alternative music)    Preference will go to recently completed kompoz tracks. (or close to completion) 

 

Occasionally the feature track will be from the vault or a member who is no longer active.  Anyone is welcome to PM me suggestions.  Please in the subject of the PM write "alt-music feature suggestion" or something like that...

 

Important note: Just because a project is labeled in an alternative genre does not make it alternative and to be a possible feature. Also I would suggest limiting posts to tracks and subjects that actually fit the genres I have described.

You may also see tracks not categorized as alternative featured that *actually are alternative* according to this group's definition.

 

The monthly features are not a contest, nor will be they be limited to projects that are my own personal style.