year that was, and a present
23.Dec.2011 - It's that time
again to take stock. At year's
end I'm pleased to report
zero system defects here at Blue
Flux Central. But 2011 sure had its
fair share of stampeding madness,
headless panic and last minute
resolutions. Most of these were
connected to our Shooting
Star launch. Par for the
course though, and - with hindsight
- gladly suffered for the joy of
feeling the steady heartbeat of a
|Other fruits from
moderately hard labour were our new
twisted life at the screen of
green'), this new website layout,
and Blue Flux's overdue touchdown on
(surprisingly fun) and SoundCloud
(ace interface). The final big push
this year was to upgrade our studio
(Sonar X1, in case you care) and
then regain the confidence to create
new & better music. As I type
this the first half-finished new
song awaits my eager return to the
studio, so it seems all's well that
It being the season of giving, I've
added a new Shooting
Star track to
the free download section: Picsty
(p.a.). Enjoy, and have a whopping
good New Year.
No rest for the wicked
- with Shooting Star now in boundless orbit, we've
started preps for our next album. In part this
involves a long overdue studio upgrade. Not long
ago large heavy boxes miraculously appeared at our
door, soon unpacked and plugged into place. Now
the head-scratching period is in full swing as we
familiarise ourselves with all the new tools. Who
knows where they'll take us. But there sure is a
shitload of music in there, someplace.
feeling, and a song to go with it
26.Sept.2011 - Just
when I thought a good French breakfast can
make my day, everyday ... I took to the
skies on a paraglider. Things you do when
in France. Had a great time though, and
the views where breathtaking in every
sense of the word.
Also recorded a chilled little track the
day after, out of relief perhaps? Find it
Bare bones stuff, recorded in the kitchen.
If you listen closely you can almost hear
the cowbells from the field across.
Nameless Isle gets title at last
- yep, it's taken a while and nearly fried our
CPU, but Nameless Isle has finally finished
rendering and now joins our little video club. It's
turned into quite an atmospheric little number.
Then again, so is the song. Hope you like it.
11 - had so much fun with the Bullets
movie that we've decided to do another one.
Nameless Isle (also from Shooting Star album)
will have quite a different feel; mysterious
& ethereal is the goal. We're about halfway
there - look out for a shout and a tweet when
2011 - for your viewing pleasure, we've
put our backs into (and nearly out, see dune
shot) creating a wee movie to go with our song
'Bullets'. No monkeys, jesus lizards or babies
were harmed in the making of this film. See it
in the video
the wilderness - Blue Flux's Scotland
17. May 2011 - Just returned
from a marvelous two-week trip to
Scotland. The stunning scenery around
the Wester Ross region, long, peaceful
nights and the odd tipple of local
beverage soon fired up the old
With the help of a friend's nearby
studio (window view on the right) we
managed to record four acoustic songs.
These are only instrumentals at present
and were captured 'in the raw', ie.
without too much undue faffing about.
Straight and simple spur of the moment
stuff. After just a minimum amout of
post processing they are now available
for free download here
as musical snapshots of our miraculous
time in the beautiful wilderness.
12. April 2011 - CDs in a box
aren't albums until they're plugged into the big
network. Well, they are now. As of today
Shooting Star is available from our independent
and also from a growing number of online
retailers like Amazon,
etc. And yes, for another few weeks you can
two album tracks from this website for nothing
more than a courageous mouse click. Service, or
First Shooting Stars
2011 - They're here! The first CD batch
just landed safe and well. Big moment? Well,
we're getting a little excited, yes.
Direct album downloads are up
March 2011 - all Blue Flux albums
available through BFD now sparkle with
near-youthful joy following an extended
remastering session to bring them up to current
day standard. They are now ready for download
purchase at our Shop page.
New Blue Flux website goes live
2011 - Updates will only get you so
far. Like frost-battered roads, there comes a
point when crack patching will simply make
matters worse. So it's roll up your sleeves
time. And don't even think about looking at the
long road ahead...
Well it wasn't quite the Trans-Canada Highway.
But a long-ish haul nonetheless, with many
nights stuck in mosquito-infested HTML swamps
and the odd collision with a Java-munching
The truth is that Blue Flux have always
maintained their own website, in genuine indie
fashion perhaps, and spent moneys saved on their
music instead. And with the new album finished
and taken off our hands, this has been the ideal
time for a root and branch re-write.
Hope you like the new feel of it. With so many
new features here there's little point
highlighting anything in particular. So you'll
just have to do your own exploring. Have fun,
enjoy the supple swish as rubber hits new road,
and if you really really can't contain your
excitement any longer then use the (all new,
page to drop us a line.
Shooting Star has flown the
February 2011 - The final stages of
album production also tend to be the hardest. As
if selecting the songs that'll make the final
cut weren't tricky enough, there's a running
order to pick, album covers to design, and not
forgetting the mastering of said songs to ensure
they gel together into one coherent and
hopefully musically pleasing package.
This time - and as a Blue Flux first - we've
enlisted some help on the mastering front. Money
well spent, it seems, and many days of
indecision and frustration saved. And a chance
to focus on the cover design before the first
mastered tracks rolled in for our approval.
The final act in this long string of events is
easy, but also a bit frightening: stick
everything in a padded envelope and post it off
to the CD manufacturer. The culmination of (in
our case) nearly two years' work, and it all
comes down to a postage stamp. The second that
sucker hits the mailbox with a proud thud there
is nothing left to do but wait. No more tweaks.
Not now. Not ever. We've given it all the love
we could. Now our chick has flown the nest and
is heading for the horizon, with a few
heart-stopping wobbles and hopeful squeaks.