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02009Nov02

2 November, 2009

A brief update of literature reviews and that I’ve confirmed this as the 5th edition of Possible Stimulus and SNDTRKS. In the about section I’d stated that it was the 4th with a ? after it. I’d also like to say “hello” to all that have come from interest via the Luxus-Arctica records website &/or have interest in The Lights Galaxia. Please leave a comment on your thoughts about the music. Visit the website luxusarctica.wordpress.com for more information on the release!  Also available now is the official website for Lights, www.virb.com/lightsgalaxia.

The Lights Galaxia

02009Oct21

21 October, 2009
On the horizon?

On the horizon?

I’m thinking about this seriously.  …  I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a very long time.  This was my original idea when I started a radio station. … I’m not sure they had “podcasts” then – but I know I had the idea for … well, essentially what a podcast is.  A prerecorded show that people could listen to as they fancy.

I’ve made a playlist of incredible 80’s synth-pop music (mostly).  Artists I’ve been listening to a lot in that respect are La Roux, Ladyhawke, Royksopp (Junior), Erlend Oye…  admittedly, some of it is not so strictly synth, but more pop.  I highly recommend checking the mentioned artists.  I may post the full list of tracks, etc. if I have time (which I won’t).

02009Oct14

14 October, 2009

The Global EP is out. You can find it via the following link: http://luxusarctica.wordpress.com . In the mean time, I want to repost something from … May of this year, I think it was. My big prediction. I’m posting it in light of the fact that Acer has officially become the #2 computer manufacturer in the U.S. … currently I’m unsure where they are world wide. Though I think they’re at least in the top 3. Here it is:

I recently made a prediction to a friend of mine. Now, the only time I’d ever make a prediction is if it was some sort of aggressive reaction to combat ideas that I didn’t like. Naturally this makes the matter rather foolhardy. However, I think that even though this prediction is quite brash, it has some substance to it. The prediction is this: Acer (the lower cost computer brand) will (by 02020-25*) become the main supplier of computer hardware.  How?  …So glad you asked.

By approximately 02015, HP will own 35-40% of Microsoft, creating MS/HP.  Microsoft will, by this time, have purchased the necessary companies or will have started their own to advance their effective “ownership” of the internet.  This means they will own a majority of name companies like Yahoo (which will have bought MySpace (as it was dying) in a bad move of hoping to help it’s own name), Facebook, and Verizon.  Thus, three major technology companies will exist.  They are MS/HP, Google (whose name will be synonimous with X-Prize and Virgin, though they will be seperate from), and Apple/Sprint**.

Anyway, during this time, Acer will be growing into a completely formiddable technology company, largely due to it’s ever lower prices whilst still maintaining the status quo of the time in technology.  This will be the company that will base everything on a universal parts system.  (This will come about due to it’s affordability and growing preference with “tech heads”, who will begin to modify it and shape it to the open source world, much like people are doing with iPhone apps now).  So Acer will grow and will quickly make an impact on the “Big 3″ technology companies.  Feeling the most heat, MS/HP will be the prime meat for Acer to latch on to.  MS/HP being the weakest of the Big 3, will do everything they can to get Acer before the other two do.  They finally settle on 35% of the company to Acer, with a remaining 5% being awarded, so to speak, over the next 10 years.  In the end, the Acer merger causes stocks to skyrocket and Acer will forced to become the name brand for all technologies within (though MS/HP will remain the parent company).

Slowly over the next 15 years, Apple will become obsolete***.  Google, however, will continue to thrive, mostly due to their other projects.  The main reason they will still be a contender (though forever second best) is because they quickly latched on to the universality that Acer was offering through MS/HP.  Apple will change as well, but too late.  Eventually their marketing will shed like shag carpet and their sleek designs will not matter in the face of real and affordable technology.  Acer will be in the houses of people world wide.  The best part, Acer’s eventual worldwide availability will be due to the ultimate humanitarian, William Gates.

My idea was originally to back up Microsoft  in the MS v. Apple battle.  In truth, I don’t think either of them are going to be the existing answer by the 02020’s for technology.  I do see the real market ending for computers and being replaced with an essential monopoly by one major brand.  However, the future of this brand is blurry to me as I see all technology markets and companies becoming, maybe specialists, companies that will all work around one universal system.  I see USB as the precursor to a similar form of universal plugins (including an eventual spread to all use of wall plugs).  I also see the iPhone as being the precursor to the universal “companion”.  Which it already is in some ways.  I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but essentially this “companion” will be the key to our cars and houses, our money source and id form, our control portal for everything we own.  Oh yeah, and a phone too.  Everything.  Much like Microsoft advertises in their “Future Vision” series, only not really cornered by any one company.  Rather, usable with anything of any brand.****

Hopefully it will be like uniforms in schools (which I’m also pro) – people can stop focusing on what looks cool and actually start focusing on real stuff of benefit.

*Some dates have been adjusted slightly and are not totally accurate to what I consider a possibility.

**Likely some entertainment corporations will be owned in part by these companies; for example I see EMI belonging to Apple and Sony becoming exclusive to them as well.  In a competitive grasp, MS would try and grab some other music big league (though not the near dead Warner or Universal).  In the end I think this will not happen for MS.  Instead they will start their own Entertainment Company, of which I have no further insight on.

***I wish no harm, but I predict that the illness now being kept from the public will sooner than later take it’s toll on Steve Jobs and this will, in effect, be a slow death to Apple.

****In addition, I would like to state that I think Phillips will be bought by a company like Shell and will be part of it’s conglomorate which will extend to global healing technologies.  Also with these corporations will be Dyson.  They will totally obliterate the competitors.  LOL!

NOTE:  I would like to state that I really have no idea how markets and … well, I have no real backing for any of this.  Some of these mergers an such will likely be impossible on some level.


02009Oct08

8 October, 2009

New update and news in RE my release “Global EP” by The Lights Galaxia.  I am showing you the album front and back (before anyone else!) and will attach a song from it that can only be found here until midnight on Monday/Tuesday.  I will also include the little Facebook ad I did for the release party – which isn’t much.  I’ll include a link below to the Facebook page for the release party and for the actual TLG fan page.  Please click on the images to see the bigger versions.  Thanks!

The Lights Galaxia Facebook Release Party!

The Lights Galaxia Facebook Page!

The Last Lights in the City by Lights Galaxia

02009Sep11

11 September, 2009

I just wanted to quickly update with the cover I will be using for the Global EP from Lights Galaxia.

Lights Galaxia | global ep

Lights Galaxia | global ep

This image was actually an inspiration for a song on the full length album, Leaving Paris/By Night.  The photo is property of Olivier.  His websites are:  http://showbizz.deviantart.com and http://www.flickr.com/photos/inspecteurderrick .

02009Sep06

6 September, 2009

I can’t help but think that I’m the only person that reads this blog.  I suppose that’s fine though as it’s all really just a monologue for my own retrospection.

The tracks for the Lights Galaxia extended play entitled “Global”

This is only a mockup.

will be released towards the end of the month.  Likely at the end of the month.  I’m currently trying to get Lounging Sound.records up and running which I will use to release the all free EP and other artists that have previously agreed to get on board.  I encourage you to visit the website, though it may change a bit and is currently only the front page with nothing to offer really.  Can you Digg it?  The photograph in the album sleeve to the right is not under permissions to be used, this is only a mock up.  However, I hope to get permissions to use this photo.  If not, I do have others at my disposal.  Hardly an issue since, as mentioned, no one reads this blog except me.  Finally, on this issue, I hope to release the full length album for Lights in November.  It will be titled “the CITIES GLOBAL“.  I’ve come up with a design for it’s sleeve… however, now that I think about it, I may have to use that sleeve for the EP – as the permissions I have for the album photo is for free released music.  Cities is expected to be released for … well, I’m hoping, about $3-5 for the album.

School starts soon and I have been looking back on the busy summer to see what I’ve accomplished.  Aside from the music (which has become more of a problem than a pleasure) I’ve done a lot of outside work, hosted many a guest, gone to the park many a times with the children, watched Thomas the Tank Engine so much that I dream about the show day and night involuntarily, read the books “Lamb” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.  Both of those I’ve finished recently, the latter only taking less than a week to read.  I couldn’t put it down, admittedly.  I finished it about … oh, five hours ago.  I can’t get it out of my mind.  In fact, since I’ve finished it I’ve been up to my neck in emotion about it and a few other things.  Added to the book was the weather of the day (rainy and overcast, brilliant fall type weather), the night sky (clear and completely astral), and this other new music project I’ve been tagged on to called MAAP.  More on that later probably.  But as a reference to the type of project it is, please go to www.inbflat.net.  I strongly encourage you to visit that website.  I created a mix with the videos that lasted about 10 minutes and was absolutely perfect for the day and moment.  It was though provoking and actually got my mind off of the world of Harry Potter for a while.

Both of those books will be reviewed at some point, by the way.  … as will new music.

{currently listening to:  well… nothing.  But I’ve really been getting into fall with one of my top 3 albums of all time “A Year in Zurich” by Martin Tillman}

02009Aug24

24 August, 2009

The following is my “Lights Galaxia” biography for Astreauxworld.com.  It is the most complete biography I’ll ever write for myself in third person again.*

(*shhhh)

Washington state based musician and lyricist Joseph Snodgrass has a rich history in music of all genres before launching his summer music project in 02009 entitled Lights Galaxia.  His sound dabbles in minimal and abstract ambient soundscapes, while it also is rich in electronic ambient music and is occasionally shaded with electric guitar.  One of the main ideals behind the music is keeping the “big here and the long now” in mind.  That is, the overall feel of the catalog should represent a “trans-ambience” of sorts.  The aether existing in time.
Snodgrass will be releasing his first EP entitled “Global” in late September of 02009 and his first full length album, tentatively titled “Urban”, in late fall 02009.  His lyric credits include the song Treasure by Amethystium (“Isabliss”) and his own track from “Urban”, Glass Life.  His overhead company is Luxus-Arctica International, which he has other music projects planned for.  He works out of his studio Studio Cassiopeia.