Oh Yes You Will!!! (Zeus’ Song)

Ahhhh..

You will call me high and mighty
And you will do what I say
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yeah you will!!

You will learn to bow before me
And you will let me have my way
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yes you will!!
And you should be afraid of what I can do
Your just a little spec of dust in the palm of my hand

Sometimes people wanna doubt me
Some say I’m not the only one
Oh yes they do
Oh yes they do
They foolishly do

Some want to create a savior
And others worship the sun
Oh yes they do
Oh yes they do
But soon they’ll be afraid of what I can do
When I pour out my wrath upon them those heathens will drown

I am the god of every god, I am Zeus that’s my name
Up in the sky, looking down I keep an eye on my domain
Planet Earth down below, I decide who lives and dies
I spare the ones who genuflect, go out and proselytize

Tell the world

Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything

“Oh Yes You Will!!! (Zeus’ Song)”
From God Complex
Words and Music by B.A. Monk Turner
Jonathan Wandag: Vocals
Nicole de Jesus: Backing Vocals
Monk Turner: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass , Programming
Recorded at Terrace Studios (Highland Park, CA)

Introducing God Complex

God Complex will feature twelve of the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus singing you their greatest hits. This album will be different from past albums in that I will be releasing one song at a time. In addition to this, I will also be releasing a video series that will give a behind the scenes look at the album’s creation.

This is Your Brain on Music

Rockin' my Kraus Labs attire.

Rockin’ my Kraus Labs attire.

Back in 2011, I briefly mentioned a project I was starting on with The Harmony Project and Northwestern University regarding the impact of music instruction on the brain. In addition to coordinating the study, I was also the primary music teacher for almost all of the 40-something kids involved. The scientists measured various brain and speech recognition functions of the students before and after my music classes. At the time I was optimistic that the results could get some press but I didn’t really think it would go beyond the academic and neuroscience community.

Boy was I wrong.

In the last month, I’ve come across articles from The BBC, NPR, Huffington Post, PBS, ABCScience News and many more about the study. It seems like every other day yet another article appears which highlights the findings of the scientists which has been reminiscent of the press flurry back when “It’s Your Birthday” dropped. One of my favorite things I’ve come across is a before and after gif that shows the brain development that took place over the course of the two years. Pretty amazing stuff.

I am forever grateful to the Harmony Project and Kraus Labs for this opportunity. There are so many teachers out there that would love to have this kind of rich data on the impact of their classroom instruction. I feel so lucky to have been selected. More importantly, I hope that this study helps to fund other programs that offer music instruction to those students that wouldn’t otherwise have the ability to afford it.

Swimming Upstream

Image by Patricia Anne

Since releasing my first digital album back in 2002, technology has played a crucial role in the distribution of the music I create. At that time, CDs were still the way folks listened to music but sales were definitely well in decline. Napster had scared the crap out of the music industry and was shut down for good. Mp3s were all the rage and there were these things called iPods that were changing the way people consumed their favorite songs and albums.

Thanks to archive.org and Creative Commons, I was able to distribute my music free of charge to my listeners without fear of the music being used for commercial purposes. I’d release a concept album that could be downloaded and enjoyed around the world. At the time, this was a novel idea for an independent artist.

MySpace came along a few years later and allowed a platform for album release announcements and other bits of information that helped in increasing downloads. I would eagerly check the statistics each day and be amazed that people were downloading this music that I had created in my bedroom.

Then along came Facebook which didn’t have quite the music friendly interface, but did eventually lead to more promotional opportunities than I could have ever imaged. Later Bandcamp entered the scene allowing a format that was more user friendly and offering better statistical information.

But a change is underway.

In the last few months, I’ve come to realize a major shift has happened in not only the music landscape, but also the social media landscape. With Facebook’s new algorithms, friends are only able to see things that have a significant number of likes. This has led to a mass exodus away from Facebook. It was time to once again change strategies. I’ve set up accounts on TwitterTumblrPintrest, and Instagram. While it is great to know that everything I post will be seen on these other services, I do miss the interface of Facebook.

There has also been a major shift away from downloads to streaming music. With services like Spotify, no longer is it about downloading an album. To be heard on a streaming service you have to participate in a digital distribution deal which can be costly for artists. But if you aren’t streaming with one of the big players, you’re losing potential listeners. Add to that, artists are seeing their royalties from these providers get smaller and smaller.

On the user side of things, Cloud technologies have moved people away from downloading a bunch of files they would have to keep on their computer. I can see this trend in the recent decline in downloads and uptick in streaming plays of my own music. So the challenge is how to keep listeners engaged with a full album of songs in a streaming hit single-oriented world. Perhaps releasing albums one song at a time is the way to go? Offering something extra special for downloading the album?  Or perhaps it is about a more interactive creation experience?

I’m sure once I find the answer to these questions, it’ll be time to shift gears again. Such is this business of music.

Playing With Dirt

540273_224329634334284_525230460_nSince releasing 25th Album, I’ve been enjoying being ‘in between albums’ and just making music for the sake of making music. I’ve been playing with a few bands here and there and I’m working on some new tunes with Fascinoma which I’m very excited about.

But my main focus right now is a project with rapper Dirt Brown. You might remember his voice from the track “Daydreamin.” We also did a presentation together a few months back about the creation of the song.

Mehul(his real name) is of Indian ancestry and we share a love for the music of India. I approached him a few months back about creating some new music together. He loved the idea and I was thrilled when he suggested we infuse a bit of Bollywood into the tracks. The result has been bouncy, funky cuts with a distinct Indian flavor. His rhyme topics have spanned from being drunk in the club to rapping about the challenges faced by Indian-Americans living in the US.

He is looking to release the songs as music videos over the next few months. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page for announcements about the new music.

Track-by-Track Tour of 25th Album

Click ‘Start Prezi’ and close out any font error boxes that might come up. You can press play or scroll forward by clicking the right arrow. Enjoy the presentation!

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The Story Behind “Daydreamin’ (Loquacious Larissa Remix)”

Enjoy this presentation on the creation of “Daydreamin’ (Loquacious Larissa Remix)” from the 25th Album. Sponsored by SAE Institute and presented by Gobbler, this presentation took place March 5th, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

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