Musivational’s second album, Controlled Chaos launches today on all platforms!

The second album from Musivational (i.e. Ben) launches today on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Spotify and of course, Bandcamp! The latter is the cheapest option at $4

Once again Musivational has returned to the roots of 80’s music, generated by 2017’s digital instrument’s with a 90’s fashion sense and the scifi goodness of the 50’s through the present. Add all that up and you’ve got a little slice of Controlled Chaos. 17 tracks touching on such wide and varies subjects as 80’s manga, modern fiction, bad-ass level 1 spells and the tech breakthroughs that should have come 30 years earlier.

Not only is this a bit of a passion project but the music can easily fit into any scifi/retro/cyberpunk style game night. Please check it out!

Track List (linked to Bandcamp where you can stream these all for free):

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Musivational – a new album of electronic “RetroWave” music from Ben is now available everywhere!

Not gaming – but certainly Creative. I’ve been hard at work on an actual musical album, called Musivational (also the name of the band). Hard to believe but this album is out… now! It’s all electronica in style, and belongs to a sub-genre called RetroWave – which harkens back to the glory days of the 80’s. Think Terminator, Stranger Things and heavily synthesizer influenced TV soundtracks and you’ll have a good idea.

I’ve been listening to a lot of trance/dubsteb/electronica lately as it’s a wonderful way to relax. I can simply listen, or work on something else creative while the music plays and I find it keeps me very focused. I’ve tried to recreate that with my own work.

Another influence is the the artist Simon Stålenhag – who’s evocative artwork gives me the chills! I think back to the RPGs we played in the 80’s, the fiction I read and Simon’s artwork is the best of all of that squeezed into some amazing pictures.

All 16 songs were generated on one lowly iPad – using Garageband. Lots of loops, lots of me performing electronic instruments and just a few vocals as well – though heavily digitized.

If you’d like to hear it, you can listen right here:

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=359138304/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

If you’d like to buy it, you can go to Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and more. Also – it should be on Spotify and Pandora by now as well. Please let me know what you think and feel free to rate the album wherever you listen to it or purchase it. Thanks!

Update on Jonathan's Podcasts

Credit to Flickr user emma.kate

“For the times they are a-changin'” as Bob Dylan famously sang. Change can be very good and I hope the alterations to my shows will be positive.

After much thought I have decided to close down Gamer Tunes. I am passionate about music for gamers and believe it to be an integral part of gamerdom. Passion isn’t enough to sustain a podcast. Gamer Tunes is merging with Geeks Explicitly. From time to time I will share musical guests, reviews, and podsafe music with listeners as part of the Geeks Explicitly show.

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Gamer Tunes #2: Nine Inch Nails

Created by Jeremy Kostiew at Mighty Night Gaunt

Gamer Tunes is here! Host Jonathan J. Reinhart transmits the 2nd Gamer Tunes episode. The show plays “Countdown” by Jupiter One and “Discipline” by Nine Inch Nails from their album The Slip.

Promos for Geeks Explicitly and Wargaming Recon (my other, non-Troll in the Corner podcast) air at the end of the episode.

Gamer Tunes will share music for gamers to game to or just relax to. Musicians will be interviewed and tracks reviewed.

Be sure to tell your friends about Gamer Tunes. Don’t forget to check out the other Troll in the Corner network podcasts:

  • On Wednesdays you can listen to new episodes of Indie Talks with Ben Gerber.
  • On Thursdays you can listen to new episodes of Geeks Explicitly with my buddy Drew McCarthy and myself.

Hope you enjoyed the episode and that you found the sound quality to be improved from my Blue Snowball microphone.

Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew for creating the Indie Talks and Geeks Explicitly logos! Check out his work at MightyNightGaunt.com.

Gamer Tunes #1: Music to Game By

Created by Jeremy Kostiew at Mighty Night Gaunt

Gamer Tunes is here! Host Jonathan J. Reinhart unleashes his second podcast for the Troll in the Corner network. The show plays Enter Darkrider [Extended Remix] from the album Autumnal Slumber by Bryan Borgman of Bailey Records and the song I Wish I Were from the album The Lives of Dexter Perserson by Matthew Ebel.

Promos for Geeks Explicitly and Wargaming Recon (my other, non-Troll in the Corner podcast) air at the end of the episode.

Gamer Tunes will share music for gamers to game to or just relax to. Musicians will be interviewed and tracks reviewed.

Be sure to tell your friends about Gamer Tunes. Don’t forget to check out the other Troll in the Corner network podcasts.

On Wednesdays (starting June 6th) you can listen to new episodes of Indie Talks with Ben Gerber.

On Thursdays you can listen to new episodes of Geeks Explicitly with my buddy Drew McCarthy and myself.

I want to apologize for the quality of this recording. I used a new mic and positioned it poorly causing my breathing to be picked up more prominently. It is being fixed, and re-released, and new episodes won’t have this problem.

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