Musivational – M3 is now out!

My 3rd full length album (18 songs), M3 is now out and available just about everywhere you can digitally download music!

Start at Bandcamp, where you can stream the album for free, or purchase it for a measly $3.

If you’re a Spotify fan, you can stream the album there as well.

Amazon’s digital music download has it for $5.99.

iTunes and Google Play both have it for about $10. Unfortunately, there’s no way for me to control the price on those platforms.

Please enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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!

And now for something completely different – Music

A long time ago, in a galaxy somewhere up in New Hampshire, I used to play in a band. I’ve always loved music and have always fooled around a bit with musical production. Over the past year or so I’ve very much gotten into electronic and dubstep music – mostly because I love having something trance-like on while I’m thinking, writing and creating. Over the past month, I was given the opportunity (free time) and the tools (Garage Band, electronic instruments) to actually create something of my own. So I did.

Musivational is what I’m calling it. The concept behind the music is a re-imaging of my childhood in the 80’s. It’s influenced strongly by my own memories, awesome 80’s flicks, shows like Stranger Things and the artwork of Simon Stålenhag www.theverge.com/2013/8/27/466484…i-tech-were-real which you should really check out if you’ve not already.

This is a complete, 100% experiment on my part. The neat thing is – I’m actually launching an album which will be available from just about all electronic music distribution formats. iTunes, Play, Amazon and the rest. Here are links to two songs if you’d like to check them out. The actual album drops January 23rd. This will be the first, and possibly the only time I’ve ever tried to make money from music. We’ll see how it goes. It cost me very little to do this. I can make back what I’m spending to keep this album in circulation (which is approximately the cost of a nice dinner) for a year, I’ll keep going with projects like these. If I can’t? Well, at least I’ll have done this!

Please let me know what you think. Constructive criticism always welcome!

As some of you may have noticed, the site died for a bit

Yup – the database shrugged it’s virtual shoulders, and jumped right into a hole.

Unfortunately the last uncorrupted backup of the DB I was able to get was from Nov 25th. So we lost a few posts and about 3 weeks of traffic. All was not lost however, for which I’m grateful! Off to do some better backups (again) and see what happens from here. Hopefully we’ll stay afloat another 8 years!

-Ben

Happy Birthday to Troll, Happy Birthday to Troll!

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Hard to imagine but it was 8 years ago today that Troll in the Corner launched as the little gaming blog that could. Since then we’ve seen an awful lot of stuff come down the pike! The site transitioned from an RPG focused place to a board game focused place. I’ve had several of my personal designs published. We started a podcasting network and then it faded slowly into the sunset. I’ve had upwards of 15 people writing for the site at one time and there have been many occasions where it’s just been me.

We’ve had 1,511,386 unique visitors in that time and 2,355 individual posts – with this post, 1039 of them from me. Yikes!

I don’t know where the site will be going, particularly but I do know I have no plans to stop. If nothing else this is a decent place for me to review new and interesting games and post my thoughts on game development and my designs. I can’t say we’ll be around another eight years but if we are, it’ll be very interesting to see where that takes us!

More activity – maybe a new direction – more reviews!

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Like it usually does, life has a way of happening. Sometimes the site ebbs and sometimes it flows. Hopefully, with some big old life stuff now out of the way or in the rear-view mirror, the flowing will be starting again! You may have noticed some more reviews popping up. You may also have noticed that soon to be 11 year old has taken an interest in reviewing games as well.

You should be seeing more reviews from the both of us starting two weeks ago and continuing on for as long as we can manage! I’ve got a number of unplayed games in my collection and I’m doing my best (with my youngest daughter’s help) to get them all out to the table and played. My goal for right now is at least one decent review a week. With the holidays coming up I don’t know if that’ll be sustainable but I’m going to try my best!

You may also see a few other authors stopping in from time to time to add to the general pile of game reviews.

If you’ve been to the site before, thanks for coming back! If not, welcome and we hope you’ll stick around!

The Hobby Desk YouTube Channel!

Hey There boys and girls,

Your favourite Aussie Wargamer here to let you know that I have been uploading videos like mad on my Youtube channel! I have been doing product reviews and V-Logs. I also have a few battle reports for those who like seeing how we do it down under! So please subscribe to the channel to stay up to date!New Sign

Now I need to have 100 subscribers to get a custom URL for the channel, you can help by subscribing!

New Podcast will be out later this week, bringing up the episode count to 7!

 

 

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