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Sunday, October 21st, 2018

I sang the lead vocal for "Revelation" a few weeks ago - so the vocals and lyrics are DONE. Since then, I've been slammed with a bunch of work at my day job, and also mastering work for people. I finally had some time though to get back to working on "Revelation" - and overall, I'm really happy with how it's coming together. I think it's probably 99% finished. I've been making lots of mix tweaks - that's what takes me so long. Writing songs goes a lot faster if the production isn't integrated into the songwriting process, but I do both at once, and sometimes I get bogged down with production. For example, any Cure fans out there? You know the song "Plainsong"? At the very beginning there are the chimes, and then there's that huge explosion of music coming in... and there's a crash symbol, and some kind of chimes mixed in there. The crash and chimes combine to sound so powerful... and they ring out for probably 5 seconds. It sounds amazing. When I work in The Twilight Garden, I'm always trying to create things that sound amazing to me. I can't copy The Cure or any of my other favorite bands - so I try to come up with sounds in my own way... but to create epic things like that just takes me a really long time. I'm not the best producer on earth by any means... So I sift through thousands and thousands of samples, and drum sounds, and synth sounds - endlessly looking for something to help build the transitions in the song exactly the way I want them to be. The "Song" Revelation is done... but this production work - sometimes it takes forever - because it's so tough to find sounds that are EXACTLY what is needed. The closer a song/production comes to completion, the more difficult it becomes to put something into it. On Saturday, I spent the entire day in the studio - probably 12-14 hours or so... I did nothing but work on mixing "Revelation", and I spent hours and hours sifting through sounds to try to pull the final production into shape. I'm struggling with crash symbols and effects at the moment. Anyway, I talked to a friend about it - he's going to have a listen and see if he's inspired to add anything. He's really super talented and has a great ear for percussion and that kind of thing. If it works out, great. If not, I'll finish it myself somehow. Either way, this song is VERY close to being done. I don't think it will be much longer now.

As far as everything else in life, I'm doing a little better lately. In my last post from August, I was feeling kind of down... In the springtime, my X moved out of the state and took my baby dogs with her, and it was really getting to me. The breakup with my X was tough (4 years ago), but I adapted over the years and found a way forward - and I am ok. The pups were one of my greatest sources of affection still though. I would visit them usually once per week - maybe every two weeks or so. Over the summer, without them there suddenly, I found myself in a void. They used to be so happy when I'd arrive... they'd run in circles around the house, and jump into my arms yelping... and they'd lick my face over and over... They'd really celebrate. It really made me feel so special and so appreciated. With dogs, that kind of thing seems so natural and so easy. I don't have kids, and they pretty much felt like my kids - or how I imagine I might feel with kids. My new life has to go on without them now though - they're gone, so I don't have a choice in the matter. I've been hanging close to my friends - and that's been a huge help. Thanks guys - and girls :-) I do have a tough time sometimes with intimate affection through people though - which is strange, because it's something I long for more than anything probably in life. I feel so shy though sometimes... I prefer life with close friends, and I prefer to be in an intimate relationship as opposed to single... but I don't want to just jump back into something if it's not with the right person - so I'm trying to be cautious and patient. Also, I know I'm not perfect either - finding someone who can tolerate me is quite a challenge in itself! Life is short though... and despite my music - despite how you might imagine me based on my songs, I absolutely prefer joy to gloom - and I prefer love to lovelessness. My music has tended to focus on the negative in the past. I think I found it easier to express something "powerful" when it involved heavier emotions, and so I'd focus on those things to spin out my lyrics. I'm not always like that though. I'm not some morbidly depressed guy by any means. I'm exciteable, hopeful, and filled with dreams and desire and passion and faith. I don't know where all of this is going, but it's looking like I'm on a pretty unique road. I'm gonna make the best of it. I think it's going to be a great road filled with excitement and fun and lots of blessings. I'm always trying to make something beautiful and memorable in this life - for myself because I love creating, but also for the people around me - fans, friends, family, or an intimate someone. Based on some of the messages I get from people, it seems I've succeeded at least a little in that way - however small - and that means something to me.

Well - I was just thinking I should share myself a little instead of disappearing for months on end. Hopefully next time I post I'll have a finished song and progress on some others. Wish me luck... thanks for caring and for reading all of this. Thanks for supporting me - and for supporting The Twilight Garden. I'm going to try to make it as awesome as I possibly can while I feel like I've still got something to give - and I've got a TON of ideas I want to get out there to share with people. If only I just had more time! - or if I could just work faster somehow! A friend is trying to convince me to do a VLOG - post "videos" of me talking - instead of just typing NEWS. What do you think? Should I make the next post a video? The idea makes me a little nervous though... :-) Have a great week everyone!
 
Love,
Todd
 
P.S. - CURRENT TRACK STATUS (in possible final order):


Sunday, August 26th, 2018

The last couple weeks, I've been really depressed for some reason - and I've barely been in the studio at all. Life has just changed so much in the last few years, and there have been some things in the last 6 months that have changed massively, and much of the light in my life disappeared. It's tought for me to make music when I feel down... When I'm creative, I'm creative out of inspiration - inspiration and excitement motivate me, and they end up leading where I go. For example, if I come up with a song I'm really excited about, that excitement will propel the work on the song. When I'm depressed, I can't get excited... everything sounds like garbage to me and I therefore have nothing to contribute - to a song, to a relationship, to the world or anything. That's one of the things I've been fighting against lately.

With that in mind, there have been little pieces of inspiration that will suddenly come out of the blue, so in little bursts of light, the creation of this album somehow proceeds. In the last 2 weeks, there have been very few - but just this morning, I had a realization that lead me to an inspiration. Song G is the one I'm working on lately - the title track. It's been haunting me - the one I've been trying to finish. In my inspiration this morning, I just made a couple more tweaks to the lyrics - and these tweaks have now propelled the song into the stratosphere of what it is supposed to become. I thought they were done before, but they weren't yet done. I truly believe that now, THEY ARE DONE. With that, I have some news. Song G is now called "Revelation" - and the upcoming album is now called "Revelation" as well. This song is going to push a lot of buttons. It's going to piss some people off - some may hate it... but I know it is going to reach a lot of people. I believe these are the best lyrics I have ever written. BOTH of the last two songs ("Revelation", and "The Sun Drops") have been the toughest lyrics of my life to write. "The Sun Drops" is about reaching probably the lowest place in my life - and "Revelation" is a path forward - the only path I can see now. I have been unable to find any other way.

Anyway, I still have to sing to "Revelation", so things can always change - anything could happen still. I could suddenly have another burst of inspiration and delete the song... or I could try to sing it and have a heart attack and die in the middle of the vocal. I'm not going to worry about it anymore... these news updates for you guys are really just my best "guess" at where things are, and where things are going. Nothing really matters until we actually get there does it? I can talk about mowing the lawn all I want, and I can mow one corner of it and admire how well I did that corner, but until the entire lawn is complete, it's really kind of laughable and premature to try to celebrate the accomplishment isn't it? It's just dust in the air - nothing real. YET. STAY TUNED.
 
-Todd

 

 


Sunday, August 19th, 2018

I avoided the studio for the last couple weeks. I'm not sure why - other than I felt "off" somehow mentally. I didn't really feel able to work at my best. Finally today, I somehow found some fire inside to get in there and get working again. I started working on Song G where I left off last time - vocal production and backing vocals. I did some basic backing vocals today - no big deal. Then I started working on the main vocal production sound I will be using when I track the lead vocals, and while doing that, I discovered I had to remix the whole song to be able to fit the vocals in the way I want them. I spent the entire evening mixing, and the song changed pretty significantly (but in a very good way). It sounds pretty awesome :-) I believe this pre-vocal mix is done now and it's ready. The vocal pre-production is also finished. IT IS TIME TO SING. I'm burnt tonight, so the final vocal performance will have to be another night - but everything is ready for what comes next.

I hope to have good news in the not too distant future... The muse is a strange thing though. Sometimes everything pours out instantly, and other times it's a dripping faucet. It is what it is - I don't really mind if it's fast or slow. It's more important to me that it feels right when it's done... that a song becomes what it should become. Sometimes that takes a lot of patience and a lot of perseverence. It will be worth it though. Some very special things are happening. This album is like a double edged sword - sharp, and it will cut it's way into the world to be hated or loved, ignored, or cherished, whatever - It will be something special to me at least. Once it's done, my work will be done and I can move on with my life to whatever comes next. This album has been hanging on to me - following me around like tape stuck on me or something... it didn't want to let go. I wanted to move forward - I wanted to find peace - and this album was pulling me back into the past. Thankfully it's finally coming together. Now, part of it is from the past, and part is from the present. It's a transitional album. That transition may or may not be reflected in the track order. I haven't decided yet. I'm tempted to just say screw the album flow, and just put everything in the order in which it was written. I'll think about it.

Well, that's enough rambling for tonight. I'm tired. Goodnight everyone - hopefully I'll have more to share soon.
-Todd


Saturday, August 4th, 2018

I worked today on the vocal part for "SONG G"... my vocal chords are completely wiped out. This is the most difficult of any TTG song vocally that I've ever done. The range is high, and the intensity is over the top - my voice can only sustain it for a short time. Also, the production is really difficult as well... I was able to build a sound that's close to what I want, but I'm going to have to refine it somehow - to make it better - more clear and a bit less harsh.

ALSO, I've had an idea for some backing vocal parts ever since the lyrics were completed, and I debated doing them first, but without the lead vocal, I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to do them. Something good has come of today at least - I now have a true demo vocal recorded that goes through the whole song - with FX that are close to where they should be - so that means I can now build all of the backing vocals and other effects (so that's what comes next - before doing the true final lead vocal part). My voice is going to need some rest and time before being able to pull off the real lead, but if I can get all of the backing parts recorded and in order, and make sure they all sound awesome, then it should be all the more inspiring when I go to sing the final vocal. UGH... this song is BRUTAL, but it sounds incredible... 180bpm, high energy, epic strings, huge reverb, real bass guitar with distortion... fast drums with spastic fills. Wish me luck - this track has amazing potential I think. I just have to put in the time and work and not give up... If it turns out the way I want, then it has earned it's right to be the title track.

Oh yeah - one last bit - a friend of mine will likely be recording some vocal samples for this track - to complete the idea (I don't think it should be too tough). That won't happen until all of my vocal work is done though. There's still quite a bit to do, but things are moving forward - wish me luck!

More soon!
-Todd


Friday, August 3rd, 2018

I tried singing to song G - I think it's going to work, but the vocal parts needs further development, and I couldn't get the FX/sound into shape. I've been working on that, and working on how I want to perform the vocals. It might be tough to perform because it's very fast, and in a pretty high range. If I can get it down though, I think it should be pretty awesome! :-) ALSO, I started working on song J... I've been working on lyrics for it, and also working out the vocal melody/phrasing... The idea is beginning to come together, so I'm getting pretty excited about what this track will become. In my head at least, it sound AWESOME. I'm not sure yet, but there's a chance at least that Song J may end up being the opening track on the album. It's too early to be sure yet though. Hopefully I'll have more news in the very near future!
-Todd

These will likely be re-ordered for the album release:


Sunday, July 29th, 2018

I had a creative breakthrough last night - song G now has finished lyrics, and the music is done as well - I just have to sing it. The album now has a title, and this will be the title track.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

SONG 4 (titled "The Sun Drops") = DONE.

This song was incredibly tough to finish. I kept trying to put more parts into it... kept trying to make mix adjustments. I didn't like anything that I was adding though... at the end of a month of trying new things, I stripped everything out of it and kept it super simple. It doesn't need any more. It NEEDS to be simple - this song demands it. This song came from a really tough place, and it was finished as such. It is 12 minutes & 12 seconds long... repetitive, atmospheric, heavy... It's done and over. It's time to move on.

These will likely be re-ordered for the album release:

THE OLD LIST FROM BACK IN APRIL SO YOU CAN SEE THE PROGRESS:

Song 1 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "black and blue". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to change one small part of the lyric, so I have to re-sing one line, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is downtempo... very heavy in mood and tone.

Song 2 (85% complete): The working title on this one is "never and forever". The music on this one is done. I've been working out the lyrics on this one gradually - over the last few months. I believe the lyrics are now finally done as well. It is ready for vocals. I just need to sing it, and it's done. Downtempo - heavy in mood and tone...

Song 3 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "real life". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to make a couple small mix adjustments, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is a bit lighter in tone and more accessible... medium tempo.

Song 4 (75% complete): No title yet - need to work on lyrics... 95% of the music is done and recorded. This song is very fast - 180 bpm - high energy and rocking... has real bass guitar... I like this one - feeling very excited for what it could become.

Song 5 (25% complete) - needs a lot of work - it's just a basic concept, but the main synth riffs are there... It's VERY beautiful - ultra atmospheric... peaceful. Sounds a tiny bit like Joy Division... very touching.

Song 6 (75% complete) - most of the music is done, and some demo lyrics are done. I'll probably rework the lyrics though - I'm not totally happy with them right now. Also, I'd like to refine the music a bit more... It has a really cool sounding chorus though. When the chorus synths come in, it really lights up the song - grinding bass and really swirly synth parts during that section.

Song 7 (25% complete) - cool synth riffs and hard hitting drums... the bass line is really cool in this one - the song needs developement though. Medium-fast tempo... danceable somewhat... It's not ready for lyrics yet...

Song 8 (25% complete) - fast aggressive electronic song - quick synth arps, and a really cool lead part... needs a lot of work though, but I'm excited about what this one will become. It's very catchy!

Song 9 (75% complete) - This song is the 12 minute long monstrosity I referred to earlier... It's nearing completion. I think I may have finished the lyrics tonight. I guess it's ready for vocals... I'd like to record a piano part and a big guitar solo thing in the outro - thinking on those parts now... This song may be the first or 2nd song to reach completion - possibly in the very near future. Song 10 might beat it to the finish line though... will see. The working title right now is "love and soul".

Song 10 (99% complete) - I think this one may be done, but I'm still thinking it over... Lyrics are done, vocals are recorded... all music is recorded - it's mixed, etc. It's medium tempo... very visual lyrics... beautiful and poetic. The music is weird - the synths pads have this strange grinding scraping character... It's a very cool track. I like it.


Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Vocals for song 4 == DONE. This song was one of the toughest songs for me to do vocals on that I can remember, but I think it turned out good. It's the first song I've done complete vocals for in The Twilight Garden since "Hope" was made in 2012. It was really tough - not because it was difficult to sing (maybe a little bit), but for a few other reasons... Out of the 10 songs I have demos for, 3 had final vocals already finished, and 6 had no vocals at all (just melodies in my head), but this track had a vocal demo that had been improvised when the original song was made. I thought the original vocal demo had amazing energy, but it was not intelligible... So I had to write lyrics, and then perform in a similar way to the original demo - with that same energy from 4 years ago. That's always difficult for me - to recreate the right vibe. I think I did it though... ALSO, I was able to salvage few of the lines from the original take in 2014 - so those pieces will make it into the final version. I'm glad... This song comes from a very difficult place for me. It's not flashy... not extraordinary or complicated... but I remember how I felt when I created it. It comes from a very dark place... In 2014, just after the west coast tour with Velvet Acid Christ / The Twilight Garden, I started having extreme dizziness that would not go away. For weeks, I could barely walk... and I was on the verge a panic attack constantly... and when the dizziness would get really bad, it would throw me into a full on panic attack - and I'd feel nothing but terror... but there was no escape. Nowhere I could run to - no doctors could fix me... nothing would help. This song was the only piece of music I made during this time - and the vocal demo was done then as well. It's powerful for me - because I know what I went through - the heartbreak and terror of that time - and I survived. I look back on it now, and I hear my life in this music - my energy - everything I am as a person - I hear that energy fighting with everything I had against something it seemed would crush me. This song feels like the pinnacle of a battle to me, and yet it's slow... atmospheric... repetitive and droning... If I didn't write about the experience here, you might never know otherwise.

Anyway, getting the vocal sound right was very difficult. Getting the lyrics right was very difficult as well - I probably wrote 10-15 versions of lyrics - editing them and reworking them, and trashing them and restarting, and pushing and pulling bits into shape until it finally came together... and the content of the lyrics is kind of a combination of everything that was happening. My wife of 14 years left unexpectedly in 2014. When I did this vocal, not only was I having the vertigo, but I knew something was wrong in the relationship. There were walls that would not come down, but I couldn't fix anything no matter how I tried... so I guess the it's a breakup song... It's about things falling apart - mixed in with all of the anxiety and fear that new and constant dizziness will add to life. This song will never be popular. I might never play it live... I don't know. It will probably matter to nobody but me... but for me it matters. It means I survived - not only the dizziness I was having, but the heartbreak that was coming as well (thank you God for somehow getting me through everything). It's not a victorious song - just the opposite actually, because most of the song is told from the perspective back then - as everything was falling apart. It's only victorious in that I finished it now afterward. I survived, and I finished it... and I'm moving on. I have tons of life and energy still left in me, so with this song, I let the past become the past. It's time to look to the future. 4 songs on the album are now done (well, this one almost). The next 6 have no vocals, lyrics, or vocal demos. That means everything now will be new - it's time to move forward. Thanks to everyone who was there for me during the tough times - even those who just showed me little kindnesses - that they cared - smiles and good conversations with acquaintances, friends, loved ones and family.

I'm going to try to finish up song #4 now - there's just the mixing, and maybe a little more synthesizer work and percussion work, but I don't expect anything super difficult. Hopefully in the near future, I will have another post with song #4 done, and info on song #5. MORE SOON!
 
-Todd


Thursday, June 21st, 2018

So the studio attempt for vocals on song #4 was a fail... couldn't get the sound I was looking for. I was feeling pretty disheartened afterward, so I took a break for a while to get away from the song and refresh my head... Just tonight, I decided to try in my own studio to get the vocal production sound right. I set things up in the way I typically do vocals... It sounded "ok", but didn't sound right for the song. I tried wiring in compression and an overdrive effect - in a few different orders. CLOSER... It still wasn't right though. I changed mics... closer. Changed mics again... VERY CLOSE NOW. I ended up rewiring the overdrive/compression/preamps again in a new order again and there it was! I think I finally have a sound that is good - one that should work for the final vocal. Unfortunately, doing all of the vocal production work, I completely exhausted my voice, and I can't sing anymore tonight... So the final vocal won't happen tonight. I think everything is ready to go though... everything is in place. When I'm ready, all I need to do is just go into the studio, and start recording. I just need to get in the right state of mind and be ready to pour it all out...


Monday, June 11th, 2018

3/10 tracks for the new album are done. I have a working title for the album, and a loose concept/idea for the artwork. I've browsed artwork, but haven't found the right piece yet that works with my idea. As far as the music/songs, I'm working on song #4. Song #4 has probably been the toughest one for me... it's so stripped down... it's not complex in comparison to other things I've done in the past - so it can't depend on flashiness to keep attention. The parts need to be done right to keep it from getting boring, and to make sure that everything in the vocal and music works the way it should - and that it can still be engaging - even if simple and very long (this track is 12 minutes long). It's the longest track on the album. I have no plans to do any others of that length. The music is probably 90% done. The lyrics are done. I'm working on the vocal production/effects now. Once I get it sounding right, I'll track the vocal. After that, I may try to add a guitar part or two, and maybe some simple sound effects... and then that's it. Hopefully I'll have more information in the not-too-distant future. More soon! -Todd


Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

HUGE NEWS! In addition to the one song that was just finished a few days ago, TWO MORE songs are now 100% COMPLETE = DONE!
 
3/10 ALBUM TRACKS ARE NOW 100% FINISHED - ON TO #4!!
1st to reach completion: black and blue
2nd: real life
3rd: start the dream
4th: ?
 
The way these came together: I tried making the mix adjustments I wanted on "real life", but I didn't like the sound of it... it changed the vibe of the track too much. I decided to mess around in mastering, and the track fell right into place... It sounds awesome. :-) After that, I looked at "start the dream"... the mix already sounded amazing... absolutely no need to mess with it any more. I just finished mastering it, so it is also DONE. This mix sounds HUGE... So psyched!!! Time to head back to the studio and start thinking about the next track.
 
More soon! -Todd


Thursday, May 31st, 2018

SONG 1 (black and blue) = COMPLETE!!!

THE ALBUM IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY! I am mastering as I go as well, so that track is 100% DONE.

It's time now to move on to the rest of the album. Hopefully now that the first song is totally complete, the rest of the songs will start to fall into place. I now have a working title for the album also. I don't want to share that yet though in case it changes, but I thought of it maybe a few weeks ago or so, and the title has stuck in my head since then, which is a good sign. I'm guessing there is a good chance it will stick. Also, I now have a loose concept for what I'm going to be looking for in the artwork - inspired by the working album title, and the overall vibe of the songs/music. There are 10 tracks still intended. The track order is yet undecided...

The next track I hope to work on is "Real Life" - which is already 95% complete. I need to make some mix adjustments to it, but all intended parts are already written and recorded. The lyrics and vocals also are already finished. Hopefully it will come together well... Onward...

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

NEW ALBUM PROGRESS UPDATE:

I recorded a vocal part tonight for song1 (black and blue). It is now probably 97% complete. This is the first time I have done any vocal work for The Twilight Garden in almost 5 years... I was a bit nervous about it because of that. This song had most of the vocals done in 2013 or 2014, but there was one line in the lyric that always bugged me, and I intended to replace it. It was really tough to get the right energy and the right sound - because I had to match the sound from 5 years ago when I did the vocals. Tonight, just for a single vocal line, I think I did about 60 vocal takes before I was happy with my performance. It's perfect though - exactly as I intended - and so the lyric I didn't like has been replaced with a better one, and the song inches closer to completion. I spent a bunch of time last night mixing it... I also recorded a background percussion part this evening for it. I think this song may need a few samples and possibly another background percussion part - but then it will enter the final mixing stage, and it will be FINISHED. This will be the first song I have completed 100% for the new album, and also the first new song to reach completion for The Twilight Garden since 2012 (when I finished "Hope"). I'll let you know how it goes, but with any luck this song could be done within a few days. More soon.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

NEW ALBUM PROGRESS UPDATE:

There are currently 10 songs in the works. They are listed below in the order in which they appear on my hard disk - the order is just alphabetical according to the folder names I'm using in the computer. Here is the latest:

Song 1 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "black and blue". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to change one small part of the lyric, so I have to re-sing one line, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is downtempo... very heavy in mood and tone.

Song 2 (85% complete): The working title on this one is "never and forever". The music on this one is done. I've been working out the lyrics on this one gradually - over the last few months. I believe the lyrics are now finally done as well. It is ready for vocals. I just need to sing it, and it's done. Downtempo - heavy in mood and tone...

Song 3 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "real life". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to make a couple small mix adjustments, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is a bit lighter in tone and more accessible... medium tempo.

Song 4 (75% complete): No title yet - need to work on lyrics... 95% of the music is done and recorded. This song is very fast - 180 bpm - high energy and rocking... has real bass guitar... I like this one - feeling very excited for what it could become.

Song 5 (25% complete) - needs a lot of work - it's just a basic concept, but the main synth riffs are there... It's VERY beautiful - ultra atmospheric... peaceful. Sounds a tiny bit like Joy Division... very touching.

Song 6 (75% complete) - most of the music is done, and some demo lyrics are done. I'll probably rework the lyrics though - I'm not totally happy with them right now. Also, I'd like to refine the music a bit more... It has a really cool sounding chorus though. When the chorus synths come in, it really lights up the song - grinding bass and really swirly synth parts during that section.

Song 7 (25% complete) - cool synth riffs and hard hitting drums... the bass line is really cool in this one - the song needs developement though. Medium-fast tempo... danceable somewhat... It's not ready for lyrics yet...

Song 8 (25% complete) - fast aggressive electronic song - quick synth arps, and a really cool lead part... needs a lot of work though, but I'm excited about what this one will become. It's very catchy!

Song 9 (75% complete) - This song is the 12 minute long monstrosity I referred to earlier... It's nearing completion. I think I may have finished the lyrics tonight. I guess it's ready for vocals... I'd like to record a piano part and a big guitar solo thing in the outro - thinking on those parts now... This song may be the first or 2nd song to reach completion - possibly in the very near future. Song 10 might beat it to the finish line though... will see. The working title right now is "love and soul".

Song 10 (99% complete) - I think this one may be done, but I'm still thinking it over... Lyrics are done, vocals are recorded... all music is recorded - it's mixed, etc. It's medium tempo... very visual lyrics... beautiful and poetic. The music is weird - the synths pads have this strange grinding scraping character... It's a very cool track. I like it.


Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A couple things:
 
1) It looks like "A World We Pretend" is going to go out of print for a while... Projekt is cleaning house, and the album has sold most of what it's going to sell. Maybe at some point in the future I'll consider making it available again, but for now, it's done.
2) Regarding progress on the new album, I've only done a small amount of work on lyrics since the last announcement - although I've been trying to get the studio ready to do vocals. Hopefully in the near future it will be ready, and the lyrics will be finalized. Then I can continue moving forward. Not a lot to share tonight, but hopefully, more soon...

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Work on the new album is proceeding. There are currently 10 songs for it - not 9 as I previously thought. Lately, I've been working on two songs at once... I was in the studio all of yesterday evening working on these two. One of them was just a demo before - far from complete (one of the 30% songs mentioned below). That song is now probably 75% complete. The music for it is 95% done - it just needs lyrics, and I have already started on lyrics for it. This song is a monstrosity - different than anything I've ever done... epic, huge sounding, slow and atmospheric... it's like 12 1/2 minutes long... I started writing that one shortly after I first started having vertigo regularly. It comes from a pretty dark place, and it will be finished as such. It is not a hit - it will never be a hit... it's just about human experience - survival, fear... It's pretty heavy. The other song I've been working on has 95% of the music complete, and the lyrics are also 95% complete. It's medium tempo - atmospheric and poetic, but it rocks more - is very powerful and the end is really climatic. I like bringing things to a powerful climax, and this song does exactly that - working toward it gradually. Hopefully with any luck, I'll be able to do vocals for both of those tracks in the near future... and they will be DONE.
 
If I remember, I'll try to post a more accurate status update for each of the 10 songs soon so you can follow as things proceed. With any luck, I hope to have more news very soon!

Monday, January 29th, 2018

I posted on the TTG Facebook page asking people what they liked about The Twilight Garden... and after reading through all of your responses, I wanted to share some news. Here's my post from Facebook:
 
Thank you all for sharing... I want people to enjoy what I do, but unless I hear from people, I never really know if or how they enjoy it... I can make music alone for nobody if I want, but that seems selfish and self absorbed... it's an empty existence. I prefer to share my music with people - and I'm amazed and lucky that anyone in the world out there cares about what I'm doing or what I've done. Thank you all so much for that - for opening your hearts to me... I'm going to try with all that I have to do the same for you and open my heart to you as well...
 
With that in mind - I have some news! Over the last couple years, I've listened to the album that I was working on in 2014 (the followup to Hope)... but I never really looked through all of the the old folders in depth... until just a few days ago. I was searching through things to see EXACTLY what was there and what it would take to complete the album. I was surprised to discover that I actually wrote more material than I had previously thought. Apparently there were 8 songs! Kind of shocking to me I guess... 8 songs is pretty much enough for an album. With that, I've decided to try to finish up that album. Also, I wrote a 9th song about a month ago - it's pretty much done - I just have to sing the vocal... so the status on the next TTG album is as follows:
 
1 song is 100% done
 
2 songs are 95% done
 
2 songs are 75% done
 
4 songs are 30% done
 
I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish everything, but I want you to know that I intend to try to do this - starting pretty much now. I'll post either here or on the ttg website as things progress, and I'll post this message on the TTG website right now as well. Once again, thank you all so much for your feedback... I need it and appreciate it. I'll do my best to try to be as honest and expressive as I can be... even if it sometimes exposes my weaknesses... I guess art sometimes results in that whether I like it or not. I'll try to honor the energy and the sound that it seems you enjoy... I think there is some good music inside me still. Listening to some of these new songs gives me chills. I think that's a good sign.
 
With any luck, I will have more regular updates on The Twilight Garden moving into the future. Thank you for not forgetting about me - I know I pretty much disappeared for the last 5 years or so... so my voice may not be too loud lately, but I'm still here.
 
-Todd

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

I'm playing a piano / vocal concert @ The Mercury Cafe on September 15th, 2017. Doors open at 7:30 PM - the show is all ages, tickets are $10. GET TICKETS HERE!
 
Post Punk Flier

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

I'm considering making music again. I have a few things I'd like to do first (an announcement may be forthcoming in the not too distant future), but with any luck, some new music could be on the horizon as well...

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A few months back, some things happened in my personal life that resulted in me having to move, and in addition, I no longer had a place to make music. I have found a solution, and with any luck I should have a studio space again in a few weeks. I wish I had more exciting news, but in regard to The Twilight Garden, that's the latest...

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Two things. First, there is a new album in the works. More soon on that. Second, Soundmirror66 has made a new video! Very cool... I don't know how or where he comes up with these graphics, but I like it. I didn't know he was going to do this, so it's a nice surprise. Many thanks! Anyway... Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

A new album by "the twilight garden" is now in the making! The first song is done (well, a tiny bit of production still). The second and third songs are in the works! The Twilight Garden won't be playing any shows in 2014 (probably) so the focus can remain on the writing process... People have asked for snippets to hear. I might post something as the album gets a bit further along - more soon!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

TOURING COMPLETE! In 2013, The Twilight Garden toured as an opening act for Velvet Acid Christ. We played a total of 29 concerts. Here they are:
 
1) Denver, Colorado - Feb 9th, 2013 - Casselman's
2) Austin, Texas - Feb 15th, 2013 - Elysium
3) Phoenix, Arizona - Feb 18th, 2013 - Martini Ranch
4) San Diego, California - Feb 19th, 2013 - Brick by Brick
5) Hollywood, California - Feb 20th, 2013 - 3 Clubs - TTG ONLY
6) Los Angeles, California - Feb 22nd, 2013 - Das Bunker - VAC ONLY
7) San Francisco, California - Feb 24th, 2013 - DNA Lounge
8) Portland, Oregon - Feb 27th, 2013 - Ash Street Saloon
9) Seattle, Washington - March 1st, 2013 - The Highline
10) Salt Lake City, Utah - March 3rd, 2013 - Area 51
11) Leipzig, Germany - May 20th, 2013 - Altas Landenstradt - TTG ONLY
12) Leipzig, Germany - May 18th, 2013 - Agra Hall - VAC ONLY
13) Chicago, Illinois - Sept 25th, 2013 @ Bottom Lounge
14) Columbus, Ohio - Sept 27th, 2013 @ Skully's Music Diner
15) Detroit, Michigan - Sept 29th, 2013 @ Smalls
16) Ottowa, Ontario, Canada - Oct 1st, 2013 @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
17) Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Oct 2nd, 2013 @ Les Katacombes
18) New York City, New York - Oct 5th, 2013 @ Drom
19) Baltimore, Maryland - Oct 6th, 2013 @ Ottobar
20) Richmond, Virginia - Oct 8th, 2013 @ Fallout
21) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Oct 11th, 2013 @ The Rex Theater
22) Indianapolis, Indiana - Oct 12th, 2013 @ Birdy's
23) Nashville, Tennessee - Nov 11th, 2013 - The Rutledge
24) Charlotte, North Carolina - Nov 13th, 2013 - Amos' Southend
25) West Palm Beach, Florida - Nov 15th, 2013 - Respectable Street
26) Tampa, Florida - Nov 16th, 2013 - The Orpheum
27) New Orleans, Lousiana - Nov 18th, 2013 - Siberia
28) Austin, Texas - Nov 22nd, 2013 - Elysium
29) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Nov 23rd, 2013 - Voodoo Lounge

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

1) We are on tour! - dates HERE!

2) New single "Reconcile" now available! ITUNES - AMAZON

Cover for Reconcile Single

3) Check out the new video for Falling Rain:


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

1) New single "Reconcile" NOW AVAILABLE! ITUNES - AMAZON
 
Cover for Reconcile Single
 
2) We only have a few more tour dates for a while! Don't miss it! (southeast USA) - dates HERE

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

1) New single "Reconcile" available October 22nd, 2013! ITUNES - AMAZON
 
Cover for Reconcile Single
 
2) We only have a few more tour dates for a while! Don't miss it! (southeast USA) - dates HERE

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2013

Hear the Velvet Acid Christ remix from the new single "Reconcile"!!! Here it is:

NEW SINGLE "RECONCILE" (release date TBA) - with remixes by Velvet Acid Christ, Toxic Coma, Amoryth, and Patrick Hogan of Synapse. Also includes a remastered version of "Reconcile", and some previously unreleased material by The Twilight Garden. It's $4.90 and you get 7 tracks. What a deal! Check it out HERE!
 
Cover for Reconcile Single
 
WE ARE TOURING AGAIN! DATES NOW ON THE TOUR PAGE HERE!
 

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Wave Gotik Treffen 2013 in Leipzig, Germany was AMAZING!
The Twilight Garden Live - image 03
 
Special thanks to Rose Mone for sending pictures (all pics here of The Twilight Garden). The trip was incredible. For anyone who hasn't yet attended, the Wave Gotik Treffen involves thousands upon thousands of gothic people gathering in the City of Leipzig. They come many different countries. I'm not positive, but I "heard" it is actually the largest gothic festival in the world. It's overwhelming - and so cool! Many of the people dress to their absolute best, and they look absolutely amazing. We were really happy to be there. We really enjoyed meeting and talking with many many people. We ate indian food almost every day... we walked around Leipzig and enjoyed the sights - the huge gothic crowd, the beautiful architecture, etc. We saw some incredible concerts... It was awesome! I have always wanted to see IAMX live, and I LOVED their show! They are amazing - do not miss them if you get a chance. Also, I thought KMFDM was incredible live. In addition, we went to see Hypnoskull at "Altes Landratsamt" on Friday (where we would be performing in TTG just a few days after). Hypnoskull put on an amazing show - the PA sounds amazing with powernoise - like it is on the edge of just exploding to pieces - very powerful and cool! The Birthday Massacre was great - very energetic and fun to watch. There were many more concerts we went to - so great! Anyway, check out the pictures below.
 
Todd Loomis, Bryan Erickson, and Chris Kutz performed in both The Twilight Garden AND Velvet Acid Christ. The Velvet Acid Christ show was first - here is the lineup: Live May 18th 2013 @ Agra Halle WGT 7:20 PM

1) Aslan Faction
2) Velvet Acid Christ
3) Suicide Commando
4) Leather Strip
5) IAMX
 
The Twilight Garden performed two days later. Here is the lineup: Live May 20th 2013 @ Altes Landratsamt WGT 6:30 PM 1) Burn
2) The Twilight Garden
3) The Blue Angel Lounge
4) Principe Valiente
5) I Like Trains
 
Here are some more pictures:
 
The Twilight Garden Live - Image 01
 
The Twilight Garden Live - Image 02
 
The Twilight Garden Live - Image 04
 
The Velvet Acid Christ show was HUGE as well. We had some gear problems at the beginning of the VAC show so we were delayed a bit and had to cut a few songs from the set. I thought we played well though and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the show... Check it out!:
 
Velvet Acid Christ Live - Image 01
 
Velvet Acid Christ Live - Image 02
 

May 13th, 2013

We leave in just a few days for Germany! We will be playing the Wave Gotik Treffen 2013 festival. Todd Loomis, Bryan Erickson, and Chris Kutz will be playing in both The Twilight Garden AND Velvet Acid Christ. Click HERE for scheduling information. We are really excited to be travelling to Germany - and to be sharing the stage with some amazing bands. We hope to see you there!

March 12th, 2013

Thank you everyone who came out and supported our west coast tour!
Stay tuned - USA EAST COAST TOUR DATES TBA SOON
ALSO, in May 2013 we will be playing the Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...

January 9th, 2013

WE ARE TOURING! - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...
 
Also, if you haven't already picked up the new album "Hope", GO GET IT! :)

November 27th, 2012

New album "Hope" - NOW AVAILABLE

November 26th, 2012

New video for track 3 now online! - Trail of Tears Part 1 (directed by Dustin Ferguson):
 

November 15th, 2012

The new album comes out in a week and a half. A tour is definitely happening now... shows will be announced very soon now... Please buy the new album to show your support. Thank you to everyone... I'm excited to see you on the road in your respective city!
 
ALSO,
 
The first album review of the new album Hope has just appeared (by Bryan Erickson of Velvet Acid Christ). I gave a copy to Bryan and he was kind enough to write about it... http://www.electricdethtripmedia.com

October 2nd, 2012

You can now hear samples of the new album "Hope" on the Metropolis website here: http://www.metropolis-mailorder.com/product.php?prodnum=MET+819

September 3rd, 2012

The Twilight Garden Touring? - quite possibly in the not too distant future! I have made amends with Bryan Erickson from Velvet Acid Christ so we are now discussing the possibilities. I will likely play in Velvet Acid Christ as well during the tour. Currently, it looks like we will go south, then west to the Pacific coast, and all the way north up to Seattle. This is to be followed by an east coast tour a bit later... then possibly some cities in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. More detail soon!
 
Also, the new Velvet Acid Christ album entitled "Maldire" will be released about a week! I have been listening through it to get familiar with the songs. It sounds AWESOME... It's angry - very aggressive, very intense. I'm excited to play these songs live. Order his album - you will not regret it! - HERE: Metropolis Records

August 24, 2012

New album "Hope" to be released November 27th, 2012
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER HERE: Metropolis Records
 
CD Cover for Hope by The Twilight Garden

August 09, 2012

IT IS DONE! The new album is complete, and it has been sent off! The official release date will be announced in the very near future! More info very soon!

August 04, 2012

Song 11 of 12 mixed!!! Song 11 happens to be the title track of the album. It will appear in position 4 on the final product. Mixing is now beginning on song #12 (the opening track of the album).

August 02, 2012

Currently mixing song 10 of 12. Mastering will follow - then the album is DONE! It will be sent for duplication and I will await the release date which I will announce shortly thereafter. This is all going to happen very fast now...

July 07, 2012

All songs for the new album are now complete. Mixing and mastering will begin shortly!

July 04, 2012

Vocals for 2 of the 3 final songs for the new album? = DONE. Vocals for the last song? 1/2 done. I will give another try on the last song soon, then the album is complete and mixing & mastering will begin.

June 30, 2012

All songs for the new album = DONE (at least the songwriting portion). There will be 12 tracks. I have to sing vocals to 3 of them still... then I start final mixing & mastering. After what seems like forever, this new album is finally nearing completion.

May 13, 2012

BIG NEWS! The final song on the album is done! The songs are now entering the production stage (final overdubs, mixing, and then mastering). During this stage, I will be working with Chris Kutz (he will be playing drums on the album), and Patrick Hogan (Patrick will be helping with samples, and other various parts - guitar, synth, etc). Also, Tom Hagerman of Devotchka will be playing some string parts (violin, viola, possibly cello and/or other instruments). Chris and I are currently working out the final drum parts, and we should be ready to record very soon.
 
-Todd

February 26, 2012

After months of searching for the ideal art for this new album, I think I have finally found it!!! I am so excited! The new artist is insanely talented, and the new cover is going to be an incredible fit to the music! :) I am still in talks with him about the licensing now. I don't want to announce who it is until the album comes out, but I wanted to just share the update as things move forward... Things are getting close. More info soon on the progress of the new music!
 
-Todd

February 5, 2012

Today, Alyssa Gibson made some new banners for The Twilight Garden! :) Here are her links: @ Vampirefreaks.com OR @ Deviantart.com Find the new TTG banners on the home page by clicking the "HOME" link on the right - then scroll down. Progress on the new album? It is nearing completion... there are 2 more songs to do. Both are already in the works - one of them is nearly finished. Things are sounding really fantastic! I am starting to get really excited about everything on the horizon... More soon!

December 06, 2011

Tom Hagerman of Devotchka - triple solo CD now available
 
For those who are not aware, I mixed and mastered one of the 3 cds (Water Music). Please check out his music and if you like it, consider purchasing it. Tom is one of the most talented musicians I know... He's amazing - REALLY! - and you will very likely love the CD collection.
 
-Todd
 
Here is the link:
http://devotchka.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/cd-tom-hagerman-3-cd-bundle

December 4, 2011

Sideline Magazine is having their 2011 best band awards... If you like "The Twilight Garden", please consider voting for us in the "best band" category! Here is the link:
 
http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=47139_0_2_0_C
 
Thank you for the support!

December 3, 2011

   The new album is about half finished now - 5 songs are finished, and 2 more are in process. ALSO... A remix was done of the track "Dead Adults" from "a world we pretend". It is VERY club friendly... very electro & very danceable. More information coming soon regarding availability & credits on the remix. A lot is happening, and it will not be long now before all of this new material will be released. More soon!

OLDER NEWS:

1) There is now a page on Facebook for The Twilight Garden HERE (it's also in the "Links" section here now as well)

2) Work on the new TTG album took a bit of a detour. I ended up taking a bunch of time off in order to mix and master music tracks for an indie film called "Where have all the mermaids gone". I'm not sure when/if it's going to be publicly released yet, but I'll post when I know more. The music was all done by "Tom Hagerman" from the band Devotchka. He is going to be releasing two solo CDs this winter - one of them will be all of the sound cues from the film - so I actually did a completely seperate mastering job for the solo disc. 28 tracks were mixed and mastered. We literally just finished! Anyway, it was a good experience and I think the tracks turned out really good. We're hoping to get more film work in the future... there is a potential film in mind! ;-) I will post more on that soon if it works out. Anyway, the film/solo cd is finally complete, so we're now focused on the new album for The Twilight Garden:

3) In regards to progress on the new album for The Twilight Garden, two songs are semi-finished. The reason I say "semi" finished? We're producing this album in a much different way than before. The songs are being written ahead of time, and the majority of the parts are being recorded immediately... but a bit of additional recording along with final mixing will happen when all of the songs are complete... There is a reason for this - which I will elaborate on at a later time. Both of the songs that are finished definitely sound like TTG, although, they have a different sound than "a world we pretend". I think maybe these are a bit "heavier" emotionally? Anyway... the production style is different as well. These tracks should sound amazing on a big PA/club system. They are not "typical" dance tracks by any means - but they should do well in the clubs because they should make the speaker system slam.

I'll post more as things progress... I'm sure it will be massively entertaining... (not)... but if you actually like our music, you'll probably glean something from this stuff...

Best wishes, Todd

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