Fascinating courtly intrigue and bloody power games set on a generation ship full of secrets―Medusa Uploaded is an imaginative, intense mystery about family dramas and ancient technologies whose influence reverberates across the stars. Disturbing, exciting, and frankly kind of mind-blowing.” ―Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oichi's Playlist (With Links!)



If you've read Medusa Uploaded, you've noticed that Oichi is a bit obsessed with music. I created a playlist for the annotated version of the book, but I thought some people might appreciate one with links. I've also included links to sites where good recordings can be purchased. 

The list is probably not comprehensive. It may not even be entirely accurate. For the past several months I've been up to my eyeballs in the sequel, Medusa in the Graveyard, so most of my brain power has been hijacked. But I hope this list will provide a good jumping-off point for curious readers (who are also listeners).

Ralph Vaughan Williams – “Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis,” London Symphony(no.2) (the EMI recording of John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra blows everyone else out of the water), and Pastoral Symphony(no.3) (Sir Adrian Boult's EMI recordings are gorgeous) 



Claude Debussy – Nocturnes, for orchestra (the best recording I've heard is on the Cala label, conducted by Geoffrey Simon with the Philharmonia Orchestra)



Gamelan music (try the album, Music from the Morning of the World)


If you've never heard Japanese Nō music, find some on Youtube. If you've watched Japanese period movies (stories about samurais filmed by Kurosawa, etc.), you've probably heard the instruments used in the film scores.



Pachelbel's “Canon in D” (Lady Sheba's Theme Music)



Beethoven's 7thSymphony2ndmovement (Allegretto – though it has a lot more emotional impact when played slowly, like a dirge)



Gustav Holst – “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (my Default Majesty Music),” “Jupiter, bringer of Joviality,” and “Neptune the Mystic”



Alan Hovhannes – “Mysterious Mountain



After you've checked out the Japanese Nō music on Youtube, look for The White-Haired Girl Ballet



You may have heard Leopold Stokowsky's excellent arrangement of The Rite of Spring in the film score of Fantasia (the segment with the dinosaurs), but the original arrangement is pretty mind-blowing. 



Tōru Takemitsu – Kwaidan score



Yasushi Akutagawa – Gate of Hell score



Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart



Anatol Liadov – “The Enchanted Lake,” “Baba Yaga,” and Eight Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra (I think of “Sacred Verse” (no.1) as Gennady's Theme Song)



Duke Ellington – “Take the A Train” and “The Mooch”



I think I may have mentioned the main theme from the film score for Around the World in Eighty Dayscomposed by Victor Young. If I didn't mention it in this book, I definitely mentioned it in the sequel.



Irving Berlin – “There's No Business Like Show Business” (another piece that plays a big part in the sequel).



Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony“Playful Pizzicato”



Sergei Prokofiev – scores from Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible



Rimsky-Korsakov – “Hindu Song



Franz Waxman – Rear Window(opening credits)



Rogers & Hammerstein – South Pacific (Kitten's favorite musical)



Johann Sebastian Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring”



Cab Calloway – “Mini the Moocher



George Butterworth, “The Banks of Green Willow” (George died in the trenches in WWI, the same war that had such a profound effect on J.R.R. Tolkien)



Antônio Carlos Jobim – “The Girl from Ipanema” (pick your favorite elevator-music version)



I hope this list doesn't seem too long, and that you haven't gone cross-eyed trying to follow it. My ambition is to let people discover some new music or revisit old favorites. Once Medusa in the Graveyard is released (summer 2019), I'll do another one . . .


Sunday, May 20, 2018

That Moment When You Realize Success Just Makes More Work . . .



Writers have a lot of delusions when we start out. Time and experience should clear them up, but some of them persist. For me, the biggest of these is the idea that more success is going to equate to less work.

Stop laughing. I'm not the only fool who has thought more money and exposure would land her on Easy Street (or, if I'm going to be honest, Easier Street, since the more expensive version shall remain forever out of reach). But you would think I would at least remember that any endeavor that involves the creative process is just going to generate more work. For one thing, I should have noticed how long it's been since I posted anything on this blog that wasn't an announcement of Michael Levy's latest creative doings. 

A few years ago, I had nothing but time. I hadn't begun to write stories again, and I had no sci-fi extravaganza in the works. I was studying geology (there's something that'll hijack your brain), snapping photos on hikes, and cheerfully blogging about a variety of topics. In fact, that's pretty much how I picture my retirement (okay, seriously, stop laughing – it could sort of happen that way). Somehow I can't help projecting myself into this life where mornings are spent on a comfy porch, sipping coffee and watching wildlife. That also seems like a good spot for the afternoon and evening. 

So yes, the idea of being a happy, lazy bum REALLY appeals to me. And yet I keep generating more work for myself.

In my defense, back when my earlier books were published, there wasn't a whole lot I could do to help promote them. The internet was in its infancy, blogs were not a thing, podcasts were also not a thing, and Amazon was a brand, new thing. Now that Medusa Uploaded has been released, I'm doing interviews, writing guest posts, even traveling to a few signings and conventions. This, on top of my full-time job and my household upkeep. I'm feeling just a tad incompetent, these days.

I'm really happy about the book, though. I've still got a big stack of writing to do, and probably that will generate more work. Maybe I'll wise up and go back to writing about geology and saguaros.

Happy Trails, my friends. We've still got time to plan that retirement. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Watch This Space (but not Too Critically)



If you have read any of my science fiction novels, you may get the impression that I'm on the cutting edge of technology and science. I work very hard to give that impression. But the illusion falls apart in real life. Especially when I try to work on this blog. My most recent challenge is trying to figure out how to update the little bio blurb that runs along the top right portion of this page (just below the photo of me with the Mongolian Death Worm).

I can't do it. I have hurled myself at the problem multiple times, and I am foiled. This should come as no surprise, since every year I have to jump through multiple (technical) hoops just to figure out how to pay for this space.

I hope this is not my fault. I like to imagine that these public sites struggle to be user-friendly by a wide range of yahoos (like myself) who try to do more with the sites than they were designed for (on more platforms and operating systems than most sites have to cope with). Surely an army of programmers and designers toil long hours, every day, trying to keep up with the demand. And eventually they'll fix the glitches that frustrate my attempts to update my own biography.

So anyway – here's my update. I sold two novels to Tor, and the first one, Medusa Uploaded is due out in May 2018. It will be released in quality paperback, ebook, and audio formats. The second novel is still untitled, and in progress, and is a sequel to the first.

I've also got a few short stories due out: “Wraith” will be published by Longshot Island; “Cruddy” will appear in Enter the Aftermath, and “Appetite” will be in Enter the Rebirth. 

UPDATE:  Many thanks to John Cardoso, who read about my plight and figured out how I could fix it.  From John's letter: "1. Go to your Google Profile.  2. Click ABOUT, which is next to the edit profile button in the upper right.  3. Under about Emily there should be an introduction text section; click the pencil icon to edit that.  4. Click OK once changes are complete."

There was a 24-hour delay while the whole shebang updated, and my changes were reflected on the blog.  Yay!  Bazinga!  Success!  John is da bomb.  : )



Music for Meditation



Music is the best aid for meditation I've ever found (other than canyon silence, but that's rare these days). So I'm pleased to announce that Michael Levy is releasing a new album that will ease you into the good vibes. Follow the links below!

Release of my New Compilation Album!

To all my loyal lyre music loving fans, I am delighted to announce the general release across all the major digital music stores and streaming sites, of my brand new compilation album, "Ancient Lyre Music for Meditation".

This compilation album features a selection of my most meditative tracks, which were first featured in a wide selection of my earlier releases between 2012-2017, in addition to this new track, "Etude in the Olympos Pentatonic Scale": a spontaneous improvisation in this haunting ancient Greek tuning, for my stunningly authentic custom-built Luthieros replica ancient Greek tortoise shell lyre, hand-made in modern Greece, with a perfectly preserved natural tortoise shell resonator and authentic gut strings - the nearest one can get to taking the 2,400 year old reconstructed Elgin Lyre out of its display cabinet at the British Museum...and actually playing it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDAbj0LWTYE

For full details, including a free download link to a PDF of the detailed album notes and a list of all the main purchase links of the album (feel free to share to the rest of the world!), can be found on my new webpage about the album:

http://ancientlyre.com/compilation_albums_for_solo_lyre/ancient_lyre_music_for_meditation/The tracks all feature the use of geometrically pure musical intervals in just intonation, many of which feature the subtly more calming effect of using a reference tuning pitch of A at 432 Hertz. These enigmatic melodies are perfect soundtracks for relaxation, meditation or prayer; for yoga, reiki, aromatherapy or massage; the perfect
musical antidote to living in our stressful, spiritually deprived, aesthetically deprived modern world...

Thank you all once more, for your continued and invaluable support in my ongoing musical mission; to give back to music, its long-forgotten, ancient soul.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Become a True Patron



Music lovers, Michael Levy's work is a labor of love, and it's worth supporting. I urge you to follow this link and make a pledge. You don't need to pledge a lot – you'd be amazed at how much good you can do with just a couple of dollars (pounds? euros?) a month. Follow the links and help Michael keep the beauty of ancient music in the world! I'll be doing the same . . .

Your Support would be a 'Libation to Apollo'!


Dear Loyal Lyre Music Fan,

I am writing to invite you to support my ongoing musical mission, with the launch of my new Patreon campaign!

Indeed, without the support of a record company in my musical quest to reintroduce the recreated lyres and ancient musical modes back into the mostly bland and soulless modern muscial world, my entire work of the last decade, relies entirely on you, my precious team of loyal online followers, to keep spreading the word about my music across social media, blog posts, album reviews etc, so that it can finally reach the new enlightened few!

If, say, 10,000 of my almost 12,000 YouTube subscribers were to pledge just a small monthly donation to my musical mission; to fund the enormous personal cost of replica ancient lyre maintence and acquisition, recording and video equipment, website hosting and most of all, my time to create new compositions, arrangements, recordings, album releases and YouTube videos, then I could finally transform my 'labour of love', into a full-time, creative career!

Your contribution, no matter how small, would literally be a contribution to the development of music itself, so that the world can finally hear again, the long-forgotten, haunting ancient sound of the lyre, resonating across the millenia, into the music of our distant future...be a part of my musical vision!

In return, I can offer my new patrons one-one Skype time; to ask any questions they like about my musical projects, free custom-requested downloads of any track from any one of my albums in any format specified and eventually, maybe even to set up a monthly YouTube podcast series in which my patrons take turns to interview me on my any aspect of my musical mission they want.

Once I have attained this first goal, the next goal to to aquire a magnificent replica of the Bronze Age Megiddo Lyre for my next recording and YouTube projects!

Here, once more, is the direct URL of my brand new Patreon Page:

https://www.patreon.com/Michael_Levy_Ancient_Lyre_Music


Thank you all so much, for your invaluable support over the years - you are all to me, now and forever, a gift from the ancient gods!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Michael's Ancient Lyre Music in the USA!



American lovers of ancient music, rejoice! Here are two events in the U.S. To check out in November:

Ancient Greek Lyre Music in Seattle & Ancient Biblical Lyre Music in Washington DC!

I am delighted to announce that my lyre music is literally 'taking over the USA'! In November 2017, there are two monolithically massive events coming up for all you lovely lyre lover's diaries...

1) Ancient Greek Lyre Music - in Seattle!

On 8th November, tracks from my ancient Greek and Roman-themed albums are to be played to 'set the stage' for an event in Seattle, gathering artists and performers to help reflect on how Americans talk about politics today, a full year after the USA's 2016 presidential election. The event will be in downtown Seattle's civic park, and there will be some vague references back to the classical democracies of Athens and Rome - all set to the soundtrack of my ancient Greek-themed lyre music!

Full details of the event can be found here2) Ancient Biblical Lyre Music - in Washington DC!

On 17th November 2017, a selection of tracks from my debut album, "King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel" and "King David's Harp" are to be featured, in perpetuity, for the soundscapes being created for the brand new 500 million dollar Museum of the Bible, due to open in Washington DC!Just for you, my loyal lyre loving fans, here is a sneak preview of the music which will be featured in the soundscape - heard here, in an as yet unpublished YouTube video presentation I recently put together, featuring clips of the tracks which will form the new soundscape for the Museum of the Bible, currently being put together by the Richard Lewis Media Group:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox7K6_oOIzw

In readiness for the official opening of the Museum of the Bible, currently scheduled for 17th November, this video will be made 'public' on YouTube on 12th November.

The perpetual licensing of my ancient Biblical-themed releases finally brings immortality to my musical mission of creating a 'new ancestral music' - in this case, for me personally, this is the ultimate honour in bringing back my very own ancient ancestral music back to life - all my ancient Biblical-themed albums were originally inspired by my fascination and yearning to connect directly back with my very own, very ancient Levite ancestors, who over 2000 years ago, played their Biblical lyres in the Levitical Ensemble to accompany the singing of the Levitical Choir during the actual services in the Temple of Jerusalem.

Almost 2000 years since the Biblical lyre of my Levite ancestors fell silent following the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, my recreation of their ancient sacred musical tradition will now forever, live on...

Michael's Free Concert!



If you're in Greece this weekend, check out Michael's free concert. See the info below . . .

Gift of Gods III

I am delighted to announce my free Luthieros ancient Greek lyre promotional concert, "Gift of Gods III", live in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece, at 19.30 on on 7th October, 2017!

Here is the official promotional video about the event - to shortly be broadcast across national Greek television:

https://youtu.be/lsmmOEJOZ2E
Here is an English translation of all the details of the day's events:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Ancient Bendir Learning Workshop (percussion)
Nikos Varelas (professional musician - percussionist)
11:00 - 13:00, Hall of Merkouri, Museum of Byzantine Culture

Workshop for the Learning of the Ancient Greek Lyra
Jordan Koumartzis (professional musician)
15:00 - 17:00, Hall of Merkouri, Museum of Byzantine Culture

Hermes: the incarnation of music and the anomalous nature of harmony
George Saratsis (Professor of Physical Education, author)
18:00 - 19:00, Hall of Merkouri, Museum of Byzantine Culture

Presentation of Seikilo Xanthi
19:00 - 19:30, Hall of Merkouri, Museum of Byzantine Culture

Ancient Musical Wanderings
Michael Levy (British musician, best-known ancient lyre player worldwide)
19:30 - 20:30, Hall of Merkouri, Museum of Byzantine Culture

All these details, including full details of venue address and contact information etc, can be found on my website events calendar

Hope to see some of you there!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

We Interrupt this Used Book Store Crawl for an Announcement About EM'S NEW BOOK!




I'd love to tell you my book is coming out next month. But it's coming out May 1.

Still – looka the gorgeous cover! It's mind-blowingly fabulous!

And besides, you can reserve it. Here are some lovely links to help you do that.





And here's a link to the web page of Sam Weber, the wonderful artist who did the cover . . .


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Bonus Album!


Lyre fans take heed! Don't miss this offer from Michael Levy:

Roll over, Bieber...I'm taking over the airwaves!

Created especially for you, all my loyal lyre music loving fans - a FREE bonus compilation album, just this minute published on Bandcamp!

This one-off release features all the main radio airplay I have so far had, of both my lyre music and full length radio interviews: on BBC Radio 3, (playing Mozart, Beethoven - and me!), BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio WM 95.6 and the 3-part interview broadcast by New York radio producer and presenter, Zach Martin...

According to Zach Martin, on his webpage, he has "had the pleasure of interviewing Paul McCartney, Ringo, Yoko, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and numerous other legends" - I guess I have officially become a 'legend'!! ;)

Not only this, for any German-speaking lovers of lyre music, the free compilation album includes the hour-long German-translated interview/playlist I had back in 2012 on the German radio station "Freies Radio Wüste Welle".

The freely available album is available now, from my Bandcamp store:

https://michaellevy.bandcamp.com/album/michael-levys-lyre-on-the-radioThanks once more, everyone, for all your invaluable support in my ongoing musical mission!

Warmest wishes...from the wet and windy UK!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The 2017 Used Book Store Crawl, Flagstaff Edition




It's August again, and pretty soon I'll be updating my report about thrift shops in New Mexico. But a recent visit from my young nephew, an aspiring writer and book fiend, led me to research used book stores in Arizona. I wanted to plan a short trip to visit stores in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Prescott.

I discovered used book stores when I was a young teenager, and my introduction to that dusty realm was a revelation. Like most kids, I didn't have a lot of spending money, and I had thought I would have to rely solely on the library to satisfy my book cravings. The library is a great place for a kid who's still learning what she likes to read.

But eventually you know which authors you like, and buying their books at retail can be expensive. So when I realized there were used book stores, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I've been visiting used book stores ever since, but I admit there had been a long gap between my last visit to a used book store and the ones I took recently with my nephew and my husband. I noticed only one change during that gap, and it's a logical one – the prices are a bit higher than you might expect.

This makes sense when you consider the internet. One of the things that connectivity does is make people aware of what things are worth. Some people believe a book should only cost 50 cents if it's used. After all – it's used. But if there's demand for that title, it's worth more. So the lowest price we found on any book during our Used Book Store Crawl was $2.00. But we still came home with a trunk-load of books. (Fair warning to those of you who were hoping to lighten your bookshelves instead of running to Ikea to buy a new one so you can store the extra titles.)

Flagstaff was the first city on our stop. We found an inexpensive hotel that (coincidentally) backed onto the rear lot of the Galaxy Diner, our favorite restaurant in Flagstaff. I love their pot roast sandwich; Ernie usually goes for the meat loaf, and Miles had the chicken-fried steak two days in a row. (You get 10% off your bill if you wear the Galaxy Diner T-shirt.)

I had done a google search for good used book stores in Flagstaff and had come up with a page of possibilities. But as it turned out, when we actually hit the streets, we only found two of the book stores listed in my search. (NOTE: I didn't put Bookman's on the list. It's a fairly big chain, and even though I would recommend it to people looking for used books, I wanted to explore small, indie shops.)

One of the things I like about Flagstaff is that the people who own and/or work in the small businesses there are very representative of the West. They're knowledgable about what they're selling, but have a low-key style. If you ask them questions, you can learn quite a lot.

Another thing I like is that you can also find used books in a lot of the antique stores – and there are several. So if you really want to do a proper book crawl in Flagstaff, google the antique shops too.

Here are the two book shops we visited:

Starrlight Books

15 N Leroux St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 774-6813
Route 66, near old town shopping, between Beaver and San Francisco Street
This one is an old-fashioned used book store, and one of the easiest to find. All three of us picked up several titles each. Here's a photo of our haul:


Bright Side Books
18 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 440-5041
Off Old Route 66, North on San Fransisco, in the old shopping district.


Bright Side Books sells new books, but it's a wonderful shop with an eclectic selection. I bought some Where the Wild Things Are socks (ones like the monster feet in the book). You are going to miss something special if you don't visit this shop.


It was just the first day of our trip, and already we were filling up the trunk of our car with books. But there was more to come, my friends. Much more . . .



NEXT TIME: Getting Lost in the Stacks in Cottonwood 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stockholm and Sri Lanka -- Together Again for the First Time . . .



I'm late posting these announcements for Michael, but don't let that stop you! Follow the links below!

Roll over, Orpheus...Here I Come!

I am delighted to announce two new fantastic international exposures to my ongoing musical quest - to reintroduce the beautiful lyres of antiquity back into our bland, soulless modern musical world...

1. The Stockholm Early Music Festival
I will be performing my lyres and holding a seminar at the Stockholm Early Music Festival on 4th June 2017 - the biggest early music festival in all of the Nordic countries! 

Here are all the details and how to obtain tickets for this event:
http://www.semf.se/semf-2017/event/1390


2. My Story in the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
The complete story of the inspiration behind my musical mission recently found international coverage in a full page story in "The Daily Mirror" (Sri Lanka):

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Michael Levy on Greek TV!



Michael has received some well-due appreciation from Greek TV to ancient music for his devotion – click on the links and check it out:

OMG! I'm on national Greek TV!!!

At last! I finally have found a few snippets of 'international televised glory', appearing in an episode of the fascinating Greek language documentary series, "Beyond Borders", broadcast on the national Greek TV channel EPT3.

This particular episode was on recreating both renaissance and ancient musical instruments. From about 26 minutes into the documentary, this TV show wonderfully visually captures, in gorgeous HD, some of the magnificent recreations of the ancient Greek lyre, phorminx, arched harps and kithara of the 'Golden Age' of classical Greece; all lovingly handmade in modern Greece by the inspirational Luthieros master luthier, Anastasios Koumartzis.

From around 38 minutes into the show,several clips of the video shoots of my lyre-playing during my epic trip to  the Luthieros team in Thessaloniki back in October 2015 are featured, as well as some background music featuring tracks from my album  "A Well Tuned Lyre: The Just Intonation of Antiquity" (in addition to a few clips of my virtually viral,  original 'live' YouTube arrangement of the 3400 year old Hurrian Hymn!)

The documentary also includes fascinating details of the painstaking process of the hand-crafted construction of the Lutherios lyres (even although regrettably, literally the only Greek word I can actually recognise is 'Yamas''!)

This amazing TV documenary is able to be seen anywhere in the world, anytime, live-streaming from here 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Servant (and Co.)



If you've worked in the book biz (or the movie or music biz, for that matter) you feel cautious about announcing deals to the public. Those deals sometimes evaporate like fairy gold in the light of day. But I've signed and returned the contracts, and my editor has made an announcement about the deal to professional trade publications, so I think I can go out on a limb and announce that I've sold two books to Tor, both based on the novelette that was published in Clarkesworld, “The Servant.” The first book (titled Medusa Uploaded) is complete, and is in the editing stage now – the second one is in progress. Tentatively, the first should appear in Spring 2018 (watch this space, because that could change). As soon as I get a file of the cover art, I'll post it here.


I'm very grateful to Neil Clark for publishing that original story. Without, it would have been a lot harder to sell two novels. So it really is worthwhile to write short stories and send them out (try ralan.com for SF/F/Horror market reports).  

Ernest Hogan Illustrated this post.  He drew a picture of a nightmare I had about being chased by a spider monkey.  I'm thinking maybe that spider represents new responsibilities . . .

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blooey-pocalypse



Considering the current state of affairs in the world (and particularly in the White House), I'm guessing that no one is particularly alarmed that I haven't been posting updates about my stories that are currently accessible online. But, what the hell – sometimes the only things we can fix are the things we're able to do ourselves. I have a strong suspicion that within the next year we're going to see another American president get impeached (unless he resigns first or is taken out by some (semi-)obscure constitutional procedure). Because of the power struggle between the two major parties (and also within those parties), things are probably not going to get better until they get a lot worse. This is one of those times in history when truth is stranger than fiction and fiction is a reflection of that larger reality.

That's the best segue I can wrestle out of this collection of ideas, so I'll cut to the chase. The first story is titled “The Cat at the End ofthe World”, and it was published in Cicada Magazine. It addresses a theme that was popular even before someone started taking the nuclear football along with him to Mar-a-Lago: an apocalypse caused by arrogance and stupidity. But along with the second story I'm going to tell you about, it also explores the idea of rescue. What and who is worth saving?

The second story is “Now is the Hour”, published in Clarkesworld Magazine. It explores a much bigger picture, multiple worlds instead of just Earth, and apocalypses both personal and planetary. I dreamed both a happy and a sad ending for this story, and when I woke I realized with one ending it wouldn't be tolerable and with the other it wouldn't be believable. But what if there was a way for the characters to experience both endings?

People have been fascinated with the idea of apocalypse since we first started imagining cosmology. Many of us experience it on a personal level at least once in our lives (not including the day we die). In my case, I happen to live within 30 miles of Luke Air Force Base – Air Defense North America. Any ICBM from China or Russia would take me out within the first twenty minutes of an exchange. That doesn't scare me. It pisses me off.

But anger is only useful if you can do something constructive with it. So I'm painting my house and getting rid of stuff I don't need. I go to work every day at a job I like. I'm writing new short stories. I just finished writing a novel based on my novella, “The Servant.” Now I'm working on the sequel, Olympians. I'm gardening, and working on my health, and taking care of my family. Those are things I can do.


Washington is going to have to sort out its own mess. The sooner, the better.   



The International Appeal of the Ancient Lyre



Michael Levy has been interviewed in a prestigious English-language Indian paper. Click the link below to read!

My Interview in "The Hindu"

Excerpts of an interview about the story of my lyre music has just gone to print today in "The Hindu"; India's no.1 literary English daily and the biggest English language newspaper in the whole of Southeast Asia!

The story features in the prestigious section 'Friday Review', where international artists of high calibre are featured. The full story can be read here 

It never ceases to amaze me, that music I mostly create and record in my humble spare room studio, increasingly has reached not only a global stage in recent years, but also now has found truly cross-cultural appeal...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ascension of the Lyre



Listen up all you Spock fans and cosmic music lovers – here's your big chance to explore the soul of the Vulcan and your own cosmic roots at the same time. And if you're willing to do some promotion for Michael Levy, the experience is free! Such a deal! Click! Promote! Enjoy!

Ascension of the Lyre

I am pleased to announce the release on all major digital music stores and streaming sites today, of "Ascension of the Lyre"; my most ultra-experimental album...ever!

This album is my most visionary recording project to date, attempting to ascend the lyre of antiquity from oblivion, onto a psychedelic musical odyssey through the solar system and beyond, into the music of our far distant future...

Inspired by the otherworldly sound of the "Star Trek" character, Spock's "Vulcan Harp", the title of this highly experimental album features a pun on the ancient Greek legend of the ascension of Orpheus from the Underworld (as depicted on the album cover - the most famous lyre player in the literature of classical antiquity) and my musical mission in this album: to literally ascend the lyre from its previous status as a dusty, long-forgotten ancient museum relic; onto a new musical journey into the 21st century and beyond!

I attempt this almost Herculean feat by literally creating for my recreated lyres of antiquity a new voice, by transforming their ancient timbres with a host of contemporary studio effects, magically metamorphosing the sound of the lyre into a 'musical spaceship', evoking cosmic visions of strange and distant worlds...

The album already has an extended review, which can be read here.

Here is the link to my brand new webpage, which lists all the major digital music stores and streaming sites from which the album can be purchased, the YouTube 'promo' video can be viewed and from which a PDF booklet of the detailed album notes can be freely downloaded:
http://www.ancientlyre.com/new_age_ambient_space_music_album/ascension_of_the_lyre/

As an 'independent artist', without the benefit of a record company to promote my music, for the first time ever, I am actually offering the chance to receive this album for free - in return for promoting the release on my behalf!

Great ways to promote the album, are in the form of online blog posts, album reviews on major digital music stores such as iTunes or Amazon and social media shares about the album, including links to streaming sites such as Spotify etc.

If anyone would like to become my 'promo agent' for the this album and in return, to receive this release for freesimply drop me a line!

Thanks once more, everyone, for your invaluable support in my ongoing musical mission to put some lost ancient soul into the soulless, modern musical world...