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3 days ago

Joost Maglev
WHAT YOU COULD BEThis song was written in 2003, when my love for Japanese music was particularly fresh. It's heavily lifted from Gackt's song White Eyes. I was impressed by the melody of Japanese pop music as it had so many words and syllables, not realizing it's because of the way the Japanese language works. My version of it involved writing lots of lyrics to amount to the same number of notes. Of course I was criticized for it by reviewers and fans alike as some of the lyrics do get a bit silly. It's not one of my favourites anymore though the song is very catchy and I know lots of other fans still like it. Some of the reversed effects in the intro and after the bridge include quotes from the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, and a sped up snippet from the demo version of the same song. joostmaglev.bandcamp.com/track/what-you-could-be-3from the album Unleaded Blood Plus ...
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1 week ago

Joost Maglev
SEBAS HONINGTrust me: I couldn't have made the music I made without the help of Sebas Honing. His guitar skills and musical knowledge overall are second to none. And he has a new guitar oriented album out tomorrow...After finishing an album of all home-created demos in 2005 I wanted to step up my game. I needed to make music with and learn from other people. I got to know Sebas a year later though an Ayreon email list. Already it was evident that he was enthusiastic about everything, so when I asked him to do some music together he loved it.He was 16 at the time and I often hung with him at his home where I was always greeted in a lovely manner by his parents. I also picked him up a lot so we could make music at my place. He did the guitar groundwork for what would later be Unleaded Blood, and I helped him produce his first solo demo album, Secret Weapon.After that things went quick. We did some Ayreon tribute concerts and from that the band Galanor evolved, in which Sebas first met his lovely wife Petra. We played intensely in Galanor for two years. The Japan tour was a tough period. I wanted nothing else than to play there, he wasn't interested at all. It resulted in Petra and him leaving the band and our relationship cooling for a bit. But after Galanor's disbanding I was welcomed into their new band, which would eventually become Equisa.Sebas played almost all guitars on Unleaded Blood, GAPS and Overwrite The Sin. For Alter Ego I also wanted him to be the main guitarist but since he had other commitments at the time I recorded and got to know many other fine guitarists. Even then Sebas managed to make it onto some of the tracks (and curse me for the complexity of some of it 😅).His new album un-Lok will be out tomorrow: m.facebook.com/sebashoningpage ...
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2 weeks ago

Joost Maglev
SONG OF A DEAD BARDjoostmaglev.bandcamp.com/track/song-of-a-dead-bardThis song was originally started in 2003, then called The Bard's Song, and was supposed to be just a regular length song about my struggles keeping my songwriting up while also having to earn an income with ICT. I was pretty off balance at the time and ironically this song was shelved. It was brought back to life in 2015 when I started work on it again, blending this song and various musical ideas together and knowing it would turn out to be a big song. Thinking about 'And You And I' by Yes helped me frame the composition and to finish it, eventually clocking 9 minutes. When you hear the similarity, you cannot unhear! I'm proud that Robby Valentine wanted to play piano on it. He had heard some of my earlier stuff and when he learned that I was doing an album it was actually he who offered to play. I was delighted and still am happy with the result. Robby's playing carries the verses majestically. The lyrics deal with a theoretical time line in which I had quit music writing (to which I was very close on many occasions) and this song and album were never created. I was honestly convinced no one was waiting for this music, until the reviews and fan's comments came in... I'm thankful this music is appreciated.from the album Overwrite The Sin ...
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3 weeks ago

Joost Maglev
NEW ALBUM PLANS AND POSTPONEMENTHi all,I've been steadily working on music for a new Joost Maglev album but the process is a slow and uphill struggle. For the immediate future, I have decided to cut back a little bit and focus on other things, so there might not be new music coming in the immediate future.One of the reasons is a very positive one, though: my wife is pregnant with our second child, which is expected at the end of July! 🙂 We are of course very happy with this development and look forward to the months to come, but since the process will become increasingly heavy for my wife and she already started to struggle a bit these last weeks, I will take more time to take care of my family for the foreseeable future, so I will have less time for music.The project I'm currently working on already has a clear shape in my mind. It is to be a trilogy, consisting of three not too large sides of music, about 60 minutes in total, so it would be three sides of a double LP, the fourth side maybe becoming some bonus tracks. But because of the size, it's hard to figure out on which part to focus. So far the most work has been done on side 1, and a little bit of side 3, while side 2 is still non-existent.I'm wondering in what way you would like to get this music. Would you want to wait for the full double LP or 60 minute CD experience, or would you be OK supporting me and paying for a digital download of the first 20 minutes if I go for releasing it one side at a time? Let me know... ...
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1 month ago

Joost Maglev
JOOST MAGLEV - ANGELAngel was the first music I started writing in 2017 when I was recovering from my burn out. I wanted something which sounded fresh with lots of synths, and pretty up tempo. I was kind of infatuated with the music of Kubbi at the time, an artist which uses 8-bit computer sounds in his music. So I looked for a way to use 8 bit synth sounds as well, and I found the Plogue Chipsounds plugin to do that. It's actually three copies of the plugin, one is standard, and two makes the short burst of third harmonies, one in major and one in minor, so during the verses you will hear both cause the melody has a major and a minor third harmony.Playing rhythm and lead guitar is my long time friend Faried Verheul. We used to play lost of JPop and Anime cover songs around 2007-2010 in a band called Slightly Spring, and since this song sounded like a happy but heavy song his guitars would sound great I throught, and I was right. He is currently playing in the band Synthetic, which have a couple of mean albums out.The lyrics deal with an unconcerned childhood, low empathy and a slightly narcissistic outlook in early life, which retrospect can be kind of embarrassing. How can one feel such happy memories in childhood while knowing now one hurt so many people? There are still some hidden clues in the lyrics that are as of yet to be found, so if you feel like it...Growing a conscience is nice, and a good thing, but that's what ANGEL's counterpart DEMON is about. ANGEL is the second song and DEMON the second to last song on the album Alter Ego. ANGEL and DEMON share the same guitarist, Faried Verheul, and the same bridge. Also the ANGEL chipsounds are cleverly reused in a small part of DEMON.www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbLq39uE0vg ...
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