I've been making electronic music in one form or another for more years than I care to admit. It's both a labor of love and a good brain workout, encompassing multiple disciplines - sound design, audio engineering, programming, arranging and production. I revel in it all. It's the kind of thing that, with every new piece of music I create, I discover and learn something new. None of my music has seen commercial release, but I'm OK with that - the pleasure for me is in the process.
A few years ago, my brother asked me: if you have no plans to try selling your music, why don't you at least make it available to people via the internet? That stuck with me, and I though it was a great idea, but contemplating the scope of the project was daunting. I have a large archive of recordings across multiple formats - reel to reel, DAT and DAW (digital audio workstation, a.k.a. computer based). The DAT recordings and, in particular, the reel to reel recordings would require a lot of cleanup and restoration work. Even my more recent computer-based recordings would require revisiting, and at the very least, remastering. Tackling all of this would be a large and lengthy project to take on.
In 2015, I got the ball rolling by signing up for a Soundcloud account and I started uploading my more recent-vintage ambient recordings which had been created in the computer, already mastered and ready for digital distribution. - the low hanging fruit as it were.
Over the course of the following three years, I worked my way backward through my archive and, piece by piece, got each one transferred into the computer, cleaned up, mastered, cataloged and uploaded. In a few cases (mainly where I had issues with poor audio quality), I recreated them in the computer from scratch, using the original track as a guide. For one particular project, I had a stereo mix which suffered from excess tape oxide shedding over the years, but I had multitrack masters not played in over 30 years, where I was able to get the original tracks transferred into the computer, fixing (in some cases replacing) parts which suffered from distortion or other problems, and got all new mixes done.
While all of this work was ongoing, I also continued to create and upload new pieces as well. I'm pleased to announce that, as of this writing in early 2018 (updated in mid 2021), the bulk of my archive is now available to anyone with an internet connection, free for the downloading.
There are a few minor gaps (some reel to reel tape baking and recovery work will be required to fill these gaps), which I intend to address as time and opportunities arise. I'm also still producing new work as well, so be sure to check back for updates every once in a while.
(By the way, in case you are curious, the pronunciation of myxprojekt is simply "mix project.")