…and try to figure out why this has been my most visited post for quite a while now (even ahead of the startpage by 40 % or so). It may simply be the obscure reference in the header leading forth many Poe fans, but I can’t find a lot of her in the general Google searches leading here.
Anyways, for more info: the traffic to the blog has been steadily increasing since early October, which I guess is good. The most popular Google search words are still “simone simons hot” and “tuomas holopainen” (the first almost twice as popular than the latter), but there have also come several new claimers of the throne. Both “Taikatalvi translation” and “taikatalvi lyrics nightwish” appear on positions 3 and 5 (both leading here). Other search words related to Nightwish and their new album Imaginaerum (more specifically concerning my reviews on Imaginaerum and on “Storytime“) appear on positions 8, 9 and 10.
While the majority of my audience is international (the biggest majority is 14 % from the USA), the 12 % majority of Swedes are apparently very interested in the red panda, and the search word “kattbjörn” (Swedish name for the red panda) is on position 4.
There’s also a second Simone Simons search phrase, simply “simone simons” on position 6, and my article from when I considered buying a KORG PA-50 is for some reason still interesting, leading to “korg pa 50” still being a steady search word on position 7.
Summary, common Google search phrases leading to my blog:
- “simone simons hot”
- “tuomas holopainen”
- “Taikatalvi translation”
- “taikatalvi lyrics nightwish”
- “simone simons”
- “korg pa 50″
- “nightwish storytime review”
- “nightwish imaginaerum review”
- “imaginaerum review”
As some readers may know I like playing and composing music, mainly through keyboard, and I’ve released a number of demos through the music site Last.fm throughout the years, both as Hopes Were High (a now dead project turned band) and as Quispiam, my current solo project.
With the upcoming Quispiam album “As Autumn Leaves Decay”, on which I’m currently working, I’m concentrating a lot more, bringing much better music and focusing more on getting it out there. It is still my project, and I have written all the music and lyrics, and I record all instruments on my own, but I am currently negotiating with several different vocalists to guest on the album, as well as a cover artist to produce the cover to both the album and the eventual single that would preceed it. I have also signed on to a so called “digital record label”, a company which helps me bring my music to iTunes and Spotify among other online services. This is already happening in the next few weeks with my old Quispiam album “The Flight of the Last Raven”.
What’s more, I have created both a Facebook page and a website for the project. On the Facebook page, you can currently follow smaller updates (finished tracks, minor reveals) and on the website you can read more about the bigger updates.
When the album comes out, it will be made available both for free downloading (through the site, Last.fm and torrents), on Spotify and to buy digitally through iTunes.
So I have finally ordered a Roland AX-Synth! Apart from a continuum, this is my one instrument I need before I die. I have dreamed of it for so long, but just couldn’t afford it.
And awesomeness isn’t enough to describe it.
The last few days I’ve been running in and out of music stores looking for a new keyboard. I have got a really great one, a relatively new Yamaha PSR-S500, as it is, but for playing a lot of my music I need two keyboards at once.
I was first thinking whether to buy a cheap one or an exclusive one. I don’t really use a great one, I thought, since my Yamaha is so damn wonderful. All I need is it to make an OK sound. But then I thought, if I buy a poor one now I’ll have to buy another one in not too long time. Isn’t it smarter buying a better one now, and also get some extra effects which I miss on my Yamaha?
I tried out the KORG PA-50 in a local music store (Musikbörsen), and it was great. I didn’t think it was possible, but it had even better sound than my Yamaha, especially the piano sound. It was also possible to change the split point, which is great since I think it’s too small on my current keyboard. The PA-50 also have an echo sound, sound effects to start only by pressing a button, a great work station, etcetera, etcetera… I’m really intrested in buying it, but… the price. Damn it, the price.