River in the Sky

This experimental cinematic soundtrack was created with a Pad I designed using Phutura as the initial track. It’s a free Virtual Studio Instrument inspired by the Roland Alpha Juno. The Indian Bass Bansuri was played by Prithoo.

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A Farewell to my Bass

As I  say goodbye to my beloved Bass, I reminisce about it’s wonderful sound…

Song: Tender Hearts –  Album: AriAliA

  • Bass: Ibanez Sound Gear 1 Octave P/J 3-Band EQ
  • Synth: E-Mu Ultraproteus with the MELproductions sound set

Sound in Astrophysics

Being inspired by Astrophysics, I pondered on the possibility of incorporating genuine NASA recordings into sample based instruments, as I have never had the honor of encountering such. The biggest problem I have had thus far is the difficulty in bringing these space recordings into a Chromatic tuning playable within the instrumental limitations themselves.

Well, I would say I am getting closer! Here is a quick sample Soundtrack comprised of Synthesizers an Orchestral Instrument, and recordings NASA has made available for everyone from within our Galaxy. Here’s the track list rundown:

  • The Orion Nebula (NASA Rec. Pad #1)
  • Central Black Hole of our Galaxy (NASA Rec. Pad #2)
  • Moog Voyager (Arppegiation)
  • Timpani (Orchestral Percussion)

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Sound Design: Prodyon Closes – Shortnoise Free!

I have been so busy with real life these last few months, that I had just learned our very talented Kontakt Sound Design Company Prodyon, has shut it’s doors due to a new worldwide merchant law which took effect at the beginning of 2015. Prodyon’s Announcement:

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Dear visitors,

as some of you may already know, there is a new official VAT regulation coming from the European Union. In short it means: “Pay your VAT (Taxes) in the country your customer ordered your product from!”. And this is no joke – unfortunately. This new regulation is valid from on the 1st of January 2015.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/25/eus-new-vatmoss-rules-could-create-a-vatmess-for-startups/

What does this mean for Prodyon? Prodyon is a one-man company founded and operated by me, a small businessman.  I simply can´t be bothered to register in 26 (!) countries for VAT, nor am i a qualified “data processor” like bigger multinational companies. I don’t have the manpower, time and technical possibilities to validate customer´s location and all other required things upon checkout. Besides this the effort is simply too giant for me, and i wouldn´t have time for anything else then.

Until all these issues have been sorted (hopefully) i have to shut down Prodyon AGAIN in terms of selling products.  The site will be left online and i will continue to give support, answer e-mails and so on. But you won´t be able to buy anything from me starting on the 1st of January 2015.


This is very sad news! I want to sincerely thank Dennis Lenz, the CEO and creator of Prodyon, for providing quality Kontakt content , and hope that he has the chance to open Prodyon once again in the foreseeable future. I have also just learned that one of Prodyon’s Masterpiece Sample Library is absolutely free!

Shortnoise – 6GB of Stunning Electronic Sounds

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Shortnoise is a unique and inspiring electronic sample library with a huge 6GB of content and over 300 Kontakt instruments to choose from. Jam packed full of Electronic Grooves, Arpeggiated Sequences, Manipulated Synths, Cinematic FX, Unique and Expressive Performance Patches, this beauty has a whole world of surprises waiting to be unleashed! Perfect for electronic music, film scores and experimental sound design.

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of big, inspiring and easily editable electronic sounds, then Shortnoise is for you! From screaming leads, to fat basses, lush arps to sweeping pads, there is a huge amount of sounds to choose from. Anyone who writes electronic music in any style, will find this an incredibly useful sample library that will provide hours of inspiration. All sounds are 100% royalty free (can be used for sound design, music etc.) and even better…NORMALLY $199 – NOW FREE!

Click here to add Shortnoise to your Kontakt Sample Library before this offer ends, and don’t forget to offer a donation for this wonderful gift here.

Sagittarium – 6EQUJ5

Not only is it an honor to share my latest Soundtrack, I must also say that the sounds used within this soundtrack are beyond what I have ever designed, from an unlikely source. I created a Rhythm last night. It was reminiscent of two tracks I had created so many years ago, both available on the Oracles in Motion album: Y-Nexial Triangulum, and Zeta Reticuli. Both soundtracks were thematically otherworldly alien/extraterrestrial based, and used original sounds I had designed with various Synthesizers.

A lot has changed since that time. My sound design skills, combined with modern technology has made it possible to bring actual extraterrestrial sounds into my extraterrestrial thematically based soundtracks! What you are hearing throughout this soundtrack is the actual translated 6EQUJ5 signal.

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6EQUJ5, also known as “the Wow!” signal, was a strong narrow-band radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope. The signal bore the expected hallmarks of non-terrestrial and non-Solar System origin. It lasted for the full 72-second window that Big Ear was able to observe it, but has not been detected again.

Tau Sagittarii is the closest visible star in the night sky near the origin of the 1977 Wow signal, the only radio signal that has been received that may be a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence in our history thus far. I used the actual translated 6EQUJ5 signal as a playable dynamically resonant instrument using Subtractive Synthesis, and advanced Sampling Techniques throughout
this sound track …Enjoy!

Natural Inspiration

I wanted to share a beautiful Fall Sunset with you tonight. Inspirational moments that propel me to translate such events into Ambient  Waves of Sound. I live for such moments, and am grateful to experience and share these beautiful Visions and Sounds of Earth…

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Throwback Thursday #1

One thing I’ve been avoiding is the latest “Throw Back Thursday” trend. But after sifting through some old photographs, I can’t help myself at this point. These were moments during my Musical Evolution that have defined my Sound Engineering skills …Never to be forgotten (Click pic to enlarge):

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One of my early Recording Studio’s Circa 1990. Found and combined 2 pictures  …Ensoniq Mirage, Yamaha DX-100, Casio CZ-100, CT-670 and HT-700 instruments, all tied together with a MIDI Xpander to Commodore 64 running the Syntech Studio 1 MIDI Sequencer, and a Yamaha MT-120 Portastudio. In this picture, I was editing Sampled Waveforms during the creation of an Ensoniq Mirage Sample Library using the Sonus Sonic Editor. 

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Speaking of which, I pulled the E-MU Ultraproteus out of the closet yesterday to try out the new plethora of sounds I just acquired …All 6 official E-MU ROM cards! After going through all 1524 new sounds, I was seriously disappointed. The original programmers didn’t use the Z-Plane Filters and Function Generators to their fullest. This made me realize I need to keep the Ultraproteus out, and continue to sample, adding new sounds to the Ultrapro Sample Library for everyone.

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The Ultrapro is a sample library based from the the E-MU ULTRAPROTEUS sampled exclusively by Myself, and currently on Version 2.3 featuring 11 Multi Presets, 7 Single Presets, and 6 X-tra Muti Combos. Future incremental updates are currently planned, and will include addition Samples and Presets. Although not uploaded at this time, you will find the UltraPro available shortly within the “Sound Design” section of this website.

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Although still a Work In Progress, I thought it was due time to share a sample of this new Sound Set…

AstronomicA – An Electronic Demonstration of my all new Sound Set for Zero-G’s Epica virtual synthesizer powered by Kontakt, currently a work in progress. All new Resonant Filter types, Routed through Cascading Modulated Group Inserts, using Sam Spacey’s Sample base as the main Oscillated Sound Source. Zero external FX used. All FX Internally Enhanced exclusively for this Sound Set.

Sounds used in this Demo:

  • What Dreams May Come (Atmos Pad)
  • Star Traveller (ARP Pad)
  • Ethereal Morphing Crystal Tine (Bright Lead)
  • Harmoniousphere (Atmos Pad)
  • Polyopus Solarina (String Pad)
  • Near Death Experience (Drone Pad)

Whats Epica you say? Click here to learn more!

Sounds that Make Music

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As an advanced designer of sound, and a passion to actually  travel within the sonic landscapes I’ve created, I realize it’s not  unlike the graphic artist, who’s beautiful paintings one could envision a lifetime living within the boundaries of a seemingly infinite moment in time …Such is the power of imaginative creativity we, as beings, are given.

During the creation of my latest sound design, a sonic achievement I have so boldly named “Near Death Experience”, a Drone Pad programmed exclusively using Sam Spacey’s latest release, Epica, a great epiphany emerged:

“I make sounds that make music, instead of making music using sounds.”

As silly as this may sound, (pardon the pun), it summarizes the life of a sound designer. Although most, if not all sound designers are definitely musicians by nature, I would fathom to guarantee that the vast majority of composing sound designers are inspired by the creation of sound itself, not unlike how the painter mixes a pallet of beautiful colors to compose a work of art for those to partake of upon a canvas of light, reflective within the imaginations of the viewer.

As I design each aspect of the sonic palette, I can’t help but notice a cosmic rhythm within the sound itself. Each oscillator, or “sound source”, if you will, connect as a complete image, to give one the visualization of an imaginative realm of individualistic internal stimuli responding with an emotional outcome, created by this sonic vibration we have termed “Music”.

Harmonic tones, repeating drones, filterscapes controlled by low frequency oscillations, from ones creation, to another’s inception of internal emotional translation, I can honestly say from experience, is the universal language of perception …indeed, the Magic of Sound creates Light without Sight. It is an honor to hone this ability. It is an honor above all to share this with you, as I construct my latest Ambient endeavor.

So far, I have “mindcrafted” 6 new ultimate Epica presets, that have taken hours day’s to program to perfection:

  • Harmoniousphere (Atmos Pad)
  • Near Death Experience (Drone Pad)
  • Polyopus Solarina (String Pad)
  • Skyworld (Atmos Pad)
  • Star Traveller (ARP Pad)
  • What Dreams May Come (Atmos Pad)

The small sample above have no less than 4 – 6 Oscillators per voice, which in this case I have dubbed “Elements” instead of Oscillators. Each Element is an Oscillator in it’s most complex form. Containing a massive amount of virtual circuitry …Multiple filter chains, morphs, FX, advanced modulation routing’s, and timed sample precise triggers to name a few. Pushing Epica to the limits as an advanced ambient synthesizer in it’s own right. Stay tuned for continued development, and an audio preview in the near future, as I create an ambient composition using this sound set only.

Foot Note: I have also updated the “Sound Design” section of this site, to include many sound designs I’ve created, previously only available through Metascape Media, to become available upon the achievement of downloadable storage space.

Manda Ophuis …Awesome Vocalist, True to her Fans, and down to Earth.

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One of the greatest things an artist can do besides share their wonderful talents with the world, is to make sure they stay “down to Earth”. As we all know, there have been artists who’s ego has become so inflated, they loose touch with the very reason they decided to share their music to begin with; their greatest asset of all …Their Fans!

Manda Ophuis lead vocalist of the great band Nemesea, is such an artist. She consistently stays in touch with her fans, and is VERY down to Earth. That in itself inspires me beyond the Music. To be humble, and to care about those around you enough to interact with a large fan base can be difficult considering your only one person. But Manda, and those like her, find the time to “stay connected” with their fans. She recently answered her fans questions, and I happened to be one of many fans she answered:

“Michael Lyon: If you had one wish …What would it be?”
“Manda Ophuis: I wish to be happy and carefree.”

We should ALL wish to be Happy, and Carefree! What an awesome world it would be! Thank you Manda, for answering my question, and staying in touch with your fans. I highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t had the chance to experience the awesome Music of Nemesea to do so …A very unique sound you just can’t stop listening to. A great song to start with, and one of my favorites …AFTERLIFE. Enjoy the song, and as an artist, we should ALL make sure to “Stay In Touch” with those who spend their time enjoying our Music. As one such artist, this I can promise :)